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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back From the Dead on Amazon

The Stars Came Back Book One: Back From the Dead by Rolf Nelson is now available on Amazon and at Castalia House for $4.99.

Helton Strom is just a guy between contracts when he runs afoul of both planetary officialdom and space pirates. He is left with nothing but the clothes on his back, and not even a citizenship to his name. Is the ancient, broken-down military surplus starship and the young lady living aboard it the key to a bright future, or will his repairs and new mercenary friends reawaken the demons lurking in the ship’s murky and lethal past?

Back From the Dead is the first book in The Stars Came Back series. It is a space western, the story of regular folks just trying stay alive, seeking work to earn money for repairs to get to the next job, with no shortage of action and adventure along the way. It is military sci-fi, featuring a company of mercenaries, spaceship combat, mortar and rifle combat, spear-and-shield battle, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And it is a philosophical investigation, pondering everything from the lessons of Achilles to how one stops a bar fight with earplugs.

If you have already read it, I hope you will consider reviewing it on Amazon.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Bill September 23, 2015 2:00 PM  

Any reason it can't have "Book One" somewhere on the cover?

Blogger James Sullivan September 23, 2015 2:06 PM  

I've been holding out for the prose version. I just bought it and can't wait to read it.

Blogger VD September 23, 2015 2:07 PM  

Any reason it can't have "Book One" somewhere on the cover?

No. We simply chose not to.

Blogger Bill September 23, 2015 3:05 PM  

Any reason it can't have "Book One" somewhere on the cover?
No. We simply chose not to.

I don't know why authors/publishers got away from numbering the books on the jacket. So many series, like Pratchett's Diskworld, have some books as part of a series within the overall set, but it takes some digging to discover this. Ditto with Jack Reacher, and a good many others (at least Amazon addresses this on some series).

It's really bothersome when I get a dead tree version.

Blogger Geir Balderson September 23, 2015 4:02 PM  

"It's really bothersome when I get a dead tree version. "

Since real printed books will become scarce in the future, i would desire they be printed on fine acid-free linen.

Oh, and how do i get a signed copy of Castalia House novels?

Blogger SirHamster (#201) September 23, 2015 4:10 PM  

I don't know why authors/publishers got away from numbering the books on the jacket.

Maybe it's not good marketing?

Book 1 makes it sound like a higher commitment than some readers want to get into. "Will have to read Book 1 and 2 to get the story" goes the brain in the background.

Whereas if the reader sees it as a standalone, it's easier to give the book a shot. And if the story is great and he wants more ... finding out there's a sequel is then a pleasant surprise.

Blogger Ten41 September 23, 2015 4:15 PM  

Vox-

While reading this, there are sections that still contains the screenplay format, is this intentional?

E.g. Location 4200


Lag, Helton, Bipasha, and Cooper stand in a middeck passageway, looking through a closed window at the growing crowd of refugees, now up to several hundred.


Lag: I think we are being set up.

Bipasha’s eyebrows shoot up in surprise.

Bipasha (argumentatively): But I checked the contract source, it was good, the payment bond posted!

Cooper: Well, it damn sure ain’t what I was expecting.

Helton: Why, Colonel?

Lag: Everyone said they were being driven toward here; other routes closed, and posters and broadcasts saying this was the place to go. Led to believe there were a lot of ships here to fly them to safety. A regular campaign for the last five days, but always anonymous and unsourced.

Blogger VD September 23, 2015 4:54 PM  

Yes.

Blogger automatthew September 23, 2015 6:20 PM  

While reading this, there are sections that still contains the screenplay format, is this intentional?

The screenplay format is particularly effective for some scenes. The post mortem in "Rule Two" is a strong example.

Blogger Rune September 23, 2015 9:45 PM  

Vox, are you going to do a post on what not to do when submitting to Castalia? I think there are a few of us that would really like to have some extra guidelines on that.

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