William Barton

7 Quotations from William Barton

battleship n. 2007 W. Barton Rocket into Planetary Space in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 101 The original Orion had been a pulsed-fusion spaceship, sort of an interplanetary battleship.
changewar n. 2009 W. Barton Sea of Dreams in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct.–Nov. 177 ‘Wark Fan’shih has tried to track down and destroy all the hyperdoors throughout human history, on all the probabilistic timelines except the one he controls. His goal is to seal off metahistory so nothing can influence his own fate. My avatars are all that stand in his way.’ Imagine that. Changewar? Not quite, but pretty close.
overdrive n. 2002 W. Barton Engine of Desire in Asimov’s Science Fiction 104 We got to buy overdrive technology from the Spinfellows' Firefox client civilization, before we found out who their masters were.
space capsule n. 2007 W. Barton Rocket into Planetary Space in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 105 What if I had the money to buy a space capsule from one of the New Space Entrepreneurs I was reading about, and go on my own real space adventure?
spacecraft n. 2009 W. Barton Sea of Dreams in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct.–Nov. 142 The magic of inertialess space drives, the magic of anti-gravity. Hardly anybody knew we hadn’t invented it, had found it in a derelict alien spacecraft…thirty-five years ago.
space helmet n. 2005 W. Barton Harvest Moon in Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept. 118 If I start to cry in a space helmet, I won’t be able to clear my vision and run the camera when the time comes.
Titanian n. 1998 W. Barton Down in Dark in Asimov’s Science Fiction Dec. 35 ‘The Earth’s not going to recover and we can’t survive forever at Moonbase. The Saturn system’s our best bet, otherwise we’re spread too thin. Even Mars...’ She said, ‘The odds are against us, no matter what.’ I nodded. ‘So we come here, obliterate the Titanians, and then die out anyway, erasing their future as well as ours.’