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Stories From The Quiet War [Kindle Edition]

Paul McAuley
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A collection of five stories, including a previously unpublished novella, set in the universe of the author's novels The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun. Only available as an e-publication.

After the end of the Quiet War, the victorious forces from Earth have taken control of the cities and settlements of the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. In 'Making History' and 'Karyl's War', the victors and the defeated discover that defining the end of the war isn't easy. In 'Incomers', a young visitor from Earth learns of an unexpected reconciliation. In 'Second Skin', a spy attempting to kidnap a valuable gene wizard discovers that he isn't quite what he thought he was. And in 'Reef', the discovery of a fast-evolving ecosystem of vacuum organisms in a planetoid in the Kuiper Belt has far-reaching implications for the spread of life throughout the Solar System.

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I'm the author of more than twenty books, including science-fiction, thriller, and crime novels, several collections of short stories, a Doctor Who novella, and an anthology of stories about popular music, which I co-edited with Kim Newman. My fiction has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell award, the Sidewise Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the British Fantasy Award for best short story.

Before I went over to the dark side and became a full-time writer, I worked as a research biologist in various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University. My chief research interest was symbioses between unicellular algae and coelenterates, including green hydra, sea anemones, and reef-forming corals. I'm still a huge fan of all things to do with science, and spend too much time tweeting about weird and wonderful stuff as UnlikelyWorlds; Time magazine listed me as one of their top 140 most interesting tweeters in 2013.

I live in North London, and haven't yet walked down every street in the A-Z. But I'm trying.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the quite good price war 15 Feb. 2012
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Average to good stories accompanying the perfect novels. Only available on Kindle, so had to borrow my son's. Each story had its moments but Reef was too hard science for my tastes and Incomers seemed to be a bit silly until the dramatic ending that made it all worth it. My favourite was Second Skin, a powerful and exciting tale of identity and double-cross that reminded me of the superb short story A Spy in Europa (Galactic North) by Alastair Reynolds. Some interesting typing errors remain throughout, including a classic school-boy error involving the use of the word "organism" in a love scene! In summary what else are you planning to do with your 77p?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to author and story arc 3 Nov. 2013
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Very good introduction to the quiet war universe. I bought this on offer for holiday reading partly to see if I liked the style of the author. I expect that I will purchase other books in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories good - Kindle format bad 11 Jan. 2012
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When I saw this for the price I thought that it was a bargain for 5 of Paul Mcauleys stories of the Quiet War.I have read some of his novels and short stories before and enjoyed them so I decided to buy this kindle book and I am sure that the stories will be good. But, I will have to read them in the order that they come as I am not able to select the story that I want to read. The stories are stand alone tales and do not have to be read in any order but this is what I will have to do as it is not possible to select the story that I would like to read first as kindle will not allow you to do this. Shame I didnt know this beforehand as I probably wouldnt have bothered to buy the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring setting at a new frontier 24 May 2012
By Oleg - Published on Amazon.com
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The world or universe of "The Quiet War" literally cries for more exploration, stories, and books. It is the new frontier both physically and biologically, human expansion in the solar system, political struggle over resources and ethics, outcasts, prospectors, spies, soldiers, and much much more. Paul McAuley has created a setting that is truly inspiring and has potential beyond this collection and the two previously published novels. Other reviews have found the descriptions too technical and dry, but in my mind they are very poetic from a scientific perspective. There is no need to relate to human emotions on any level when you talk about the moon of a gas giant in the solar system. If the physical facts are not impressive and breathtaking enough then these stories are probably not for you. On the other hand, I have not been able to relate to any of the characters either in the novels nor in this collection. I follow them around, I know about their background, but they all miss something that can create a connection, something that makes me worry for them (or even hate them). The majority of the ideas are very inspiring too. But in the end the stories leave me a little indifferent. This may be on purpose, although I think that there could be a fair bit of improvement with some additional editing (also in the second half of this collection where typos are significantly increasing). Altogether, I would recommend Paul McAuley to anyone with even a slight interest in science fiction and not let the technical execution (in literary terms) weigh too much against it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New gem of a novella 9 Dec. 2011
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love McAuley's Quiet War stories. The only problem with this collection is that it doesn't have all of them! Maybe he'll do another, and then an omnibus. :)

What is does have is a new story not available anywhere else in Karyl's War, a novella. And a very good one about what happens to one roaming man when Earth attacks the Saturn system and what he finds afterwards.

