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Continuing the definitive space opera anthology series. Today's most popular writers produce new stories set in their most famous universes, alongside essential and seminal short fiction from past masters. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFINITE STARS anthology, INFINITE STARS: DARK FRONTIERS continues to present today's finest science fiction authors writing new Continuing the definitive space opera anthology series. Today's most popular writers produce new stories set in their most famous universes, alongside essential and seminal short fiction from past masters. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFINITE STARS anthology, INFINITE STARS: DARK FRONTIERS continues to present today's finest science fiction authors writing new stories set in their most famous worlds. With a new introduction and a short story by David Weber, the authors include Becky Chambers (Wayfarers), Curtis C. Chen (Kangaroo), Orson Scott Card (Ender), Susan R. Matthews, Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (Dream Park), Tanya Huff (Confederation), Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet) and many more. All new stories are exclusive to this volume for 18 months. The unparalleled collection also offers masterpieces by famous writing legends including Arthur C. Clarke, E.E. "Doc" Smith, C.L. Moore, and Robert Heinlein.


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Continuing the definitive space opera anthology series. Today's most popular writers produce new stories set in their most famous universes, alongside essential and seminal short fiction from past masters. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFINITE STARS anthology, INFINITE STARS: DARK FRONTIERS continues to present today's finest science fiction authors writing new Continuing the definitive space opera anthology series. Today's most popular writers produce new stories set in their most famous universes, alongside essential and seminal short fiction from past masters. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFINITE STARS anthology, INFINITE STARS: DARK FRONTIERS continues to present today's finest science fiction authors writing new stories set in their most famous worlds. With a new introduction and a short story by David Weber, the authors include Becky Chambers (Wayfarers), Curtis C. Chen (Kangaroo), Orson Scott Card (Ender), Susan R. Matthews, Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (Dream Park), Tanya Huff (Confederation), Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet) and many more. All new stories are exclusive to this volume for 18 months. The unparalleled collection also offers masterpieces by famous writing legends including Arthur C. Clarke, E.E. "Doc" Smith, C.L. Moore, and Robert Heinlein.

50 review for Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    Adding this to the TBR for Chambers alone. Why does Scott Card have to be included?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lady Brainsample

    Only read the Becky Chambers short story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nate Thern

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. • A Special Kind of Morning • (1971) • novelette by Gardner Dozois • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore • Rescue Party • (1946) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke • Misfit • [Future History] • (1939) • novelette by Robert A. Heinlein • Earthman, Come Home • [Cities in Flight] • (1953) • novelette by James Blish • The Vortex Blaster • [Vortex Blaster] • (1941) • short story by Edward E. Smith • The Veteran • (2004) • short story by Neal Asher • The Traitor • [Bolo] • • A Special Kind of Morning • (1971) • novelette by Gardner Dozois • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore • Rescue Party • (1946) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke • Misfit • [Future History] • (1939) • novelette by Robert A. Heinlein • Earthman, Come Home • [Cities in Flight] • (1953) • novelette by James Blish • The Vortex Blaster • [Vortex Blaster] • (1941) • short story by Edward E. Smith • The Veteran • (2004) • short story by Neal Asher • The Traitor • [Bolo] • (1997) • novelette by David Weber • Sideshow • [Pip & Flinx • 9] • (2002) • short fiction by Alan Dean Foster • A Beast for Norn • [Haviland Tuf] • (1976) • novelette by George R. R. Martin • Lieutenant Tightass • [Diving Universe] • (2018) • novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch • Editor's Note and Acknowledgements (Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers) • essay by Bryan Thomas Schmidt • Introduction (Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers) • essay by David Weber • Ishigaki • [The Lost Fleet Universe] • short fiction by Jack Campbell • A Good Heretic • [Wayfarers] • short fiction by Becky Chambers • The Devil and the Details • short fiction by Susan R. Matthews • Messenger • [Ender's Universe] • short fiction by Orson Scott Card • First In • [Confederation of Valor Universe] • short fiction by Tanya Huff • Fire in the Pocket • short fiction by Curtis C. Chen • Frontier ABCs • short fiction by Seanan McGuire • Dark Secrets • [Liaden Universe short fiction] • short fiction by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller • Lady or the Tiger • [Dream Park Universe] • short fiction by Steven Barnes and Larry Niven • Respect • short fiction by Dave Wolverton[as by David Farland] • Boot Recruit • [Kris Longknife] • short fiction by Mike Shepherd • The End of the World Bowling League • [Task Force Ombra] • short fiction by Weston Ochse • Death, Butterflies, and Makers of War • short fiction by Brenda Cooper • Feet of Clay • [The Saga of Seven Suns Universe] • short fiction by Kevin J. Anderson • Cold Sleep • short fiction by C. J. Cherryh

