Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies

A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today s best writers for fans who want a little less science and a lot action and edited by two time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand new stories from some of science fiction s best authors including DanA collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today s best writers for fans who want a little less science and a lot action and edited by two time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand new stories from some of science fiction s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.Compilation and introduction 2017 by John Joseph Adams A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime 2017 by Charlie Jane Anders Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance 2017 by Tobias S Buckell The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts 2017 by Becky Chambers The Sighted Watchmaker 2011 by Vylar Kaftan Originally published in Lightspeed Infinite Love Engine 2017 by Joseph Allen Hill Originally published in Lightspeed Unfamiliar Gods 2017 by Adam Troy Castro Judi B Castro Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World 2015 by Caroline M Yoachim Originally published in Lightspeed Our Specialty Is Xenogeology 2017 by Alan Dean Foster Golden Ring 2017 by Karl Schroeder Tomorrow When We See the Sun 2015 by A Merc Rustad Originally published in Lightspeed Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair 2017 by Seanan McGuire The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun 2017 by Aliette de Bodard Diamond and the World Breaker 2017 by Linda Nagata The Chameleon s Gloves 2017 by Yoon Ha Lee The Universe, Sung in Stars 2015 by Kat Howard Originally published in Lightspeed Wakening Ouroboros 2017 by Jack Campbell Warped Passages 2017 by Kameron Hurley The Frost Giant s Data 2017 by Dan Abnett.
Cosmic Powers The Saga Anthology of Far Away Galaxies A collection of original epic science fiction stories by some of today s best writers for fans who want a little less science and a lot action and edited by two time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Ada

  • Title: Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies
  • Author: John Joseph Adams
  • ISBN: 9781481435024
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies”

    1. A wonderful anthology of science fiction and fantasy with a view towards the widest scopes. It's not all on a cosmic space or time scope, but it's definitely all playing to the theme. There's a wide range in tone as well, with some being very hard science fiction, a couple of laugh-out-loud funny stories and a few that are touching and sweet. As with all anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven and naturally subjective, but there were only a few stories I really didn't care for and some of th [...]

    2. Overall this was just an OK collection for me. There were more stories that I didn't much care for than those I did. The ones I liked best were The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts; and The Chameleon's Gloves.A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders - This was OK, but I'm not really a fan of humorous or zany satirical SF.Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Bucknell - This one I quite liked. A maintenance robot goes toe to toe with a snobb [...]

    3. Like all collections/anthologies this one has some winners and some losers but the good far outweighs the bad in this collection of stories from some very talented writers!

    4. Some good stories but overall a bit underwhelming. 18 stories with a combined rating of 55 stars out of a possible 90 gave the average rating a 3.05. The following is the stories ranked from most liked to least liked:Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell - 5 Stars - Exquisite world buildingA Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders - 5 Stars - HilariousUnfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro - 4 Stars - Hilarious and UnforgettableThe Deck [...]

    5. This is just one kickass good anthology. Go buy a copy in your preferred format now.Okay, okay, you want to know more.Every one of these stories is, as advertised, far-future, galaxy-spanning, and involves people confronting huge problems caused by technology, in some cases so advanced as to be, as Arthur C. Clarke said, "indistinguishable from magic."They vary wildly in tone, also.Charlie Jan Anders' "A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime" is just really funny."The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon [...]

    6. Interesting anthology of new stories. I liked some more than others. Overall, 3.3 stars?For me, the standouts are:* “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell. Classic biter-bit tale, in a posthuman, post space-war setting. With one nasty throwback onscreen. 4.5 stars, tasty stuff.* "The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha Lee. An interrupted art-heist becomes a mission to save-the-universe from a prototype superweapon. Backstory is confusing, as are the names and personal pro [...]

    7. Picked this up for “The Chameleon’s Gloves” © 2017 by Yoon Ha Lee, an excellent addition to the Machineries 'verse. a funny kind of weird and/or uplifting:“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime” © 2017 by Charlie Jane Anders. <<< I was fully prepared to be squicked by the 'ball of flesh' floating in space and eating everything and its cult of smelly worshipers, and then by the grotesque perverted planet out of some lurid fantasy, but the characters were super amusing (I mea [...]

