edited by John Joseph Adams
From Star Trek to Star Wars, and from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast interstellar societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations continue that tradition, and herein you would find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and many more.
Editor Adams explores a host of galaxy-spanning empires in this breathtakingly rich anthology. […] Superior writing, fantastic storytelling and creative adherence to the theme will keep readers enthralled.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Federations is definitely one of those anthologies that offers something for everyone. […] The stories in Federations mostly keep a very human perspective on the hugeness and strangeness of a galaxy teeming with life. And that’s reason enough to sign on to its galactic charter.
For this anthology of twenty-four stories, editor John Joseph Adams tasked some of the brightest luminaries of speculative fiction to write stories of vast, galaxy-spanning empires. […] By mixing writers with great experience in with newer authors, Adams captures both the feel of the old pulp magazines and the practical elements of the ever-changing science of astronomy and space travel. […] Editor Adams has collected both the finest writers and their finest tales in the definitive volume of vast, epic, interstellar Federations.
—Sacramento Book Review
Where the book shines is with the original stories, many of which are by quite new writers. […] The mix—of old and new stories, of newer and more established writers, and of tones and styles—is vigorous and impressive.