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A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including DanA collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.Compilation and introduction © 2017 by John Joseph Adams“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime” © 2017 by Charlie Jane Anders.“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” © 2017 by Tobias S. Buckell“The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts” © 2017 by Becky Chambers“The Sighted Watchmaker” © 2011 by Vylar Kaftan. Originally published in Lightspeed“Infinite Love Engine” © 2017 by Joseph Allen Hill. Originally published in Lightspeed“Unfamiliar Gods” © 2017 by Adam-Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” © 2015 by Caroline M. Yoachim. Originally published in Lightspeed“Our Specialty Is Xenogeology” © 2017 by Alan Dean Foster“Golden Ring” © 2017 by Karl Schroeder“Tomorrow When We See the Sun” © 2015 by A. Merc Rustad. Originally published in Lightspeed“Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair!” © 2017 by Seanan McGuire“The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun” © 2017 by Aliette de Bodard.“Diamond and the World Breaker” © 2017 by Linda Nagata“The Chameleon’s Gloves” © 2017 by Yoon Ha Lee“The Universe, Sung in Stars” © 2015 by Kat Howard. Originally published in Lightspeed“Wakening Ouroboros” © 2017 by Jack Campbell“Warped Passages” © 2017 by Kameron Hurley“The Frost Giant’s Data” © 2017 by Dan Abnett....

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  • Lindsay
    2019-03-12 10:20

    A wonderful anthology of science fiction and fantasy with a view towards the widest scopes. It's not all on a cosmic space or time scope, but it's definitely all playing to the theme. There's a wide range in tone as well, with some being very hard science fiction, a couple of laugh-out-loud funny stories and a few that are touching and sweet. As with all anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven and naturally subjective, but there were only a few stories I really didn't care for and some of the highlights are going to stick with me for a while. There are summaries of what I thought of each story in my updates for the book, but I'll give my highlights here and then list my ratings for individual stories."The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts" by Becky ChambersChambers seems to be a polarizing author. A lot of people don't seem to like SF stories that are light on SF but heavy on positivity. This story fits well into her wheel-house and as a fan of this author's novels this is more of what I love from her. It's structured as the journal of a self-effacing ordinary person who gets to be the chosen one in a plot that could have been lifted from an anime. When the deckhand realizes that her journal is being read by a censor she starts using it to engage in a one-sided conversation/confessional."Tomorrow When We See the Sun" by A. Merc RustadAs I said in my update for this, it takes a lot to get me engaged in a post-singularity story as the concerns of such beings seem alien and largely irrelevant to anything meaningful for the reader, but this one pulls off the trick brilliantly. From the main character's odd way of talking (explained later in the piece), to its construction and purpose and its constant rebelling against the role it is forced to play ... I found in profoundly engaging. I think this author is one to watch.There's also a few stories in here that are worth calling out because of how they play with the theme, including the hilarious "A Temporary Embarassment in Spactime" and "Infinite Love Engine". If you don't like humor in your SF, then I recommend skipping them, but if you do there's some fine work here. Also the story "The Universe, Sung in Stars" isn't at all science fiction, playing with the concept of keepers of universes, pocket galaxies and orreries of real stars. It's also really sweet.Ranked★★★★★ "The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts" by Becky Chambers"Tomorrow When We See the Sun" by A. Merc Rustad★★★★☆ "A Temporary Embarassment in Spactime" by Charlie Jane Anders"Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance" by Tobias S. Buckell"Infinite Love Engine" by Joseph Allen Hill"The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun" by Aliette de Bodard"The Universe, Sung in Stars" by Kat Howard★★★☆☆ "Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World" by Caroline M. Yoachim"Golden Ring" by Karl Schroeder"Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair!" by Seanan McGuire"Diamond and the World Breaker" by Linda Nagata"The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha Lee"Warped Passages" by Kameron Hurley"The Frost Giant's Data" by Dan Abnett"Wakening Ouroboros" by Jack Campbell★★☆☆☆ "Our Speciality is Xenogeology" by Alan Dean Foster★☆☆☆☆ "The Sighted Watchmaker" by Vylar Kaftan"Unfamiliar Gods" by Adam-Troy Castro with Judi B. Castro

