We All Died at Breakaway Station (FREE)
If you re into stuff The House of Saulx-Tavanes: Versailles and Burgundy, 1700-1830 like this you can read the full reviewCold Sleep We All Died at Breakaway Station by Richard C MeredithOriginal Review 1980 09 13As Dewey Henize mentioned V2 74 one of the main characters was a disembodied brain or rather a person who hadost his human body in warfare and was re fitted with a spaceship or space station to control A blast from the past picked up because I was intrigued by the SPOILER ALERT title and the whole central concept during a war which is going very badly for humankind against an adversary so very alien that no one is even very sure how they provoked it three space ships are The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized limping home to Earth staffed by officers and crew wounded so badly that they technically died and have been reanimated as uasi cyborgs And just as these walking wounded are in a position to take themselves off to relative safety they realize that they are the only thing that stands between those implacable aliens and Breakaway Station theast surviving Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) link between Earth and its colonies No surprises then this is not going to end well Whew Good stuff eh Well yes it would have been perhaps in the hands of an Iain M Banks a Joe Haldeman an Ann Leckie a James SA Corey someone who would have nailed the existential horror of men and women awakened from their own deaths to find that they were 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 yearsater 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 Prepare all weapons systems We All Died At Breakaway Station was selected for the Venture Science Fiction series an imprint of Arrow Books not to be mistaken for the magazine of the same name that was published in the 1980s The series also featured books ike Cross The Stars and Hammer s Slammers by David Drake who apparently was himself a fan of the novelDespite its actual first publication date the novel is from 1969 but it seems that portions of it were serialized even earlier I can t really say that this reads ike Vietnam allegory although some aspects were ikely inevitably influenced by the then ongoing war It has actually aged uite well with one exception which I will get to a bit ater
The Author Manages To author manages to a harrowing sense of inevitability This is frankly one of the tensest books I have read in a good while It is uite clear from the opening chapter and the title that we are dealing with a ast stand scenario It s the way the author sets it up that is fascinating There are a ot of other things going on all the while outside of the sphere of influence of the main characters and yet directly related to their decision to stay and fight The ong build up to the story s climax never gets bogged down because of the parallel skirmishes and machinations being describedat this point I have to give a bit of a synopsis since the premise of the book is what caught my attentionIn this future technology is such that humans can be rebuilt regrown if they are rescued and placed in cold storage hibernation uickly enough after being killed There is a catch though this can only happen on Earth and the military action takes place in a star cluster a good 40 "light years away Somewhere in between is Breakaway Station a critical communications relay station that has recently seen "years away Somewhere in between is Breakaway Station a critical communications relay station that has recently seen an enemy raid but taken heavy osses A hospital ship with a The GI Bride large number of cold stored dead and dying being shipped back to Earth along with its escort two heavily damaged battle cruisers that are heading back for repairs make a stop over at Breakaway Station to collect the bodies of the injured and the dead and take them home The skeleton crews of these ships are a bunch of peopleiterally cobbled together cybernetics just to be able to survive and perform the basic shipboard functions It s not what you think though For example one character is basically a head on top of a ife support cylinder that is moved around on treads it s a gallery of grotesueries if you will In a gut wrenching twist of fate they arrive only to find that the station s relief ships have been ambushed and that the enemy is returning in force Thing is The Station has to be held at all cost since there is a vital message that Earth is expecting that could turn the tide of the warThat then is the premise of the story in a nutshell You always know how this is going to end but the author has you hoping against hope for something anythingI thought that We All Died At Breakaway Station was a bit of a gem It s one of those forgotten books that is actually uite enjoyable if a bit harrowing I often trawl second hand stores for exactly this kind of thing and this one was well worth my whileNow that exception that I mentioned earlier it seems that the author was a bit preoccupied with 60 s counter culture Everybody in this novel is preoccupied with hallucinogens drugs and sex on duty off duty doesn t matter It s arguably not so bad that it really detracts from the reading experience but at times it almost amounts to a bunch of spaced out stressed out hippies having sex while the world goes to pot around themAll in all though still recommended for fans of Sci Fi especially Military Sci Fi who appreciate the old school stuff Those stars all those stars he thought God. When race survival teetered in the balanceCaptain Absolom Bracer with an artificial brainpan and synthetic eyes Astrogation officer Gene O'Gwynn a ady with a plastic face Weapons officer Akin Darby and Communications officer Miss Cyanta ,
E any content for bad anguage alone or being critical of a particular bookmy rating edit my review shelf read There s something about science fiction written during the 50s and 60s they didn t have any of the scope of modern technology just a romantic view of it ideas of computers and space travel and whatnot So they had all of these far reaching concepts but only concepts and fills in the details with their imaginations Modern sci fi often tries too hard with actual technological science or just forgoes it altogetherThis could be considered run of the mill science fiction from the golden years some indeterminate future timeframe humans have spread out to the starts there s an enemy we re fighting in a brutal war etc etc I was curious about how future humans were perceived by a writer in the 60s The free ove facets were very interesting given the time that the author wrote the book There s evidently LOTS of free Ratscalibur love in the futureNot a hard read not unlikeable not overlyikeable just some decent sci fi from a decent author 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 The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, 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 aong 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 The Selected Poems limit to both fight them back and maintain communicationsines with Earth s far distant coloniesWhich is where Breakaway station comes in Breakaway is an essential A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent link in aight years My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA 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 attackooming 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 The Book of Leviathan livesSo far so unexceptional From this synopsis you wouldn t expect anything interesting another backs to the wall die for the cause retelling of Leonidasast stand with his 300 Spartans except in space and with Nine Ghosts 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 hisegs 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 Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia 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 beost This is Leonidas and the 300 in space if Leonidas was missing his egs and all his men were nursing crippling wounds and horrific PTSD I found it to be a gripping
