Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction

Carbide Tipped Pens Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction Carbide Tipped Pens is an anthology of new hard SF stories that follow the classic definition of the genre in which some element of science or technology is so central to the plot that there would be

  • Title: Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction
  • Author: Ben Bova Eric Choi Ken Liu Jack McDevitt Leah Petersen Gabrielle Harbowy Robert Reed Kate Story
  • ISBN: 9780765334305
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Carbide Tipped Pens is an anthology of new hard SF stories that follow the classic definition of the genre, in which some element of science or technology is so central to the plot that there would be no story if that element were removed The aim of the editors was to collect stories which emphasize plot, character, science, originality and believability in equal measure,Carbide Tipped Pens is an anthology of new hard SF stories that follow the classic definition of the genre, in which some element of science or technology is so central to the plot that there would be no story if that element were removed The aim of the editors was to collect stories which emphasize plot, character, science, originality and believability in equal measure, not only to entertain readers but also to educate and to return the sense of wonder of the Golden Age to a new generation of 21st Century readers.Contents Blue afternoon that lasted forever Daniel H Wilson Slow unfurling of truth Aliette de Bodard Thunderwell Doug Beason Circle Liu Cixin Old timer s game Ben Bova Snows of yesteryear Jean Louis Trudel Skin Deep Leah Petersen Gabrielle Harbowy Lady with fox Gregory Benford Habilis Howard Hendrix Play s the thing Jack McDevitt Every hill ends with sky Robert Reed She just looks that way Eric Choi SIREN of Titan David DeGraff Yoke of inauspicious stars Kate Story Ambiguous nature Carl Frederick Maldelbrot bet Dirk Strasser Recollection Nancy Fulda.

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    • Althea Ann says:

      **** “The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever” by Daniel H. WilsonThis one could almost be a companion piece to Ben H. Winters' 'Last Policeman' series OK, the specifics of the disaster are different, but I thought it was similar in feel. Some might find it too sentimental, but it worked for me. A socially-challenged but brilliant physicist is struggling with the minutiae of life from the fallout of divorce to the struggles of being a single father. He's the only one who realizes what's happe [...]

    • Nicole says:

      Received this book as an ARC through netgalley. I added my reviews of each individual story as I read them. Overall, it's a pretty diverse collection in terms of type of story, topics covered, and my enjoyment of each story was variable as well. That's pretty common for an anthology like this, and overall, I think the editors did a good job of putting together a collection where everybody will enjoy at least one story. I'd recommend giving this collection a try, and if you find yourself not enjo [...]

    • Melliane says:

      Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewThe blue afternon That Lasted Forever – Daniel H WilsonHere we find a rather touching story between a scientist father and young daughter during the end of the world. A story of love, protection and the difficulties that can cross a family. 3.5/5A slow unfurling of truth – Aliette de BodardThis story was quite complex. We do not really understand universe where we fall, or what is happening in this different space. A man appears, explaining that he is a [...]

    • Ana says:

      anaslair.wordpress/2016/0This collection started off really well. The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever was a touching story about a single father who is an astrophysicist. It had a near perfect balance for me of a good sci-fi plot and characters. 4 starsThe second story was heavier on the sci-fi and all about the plot. A Slow Unfurling of Truth takes place in a time where people can switch bodies, using them up in the process. I felt the world setting required something lengthier than a short [...]

    • Metaphorosis says:

      reviewstaphorosis 3 starsA collection of stories focused on new hard science fiction.I like to believe that I used to be a scientist, and I do retain a faint memory of that period, along with some leftover jargon. When I started to read science fiction, hard SF was a key part of it, and no doubt bolstered my feeling that this was serious stuff, not just escapism. Along, probably, with everyone else, I've noted a decline in hard SF over the last decades. I don't write any myself. It sometimes see [...]

    • Ticklish Owl says:

      If you liked this book, you might also enjoy:✱ The Three-Body Problem✱ Stories of Your Life and Others✱ Influx★★★☆☆ The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever by Daniel H. Wilson★★★☆☆ A Slow Unfurling of Truth by Aliette de Bodard★★★★☆ Thunderwell by Doug Beason★★★★☆ The Circle by Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu)★★★☆☆ Old Timer’s Game by Ben Bova★★★☆☆ The Snows of Yesteryear by Jean-Louis Trudel★★★★☆ Skin Deep by Leah Pet [...]

