Cosmic Powers

Cosmic Powers A 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 AdamsInspired 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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  • 352 pages
  • Cosmic Powers
  • John Joseph Adams
  • English
  • 19 June 2019

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 ironically not the follow through for a human, at least, the hardest thing to do was to confront a question and fear never being able to learn the answer Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder The rational actor chooses to maximize her own utility Ugh Economic theory in action in an SF story Did not care for this one.Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc Rustad I didn t love the story, which was very sad, but the writing was quite lyrical and poetic Your eyes, grace touched forever refugeWe will live together Tomorrow when we see the sun Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair by Seanan McGuire A funny little story told in typical McGuire fashion.The Dragon That Flew Out of The Sun by Aliette de Bodard A sad story trying to make sense of war, where no real sense can be made Diamond and the World Breaker by Linda Nagata A little chaos is required in order for people to be happy, and also provides a way for a mother and daughter to bond I enjoyed this one quite a bit The Chameleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee I really liked this one A lot of character development and excitement packed into a very complete feeling story.The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard A nicely written story, although there isn t a lot to it.Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell Not bad the last two immortal humans try to save their world and recapture their reason for living Too many people, too many memories Nobody noticed After a few million years, most days are pretty much the same Warped Passages by Kameron Hurley An origin story for The Stars Are Legion This would be useful backstory for anyone reading that book.The Frost Giant s Data by Dan Abnett The idea was fine, a break in to a giant data security vault, but the story was just OK for me.

  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 alien and largely irrelevant to anything meaningful for the reader, but this one pulls off the trick brilliantly From the main character s odd way of talking explained later in the piece , to its construction and purpose and its constant rebelling against the role it is forced to play I found in profoundly engaging I think this author is one to watch.There s also a few stories in here that are worth calling out because of how they play with the theme, including the hilarious A Temporary Embarassment in Spactime and Infinite Love Engine If you don t like humor in your SF, then I recommend skipping them, but if you do there s some fine work here Also the story The Universe, Sung in Stars isn t at all science fiction, playing with the concept of keepers of universes, pocket galaxies and orreries of real stars It s also really sweet.Ranked The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice Sung Texts by Becky Chambers Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc Rustad A Temporary Embarassment in Spactime by Charlie Jane Anders Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette de Bodard The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M Yoachim Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair by Seanan McGuire Diamond and the World Breaker by Linda Nagata The Chameleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee Warped Passages by Kameron Hurley The Frost Giant s Data by Dan Abnett Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell Our Speciality is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster The Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan Unfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro with Judi B Castro

  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 Rustad 2 Stars Went way over my head but I could see shimmers of brilliance in it The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette De Bodard 2 Stars No connection to the storyThe Chameleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee 2 Stars Connected to his Empires of Machinery series but I had a hard time understanding it The Frost Giant s Data by Dan Abnett 1 Star Didn t finish it Probably has something to do with being the last story I think that experienced sci fi readers will like some of the stories I gave a 2 star rating to Honestly, a few of those stories were just too complicated for me, and require a reread The Rustad and Lee stories, in particular, were difficult reads for me Good anthology overall 3 5

  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 dope Silly and confusing 3 stars Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc Rustad I wanted to like this complex but confusing story, but gave up DNF, unrated.The Duds Unfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro with Judi B Castro 1 star, ghastly characters, horrible religion, hated it.Mention should must be made of the, erm, very colorful cover art, by Chris Foss Sort of a West Coast psychedelic version of a Baen cover, maybe a space fighter bomber With what appears to be a CRT television, in track mounted armor, on the port side Artist s concept.

