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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen hard science fiction tales by today's top authors
Hard science fiction is the literature of change, rigorously examining the impact - both beneficial and dangerous - of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos. As science advances, expanding our knowledge of the universe, astounding new frontiers in storytelling open up as well.
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 system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball.
From tattoos that treat allergies to hazardous missions to Mars and beyond, from the end of the world to the farthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the-art science fiction.
This collection includes stories by Ben Bova, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard Hendrix, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others!
©2014 Ben Bova and Eric Choi (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Lisa Davidson on 04-15-16

Actually Four and a Half for Provocative Stories

I love SF based on true scientific facts, questions, and puzzles that jumps into "what if" territory. Some call it hard SF, but this can be misleading as the category comprises some of the most speculative and moving stories ever. This anthology was a surprising collection of all new material (I usually avoid anthologies because I've read everything before). Personally I prefer the mesmerizing quality of a single narrator, but these readers blended well and didn't distract. Will read again--my highest praise.

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By Carl on 04-30-16

Superfluous Words

Quite a few stories failed to seem plausible - just jargon, no substance. Maybe this is a danger of hard fiction.
Still, I enjoyed about 1/3.

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By Wulf Solter on 02-27-17

Chapter {1,2,3,.......} not titles of the stories

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is supposed to be a shortstory collection.

The curators of Audible have not even bothered giving the stories titles, it's all just "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", "Chapter 3"... If I'm paying that much for this service, at least they can give the individual stories their proper titles.

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