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4.0 out of 5 stars Republishes a good selection of Dave Weber short stories, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Worlds Of Weber (Mass Market Paperback)
If the nine short stories and novellas in this collection are assessed on their merits, this collection of David Weber's short and medium military SF easily merits four stars and in places five.

However, as he makes clear in the introduction, all of them have been published before, so check carefully before buying this that you don't already have everything in it.

The stories in this book are

1) A Certain Talent
("Legion of Space" universe, first published in The Williamson Effect)
2) In the Navy
("1632/Ring of Fire" universe, first published in "Ring of Fire")
3) The Captain from Kirkbeam
(First published in "Alternate Generals")
4) St George and the Dragon
(First published in "Foreign Legions")
5) Sword Brother
(Bahzell Bahnakson, Published in revised 2007 edition of "Oath Of Swords")
6) A Beautiful Friendship
(Honorverse, first published in "More Than Honor")
7) Ms Midshipwoman Harrington
(Honorverse, first published in "Changer Of Worlds (Worlds of Honor)")
8) Miles to go
("Bolo" universe, first published in "Bolos: The Triumphant 3 (Bolos, Book 3)")
9) The Traitor
("Bolo" universe, first published in "Last Stand: Bolos 4")

With one exception these stories were written for anthologies, mostly put together by other SF writers such as David Drake.

The exception is "Sword Brother" in which the wizard Wencit of Ruum accidentally summons an armoured fighting vehicle from our world, and its' crew, when trying to help Bahzell out of a nasty situation. This was written for a revised edition of "Oath of Swords" issued in 2007: my copy of that book is rather older, so I bought this collection mainly for "Sword Brother" and I don't regret the purchase.

Of the other stories in the collection, "In the Navy" is set between "1632 (Ring of Fire)" and "1633 (Ring of Fire)" and describes the start of the process of building a modern navy during the thirty years war: it also describes how former UN navy captain John Simpson moved from being one of the bad guys in the first book in the series, to one of the heroes of "1633" and "1634: the Baltic War."

"A beautiful friendship" describes how Stephanie Harrington, a young girl from an earlier generation of Honor Harrington's family, became the first human to be "adopted" by a Sphinx treecat. An extended version of this story, set about 500 years before the birth of Honor Harrington, is due to be published as a novel with the same name later this year, and it is planned that this will be the start of a series featuring Stephanie Harrington and aimed at young adults.

If you don't already have the stories in this book, I can very strongly recommend it. Just check carefully before buying that this is the case!
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