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Conflicts [Paperback]

Neal Asher , Andy Remick , Chris Beckett , Keith Brooke , Eric Brown , David L. Clements , Michael Cobley , Una McCormack , Jim Mortimore , Ian Whates
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2 April 2010
- A spaceship hurtles into the unknown carrying humanity's last hope, but does it also carry the seeds of its own doom? -

- The galaxy's ultimate facilitator finds himself pursued by relentless enemies, while, of greater importance, there's a puzzle to be solved -

- A rescue mission to a hostile alien world turns out to be far more than it seems -

- The Celtic nation has reclaimed its homeland, forcing the English into impoverished enclaves, but hot-headed English youth isn't about to take that lying down -

- A trivial disagreement between two off-duty super soldiers out for some R&R escalates and escalates, eventually endangering an entire world -

Thirteen tales of human striving, of ingenuity, brilliance, desperate action, violence, and resolution. Thirteen tales of Conflict, of Science Fiction at its absolute best.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NewCon Press (2 April 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1907069119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907069116
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The hardback edition is limited to just 150 numbered copies, each signed by all the contributors --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 22 April 2010
By Brill
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Just finished this and really enjoyed it. Some great British science fiction stories based around war, some uplifting, some quite depressing. I bought it becuase of the Neal Asher story, which was good, but not the best in the collection IMO. "Our Land" by Chris Beckett was my favourite, but "Harmony in my Head" by Rosanne Rabinowitz came a close second. I shall be looking out for more by these authors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid anthology... 17 Jun 2010
By RobR
Conflicts is an anthology of short fiction based in and around military conflicts. There are some good stories here, particularly by Una McCormack, Chris Beckett and Keith Brooke. That's not to say that Eric Brown, Neal Asher, Gareth L Powell and others don't turn in acceptable stories because they do. It's a good solid read and only missed out on a five star rating because there were no standout, slap you in the face, amazingly fantastic, jaw-dropping stories.

Well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection 6 April 2013
By Lendrak
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Nice selection of stories, I am not really a great lover of short story SciFi but its often useful to try different authors material and this is no exception
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic space opera (in bite sized pieces) 31 Dec 2011
As Mr. Whates says in his introduction, Conflicts is "defiantly SF... with a space ship on the front" and everything. Although that's the ostensible limit to the book's rebellion, the selection of stories showcases well-written science fiction's power to encapsulate big ideas in small spaces.

Conflicts does begin with a fairly traditional war story, that is, if anything by Andy Remic could be called traditional. "Psi.Copath" is one of Mr. Remic's Combat K adventures, following a group of hard-shooting, hard-swearing hard men (and women) as they explode things across the universe. There's wise-cracking, general skullduggery and some inventive cursing.

Michael Cobley's "The Marker's Mark" has all the hallmarks of Golden Age SF - silly alien names, warring one-note villains, ill-defined omnipotent technology and a fortune cookie ending. That said, it is also a strong examination of the potency of monopoly and the power of greed.

Keith Brooke's "Sussed" follows Chan, a far future coder who works for a notorious crime lord, Geno. At the start of the story, he's fleeing his employer. Chan's been caught in flagrante with his boss' sister and knows he's in serious trouble. Even as Chan gets further and further away from Earth (and develops many new and interesting problems), his focus is always on his homeland.

Neal Asher's "The Cuisinart Effect" sees a hard-nosed officer leads a group of soldiers into the distant past in order to foil their enemy's plot to kidnap dinosaurs and use them as weapons of mass destruction. I'm not familiar with Mr. Asher's other work, but got the impression that this was linked into an existing world. I'm sure I missed a few nuances because of that, but, whatever. Dinosaurs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real shame 14 May 2010
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I don't like to give a book a low rating needlessly, but in this instance I have no choice. This is a poor collection, featuring stories which are surprisingly weak considering some of the names involved. The editor should feel real shame for inflicting such an abomination upon the reading public. There are a multitude of excellent Sci-Fi collections available, but this is not one of them, it is the worst I have ever read in my lifetime! Avoid.
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