Go forth and purchase the awsome that is CITIZENS!

http://www.amazon.com/Citizens-John-Ringo/dp/1439133476

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

7 Responses

  1. I love sci-fi anthologies even more than hairy-legged hippie chicks love bean sprouts and pine needles!

    I’m buying this thing right flippin’ now!

  2. Sounds like a good collection of “WHAMMO BLAMO!” :-)

  3. “Superiority” should be required reading for everyone in Military Procurement. Check it out.

  4. I got this in the mail on Tuesday after a looong wait. I have to say so far my favorite story is Allamagoosa. I have rarely laughed out loud while reading a story, sure there’s the occasional smirk or snicker. But I read this during class and busted out laughing and everyone thought I was crazy. Great collection :)

  5. Allamagoosa is my favorite. Everyone sees the joke coming, then there’s this 90* twist at the end. Hysterical.

  6. I agree on Allamagoosa — it’s a great story. I wish Baen could get the rights to more EFR stories (my favorite of his is “I Am Nothing”). Also, even though I’ve read it dozens of times, I *still* get choked up when I read RAH’s “The Long Watch.”

    A mix of great classics and some equally great new stuff, you cannot go wrong with this anthology, IMHO.

  7. Got it, loved it! Old classics and some great new pieces.

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