Thursday, September 22, 2016

ALIEN GAME by Rod Walker

I am very pleased to be able to announce that Rod Walker has published his second science fiction novel with Castalia House. If you liked MUTINY IN SPACE, there is very little chance you will not also enjoy ALIEN GAME.

With nothing to do but work or lose himself in the dubious digital pleasures of the Netrix, Sam Hammond finds himself bored beyond belief on the oppressive planet of New Princeton. And when he gets himself in trouble for a stupid act of vandalism, he has the choice of spending a year in prison or working off his time as an indentured servant for anyone who buys his contract. 

He might have chosen prison if he'd known that he'd find himself working security for a safari colony on a jungle world where the herbivores are the size of a stadium, the apex predators are vicious lizards that can turn themselves almost invisible, and the skies are filled with huge, acid-breathing fliers. But when New Princeton's Minister of Ecology arrives for a visit with a spaceship full of wealthy and powerful guests, Sam discovers that it is Man who is the most dangerous animal on the planet. 

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and ALIEN GAME marks another step in the return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein's 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, ALIEN GAME is an exciting tale of space, technology, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man.

ALIEN GAME is Rod Walker's second book in his Old School SF series. It is not a sequel to MUTINY IN SPACE, but is set in the same universe of the Thousand Worlds. While the books are intentionally written to be reminiscent of the twelve so-called juveniles of Robert Heinlein, they are not slavish imitations or color-by-numbers copies; it would probably be more accurate to describe them as being two parts Heinlein, one part Correia.

Let's just say Mr. Walker and I are considerably more comfortable with guns, and rocket launchers, and orbital artillery, than Alice Dalgliesh, Heinlein's editor at Scribner, ever was. Written by Rod Walker and edited by three-time Hugo-nominated editor Vox Day, ALIEN GAME is 160 pages, DRM-free, and $4.99. Available only on Amazon.

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Blogger residentMoron September 22, 2016 7:32 AM  

Done. Got MIS while I was there. Tell Rod he made a good choice. You're the only publisher whose books I will buy sight unseen just because you say so. There's not many can be trusted with that kind of potential conflict of interest but you've proven yourself to be one.

It's greatly appreciated by this reader.

Blogger Rantor September 22, 2016 7:37 AM  

@1 Mega Dittos.

Blogger Nate September 22, 2016 7:58 AM  

" edited by three-time Hugo-nominated editor Vox Day"

twisting the knife eh? so be it.

Blogger J A Baker September 22, 2016 8:16 AM  

Sounds intriguing, I plan to get this and Rod's previous novel for my kindle.

Has anyone here read G.A. Henty? Great books for kids. He wrote historic novels about figures like William Wallace, Vikings, King Alfred, The Crusades etc. Very informative, accurate, and entertaining, The Dragon and the Raven is excellent.

Blogger VD September 22, 2016 8:42 AM  

twisting the knife eh?

No, not at all. I'm just really proud of having received such a distinct honor. #SoBlessed

Blogger VD September 22, 2016 8:44 AM  

Has anyone here read G.A. Henty

This is a homeschool-oriented community. Everyone has read GA Henty. Or at least our kids have. It's rather like going to SF Site and saying "Has anyone here read Isaac Asimov? Great robot books!"

Anonymous Ten41 September 22, 2016 8:48 AM  

My boys loved the Henty books. They are pretty predictable, but a very good way to mix history with fiction.

Blogger Dave September 22, 2016 9:10 AM  

"edited by three-time Hugo-nominated editor Vox Day"

You didn't include "and the editor of SOMEWHITHER; the inaugural Dragon Award winning SF novel"

Blogger J A Baker September 22, 2016 9:13 AM  

Yeah I guess I'm in a sort of culteral wasteland as currently I'm the only one I know of who has read him.

Blogger Page September 22, 2016 9:33 AM  

Anyone who's pen name is taken from my favorite Heinlein Juvenile must be okay. I'll go get a copy....

Blogger Anonymous-9 September 22, 2016 9:46 AM  

Where's the excerpt? I want to sample the prose.

Blogger Matthew September 22, 2016 10:02 AM  

We'll post an excerpt in the next few days.

Blogger VD September 22, 2016 10:25 AM  

Where's the excerpt? I want to sample the prose.

Click on Look Inside.

Blogger Nate September 22, 2016 10:49 AM  

"This is a homeschool-oriented community. Everyone has read GA Henty. "


Ours are into JCW at this point. My 11 year old is obsessed with Awake in the Night Land

Blogger wreckage September 22, 2016 9:06 PM  

Bought, read, good book, needs another editing pass though! Rated and reviewed it on Amazon.

Blogger dav September 23, 2016 8:57 AM  

Those guns look retardedly large. They look like someone photoshoped them in and messed up the proportions

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