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    Oh gosh, how does any collection live up to its own hype of being "the definitive anthology of space opera", especially when it's the second of a series? Tho perhaps the series altogether is meant to be definitive? Regardless, if you love you some space opera, this is a great place to not only immerse yourself in some of the finest representatives of the genre, but also to discover brand new authors and series you might not have been familiar with before. A particular delight of discovery for me Oh gosh, how does any collection live up to its own hype of being "the definitive anthology of space opera", especially when it's the second of a series? Tho perhaps the series altogether is meant to be definitive? Regardless, if you love you some space opera, this is a great place to not only immerse yourself in some of the finest representatives of the genre, but also to discover brand new authors and series you might not have been familiar with before. A particular delight of discovery for me was Weston Ochse and his deadpan look at alien invasion with The End-Of-The-World Bowling League, a story that expands on the Grunt Universe. I was also thrilled to make the acquaintance of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series via its original representative in this volume, Ishigaki, as well as Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving series with the inclusion of Lieutenant Tightass. Another terrific story from a new-to-me author was The Traitor by David Weber, who also contributes a charming introduction. While his Honor Harrington series has been perpetually on my radar, this is the first time I've ever actually read his work, and I'm much the better for it (tho I can understand how his wife is not a fan of the ending of this particular story.) If I'm being perfectly honest, tho, I picked up this book because of authors I was already familiar with and was panting to read more of. Top of that list is Curtis C Chen, whose Codename Kangaroo novels I adore. His original short, Fire In The Pocket, is a terrific look at a young Kangaroo and the beginnings of one of his most important professional partnerships. I was also really excited to read Becky Chamber's A Good Heretic: I've been meaning to read her Wayfarers series for ages and this story only served to heighten my excitement at hopefully finding time for the first book soon. I was familiar with C. L. Moore's fantasy work (Black God's Kiss is a classic) but had never read any of her space westerns: Shambleau was exactly as unsettling and terrific as you can expect from an author who believes love to be the most devastating force in the universe. For some reason, I was surprised to discover here that Gardner Dozois wrote short stories in addition to compiling them. The inclusion of his A Special Kind Of Morning underlines his excellent taste in addition to highlighting his own skill at writing in the genre. Special mention goes to A Beast For Norn, which is the only one of the 26 stories here I've encountered previously. Everyone and their mom knows George R. R. Martin for Game Of Thrones, but far fewer are familiar with his terrific Haviland Tuf stories, of which ABFN is an excellent example (tho my personal favorite is Guardians, because yummy.) I'm not 100% sure of how well this volume fulfills the remit of space-opera-definitive but I definitely had a good time exploring the universes with the stories included here. Some worked better than others, but I was overall impressed with how I didn't often feel like I was missing a huge chunk of information because a story was set in a larger, established universe. Bryan Thomas Schmidt has done a great job curating a collection that will whet the reader's appetite for discovery with tantalizing glimpses into whole galaxies of space fiction that deserve to be more widely read. Recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hern

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cris

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric Hayman

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Thomas Schmidt

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  14. 5 out of 5

    Howard

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hern

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steven Minniear

  18. 5 out of 5

    Corey Wallis

  19. 4 out of 5

    MAB LongBeach

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Glass

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    Adding this to the TBR for Chambers alone. Why does Scott Card have to be included?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nate Thern

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. • A Special Kind of Morning • (1971) • novelette by Gardner Dozois • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore • Rescue Party • (1946) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke • Misfit • [Future History] • (1939) • novelette by Robert A. Heinlein • Earthman, Come Home • [Cities in Flight] • (1953) • novelette by James Blish • The Vortex Blaster • [Vortex Blaster] • (1941) • short story by Edward E. Smith • The Veteran • (2004) • short story by Neal Asher • The Traitor • [Bolo] • • A Special Kind of Morning • (1971) • novelette by Gardner Dozois • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore • Rescue Party • (1946) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke • Misfit • [Future History] • (1939) • novelette by Robert A. Heinlein • Earthman, Come Home • [Cities in Flight] • (1953) • novelette by James Blish • The Vortex Blaster • [Vortex Blaster] • (1941) • short story by Edward E. Smith • The Veteran • (2004) • short story by Neal Asher • The Traitor • [Bolo] • (1997) • novelette by David Weber • Sideshow • [Pip & Flinx • 9] • (2002) • short fiction by Alan Dean Foster • A Beast for Norn • [Haviland Tuf] • (1976) • novelette by George R. R. Martin • Lieutenant Tightass • [Diving Universe] • (2018) • novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch • Editor's Note and Acknowledgements (Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers) • essay by Bryan Thomas Schmidt • Introduction (Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers) • essay by David Weber • Ishigaki • [The Lost Fleet Universe] • short fiction by Jack Campbell • A Good Heretic • [Wayfarers] • short fiction by Becky Chambers • The Devil and the Details • short fiction by Susan R. Matthews • Messenger • [Ender's Universe] • short fiction by Orson Scott Card • First In • [Confederation of Valor Universe] • short fiction by Tanya Huff • Fire in the Pocket • short fiction by Curtis C. Chen • Frontier ABCs • short fiction by Seanan McGuire • Dark Secrets • [Liaden Universe short fiction] • short fiction by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller • Lady or the Tiger • [Dream Park Universe] • short fiction by Steven Barnes and Larry Niven • Respect • short fiction by Dave Wolverton[as by David Farland] • Boot Recruit • [Kris Longknife] • short fiction by Mike Shepherd • The End of the World Bowling League • [Task Force Ombra] • short fiction by Weston Ochse • Death, Butterflies, and Makers of War • short fiction by Brenda Cooper • Feet of Clay • [The Saga of Seven Suns Universe] • short fiction by Kevin J. Anderson • Cold Sleep • short fiction by C. J. Cherryh

