Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology

Dark Beyond the Stars A Space Opera Anthology From humanity s first contact with alien life to the challenges of space travel to colonies established light years from Earth this anthology celebrates the wide sweep of space opera at its most su

  • Title: Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology
  • Author: David Gatewood Julie E. Czernea Blair C. Babylon Annie Bellet Elle Casey Ann Christy Patrice Fitzgerald Autumn Kalquist
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From humanity s first contact with alien life, to the challenges of space travel, to colonies established light years from Earth, this anthology celebrates the wide sweep of space opera at its most sublime Eleven of today s bestselling authors join forces to bring you these tales of action, adventure, and brilliant imagination There are worlds beyond worlds out there toFrom humanity s first contact with alien life, to the challenges of space travel, to colonies established light years from Earth, this anthology celebrates the wide sweep of space opera at its most sublime Eleven of today s bestselling authors join forces to bring you these tales of action, adventure, and brilliant imagination There are worlds beyond worlds out there to explore, and millions of stories spinning across the galaxies So sit back and be transported to the dark beyond the stars.Containment Susan Kaye Quinn The Mining Master of Thebe is all alone not counting the scavenger drones, foundry nanites, and magtread tractors buzzing across the tiny Jovian moon So when a spindly tower of rocks mysteriously appears at the pole, it s enough to vex the Mining Master s machine sourced intelligence like dust trapped in a harvester joint Reporting it could mean reassignment to the Outer Belt but probing the mystery further threatens to unlock something that might have been better left contained.Nos Morituri Te Salutamus Annie Bellet The war with the Spidren is going badly the United Fleet faces utter destruction To snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, Commander Moira Ilvic and her hand picked team undertake a desperate mission that might turn the tide of war in their favor Their odds of success are low Their odds of survival are worse But if they don t succeed, humanity itself will be lost.Protocol A235 Theresa Kay Beth is a maintenance tech on the Genesis, the spaceship that will carry her, along with fifty thousand other passengers, to a new home in deep space But when she comes out of cryosleep to serve her thirty day solo shift, she finds the ship in disarray, its systems malfunctioning Worse yet, a previously undisclosed protocol has been put into effect Protocol A235 And now Beth finds herself facing much responsibility than she signed up for.Winner Takes All Elle Casey Langlade, captain of the Kinsblade Fleet, has pulled into a station for some repairs to his ship and to share a little down time with whatever willing female he can find to warm his bunk But on this stop it s not just a dockside dolly tempting him to stay, it s a game of chance There s a card game with a very interesting proposition from the girl across the table his number three ship anted up against the gift of her innocence And one would be hard pressed to determine which is the valuable pot out here in the badlands, otherwise known as Centurion 4, the farthest Dark Settlement Station in the Triangulan Galaxy Carindi Jennifer Foehner Wells Stranded in a ship orbiting a dying red giant, Ei Pio is alone and without hope until she discovers the child, Carindi Despite being of two different species, the two form a bond and build a life together But that life will be a short one unless they can find a way to get their ship in motion The star they orbit is about to go supernova.Animal Planet Patrice Fitzgerald Earth is hot and crowded, and Jane is ready to leave that old rock in the dust, embarking on the grand adventure she s always dreamed of, zipping across the galaxy to colonize a new planet But when she arrives, the people are gone, and the Animals have taken over.The Event Autumn Kalquist Zenith has been forced to live one thousand lives Now she must escape before she loses her own.Dragonet Sara Reine The inhabitants of Drakor III shouldn t have seen the invasion coming, yet when Allied forces arrive for an assault on the dragons homeworld, the planet is teeming with life After a desperate crash landing that leaves her Carriage destroyed, Aja Skytoucher doesn t stand a chance unless she can find a way off the surface Lulu Ad Infinitum Ann Christy Lulu is a copy of the original Lulu who once lived on Earth Her home is a self replicating ship, and her entire purpose is to create new worlds like Earth But when her ship is all but destroyed by a catastrophe, she s left with only a dog for company and too much work to do And getting her mission back on track will require a little bit than just tanking up some new copies of her crew To Catch an Actor Blair C Babylon The only immortals now are the performers the musicians, dancers, and actors who sell themselves to ride the near lightspeed century ships to the many suns of the Known Worlds If Police Detective Cordelia Hernandez can t get actor Daveen Kelly to confess to a murder a hundred years old, he ll board another ship and escape justice forever But he doesn t realize just how far technology has advanced while he s been away.2092 Rysa Walker The Elisi Alliance is facing defeat in its struggle against the Lor, when Mila, an Elisi requisitions scout, uncovers evidence of a time altering technology that could reverse the course of the war The device is on XE7, a small planet Mila fears will be destroyed if pulled into the conflict Can she retrieve the technology without sacrificing XE7 As a bonus for readers of The CHRONOS Files, this story answers the question Katherine never would What really happened in 2092

