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Federations (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

L. E. Modesitt Jr. , George R.R. Martin , Robert J. Sawyer , Alastair Reynolds , Harry Turtledove , Robert Silverberg , Lois McMaster Bujold , Orson Scott Card , Anne McCaffrey , John Joseph Adams

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Edited by John Joseph Adams, editor of Wastelands and The Living Dead. From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition, and herein you will find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg and Harry Turtledove.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 good space operatic anthology 5 décembre 2009
Par R. Friesel Jr. - Publié sur
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In many ways, I've started to come to believe that you can't go wrong with a John Joseph Adams' collection. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse was incredible, The Living Dead was great, and Federations...? Also very very good.

The "dust jacket description" of this anthology pretty much sums it up... It collects a few different modern takes on the classic science fiction trope: What does it take; what does it mean for a civilization to be interstellar and/or pan-galactic?

My take of Federations, it gets a composite rating of 3.9130 (individual stories below)

* "Mazer in Prison" (Orson Scott Card): 3/5
» About what you'd expect from Card. So it doesn't disappoint but it doesn't exactly thrill, either.
* "Carthago Delenda Est" (Genevieve Valentine): 4/5
* "Life Suspension" (L. E. Modesitt, Jr.): 2.5/5
* "Terra-Exulta" (S.L. Gilbow): 3/5
» Reminds me a bit of that Stephen King piece that opens Wastelands. The letter-writing format is a tough one to write in and I appreciate the effort here. And I don't dislike this piece but it seems... too short? or just that its hand is tipped too early and that kind of blows the ending a bit?
* "Aftermaths" (Lois McMaster Bujold): 4/5
* "Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy" (Harry Turtledove): 2/5
» Not terribly intriguing, and a little puerile/juvenile. To me... I can see why it was included (for the variety and for the perspective it brings) but it just doesn't do it. Not for me.
* "Prisons" (Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason): 2.5/5
» So much potential, and almost good; but why did I wind up feeling like it needed to be more subversive? (E.g., so many heteronormative relationships!--if the prison revolt leader had been lovers with another man, well now maybe that might have been a little more intriguing.)
* "Different Day" (K. Tempest Bradford): 5/5
* "Twilight of the Gods" (John C. Wright): 4/5
» The Tolkien-esque language can be a little off-putting at first but it really starts to make sense after you get about a third of the way in.
* "Warship" (George R. R. Martin and George Guthridge): 5/5
» I can't imagine why it took so long for Martin to shop this piece--unless Guthridge really brought that much to it. The execution is very spot-on.
* "Swanwatch" (Yoon Ha Lee): 4/5
» I want to like this more. It's beautiful but a bit oblique--and that's fine but somehow it doesn't jump to where it needs to be.
* "Spirey and the Queen" (Alastair Reynolds): 5/5
» Awesome. Did you like Watts' Blindsight? Did you like Sterling's "Swarm"? A little bit like that. (Only robots.)
* "Pardon Our Conquest" (Alan Dean Foster): 3.5/5
* "Symbiont" (Robert Silverberg): 4.5/5
» Highly disurbing; more so than I thought it would be. (Just read this one; skip the introduction.)
* "The Ship Who Returned" (Anne McCaffrey): 4/5
* "My She" (Mary Rosenblum): 4.5/5
» Brilliant. Nicely subversive and almost perfect.
* "The Shoulders of Giants" (Robert J. Sawyer): 2.5/5
* "The Culture Archivist" (Jeremiah Tolbert): 5/5
» This one is funny in the way that "Someone is Stealing..." (vida supra) could/should have been.
* "The Other Side of Jordan" (Allen Steele): 4.5/5
» Serves a little bit as a reminder that one of the things you're going for (when you're going for sci-fi) is the "deep milieu". This has got it. And I love it for it.
* "Like They Always Been Free" (Georgina Li): 4/5
» Very dense; worthwhile.
* "Eskhara" (Trent Hergenrader): 5/5
» The allegory bits are obvious but rather than detract, they make it all very worth while.
* "The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousnesses" (James Alan Gardner): 4/5
» Cute, and a bit novel, but kind of like an artisan soda: not really bad for you but not really necessary but damn tasty but kind of a cloying aftertaste?
* "Golubash, or Wine-War-Blood-Elegy" (Catherynne M. Valente): 4.5/5
» A little on the oblique side but the framing for the story is absolutely killer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent anthology 21 décembre 2010
Par R. Taylor - Publié sur
I bought this book purely for Jeremiah Tolbert's story, which did not disappoint, and was surprised to see other authors I liked among the contributors. There were a number of stories that blew me away, and several that really didn't, and the rest were good. Drill-down below...

