Beyond the Sun

Colonists take to the stars to discover new planets, new sentient beings, and build new lives for themselves and their families. Some travel years to find their destination, while others travel a year or less. Some discover a planet that just might be paradise, while others find nothing but unwelcoming aliens and terrain. It’s not just a struggle for territory but a struggle for understanding as cultures clash, disasters occur, danger lurks and lives are at risk. Eighteen stories of space colonists by both leading and up and coming science fiction writers of today. Mike Resnick spins a tale of aliens who find Earth future diverse and surprising as they plan an invasion. Grandmaster Robert Silverberg examines what happens when Jews tired of fighting for their homeland start over on a planet then must deal with a dybbuk (spirit) and aliens who wish to convert to Judaism. Autumn Rachel Dryden has colonists threatened by alien animals which burst out of shells on the ground like piranhas ready to feed on flesh. Jason Sanford has Amish colonists on New Amsterdam finding their settlement and way of life threatened by a comet and the English settlers who want to evacuate them. And a new story from Hugo and Nebula-winner Nancy Kress.

Cover Art by Mitchell Davidson Bentley

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, August 2013

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eISBN: 978-1-62579-208-2
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“Flipping The Switch” by Jamie Todd Rubin ©2013 Jamie Todd Rubin
“Migration” by Nancy Kress ©2013 Nancy Kress
“The Bricks of Eta Cassiopeiae” by Brad R. Torgersen ©2013 Brad R. Torgersen
“Respite” by Autumn Rachel Dryden ©2013 Autumn Rachel Dryden (A previous draft was originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue 1, October 2005).
“Parker’s Paradise” by Jean Johnson ©2012 G. Jean Johnson
“Rumspringa” by Jason Sanford ©2007 Jason Sanford (Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue 5, July 2007.)
“The Far Side Of The Wilderness” by Alex Shvartsman ©2013 Alex Shvartsman
“Elsewhere, Within, Elsewhen” by Cat Rambo ©2013 Cat Rambo
“Inner Sphere Blues” by Simon C. Larter ©2013 Simon C. Larter
“Dust Angels” by Jennifer Brozek ©2013 Jennifer Brozek
“Voice Of The Martyrs” by Maurice Broaddus ©2013 Maurice Broaddus
“One Way Ticket” by Jaleta Clegg ©2013 Jaleta Clegg
“The Gambrels Of The Sky” by Erin Hoffman ©2013 Erin Hoffman
“The Dybbyk of Mazel Tov IV” by Robert Silverberg ©1973 Agberg, Inc. (Originally published in Wander Stars, 1974.)
“Chasing Satellites” by Anthony R. Cardno ©2013 Anthony R.Cardno
“A Soaring Pillar Of Brightness” by Nancy Fulda ©2013 Nancy Fulda
“The Hanging Judge” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch ©2013 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Observation Post” by Mike Resnick ©2013 Mike Resnick