Monday, December 12, 2016

Crises and Conflicts, edited by Ian Whates

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(Military SF) A companion to the anthology "Now We Are Ten," this volume is dedicated to military SF and space opera. (71,114 words; Time: 3h:57m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Crises and Conflicts," edited by Ian Whates, published on by .

Doesn't Pass Muster

Out of 14 stories in this anthology, we recommended zero (average would be 2.5) and we recommended against six (average would be 4.5). This makes it far below the average quality for magazines and anthologies we reviewed in 2016. Basic writing problems and issues with believability were the commonest problems. 

The eight three-star stories had solid writing but generally weak plots and/or weak characters. Those who really love military SF and really enjoy the battle scenes but aren't are concerned about plot or characters might still enjoy those stories.


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5 & 4 Stories: 0; Estimated Time:  00m (K words)
Recommended By Stories: 1;  Estimated Time: 09m (3K words)
Total Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 3h:57m (71K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy


Rating: 4 -> Recommended


Rating: 3 -> Average

Another Day in Paradise by Amy DuBoff1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) No one knows why the Selarks want to steal such a poor colony, but the humans are defending it to the death.
Decommissioned by Tade Thompson  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) Castle agrees to talk with a reporter about her experience being a cyborg in the recent war.
Hill 435 by Tim C. Taylor  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) If the corporal's squad can take Hill 435, the war is over and he can retire. But it's going to be harder than he thinks.
Pickaxes and Shovels by Christopher Nuttall  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) No one expected war on the moon. Jack and his team were engineers, not soldiers, but they had some ideas for fighting back.
Tactics for Optimal Outcomes in Negotiations with Wergen Ambassadors by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) The Wergens have helped humanity a lot, but sometimes it seems that they like us a little bit too much.
The Beauty of Our Weapons by Gavin Smith  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) Across millennia, Cain serves in army after army, cursed to kill and kill again.
The Last Tank Commander by Allen Stroud  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) The colony ship at Kepler 452b shouldn't need the services of an old soldier like Jeff, but they're lucky to have him.
The Ten Second War by Michael Brookes1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Alien Cyberwar) An alien AI arrives as a broadcast message and immediately starts infiltrating the local network.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Arm Every Woman by Nik Abnett1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) Soldiers go to a battle that will determine the future of their steading, but one of them doesn't belong.
Between Nine and Eleven by Adam Roberts  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) The war against the alien Trefoil was going well until they unleashed an unexpected weapon.
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Round Trip by Robert Sharp  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Hard SF) In which we hear the story of a man who set out to prove that the universe is round.
Taking Flight by Una McCormack  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(SF Travel) Narrator travels to a distant world to visit a friend and see the sights.
The Story of The Ten by Jo Zebedee2  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) A relief ship travels to humanities first intestellar colony where a virus has wreaked havoc.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

The Wolf, the Goat, and the Cabbage by Janet Edwards  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueCrises and Conflicts 2016
(Military SF) The peace talks failed when the negoiator was murdered, and now his aide only hopes to escape alive.

Rating: Not Rated



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