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Martin Greenberg and John Helfers have collected fourteen science fiction stories which take place on space stations. Such stories stand in an interesting place between those set on a planet's surface, grounded by gravity, climate and ecology, and those set in space ships that can flee trouble at the speed of light. The particular characteristics and constraints of space stations produce stories with their own texture. My three favorites of these fourteen are described below.

Alan Dean Foster's "Redundancy" a little girl and an artificial intelligence are cut off by an explosion and try to survive until help can reach them. Both are more resourceful than it initially seems.

Russell Davis' "Countdown" is an uncomfortably short story. Two long-time inhabitants of a space station consider its importance as it prepares to self-destruct.

In Jack Williamson's "Black Hole Station" a son travels to the space station near a black hole to find his father and bring him home.

This is a collection of entertaining stories organized around an interesting them. I recommend it to new fans of science fiction who are willing to use the space station as a stepping-off point to greater expanses.
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