Thursday, April 23, 2015

If you want paper

We'll give you paper. We are but the humble servants of the marketplace.

Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War is now available in trade paperback. 592 pages.

Awake in the Night Land is available in hardcover. 342 pages.

The next books to appear in print format will all be in hardcover, and in the following order:

The History of Strategy by Martin van Creveld.

Equality: The Impossible Quest by Martin van Creveld

There Will Be War Volumes I and II by Jerry Pournelle. This will be a single omnibus edition.



Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey April 23, 2015 10:25 AM  

About time, thanks.

Paper rules.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey April 23, 2015 10:26 AM  

About time, thanks.

Paper rules.

Blogger Rantor April 23, 2015 10:34 AM  

Excellent. Will place order this weekend

Anonymous Bz April 23, 2015 10:39 AM  

I must say I enjoyed Victoria: a bit uneven in the details, but overall audacious, impatient, powerful work that might not have been much improved by sanding such details down. It is long but I finished it quickly.

Here's a short piece written in a similar vein, one that I can only say I found visionary and almost mystical:

Excellent work. It resonated, spoke to me.

Anonymous Claymore April 23, 2015 10:45 AM  


Anonymous Anonymous April 23, 2015 10:55 AM  

Cool. EMP can't knock out dead tree.

Anonymous Anonymous April 23, 2015 11:21 AM  

Amazon says temporarily out of stock?

Anonymous 0007 April 23, 2015 11:42 AM  

Paper is as paper does; where do I send my check?

Anonymous Ajax April 23, 2015 11:58 AM  

Are there any more hardcover copies of Summa Elvetica to be had? I gave my copy to my cousin thinking I would just by another one. The only one I can find is $999.11 on Amazon.

Blogger Rabbi B April 23, 2015 12:26 PM  

"The only one I can find is $999.11 on Amazon."

So, what's the problem? You don't think VD is worth it?

Blogger Brad Andrews April 23, 2015 12:34 PM  

I have the originals for the Pournelle series....

Blogger Nate April 23, 2015 1:14 PM  

Just picked up the hardcover of Night Land. Not interested in Victoria. but I've been wanting a hardback of Night Land for a long time... it can go in the Book Case of Honour with Faulkner and Milton and Poe and all the other Great Works

Blogger Vox April 23, 2015 1:18 PM  

Are there any more hardcover copies of Summa Elvetica to be had? I gave my copy to my cousin thinking I would just by another one.

Not now. There will be in due course.

Anonymous Anonymous April 23, 2015 1:39 PM  

I just ordered my copy of Night Land as well. Anyone interesting in getting their copy soon shouldn't wait. Amazon is showing, "Only 5 left in stock (more on the way)." and I don't know how long it takes to restock.

Anonymous Roundtine April 23, 2015 1:44 PM  

Sold out, restocking on April 26.

Anonymous jack April 23, 2015 2:12 PM  

Just purchased There will be War. got it plus the bonus. Opened the first story Reflex, read the into, and I know for sure that this will be a very value filled 4.99 purchase!

Anonymous Difster April 23, 2015 2:34 PM  

Admit it Vox, you're hoping for an SJW book burning in the future.

Anonymous Pete April 23, 2015 3:30 PM  

Just ordered my copy of Awake in the Night Land. Keep those dead tree versions coming!

Anonymous Anonymous April 23, 2015 3:36 PM  

Will the John C. Wright anthologies ever be collected and published in hardcover?

Blogger Jew613 April 23, 2015 6:05 PM  

Will there be an audible version of awake in the night land?

Anonymous paradox April 23, 2015 6:07 PM  

Take that cover off Victoria and put an Appeal to Heaven flag and I'll buy a copy.

Anonymous scoobius dubious April 23, 2015 6:13 PM  

Good to hear, I was worrying that I might never be able to read all of Night Land b/c of my stone age primitivism. What's your distribution strategy? Are you going to be able to do straight off the shelf Barnes and Noble type stuff, or more like just stick with Amazon and Powell's?

Anonymous patrick kelly April 23, 2015 6:55 PM  

Ordered AWITNL

Anonymous EG April 23, 2015 8:12 PM  

Thanks, Vox, Markku, &c.
Just recently purchased AITNL and now Victoria. Keep the dead tree versions coming!

Blogger Jim Bro April 23, 2015 8:17 PM  

It's impressive to see how fast Castalia is growing. Any possibility that some of your works will start to be available in chain bookstores in the future?

Blogger Markku April 23, 2015 8:32 PM  

For Victoria, we have made the retailer discount big enough that it would make economic sense for the biggest chains to carry the physical book. This, of course, comes from our own royalties so it's not a decision to be made lightly. As for Awake, probably not. Not with the current pricing.

But of course, before any such retailer gets interested, the sales figures have to be big enough for Amazon and other online stores. Online stores carry no risk because they can just order them print-on-demand. So, they can live with smaller margin. But retailers need storage space. The incentive needs to be big before they take that risk.

We have no control over it. We can just offer the incentive and see what they do.

Blogger Jim Bro April 24, 2015 12:55 AM  


Groovy. Just curious, since I do most of my shopping online, but seeing a book featured at Barnes and Noble or somewhere usually leads to looking it up on amazon or goodreads. Probably the reverse (looking at reviews online then buying a book at the store) is true for a lot of people too.

Good luck and keep up the good work.

Anonymous Cugel April 24, 2015 6:59 AM  

Thanks. I like real books, made out of paper.

Blogger SF-Dinosaurier April 24, 2015 12:24 PM  

"There will be war" - when, how expensive, how much shipping to Germany, signed ?

Blogger Markku April 24, 2015 6:05 PM  

We know exact price only after the book has been fully typeset, but signing is going to be REALLY difficult due to the way print-on-demand works, unless someone is ready to pay some MAJOR money.

Blogger Markku April 24, 2015 6:11 PM  

Of course, considering that an unsigned first edition of SE is reported to cost 1k, perhaps someone indeed might.

Blogger Peter April 26, 2015 12:07 PM  


Any chance we will see ATOB rereleased as a hardcover? This thing has pretty much entered collector's item status as of now.

Blogger Markku April 26, 2015 12:30 PM  

AToB is coming reasonably soon, just need to adapt cover, back and title page from the Marcher Lord Press one. But I can pretty much guarantee that the MLP edition will remain extremely valuable because there won't be any more of them. Our version will look slightly different. Different fonts and typesetting.

Blogger Peter April 29, 2015 10:16 AM  

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Blogger Peter April 29, 2015 10:17 AM  


Well , considering that most copies that i found wouldn't ship to Europe, this new one will work for me. I made a custom soft-cover print myself but in the end it felt kind of lackluster.

Thanks for the info.

Blogger SF-Dinosaurier April 30, 2015 1:59 PM  

Define "major".
And I would like to have a signed copy by Jerry Pournelle and Vox Day. [That would be really funny to show in my blog ... really really.]

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