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Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge Paperback – July 15, 2021
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Seventeen incredible authors. Seventeen amazing stories. One fantastic sci-fi universe, where the only limit is one's imagination. Welcome to Starflight.
Based on the exploration-based Starflight video game series created by Greg Johnson and the Binary Systems team, the stories in Tales From the Starport Lounge flesh out and shine a light into the darkest corners of the known universe. Join the last vestiges of Humanity and their alien allies (the reptilian Thrynn, the insectoid Velox, and the plant-based Elowan) as they attempt to carve out their own territory in a sector of space filled with wondrous opportunity and deadly threats. Brave explorers seek out new worlds to colonize while merchants cruise from starport to starport, their holds laden with exotic goods.
Not all in this futuristic setting have noble intent. For every prospector and trader attempting to make a difference, a dozen pirates, smugglers, and mobsters engage in all manner of criminal enterprise. Gangs fill the underbellies of every major city and raid the trade routes between the stars, pushing the outnumbered and outgunned Interstel Police to their limit and forcing civilians to take matters into their own hands. It's a rough and tumble universe, where one wrong move could spell doom for an expedition, or grant enough wealth to buy a planet.
Board your ship and set course for stars unknown! The universe awaits.
"Those Who Came Before" by Michael Gants, "Choices" by Christopher Woods, "Black Box Blues" by Philip K. Booker, "Rock of Truth" by Bart Kemper, "Obligations" by Marisa Wolf, "Hindsight" by R.J. Ladon, "Peacestone" by Brisco Woods, "Everyone Gets What They Have Coming" by D.J. Butler, "A New Beginning" by J.F. Posthumus, "Fire at Will" by Declan Finn, "Hiro of Arth" by David A. Tatum, "Rover Rescue" by Michael J. Allen, "Territory" by Nick Steverson, "Turn of Luck" by William Joseph Roberts, "Always on Duty" by Benjamin Tyler Smith, "To Cache a Killer" by Michael J. Ciaravella, "Through the Time Lens" by Robert Silverberg
Plus an introduction by Starflight creator, Greg Johnson
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- Publisher : Three Ravens Publishing (July 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1050 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951768345
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951768348
- Item Weight : 1.83 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 2.35 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,807,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That being said most of the tales are well written. Some of the authors listed clearly collaborated with a couple names and places being used across stores (such as Mr McConnel, proprietor of the Black Box Lounge), but otherwise the stories have nothing to do with each other. The stories are short, so rarely is their a sense of final resolution. Most of the stories deserve a series or at least a sequel.
If you’re a fan of the old Starflight games or perhaps looking for a fresh science fiction that is not one of the main franchises while not straying far from their formula, this is definitely worth the look. If you’re looking for a set of short stories to read or listen to (in the case of the audiobook), this should probably be a pass.
The book itself is a piece of wonderful science fiction art! The artist managed to take the ships & stations seen in the advertising and in the blob of pixels in this old DOS (and eventually Sega Genesis) game and make an amazing scene that could totally happen in the game (and in our imaginations). The stories are by an amazing set of authors and they received the blessing of the game's creators which means that they interpreted the design/story in a way that leaves the creators happy to read it (which is the opposite of something like the Doom novels)! In fact, the story by Robert Silverberg was originally published in the Sega Genesis version's manual. All of the other authors are known figures in the sci-fi community known for their short stories/novellas.
If you like sci-fi stories set in a massive universe that you might have played in before OR just love a grand space opera with stories of the people living in it, then I definitely recommend this anthology!