!!> Reading ➷ Cosmic Powers ➯ Author John Joseph Adams – Sigilo.us

!!> Reading ➷ Cosmic Powers ➯ Author John Joseph Adams – Sigilo.us
  • Kindle Edition
  • 352 pages
  • Cosmic Powers
  • John Joseph Adams
  • English
  • 06 April 2018

Cosmic PowersA Collection Of Original, Epic Science Fiction Stories By Some Of Today S Best Writers For Fans Who Want A Little Less Science And A Lot Action And Edited By Two Time Hugo Award Winner John Joseph Adams.Inspired By Movies Like The Guardians Of The Galaxy And Star Wars, This Anthology Features Brand New Stories From Some Of Science Fiction S Best Authors Including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, And Many Others.

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10 thoughts on “Cosmic Powers

  1. says:

    Overall this was just an OK collection for me There were stories that I didn t much care for than those I did The ones I liked best were The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts and The Chameleon s Gloves.A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders This was OK, but I m not really a fan of humorous or zany satirical SF.Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Bucknell This one I quite liked A maintenance robot goes toe to toe with a snobby cybernetic preservationist human, with expected results.The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts by Becky Chambers Nice A chosen one story, but done Chambers style.The Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan A cosmic creator learns the ultimate lesson of parenting, and makes the final transition from child to parent itself.Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill Weird SF, like a drink flavoured with Kool Aid, neither of which are really my thing to be honest.Unfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro with Judi B Castro The problem with all powerful beings is that they can be very literal, and sometimes they give you exactly what you ask for.Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Carolyn M Yoachim Another circular exploration creation type story I admit these are really not my thing.Our Specialty is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster Meh I liked the set up but somewhat iro...

  2. says:

    A wonderful anthology of science fiction and fantasy with a view towards the widest scopes It s not all on a cosmic space or time scope, but it s definitely all playing to the theme There s a wide range in tone as well, with some being very hard science fiction, a couple of laugh out loud funny stories and a few that are touching and sweet As with all anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven and naturally subjective, but there were only a few stories I really didn t care for and some of the highlights are going to stick with me for a while There are summaries of what I thought of each story in my updates for the book, but I ll give my highlights here and then list my ratings for individual stories The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts by Becky ChambersChambers seems to be a polarizing author A lot of people don t seem to like SF stories that are light on SF but heavy on positivity This story fits well into her wheel house and as a fan of this author s novels this is of what I love from her It s structured as the journal of a self effacing ordinary person who gets to be the chosen one in a plot that could have been lifted from an anime When the deckhand realizes that her journal is being read by a censor she starts using it to engage in a one sided conversation confessional Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc RustadAs I said in my update for this, it takes a lot to get me engaged in a post singularity story as the concerns of such beings seem ali...

  3. says:

    Like all collections anthologies this one has some winners and some losers but the good far outweighs the bad in this collection of stories from some very talented writers

  4. says:

    Some good stories but overall a bit underwhelming 18 stories with a combined rating of 55 stars out of a possible 90 gave the average rating a 3.05 The following is the stories ranked from most liked to least liked Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell 5 Stars Exquisite world buildingA Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders 5 Stars HilariousUnfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro Judi B Castro 4 Stars Hilarious and UnforgettableThe Deckhand, The Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts by Becky Chambers 4 Stars Log entries of an insecure prophecied oneWarped Passages by Kameron Hurley 4 Stars An engrossing prequel to The Stars are LegionThe Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan 3 Stars A creator watches his creations on his planet, great idea Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M Yoachim 3 Stars Highly epic, spanning many millenniaOur Specialty is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster 3 Stars A good should they or shouldn t they first contact story without actual contact.Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder 3 Stars A highly intelligent story missing an emotional elementBring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Travelling Retro Funfair by Seanan McGuire 3 Stars Great story but an abrupt endingDiamond and the Wind Breaker by Linda Nagata 3 StarsWakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell 3 Stars Good storyInfinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill 2 StarsTomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc Rusta...

  5. says:

    Interesting anthology of new stories I liked some than others Overall, 3.3 stars For me, the standouts are Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell Classic biter bit tale, in a posthuman, post space war setting With one nasty throwback onscreen 4.5 stars, tasty stuff Also available online at The Chameleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee An interrupted art heist becomes a mission to save the universe from a prototype superweapon Backstory is confusing, as are the names and personal pronouns, but the action is fast and furious Set in the author s Ninefox Gambit universe Solid 4 stars A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders Silly mock space opera, subject to the usual humor caveat I liked it 3.8 stars Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell An old fashioned heat death of the universe space opera The last two people alive are in a locked world 3.5 stars The Frost Giant s Data by Dan Abnett Over the top story about hacking into a world size data store It gets personal 3.3 Stars Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill Like, totally do...

  6. says:

    This is just one kickass good anthology Go buy a copy in your preferred format now.Okay, okay, you want to know .Every one of these stories is, as advertised, far future, galaxy spanning, and involves people confronting huge problems caused by technology, in some cases so advanced as to be, as Arthur C Clarke said, indistinguishable from magic They vary wildly in tone, also.Charlie Jan Anders A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime is just really funny The Chameleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee features an interstellar thief saddled with the unenviable job of committing one theft not for profit but to prevent the deaths of billions I hadn t been attracted to what I ve heard of Ninefox Gambit, but now I very much want to read it Diamond and the Worldbreaker by Linda Nagata gives us a twelve year old who just wanted a chance to be the bad guy for once, and her mother whose job it is to prevent the kind of chaos created by the kind of bad guy her daughter admires.In Vylar Kaftan s The Sighted Watchmaker, Umos has the responsibility of tending a planet through its evolution, and wishes he could have the guidance of the Maker...

  7. says:

    Cosmic Powers is an anthology of sci fi stories from 18 different authors many of them were new to me.I found it slightly disappointing there were many stories I couldn t even get into not all of them were necessarily bad, some were just really not my kind of sci fi On the other hand, the stories I was looking forward to were just as good as I expected A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders DNFCharlie Jane Anders writing really isn t for me, I already knew that because I tried her Nebula winning novel All the Birds in the Sky and couldn t get past the first chapter, and I couldn t complete this story either it s a space comedy set around an eldritch orbiting mass, and I get tired of comedy after a few pages Not for me I gave it one and a half stars because it had some genuinely funny moments Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell While the worldbuilding was confusing at first, I loved the writing and the themes This is a s...

  8. says:

    Absolutely fantastic A wonderful and deliciously rich story, from beginning to end Buckell is sure to gift us some amazing ideas, and I very much look forward to reading from him.

  9. says:

    Ok, so I didn t technically read all the stories Which is silly, because I was really enjoying them, but it was due back at the library, and couldn t be renewed, and I dunno, there s so many other books to read And I d ...

  10. says:

    John Joseph Adams pretty much has the golden touch as an editor I own several of his anthologies, and they ve consistently been among the better SFF collections out there This book definitely follows in that tradition Some of these stories are outrageously over the top in keeping with the bright, eye watering cover art , but that is part of the theme, and the charm, of this book The standout story in this anthology, so far, seems to be Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance, Tobias S Buckell s far future, sprawling space opera that is at the same time an intense character study Seanan McGuire contributes a story with equal parts humor and hard science hers takes place inside a Dyson sphere , and Aliette de Bodard s tale of war and the price civilians pay is heartbreaking My second favorite story is probably Warped Passages, Kameron Hurley s excellent prequel origin story to h...

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