Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Of books and games

Ken Burnside of Ad Astra Games chimes in:
So, one of my other gigs - beyond making Cool Space Combat Games, is being a science checker for SF writers for Baen.  I got asked by Vox Day to write a science article for their new anthology series "Riding the Red Horse" - which released yesterday. In its first day of release, it's done impressively - it's climbing up the paid Kindle listings and is a category leader in Military SF and SF in general.
Ken's "The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military Science Fiction" is a must-read for any science fiction author. And check this out... Ad Astra is about to come out with the Traveller version of Squadron Strike!

From the most recent review of RIDING THE RED HORSE: "I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of mil sci-fi short stories and essays on war. Each story left me wanting more of the universe in which it takes place (my favourite of the shorts was the last one: "Turncoat" by Steve Rzasa,), and each essay made me marvel at the genius of the respective author. I wouldn't consider myself a military theory buff, but the essays in this collections certainly awakened a hunger in me to find out more and explore the world of war-gaming."

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Anonymous bob k. mando December 17, 2014 4:29 PM  

you know, General Burnside is where we get the term 'sideburns'.

just like General Hooker is where we get the term ...

Anonymous DrTorch December 17, 2014 4:58 PM  

Oooh, I want to be a science checker. Can I be a science checker for Castalia?

Blogger Random December 17, 2014 5:39 PM  

Ken is an excellent Star Fleet Battles player.

Anonymous Giuseppe December 17, 2014 6:30 PM  

I have to admit, I have been surprised by the speed and size of the response. Including the accolades to my little story. I honestly wasn't expecting the level of response the anthology got, but even less so for my very humble contribution to it. I think this goes way beyond the dread ilk. There is a genuine vacuum that Castalia is filling obviously.

It gladdens my heart that something close to mine is also important enough to so many people out there that are willing to spend money, time and effort on reading decent SF. Thank you all, and Vox: Grazie amico. What you do is important. Keep hacking away (sword-to-SJW Orc head I mean, not the slang word for writing, which you do properly)

Anonymous Uncle Fester December 17, 2014 7:49 PM  

Just finished "The Hot Equations..." So far, I'm gobsmacked, this is the SF of my youth. Kudos to Vox and Castalia House.

Anonymous Anonymous December 17, 2014 9:13 PM  

OT and speaking of books... and Speaking...

Sundance at Conservative Treehouse just Spoke for Jessica Lane Chambers. Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead, right here on earth. This is a beautiful thing, folks. Just read it. As I said in the comments, a eulogy is nothing if it is not honest, and complete. I don't know if SD has read Card, but this post embodies a Speaker. I've been following this case since the beginning, and the Treehouse has been at the forefront -- and now Anon is involved, quite nastily and heavily. This case is sad beyond my measuring capabilities, and SD has done exceeding well with this post, tacked onto his site's coverage of the event.


Anonymous Snickers December 17, 2014 9:23 PM  

Was hoping for pulse detonated antimatter/fusion, received stuff that has actually flown... Where is the speculation? That is the point of science fiction.

If you're a scifi author please add pulse detonated antimatter/fusion.

Blogger Rantor December 17, 2014 11:12 PM  

Got through "Thermodynamics" today, great read and a great contribution. While I enjoyed Star Wars as a kid, I already understood, from playing asteroids, that to change direction you needed to change thrust, and quite a bit. wings were useless, etc. X-Wings magically operating from high gravity planets also.
seemed fantastical, not science fiction.

Anyway, I am enjoying Red Horse immensely, thanks to Tom, Vox, and the whole gang

Anonymous Rolf December 18, 2014 12:58 AM  

Snickers - eventually I plan on explaining Taj's power systems in a book - conductive mater flowing through a magnetic field normally produces electricity, right? Basic electric generation. So, have a system with a small portal into a separate universe that is hot, next to a very cold universe, and have a system for circulating a working fluid between them through a powerful magnetic field. It also gives you a place you can dump your extra heat to cool yourself, hence the "sub" mentioned in the TSCB, a ship that can not only dump it's extra heat, but designed specifically to cool its skin to ambient so it shows up as local "background" temp. All military ships are assumed to be able to do it to some degree (pun intended) but not as well.

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 18, 2014 1:59 AM  

Off topic, but Vox, would you care to offer any comment on Sony's completely cancelling any release of The Interview to placate North Korean terrorists?

Anonymous Snickers December 18, 2014 2:22 AM  

Hi Rolf, that is an overly complicated system for electrical generation and you must acquire some mass (usually hydrogen (highest isp) or xenon (higher thrust) is used) to excite and expel in an ion thruster or hydrazine or ammonia if you wanted an arcjet, for some sort of electric powered rocket, a system limited by fuel carried... but given that you have portal creation as one of your conceits if you're able to control the location of the portal you can have one end siphoning plasma from a star and use a magnetic nozzle to direct it. In this you would have a seemingly unexaustable amount of fuel for any sort of maneuver you want to make. The vacuum of space is an excellent insulator. Also depending on how you generate these portals another could be positioned between the threat and your ship, such that they see background and kinetic or laser weapons also pass through to the background.

Anonymous Anonymous December 18, 2014 2:28 AM  

Per Zaklog's query... I came here hoping to see a comment as well.
I'm not a movie goer. But I'd gladly go see one now, or even ride herd on the entryway... just to poke the NORK in the eye.

Anonymous Jack Amok December 18, 2014 2:41 AM  

Ad Astra is a very cool co-conspirator Vox. Congrats.

Anonymous Jack Amok December 18, 2014 5:14 AM  

Oh, BTW, since guns are never OT, in case anyone missed Instapundit's link, here's an animated depiction of how a M1911 works

The graphics would fit into Attack Vector: Tactical just fine.

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