The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure

The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 0061562351

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The New Space Opera 2: All-new stories of science fiction adventure

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 0061562351

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“An exceedingly fine set of stories written specifically for this collection by some of the best sf authors writing today.’
Library Journal (starred review)

 

Following the success of their Locus Award-winning anthology The New Space Opera, editors Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan now up the ante with The New Space Opera 2, new stories from some of the biggest names in science fiction’s biggest genre. With contributions from  Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, John Scalzi, Bruce Sterling, Tad Williams, and a host of other science fiction luminaries, The New Space Opera 2 is yet another “reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers” (Orson Scott Card).

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“Is that possible?” “No—unless you remember such a conversation taking place, in which case it’s not only possible; it’s compulsory.” A yearning to try filled her, regardless of the apparent absurdity of the notion. To reconnect with her avatar, to see the Great Ship again, both were possibilities she had been preparing to abandon on the other side of the galaxy. She could do more than just say hello, too. She could stop Kindred from setting off the charges and prevent herself from going with

trying to find their hidey-hole. If Merrick’s doing this off Andren’s ticket, he’ll be holding them somewhere else.” A woman with four eyes, two of them turreted like a chameleon’s, pulled a mask over her face to hide the extra eyes, and went out. “The problem we have with you is this,” Glia said when they’d gone. “Until you trust us, we can’t trust you.” “But why do you need my real identity?” “To prove you trust us. You’re a danger to us unless you do—if you reported us to the authorities,

equipment. All of that was recovered intact.” It held the two wind-beaten Tags in its paw and rubbed them for a short time, thoughtfully. “But they did not go that way. Only the Finger took the trail.” “How do you know?” Hyperion turned. “I can see it. I think it is time I showed you.” It came across to him and held out one large, scaly arm. “Please, your screen viewer. I will adapt it to show some of the details I can see over its normal camera range. This will not be what I see, you

than three of them were enemy weapons. All in all, not just a successful operation but a cheap one, and—” “Silence, please, from everyone,” Aurigar said. They all fell quiet; his peculiar passion for dead silence at the moment of truth was legendary, and the legend was known to be accurate—as were the legends about what happened when he did not get that dread, respectful silence. Ululara’s image ghosted over the hex arrangement of the six Cleanlist systems, arranged to show stars and inhabited

functionally immortal was to remain highly functional. In these degraded days, she could walk the outside of her own ship’s hull for hours before needing to find a breath, her skin proof against all but the most energetic particles. Clothes were mostly a nuisance. Besides, she hadn’t had genitalia to speak of for over a thousand years, so modesty had long since gone out of consideration. The spherical fullerene sprayed around her boots. She could swear the world rang beneath her feet, each

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