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Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility. The Officer is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies. The stories are:- Duty by Alasdai Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility. The Officer is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies. The stories are:- Duty by Alasdair Shaw Patchworker 2.0 by M Pax Totaled by Benjamin Douglas Lucky Star by A R Knight There Comes a Time by J J Green Red Fortitude by Eddie R Hicks Pithos by Mark Gardner A Step on the Path by Tom Germann Rituals by Rick Partlow First Generation by Adrien Walker The Grape Thieves by Corrie Garrett


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Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility. The Officer is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies. The stories are:- Duty by Alasdai Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility. The Officer is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies. The stories are:- Duty by Alasdair Shaw Patchworker 2.0 by M Pax Totaled by Benjamin Douglas Lucky Star by A R Knight There Comes a Time by J J Green Red Fortitude by Eddie R Hicks Pithos by Mark Gardner A Step on the Path by Tom Germann Rituals by Rick Partlow First Generation by Adrien Walker The Grape Thieves by Corrie Garrett

54 review for The Officer: Eleven Science Fiction Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The Officer: Duty - Eleven Science Fiction Short Stories - a review by Rosemary Kenny I must admit how much I admire Alasdair Shaw, as editing books by other authors - albeit in the same genre- must be a daunting task in itself. That said, the graciously inventive Mr Shaw writes his own offering which is more than worthy of inclusion among the rest. Even though only a short story it's easy to say that 'Duty' packs a big punch into such a small novelette, which tells the avid reader about Dave - a The Officer: Duty - Eleven Science Fiction Short Stories - a review by Rosemary Kenny I must admit how much I admire Alasdair Shaw, as editing books by other authors - albeit in the same genre- must be a daunting task in itself. That said, the graciously inventive Mr Shaw writes his own offering which is more than worthy of inclusion among the rest. Even though only a short story it's easy to say that 'Duty' packs a big punch into such a small novelette, which tells the avid reader about Dave - a family man with a job as Security Officer on an interplanetary colonist ship in a future Earth. From the start it's plain Dave is overworked and put upon, yet still maintains his professionalism and humanity, trying to keep the peace - and his life! Who is Mr Harrassa and what is his hold over Dave? What happens when Dave catches a thief? What is he expected to do for Harrassa and who will ensure he does as he's told? Who is Jessica and how does she feel about Dave's work-ethic and long hours? What is the next case Dave works on? Who helps him - and which suspect do they check out? The novelette ends with a cliffhanger which is aggravating, but also exhilarates the reader with the thought that this story could easily be a teaser for a full-length novel - we can only hope so!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    "It's a matter of principle" Eleven short stories, each based around an officer, not necessarily military, each by a different and talented author, opens up the possibility of wide ranging disperate literary adventures - and in this book the reader will certainly not be disappointed. Almost without exception, all are well written, absorbing, imaginative and open up vistas of new worlds, new ideas. Several inhabit a universe already existing in the work of it's author and can point the reader to a "It's a matter of principle" Eleven short stories, each based around an officer, not necessarily military, each by a different and talented author, opens up the possibility of wide ranging disperate literary adventures - and in this book the reader will certainly not be disappointed. Almost without exception, all are well written, absorbing, imaginative and open up vistas of new worlds, new ideas. Several inhabit a universe already existing in the work of it's author and can point the reader to a whole new treasure of books to explore. So watch out, this could lead on to a whole new expanse of s.f. stories on your to read list. It is hard to select just a couple for special mention but, amongst my personal favourites were Duty, by Alistair's Shaw, following Dave as he tries to police Arancha Station, with little help and working against formidable odds: I really didn't want this one to end; Benjamin Douglas's Totalled had great characters struggling to survive, and JJ Green's, There Comes a Time, had an sweet pathos, predictable but perfect. I could easily select others which kept me entranced but would rather suggest you read it yourself and discover your own favourites. if you enjoy science fiction you will certainly discover some here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    I pre-ordered this on the strength of the first of the anthologies in the series that I had read previously called 'The Newcomer', and also asked for an eARC prior to the release date. Alasdair Shaw has not let me down with 'The Officer'. A thoroughly enjoyable assembly of thought provoking and entertaining stories. I don't enjoy reading good quality anthologies because I know that they are going to cost me money. They'll introduce me to excellent authors and then I'll buy their work. 