So, great book, great deal.

Stories From the Quiet War : Making History - Paul J. McAuley
Stories From the Quiet War : Incomers - Paul J. McAuley
Stories From the Quiet War : Second Skin - Paul J. McAuley
Stories From the Quiet War : Reef - Paul J. McAuley
Stories From the Quiet War : Karyl's War - Paul J. McAuley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glimpses 19 Nov. 2013
By Greg Polansky - Published on Amazon.com
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Set against the period at the end of The Quiet War and afterwards, these five stories give more world building for Paul McAuley's idea of the future.

In Making History a professor of history tries to discover the truth about one of the rebel leaders from Paris, Dione. He finds himself mixed in with the post-war political and diplomatic events wracking Paris.

Incomers, my favorite story of the collection, takes place roughly 15 years after the events of The Quiet War. Following the lives of a teenager who is trying to find himself while doing the right thing, the story is set on Rhea and gives the reader a good glimpse into postwar life.

Second Skin. The story that reveals Avernus' fate. Isn't that already enough for you? No? Fine. You will get spies. Twists. And more.

Reef begins with an expedition sent to an object near/in the Kuiper Belt that has been overrun by organisms from an experiment begun thirty years ago. Probably the most "hard" science fiction of the stories, it still packs a wallop and the events of the story have huge ramifications for life across the Solar System and beyond.

Karyl's War. Where we learn the fate of Avernus' daughter. And where poor Karyl is caught up in a war not of his own choosing.

The collection is a fast and easy read. And a good midway point between The Quiet War and In The Mouth of the Whale.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of the superb universe created by the author in The Quiet War duology 23 Jan. 2012
By Liviu C. Suciu - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this collection after the wonderful In the Mouth of the Whale as I did not want to leave the superb universe of the author; for some of the stories here, it was the 4th time i read them, some third, some second time and only Karyl's War which is newly published (hint contains an Arab Spring reference) was for the first time; notable Quiet war stories missing are Dead men walking and The Gardens of Saturn which are also awesome and there are 2 or 3 others excellent ones missing (The Passenger, Assassination of Faustino Malarte...)

But still for a very low price, these 5 stories give a very good reading experience and I highly recommend them

Making History is the first QW story i read in the awesome PS anthology of 2000 and the one that hooked me on the milieu; this was the 4th or 5th read and the first narration of an aging history professor who is commissioned by the winning powers to write a biography of the most hated (or most heroic) leader of the Outers, the immediate post war desolation where the winners make the rules and the vanquished endure and a beautiful girl and a love stricken police commander and chief torturer were as fresh as on the first read

Incomers is a more recent story and is set after the war in a habitat less touched by it, though its reverberations and suspicions still go on; good stuff too but less memorable than most of the rest

Second Skin - one of several stories about the spies and saboteurs, the Earth Powers sent in the first wave of the war (before the conquest) and while Dead Men walking is the best such, this one is excellent too

Reef - Outers science and tech on display and sense of wonder and speculations about the future; this story fits best with In the Mouth of the Whale and is another excellent one

Karyl's War - the odyssey of an Outer outsider who wants only to be left in peace to live his nomadic life, but as those memorable words say: "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you". More great world building and action as well as a good cautionary tale for all seasons so to speak

Overall - if you have not read the author's wonderful series that starts with The Quiet War, try these stories and see if they hook you as Making History did 11 or so years ago for me...
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the Quiet War saga 3 Jun. 2014
By Julio Velasquez - Published on Amazon.com
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A great collection of stories that add depth and detail to the worlds and events chronicled in McAuley's The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun. A definite must if you're a fan of those novels.
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