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Saturday, April 18, 2015

There will be THERE WILL BE WAR

File 770 has the scoop:
Jerry Pournelle’s There Will Be War series is returning to print. All nine volumes will be reissued by Castalia House in ebook and two-volume omnibus hardcovers.

I’m glad to see that Dr. Pournelle, who I have now known over 40 years, will have his iconic titles back on the market.

Jerry commented on the project’s history for File 770:

I am very pleased that we were able to revive, in both hardbound and eBook, the There Will Be War anthology series.  The series was conceived during the Cold War, but most of the stories take place in other eras.  I am not astonished that they hold up well long after the collapse of the Soviet Union ended that conflict. We will be releasing the original 9 volumes over the next year and revive the series after that.  However much international politics may change, it remains likely that There Will Be War.
There is more, so read the rest there. As you can imagine, I am a tremendous fan of the anthology series, and indeed, Riding the Red Horse was created in conscious imitation of its ground-breaking blend of fact and fiction. Volume I is already ready to go and we are just putting the final touches on Volume II, after which we will release both of them. If you're not subscribing to the Castalia House New Release mailing list yet, you're probably going to want to do so soon because we will be announcing a very good new release offer in the next newsletter. There Will Be War was a tremendous influence on my own intellectual development, and not only are the books not conceptually outdated, they often feel remarkably prescient despite the end of the Cold War and the passing of the events upon which they are nominally focused. The reality is that the forces leading to war run much deeper than any of the national or societal differences that are usually blamed for it, which is why Dr. Pournelle is correct to observe that history has not ended, the secular utopia has not arrived, and there will indeed be war. I have highly recommended the books for decades, which is why getting them back into print was one of my top priorities for Castalia House.
We will publish the Volume I and II ebooks before the end of this month. Later this year, we will publish Volumes III and IV in ebook, and Volumes I and II together in an omnibus hardcover edition. We expect to publish all nine volumes, as well as the new tenth volume, before the end of 2016.

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43 Comments:

Anonymous Giuseppe April 18, 2015 6:21 AM  

Definitely getting these

Blogger Rantor April 18, 2015 6:43 AM  

I read several of these in High School and look forward to rereading, and having the hardback editions. Thanks to Vox and Jerry for making this happen.

Blogger Buddy E. April 18, 2015 7:23 AM  

'Vanity publisher' indeed. ;) Watching Castalia kick ass & take names is fabulous.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 18, 2015 7:35 AM  

My own collection of There Will be War books has traveled better than 50,000 miles and is at this point, largely collections of loose pages in ziplock bags

I'm glad they will finally be available in E-book format.

Blogger John Cunningham April 18, 2015 7:43 AM  

This is stupendously great news!! I read all of the TWBW books in paper as they came out, and they made a great impression on me. having them out both as ebooks and in hardback will be outstanding.

Anonymous DJJ April 18, 2015 7:44 AM  

While the Hugo´s are entertaining, this is how Vox really wins. Keep bringing quality to the public.

Anonymous Sensei April 18, 2015 7:50 AM  

We will be releasing the original 9 volumes over the next year and revive the series after that.

If the TWBW series is being revived, will this replace/supersede future installments of Riding the Red Horse?

Blogger Vox April 18, 2015 8:07 AM  

If the TWBW series is being revived, will this replace/supersede future installments of Riding the Red Horse?

No. TWBW has always been primarily focused on reprints, and there are a lot of good mil-sf stories worth reprinting between 1989 and 2015. RTRH will consist solely of new fiction.

Also, due to Dr. Pournelle's background and connections, TWBW has historically been USAF-oriented. RTRH has its connections in the ground and amphibious forces. So that will tend to differentiate them as well.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus April 18, 2015 8:08 AM  

Good news.

Anonymous Sensei April 18, 2015 8:46 AM  

No. TWBW has always been primarily focused on reprints, and there are a lot of good mil-sf stories worth reprinting between 1989 and 2015. RTRH will consist solely of new fiction.
Also...


Excellent news, thanks. Looking forward to both.

Anonymous Harsh April 18, 2015 9:09 AM  

That's great news. I'm looking forward to getting the hardcovers.

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 9:58 AM  

This is pure win. So much win.

And of course the timing could not be more perfect. While everyone is telling Larry and Brad that they are committing career suicide by associating with you... Dr Pournelle is working with you to release, what I consider at least, to be his Crown Jewel.

***chuckle***

Career suicide indeed.

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 10:00 AM  

"My own collection of There Will be War books has traveled better than 50,000 miles and is at this point, largely collections of loose pages in ziplock bags"

If that is not the most glorious praise a work can have paid to it... I do not know what is.

Blogger M. Bibliophile April 18, 2015 10:35 AM  

Great, ANOTHER Castalia release for my ever lengthening after-I-sell-the-house wishlist, AND with one of my favorite authors. As if I needed another reason to get this thing sold...

Anonymous TheWesman April 18, 2015 10:36 AM  

Congratz,

I too was a fan of all of those books. I had them all back in the day.
I stumbled across the only copy of a single volume that I had last week.
I loaned them out and only got one back..
I would like to buy and read them all again.

So my praise is better than Nate's.

Thank you Vox & Cast House.

