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Imagine a revival of suits of armor, but with structural strength undreamed of by medieval knights, and powered by built-in motors, giving each soldier the invulnerability of a tank, but even more mobility, and mechanical muscle strong enough to carry light artillery, rocket launchers, laser cannon, and weapons not even on the drawing boards yet. Add on the ability to fly, or at least jump for a kilometer at a time, using rocket boosters, or even powerful leg motors, or a combination of both. If it’s possible, history teaches us, it will be done. Here’s a sneak peek by expert dreamers putting the battle-hardened reader at the sharp end of tomorrow.



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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.

Look for the final version on July 30, 2024

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ISBN-13: 978-1-9821-9355-3

Copyright © 2024 by Hank Davis and David Afsharirad

Introduction: “What the Well-Dressed Future Warrior Will Wear,” ©2024 by Hank Davis, published here for the first time, by permission of the author.

“Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine,” ©2012 by Ethan Skarstedt & Brandon Sanderson, originally published in Armored, Baen Books, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the authors.

“The War Memorial,” ©1995 by Allen M. Steele, originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, September 1995. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“The Demons of Arae,” ©2019 by Christopher Ruocchio, originally published in Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within, Source 7 Productions, 2019. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Or Battle’s Sound,” ©1968 by Harry Harrison, originally published in If: Worlds of Science Fiction, October 1968 under the title “No War, or Battle’s Sound.”* Reprinted by permission of Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates for the author’s estate.

“The Warbots,” text and illustrations ©1968, 1986 by Larry S. Todd, originally published in Galaxy Magazine, October 1968.* Reprinted by permission of the author-artist.

“Imperfect Mind,” ©2019 by Jason Cordova, originally published in We Dare, Theogony Books, 2019. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Peter Power Armor,” ©2007 by John C. Wright, originally published in Breach the Hull, Marietta Publishing, 2007. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Nomad,” ©2012 by Karin Lowachee, originally published in Armored, Baen Books, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“The Last Crusade,” by George H. Smith, originally published in If: Worlds of Science Fiction, February 1955.* The story is in the public domain.

“Miranda’s Last Dance,” ©2020 by Quincy J. Allen, originally published in The Dogs of God, Theogony Books, 2020. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Clothes Make the Man,” ©1959 by Ron Goulart, originally published in Fantastic, August 1959. Reprinted by permission of Frances Goulart for the author’s estate.

“Hero,” ©1972 by Joe Haldeman, originally published in Analog Science Fiction—Science Fact, June 1972.* Reprinted by permission of the author.

*“Or Battle’s Sound,” “The Last Crusade,” “The Warbots,” and “Hero” were also reprinted in Body Armor 2000, Ace Books, 1986.

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