War Stories

Available now from Apex!

In War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, editors Andrew Liptak and Jaym Gates collects short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors dealing with the effects of war prior, during, and after battle to soldiers and their families.

War is everywhere. Not only among the firefights, in the sweat dripping from heavy armor and the clenching grip on your weapon, but also wedging itself deep into families, infiltrating our love letters, hovering in the air above our heads. It’s in our dreams and our text messages. At times it roars with adrenaline, while at others it slips in silently so it can sit beside you until you forget it’s there.

Join Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Karin Lowachee, Ken Liu, Jay Posey, and more as they take you on a tour of the battlefields, from those hurtling through space in spaceships and winding along trails deep in the jungle with bullets whizzing overhead, to the ones hiding behind calm smiles, waiting patiently to reveal itself in those quiet moments when we feel safest. War Stories brings us 23 stories of the impacts of war, showcasing the systems, combat, armor, and aftermath without condemnation or glorification.

Instead, War Stories reveals the truth.

War is what we are.

Table of Contents:

Foreword — Gregory Drobny
Graves — Joe Haldeman

Part 1: Wartime Systems
In the Loop — Ken Liu
Ghost Girl — Rich Larson
The Radio — Susan Jane Bigelow
Contractual Obligation — James L. Cambias
The Wasp Keepers — Mark Jacobsen
Non-Standard Deviation — Richard Dansky

Part 2: Combat
All You Need — Mike Sizemore
The Valkyrie — Maurice Broaddus
One Million Lira — Thoraiya Dyer
Invincible — Jay Posey
Light and Shadow — Linda Nagata

Part 3: Armored Force
Warhosts — Yoon Ha Lee
Suits — James Sutter
Mission. Suit. Self. — Jake Kerr
In Loco — Carlos Orsi

Part 4: Aftermath
War Dog — Mike Barretta
Coming Home — Janine Spendlove
Where We Would End a War — F. Brett Cox
Black Butterfly — T.C. McCarthy
Always the Stars and the Void Between — Nerine Dorman
Enemy States — Karin Lowachee (Read for free at Apex Magazine!)
War 3.01 — Keith Brooke

Cover and interior art by Galen Dara.


“An essential set of stories for readers interested in military science fiction.” Paul Weimer, SFSignal

“A diverse and well-written collection that gets to the heart of what it means to go to war.” Books, Bones & Buffy

“War Stories is a collection of excellent works and undoubtedly an impressive tome for the bookshelf.” Allen Stroud, SF Book Reviews

“The best stories in this anthology remind its readers of two inviolable facts: at the heart of human condition, there is conflict. And at the heart of every conflict, there is a human story.” Nino Cipri, The Future Fire

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