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review We All Died at Breakaway Station × eBook or Kindle ePUB Richard C. Meredith ☆ 3 read When race survival teetered in the balanceCaptain Absolom Bracer with an artificial brainpan and synthetic eyes Astrogation officer Gene O'Gwynn a lady with a plastic face Weapons officer Akin Darby and Communications officer Miss Cyanta b. All power to shields Cycle the phaser banks and arm the torpedos Position the redshirts in front of the soon to explode bridge consolesWho doesn t love a good space battle Missiles zinging around energy weapons bouncing off forcefields control panels exploding in showers of sparks while redshirts tumble to the floor there s a long tradition in SF of pew pew she canna take any ship combat Richard C Meredith s We all Died at Breakaway Station fits into this tradition well a military SF story packed with nail biting space warfare that ranks among the better stories in the subgenreHumanity is engaged in a brutal war with a species known as the Jillies While once the Jillies seemed happy to co exist with humanity they have now for unknown reasons embarked on a genocidal war against us They are nuking colonies ambushing convoys all the usual stuff and humanity is pushed to our limit to both fight them back and maintain communications lines with Earth s far distant coloniesWhich is where Breakaway station comes in Breakaway is an essential link in a light years long chain of relay stations that allow for FTL communication between Earth and her threatened colony worlds Breakaway has already been attacked once and if it is destroyed it will take years to rebuild the network Earth relies on to protect itself With the threat of another attack looming two damaged warships and a hospital vessel dock at the damaged station where they must decide whether they will continue on to Earth or stay and defend the relay at the almost certain cost of their livesSo far so unexceptional From this synopsis you wouldn t expect anything interesting another backs to the wall die for the cause retelling of Leonidas last stand with his 300 Spartans except in space and with lasersHowever We all Died at Breakaway Station rises above the bog standard military SF that infests its genre and takes a uniue tack that makes it a rather thoughtful readEvery single person onboard the three ships arriving at Breakaway already died once at the hands of the Jillies They are each a sad mess of flesh metal and plastic every one of them having been revived after horrific battlefield deaths and cobbled back together with whatever technology was to handThe Leader of the three vessels Captain Absolom Bracer is a head and shoulders atop a treaded tank one arm both his eyes and both his legs gone his vestigial body wracked with ghost pains his mind tormented by desires he cannot act on and memories of being killedEach of these maimed and mutilated soldiers knows that if they get back to earth they can be healed given new bodies free from pain and injuryThey have no orders to make a stand at Breakaway they know they could leave the station to its fate that no one could ask them to die a second time for the cause but they also know that without them the station will fall and the colonies will be lost This is Leonidas and the 300 in space if Leonidas was missing his legs and all his men were nursing crippling wounds and horrific PTSD I found it to be a gripping breakneck readThat s not to say it s perfect There are a few odd and hilarious temporal markers in We all Died at Breakaway Station This book was written in 1969 and the sexual s of the time have been amusingly extrapolated into a future where everyone seems to be sex and drug obsessed This was noted by Dirk Grobbelaar in his great review the review that interested me in this book Seriously give anyone in Meredith s universe five minutes of spare time and they re simultaneously stuffing a crack pipe while tearing off their undergarmentsFurther like a lot of old SF smoking is still a thing and everyone in this book lights up everywhere They puff cigars in bed suck on cigarettes whenever they feel like it and just generally smog the place up I kept imaging their starships as 1970 s commercial airliners filled with brown suited bearded men sitting under a dense cloud of tobacco smokeOther than those minor uibbles this is a great read and it has a different flavor to the usual guts n glory military SF out there Don t expect any happy resolutions though as the title suggest this is not a story with a happy ending Almost every character we meet is going to die the only uestions left unanswered being the manner of their death and whether their sacrifice was worth itFour last ditch final stand stars

