Mar 20, 2012

Heads Up–Armoured–Anthology by John Joseph Adams

ArmoredHat tip to the very busy Sean Williams for this news story.  Baen have  released an anthology by John Joseph Adams called Armoured( in ebook form here). 

Here’s the jacket copy:

[Edit: I had a copy of a place holder description of the book what follows is the final copy]


Decades ago, Starship Troopers captivated readers with its vision of a future war in which power armored soldiers battled giant insects on hostile alien planets. Today, with the success of Iron Man, Halo, and Mechwarrior—and with real robotic exoskeletons just around the corner—the idea of super-powered combat armor and giant mecha has never been more exciting and relevant.

Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams brings you the first-ever original anthology of power armor fiction. Join leading SF authors Jack Campbell, Brandon Sanderson, Tanya Huff, Daniel H. Wilson, Alastair Reynolds, Carrie Vaughn, and others as they explore the limits of what a soldier of the future might become—with the aid of the right equipment.

Imagine power armored warriors battling at the bottom of the sea, or on nightmarish alien worlds, or in the darkest depths of space. Imagine armor that’s as smart as you are, armor that might keep on fighting even after you’re no longer willing … or able.

The possibilities are endless, but some facts remain constant: The soldier of the future will be fast. The soldier of the future will be deadly. The soldier of the future will be ARMORED.[source]

The cover artwork above is by the talented Kurt Miller.


The TOC includes:

Foreword by Orson Scott Card
Introduction by John Joseph Adams
The Johnson Maneuver by Ian Douglas
Hel's Half-Acre by Jack Campbell
Jungle Walkers by David Klecha & Tobias S. Buckell
The Last Run of the Coppelia by Genevieve Valentine
Death Reported of Last Surviving Veteran of Great War by Dan Abnett
The Cat's Pajamas by Jack McDevitt
Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things by Simon R. Green
Power Armor: A Love Story by David Barr Kirtley
The Last Days of the Kelly Gang by David D. Levine
Field Test by Michael A. Stackpole
Trauma Pod by Alastair Reynolds
Contained Vacuum by David Sherman
You Do What You Do by Tanya Huff
Nomad by Karin Lowachee
Human Error by John Jackson Miller
Transfer of Ownership by Christie Yant
Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine by Ethan Skarstedt & Brandon Sanderson
Don Quixote by Carrie Vaughn
The Poacher by Wendy N. Wagner & Jak Wagner
The Green by Lauren Beukes
Sticks and Stones by Robert Buettner
Helmet by Daniel H. Wilson
The N-Body Solution by Sean Williams

For discussion:

  • Note the gender breakdown is   27.1% Female 72.9% Male.
  • [Edit this question now superfluous]Note that none of the talented female writers were used in the blurb.  Is that a marketing decision?
  • Is military science fiction an sub genre that women write in in sufficient numbers. Comments?

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