  • Justine
    2019-02-24 12:07

    Overall this was just an OK collection for me. There were more stories that I didn't much care for than those I did. The ones I liked best were The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts; and The Chameleon's Gloves.A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders - This was OK, but I'm not really a fan of humorous or zany satirical SF.Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Bucknell - This one I quite liked. A maintenance robot goes toe to toe with a snobby cybernetic preservationist human, with expected results.The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts by Becky Chambers - Nice! A chosen one story, but done Chambers-style.The Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan - A cosmic creator learns the ultimate lesson of parenting, and makes the final transition from child to parent itself.Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill - Weird SF, like a drink flavoured with Kool Aid, neither of which are really my thing to be honest.Unfamiliar Gods by Adam-Troy Castro  with Judi B. Castro - The problem with all-powerful beings is that they can be very literal, and sometimes they give you exactly what you ask for.Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Carolyn M. Yoachim - Another circular exploration/creation type story. I admit these are really not my thing.Our Specialty is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster - Meh. I liked the set up but (somewhat ironically) not the follow through: "...for a human, at least, the hardest thing to do was to confront a question and fear never being able to learn the answer."Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder - "The rational actor chooses to maximize her own utility." Ugh. Economic theory in action in an SF story. Did not care for this one.Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A. Merc Rustad - I didn’t love the story, which was very sad, but the writing was quite lyrical and poetic. Your eyes, grace touched/forever refugeWe will live together Tomorrow/when we see the sun Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair! by Seanan McGuire - A funny little story told in typical McGuire fashion.The Dragon That Flew Out of The Sun by Aliette de Bodard - A sad story trying to make sense of war, where no real sense can be made. Diamond and the World Breaker by Linda Nagata - A little chaos is required in order for people to be happy, and also provides a way for a mother and daughter to bond. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The Chameleon's Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee - I really liked this one. A lot of character development and excitement packed into a very complete feeling story.The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard - A nicely written story, although there isn't a lot to it.Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell - Not bad; the last two immortal humans try to save their world and recapture their reason for living: "Too many people, too many memories. Nobody noticed. After a few million years, most days are pretty much the same."Warped Passages by Kameron Hurley - An origin story for The Stars Are Legion. This would be useful backstory for anyone reading that book.The Frost Giant's Data by Dan Abnett - The idea was fine, a break-in to a giant data security vault, but the story was just OK for me.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-01 04:17

    Like all collections/anthologies this one has some winners and some losers but the good far outweighs the bad in this collection of stories from some very talented writers!

  • Paul
    2019-02-25 04:21

    Some good stories but overall a bit underwhelming. 18 stories with a combined rating of 55 stars out of a possible 90 gave the average rating a 3.05. The following is the stories ranked from most liked to least liked:Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell - 5 Stars - Exquisite world buildingA Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders - 5 Stars - HilariousUnfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro - 4 Stars - Hilarious and UnforgettableThe Deckhand, The Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts by Becky Chambers - 4 Stars - Log entries of an insecure prophecied oneWarped Passages by Kameron Hurley - 4 Stars - An engrossing prequel to The Stars are LegionThe Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan - 3 Stars - A creator watches his creations on his planet, great idea. Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim - 3 Stars - Highly epic, spanning many millenniaOur Specialty is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster - 3 Stars - A good should they or shouldn't they first contact story without actual contact.Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder - 3 Stars - A highly intelligent story missing an emotional elementBring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Travelling Retro Funfair! by Seanan McGuire - 3 Stars - Great story but an abrupt endingDiamond and the Wind Breaker by Linda Nagata - 3 StarsWakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell - 3 Stars - Good storyInfinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill - 2 StarsTomorrow When We See the Sun by A. Merc Rustad - 2 Stars - Went way over my head but I could see shimmers of brilliance in it. The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette De Bodard - 2 Stars - No connection to the storyThe Chameleon's Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee - 2 Stars - Connected to his Empires of Machinery series but I had a hard time understanding it. The Frost Giant's Data by Dan Abnett - 1 Star - Didn't finish it. Probably has something to do with being the last story. I think that more experienced sci-fi readers will like some of the stories I gave a 2 star rating to. Honestly, a few of those stories were just too complicated for me, and require a reread. The Rustad and Lee stories, in particular, were difficult reads for me. Good anthology overall. 3/5

