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More filters. Sort order. Jul 25, Jokoloyo rated it really liked it. I read this free short story after I have trouble understanding Ninefox Gambit after reading a few pages. The short story gave me more pictures about the magic system of The Machineries of Empire universe. I recommend people to read this short story before read the Machineries of Empire novels.

I couldn't help to imagine the 'calendar' and 'formations' as Taoism engineering techniques. I can't say much after reading only the short story. I believe I read this free short story after I have trouble understanding Ninefox Gambit after reading a few pages. I believe I will find more clues when reading the novels.

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The plots are good, I was excited when reading this story. When reading classic Chinese stories, I often found the general who ignoring the Tao are the losing side. On this story, there is no such a fool general. And there is one dialogue that I really really like and made me shivered. Just because they're not sitting on a mass of things that go boom?

They're fighting what's in the enemy's head. View all 3 comments. Mar 21, Acqua rated it it was amazing Shelves: aoc , db , best-mcs , short-fiction , sci-fi , q , short-story , qm. The Rahal aren't part of your force," Menowen said, "they don't fight—" That got his attention. I can't wait to read more from this author. View 1 comment. Jul 17, Raj rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , space-opera.

This is a short story in Lee's 'Machineries of Empire' series, set several hundred years before the events of Ninefox Gambit , when General Shuos Jedao was still alive and commanding armies. This story showcases the more tricksy Shuos side of the general, as he manoeuvres his weakened army into a position that he'll be able to take on a much greater force.

We see more into Jedao's head again here and I felt the tone here was more in keeping with Ninefox than the previous short story, Extracurr This is a short story in Lee's 'Machineries of Empire' series, set several hundred years before the events of Ninefox Gambit , when General Shuos Jedao was still alive and commanding armies. We see more into Jedao's head again here and I felt the tone here was more in keeping with Ninefox than the previous short story, Extracurricular Activities.

These little glimpses into the universe help expand it although I still feel strongly that the calendar-based exotic technologies are much more in keeping with fantasy than SF and a nice little appetiser for the next novel in the sequence. Sep 04, Peter Tillman rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , short-fiction , freebies , science-fiction.

I didn't finish this one first time I tried, when I read at it in the collection. Too bad, as I wouldn't have been so much at sea for reading Ninefox Gambit. Don't you make the same mistake! Not quite 8, words, so a novelette by Nebula rules. I just have to make sure it stays that way.

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We have the final tally. We engaged ninety-one hellmoths and destroyed forty-nine of them. Jul 26, Silvana rated it liked it Shelves: military-sf , sci-fi , short-story-novelette-novella , sffshorts-challenge , space-the-final-frontier , freebies. Quite fascinating short story from a prominent character in Ninefox Gambit.

Some worldbuilding explained too, which will help reading NG - if not enriching the experience - so better for interested readers to read this one first. Mar 03, Karl rated it really liked it. Oct 26, Wealhtheow rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. This short story is set centuries before Ninefox Gambit , featuring General Jedao as he builds his military reputation. Great use of tactics, great worldbuilding tidbits, and fantastic character development for Jedao.

It's also fascinating to read what the Kel were like before formation instincts were programmed into them. If you're not sure whether you'd like Ninefox Gambit it's too long, it's got gore, whatever , or just can't get a hold of it, I'd recommend trying this story first.

Jun 03, emma rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars , sci-fi , novellas-and-short-stories , m-lgbtq , characters-of-colour , bi-bi-bi , authors-of-colour. Not as enjoyable as Extracurricular Activities , but it's worth reading because apparently this is where Yoon Ha Lee hid some of the exposition necessary for the main novel! My jaw dropped when I read the first info-dump because, holy shit, we're getting some definite explanations for this world's concepts??? It's also more in line with Ninefox Gambit because it is a story that's about tactics and warfare on the surface and about Jedao's rebellious character underneath.

