War is everywhere. Not only among the firefights, in the sweat dripping from heavy armor and the clenching grip on your weapon, but also wedging itself deep into families, infiltrating our love letters, hovering in the air above our heads. It's in our dreams and our text messages. At times it roars with adrenaline, while at others it slips in silently so it can sit beside you until you forget it's there.
Join Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Karin Lowachee, Ken Liu, Jay Posey, and more as they take you on a tour of the battlefields, from those hurtling through space in spaceships and winding along trails deep in the jungle with bullets whizzing overhead, to the ones hiding behind calm smiles, waiting patiently to reveal itself in those quiet moments when we feel safest. War Stories brings us 23 stories of the impacts of war, showcasing the systems, combat, armor, and aftermath without condemnation or glorification.
Instead, War Stories reveals the truth.
War is what we are.
Table of Contents:
Foreword -- Gregory Drobny
Graves -- Joe Haldeman
Part 1: Wartime Systems
In the Loop -- Ken Liu
Ghost Girl -- Rich Larson
The Radio -- Susan Jane Bigelow
Contractual Obligation -- James L. Cambias
The Wasp Keepers -- Mark Jacobsen
Non-Standard Deviation -- Richard Dansky
Part 2: Combat
All You Need -- Mike Sizemore
The Valkyrie -- Maurice Broaddus
One Million Lira -- Thoraiya Dyer
Invincible -- Jay Posey
Light and Shadow -- Linda Nagata
Part 3: Armored Force
Warhosts -- Yoon Ha Lee
Suits -- James Sutter
Mission. Suit. Self. -- Jake Kerr
In Loco -- Carlos Orsi
Part 4: Aftermath
War Dog -- Mike Barretta
Coming Home -- Janine Spendlove
Where We Would End a War -- F. Brett Cox
Black Butterfly -- T.C. McCarthy
Always the Stars and the Void Between -- Nerine Dorman
Enemy States -- Karin Lowachee
War 3.01 -- Keith Brooke
Cover art by Galen Dara.
Andrew Liptak earned his Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University, and has written extensively about military science fiction for io9 and SF Signal, and has written for such websites as Kirkus Reviews, and Strange Horizons, as well as Military History for magazines such as Armchair General and the Norwich Record. He is currently an editorial assistant for Lightspeed Magazine. His first story, 'Fragmented', is set to be published by Galaxy's Edge Magazine.
Jaym Gates is the editor of the zombie anthology Rigor Amortis, which was a Barnes and Noble Top 10 pick in 2011, and short fiction author, published in The Aether Age: Helios, Goldfish Grim and Heroes! She has a strong background in organizing, supporting and launching Kickstarter projects, such as Geek Love, the highest-funded anthology in Kickstarter's history. Her fiction has been published in The Aether Age: Helios, Goldfish Grim and M-Brane SF. She is the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more...then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.
Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralmbi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.
Introduction -- Jerry Gordon
SECTION I: INVERTING THE TROPES
On Loving Bad Boys: A Villanelle -- Valya Dudycz Lupescu
Single, Singularity -- John Hornor Jacobs
Lazzrus -- Nisi Shawl
Seeking Truth -- Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Thwock -- Michelle Muenzler
Can You Tell Me How to Get to Paprika Place? -- Michael R. Underwood
Chosen -- Anton Strout
The White Dragon -- Alyssa Wong
Her Curse, How Gently It Comes Undone -- Haralambi Markov
Burning Bright -- Shanna Germain
Santa CIS (Episode 1: No Saint) -- Alethea Kontis
Requiem for a Manic Pixie Dream -- Katy Harrad & Greg Stolze
The Refrigerator in the Girlfriend -- Adam-Troy Castro
The First Blood of Poppy Dupree -- Delilah S. Dawson
Red Light -- Sara M. Harvey
Until There Is Only Hunger -- Michael Matheson
Super Duper Fly -- Maurice Broaddus
Drafty as a Chain Mail Bikini -- Kat Richardson
Swan Song -- Michelle Lyons-McFarland
Those Who Leave -- Michael Choi
Nouns of Nouns: A Mini Epic -- Alex Shvartsman
Excess Light -- Rahul Kanakia
The Origin of Terror -- Sunil Patel
The Tangled Web -- Ferrett Steinmetz
Hamsa, Hamsa, Hamsa, Tfu, Tfu, Tfu. -- Alisa Schreibman
Real Women Are Dangerous -- Rati Mehrotra
SECTION II: DISCUSSING THE TROPES
I'm Pretty Sure I've Read This Before ... -- Patrick Hester
Fractured Souls -- Lucy A. Snyder
Into the Labyrinth: The Heroine's Journey -- A.C. Wise
Escaping the Hall of Mirrors -- Victor Raymond
Tropes as Erasers: A Transgender Perspective -- Keffy R.M. Kehrli
SECTION III: DEFINING THE TROPES
Afterword -- Monica Valentinelli & Jaym Gates
Trope Definitions/Index of Tropes
SECTION IV: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND ADDITIONAL BIOS
For fictional purposes, the grit and glamour of the decade combine into the headiest of potions. Flappers and jazz stars; ugly racial inequalities; veterans in hidden gin joints drowning their sorrows with cheap alcohol brought from the mountains by men with fast cars and faster tongues.
Broken Time Blues captures the raging spirit of the times, both light and dark, and adds a twist of fantasy and science fiction.
Come on a ride with us, through the speakeasies and the mountain stills. Grab a drink and read stories about things that might have been, or maybe were.
Illustrated by Galen Dara and Evan Jensen.
Stories and Contributors:
The Sharing by James L. Sutter
Chickadee by Frank Ard
Semele’s Daughter by John Nakamura Remy
The Automatic City By Morgan Dempsey
Button Up Your Overcoat by Barbara Krasnoff
Nor the Moonlight by Andrew Penn Romine
Jack and the Wise Birds by Lucia Starkey
Madonna and Child, In Jade by Amanda C. Davis
Der Graue Engel by Jack Graham
The Purloined Ledger by Ari Marmell
Fight Night by Ryan McFadden
A Drink for Teddy Ford by Robert Jackson Bennett
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