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Friday, May 02, 2014

Transhumanity draws near

We're very close to releasing TRANSHUMAN AND SUBHUMAN: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth by John C. Wright. You can, if you are so inclined, have an early look at the cover along with the Introduction by Michael Flynn at Mr. Wright's site. It is a selection of the very best of Mr. Wright's reliably brilliant essays.

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Anonymous Jeromus May 02, 2014 5:04 PM  

The cover is excellent!

Blogger JartStar May 02, 2014 5:24 PM  

Robot Valhalla

The cover artist.

Anonymous Profit May 02, 2014 5:33 PM  

I 2nd, the nice cover opinion... With the growth of the Wereseal-type books covers have seemed rather generic for SF/F...

I wonder if the FemNazis try to blame those covers on men? Even though men don't read or design them... What am I thinking? Everything is the fault of those evil-men-things.
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I've read and enjoyed two of Larry Correia's series and just finished Kratman's "A Desert Called Peace" (Holy fuck that was a great book!). Now all this hype for Wright... Amazing, there are actual SF/F books worth reading again!

Blogger Random May 02, 2014 5:35 PM  

Welcome to the new Golden Age, if my ever-expanding reading list from Castalia House is any indication!

Anonymous VD May 02, 2014 5:39 PM  

Welcome to the new Golden Age, if my ever-expanding reading list from Castalia House is any indication!

We're just getting started. Just wait until you see what Mr. Wright and Mr. Kratman have in store for you later in the year. And one of these months, AODAL 2 will finally be completed.

Anonymous Vidad May 02, 2014 5:53 PM  

I just bought The Monster Hunters (Correia), Big Boys Don't Cry (Kratman), Scout's Honor (Henry Vogel) and The Last Witchking (Day) for my new Kindle.

It was as if a million pinkshirts cried out and then suddenly went silent.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 May 02, 2014 5:58 PM  

It was as if a million pinkshirts cried out and then suddenly went silent

Shhh.
No spoilers.

Anonymous aviendha May 02, 2014 6:24 PM  

I know ebooks are the future...I still hope to see everything from Castalia House in book form. I know I'm in the minority with a few thousand physical books and about a hundred comic long boxes.

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 May 02, 2014 6:47 PM  

"If you're interested....(oooo, I could be considered an intellectual!!!!!) and able....Oh, damn, I suppose you mean even remotely qualified..
.I'm out.
CaptDMO

Anonymous Stingray May 02, 2014 6:50 PM  

I've only read a bit of SF/F over the years, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and 10 or so Wheel of Time books. I recently read that if one is not used to the genre that some of the books can be out of reach. I am compelled to start reading more of it after seeing all these posts. Are Mr. Correia's, Mr. Wright's or Vox's books out of reach for someone who is not well read in SF/F?

Anonymous VD May 02, 2014 7:00 PM  

Are Mr. Correia's, Mr. Wright's or Vox's books out of reach for someone who is not well read in SF/F?

No. It depends what interests you. For action and fun, Mr. Correia. For an immersive experience into a fantasy world, mine. For beauty, brilliance, and sheer awe, Mr. Wright.

Anonymous Jeanne May 02, 2014 7:11 PM  

Sweet!!! I've been waiting for this one!

OpenID pancakeloach May 02, 2014 7:30 PM  

I've only read a bit of SF/F over the years, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and 10 or so Wheel of Time books.

All Vox's Selenoth stories should be right up your alley - epic fantasy.

I saw that someone(?) said that the Golden Age trilogy might be difficult for someone unfamiliar with science fiction tropes to relate to, and I kinda see how that might be the case. Familiarity with any popular science fiction series, even the TV stuff like Star Trek or Stargate, would probably be a sufficient grounding. I definitely thought that was some of the best of Wright's work, along with Awake in the Night Land.

I'm reading Correia's Hard Magic right now, would recommend though I haven't finished it yet.

Anonymous jack May 02, 2014 9:00 PM  

@Profit
If you like Peace try out the rest of that series and Caliphate, also A state of Disobedience. They are all excellent. Be sure and read the Desert series in order for the max impact and fun.