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    1. Space was once the primary focus of speculative fiction. Lately, though, science fiction authors have concentrated mostly on the dystopian genre. While this has produced many great books, the majority of them have been solidly rooted on planet Earth. That makes this anthology both unusual and welcome. My addiction to science fiction reading began with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, on planets far from here. The possibilities for stories in space have always seemed endless. I’m happy to say tha [...]

    2. Dark Beyond the Stars is a space opera anthology by some of the best independent story tellers of today. The authors who form a part of this anthology and all brilliant in their own right, and have already created universes filled with stories which will stand the test of time.So I was hoping for great things in here. And I have to say that I was not disappointed at all. Each story is only a few thousand words, but it packs a solid punch. They explore deep emotions as diverse as the love of a mo [...]

    3. A few stories in here worth a read. My favorite stories of this collection would be "Containment", "Lulu Ad Infinitum", "2092", "Carindi" and "Nos Morituri Te Salutamus"."Containment" by Susan Kaye Quinn —An interesting choice for the lead story in an anthology that bills itself as a collection of space opera, since this is really more a AI story (or robot story, if you prefer) that simply takes place in space.I got off to a bad start with the story, though. In the 2nd paragraph, "Thebe is tid [...]

    4. DARK BEYOND THE STARS is an unexpected treatSo on Facebook awhile back, there was this guy lamenting that teh wimmens was ruining SF, and he was particularly incensed that a new anthology was out with nothin' but chicks in it, man. What's this world coming to?Poor guy. I suppose he's only read poor sad excuses of SF writers like Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold . . . well, the list keeps going on, doesn't it?But this alleged fan thought an all-female anthology [...]

    5. This was a great short story collection. I was a little unsure of what a space opera short story would look like, even though I'm a big fan of the genre. The authors each do a wonderful job constructing their world for the reader and telling an exciting story in just a short amount of time. Not all the stories were as good as others, but that's the case with every short story collection. I liked several of the stories well enough to research the author and add one of their novels to my to-read l [...]

    6. The Dark compilation is a series of stories with a similar space opera type theme or setting: most take place in the deep dark reaches of outer space, far from Earth. Each story is followed by a short author’s interview, often with some surprising questions. I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about each author, especially those who were new to me. Story One: Containment. By Susan Kaye Quinn. A beautiful and thought provoking tale about the transformative power of art, even upon manufactured [...]

    7. This was a fantastic selection of short stories -- a wide variety of topics addressed, and usually with very strong heroines. Some stories were geared more towards avid readers of sci-fi, but there were some that were accessible to even a light sci-fi reader such as myself.Containment by Susan Kaye Quinn4.5 stars -- It took me a bit to get into the world and get past the jargon (I'm not a typical sci-fi reader), but once I did I was totally sucked in. Smart and compelling, I really ended up feel [...]

    8. Bright stars in the DarkBy Norma MilesFormat:Kindle EditionBuying a themed anthology is usually well worth it as, amongst the several authors, there are often at least one or two whose stories lead the reader to new book delights which might otherwise have gone undiscovered. Dark Beyond the Stars is full of such delights. Every offering is well written, often intriguing and definitely worth the read. My only complaint is that, of necessity with submissions from twelve talented authors, the stori [...]