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review We All Died at Breakaway Station × eBook or Kindle ePUB Richard C. Meredith ☆ 3 read EepThese brutally injured officers had been restored to temporary artificial life to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflictBut then Breakaway Station a vital link with Earth was suddenly threatene. This is my favorite of the Meredith books He wrote seven novels in is short career from 1969 to 1979 when he passed away When I first discovered Richard C Meredith I was only fifteen years old I was given a copy of the Timeliner Trilogy by my high school English teacher Little did I know that than twenty years later I would be so involved with Meredith s work We All Died At Breakaway Station his second published book originally appeared in a much shorter form in AMAZING magazine in 1968 The published in 1969 in the form you are about to read Breakaway Station stands out among Meredith readers as his best Joy Meredith has called it his breakout book and after reading it I completely share that sentiment By todays SciFi savvy standards there are many elements in its pages that are now fairly common in terms of the technology and scientific principles that the public has grown accustom to It is the story of Breakaway Station that keeps it topical entertaining and continues to show that Richard C Meredith was on the verge of becoming one of the most influential writers of speculative fiction of our time Meredith passed away in 1979 Now in 2012 I am proud be a part of a well overdue reprinting of what I am sure you will find to be a remarkable and moving novel of adventure strength hope selflessness valor frailty and most of all Humanity Warum macht die Nudel dumm? restored to temporary artificial life to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflictBut then Breakaway Station a vital link with Earth was suddenly threatene. This is my favorite of the Meredith books He wrote seven novels in is short career from 1969 to 1979 when he passed away When I first discovered Richard C Meredith I was only fifteen years old I was given a copy of the Timeliner Trilogy by my high school English teacher Little did I know that than twenty years later I would be so involved with Meredith s work We All Died At Breakaway Station his second published book originally appeared in a much shorter form in AMAZING magazine in 1968 The published in 1969 in the form you are about to The Rapids of a Great River read Breakaway Station stands out among Meredith Tracking Globalization readers as his best Joy Meredith has called it his breakout book and after Fundamentals of Deep Learning reading it I completely share that sentiment By todays SciFi savvy standards there are many elements in its pages that are now fairly common in terms of the technology and scientific principles that the public has grown accustom to It is the story of Breakaway Station that keeps it topical entertaining and continues to show that Richard C Meredith was on the verge of becoming one of the most influential writers of speculative fiction of our time Meredith passed away in 1979 Now in 2012 I am proud be a part of a well overdue The Laughing Buddha Zen and the Comic Spirit reprinting of what I am sure you will find to be a The Shadows Part 1 Black Dagger Brotherhood #13 remarkable and moving novel of adventure strength hope selflessness valor frailty and most of all Humanity

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review We All Died at Breakaway Station × eBook or Kindle ePUB Richard C. Meredith ☆ 3 read Oth with assorted prosthetic partsThese were the officers of the Iwo Jima one of the two heavy battle cruiser starships protecting the vast cumbersome Rudolph Cragston a hospital ship returning to Earth with thousands of wounded in cold sl. In many ways the title says it all I found this books recently for 50 cents and I remember wanting to check it out from the library decades ago but my older brother wouldn t let me Digression my brother would tell our parents he was taking me to the library and to do his homework The reality of it was I his cover for seeing his girlfriend end of digressionI am not a huge fan of military science fiction and what makes this book work in so many ways is that it is not about endless battles in space or on the ground The story is about the toll a war that humanity did not want takes on people The crew of the three ships stopping at Breakaway Station are comprised of men and women who have died and been revived or died been revived and pieced together with various artificial organs Bracer the Iwo Jima s captain is missing the lower half of his body his eyes and one arm Maxel the first officer has multiple artificial organs the captain of the medical transport ship is missing most her face and she has 20K in cryogenic sleep on his shipBreakaway Station is the last communications outpost between the colonies and Earth If it falls there will be no communication and the one intelligence mission taking place in enemy territory that could save Earth and the colonies has information that needs to go through Breakaway StationSuffice to say the station ends up attacked and that doesn t happen until roughly the last 40 pages of the book Before then we have Bracer musing about the war s cost to himself and his crew These three ships held together by spit and bailing wire are supposed to go to Earth for the crews and the cold sleep patients to receive medical attention Instead Bracer makes the decision to stay and to ask the crews of all three ships to be willing to sacrifice of themselves All of this to insure Breakaway Stations stays operational long enough to transmit the information to Earth when it comes because the station was already nearly destroyed in one attack And like the Alamo and Thermopyale there is no way the ships or the station will survive the next attackThe book was written in 1969 and perhaps in some ways it is dated There are passing sections that refer how Earth morals towards marriage sex and drugs have changed The discussions between Bracer and Roger the ship s organic computer and Maxel about sacrifice and what has become of their lives worked for me In addition the book which does not break 250 pages would be 800 pages in 2010 The author takes us to three colony worlds a captain of small colonial ship a scout ship commander and the personnel on Breakaway station In thinking about Revelation Space while reading this I was reminded of the old saying less is I got character and story from Meredith than I do from ReynoldsWhen Meredith tries to apply science FTL and how the communications are set and why they necessary the internal logic is consistent The science is not perfect but the consistent internal logic is not always found with some science fiction authorsAs to the Jillies the aliens who want to kill humans Meredith does his best to create truly alien aliens While he might not have completely succeeded on the physical end he did a better job than most on the psychological endA worthwhile expenditure of my reading time


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 244
  • We All Died at Breakaway Station
  • Richard C. Meredith
  • English
  • 14 January 2018
  • 9780099388807