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Koban Universe 1 (English Edition) par [Bennett, Stephen W]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Here are four stories, derived from the Universe of the Koban series. These are tales involving the Kobani people and Koban. Reading the series is NOT required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.

Australian Krall: (Novelette)
A fully gene enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive and hungry aliens. Let’s take a walk on the dark side!

Bats of a Leather Flock Together: (Short story)
The wolfbat Flock Leader takes his colony to an unexplored Koban continent to set up a nest in virgin territory. The wily leader uses his cooperative experience with humans to forge similar alliances with other native creatures. Not everyone wants to play nice.

Kobani Kiddie Capers: (Novella)
How do Kobani parents cope with children that are born with the contact telepathy gene, and have eidetic memory? Adults who think teenagers act like they know everything never had an overconfident four-year old super child, with a ripper cub as his partner in crime. Living to reach his teens seems doubtful.

The Smuggler and the Crime Lord: (Novelette)
When you land a known smuggler’s ship in a ruthless Crime Lord’s city using false registry, it’s hard to convince a platoon of armed thugs that you’re only shopping, that you don’t owe the boss his cut of your take. If the Kobani captain is buying drinks for friends in a spaceport bar, spoiling his evening and making threats is ill advised, and could prove fatal.

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren. My early reading interests were arguably all sci-fi related, from Doctor Doolittle, Captain Marvel, to Superman. I then transitioned to "real" science fiction on black and white TV, such as Captain Video and Flash Gordon. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines. My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool! After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development. I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years). Retired, I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction. My Koban series is doing well, with 4 books out so far.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Editeur : Stephen W Bennett; Édition : 5 (30 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mostly good ... With reservations 8 octobre 2016
Par Sean - Publié sur
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The first and last stories are the best. Despite what people say about this being a short few stories to make money, the stories are worth it. They are a good addition to the series.

There is a lot of action in the first and last story. Short stories are good but when the action gets going it's over pretty quickly.

The second story was so-so. I got used to it after a while, though I wasn't terribly interested in the plot of wolfbats seeking alliances.

The third story wasn't very interesting. I was not interested in the views of young Kobani children.

The last story was good but I didn't like how the Islamic smugglers were described as decapitating people and not trading with people outside their faiths, though there were also Australian smugglers. The topic of religion is very sensitive and I didn't like how there is no positive portrayal of religion, only negative portrayal.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Short stories of the Kobani 4 avril 2014
Par Terry Dean - Publié sur
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Koban Universe 1 is a collection of short stories set in the Koban universe that is a delight. For those who are fans of the series, these four stories expand our enjoyment with short episodes not suitable for the main books, of which there are three at this time. I particularly liked the last story with a familiar character, despite a slight plot timing issue with the improved Jump drive of the smuggling ship (it was only known to humans after they captured a Krall singleship).

Because a lot of back history was introduced, the writing was slightly stilted near the beginning of each story. But I enjoyed this "extra" treat while waiting for the next book in the series. You will enjoy the series and this universe too!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mr Bennett does it again!!!! 16 avril 2014
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I chose this rating because I am a huge fan of the Koban series. It is not just that this has wet my appetite for the coming novel, but I just love Stephen's books and the way he just captures your imagination. I have read and 're'read the previous books in the series and am waiting quite impatiently (yes stephen that is aimed at you. Please hurry up..........) for the next coming novel.
This collection of short stories is a nice little add on to the brilliant series, using a very interesting mix of new and old character's and a very interesting and unique perspective. Before reading these short stories, to put them in perspective you will need to read the previous books! NOT that will be disappointed!! Read them and make up your own mind!!!!
Enjoy!!! I did!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent addition to the universe 11 avril 2014
Par W. Gregory Klett - Publié sur
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While I generally tend to avoid short stories I found these quite entertaining and fitting.

The worst nightmare I could ever imagine is contained within; A young child with 100% Kobani enhancements, and 00% of the forethought and maturity. Just wait until the 'standard' teen rebellious phase kicks in... the world may end! LOL!

My only issue is a minor one, 'New Australia' is both a continent on Koban, AND a separate world? While quite likely to happen across a broad empire, it still seemed as an unnecessary complexity.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yes, expanding our pleasure 31 mars 2014
Par Mama-S - Publié sur
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For fans of the Koban series these stories are a joy. We expand on concepts introduced in the series.

My enjoyment grew with each succeeding story with the last being my favorite and the third being my next favorite. I am trying not to let too much out to spoil the fun and am probably not helping at all in encouraging others to read this book.

For those who have not read the Koban series, you could read the stories stand alone but you would miss at least half the fun and understanding of what is going on. I STRONGLY encourage fans of space opera to read the three books: Koban, Mark of Koban, Rise of the Kobani first, you will not be disappointed.
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