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Fifteen outstanding authors. Fifteen stories of augmented humanity!

All I need is an edge! As long as humans have competed with each other (for food, profit, and love), people have looked for ways to get an edge on the competition - how to be better, faster, and smarter than the opposition. 

With better science and technology, many things are now possible, and there will be many more in the future! Gene splicing will augment your abilities. Implants will make you smarter. Cybernetic systems will make you stronger.

Edited by Jamie Ibson and Chris Kennedy, We Dare is a collection of 15 all-new stories that explores the use of augmented humanity in the near future. From getting a new personality loaded with the skills you need for a mission to nanobots that keep you from being killed to creating an indestructible tank, anything is possible!

But just because we can augment humanity doesn’t necessarily mean we should, and there are cautionary tales inside, as well. Along with the “good” that might be possible, there is also the potential for augmentation to be used for more...nefarious...ends. Will augmentation make better criminals? What happens when someone with implants has their mind taken over? One thing is certain, though. People will dare to augment themselves to get an edge. 

Our authors dared to write these stories of augmented humanity. Will you now dare to listen to them?

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Preface by Chris Kennedy
  • "Kade" by Christopher Woods
  • "Taming the Beast" by Kevin Steverson
  • "Tank" by J.F. Holmes
  • "Cradle and All" by Quincy J. Allen
  • "Do or Die" by Jamie Ibson
  • "Yellow in the Night" by Philip Wohlrab
  • "The Chaos of Well-Seeming Forms" by Rob Howell
  • "Forty Acres and a Mule" by Luke R. J. Maynard
  • "Imperfect Mind" by Jason Cordova
  • "Bag Man" by Jack Clemons
  • "Come Up Screaming" by Kevin Ikenberry
  • "Angel" by Robert E. Hampson
  • "To Dust" by Marisa Wolf
  • "Now You See Me" by Kacey Ezell
  • "Now You Don’t" by Josh Hayes

The full list of authors include: Chris Kennedy, Jamie Ibson, Christopher Woods, Kevin Steverson, J.F. Holmes, Quincy J. Allen, Philip Wohlrab, Rob Howell, Luke R. J. Maynard, Jason Cordova, Jack Clemons, Kevin Ikenberry, Robert E. Hampson, Marisa Wolf, Kacey Ezell, and Josh Hayes.

©2019 Chris Kennedy (P)2020 Chris Kennedy

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  • Olivia Wylie
  • 13-07-2020

A Rollicking Good Anthology!

In this great anthology, classic tropes rub shoulders with modern sensibilities and deep interpersonal understanding. Each story is a vignette, fully fleshed out in and of itself. And each has its strengths ad flaws, its joys and its sorrows. I found the world building of the story 'Taming the Beast', 'Tank' and the tied stories 'Now you See Me' and 'Now You Don't'. The connections and emotional motivations in 'Taming the Beast' were beautifully realized. The child of veterans myself, I felt a happy lump in my throat at the rough-edged comradeship and honorable care shown to old soldiers. I also appreciated the energetic fun in a lot of stories, which hits a sweet spot for fans of classic, gritty SF. It's a classic collection. Some stories, including 'To Dust' wander a little over that line and into tropey boredom, but the collection as a whole has a lot of charm. Since each story is done by a different author, the style changes often, but the collection is in the whole strong and well-curated, from the witty one-liners of Kade to the genius strangeness of Now You See Me. It's great stuff.

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