|Author||L.E. Modesitt, Jr.|
|Cover Artist||John Picacio|
|Publication Date||March 2008|
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Viewpoints Critical is a collection of several short stories, both stand-alone and connected to other series, written by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. during the course of several years.
This is the first story collection from the New York Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L. E. Modesitt, Jr. He began publishing as a short fiction writer in SF magazines in the 1970s, with his work appearing mostly in Analog, but in addition to his novels, he has continued to write equally insightful short fiction over the years. Some of the earliest stories in this collection contain kernels that foreshadow his SF novels, while others display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure.
This collection includes stories from his entire career, a number of which have won awards or been selected for inclusion in anthologies, as well as three new stories that have never been published before: “Black Ordermage” is a new tale set in Modesitt’s bestselling Recluce series. “Beyond the Obvious Wind,” set in his Corean Chronicles universe, is a riff on what might have happened in the distant past of the Duarches when a military officer is sent to investigate trouble in an iron town and finds a lot more than he anticipated. “Always Outside the Lines,” which is related to the alternate-universe Ghosts of Columbia books, portrays a combat pilot who must fight for his existence simultaneously in three separated but related worlds.