  • Lis Carey
    2019-02-25 04:26

    This is just one kickass good anthology. Go buy a copy in your preferred format now.Okay, okay, you want to know more.Every one of these stories is, as advertised, far-future, galaxy-spanning, and involves people confronting huge problems caused by technology, in some cases so advanced as to be, as Arthur C. Clarke said, "indistinguishable from magic."They vary wildly in tone, also.Charlie Jan Anders' "A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime" is just really funny."The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha Lee features an interstellar thief saddled with the unenviable job of committing one theft not for profit but to prevent the deaths of billions. I hadn't been attracted to what I've heard of Ninefox Gambit, but now I very much want to read it."Diamond and the Worldbreaker" by Linda Nagata gives us a twelve-year-old who just wanted a chance to be the bad guy for once, and her mother whose job it is to prevent the kind of chaos created by the kind of "bad guy" her daughter admires.In Vylar Kaftan's "The Sighted Watchmaker," Umos has the responsibility of tending a planet through its evolution, and wishes he could have the guidance of the Makers. But who are the Makers? Meanwhile, Seanan McGuire's "Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair" is straight up adventure.There's more variety and excellent storytelling in store as well.It's rare that I've enjoyed an anthology so thoroughly, and Yoon Ha Lee isn't the only author represented here for whom I will be seeking out more work when I previously had my doubts.Highly recommended.I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  • Peter Tillman
    2019-03-06 07:25

    Interesting anthology of new stories. I liked some more than others. Overall, 3.3 stars?For me, the standouts are:* “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell. Classic biter-bit tale, in a posthuman, post space-war setting. With one nasty throwback onscreen. 4.5 stars, tasty stuff.* "The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha Lee. An interrupted art-heist becomes a mission to save-the-universe from a prototype superweapon. Backstory is confusing, as are the names and personal pronouns, but the action is fast and furious. Set in the author’s "Ninefox Gambit" universe. Solid 4 stars.* “A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime” by Charlie Jane Anders. Silly mock-space opera, subject to the usual humor caveat. I liked it. 3.8 stars.* "Wakening Ouroboros" by Jack Campbell. An old-fashioned heat-death of the universe space opera. The last two people alive are in a locked world…. 3.5 stars.* "The Frost Giant's Data" by Dan Abnett. Over the top story about hacking into a world-size data-store. It gets personal. 3.3 Stars*"Infinite Love Engine" by Joseph Allen Hill. Like, totally dope. Silly and confusing. 3 stars?* "Tomorrow When We See the Sun" by A. Merc Rustad. I wanted to like this complex but confusing story, but gave up. DNF, unrated.The Duds"Unfamiliar Gods" by Adam-Troy Castro with Judi B. Castro. 1 star, ghastly characters, horrible religion, hated it.Mention should must be made of the, erm, very *colorful* cover art, by Chris Foss. Sort of a West Coast psychedelic version of a Baen cover, maybe a space fighter-bomber?? With what appears to be a CRT television, in track-mounted armor, on the port side. "Artist's concept".

  • a hooded figure from your friendly neighbourhood dog park
    2019-03-14 10:34

    Picked this up for “The Chameleon’s Gloves” © 2017 by Yoon Ha Lee, an excellent addition to the Machineries 'verse. a funny kind of weird and/or uplifting:“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime” © 2017 by Charlie Jane Anders. <<< I was fully prepared to be squicked by the 'ball of flesh' floating in space and eating everything and its cult of smelly worshipers, and then by the grotesque perverted planet out of some lurid fantasy, but the characters were super amusing (I mean, just the monocellular guy is priceless!), so I made it through.“The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts” © 2017 by Becky Chambers <<< always nice to read more from Becky Chambers! and it's a nice spin on the Chosen trope.“Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair!” © 2017 by Seanan McGuire<<< nice ideas about clones, but ofc there always has to be the good one vs the bad one. feels like it should've been a novella.“Golden Ring” © 2017 by Karl Schroeder>>> a really touching story about an artificial sun with a mind of her own. I also loved the philosophical dilemma here, and the idea of lockstep, never seen it executed this nicely before.“The Universe, Sung in Stars” © 2015 by Kat Howard. Originally published in Lightspeed>>> just a cute little piece about pocket universes.--“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” © 2017 by Tobias S. Buckell >>> gets its own special category bc it's not funny or precisely uplifting, but I did like the ideas here.--“The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun” © 2017 by Aliette de Bodard.<<< like always with this author, beautiful world-building, sad as hell.--“Warped Passages” © 2017 by Kameron Hurley<<< the backstory behind the massive yikes that is The Stars Are a Legionhard sci-fi or not sure what I've just read:“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” © 2015 by Caroline M. Yoachim. Originally published in Lightspeed>>> seeeriously weird, but not in a bad way.“The Frost Giant’s Data” © 2017 by Dan Abnett.>>> I feel like this story was more cool ideas than substance, which is what often happens with hard scifi. but the whole backup bodies plus heist combination was neat.“Infinite Love Engine” © 2017 by Joseph Allen Hill. Originally published in Lightspeed>>> I can't even retell what the hell happened here.not sure what it was for:“The Sighted Watchmaker” © 2011 by Vylar Kaftan. Originally published in Lightspeed>>> nice ideas about evolution and Makers, but the final message just didn't resonate with me.“Our Specialty Is Xenogeology” © 2017 by Alan Dean Foster<<< same problem - nice worldbuilding of an alien spaceship with stuff other than super deadly weapons, but the conclusion just flat.“Tomorrow When We See the Sun” © 2015 by A. Merc Rustad. Originally published in Lightspeed<<< so much packed into this, and all about torture and game of thrones.“Diamond and the World Breaker” © 2017 by Linda Nagata>>> the AI Overlord games idea was fun, and the mother protecting her daughter too, but it all felt rushed.“Wakening Ouroboros” © 2017 by Jack Campbell>>> this would have been a lot better with smb other than the classic pinball protagonist in the last two humans alive scenario with a hot chick.nope:“Unfamiliar Gods” © 2017 by Adam-Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro<<< ugh this didn't feel clever, it all felt like disturbing squick fetish.

