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Future Games (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card , Cory Doctorow , George R.R. Martin , Scott Westerfield , Paula Guran

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Human competition is eternal. No matter what the future brings, sports will be a part of it. But what forms will these games take? Who will be the spectator, who will play? Will aliens be our opponents or machines? What rules will we play by? What will be at stake? What rewards will be reaped by the victors? What fates await the defeated? Will the entire universe be our arena or will our world be smaller than today? Visionary authors speculate on what swifter, higher, stronger will mean in the near and distant future.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Prime Books (3. Januar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Playing with aliens, and sports in the future 11. Januar 2013
Von Paul A. Mastin - Veröffentlicht auf
Who could have predicted that state of sports 200 years ago? Many of the sports we love today didn't even exist, or existed only in some other form. Some games seem eternal (chess), while others are introduced every year. It's fun to see how games and sports are portrayed in movies and TV, and it's fun to read more detailed exposition in this anthology, Future Games, edited by Paula Guran. Like any anthology, there were some stories here I enjoyed, some not as much. Some authors were familiar, some I've never heard of (which probably says more about me than about the authors). Guran has gathered an entertaining, eclectic group of stories here, with enough good reading to satisfy any sports sci-fi fan.

These stories are culled primarily from sci-fi magazines like Analog and Amazing Stories. Some are as old as the 1960s, some published in the last few years. Without listing all of them, I will just highlight some of the more memorable stories.

In "Will the Chill," John Shirley introduces a game in which the players control the orbits and direction of planets, smashing them together while the universe watches.

If you have not read Orson Scott Card's classic Ender's Game, you can read the short story here on which that novel was based.

Similarly, Cory Doctorow's "Anda's Game" gives a preview of the worker's rebellion in his novel For the Win.

Before George R.R. Martin wrote about games of thrones, he was writing about the game of football, specifically what would happen when members of an alien race living on earth field a football team in the local youth football league.

In "Breakaway," George Alec Effinger explores what might happen if a hockey rink were measures in miles across the surface of an ice planet, rather than on the small rink we know.

In Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's "Distance," aliens finally make first contact, through the universal language of -- baseball!

And in "Unsportsmanlike Conduct," Scott Westerfield uses baseball to bring together a team of scientists with an indigenous race on the planet Tau.

Finally, Walter Moudy describes what it might look like if nations agree to settle their differences in an arena, rather than at their borders or on the battlefields.

I particularly like the recurring theme in these stories of sport bringing people together. I've never had first contact with another race or species, but in my limited experiences in traveling to foreign countries, I have found that sports and games bridge language and cultural barriers beautifully. Like any anthology, some of the stories will be great and memorable, some you might want to skip over. There are enough clever ideas and good storytelling in this collection to keep you reading, and who knows, maybe some clever person in the future will bring some of these games to reality.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What's not to like? This is the perfect combination: Sports and sci-fi 27. Januar 2013
Von W. Mackela - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
What's not to like? This is the perfect combination: Sports and sci-fi. An excellent compilation. I loved most of the stories. But like any anthology, there are always a few stories that are really memorable and a few that you kind of skim though. One of my favorites was "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" by Scott Westerfeld. I also enjoyed revisiting the short story "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card which was expanded into the novel of the same name.
This is a collection of 16 stories from authors such as Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow, George R.R. Martin, Scott Westerfeld and many others. All but one were previously published. The earliest "The Survivor" by Walter F. Moudy was from 1965. The latest "Kip, Running" by Genevieve Williams was published in March. 2010. Most of the stories have a central theme of a type of organized team sport, but a couple are more in the game vein, which works since the book is called Future Games.
I give this 4 stars out of 5.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay 7. Januar 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
It's pretty good and there are some original stories but it's not great. Just okay. It's an entertaining read and certainly not a waste of money.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant 24. Oktober 2013
Von Lucais - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Elements of some of the stories disturbing but wonderful stories. Enjoyed all of them there was one story about football causing wars and plagues that was rather dubious but all together this book is a masterpiece.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Short Story's Well Struck 26. Mai 2013
Von HerB - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A group of stories that were great fun to read. Some just to relax with,most to leave you thinking. Not a bad pitch in the bunch.
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