Jul 21, Clare rated it really liked it. First of all, Clarkesworld, Issue 73 has a fabulous cover, as always. I think this one has been nominated for something. We will pause to admire it. All set? Europa at this point is in the middle of a long and tenuous process of terraforming; humans have lived on it and slowly set up a permanent base over the course of five generations or so. Refugee ships periodically come from Earth, which is becoming increasingly uninhabitable due to unstable weather.

I find this bit rather depressing because I have serious doubts about whether or not humanity will get its shit together enough to start a workable space colony by the time Earth becomes too unstable to live on. Henry works at the communications station, and starts a laconic due to the time delay but heartbreaking correspondence with Preetha, the woman working the comm station at Bangalore Ground Control.

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A lot of people sympathize with the Empress and are more than willing to join her, and happily allow her to take over England, where she really does provide employment, equality, stability, etc. The only real, physical drawback is that wherever the Empress rules, it is always winter—meaning food needs to be either grown in greenhouses or imported, rendering it pale, tasteless, and expensive. The other main drawback is that, as a totalitarian state, it comes with many of the stifling loyalty and censorship issues characteristic of totalitarian states.

It all strikes me as a metaphor for Communism, in a much more nuanced way than we usually talk about Communism—that there are real reasons so many people are eager to try it, and a lot of problems with the system itself and the system it replaces. I found this story to be simultaneously charming and disturbing, and it definitely made me think. As far as I can tell, the universe it takes place in is run by a coalition of various tribes that all have very different cultures; their ruling parties coalesce into a heptarchate.

Power in this universe is heavily dependent upon a high calendar, which somehow seems to translate into real, tangible power that affects machinery and military tactics and stuff. Jedao is engaging in psychological warfare as well as physical warfare, trying to figure out how to outwit the unknown Lanterner general despite being outnumbered. In some ways this is a fun, knotty strategy game of a story, but the tone is very serious, and it has some serious things to say about warfare, loyalty, and management.

I feel I should probably not have read all three pieces in one go, as they all deserve to be sat with and thought about separately. The letter from the editor is at the back. Is this usual? Feb 24, Ely rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , short-stories. More like 3. Even without comprehending exactly how the high calendar works, reading Jedao be a badass military commander and Menowen standing up to him and quetioning him was absolutely enjoyable. Putting a pin in this to read again after Ninefox Gambit, though my rating will remain unchanged - since this More like 3.

Putting a pin in this to read again after Ninefox Gambit, though my rating will remain unchanged - since this is set prior to Ninefox, I'd prefer it if I could comprehend all the relevant background information contained inside without needing outside source material. Just read this very carefully, otherwise you'll end up as confused as the Kel.

Mar 03, Maria rated it liked it. This is a part of my I-will-read-anything-and-everything-about-Jedao cruasade. The Battle of Candle Arc is good, but not as good as Extracurricular Activities if you, like myself, can't get enough of Shuos Jedao stories. England under the White Witch is pretty and Kate Baker's narration makes it almost ethereal , but reads a bit like a warning against.. A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones i a sad story that is meant to be hopefull, but somehow This is a part of my I-will-read-anything-and-everything-about-Jedao cruasade.

It's too long, imho; I got bored by the end of it maybe just not in the right mood for it? Also, waaaay too many parentheses. Read the whole issue here and please consider supporting Clarkesworld via Patreon or digital subscription.

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They publish marvelous stories. Mar 14, Becky rated it really liked it. This short story, a prequel in a way to Ninefox Gambit, felt lackluster in comparison to the novel. I am assuming a large portion of my lower level of satisfaction with this story is due to my struggles with the shorter story medium. I felt that the setting was explained more plainly, and woven less intricately into the flow of the story.

I'm not sure if that had a lot to do with the fact that I'd already read the novel, which so totally blew me away. Lee's writing is still very enjoyable, but o This short story, a prequel in a way to Ninefox Gambit, felt lackluster in comparison to the novel. Lee's writing is still very enjoyable, but overall this story was just less than I'd expected. Sep 15, Stan rated it really liked it. A very short, but great story, of one of Jedao's famous old battles. I particularly liked seeing the interaction with Kel before the formation instinct was developed.

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