    9. I really enjoyed reading this anthology.I loved being able to read stories by authors I already know and finding knew ones to add to my TBR list.LuLu Ad Infinitum was amazingly well written and my favorite.It gave me another little taste of Ann Christy's PePer Inc series of short stories.With a tasty little Easter egg to savor. Carindi by Jennifer Foehner Wells was touching & heartbreaking.Her story was beautifully written.2092 by Ryssa Walker was creative and she left me wanting to read mor [...]

    10. This is one of my favorite books so far this year!!! And just look at that cover. Wow! Beautiful! I knew when I started out that at least 4 out of the 11 stories would be fantastic, because I loved the work done by those 4 authors in the past. The other authors well they were unknown to me. But what I read (and I was a good girl, and read every single story in order) blew me away. This is Space Opera done right by some top notch indie authors. This book only makes me need to read more by these t [...]

    11. AVID READERS CAN LIVE A THOUSAND LIVES. Not just on Earth, but on strange new worlds with alien life forms, or on space ships sailing through the cosmos, or as brilliant AIs who think, “We are people, too.”“Illuminating our humanity in the face of new extraordinary challenges is the space opera writer's job,” says Jennifer Foehner Wells in her Foreword to "At Galaxy's Edge.” This anthology, the third under the "Beyond the Stars" banner, delivers twelve original stories by bestselling a [...]

    12. A LITTLE while after I bought Dark Beyond The Stars, a sci-fi anthology by women authors, it prompted a little kerfuffle in social media. A thunderously awful review dismissed the work of the writers, patronisingly applauding them for "giving it a go" but suggesting that they leave it to those who know best - men.Does it really need to be mentioned how wrong-headed such a viewpoint is? Seemingly so, as people still perpetuate such things.But if we brush the sexism aside contemptuously, though pe [...]

    13. This anthology is a very mixed bag. Most are mediocre or uninspired, some insipid, and four are good to excellent."Containment" concerns a mining-AI becoming self-aware. There's a Memento-quality to the story, and while I question whether a computer whose primary task is to dig rocks out of a bigger rock would have the sophistication for sentience (why would its builders bother?), following its progress and plotting kept my attention."Lulu Ad Infinitium" is a brilliant extrapolation of how dupli [...]

    14. Anthologies are tricky and often uneven in quality, but this one was really excellent. While I didn't love every story, I definitely liked all of them and some of them really caught my imagination. I particularly loved, Bellet's "Nos Morituri Te Salutamus" for the excellent action sequences, Wells' "Carindi" for the poignancy, Christy's "Lulu Ad Infinitum" for the nice twist on a well worn idea, and my favorite, Babylon's "To Catch an Actor" which gave me a delightful "Blade Runner" feel while b [...]

    15. The first story, Containment, is a tale of discovery told through the eyes of an AI. The narrative opens somewhat stilted and metallic, and might be slightly jarring until the reader realizes it’s being told from the perspective of the AI, as if one of Asimov’s robots sat down and wrote it. As the AI grows, the narrative grows with it, giving the work a wonderful change in texture. Once the AI moves past setting and settles into introspection, as if it begins to notice more than the mechanic [...]

    16. This is a collection of 11 SciFi short stories by as many female indy writers and I think I can "feel" the female touch in most of the stories. All stories are supposed to be "space operas" - well, I don't know the definiton of a space opera and I don't really care: for me the SciFi label is good enough.The overall book is recommendable - the idividual stories are very different, all have some dark or mean twist to them.Note: Normally I do not like books with short stories - but this one actuall [...]

    17. An anthology of space-opera short stories. This is a strange concept--space-opera short stories, not an anthology. How is it possible? Well, it is! Somehow the authors in this collection manage to give their readers a sense of the big picture while telling a short story, a small slice of that picture. As is usual with any short-story collection, some appealed to me more than others. I really can't go into each one, all but impossible, since I have it on a Kindle. I will tell you that I usually h [...]

    18. This is a really solid anthology, the best I've read in quite some time. The stories had great variety, were of a (mostly) high quality and were entertaining pieces of fiction within themselves despite the fact most were written in established canons.

