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Bascomb James , Gregory Benford , Tracy Canfield , Eric Choi , David Wesley Hill , Sam S. Kepfield , K.G. Jewell , Peter Wood , Kat Otis , Wendy Sparrow , Jonathan Shipley , Julie Frost , Jakob Drud , Barbara Davies , Elizabeth Bear

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28 Jan 2014
Modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers. Smart, readable, and engaging stories that take us back to a time when science fiction was fun and informative, pithy and piquant—when speculative fiction transported us from the everyday grind and left us wondrously satisfied. Showcasing the breadth of Grand Tradition stories, from 1940s-style pulp to realistic hard SF, from noir and horror SF to spaceships, alien uplift, and action-adventure motifs, Far Orbit's diversity of Grand Tradition stories makes it easy for every SF fan to find a favorite. Featuring an open letter to SF by Elizabeth Bear and stories from Gregory Benford, Tracy Canfield, Eric Choi, Barbara Davies, Jakob Drud, Julie Frost, David Wesley Hill, K. G. Jewell, Sam Kepfield, Kat Otis, Jonathan Shipley, Wendy Sparrow, and Peter Wood. "Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement! Welcome to FAR ORBIT, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition. Strap in and enjoy!" —Julie E. Czerneda, author of SPECIES IMPERATIVE "Successfully captures the kinds of stories that were the gateway drugs for many of us who have been reading science fiction for a long time. Well done!" —Tangent

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: World Weaver Press (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615959245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615959245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.6 cm

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Anthologist Bascomb James earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame and was a post-doctoral fellow in the NIH Laboratory of Persistent Virus Diseases. As a clinical virologist, he authored or edited four virology books, wrote a hat-full of scientific papers, and presented countless scientific lectures and workshops. A science-fiction fan since childhood, Bascomb credits his interest in science, engineering, and invention to the sci-fi stories he read as a child. Stories matter. They really do.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder Of How Great Science Fiction Can Be 5 May 2014
By Ty Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Far Orbit is a terrific collection of the kind of science fiction short stories I grew up reading. The stories are varied in both setting and tone, but each and every one is entertaining and fun. These are Grand Tradition SF stories filled with hope and ideas. Stories meant to inspire a new generation of readers and writers to remember the wide-eyed wonder of the universe around us. My personal favorite story is probably Starship Down, but in truth I quite enjoyed them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Orbit is a great success 26 April 2014
By stevelinda.young - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful! A history lesson that taught me how much I love science fiction and reminded me why!!
Thanks Bas-comb James
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read! 23 July 2014
By Maria Elizabeth Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Put aside all of your preconceived notions of what "sci-fi" is -- whether you think you love it or hate, it doesn't matter -- pick up this book and get to reading!

I have not enjoyed a sci-fi read this much in a really long time. Far Orbit takes the dreary, normally battle-filled genre and turns it completely on its head. With stories that are fun, hilarious and unexpected, there was a new adventure at every turn. I also loved the tidbits of history that preceded each chapter. It's always easy to forget how a genre has changed over the course of the years.

I have two favorite aspects of this anthology:
1) The fact that there was so much diversity. Not just by race and gender (which was so refreshing), but by the characters' backgrounds as well -- there were stories about entrepreneurs, ones about martians, ones about pirates (yes, pirates in space) -- I mean, there is never a lack of excitement when no two settings are alike.

2) The characters were believable and fleshed out -- even in such short stories -- not an easy feat, I can assure you! Each character could have had their very own spinoff and you would've wanted to read each one. It amazed me how these authors were able to cram so many wonderful character flaws and traits into so little time. Loved them all!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi fans will be satisfied! 27 May 2014
By Scott Burtness - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great collection of stories! A mixed bag of protagonists, settings that span the very near future just outside of Earth's atmosphere to far flung worlds in the distant future, and plots that will appeal to pretty much everyone.

The anthologist has done a great job of compiling works for this book. This is quality stuff- all of the stories are well written, nuanced, and entertaining. Despite being short stories, you'll be surprised by how far into each world you're drawn, and how much you learn about the characters.

I love sci fi. I have since I was a kid and have read a ton. This anthology is a great addition to the genre, and I'm glad I found it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a quick science fiction fix? This is it! 20 May 2014
By Kevin Bayer - Published on Amazon.com
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Far Orbit is a wonderful collection of short science fiction stories.

A few of the standout stories to me were:

Open For Business, by Sam Kepfield, is a tale of (practically current day) entrepreneurs starting up an asteroid mining company, and the fall out from doing so.

Composition in Death Minor, by Kevin Jewell, where a cellist assassin has to make a choice.

Spaceman Barbecue, by Peter Wood, is a Twilight Zone-esque throwback with a happy ending.

A Game of Hold'em, by Wendy Sparrow, is an Old West tale set on a colony world.

And I think my favorite was Bear Essentials, by Julie Frost, about a small trading vessel run by a grumpy man and his adult daughter, along with their small crew. This tale has them transporting a live bear from one world to another, along with an unusual passenger, and discovering something amazing along the way. I definitely want to read more stories about this crew (especially if that bear comes back).

Need a quick fix of good old-fashioned science fiction? Far Orbit is it!

An eARC of Far Orbit was provided to me by the publisher for review (thanks!), and this review is posted at [...]
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