We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf)


We All Died at Breakaway Station

We All Died at Breakaway Station review ¾ 3 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. 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 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 the last surviving 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 little than robots albeit robots who were still suffering agonies from their phantom limbs and hideous burns but were denied painkillers because it might lessen their alertness An author who could perhaps have managed to convey the desperate fear of living with their memories and coping with their current plight without resorting every third paragraph or so to repeating She was very very afraid Someone dare I say it with of a lighter touch who could have seen the absurdity of a crew of Robbie the Robots clanking metal contraptions and featureless plastic egg faces wheeling around the bridge on juddering caterpillar treads I would pay good money to see what China Mieville would have done with this But it could have been worse It was a page turner although short as it is by the end I wanted him to forget the parts with random Plucky Individuals facing the alien Jillies on other earth bases and just get on with it Based on a couple of the other reviews I skimmed I was bracing myself for seriously Neanderthal attitudes to the female characters and yes Meredith did seem to honestly believe that in the face of the utter genocide of the human race the only thing a red blooded girl note NOT woman never woman would be interested in would be getting her guy s ring on her finger and offering him a last chance to bump uglies as hoardes of Jillies were boarding through the airlocks or the neutron bombs were falling around them Sheesh Yes the humans call the aliens Jillies Just ponder THAT for a moment Alien creatures with a completely different anatomy who seem to be able to communicate among themselves telepathically but unintelligibly to normal red blooded Humans Whose intentions and motivations are a complete mystery SheeshBut I enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it as a historical oddity An interesting stop on the SF road that would eventually lead to Iain M Banks Joe Haldeman Ann Leckie James SA Corey and even China Mieville to his credit Meredith clearly understood that space opera could tell an important moving story about human resilience and sacrifice and if he was still stuck in the attitudes of his time that doesn t entirely diminish it as a worthy effort

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We All Died at Breakaway Station review ¾ 3 When race survival teetered in the balanceCaptain Absolom Bracer with an artificial brainpan and synthetic eyes Astrogation officer Gene O'Gwynn a lady with a plastic face Weapons officer Akin Darby and Communications officer Miss Cyanta b. 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 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 a long 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 limit to both fight them back and maintain communications lines with Earth s far distant coloniesWhich is where Breakaway station comes in Breakaway is an essential link in a light years 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 attack looming 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 livesSo far so unexceptional From this synopsis you wouldn t expect anything interesting another backs to the wall die for the cause retelling of Leonidas last stand with his 300 Spartans except in space and with 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 his legs 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 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 be lost This is Leonidas and the 300 in space if Leonidas was missing his legs and all his men were nursing crippling wounds and horrific PTSD I found it to be a gripping breakneck readThat s not to say it s perfect There are a few odd and hilarious temporal markers in We all Died at Breakaway Station This book was written in 1969 and the sexual s of the time 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 like a lot of old SF smoking is still a thing and everyone in this book lights up everywhere They puff cigars in bed suck on cigarettes whenever they feel 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 uestions left unanswered being the manner of their death and whether their sacrifice was worth itFour last ditch final stand stars

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We All Died at Breakaway Station review ¾ 3 EepThese brutally injured officers had been restored to temporary artificial life to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflictBut then Breakaway Station a vital link with Earth was suddenly threatene. The Past I bought this book when I was in junior high some forty odd years ago I really thought it was a good book and it caught my imagination I remember loaning the book to my friend and never getting it back The Present Some twenty eight years 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 and leadership 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 level above the stone age No fancy footwork here very straight forward very believeable Merediths comments on society reflect the age he lived 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 linkslink my link textlink to book use the add bookauthor link or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stonelink to author use the add bookauthor link 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 link cover Author add link 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 remove any content for bad language alone or being critical of a particular bookmy rating edit my review shelf read

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 244
  • We All Died at Breakaway Station
  • Richard C. Meredith
  • English
  • 04 September 2020
  • 9780099388807

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    Richard C. Meredith Û 3 review read & download Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Û Richard C. Meredith We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) 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 library decades ago but my older brother wouldn’t let me Digression my brother would tell our parents he was taking me to the library and to do his homework The reality of it was I his cover for seeing his girlfriend

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    read & download Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Û Richard C. Meredith Richard C. Meredith Û 3 review review We All Died at Breakaway Station 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 limping home to Earth staffed by officers and crew

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    We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) 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

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    We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) The Past I bought this book when I was in junior high some forty odd years ago I really thought it was a good book and it caught my imagination

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    We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) 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 years later I would be so in

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    We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) Richard C. Meredith Û 3 review read & download Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Û Richard C. Meredith 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 in

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    review We All Died at Breakaway Station Richard C. Meredith Û 3 review We All Died at Breakaway Station (Pdf) 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

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