Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage fallcleaning Crocktober Music Deals Store Fall Barbecue
Stranded and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 16.80
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 3 to 5 weeks.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Stranded has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Stranded Paperback – Aug 1 2012

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 16.80
CDN$ 11.76 CDN$ 11.98

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 30 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Three flawed stories share a common theme Aug. 27 2012
By TChris - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Stranded brings together three lengthy science fiction stories, two written for this volume, that share the titular theme: stories about being stranded. Each is preceded by a short introduction written by the story's author.

Alyssa Magord, the victim of an alien plague, wakes up alone -- alone except for a hybrid computer/dolphin that shares her blood and a variety of weaponized robots. She soon realizes she's in quarantine ... the kind of quarantine from which it may be impossible to return. While this is a promising premise, the story descends into silliness as the robots squabble with each other. The story isn't quite funny enough to succeed as laugh-out-loud comedy, although I assume that was the author's intent. It has its moments, and the ultimate resolution is moderately clever. I would give James Alan Gardner's "A Host of Leeches" 3 1/2 stars.

Willow lives on city-ship that travels around the galaxy. The crew's mission (which carries quasi-religious overtones) is the restoration of devastated worlds (sort of like playing SimPlanet). Although she is merely a student, Willow mysteriously becomes responsible for restoring an entire island. Apart from an unfortunate bit of silliness involving unicorns, the story becomes interesting when it focuses on the restoration work, the careful balancing of plants and birds and bees, predators and prey. On the other hand, Willow's triumphant development as a character and the story's conclusion are predictable and dull. I would give Anne Bishop's "A Strand in the Web" 3 stars.

For no apparent reason, the girls are at war with the boys in a ship that is falling apart, and it's up to a "Halfway Boy" named Sirius to save them all. Now, with the ship in distress, they must land on an uncharted planet. Add an elf-monkey child (seriously?) and a centaur (seriously?) who carries a staff that lets her "skip from world to world" (seriously?) and you've got what amounts to a fantasy married to cheesy science fiction. The story reads like it was written in the Flash Gordon era (the nastiest weapon the humans can muster is a "blaster"). The writing style is cliché-dependent and overwrought, relying too amply on exclamation points!!! to signal conflict and create drama. The plot is preachy (and rather stale in its condemnation of patriarchy and homophobia), often more soap opera than space opera, but the last third of the story introduces some interesting concepts. Anthony Francis wrote "Stranded." I would give it 2 1/2 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Huh? April 20 2014
By Michael W Riley - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Hard to believe Anne Bishop would allow her work to be associated with anything so ridiculously simplistic, poorly developed, and inconsistent as Anthony Francis's "Stranded".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A bit of a mish-mash held together by a strand Nov. 24 2012
By Kathy Davie - Published on
Format: Paperback
An anthology of three short stories for young adults revolving around a theme of being stranded.

The Stories
James Alan Gardner's "A Host of Leeches" is an odd mix of science fiction, paranoia, and the cartoonish. I definitely could see a Saturday morning cartoon based on this, although the audience is more likely to be conspiracy theorists.

Alyssa is the lucky one, the one experimented upon in a secret space station where plague victims were sent. She's also the unlucky one as she seems to be the only living being in the entire complex. Until she can find Balla, her Dolphin aut. Then it's two against the, well, world?

Good point. People thinking up all the bad things they'd do to others and automatically assuming that's what their enemies are planning to do to them. Doesn't say much about us. Or them.

This story feels as though it could be a prequel for a series. I want to give it a "3" because it's just too juvenile in how Gardner writes the story, but it rates a "4" for its ingenuity. Which means a "3.5" in the ratings.

Anne Bishop's "A Strand in the Web" is a sad look at what our future could be if we don't pay attention and care for the environment in which we currently live.

"It also showed that there was no room for ego in the work we were choosing to do." I also like Bishop's message that we are only one strand in the web of our world.

This is definitely a "5", and I'd love to read future stories about this new effort at building a world. Bishop delivers her environmental message consistently and well. I did love the obvious connection between the comment on ego and Dermi and Fallah's stupid reasons. Bishop wrote a great story without being condescending or cartoonish.

Anthony Francis' "Stranded" is a gender-divided Lord of the Flies with teenaged idiots. Ego- and hormone-driven nitwits who finally have to work together or die.

They and Serendipity Saint George collide when their ship crashes and she's just claimed the moon where they crashed. The crew is still fighting amongst themselves and Serendipity has her knowledge of history and the success/failure rate of human colonies, centuries of centaur philosophy and her grandmother's training.

Francis certainly has an imagination and he's certainly creative which rates it a "4"; however, I give it a "3" because I think he handled it clumsily at the start nor does he deliver his message very well. So, another "3.5".

The Title
The title is the theme for these three stories: Stranded. Whether its in fear, absolution, or a desire to prove oneself.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sci-Fi Dec 26 2012
By Mary E. Young - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book features three novellas centered in a sci-fi universe, all connected with the theme of Stranded. Bishop's book has "Restorers" living on space ships. Their entire purpose is to create balanced and self-sustaining ecosystems on planets that they will never experience. Gardner's book begins with a girl who finds herself waking up on a space station full of robots. Francis' book begins with a genetically engineered centauress who is captured by a group of refugees.

I highly enjoyed Bishop and Gardner's stories. I found Francis' tale a bit harder to get into. Overall, this collection features some fascinating work. I would love to read a series set in Bishop's world (of course she is my favorite author). I think sci-fi fans will highly enjoy this book and its interesting ideas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Below average teen fiction May 18 2013
By D. Haussler - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I try not to write negative reviews but this book took me by surprise (and not in a good way). I could barely finish Anne Bishop's contribution to the collection due to it's horrid set-ups and flimsy societal premise. I expected a simplistic storyline and mid-level writing as per many young adult books but I couldn't get past the petty backstabbing of 'teen girls in space'.

At one point while reading this book I had to look up just when the stories were published. I assumed I had missed something and these were tales from the 60's. The science in this fiction is just unbelievably bad. I tried to get past such things as 'video displays' and 'communication towers' but when a key plot line on a spaceship is set in motion because a warning light on a display panel is ignored and it's assumed the circuit is faulty (the person monitoring it is described as hitting it with his fist until the light goes out) it was just too hard to ignore. I mean I've got a microwave oven that isn't as archaic as that.

Gardner and Frances' stories were better but they too seemed directed towards tween girls looking for an easy read. My is review based off of the content not the Kindle formatting but it should be noted this is very poorly formatted [only Bishop's story has full chapter links in ToC].