Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Flying Pen Press, 264 pp., tbp, $16.95, April 18, 2012
Red Alert! Red Alert!This is not a drill…
Anna Paradox’s “Between The Rocks”: The Courtly Vizier, a utility truck, renders aid to a colony ship but when they return to their asteroid home from supply runs to mines on Old Lumpy from Jupiter’s atmosphere, the colony ship they once helped attacks them. But the situation is not what it seems, and strange circumstances are at hand.
David Lee Summers’ “Jump Point Blockade”: While pirating a mine on an asteroid, Captain Ellison Firebrandt and the crew of the Legacy find themselves forced into battle by Captain Stewart of the New New Jersey, serving as shields against the Alpha Comas at a jump point to Rd’dyggia. But instead of obeying Captain Steward, Firebrandt has plans of his own.
Jean Johnson’s “Joystick War”: Scavenging a storage bunker for salvage, Scott Grayson and Rrenn F’sauu stumble onto mint condition Targeting Drone A.I.’s, joystick controlled combat suits and can’t resist taking them for a test run. Then an old enemy, the Salik turn up, and instead of joy rides, they’re fighting for their lives and their people...
Mike Resnick & Brad Torgersen’s “Guard Dog”: Watchfleet sentinel Chang leads a lonely life of extended, dream-filled sleeps in between frenetic, life-or-death battles. The Sortu had almost defeated humanity and the lives of everyone, including his wife and son, depend on men like him. Then, called to battle again, he finds himself up against the last opponent he’d ever expected...
These and more stories await inside…
All personnel, report to battle stations!
Between the Rocks – Anna Paradox
The Thirteens – Gene Mederos
Like So Much Refuse – Simon C. Larter
Jump Point Blockade – David Lee Summers
First Contact – Patrick Hester
Isis – Dana Bell
The Book of Enoch – Matthew Cook
The Joystick War – Jean Johnson
Never Look Back – Grace Bridges
The Gammi Experiment – Sarah Hendrix
Space Battle of the Bands – C.J. Henderson
A Battle for Parantwer – Anthony Cardno
With All Due Respect – Johne Cook
Final Defense – Selene O’Rourke
Bait and Switch – Jaleta CleggThe Hand of God (A Davi Rhii Story) – Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Guard Dog – Mike Resnick and Brad R. Torgersen