    • Rowan says:

      I got this audiobook without paying attention to who narrated it. Uncharacteristic of me yes, but there are several narrators involved and I knew I would like some and dislike others. It's all personal preference. But when the first voice I heard was Stefan Rudnicki's I lit up. He has narrated hundreds of science fiction books and is producer of Lightspeed Magazine podcast. I really love his narrating style. In this book he reads the introduction to each story and one or two of the stories thems [...]

    • Benni says:

      Review: bennitheblog/bookbiters/caCarbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction is named after the hard science fiction writing group that editors Ben Bova and Eric Choi belonged to in the late 1990’s. The subtitle speaks for itself.For me, the best hard science fiction uses its technical aspects to enhance tales of human interest. The editors of Carbide Tipped Pens seem to agree, as the bookend stories are among the strongest. The first story, “The Blue Afternoon that Lasted [...]

    • Michael Hicks says:

      [I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.]Editors Ben Bova and Eric Choi have collected seventeen short stories from authors across the globe, where the primary focus is on technology. These are stories of hard science fiction, where the scientific concepts provide not only a framework for the plot, but are so integral to the story being told that without such a tech-heavy conceit the story would be impossible to tell.The anthology opens with The Blue Afternoon [...]

    • Corinne says:

      Pardon me for a moment while I glue my heart back together.And that is how I ended the first story in Carbide Tipped Pens - with a shattered organ, the sniffles, and high expectations for the rest of the stories.As anthologies are oft to do, they put the best stories at the very front and the very end, hoping to pull book-store browser and preview-readers to the check out, while leaving readers who get all the way through with a feeling of satisfaction. Carbide Tipped Pens is no exception. It pu [...]

    • Steven Cole says:

      Full disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book (thus the review prior to publication) for free from tor. (Seriously: if you're not taking part in their sweepstakes, you really should. Odds of winning are actually quite high.)What we have here is an anthology of new Science Fiction, with the "Hard" classifier thrown on there for good measure. This is supposed to mean that there's some scientific or possible futuristic element that's crucial to the story.As is typical whenever I [...]

    • Jeff says:

      This is an excellent anthology of short stories clinching closely to the definition of "Hard" science fiction. In fact, the very science in each of these stories is crucial to the tale holding together. Very refreshing and uncommon in the genre. Even more wondrous, characterization is not sacrificed to the science.My favorite: "The Yoke of Inauspicious Stars" by Kate Story. If Shakespeare had placed his iconic tale of young love and tragedy amongst the water miners of Jupiter's ice moon Europa. [...]

    • James Campbell says:

      First of all, thanks to TOR for the ARC of this fine collection of hard sci-fi short stories.The first story The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever is worth the price of admission alone! This is what sci-fi is all about. This tale had a realism to it that was both sad and terrifying.Other stories that I enjoyed were Ambiguous Nature which also had a lot of *yes this could happen* to it. It involves researches working on the SETI program.Ken Liu's The Circle is a quirky alternate history story wh [...]

    • Elaine Aldred says:

      The quality of the writing is signalled by the first story and does not let up. The stories are sharp and beautifully crafted, with the writers in full control of sometimes very complex material. These qualities beg for them to be read by an audience who would not normally consider dipping their toe in the science fiction genre. That said, it is also a book in which avid readers of science fiction will find no trouble immersing themselves.Although firmly in the science fiction genre, the science [...]

    • Meghan says:

      Just read the first story. I dare you. The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever by Daniel H. Wilson. Try it. You'll see. Actually, one of the reasons I can't give this (or maybe any anthology) five stars is because there are always a few stories that make the cut and just drag. Those are in here too. It isn't because of poor writing, but because of the ideas or topics central to the story that just don't catch my interest. You may love them! [I easily forgo all baseball scifi stories] I don't care [...]

    • Paula says:

      I really enjoyed reading this anthology of new hard sci-fi. These stories deal with the more human aspect of hard sci-fi (read the first story, "The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever" will drive that point home.These stories approach the genre of hard sci-fi from several different areas of the human condition - from what is sentient (SIREN of Titan) to star-crossed lovers (The Yoke of Inauspicious Stars) to old age and marriage (Recollection). There is something for everyone here - excellent an [...]

    • Tom Malinowski says:

      Interesting that this is labeled "Hard Science Fiction." It makes sense. For example, The Time Traveler's Wife might be considered "soft science fiction." That book is labeled as fiction, but clearly has a sci-fi element, but it doesn't hit you over the head with it. Carbide Tipped Pens does hit you over the head, but not all the time. Is there more techno babble jargon and out of this world concepts than other sci-fi books? Well, yeah, but since there's 17 tales you get a plethora of how author [...]

