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Monday, September 21, 2015

Back From the Dead

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 awaken the demons lurking in the ship’s murky and lethal past?

THE STARS CAME BACK: BACK FROM THE DEAD is part space-western, the story of 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.

BACK FROM THE DEAD is the prose rewrite of the first half of the screenplay-format version of the original THE STARS CAME BACK. Today and tomorrow we are making it available for only $1.99 for anyone who previously purchased the screenplay-format version but would like to read the prose version as well. It is available in both EPUB and Kindle formats. 235 pages, DRM-free.

Beginning Wednesday, it will be available for $4.99 from Amazon.

35 Comments:

Blogger Peter P. VFM #438 September 21, 2015 3:53 PM  

Idiot's question : Do i get both versions?

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 4:05 PM  

Love the blurb.

Blogger David The Good September 21, 2015 4:12 PM  

Yee-haw! Great to see.

Blogger Dave September 21, 2015 5:07 PM  

I didn't mind the screenplay format but I'm up for another read. But where is the sequel sequel sequel sequel

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 5:41 PM  

Dave, here's Rolf's blog post mentioning the sequel.

Blogger jaericho (#107) September 21, 2015 5:49 PM  

@1 Both versions, epub and mobi? Yes.
Both versions, prose and screenplay? No.

Blogger grendel September 21, 2015 5:52 PM  

Most importantly, when is The Stars Came Back movie, featuring Adam Baldwin, coming to a theater near me?

Blogger Dave September 21, 2015 5:57 PM  

Hey good news...thanks automatthew

Blogger Darth Toolpodicus (#144) September 21, 2015 6:00 PM  

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Blogger Darth Toolpodicus (#144) September 21, 2015 6:00 PM  

Outstanding... Not just the prose version, but the sequel in six weeks-ish?!?

Best news heard all day.

Which option helps Rolf and Castalia more?

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery September 21, 2015 6:13 PM  

when is The Stars Came Back movie, featuring Adam Baldwin, coming to a theater near me?

Shut up and take my money.

Blogger Peter P. VFM #438 September 21, 2015 6:13 PM  

@7
I wasn't quite clear(bad wording on my part. Should i get both the prose and the screenplay? :)

OpenID malcolmthecynic September 21, 2015 6:14 PM  

That blurb just struck my Firefly nerve.

OpenID malcolmthecynic September 21, 2015 6:15 PM  

...As does the Adam Baldwin talk.

Blogger Dave September 21, 2015 6:21 PM  

@Peter P. - you can sample the original screenplay version on Amazon. I would recommend you grab the prose version at this price you can't go wrong. And per Rolf's blog (see link above) he did tweak some stuff

Blogger Nate September 21, 2015 6:22 PM  

Get it. Read it. Its damn amazing.

Blogger Nate September 21, 2015 6:29 PM  

"That blurb just struck my Firefly nerve."

There is clearly some firefly in it. In fact Rolf is a big firefly fan. Its very much a western in space... complete with card games.

Blogger Dave September 21, 2015 6:38 PM  

@grendel Most importantly, when is The Stars Came Back movie, featuring Adam Baldwin, coming to a theater near me?

ELOE Studios and VFM-ILK Productions present "The Stars Came Back" (Owned & Distributed by We Don't Care LLC)

Blogger SirHamster (#201) September 21, 2015 7:01 PM  

@ Darth:
I think the consistently expressed preference has been Amazon if you're going to give it a positive review, otherwise CH for a slightly better profit.

Blogger tweell September 21, 2015 8:02 PM  

A diamond in the rough. Unpolished, some flaws, but a fun read. I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.

Blogger Darth Toolpodicus (#144) September 21, 2015 8:35 PM  

@SirHamster

Positive review is a given, I really enjoyed (read loved) the original version. Found that the screenplay format became less obtrusive the further into the story one got. As a Browncoat I appreciated the homage.

I was thinking primarily profit for Rolf and Castalia.

Blogger The Requital September 21, 2015 8:45 PM  

Really enjoyed the screen play version. Picking this up now. Only six weeks? Anyone know if it will be screen play first?

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 9:57 PM  

Only six weeks? Anyone know if it will be screen play first?

Clarifications:

Back from the Dead is the first part of the original The Stars Came Back. I don't think I'm authorized to disclose the title of the second part yet. It is still going through the editing process. Those two volumes will cover the whole story from the original TSCB screenplay format.

The third volume is all new, written as prose. Castalia House is still going to shoot for the six weeks timeframe, but some of the principals have lost time lately dealing with the commenting situation here.

Blogger GK Chesterton September 21, 2015 10:40 PM  

BTW, Daniel over on Castalia House Blog has a great article:
http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-forgotten-core-of-science-fiction-is-not-science/#more-30093

He does some great writing.

Blogger MidKnight (#138) September 21, 2015 10:55 PM  

Prose? Maybe. I absolutely loved the way the screenplay format played with the format to sketch in actions and backdrops, with spare and efficient descriptions.

I'm still waiting for a sequel.

Blogger frigger611 September 21, 2015 10:56 PM  

I loved this book, bought it when Vox first offered it here. (Although I had to read it twice because the first time I read it I accidentally missed a chapter somehow on my kindle). The author was gracious enough to respond to my email and answer my dopey questions - so I returned to the book, this time reading ALL the chapters. A great adventure!

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 11:00 PM  

I absolutely loved the way the screenplay format played with the format to sketch in actions and backdrops, with spare and efficient descriptions.

You have to invest more into the screenplay format, which tends to cause a greater feeling of connection with the novel. You're the director.

Blogger Nate September 21, 2015 11:08 PM  

"The third volume is all new, written as prose. "

And its awesome.

Blogger Nate September 21, 2015 11:09 PM  

"You have to invest more into the screenplay format, which tends to cause a greater feeling of connection with the novel. You're the director."

The screen play idea came from Rolf's extrapolation.... if "show don't tell" is the golden rule of writing... then a screen play should be the ultimate expression of that right?

So that's what he did.

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 11:12 PM  

A little bird told me that some of the scenes are still in screenplay format.

Blogger automatthew September 21, 2015 11:59 PM  

Rolf updated his post with the titles of the forthcoming novels.

http://www.thestarscameback.com/?p=668

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier September 22, 2015 7:35 AM  

I've noticed that when I'm writing dialogue, I want to slip into screenplay mode, mostly because I'm trying to record a scene I'm watching happen in my head. It is hard to do. I like the little bit of the screenplay format I read in a sample, but didn't have time to buy the book and read it then. Maybe I'll give it another go if I get time again here soon.

Blogger Clint September 22, 2015 8:39 AM  

Yeah, I was going to not get it this time, as I really don't have the time to read it right now. That lasted about 2 hours. Bought it last night...
The original is one of my favorite CH publications to date.

Blogger Floyd Looney September 22, 2015 11:17 AM  

I really like the cover image. Simple and retro.

Blogger Anonymous September 22, 2015 1:11 PM  

I think a screenplay-format novel is abominable. Tolstoy showed how novels are to be written. Anything less is simply unskillful.

- Koanic

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