Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Mailvox: Wallpaper request

Because the THERE WILL BE WAR covers by Lars - with a typology assist from JartStar and Chris - are awesome, we've had several requests for wallpapers based on them. So, without further ado, here they are at 1600x1000 resolution; just click on the smaller image to load the full one. I have to confess that while Vol. II is my favorite of the four anthologies we've released so far, Vol. IV is my favorite cover.

And, of course, you'll no doubt want to pick up copies of the newly released Volume III and Volume IV too.



Anonymous vales3 #295 July 07, 2015 10:55 AM  

Thank you for releasing the awesome covers and I just downloaded Vol III & IV to my Kindle. Today, a great day.

Blogger pdwalker July 07, 2015 11:08 AM  

Thank you!

Anonymous Steve July 07, 2015 11:18 AM  


I tried downloading these wallpapers but something strange happened.

I felt an electric current running through my smartphone, as if billions of tiny nanites were invading my skin.

My five-o'-clock shadow suddenly sprouted into a full beard, thick and wiry and red like Thor's.

Then I noticed my left hand was transmogrifying into a plasma cannon and my very bones seemed to harden as if being infused by adamantium. It briefly hurt like molten lava pouring through my veins and arteries. At this point, I became slightly concerned.

As I strode through the office seeking the first aid kit, a pair of mechs dropped through the ceiling with a frightening clang. Ignoring the cloud of dust, my newly augmented vision tagged them on IR as ED-309's - the newest urban pacification models from OCP.

"Groovy", I said.

In a metallic, lisping voice, the first ED-309 barked an order for me to drop my weapon and surrender, so I shot a pulse of superheated plasma and it exploded in a gout of fire and rivets.

The second droid immediately opened up on me with its chin-mounted chaingun. An extended brrrrrrrrrrrpppp! of 7.62mm tore up the carpet tiles and motivational posters as it targeted me.

Thankfully, it couldn't elevate the barrel high enough as my bionic legs ran me up a wall and along the ceiling tiles towards the mechanical monster.

It switched to HE grenades and tore massive burning holes in the roof, so I was forced to dive down and under my robotic assailant.

As it flailed around, enormous titanium feet trying to locate and stomp me, I punched it with the force of an atomic god-fist, and it crumpled and fell over.

Under the sound of broken servos twitching and whining, my enhanced hearing picked up a human heartbeat, so I ripped apart its metal exoskeleton with my teeth.

Inside, there was a pale, blinking, cringing figure wearing a green velvet dress.

"Scalzi!", I exclaimed, for it was him.

He jutted out his pudgy jaw and tried to sound defiant.

"Fuck you, Steve, you douchecanoe! You just killed Jim C. Hines! Do you know how many Jim C. Hines fans will be coming for you now? Literally tens!"

Now that he mentioned it, the other ED-309 had smelled faintly of rohypnol and piss. Classic Hinesey.

"You forgot one thing about the Evil Legion of Evil, Scalzi!", I said, as my charging plasma-cannon arm crackled with violet electrical arcs of pure energy.

"What's that?" he croaked.

"We. Don't. Care." I roared, blasting a hole in the nearest wall.

Then I hoisted the skirty-man as if he were a rag doll and threw him out of the building.

"Aiiieeeee!" he screamed. "I'llll beeeee baaaaacckk!" But he was already a green speck rapidly disappearing into the sky.

"I'll be ready," I replied, as I stalked away to find some boobsome young women to impregnate.

Blogger VD July 07, 2015 11:23 AM  

I tried downloading these wallpapers but something strange happened.

Yeah, sorry about that. I suppose we should have put some sort of warning on them.

Blogger Student in Blue July 07, 2015 11:38 AM  

"For you, the day I downloaded that wallpaper was the most important day of your life," said Steve, "But for me, it was Tuesday."

Anonymous Susan July 07, 2015 11:40 AM  

For myself, seeing #4, I have the same feelings I had when the aliens blew up the Clinton WH in Independence Day. The liberals still do not understand our feelings of joy after seeing that scene.
That is how I picture San Fransicko after the events of the past couple of weeks. Pure satisfaction.

Blogger Mark July 07, 2015 11:55 AM  

Wow, those are stunning. I'm generally not a fan of wallpapers (I prefer a neutral background) but I'll have to make an exception for these. It reminds me of when I was a kid 30 years ago, sketching giant spaceships over future cities / planets.

Blogger jaericho (#107) July 07, 2015 12:18 PM  

I diggin' #3 myself, but then I always did have a soft spot for big spaceships dukeing it out in space.

Blogger Chiva July 07, 2015 12:31 PM  

Excellent work. The pictures bring back memories of SciFi covers by Berkey and Vallejo.

Anonymous Steve July 07, 2015 12:33 PM  

Student in Blue

Anonymous Dave July 07, 2015 2:13 PM  

Ask and ye shall receive.

Anonymous Duke of URL July 07, 2015 2:39 PM  

Really like the backgrounds - thank you, Lord Day.
Was delighted to see that Volumes 3 & 4 are now available - immediately Amazoned them.
BTW: Steve? Your office dilemma had me laughing out loud, and that doesn't happen often.

Anonymous T July 07, 2015 3:25 PM  

Read Vol. 1 a day ago. Bloody brilliant. Good chance it's the best anthology of short stories I've ever read.

Blogger macengr July 07, 2015 4:19 PM  

You are kind.


Blogger Student in Blue July 07, 2015 6:28 PM  


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Blogger Azimus July 08, 2015 12:36 AM  

I like 3 it reminds me of Homeworld. Man I loved that game. I played it so much I got pneumonia when I was in college...

Anonymous Dave July 08, 2015 12:36 PM  

You can zoom in on the spacecraft in the foreground of IV and actually see the evil smirk on the pilot"s face.

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