    • Riley says:

      My favorites: "The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever" - Daniel H. Wilson"Skin Deep" - Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy"SIREN of Titan" - David DeGraff

    • Meran says:

      17 short stories, 2 of which are women. Reviews later.The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever- 5 starsA Slow Unfurling of Truth- 5 starsThunderwell- 3 starsThe Circle- 3 starsOld Timer's Game- 3 starsThe Snows of Yesteryear- 3 starsSkin Deep- 6 stars (of 5)!!Lady with Fox- 5 starsHabiki- 5 starsThe Play's the Thing- 4 starsEvery Hill Ends with Sky- 5 starsShe Just Looks That Way- 5 starsSiren of Titan- 5 starsThe Yoke of Inauspicious Stars- 5 stars (NSFW)Ambiguous Nature- 4 starsThe Mandelbrot Be [...]

    • Tharen says:

      Several really interesting stories, several that seemed silly. The "hard science" element somtimes worked well and other times made the story seem like a joke. Still worth the read.

    • Brian says:

      A handful of the seventeen tales in this anthology make the read worth it. I took a few weeks to work through this book, with many distractions keeping me from reading more. I'm not sure if these distractions prevented me from enjoying more of the stories, or if I was finding distractions because I wasn't enjoying the stories. Anyway, it's a well-organized collection, and I really appreciated the notes with which the editors introduced each story. (Often, with anthologies, I find these notes to [...]

    • Kate says:

      Overall, I really liked this collection of stories. Even the stories I didn't love really started to grow on me after I finished and thought about them a bit. The authors tend to skew white American, but it's still pretty representative of the non-white non-male sci-fi writer. And, something that surprised me, how many queer characters there were considering that being queer was not a plot point in any of the stories! Good job, hard sci-fi.It started and ended on really strong notes. The first s [...]

    • Frederick Gault says:

      Excellent hard science fiction, fun to read, good for the brain.

    • Jessica says:

      In a world where Science Fiction has been rather watered down, I was really excited to stumble upon Carbide Tipped Pens. This anthology promised hard SF which, if you're not familiar with it, is the purest form of this genre. Essentially the science or technology portion of the story is the story. Without it, everything else around it falls apart. I love reading stories like these. They are full of potential ideas, full of things that could someday be, and I was thrilled to be given a whole seri [...]

    • A Reader's Heaven says:

      (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar syst [...]

    • Wise_owl says:

      How do you rate an anthology of short stories? Do you rate it by the best story in the bunch? the worst? The story you thought fit the theme of the anthology the best? or some imagined 'average' of the stories?Carbide Tipped pens is an anthology of 'Hard' Sci-Fi. Right up front I should confess I've never liked that term. While I recognize there is something different between say, a Space Opera where Cat-People use hyper-space to fight psionic space vampires and a work that looks at how develope [...]

    • April says:

      This was a great collection of short stories celebrating hard sci fi. My favorite was the first one: Daniel H. Wilson's The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever, about a physicist with Aspberger's caring for his 3 year-old daughter after his wife (mysteriously, to him) leaves. When I read his final realization, "The world is made of change. People arrive and people leave. But my love for her is constant. It is a feeling that cannot be quantified because it is not a number. Love is a pattern in the [...]

    • Patrick Justo says:

      Wow! This is the hard science fiction book I've been looking for. It is an anthology of 17 short stories, so "hard' -- in science fiction terms, "hard" SF means a story so dependent upon science'/technology that removing the science means the story would not exist -- they needed to be written with "carbide tipped pens". These SF writers, such a hoot.Anyway, bad puns aside, this is a fascinating look at the near future, when things really start to happen. Hard science fiction discounts the Singul [...]

    • Peter Tillman says:

      A mixed bag of original stories. I read this after Christmas of last year (2014), and have trouble remembering even the stories I liked. Disappointing, as I'm a big fan of hard SF, and good stories are always in short supply.For the details, I'll refer you to the professional review by the reliable Lois Tilton of Locus magazine, llocusmag/Reviews/2014/ About half of the stories were worth reading (imo), and Tilton is a trustworthy guide. My recommendation would be to see if your public library h [...]

    • Tim Hicks says:

      A good solid book, but somehow it left me feeling that it was no more than satisfactory-plus.Hard SF: check. Solid writing by professionals: mostly. Good range of ideas: Definitely.Something for everyone? Probably. A few that didn't work for me? Yes, but that's to be expected. Some of the stories did well on the "hmm, THAT outcome from that piece of hard SF never occurred to me."Perhaps I was hoping that from these authors there would be one or two in the category of, "Hey, I have to tell you ab [...]

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