The Excellent:
"Swanwatch" by Yoon Ha Lee
* Love the structure of this universe.
"Spirey and the Queen" by Alastair Reynolds
* Perfect mixture of "You don't live in this world so I will use enough words so that the things you are seeing will make sense to you" and "I live in this word so my every thought is not a bucket of exposition."
"My She" by Mary Rosenblum
* Superb on all accounts.
"The Culture Archivist by Jeremiah Tolbert
* Funny and explorative with interesting tech. Excited to see a genderless character, but there was one thing that bugged me about it.
"Golubash, or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy" by Catherynne M. Valente
* Her first SF story is epic and brilliant.

The Good:
"Carthago Delenda Est" by Genevieve Valentine
* I think I didn't quite "get" this story, but it worked.
"Life-suspension" by L. E. Modesitt
* Interesting concept executed well.
"Aftermaths" by Lois McMaster Bujold
* More of a feel-good story than a technical masterpiece.
"Twilight of the Gods" by John C. Wright
* Another one I didn't quite "get," not being familiar with Wagner, but it was pretty and internally consistent.
"Warship" by George R. R. Martin and George Guthridge
* Good concept done well, but a little overstated.
"Like They Always Been Free" by Georgina Li
* It's hard to find a good really short story and this one definitely makes the grade, but the intensely personal voice was a little hard for me to follow.
"Eskhara" by Trent Hergenrader
* Good structure and timely concerns.
"The One With the Interstellar Group Consciousnesses" by James Alan Gardner
* Fairly clever, amusing and sweet in a heteronormative romcom sort of way.

The Decent:
"Terra-Exulta" by S. L. Gilbow
* An interesting idea, but the format bugged me and it wasn't subtle enough for its length.
"Prisons" by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
* I couldn't tell what this one was trying to say, and it felt split somehow.
"Different Day" by K. Tempest Bradford
* Love the concept, but it doesn't really go anywhere.
"Pardon Our Conquest" by Alan Dean Foster
* I didn't get this one, but I may have been missing info from the other works in the milieu I hadn't read.
"The Ship Who Returned" by Anne McCaffrey
* Again, missing context since I haven't read the books.
"The Shoulders of Giants" by Robert J. Sawyer
* Great concept, not enough character development.
"The Other Side of Jordan" by Allen Steele
* Great concept skimmed over in favor of a fairly cardboard love story.

The Not Worth It:
"Mazer In Prison" by Orson Scott Card
* I enjoy much of Card's fiction and dearly love several of his books, but I really didn't need to read this story. It doesn't stand on its own and doesn't contribute much to its contextual works.
"Someone Is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy" by Harry Turtledove
* If Steve Eley had read this on Escape Pod, I probably would have liked it, but by itself it's kind of thin. Punny, but again, I didn't need to read this.
"Symbiont" by Robert Silverberg
* Silverberg's written a zillion stories, but all the ones I've read seem to take a concept that could be interesting, give it a few quirks--a few good lines, a nice twist, a funny scene--but just not do much with it. This one was not an exception.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Large Scale Societies 4 octobre 2013
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur
Federations (2009) is a SF anthology about vast, epic, and interstellar polities. It contains twenty-three stories (fourteen originals and nine reprints) and an introduction.

- "Introduction" (2009) by John Joseph Adams refers to Star Wars and Star Trek as his first exposure to science fiction.

- "Mazer in Prison" (IGM, 2005) by Orson Scott Card has Mazer and Graff manipulating the Terran High Command.

- "Carthage Delenda Est" (2009) by Genevieve Valentine forces the local planets to form a strong resistance to the Carthaginians.

- "Life-Suspension" (2009) by L,E. Modesitt, Jr., follows the romance of two Flight Captains.

- "Terra-Exulta" (2009) by S.L, Gilbow exposes how a terraformer spins his projects.