'The Office I pre-ordered this on the strength of the first of the anthologies in the series that I had read previously called 'The Newcomer', and also asked for an eARC prior to the release date. Alasdair Shaw has not let me down with 'The Officer'. A thoroughly enjoyable assembly of thought provoking and entertaining stories. I don't enjoy reading good quality anthologies because I know that they are going to cost me money. They'll introduce me to excellent authors and then I'll buy their work. 'The Officer' is no different. Decisions, consequences, balances, demands, orders... all the responsibilities you would expect and more. Duty - Alasdair Shaw 4* Occasionally good plus bad equals something unusually positive. Made me think about modern life. Patchworker 2.0 - M Pax 5* This enthralled me from the start to the beautifully haunting ending. Totaled - Benjamin Douglas 4* A prequel story to Douglas' 'Starship Fairfax' series, this tale brings together the past and the future, the young and the old, the has-beens and the newly-graduated. Lucky Star - A R Knight 5* Orders are there to be followed, but there is also a thing called initiative needed, particularly when the captain is a trifle overpowering and has ideas of his own. There Comes a Time - J J Green 5* Excellent piece of work with a very strong leading lady. Red Fortitude - Eddie R Hicks 4* Training exercise turns into the real thing. Trust, compromise, unconditionality. What a difference reality makes. Pithos - Mark Gardner 4* Experimental technology may have opened Pandora's Box. Is there any hope left? A Step on the Path - Tom Germann 5* A very different way of dealing with 'civilised society'. Rituals - Rick Partlow 4* Rescuing hostages and eliminating the main man - does it ever run to plan? It is worth the cost? First Generation - Adrien Walker 5* I absolutely loved this, and to find out that these people are 'real' means I will be reading more from this author. The Grape Thieves - Corrie Garrett 5* I loved and hated this in equal measures, due to the content. I will be reading more from this author, provided there is no more 'strange fruit' involved. ...and yes, I'm now on a few more mailing lists and have parted with some book-buying Pounds Sterling. I'm a happy bunny!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    I love anthologies. They give me a chance to explore new authors without needing to make a big commitment. Even if a few of the offerings don't live up to my expectations, there's always a treasure there somewhere that makes it worthwhile. I just skip the ones that don't grab me and enjoy the rest. I was given an ARC copy of this book by one of the authors so I thought I'd read his story and maybe one or two more and give you my general impressions. I started with the first story ... and then th I love anthologies. They give me a chance to explore new authors without needing to make a big commitment. Even if a few of the offerings don't live up to my expectations, there's always a treasure there somewhere that makes it worthwhile. I just skip the ones that don't grab me and enjoy the rest. I was given an ARC copy of this book by one of the authors so I thought I'd read his story and maybe one or two more and give you my general impressions. I started with the first story ... and then the next, and before I knew the % counter in the bottom corner of my Kindle said 100%. There is not a bad story in this whole collection. You'll find everything from princes to programmers, space station gangsters to alien spiders, all lovingly crafted by an international cast of great SF authors. Unless you're a serious science fiction junkie, you probably won't recognize most of the writers whose work appears here, but I'd be surprised if you don't find at least a few that you'll want to become more familiar with. I'll certainly be checking out a lot of the other offerings mentioned in each story's "about the author" and that, after all, is what anthologies are all about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This book is a compilation of stories with officers as the lead character in each story. Some of the stories are fast paced, others less so. Some are light hearted and some are very thought provoking. All the stories were good to read and the characters were all different and interesting. Each officer faced different trials and had different issues to sort out or attend to. One story stood out as more intense than the others, and that was A STEP ON THE PATH. That story gripped me. It was full of This book is a compilation of stories with officers as the lead character in each story. Some of the stories are fast paced, others less so. Some are light hearted and some are very thought provoking. All the stories were good to read and the characters were all different and interesting. Each officer faced different trials and had different issues to sort out or attend to. One story stood out as more intense than the others, and that was A STEP ON THE PATH. That story gripped me. It was full of grit and serious aggression as part of the plot. I don't ever remember reading a short story that was more harsh and brutal and yet riveting and visceral. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this compilation of books, it was really interesting to see how each author used the character of the officer in a unique and cleverly devised way in their story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christinaraven

