Starts a little slow, and is at first quite reminiscent of Starship Trooper (the book, not the horrible movie). The pace picks up about halfway through, and while it is ostensibly about a confusing war with an ill-understood enemy, the real story is about humanity and it's evolution (or lack thereof). Depressing as hell, but with a few rays of hope scattered in for good measure. Won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for "Best Novel of the Year".
Good science, reminiscent of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. As an aside, it's amusing to read the very un-PC '70s-era internal dialog of the somewhat sexist (by today's standard anyhow) main character. ;-)
Quite a few good tales in this collection, including those upon which the recent Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series was based. Includes both the excellent non-fiction baseball piece "Head Down" and the poem "Brooklyn August" which I've read first appeared in a big-league baseball program.
Excellent writing from a very interesting Brit - bachelor's in Social Anthropology and a Masters with Distinction from the London School of Economics. Steampunk isn't my favorite genre, but this book kept me riveted. Slakemoths? *shudder*