  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 Makers But who are the Makers Meanwhile, Seanan McGuire s Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair is straight up adventure.There s variety and excellent storytelling in store as well.It s rare that I ve enjoyed an anthology so thoroughly, and Yoon Ha Lee isn t the only author represented here for whom I will be seeking out work when I previously had my doubts.Highly recommended.I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  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 story of a crab like maintenance form that contains a human mind and a human CEO who believes every mind who does not reside in a flesh and bone body is inferior It s a fascinating far future sci fi story which raises some really interesting questions about what it means to be human The Deckhand, the Nova Blade and the Thrice Sung Texts by Becky Chambers While the narration and the diary format were intriguing, the story itself was not it s a chosen one narrative played straight, with no twists ever, which makes it quite predictable but also an easy read I think that just like The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, this is supposed to be heartwarming and I just don t get why It wasn t bad at all, the writing was fine and I liked the main character s voice, but it felt meaningless to me The Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan I didn t get this one I think it was meant to be a story about god and sci fi theology themes Growing up as a species Whether or not evolution can work if it s controlled by a god like entity, maybe I don t know, I found it quite confusing even if it had some interesting parts Infinite Love Engine by Violet Allen DNFReally couldn t get into this Comedy, again I don t know, I felt like it was trying to be funny and failing Unfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro and Judy B Castro DNFAnother one I couldn t get into Yes, there are many of them The first pages of this were disturbing and not in a good way again, I felt like the narration was trying to be funny and it didn t work Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M Yoachim It was too long and got confusing near the end otherwise, this was a really interesting story It follows Mei, a scientist who is dreaming of other worlds and wants to travel through space faster than light It had beautiful descriptions magical temples, spaceships, towers on the Europa moon Our Specialty Is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster DNFI couldn t get into this one either, I tried multiple times, but I didn t like the writing and I couldn t make it past three pages I also didn t care Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder DNFA freezing world and a walking sun Or so I think, because I understood nothing and what I understood wasn t that interesting anyway Not my kind of sci fi Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A Merc Rustad According to this story, space is non binary and very pretty I agree.This follows a Wraith an organic drone who works as an executioner and is trying not to get its and the dead s memories erased It took me some time to understand what was going on, but I didn t mind that because the descriptions were beautiful Also, eel spaceships and so many non binary characters Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair by Seanan McGuire A clone is fighting against her identical sister in a Dyson sphere, escaping with a scientist and trying to repair the gravity support It was a fun, fast paced story with a lot of action, and Seanan McGuire s writing is great as usual I don t exactly understand what the title has to do with the story yes, I know the main character has a traveling funfair, but it s not actually part of the story The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette de Bodard Another short story in the Xuya Vietnamese inspired space opera universe, of course I loved it This is about the aftermath of war, displacement, the lack of meaning of conflicts and what repercussions these have on the following generations and their myths I love Aliette de Bodard s writing and the imagery of this story Diamond and the World Breaker by Linda Nagata A story about a group of worlds who are trying not to become an utopian society to become a better society which was an interesting concept and is less complicated than it sounds and about a mother and a daughter who have to work together to avoid disaster, even though they re almost never on the same side I really like mother daughter stories and this was no exception The Chamaleon s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee This story is set in the Machineries of Empire universe and it s the main reason I bough the anthology Of course, it didn t disappoint Unlike the other two short stories I read from this universe, this didn t follow a character we know from the novels, but an alt non binary person in the Hexarchate who has been exiled by the Kel military faction and is now an art thief to make a living until the Kel claim to want them back I love the themes of loyalty betrayal that Lee s space stories often have, and the writing was as good as it usually is also, it was really interesting to learn about the Kel The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard This was as beautiful as it was short and now I want to read by Kat Howard I ll try to get to An Unkindness of Magicians this year This story is about a world where people can wear galaxies in their hair and stars on their necks, where universes sing and the main character builds orreries to replicate them Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell A story about choices set at the end of the world and told from the point of view of the two last humans I mostly skimmed it, as I found it boring and didn t like the writing Warped Passages by Kameron Hurley This is a prequel story to one of my favorite sci fi books, The Stars Are Legion It follows two sisters Kariz and Malati Bhavaja who are trying to escape the legion, ships who have been trapped by an alien entity and whose engines don t work any And now I think I know who built the Mokshi and what the ships are like giant organs that were eaten by a weird cephalopod like parasitic entity It always gets weirder and I love it Just like The Stars Are Legion, it s a story about agency free will and family The Frost Giant s Data by Dan Abnett DNFAnother I could not get into and another in which I didn t like the writing style.I had never found another anthology in which I really didn t like this many short stories, but I also found some new favorites, so I m not completely disappointed The average rating was 3.04

  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 read the Becky Chambers story that has prompted me to get in the first place That said, I enjoyed what I read very much, and if my path crosses it again I ll finish it

  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 her fantastic space opera The Stars Are Legion If you re going to read new to you authors based on this collection, start with Buckell and Hurley But there s something for everyone here, and while I liked some stories less than others, there s not a stinker in the bunch.

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