Blogger Phunctor April 18, 2015 10:38 AM  

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Blogger maniacprovost April 18, 2015 10:39 AM  

I am really going to have to build more bookshelves... I need about 20' just to catch up with what I have.

Anonymous Donn April 18, 2015 11:08 AM  

Will the ebooks combine the dead tree editions into fewer volumes or will each of the originals get its own book?

Blogger ajw308 April 18, 2015 11:11 AM  

This is great news. I'm finishing the last Dead Six book and was wondering what I was going to read next. As much as I enjoyed Riding the Red Horse, the choice is now easy.

Blogger Buddy E. April 18, 2015 11:35 AM  

'Vanity publisher' indeed. ;) Watching Castalia kick ass & take names is fabulous.

Anonymous FNG April 18, 2015 11:51 AM  

In my totally blue-pill days, even I gave up on SF as the pinkshirts started taking over. Thank you for putting red blood back into the red-pill corpse of SF.

Blogger Hammerli280 April 18, 2015 11:54 AM  

I'm waiting for the re-release of The Strategy of Technology. Possony and Pournelle's masterpiece.

Anonymous Dave April 18, 2015 12:55 PM  

Congrats to all involved. Looking forward to next CH new release email

Blogger Noah B April 18, 2015 1:01 PM  

At this rate, the biggest threat to the future of Castalia House is the massive buyout offers that are soon to be forthcoming from the big publishers. If you're not getting those already.

Blogger Vox April 18, 2015 1:19 PM  

If you're not getting those already.

Already received one and turned it down.

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 1:52 PM  

"Already received one and turned it down."

what a curious definition of career suicide they must have...

Blogger Torial April 18, 2015 2:08 PM  

Who are you using to print the hardcovers? I remember Markku said a long while back that there wouldn't be hardcover until he found a place with quality he was happy with.

Blogger Markku April 18, 2015 2:14 PM  

The best there is, Lightning Source Press. I can't remember saying that, but it might have been the very beginning when we didn't have an account there yet. It's REALLY difficult to get one. If they even get a whiff that they might have to hold your hand in the process, they'll assign you to the short bus - Ingram Spark.

Anonymous Difster April 18, 2015 2:31 PM  

There's no way that a little start-up publishing house, in a tiny little country like Finland run by a racist, homophobic, misogynist like Vox Day could possibly have signed a science fiction legend like Jerry Pournelle. How is that even possible? Reputations are at stake!

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 2:40 PM  

" they'll assign you to the short bus - Ingram Spark."

Is Ingram that bad? Ingram's CEO is kin.

Blogger Vox April 18, 2015 2:43 PM  

It's all Ingram. They own Lightning Source. But like Markku says, they have different categories. We're in the good one.

Blogger Markku April 18, 2015 3:04 PM  

Lightning Source is saying formidable publisher

Ingram Spark is saying babby's first self-pub

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 3:34 PM  

ahhh.... excellent... now I don't have to slap him around at his daughter's wedding...

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 3:36 PM  

I am leery of this dead tree expansion.... does this mean you may at some point alter your anti-brick and mortar stance?

Blogger Torial April 18, 2015 3:37 PM  

Thanks Markku, it was early on, just months after CH started. I think it was in response to people saying they hated ebooks and when would a printed edition be made available.

Blogger Markku April 18, 2015 6:36 PM  

These days, you don't specifically seek brick & mortar stores. Rather, you announce your retailer discount percentage to the distributor (Lightning Source in this case) and the stores will then make their own decisions. Obviously, the more you discount, the more stores you will attract, but the less money you get per book sold.

Victoria will be discounted just enough for it to make sense for some of the biggest chains to get the physical books. Independents, not so much.

Anonymous tiredofitall April 18, 2015 8:20 PM  

Pretty sure that volumes 1-9 of TWBW will be ineligible for best new works for a Hugo nom, but 10 would be, right?

Blogger Nate April 18, 2015 8:30 PM  

why victoria? Why not Night Lands?

Anonymous JoeyWheels April 18, 2015 9:04 PM  

I have Awake In The Night Lands in hc......

Blogger Markku April 18, 2015 9:27 PM  

Nate: The author expressed his wish for maximum spread of physical copies. It's in the contract. That is also why we made an exception and printed this as trade paperback, and not hardcover. The contract states that also.

For Awake, we tried to optimize profits instead. The retailer discount is big enough that we can expect to see Amazon offer regular discounts to customers ("You save: X dollars....) but it is not big enough to especially attract brick & mortar sales.

JoeyWheels: Yes, but Nate asked about brick & mortar. You almost certainly ordered it from some online store, like Amazon or B&N's online service.

Blogger MidKnight April 18, 2015 11:19 PM  

Excellent. Vox - that brought a smile to my lips. I love that series, still have seven of them on my shelf. The fourth one - Day of the Tyrant, is still the first book I ever bought with Pournelle's name on it, back when I was in middle school. Shortly followed by the Mercenary.

Blogger Ben April 19, 2015 6:03 PM  

I am pro dead-tree. The cover art that you guys have been using for recent new releases would look fantastic on good quality paper and excellent binding. Something to read under an oil lamp. So much better than viewing it on a screen.

Blogger Quadko April 21, 2015 5:26 PM  

Hurray! Your marketing works, because I went from knowing nothing of the series to eagerly anticipating its arrival in reprint. Keep up the good work!

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