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book written in 1969 and the sexual s of thewas in 1969 and the sexual s of the 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 ike a The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) lot of old SF smoking is still a thing and everyone in this bookights up everywhere They puff cigars in bed suck on cigarettes whenever they feel Riding Hard 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 uestionseft unanswered being the manner of their death and whether their sacrifice was worth itFour ast ditch final stand stars Interesting premise Something that I cannot say I have encountered before or since Characters are reasonably well written and the story works as a whole Not for people who are easily disgusted This is some bleak I refer you to the title no nonsense imaginative scifi with a strong undercurrent of body horrorThere are amazing images the appalling situation of the reanimated patched together crew is vivid and memorable The inevitable space battles are just sciencey enough and evoke the setting with admirable tensionThe writing can be tough going The sexual politics are a bit retro at times he wondered why she was crying but then women were ike that or words to that effect Compensating that the recognition of sexuality of all kinds is realised to good effect No nerdy sexless tech masturbation here though cast into unimaginable scenarios humans have recognisably earthy drivesIt s no Forever War or Starship Troopers but I find it impossible to imagine Iain Banks or his peers writing any scifi without the influence of this book. EepThese brutally injured officers had been restored to temporary artificial ife to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflictBut then Breakaway Station a vital ink with Earth was suddenly threatene.
Free download We All Died at Breakaway StationGive me courage 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 ibrary decades ago but my older brother wouldn t ILLERAMMA Kathalu let me Digression my brother would tell our parents he was taking me to theibrary 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 American Literature Student Text 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 theast 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 Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance 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 operationalong enough to transmit the information to Earth when it comes because the station was already nearly destroyed in one attack And The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems 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 theirives 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 E.E. Cummings: The Art of His Poetry 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 internalogic is consistent The science is not perfect but the consistent internal ogic 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 The Past I
bought this book when I was in junior high some forty odd ago I really thought it was a goodthis book when I was in high some forty odd years ago I really thought it was a good and it caught my imagination I remember oaning the book to my friend and never getting it back The Present Some twenty eight years Girl on the Verge later I bought the book through com It still read fresh and clear now as it did some thirty years ago It was in my book collection that I took to Ira To some this book might be cheesy but Meredith does a good job hitting the psychology of command andeadership both in Bracer his fellow captains and the chain of command who must do what they must do in order to win His science though thin works well and it does represent a theory about how FTL would work His battles are close brutal affairs which reflects the thought that with all the technology available both sides resorts to methods that at best are one Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow Revised Edition level above the stone age No fancy footwork here very straight forward very believeable Merediths comments on society reflect the age heived in Having grown up in those times his representation is true to the mark on how some thought society primarily western society was evolving too My only disagreement with the above post is that I have read the REVELATION SPACE series Comparing both books is not a good comparison Reynolds works in science For his future must work the science must work in order for the plot to evolve Meredith is a writer who uses the science to frame the story That being said I did enjoy reading all of the REVELATION SPACE series Again a WE ALL DIED AT BREAKAWAY STATION is a worthwhile book and while I am at it may I recommend THE SKY IS FILLED WITH SHIPS reply edit delete flag back to top You are following this discussion instant edit saving your comment comment add bookauthor some html is ok preview Add to my Update Feed add to my update feedCheck this box to include your comment in your Update Feed Your Update Feed is what your friends see on their homepages and in their update emails You can control whether this box is pre checked on the my account page Email me when people reply enabled edit formatting tipsGoodreads allows some html formatting well formed web urls automatically get turned into The Quickie (Sexy and Short Erotica Story) linkslink myink textlink to book use the add bookauthor ink or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stonelink to author use the add bookauthor ink or JK Rowlingimage Width must be 0 400 Height must be 0 1000 alt is a description of the image All three are optional but recommendedbold text italic text underline text strike text indent text blockuote paragraph Note tags must be properly nested example OK test Not OK test Add a reference book author Book Search for a book to add a reference add The witchfinder link cover Author addink photo flag abuseFlagging a post will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards Only flag comments that clearly need our attention As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site The only content we will consider removing is spam slanderous attacks on other members or extremely offensive content eg pornography pro Nazi child abuse etc We will not remov. 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.