    8. Space Opera. How did I not realize this was a distinct sub genre of science fiction? Consider me stumped but oh so very pleased. According to “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.” Heck yes. Space adventures. Space opera. Science fiction. Whatever you call it, this collection of short stories has been an absolute joy and refreshing escape. All the more necessary as a re [...]

    9. John Joseph Adams pretty much has the golden touch as an editor. I own several of his anthologies, and they've consistently been among the better SFF collections out there. This book definitely follows in that tradition. Some of these stories are outrageously over-the-top (in keeping with the bright, eye-watering cover art), but that is part of the theme, and the charm, of this book. The standout story in this anthology, so far, seems to be "Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance," Tobias S. Bu [...]

    10. I picked this anthology up for the Seannan McGuire and Becky Chambers stories, both of which are well worth reading. In point of fact, they are not the only gems in this collection, which has quite a few stellar stories. Unfortunately, there are also a number of tales that just made me tune out. They were a little too epic and somehow failed to be interesting. Or they just weren't my style. Still, it's a set of short stories, so there's no harm in putting the book down for a week or two before r [...]

    11. still reading, but so far, 3.5 starsA Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime - 2.5 starszany and hilarious at first, exhaustingly tedious in the middle, and something probably happens at the endZen and the Art of Starship Maintenance - 3.5 starswell written and engaging. More space opera like this pleaseThe Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts - 2 starsengaging enough, but literally nothing happens in front of the cameraThe Sighted Watchmaker - 2.5 starsnot bad, but the magic trick [...]

    12. My favorite stories:P. 55 Zen and the art of starship maintenance: this story is about a "robot" who is used by a biological form, who knows the 3 laws of robotics, to force it to save its life. 3 🌟P. 70 The Deckhand Etc: This story is by Becky Chambers who wrote Long Way to an Angry Planet. it's about an orphan who is A deckhand on a ship. Nobody likes her; she lost her best friend at the same time that she lost her parents. She likes to smoke weed in the chapel and she keeps a log that's ha [...]

    13. The new John Joseph Adams-edited anthology, Cosmic Powers, is the first great anthology of the year, jam-packed with smart, entertaining sci-fi adventure stories that bring a nicely modern sensibility to old ideas and tropes. There are several recurring themes throughout the anthology. Religion figures largely in many of these stories, and several of the stories deal with gods or with beings who have amassed nearly godlike power with the aid of time and technology. Artificial intelligences of va [...]

    14. - Charlie Jane Anders, 'A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime' (3.5/5)What an odd but fun story. It's the kind I'd like to read more of (as a novel) to really get into the characters and world. - Tobias S. Buckell, 'Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance' (3/5)I struggled to get into this one, after a few attempts. While I don't necessarily understand everything, I could picture what was happening. Interesting. (The writing is so much like my brother's haha.)- Becky Chambers, 'The Deckhand, th [...]

    15. A diverse bag of talent, I got the book mainly for Becky Chambers's story (and hers alone was worth it) but was pleasantly surprised with some other real gems. I found the stories by Becky Chambers, Dan Abnett, Kameron Hurley, Charlie Jane Anders and Jack Campbell are the most memorable. Other stories were good. A few were outright amateurish, stuck in the folly of having ambiguous voices speaking in abstractions about unknown nouns and events.Overall though a good collection of the current scen [...]

    16. All great far-spanning stories. Some I had read before, previously published in Lightspeed. JJA, nice trick, collecting so many authors I like in one place!

    17. I read the Becky Chambers short story, which was excellent. 4.5*I don't have any interest in reading the others at this time.

    18. Recent Reads: Cosmic Powers. John Joseph Adams collects excellent far future SF. Space opera with all the bells, whistles, and ray guns.

    19. Just a terrific collection of sci-fi.Lots of authors on my must-read list already and now I have a few more.If you're thinking that by the cover this might be your kind of thing, it is.

    20. Haven't finished it yet but I an SO enjoying it! It's way out stuff & I love it, Finished it!Loved the book.

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