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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

There Will Be War Vols III and IV

Created by the bestselling SF novelist Jerry Pournelle, THERE WILL BE WAR is a landmark science fiction anthology series that combines top-notch military science fiction with factual essays by various generals and military experts on everything from High Frontier and the Strategic Defense Initiative to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It features some of the greatest military science fiction ever published, such Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” in Volume I and Joel Rosenberg’s “Cincinnatus” in Volume II. Many science fiction greats were featured in the original nine-volume series, which ran from 1982 to 1990, including Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Gordon Dickson, Poul Anderson, Jack Vance, John Brunner, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and Ben Bova.

THERE WILL BE WAR Volume IIII is edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr, and features 16 stories, articles, and poems. Of particular note are “Hide and Seek” by Arthur C. Clarke, “The Spectre General” by Theodore Cogswell, “The Myth of a Liberation” by Truong Nhu Tang, and “Silent Leges” by Jerry Pournelle.

382 pages, no DRM. It is available at Amazon and Castalia House.

 THERE WILL BE WAR Volume IV is edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr, and features 21 stories, articles, and poems. Of particular note are “The Cloak and the Staff” by Gordon R. Dickson, “Interim Justice” by William F. Wu, “Psyops” by Stefan Possony, and “No Truce with Kings” by Poul Anderson.

378 pages, no DRM. It is available at Amazon and Castalia House.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Whitey McWhite July 07, 2015 3:57 AM  

Excellent.

Blogger James Higham July 07, 2015 4:44 AM  

Thank goodness you post often. Get that gay thing off the front page.

Blogger KJE July 07, 2015 5:47 AM  

I was disappointed I did not get my email blast as I normally get from Castilia House. (I did check my spam folder)

Blogger Nate July 07, 2015 7:43 AM  

yep... I didn't get the email either... dammit.

Blogger VD July 07, 2015 8:07 AM  

We had a mail server failure. It's still down. We're looking into it.

Blogger Steve Moss July 07, 2015 8:46 AM  

Damn autocorrect. The new There Will Be War looks good. When will Lt. Col. Kratman be releasing the 7th Carrera book?

Blogger Nate July 07, 2015 9:05 AM  

"We had a mail server failure. It's still down. We're looking into it."

it must not have been a total failure. 0013 got his... he was rubbing it in on the ATF show.

Blogger VD July 07, 2015 9:13 AM  

it must not have been a total failure.

No, the first 130 went out. The remaining 778 did not.

When will Lt. Col. Kratman be releasing the 7th Carrera book?

You'd have to ask Baen Books. We don't publish those.

Anonymous Steve July 07, 2015 9:29 AM  

When will Lt. Col. Kratman be releasing the 7th Carrera book?

More Carrera, please!

But... how can I put this without being deservedly crucified... maybe a little less Hamilcar? He seems like a good kid, but I'm concerned his story arc is going a bit Wesley Crusher.

If Wesley Crusher ever had sex, which I doubt. Wil Wheaton fingered a girl once, but that doesn't count.

Anyway, that's not what's annoying about Hamilcar. It's that he's practically perfect in every way. Which is insufferable in a youngster.

I will forgive him if he nukes the Tauran Union.

Anonymous VFM #0247 July 07, 2015 9:36 AM  

#9 Steve

Tell Toni at Baen's Bar. Baen publishes the Carrear series. (FWIW, I agree with you about Hamlicar.)

Anonymous Steve July 07, 2015 9:43 AM  

VFM #0247 - Thanks. I didn't see Vox's comment above till after I posted.

I just got excited when Steve Moss mentioned Carrera.

There Will Be War is pretty damn great. I used to love sci fi anthologies when I was a boy. There Will Be War reminds me why.

Blogger pdwalker July 07, 2015 10:04 AM  

Reading them now.

I'm surprised at how much I am recalling after having not read them in almost 30 years

Anonymous The other robot July 07, 2015 10:28 AM  

I am reading TWBW IV

I find it interesting, in the light of history, how much Jerry and some others saw the USSR as the evil empire that would destroy poor democratic America if we didn't build this missile system or that defense system.

I also found the comment in one of Jerry's introductions about how much the Soviet Union fills its subjects' minds with propaganda. It seems that the same goes on here in the US.

Thirdly, two of the stories are very much in the vein that humans will be subjugated by aliens and were probably chosen by Jerry because they reminded the readers how the Evil USSR was just waiting to conquer the kind and gentle USA.

Now, I very much enjoyed reading Jerry's other stuff, and found Riding the Red Horse to be very good.

Anonymous The other robot July 07, 2015 10:36 AM  

We had a mail server failure. It's still down. We're looking into it.

TOR doesn't like competition and non-SJW publishers, eh?

Anonymous Rolf July 07, 2015 11:44 AM  

These are most excellent books. I still have my original paper copies circa 198x/9x, so I don't need to buy them again, but it is very good to know they are available to recommend to others or replace in case of loss.

Anonymous Dave July 07, 2015 2:27 PM  

Whoa, over 900 on the mailing list. Impressive

Picked these up over the weekend. Can't wait to collect them all.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 07, 2015 6:30 PM  

These books are still excellent reads and not just the stories. They are rich with the hopes and fears of the men of that day. The political stuff is still worth reading even though the USSR is tits up.

Blogger pdwalker July 07, 2015 10:59 PM  

#13, the other robot

I find it interesting, in the light of history, how much Jerry and some others saw the USSR as the evil empire that would destroy poor democratic America if we didn't build this missile system or that defense system.

And given what we learned of the Soviets after their fall, there was nothing to prove that was not the case.

Mr Pournelle had another influential work called "The Strategy of Technology" written a couple of years earlier. If you're not familiar with it, you should read it. The short of it is, him and his fellow co-authors suggested that the Soviets could be beaten by getting them into a technology race that they could not afford.

Gorbachev has said that one of the main reasons for the fall of the Soviet Empire was their inability to keep up with the pace of technology development. They just couldn't afford it. Yet they had to try to attempt it specifically because of the American missile defence programs that could potentially destroy the delicate balance of power maintained by the MAD doctrine.

Simply put, "The Strategy of Technology" dealt the Soviets a lethal blow they couldn't recover from.

I also found the comment in one of Jerry's introductions about how much the Soviet Union fills its subjects' minds with propaganda. It seems that the same goes on here in the US.

Yes.

Ask any ex Soviets who've emigrated to America, and they'll flat out tell you it's all the same.

It's funny, in a sick and twisted way; the communist countries are becoming more liberal and the democratic countries are becoming more authoritarian.

Interesting time.

Anonymous The other robot July 08, 2015 1:42 AM  

It's funny, in a sick and twisted way; the communist countries are becoming more liberal and the democratic countries are becoming more authoritarian.

I think that each defines themselves with respect to the other. The Russians have to be the Anti-Americans and the USA has to be the Anti-Russians.

Anonymous The other robot July 08, 2015 1:46 AM  

One of the messages I have gotten from the various There Will Be War books, and perhaps Kratman's books is that: You might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

That is, if you don't prepare for war you are likely to be wiped out.

Consider the North American Indians. Surely more of them would be alive today if they had prepared for the coming of the Europeans and their diseases.

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