Jerry Pournelle (editor), Imperial Stars 3: The Crash of Empire
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Ebook Price: $4.00
1. Short review:
2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: Imperial Stars 3 (IS3) is a collection of short stories woven around a theme. I like science fiction short stories. The editorial interludes add a great deal.
Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Mostly roller coaster but quiet roller coasters. This book gives great value for your money.
Ratings by story (????? out of *****):
- The Crash of Empires ***
- Pebble Among the Stars ****
- The Claw and the Clock ***
- The Only Thing We Learn **** (A Cyril Kornbluth story. I am a big fan.)
- Remembering Vietnam ***
- Blessed Are the Meek ****
- Limiting Factor ****
- Triage ****
- Hyperdemocracy ***
- Chain Reaction ****
- Earthman's Burden ****
- Blood Bank ****
- Here, There Be Witches ****
- The Buzz of Joy ***
- Second Contact *****
- The Quest ****
<<I don't know if anyone at Baen's Books reads this blog, but IS3 is easier to find than IS2 was. Maybe that's because I've had practice navigating their site. Follow the links: Baen's Books --> WebScription.net --> Jerry Pournelle --> Imperial Stars 3: The Crash of Empire.>> 14Sep2013: This paragraph has become obsolete. The powers at Baen's Books continue to monkey with their website. WebScriptions are no longer available. I have updated all links to point to the right places.
2.3. Who I think is the audience: Science fiction fans. Jerry Pournelle fans.
2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? Yes.
2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? Yes, but this is the end of the Imperial Stars anthologies.
2.6. Other: At its very best, fiction entertains and enlightens. This book does both. Not as much as IS2, but I think Jerry prefers republics to empires.
Baen's Books, Imperial Stars 3: The Crash of Empire
Baen's Books, Imperial Stars 2: Republic and Empire
Baen's Books, Imperial Stars 1: The Stars at War
2.8. Buy the book: Baen's Books, Imperial Stars 3: The Crash of Empire