  • Charlotte
    2019-03-08 10:16

    Space Opera. How did I not realize this was a distinct sub genre of science fiction? Consider me stumped but oh so very pleased. According to Wikipedia... “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.” Heck yes. Space adventures. Space opera. Science fiction. Whatever you call it, this collection of short stories has been an absolute joy and refreshing escape. All the more necessary as a reprieve during my long dark read of Mr Steven Kings’ “The Stand” and our equally dark real world troubles that have only increased since Jan 21, 2017. Coincidence? Maybe not. I’m certain we can thank our Cheeto-in-Chief for the recent rise in escapism. Unicorn-everything for some. Space operas for moi. I’m also quite pleased to see many spectacular women writers included in this collection. Small victories for gender equality!Hmm. This review got strangely political... TLDR; it’s a great collection of short stories, space adventures and the like. Highly recommended for sci fic fans. End rant.

  • Bonnie McDaniel
    2019-03-04 04:31

    John Joseph Adams pretty much has the golden touch as an editor. I own several of his anthologies, and they've consistently been among the better SFF collections out there. This book definitely follows in that tradition. Some of these stories are outrageously over-the-top (in keeping with the bright, eye-watering cover art), but that is part of the theme, and the charm, of this book. The standout story in this anthology, so far, seems to be "Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance," Tobias S. Buckell's far-future, sprawling space opera that is at the same time an intense character study. Seanan McGuire contributes a story with equal parts humor and hard science (hers takes place inside a Dyson sphere), and Aliette de Bodard's tale of war and the price civilians pay is heartbreaking. My second favorite story is probably "Warped Passages," Kameron Hurley's excellent prequel/origin story to her fantastic space opera The Stars Are Legion. (If you're going to read new-to-you authors based on this collection, start with Buckell and Hurley.) But there's something for everyone here, and while I liked some stories less than others, there's not a stinker in the bunch.

  • Jon
    2019-02-19 04:35

    LCL Summer Reading Challenge "Read a book published this year"

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-27 12:27

    I picked this anthology up for the Seannan McGuire and Becky Chambers stories, both of which are well worth reading. In point of fact, they are not the only gems in this collection, which has quite a few stellar stories. Unfortunately, there are also a number of tales that just made me tune out. They were a little too epic and somehow failed to be interesting. Or they just weren't my style. Still, it's a set of short stories, so there's no harm in putting the book down for a week or two before reading the next one.

  • Mark Vayngrib
    2019-03-02 06:12

    still reading, but so far, 3.5 starsA Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime - 2.5 starszany and hilarious at first, exhaustingly tedious in the middle, and something probably happens at the endZen and the Art of Starship Maintenance - 3.5 starswell written and engaging. More space opera like this pleaseThe Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts - 2 starsengaging enough, but literally nothing happens in front of the cameraThe Sighted Watchmaker - 2.5 starsnot bad, but the magic trick of turning a science fiction story into a parable deeply offended my sensibilitiesInfinite Love Engine - 4 starshilarious and action-packed. Tragically, this author has written very little else...to be continued

