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When Diplomacy Fails: An Anthology of Military Science Fiction
Edited by Eirc Flint & Mike Resnick
Cover Artist: David Mattingly
Review by Ernest Lilley
IsFic Press Trade  ISBN/ITEM#: 0975915665
Date: 10 October 2008 / Show Article /

Editors Eric Flint and Mike Resnick point out that there will probably be war as long as there are humans, and while they may or may not be right...betting against them would be foolish. Betting against the talent of the assembled horde of authors here would be equally poor tactical thinking, with the likes of John Ringo and Victor Mitchell, Davids - Drake and Weber, Harry Turtledove, Tanya Huff, Stephen Leigh, Gene Wolfe, and both editors contributing. This is firepower I'd hate to go up against, but fortunately they're all on the side of the reader, so we can sit back and let our heroes, antiheroes and just plain Joes, sweat it out in the cold, inhospitable spaces where everyone's out to kill you for one reason or another, and all because diplomacy didn't get the job done.

From official release/information:

Grunts, Tommies, Gropos, Dogfaces.

Whatever you call them, these are the men, women, and aliens who fight the wars the politicians come up with.

Join nine outstanding authors as they explore the ever and never changing role of the soldier in ISFiC Press's latest collection of short stories.

In these stories, selected by Eric Flint and Mike Resnick, brave veterans and the rankest recruits face, not only expected threats such as gunfire and bombs, but dragons, man-tanks and cyborg soldiers and, not the least threat, the incompetents and would-be heroes that every cause attracts (and kills). Beginning with the 19th-century poem by Rudyard Kipling, honoring those who really fight their country's wars to the United States Navy of 1632 to the star navies of the future, these stories highlight the soldier's view of war and command.

Each story included develops the human side of the soldiers. From a not-quite-human superweapon to balloon-traveling mercenaries, each character shows the human side of war and its cost � the obvious, physical wounds and the not-so-obvious mental ones. From experienced veterans who expect to win every battle to those who can't win anything, they are all here.

Table of Contents for When Diplomacy Fails:

"A Ship Named Francis," by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell
"The Day of Glory," by David Drake
"Not That Kind of a War," by Tanya Huff
"In the Navy," by David Weber
"The Burning Spear at Twilight," by Mike Resnick
"Straw," by Gene Wolfe
"Encounter," by Stephen Leigh
"Black Tulip," by Harry Turtledove
"Fanatic," by Eric Flint

(Source: IsFic Press)

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