INFINITE STARS: The Definitive Anthology of Space Opera and Military SF

Editor: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Released: October 2017
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 978-1-4767-8213-3
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A who’s who of space opera and military science fiction contribute brand new stories set in the universes of their most famous series. Space Opera and Military Science Fiction are cut from the same cloth, so this anthology merges the two to create a once-in-a-lifetime collection that includes:

• A new Honor Harrington Universe tale by David Weber
• A new Dune story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, set within the time frame of the original novel Dune
• A new Ender’s Game story by Orson Scott Card
• A new Lost Fleet story by Jack Campbell
An RCN story by David Drake

Reviews

“Space opera is celebrated in this capacious anthology with stories from a stellar lineup of its best contemporary practitioners. The 24 selections—which include classics from luminaries such as Robert Silverberg (who also contributes an informative historical introduction), Anne McCaffrey, Poul Anderson, and Cordwainer Smith, as well as 15 works original to this volume—illustrate the wide variety of themes that space opera can accommodate: galactic empire building across space and time in Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton’s “Stark and the Star Kings”; the peculiar lives of extraterrestrial fauna in Orson Scott Card’s “Renegat” (a new episode in his long-running Ender saga); interstellar piracy in Elizabeth Moon’s “All in a Day’s Work”; cultural identity in Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo-winning “Binti”; and military adventures (a staple of the subgenre) in stories by Lois McMaster Bujold, David Drake, and Bennett R. Coles. Although these short stories don’t always have the sweep and scope of novel-length works, the new episodes of several series…will make this book irresistible to space opera enthusiasts.

Stories by Orson Scott Card, David Weber, Jack Campbell, Anne McCaffrey, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, David Drake, Robert Silverberg, Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Catherine Asaro, Alastair Reynolds, Linda Nagata, Jerry Pournelle & Larry Niven, Nnedi Okorafor, Cordwainer Smith, Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton, William C. Deitz, Charles E. Gannon, Jean Johnson, Poul Anderson, A.C. Crispin, Dave Bara, and Bennett R. Coles.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“While the broad sampling means readers may not enjoy every tale, the wide variety on offer makes this volume worth a look for any sf reader, regardless of their particular genre tastes.”
-Booklist Review

“Infinite Stars is a strong celebration of the variety and power of the space opera subgenre, both in its history and its ongoing vitality” – Locus magazine

“celebrates the breadth and scope—and storytelling power—of space opera” – Barnes & Noble SFF blog

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editor’s Note/Acknowledgements by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Introduction by Robert Silverberg
“Renegat” (Ender) by Orson Scott Card
“The Waters Of Kanly” (Dune) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
“The Good Shepherd” (Legion of the Damned) by William C. Dietz
“The Game Of Rat and Dragon” by Cordwainer Smith 1956 Hugo Best Story, 1955 Galaxy SF, October
“The Borders of Infinity” (Vorkosigan) by Lois McMaster Bujold
“All In A Day’s Work” (Vatta’s War) by Elizabeth Moon
“Last Day Of Training” (Lightship Chronicles) by Dave Bara
“The Wages of Honor” (Skolian Empire) by Catherine Asaro
“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor TOR.COM, 2015; 2016 Nebula/Hugo/BFA Best Novella
“Reflex” (CoDominium) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
“How To Be A Barbarian in the Late 25th Century” (Theirs Not To Reason Why) by Jean Johnson
“Stark and the Star Kings” (Eric John Stark) by Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
“Imperium Imposter” (Imperium) by Jody Lynn Nye
“Region Five” (Red Series) by Linda Nagata
“Night Passage” (Revelation Space) by Alastair Reynolds
“Duel on Syrtis” by Poul Anderson
“Twilight World” (StarBridge) by A.C. Crispin
“Twenty Excellent Reasons” (The Astral Saga) by Bennett R. Coles
“The Ship Who Sang” by Anne McCaffrey
“Taste of Ashes” (Caine Riardon) by Charles E. Gannon
“The Iron Star” by Robert Silverberg
“Cadet Cruise” (Lt. Leary) by David Drake
“Shore Patrol” (Lost Fleet) by Jack Campbell
“Our Sacred Honor” (Honorverse) by David Weber
Author and Editor Bios
Copyright and First Publication Information