Citizens is a new sci-fi anthology just out from Baen. Do you ever read Mil SF and say to yourself, this author has obviously never been in the military? Yeah, bugs me too. I’m a cake eating civillian but I’ve spent enough time in the world of guns & military contracting that somebody pontificating about a life that they obviously don’t understand gets really annoying. That won’t be an issue here. Each story is military SF, and every author is a veteran.
I’m plugging the heck out of this anthology because some of the authors are friends of mine, and they’re a talented bunch. Here is the list of stories that I stole from a review on Amazon.
- Field Test (Analog, 1976) by Keith Laumer relates the first use of a Bolo Mark XX Model B.
- Allamagoosa (Astounding, 1955) by Eric Frank Russell tells of the trials of a navy ship returning after a long voyage to find that the Inspector General will soon be visiting them.
- Exploration Team (Astounding, 1956) Murray Leinster concerns an illegal colony on a planet that receives an unexpected visit from a Colonial Survey officer.
- Superiority (F&SF, 1951) by Arthur C. Clarke considers the risks of new technology. This seems to be a recurring theme in military and naval SF.
- The Horars of War (Nova 1, 1970) by Gene Wolfe illustrates the comradery of war.
- Fireproof (Astounding, 1949) by Hal Clement shows the strange effects of a weightless environment.
- Peace with Honor (Analog, 1971) by Jerry Pournelle relates an incident in the history of the CoDominium.
- Under the Hammer (Galaxy, 1974) by David Drake presents an untrained recruit with a situation.
- Time Piece (If, 1970) by Joe W. Haldeman talks of Heaven and Hells in the Forever War.
- Neither Sleet, Nor Snow, Nor Alien Invasion… (first publication) by Dave Freer reveals the power of Political Incorrectness.
- Light (first publication) by Kacey Grannis recounts a mysterious intervention within Iraq.
- The Question (first publication) by Patrick A. Vanner gives the response to an innocent question.
- The Price (first publication) by Michael Z. Williamson examines the thoughts of a small group of dedicated warriors.
- Earth’s First Improved Chimp Gets a Job as a Janitor (Cosmic Tales, 2004) by John Ringo introduces a genetically modified human to another — but older — genetic mod.
- The Long Watch (American Legion, 1949) by Robert A. Heinlein presents a serviceman with a conflict of loyalties.
Here are some samples and the intro by John Ringo. http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1439133476/1439133476.htm