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lady Brainsample

    Only read the Becky Chambers short story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Oh gosh, how does any collection live up to its own hype of being "the definitive anthology of space opera", especially when it's the second of a series? Tho perhaps the series altogether is meant to be definitive? Regardless, if you love you some space opera, this is a great place to not only immerse yourself in some of the finest representatives of the genre, but also to discover brand new authors and series you might not have been familiar with before. A particular delight of discovery for me Oh gosh, how does any collection live up to its own hype of being "the definitive anthology of space opera", especially when it's the second of a series? Tho perhaps the series altogether is meant to be definitive? Regardless, if you love you some space opera, this is a great place to not only immerse yourself in some of the finest representatives of the genre, but also to discover brand new authors and series you might not have been familiar with before. A particular delight of discovery for me was Weston Ochse and his deadpan look at alien invasion with The End-Of-The-World Bowling League, a story that expands on the Grunt Universe. I was also thrilled to make the acquaintance of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series via its original representative in this volume, Ishigaki, as well as Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving series with the inclusion of Lieutenant Tightass. Another terrific story from a new-to-me author was The Traitor by David Weber, who also contributes a charming introduction. While his Honor Harrington series has been perpetually on my radar, this is the first time I've ever actually read his work, and I'm much the better for it (tho I can understand how his wife is not a fan of the ending of this particular story.) If I'm being perfectly honest, tho, I picked up this book because of authors I was already familiar with and was panting to read more of. Top of that list is Curtis C Chen, whose Codename Kangaroo novels I adore. His original short, Fire In The Pocket, is a terrific look at a young Kangaroo and the beginnings of one of his most important professional partnerships. I was also really excited to read Becky Chamber's A Good Heretic: I've been meaning to read her Wayfarers series for ages and this story only served to heighten my excitement at hopefully finding time for the first book soon. I was familiar with C. L. Moore's fantasy work (Black God's Kiss is a classic) but had never read any of her space westerns: Shambleau was exactly as unsettling and terrific as you can expect from an author who believes love to be the most devastating force in the universe. For some reason, I was surprised to discover here that Gardner Dozois wrote short stories in addition to compiling them. The inclusion of his A Special Kind Of Morning underlines his excellent taste in addition to highlighting his own skill at writing in the genre. Special mention goes to A Beast For Norn, which is the only one of the 26 stories here I've encountered previously. Everyone and their mom knows George R. R. Martin for Game Of Thrones, but far fewer are familiar with his terrific Haviland Tuf stories, of which ABFN is an excellent example (tho my personal favorite is Guardians, because yummy.) I'm not 100% sure of how well this volume fulfills the remit of space-opera-definitive but I definitely had a good time exploring the universes with the stories included here. Some worked better than others, but I was overall impressed with how I didn't often feel like I was missing a huge chunk of information because a story was set in a larger, established universe. Bryan Thomas Schmidt has done a great job curating a collection that will whet the reader's appetite for discovery with tantalizing glimpses into whole galaxies of space fiction that deserve to be more widely read. Recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Mackie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Babs B

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

  31. 4 out of 5

    Þorbjörg Bergmann

  32. 4 out of 5

    Res

  33. 4 out of 5

    Harald Koch

  34. 5 out of 5

    Bookwirm

  35. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  36. 5 out of 5

    Yannick_Yggdrasil

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jolyn

  38. 4 out of 5

    Susannah

  39. 4 out of 5

    Fred Milano

  40. 5 out of 5

    Aleksi Stenberg

  41. 4 out of 5

    Markus

  42. 4 out of 5

    Patrícia Vaz

  43. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Boiko

  44. 5 out of 5

    Jared

  45. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  46. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Brooks

  47. 5 out of 5

    Darein

  48. 4 out of 5

    Jacquesworth

  49. 4 out of 5

    Art

  50. 5 out of 5

    John

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