Anonymous aviendha May 02, 2014 9:12 PM  

6mo ago my boss hands me a book...Monster Hunter International. First page of the book his boss goes nuts and he throws him out a many storied window. I asked if he was trying to tell me something...

A little tongue in cheek, so I'll have to sit down with a nice bourbon and try again. My 10min perusal caused me to think "damn this guy really knows guns".

Anonymous Andy May 02, 2014 10:30 PM  

Just bought Monster Hunter International. Hope its good.

Anonymous Andy May 02, 2014 10:32 PM  

Also, I think you can add Awake in the Night Land has an immersive fantasy world. The Night Land reminds me a little of Mordor.

Anonymous Androsynth May 02, 2014 11:08 PM  

Just bought Monster Hunter International. Hope its good.

I read the first two MHI books and was disappointed, but I've really enjoyed Larry's Grimnoir stuff so far.

Anonymous The other skeptic May 02, 2014 11:13 PM  

And Official Intolerance draws near in Sweden.

Anonymous Flinders May 03, 2014 1:02 AM  

Is this one going to be digital only? I prefer to read the larger works the old fashioned way and I've bought Summa, AToB, QM:AMD hardcover. Not to mention the other authors that pink pantywaists have indirectly recommended to me.

Anonymous Profit May 03, 2014 1:07 AM  

@Jack

"A Desert Called Peace" was so good I've already started book 2... DCP was one of those stories which I am amazed someone with an IQ above "room temp." hasn't snatched up the rights to make a "Band of Brothers/Game of Thr." type mini-series... Ah well, I enjoyed what I witnessed in my mind....

OpenID natewinchester May 03, 2014 1:09 AM  

Whoops, Vox I see a typo.

"It is a selection of the very best of Mr. Wright's reliably brilliant essays so far."

After all, he might top himself tomorrow. ;)

Blogger IM2L844 May 03, 2014 1:46 AM  

My savage half wants to see a Wright/Day vs. Scalzi/Hines tag team death match...Physical or intellectual; it doesn't matter. Either way, I know where I'd put my money.

Anonymous Profit May 03, 2014 1:52 AM  

@Andy

I've been reading a couple of the authors mentioned here over the last four months and read all of Larry Correia's MHI novels as well as the two "Dead Six" novels in that time... If you enjoyed the first two MHI novels, then I would suggest trying book 3 (IMO the best in the series)... Correia's work and now Kratmans' after finishing DCP reminds me of movies and the moods to enjoy them...

Correia "MHI" - These are just fun adventures with a good cast of characters and still have some neat ideas thrown in... The feel of "5th Element", "Lethal Weapon", etc... Though Book-3 is "Gremlins", but better...

"Dead Six" however still has that lighter style, but a much more serious tone and the feel of an Epic... The easy example would be a "Jason Borne" movie or some generic spy-triller... thing is, it doesn't feel that way... There is far more depth, gravity and consequences... This is premature, but after reading the two books... Kinda felt like the "Star Wars" saga (the REAL Star Wars)

Tom Kratman's "A Desert Called Peace" I only finished this two nights ago... But damn did this reminds me of "Dune" and some Heinlein as well, perhaps shaked-but-not-stirred through the good Clancy novels in POV style, not as dry a tone however... If you liked "Band of Brothers" and seasons 1 & 2 of "Battlestar Galactica", mix the two and add a dash of Heinlein, then that would be the feel that novel... I really hope the rest in the series can hold in quality...

Anonymous Bz May 03, 2014 4:58 AM  

OT: Jeff Atwood goes earnest feminist ("hey you guys, I just had a genius brainstorm: we must have more women in tech! And it's all you nerds' fault they're not here!"). They start circling him already in the comments.

http://blog.codinghorror.com/what-can-men-do/

It's a bit like one of those old zombie movies. "Hey guys, don't be so prejudiced, we can negotiate with them ... AAAARRRGHH!" Awww, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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