Star destroyers Big ships blowing things up

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"In space, size matters. Boomers. Ships of the Line. Star Destroyers. The bigger the ship, the better the bang. From the dawn of history onward, commanding the most powerful ship around has been a dream of admirals, sultans, emperors, kings, generalissimos, and sea captains everywhere. For what the intimidation factor alone doesn't achieve, a massive barrage from super-weapons probably will. Thus it was, and ever shall be, even into the distant future. From the oceans of Earth, to bene...ath the ice of Europa, to the distant reaches of galactic empires, it is the great warships and their crews that sometimes keep civilization safe for the rest of us -- but sometimes become an extinction-level event in and of themselves"--Back cover.

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  • Introduction / Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio
  • Superweapon / David Drake
  • A sudden stop / Steve White
  • Another solution / Mark L. Van Name
  • The magnolia incident / Mike Kupari
  • A helping hand / Jody Lynn Nye
  • Boomers / J. R. Dunn
  • Hate in the darkness / Michael Z. Williamson
  • The stars are silent / Gray Rinehart
  • Excerpts from two lives / Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  • Icebreaker / Dave Bara
  • Try not to kill us all / Joelle Presby
  • Skipjack / Susan R. Matthews
  • Homecoming / Robert Buettner
  • Not made for us / Christopher Ruocchio
  • A tale of the great trek war aboard the starship Persistence / Brendan DuBois.
Review by Booklist Review

Spaceships and the men and women who crew them take center stage in this entertaining collection of 15 original short stories. In addition to the obligatory and expected spectacular space battles and alien contacts, many of the stories present themes of military ethics, the uses of artificial intelligence, and the limits of the capacity of the human mind. Several of the stories incorporate naval and military history into the future of space travel: Steve White's A Sudden Stop presents a twisty take on the American Revolution and the British Empire, J. R. Dunn offers an alternate history Cold War tale in Boomer's, and Jody Lynne Nye incorporates a nuclear submarine in her watery alien drama in A Helping Hand. The subtitle is a bit of a misnomer; although there is certainly no shortage of action and a dizzying array of technological invention, it is the human interactions and decisions that ultimately drive the stories. This collection will appeal to fans of military and hard science fiction and any readers fascinated by the possibilities of space travel.--Clark, Craig Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Daniel and Ruocchio, both Baen editors, gather stories of giant spaceships at war, at peace, and in the often-gray areas between. David Drake's "Superweapon" and Mark L. Van Name's "Another Solution" explore the dangers of taking artificially intelligent warships into battle. Michael Z. Williamson's "Hate in the Darkness" is a tense duel in which agonizingly slow attacks across vast distances can still seem all too swift. There are plenty of good military stories to make martial science fiction fans happy, but more ingenious are the tales of (sometimes tenuous) peacetime and other dangerous jobs that keep civilization running. In the excellent "Try Not to Kill Us All" by Joelle Presby, the most dangerous work in space isn't going into battle, but cleaning up extraterrestrial trash. The anthology is a worthy addition to a long tradition of ship-based fiction, and its authors portray captains, arcane astrogators, and civilian child passengers with equal depth. It's recommended for fans of military SF and space adventure. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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