  • Rita
    2019-02-19 12:10

    My favorite stories:P. 55 Zen and the art of starship maintenance: this story is about a "robot" who is used by a biological form, who knows the 3 laws of robotics, to force it to save its life. 3 🌟P. 70 The Deckhand Etc: This story is by Becky Chambers who wrote Long Way to an Angry Planet. it's about an orphan who is A deckhand on a ship. Nobody likes her; she lost her best friend at the same time that she lost her parents. She likes to smoke weed in the chapel and she keeps a log that's halfway between a diary and a confessional and I have to say I identify with her. 5 starsP. 80 The Sighted Watchmaker: The story is, for me, an allegory to God. It's about the tool of the Makers. The Makers no longer exist but they left their tool to seek and Seed planets where life could develop. The story made me feel like crying because it feels like it's a story of the Earth and our destruction of it. 5 starsP. 120 Unfamiliar Gods: In the future, spaceships travel far distances by being flung, either by ire or by kowtowing to Gods. A particular ship is flung God only knows where by an Angry God and, trying to convince a local God to send them back to their home system, the captain offers to sacrifice a goat. The petty little Tyrant God agrees to the sacrifice of a goat and, one more thing.What will be known as the day all humanity became...less. 5 🌟P. 156 Our Specialty is Xenogeology: What would you do if you were looking for minerals in another solar system and you found an alien ship? Inside the alien ship, inside one of its rooms, you found aliens. But because your specialty is rocks and minerals, you don't qualify to contact aliens. So, you turn around, go back to Earth, and report it to the authorities. That's what happened in this story, but it felt like it wasn't finished. If I was writing this story, after the humans return to their ship, I would have had the aliens wake up and follow them. 4 🌟P. 305 Wakening Ouroboros: The last two humans on the last world need to save the world from entropy. Tricking the world into letting them do it is the hard part. 3 🌟P. 322 Warped Passages: The Earth has become so bloated with humans that a legion of ships must leave to find room on a hospitable Planet. But something stops them, arresting them in place so that their engines strain in place. The ship's passengers begin to give birth to strange parasites, which in turn begin to devour everything and everyone on board. 3 🌟

  • Bridget Mckinney
    2019-03-17 05:27

    The new John Joseph Adams-edited anthology, Cosmic Powers, is the first great anthology of the year, jam-packed with smart, entertaining sci-fi adventure stories that bring a nicely modern sensibility to old ideas and tropes. There are several recurring themes throughout the anthology. Religion figures largely in many of these stories, and several of the stories deal with gods or with beings who have amassed nearly godlike power with the aid of time and technology. Artificial intelligences of various kinds make several appearances, as do post-humans of multiple kinds. Examinations of families both biological and found are significant as well, and several stories look at the responsibility of people to each other, personally, and to humanity as a whole; it’s “the personal is political” writ across space and time. It’s a remarkably cohesive collection that nonetheless contains a wonderful variety of stories by a diverse group of authors to offer a well-rounded perspective on the idea of stories that take place on a cosmic scale.Read the full review at SF Bluestocking.

  • Becki
    2019-02-18 10:23

    - Charlie Jane Anders, 'A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime' (3.5/5)What an odd but fun story. It's the kind I'd like to read more of (as a novel) to really get into the characters and world. - Tobias S. Buckell, 'Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance' (3/5)I struggled to get into this one, after a few attempts. While I don't necessarily understand everything, I could picture what was happening. Interesting. (The writing is so much like my brother's haha.)- Becky Chambers, 'The Deckhand, the Nova Blade and the Thrice-Sung Texts' (4.5/5)I love her writing and I loved this story. The character's voice was great, the format was interesting (though perhaps limiting at times when you want to know more) and I liked the realistic take on the 'chosen one' narrative.

  • Charles
    2019-03-02 08:31

    A diverse bag of talent, I got the book mainly for Becky Chambers's story (and hers alone was worth it) but was pleasantly surprised with some other real gems. I found the stories by Becky Chambers, Dan Abnett, Kameron Hurley, Charlie Jane Anders and Jack Campbell are the most memorable. Other stories were good. A few were outright amateurish, stuck in the folly of having ambiguous voices speaking in abstractions about unknown nouns and events.Overall though a good collection of the current scene in action and cosmic-level scifi.

  • Abbott
    2019-03-14 11:08

    it was alright, but some of the stories were so hard to follow!

  • Amy
    2019-03-17 10:12

    All great far-spanning stories. Some I had read before, previously published in Lightspeed. JJA, nice trick, collecting so many authors I like in one place!

  • Anne
    2019-02-28 06:36

    I read the Becky Chambers short story, which was excellent. 4.5*I don't have any interest in reading the others at this time.

  • Simon
    2019-02-24 07:27

    Recent Reads: Cosmic Powers. John Joseph Adams collects excellent far future SF. Space opera with all the bells, whistles, and ray guns.

  • David Scrimshaw
    2019-03-06 08:26

    Just a terrific collection of sci-fi.Lots of authors on my must-read list already and now I have a few more.If you're thinking that by the cover this might be your kind of thing, it is.

  • Randy French
    2019-03-09 10:24

    Haven't finished it yet but I an SO enjoying it! It's way out stuff & I love it, Finished it!Loved the book.