    I loved this anthology. I love anthologies in general as they allow me to try new authors easily. All the stories here were well written and all were different. Some based in the authors book worlds and others just a short story. I started and finished them all in one afternoon as they were just so good. The only bad part was that I now have to add new authors to my to be read pile. I liked that they were all connected just by the fact that the story's main character was an officer but not neces I loved this anthology. I love anthologies in general as they allow me to try new authors easily. All the stories here were well written and all were different. Some based in the authors book worlds and others just a short story. I started and finished them all in one afternoon as they were just so good. The only bad part was that I now have to add new authors to my to be read pile. I liked that they were all connected just by the fact that the story's main character was an officer but not necessarily in the military. A cool concept that worked well for me. My honest review is - a well written anthology with great stories that once I finished one I had to keep reading to see if the next one was just as good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave Wickenden

    I received this book as an Advance Readers Copy in return for an honest review. There are definitely a number of compelling and thought provoking stories within this collection that makes it a worthwhile buy for science fiction fans. However, a couple of stories would not have made the cut if a professional editor had been used. I especially enjoyed "There Comes a Time" by JJ Green and "A Step on the Path" by Tom Germann. I received this book as an Advance Readers Copy in return for an honest review. There are definitely a number of compelling and thought provoking stories within this collection that makes it a worthwhile buy for science fiction fans. However, a couple of stories would not have made the cut if a professional editor had been used. I especially enjoyed "There Comes a Time" by JJ Green and "A Step on the Path" by Tom Germann.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danny Mckenzie

    A fantastic collection of short Sci Fi that'll grip you and take you to all corners of the universe. An excellent read where you can do your toes into serious Sci Fi without committing too much of your valuable time. A good format for when you've a half hour commute, escape for that time and see where it'll take you. It'll open so many doors in your imagination and leave you wanting more. I'd recommend for all fans of Sci Fi. A fantastic collection of short Sci Fi that'll grip you and take you to all corners of the universe. An excellent read where you can do your toes into serious Sci Fi without committing too much of your valuable time. A good format for when you've a half hour commute, escape for that time and see where it'll take you. It'll open so many doors in your imagination and leave you wanting more. I'd recommend for all fans of Sci Fi.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    A wide collection of sci-fi with a look through the eyes of officers. I thought all the stories were great to read and sucked me right in. The two I liked the best were Totaled and Lucky Star. Those two stories had characters you quickly become attached to (though most of the stories are like that in this collection) and want to keep reading about. If you like Sci-Fi you'll love this collection. A wide collection of sci-fi with a look through the eyes of officers. I thought all the stories were great to read and sucked me right in. The two I liked the best were Totaled and Lucky Star. Those two stories had characters you quickly become attached to (though most of the stories are like that in this collection) and want to keep reading about. If you like Sci-Fi you'll love this collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Bonebrake

    I don't read short stories very often, but this is one I'm grateful I didn't pass up. All of the stories are very well written and catch your attention from the start. I definitely look forward to reading more from these authors. I don't read short stories very often, but this is one I'm grateful I didn't pass up. All of the stories are very well written and catch your attention from the start. I definitely look forward to reading more from these authors.

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    gerard duffy

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    alan lucy

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    Michael Lacewell

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    John Long

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    Gordon Horne

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    Chris Barnett

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    Rebecca Corvello

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    Kenneth Sherman

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    B Milburn

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    Roberta Lyle

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    Pablo Moure

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    Vernon

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    John

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    Gary Rowell

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    Ray Mitchell

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    larry borror

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    Rita Flynn

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    Jon

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    Mary Kreisberg

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    Deb

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    Ariellah Shochet

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