- "Aftermaths" (Far Frontiers, 1986) by Lois McMaster Bujold shows a young pilot the path of compassion.

- "Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy" (Space Cadets, 2006) by Harry Turtledove involves a hamster space cadet in a rollicking interstellar romp. Warning: puns are used.

- "Prisons" (Amazing,1992) by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason brings an youngster to a recently liberated prison planet.

- "Different Day" (2009) by K. Tempest Bradford discloses the effects of interstellar politics.

- "Twilight of the Gods" (2009) by John C. Wright translates Wagner into science fiction.

- "Warship" (F&SF, 1979) by George R. R. Martin & George Guthridge concerns a very smart interstellar ship with a contagious disease onboard.

- "Swanwatch" (2009) by Yoon Ha Lee gives new insights to a political prisoner.

- "Spirey and the Queen" (Interzone, 1996) by Alastair Reynolds divulges the political aspects of a war.

- "Pardon Our Conquest" (2009) by Alan Dean Foster confuses an Admiral during surrender negotiations.

- "Symbiont" (Playboy, 1985) by Robert Silverberg resolves a mistake by a war veteran.

- "The Ship Who Returned" (Far Horizons, 1999) by Anne McCaffrey takes Helva back to Ravel with only a holographic brawn.

- "My She" (2009) by Mary Rosenblum moves a gengineered female dog to calm the anxieties of a blind telepathic clone.

- "The Shoulders of Giants" (Star Colonies, 2000) by Robert J, Sawyer takes an STL star ship to Tau Ceti, where there find other humans.

- "The Culture Archivist" (2009) by Jeremiah Tolbert proposes a more capitalistic Star Trek scenario with a different Prime Directive.

- "The Other Side od Jordan" (2009) by Allen Steele admits that maybe there was more than a passing affair between the two friends.

- "Like They Always Been Free" (2009) by Georgina Li expresses the love between Boy and Kinger.

- "Eskhara" (2009) by Trent Hergenrader causes a Xeno specialist to delve deeping into his databases for a planetary name.

- "The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousness" (2009) by James Alan Gardner seeks a mate for the Spinward Union of Democratic Lifeforms.

- "Golubash, or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy" (2009) by Catherynne M. Valente tastes the vintages of a wine blockade by the largest food distributor in the polity.

These tales cover many aspects of large societies. They often involve war, politics and sometimes prisons. Even the pacifistic stories have war as their antithesis and what would a story be without politics. On the other, prisons are an acquired taste.

For the most part, I found the reprinted stories to be more interesting than the original tales. Yet I must rank "My She" among the stronger stories. Although "The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousness" is a lighter work, it is also a pleasingly humorous treatment.

"The Shoulders of Giants" presents a classical conundrum: what happens after an STL ship reaches its destination and finds itself an also ran. This issue was addressed by Heinlein as well as by others. Sawyer provides an optimistic answer.

If you enjoy this volume, the editor has also produced Seeds of Change and other anthologies.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys tales of federations, empires and other large scale societies. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Mixed bag but worth the read 20 juillet 2010
Par Jonathan E. Magen - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book has quite a diverse array of stories and, yes, most of them fall into the category of space opera. Some of these stories will be passed by without so much as a second glance but the rest of the stories are thought-provoking on many levels. While many of the authors are well known (most contributed excellent examples of their craft) some authors (of whom I had never heard) produced such outstanding stories that I have added more of their work to my reading list.

A few stories are quite disturbing because they make you think rather seriously about how human society might endure the next few thousand years. Others fill you with hope, providing a hopeful peek at what a bright and positive future might be like. Though some of the stories are bland, this is an anthology produced by a group of experienced storytellers and is well worth the read.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A Frankly Terrible Collection 24 septembre 2012
Par Steven Woodcock - Publié sur
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I'm sorry...I know intellectually that when I buy collections of stories like this that I will almost always get one that has a real mix of stories. Most will be solidly good, a few will be superb, and there will be a couple of clunkers. It's just the law of averages.

But THIS collection is simply awful...clunkers across the board as far as I'm concerned. I had high hopes since the subject matter (interstellar federations) is favorite...but frankly it was not to be.

There are 23 stories here. I couldn't stand any of them.
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