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  • Author:
    Mike McPhail
  • ISBN:
    0979690153
  • ISBN13:
    978-0979690150
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  • Publisher:
    Dark Quest, LLC (May 22, 2009)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
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    Short Stories & Anthologies
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The first book in the Defending The Future anthology series.

The first book in the Defending The Future anthology series. HARDCORE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEGUNS Get Ready for plenty of action-packed military science fiction as the dogs-of-war are let loose on an unsuspecting universe in sixteen hard-hitting stories by: Jack McDevitt.

McPhail round up a dozen good authors to make a very good if not slightly dark collection of stories. By Other Means (2011) is the third combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series, following So It Begins. The initial volume in this sequence is Breach the Hull. I really like The Children Crusade and Sheepdog but both end on a sour note but still great. This volume contains original fourteen stories, a novella and the author bios.

Mike McPhail and his wife Danielle Ackley-McPhail are founders and owners of ESpec Books. a small press publisher. 1 Defending the Future Series. 2 Beyond the Cradle Series.

SO IT BEGINS Praise for Breach the Hull,Book One in the Defending the Future series Winner of the 2007 . I normally don’t partake of anthologies as a general rule. but Mike McPhail has done a great job in making me rethink this position.

SO IT BEGINS Praise for Breach the Hull,Book One in the Defending the Future series Winner of the 2007 Dream Realm Award There is more than enough great SF in Breach the Hull for any true fa. Breach the Hull is full of excellent stories, no two of which are the same.

Defending the Future Series. 10 primary works, 10 total works

Defending the Future Series. 10 primary works, 10 total works.

We also feature individual works, as well as help promote service members (and some deserving civilian), who wish to become authors.

Praise for Breach The Hull, Book One in the Defending the Future series Winner of the 2007 Dream Realm . I normally don't partake of anthologies as a general rule. but Mike McPhail has done a great job in making me rethink this position

Praise for Breach The Hull, Book One in the Defending the Future series Winner of the 2007 Dream Realm Award "There is more than enough great SF in Breach the Hull for any true fan of the genre, military or no. - Will McDermott, author of Lasgun Wedding "I enjoyed this book and heartily recommend i. -Sam Tomaino, Space and Time Magazine "Pick up Breach the Hull. You're sure to find stories that you like.

Experience the Human Cost of War! The battle rages on in book two of the award-winning Defending the Future series.

Experience the Human Cost of War!The battle rages on in book two of the award-winning Defending the Future series. Witness sixteen accounts of hardcore military science fiction, from planetside combat to fleet actions up among the stars. Featuring the works of David Sherman, Charles E. Gannon, John C. Wright, James Daniel Ross, Jonathan Maberry, James Chambers, Patrick Thomas, Andy Remic, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeffrey Lyman, Jack Campbell, Mike McPhail, Bud Sparhawk, Tony Ruggiero, and C.J. Henderson. Praise for Breach The Hull, the first book in the Defending the Future series, Winner of the 2007 Dream Realm Award "There is more than enough great SF in Breach the Hull for any true fan of the genre, military or not." - Will McDermott, author of Lasgun Wedding "I enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it." -Sam Tomaino, Space and Time Magazine "Pick up Breach the Hull. You're sure to find stories that you like." -David Sherman, author of the DemonTech series and co-author of the Starfist series "[Breach the Hull] kicks down the doors in a way that allows anyone access to the genre[ . . . ]it read like a bunch of soldiers sitting around swapping stories of the wars. Fun, fast-paced, and packed with action. I give it a thumbs up." -Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author "[Breach the Hull] is worth the purchase. I normally don't partake of anthologies as a general rule . . . but Mike McPhail has done a great job in making me rethink this position." -Peter Hodges, Reviewer "Breach the Hull is full of excellent stories, no two of which are the same. While similar themes crop up throughout, each writer has managed to take the subgenre and make it his own." -John Ottinger III, Grasping for the Wind Reviews "A collection of military science fiction from a well mixed group of authors, both new and established. Found it a good source for some new authors to investigate." -Tony Finan, Philly Geeks

Fohuginn
Interesting, thoughtful stories. I especially liked Grendel and Gunnery Sergeant. I now have a few new sci-fi authors to take a deeper look at.
Kabei
I like science fiction and this collection was a decent read. I'm not bursting at the seams, having to tell everyone about it but if someone was looking for a collection of short stories, I might suggest this book.
Zadora
Great continuation of the story. Gets your attention right away. Gives you a different view of how things could be. Thought provoking.
Malarad
Mike McPhail has collected a group of authors that are great. My favorite story is The battle for Knob Lick.
I am hcv men
I had no idea this collection was based on a basically self-published series. The stories were well written, and some were pretty original (zombies in space and that type of thing) - what I did not like was the number of pages for the price. Should have been about 3x more pages for the price.
Fast Lovebird
A good book, I bought it for the Jack Campbell story, but the others are quite decent also.
Xmatarryto
Unlike the first book in this series, Breach the Hull, this volume is full of excellent stories. If you like military si-fi this is a must read. Try it you will like it.
So It Begins (2009) is the second combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series, following Breach the Hull. This volume contains a dedication, fifteen previously unpublished short stories, the author bios, and an extract from an unpublished novel.

- The dedication is to the Demontech Series by David Sherman.

- "Recidivism" by David E. Gannon is about a throwback to an earlier way of thinking.

- "The Last Report on Unit Twenty-Two" by John C. Wright exposes the practice of enslaving cyborgs in the Belt.

- "The Nature of Mercy" by James Daniel Ross examines the life of a retired Radiation Angel.

- "Clean Sweeps" by Jonathan Maberry exposes the morality of the media.

- "War Movies" by James Chambers considers the thinking of higher command.

- "The Battle for Knob Lick" by Patrick Thomas continues the story of the naval officers who had not supported the mutiny.

- "Junked" by Andy Remic describes a raid by a Combat K squad against the junks.

- "First Line" by Banielle Ackley-McPhail provides a packbot with a copy of the mind of a combat leader and bomb expert.

- "To Spec" by Charles E. Gannon confronts an experienced noncom with a raid on his post where his only weapon is a protype undergoing field tests.

- "Gunnery Sergeant" by Jeffrey Lyman presents the backstory of Compartment Alpha.

- "Grendel" by Jack Campbell reveals the origins of the Lost Fleet campaign.

- "Cling Peaches" by Mike McPhail involves something alien that appears on a damaged starship.

- "The Glass Box" by Bud Sparhawk takes a cyborg marine to a far planet looking for a human survivor.

- "Looking for a Good Time" by Tony Ruggiero tells of the troubles of a marine on shore leave.

- "Everything's Better with Monkeys" by C. J. Henderson has the crew of the Roosevelt putting on a show.

- Author Bios describe the authors of these stories.

- "Surrender or Die" by David Sherman is the prologue to a Demontech novel that was never published.

Many of these authors also had stories in the First anthology of this series. Only Charles E. Gannon, David E. Gannon, Jonathan Maberry, Andy Remic and David Sherman were not published in the first volume.

The next installment in this sequence is By Other Means.

Highly recommended for fans of combat SF. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin