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Monday, January 23, 2017

Galactic Liberation 1: Starship Liberator

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. 

The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many. Genetically sculpted to drive a mech-suit as if he wears a second skin, he must find a path to victory. 

It's a battle in which he'll never admit defeat, but not even Straker knows the dark truth behind this titanic struggle. With Lieutenant Carla Engels piloting, STARSHIP LIBERATOR explores enemy territory in search of answers.

STARSHIP LIBERATOR is the first book in the new Galactic Liberation series by bestselling authors David VanDyke and B.V. Larson. It is 492 pages and retails for $27.99 in hardcover and $19.99 in paperback. It is also available at Barnes & Noble.

The publication of Starship Liberator today marks a significant step forward for Castalia House, as VanDyke and Larson are among the most successful authors in science fiction. To put it in perspective, B.V. Larson regularly ranks among the top 10 bestselling authors in the genre, while David VanDyke is usually in the top 75. We are very pleased to be working with both men, and I hope more than a few Castalia readers will consider adding this attractive doorstopper to their shelves.

From the reviews:
  • Fast action. Plot has several unexpected twists. Like the development key characters. Good book.
  • Great tactical narrative. The characters are enjoyable. Good old-fashioned good vs evil. Harks back to Soviet days and 1984.
  • Excellent military space battle story. Kept me riveted from start to finish. Good storyline and well developed characters.
  • Another great addition to David Vandyke's and BV Larson's repertoire. It's great to see a return to pure SF for Vandyke, and you can see why it makes sense for he and Larson to collaborate - both are excellent storytellers and create rich, deep characters, in unusual situations.
  • Recommended if you're a fan of either of the authors, must-read if you're a fan of both.

In other Castalia-related news, John C. Wright has begun blogging at the Castalia House blog with a detailed critique of the original Buck Rogers novella, ARMAGEDDON 2419 A.D. It is a must-read for any writer, as he breaks down what works, and what does not, and explains how it is that such a flawed piece of short fiction was able to lead to such a memorable franchise.

And speaking of doorstoppers, fans of Selenoth won't want to miss Scott Cole's new series of posts entitled Summa Selenothica, with which he intends to fill in some of the blanks for those who are interested in diving deeper into the epic fantasy world of Tellus Demittus, beginning with The Last Witchking.

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41 Comments:

Blogger Deplorable Gaiseric January 23, 2017 7:32 AM  

Does this have any relation to their earlier work? The Star Force series, for instance? Or is it a new series that stands by itself?

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 7:37 AM  

This is a brand new series.

Blogger McChuck January 23, 2017 7:39 AM  

$19.99 paperback when the Kindle is $3.99? I grant that you can set your own prices, and small press runs cost a bit to set up, but that's a bit much for a paperback.

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 8:05 AM  

$19.99 paperback when the Kindle is $3.99? I grant that you can set your own prices, and small press runs cost a bit to set up, but that's a bit much for a paperback.

Not for a 500-page paperback. What does the Kindle price have to do with anything? The cost of the paper is what determines the price of the print editions.

Blogger Eric Steiger January 23, 2017 8:44 AM  

Are there plans to get more Castalia House books into B&N? I know they probably won't be around much longer, but as long as bookstores exist, there's just something about browsing the shelves like a caveman that online shopping just can't do for me.

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 8:46 AM  

Are there plans to get more Castalia House books into B&N?

All of our print books are theoretically available there. Certainly ATOB and SJWAL show up on their site, among others.

Blogger Brian Niemeier January 23, 2017 8:49 AM  

Congratulations, Vox!

Anonymous VFMUltra January 23, 2017 8:49 AM  

The ship on the cover looks similar to the Reaper from a game I play called Fractured Space. Would be interesting if that was the inspiration. Did JartStar create it?

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 9:04 AM  

Did JartStar create it?

No, we were provided the base image. We only did the titling.

Blogger Dave January 23, 2017 9:07 AM  

Something of a coup for Castalia House, congrats.

Anonymous Rygel January 23, 2017 9:24 AM  

I don't mind the cost. 30$ for a hardcover. When the EMP hits all my hardcovers are gold. Well only to any surviving local sci-fi fans.

Anonymous BBGKB January 23, 2017 10:19 AM  

The benefits of being the only non liberal port in a storm.

I don't mind the cost. 30$ for a hardcover. When the EMP hits all my hardcovers are gold. Well only to any surviving local sci-fi fans.

If it is drm free like other Castilia books you could make a faraday cage out of a metal trash can, cardboard and aluminum foil, & put in a solar battery charger, & a black/white e-reader with an entire survival library.

Blogger Matthew January 23, 2017 10:38 AM  

VD wrote:$19.99 paperback when the Kindle is $3.99? I grant that you can set your own prices, and small press runs cost a bit to set up, but that's a bit much for a paperback.

Not for a 500-page paperback. What does the Kindle price have to do with anything? The cost of the paper is what determines the price of the print editions.


Compare this paperback by Sarah Hoyt from a non-Baen publisher:

https://www.amazon.com/Witchfinder-Magical-Empires-Sarah-Hoyt/dp/1630110159

$21.99 for 412 pages.

Or this reprint by one of my favorite authors:

https://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Edge-Handful-Men/dp/1497640318

$15.99 for 384 pages.

Now note that these three books all have different trim sizes. The number of pages in a book is not a reliable guide to the amount of content provided. It would be nice if Amazon would also provide the word counts.

Blogger 1337kestrel January 23, 2017 10:53 AM  

The only flaw in this strategy is, and maybe I'm an insignificant minority, that I like to buy hard copies but only of quality novels that I want my children to read on our post apocalyptic compound. I will at least get the kindle version, but I'm not convinced these two authors make the cut to be included in the future canon.

Blogger JRR January 23, 2017 11:19 AM  

He lost me at "Lieutenant Carla".

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 11:25 AM  

He lost me at "Lieutenant Carla".

Female pilot... think of it as a Heinlein motif.

Anonymous Rygel January 23, 2017 11:55 AM  

BBGKB
I have a small orchard and am currently increasing with raised bed veggie gardens. Compost everything thanks to DavidtheGood, currently learning propogation so I can increase my orchard without the cost. Once I start EMP proofing household electronics my wife may insist i see a doctor..

Blogger MisesMat January 23, 2017 12:26 PM  

Vox, congratulations. This is a big day for Castalia House. Are you folks still looking for a new Fantasy series? Or were the good Mr. van Dyke and Mr. Larson one of the surprises you spoke about before the New Year?

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 12:28 PM  

Thank you. We're always on the lookout for an excellent series. Emphasis on "excellent". And yes, this was one of the aforementioned surprises.

Blogger Matthew Rebus January 23, 2017 12:46 PM  

Is an audio book coming?

Blogger justaguy January 23, 2017 12:53 PM  

I appreciate the Kindle price of $3.99. As someone who left hard copy years ago, but buys dozens of books per month on Kindle, I am sensitive to the price points.

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 12:53 PM  

Is an audio book coming?

Yes, although we're not doing that, the authors are.

Blogger MisesMat January 23, 2017 1:05 PM  

Agree with justaguy the price is what I deeply appreciate about Castalia House.

Thanks!

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii January 23, 2017 1:23 PM  

SJWAL is in Atlanta B+Ns.

Blogger MisesMat January 23, 2017 1:32 PM  

Also, did Castalia House send out the usual email about this? I'm not seeing it.

Thanks

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 23, 2017 2:22 PM  

Vox do you think Adventurer conqueror king would be a good system for gaming in Selenoth? Is there any plans for any pencil and paper rpg stuff for Selenoth?

Blogger Jose January 23, 2017 2:24 PM  

$3.99 on Kindle, so I'll take the risk and forgo a RItter Sport. But the book better be worth more than 100g of milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts!

Like @25 I didn't get a CH email either.

(I currently self-identify as a Trident II SLBM; my pronouns are U235/Pu239; correctly address me as "Your Brightness.")

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 23, 2017 2:28 PM  

I was at Barnes and nobles trying to get some of Wright's and his wife's books and the staff did everything they could to discourage me including saying they couldn't even guarantee when or if it would be delivered.

Anonymous Precious January 23, 2017 2:34 PM  

I am finishing up the Iron Chamber of Memory softcover and was considering this book as my next purchase. I was thinking it was going to be my first non-Castalia purchase in awhile, but you ended up correctly anticipating where my money was going.

Blogger Dave January 23, 2017 2:58 PM  

Castalia House is responsible for the print editions only so consequently no new release email.

Blogger MisesMat January 23, 2017 3:25 PM  

@Dave Ah, thank you. That makes sense. I try only to get eBooks, but I'll try and make an exception!

Blogger VD January 23, 2017 3:33 PM  

Vox do you think Adventurer conqueror king would be a good system for gaming in Selenoth? Is there any plans for any pencil and paper rpg stuff for Selenoth?

Yes. Yes, ACKS, as it happens.

Anonymous Philipp January 23, 2017 3:33 PM  

Thanks to the link to Scott Cole's post, Vox. That was very interesting. I wondered after reading "The Last Witchking" why Ar Mauragh did not committ suicide after losing the war to the eleves.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 23, 2017 3:47 PM  

Thanks, just got the bag of holding should be fun.

Blogger MisesMat January 23, 2017 4:39 PM  

Also, speaking of John Wright, is there any update when Somewhiter will be out in Paperback/Hardback?

Blogger Matthew January 23, 2017 4:46 PM  

MisesMat wrote:Also, speaking of John Wright, is there any update when Somewhiter will be out in Paperback/Hardback?

The omnibus of Green Knight's Squire is the next print edition for Mr. Wright, but work is also in progress for Somewhither.

Blogger Jose January 23, 2017 6:10 PM  

MisesMat wrote:Also, speaking of John Wright, is there any update when Somewhiter will be out in Paperback/Hardback?

And NOWHITHER will be coming out...?

Here's a thought, how about that old approach to books called "serializing" like Sherlock Holmes was serialized in magazines?

Asks the guy who binge-watches everything from Netflix to MOOC lectures...

(I currently self-identify as the pulsar PSR B1509-58; my pronouns are 79kEv/7Hz; correctly address me as "Hand of God.")

Blogger Ilya Fisher January 23, 2017 10:36 PM  

Carla Engels sounds very suspicious. If there is Caela Engels there also myst be Frida Marks around.Where is Frida Marks?

Anonymous Rygel January 24, 2017 8:44 AM  

Yeah!, when is NOWHITHER coming out? I have scoured the castalia house site looking for it. Seriously getting antsy here waiting for it... ahem ahem...

Blogger maniacprovost January 24, 2017 10:21 AM  

I wonder if there would be a market for a serial novel subscription service.
But nowadays there's no point in reading monthly installments, when you can download the whole back catalog.
OTOH I bought the Green Knight's Squire books as they were released.

Blogger David VanDyke January 24, 2017 1:26 PM  

The word count for Starship Liberator is about 141,000.

>>>Carla Engels sounds very suspicious. If there is Caela Engels there also must be Frida Marks around. Where is Frida Marks?

Maybe I'll write her into the next book. No promises, though.


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