    19. For the past year and a half, I’ve fallen back in love with short stories. It was seeing the anthology From The Indie Side, edited by David Gatewood, that brought it all back. It reminded me of the collections of science fiction short stories and novellas I devoured as a teenager. I didn’t always love all the stories, but each one resonated in some way the more I read them, and I slowly learned that huge ideas can be vacuum-packed into a smaller word count.So I eagerly leapt at a chance to r [...]

    20. Dark Beyond the Stars is an anthology of space opera short stories written by authors who were all new to me. The only one I’d heard of was Annie Bellet, who I believe writes urban fantasy. The collection came to my attention when there was some kerfuffle over the collection’s line up of all female authors, which some people were apparently upset about. However, sexist reviews tend to encourage me to read something more than dissuade me. Plus, look at that cover art by Julie Dillon! Isn’t [...]

    21. The upside the anthologies like this is they give me a chance to sample various authors' writing, and that sometimes leads to me discovering new favorite authors. The downside is when I check out those authors to find that their other books are nothing like what's in the anthology. It doesn't mean I wouldn't like their other books, but it is disappointing not to find more of what drew me to them in the first place. With both this anthology and with some of The Future Chronicles anthologies, I've [...]

    22. Great read, the worlds in these stories are varied and spectacular. Have to find these authors other works to read and enjoy.

    23. Dark Beyond the Stars is a collection of eleven stories that take us into space, to other times or other places, all with the common theme of expanding our minds to the possibilities surrounding ourselves.With all collections, it's difficult to review the collection without looking at the individual parts and how they relate to each other. Though most of the tales seem to have a theme of an individual and his/her decision possibly changing the course of the world, some stories instead take a muc [...]

    24. This is a great collection of short stories by various authors. It is so fun to see how different authors take an idea and run with it and the various stories can be so vastly different and intriguing as well. These were a lot of fun to read and my favorites were the stories by David Bruns (who has become one of my favorite authors the last few years, if you haven't checked out his other books do yourself a favor and try them out, they are amazing!), Adam Quinn, and Caroline Gill.Honestly I enjo [...]

    25. *sigh* I suppose I had high hopes going into this, and I just hate being disappointed. There were a few great examples of solid science fiction short stories in this anthology that I greatly enjoyed. Overall, however, the anthology stories fell a little flat for me in both scope and execution.Quite a few of these stories were not true short stories for an anthology but instead snippets or hastily written introductions for larger novels written by the authors. When you purchase a Sci-Fi anthology [...]

    26. I don't rightly recall how Dark Beyond the Stars ended up on my Kindle. Whoever or whatever recommended it to me, I'm glad I took them up on it. It's a great anthology of speculative fiction.Containment (Susan Kaye Quinn): It's hard to make somebody care about a robot, but Ms. Quinn did that very well indeed.Nos Morituri Te Salutamus (Annie Bellet): Annie Bellet is becoming one of the hot new writers of the decade, and this short story, a classic run-and-gun milSF offering, shows why.Winner Take [...]

    27. ***Review originally posted on ***I had the pleasure of receiving an advance reading copy of the forthcoming ebook edition by author Autumn Kalquist. This series was quite enjoyable and allowed me to explore additional works by several authors I am familiar with while also being introduced to a few new ones. This anthology is definitely unique as all main characters in the stories are females with strong character traits and all authors in the series are female as well. I enjoyed the distinct vo [...]

    28. Review of last story: Not bad! It was longer, so could be developed more. But it wasn't bad! The twist didn't feel concluded completely, so we're left a little wondering. But interesting perspective making the oomans the aliens. Overall book review: I like giving these authors the chance to write more and combine their stories with a theme, so I'm doing three stars. Otherwise as for the writing I may have given it an "it was all right" two stars. Maybe a level two and a half. I want to be traine [...]

    29. I was given a free ebook copy of this book by Blair Babylon. I did read her story. It was short as it should be. This book is a collection of short stories. Then again I am not exactly a big fan of science fiction. It was an ok story. Not bad and not good. It was well written just not my kind of story. I did happen to read the Forward by Julie E Czerneda and it captured my attention, which made me want to read the book. I started off with the first one by Susan Kaye Quinn. That book was confusin [...]

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