Monday, September 25, 2017


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 featured some of the greatest military science fiction ever published, such Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” in Volume I, Joel Rosenberg’s “Cincinnatus” in Volume II, and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Hide and Seek” in Volume III . 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, John Brunner, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and Ben Bova.

33 years later, Castalia House has joined with Dr. Jerry Pournelle to make this classic science fiction series available to the public again. THERE WILL BE WAR is a treasure trove of science fiction and history that will educate and amaze new readers while reminding old ones how much the world has changed over the last three decades. Most of the stories, like war itself, remain entirely relevant today.

THERE WILL BE WAR Volume VII is edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr, and features 20 stories, articles, and poems. Of particular note are "The Tank Lords" by David Drake, "Test for Tyrants" by Edward P. Hughes, "The Last Article" by Harry Turtledove, "Remember the Alamo" by T.R. Fehrenbach, and "Consequences" by Walter Jon Williams.

It was Jerry's wish to not only revive the series, but bring all of the old editions back in print so they could be read by the two generations of younger readers who only had access to the old ones through used bookstores. It's one of my regrets that Jerry did not live to see Castalia House get the entire series back into print, but I take some solace in the fact that he did see us get most of them out again and he knew we would complete the task with which he charged us.

With today's release of Volume VII, we have only one to go to finish the series, and we anticipate doing so in October.

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Blogger Galahad78 September 25, 2017 4:30 AM  

Fantastic job!

Anonymous Stranger in an SJW Land September 25, 2017 5:20 AM  

Slightly OT ... I guess it's now okay for SJWs to dump all over the memory of Heinlein.

"Farah Mendlesohn is one of science fiction's best-respected editors and critics, author of the indispensable Intergalactic Playground.

Her latest work is Robert Heinlein, 'a major new critical study of the writings of a giant of the SF genre by a Hugo award-winning critic and historian.'

It's a huge book and would have cost a fortune for a traditional academic press to publish, so she's crowdfunding the book on Unbound. Ebooks are £12, ebook plus hardcover is £35.

The book is a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches. It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a life time about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself. Although not a biography it tries to understand Heinlein’s work both as product and insight into the man. The key thesis of the book is a challenge to the idea of Heinlein as a libertarian and resituating him as a classical Liberal in the terms he understood; a man who prized the individual highly but understood the individual as at their best when enmeshed in the complex structure of a nurturing society."

Blogger pdwalker September 25, 2017 5:38 AM  

No brainer. Purchased with thanks.

Blogger spacehabitats September 25, 2017 5:46 AM  

If people read Heinlein, it won't matter. I just hope they don't desecrate any more of his novels by turning them into movies.

Blogger Ken Prescott September 25, 2017 7:24 AM  

Outstanding job. This series always went into my seabag or one of the shop cruise boxes when I went on deployment.

Anonymous JAMES September 25, 2017 7:48 AM  

Purchased just so I could read the Turtledove story where Ghandi meets Model.

I think I saw it in another anthology somewhere and it always makes me smile. Turtledove would be such a treasure as a writer if he could just get past his tribal preoccupation with WW2.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 7:50 AM  

That is a great story. One of the unforgettable ones from this series.

Anonymous 0007 September 25, 2017 8:36 AM  

Are there any plans to bring out a bundled hard-copy set of the series?

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 8:44 AM  

I don't know what you mean by "bundled", but we are working on four more two-volume omnibuses.

Blogger Gordon September 25, 2017 8:50 AM  

Is there any hope of audio editions?

Anonymous CarpeOro September 25, 2017 8:52 AM  

JAMES wrote:Purchased just so I could read the Turtledove story where Ghandi meets Model.

I think I saw it in another anthology somewhere and it always makes me smile. Turtledove would be such a treasure as a writer if he could just get past his tribal preoccupation with WW2.

??? I first read Turtledove when the "Misplaced Legion" came out. WW2 books didn't come up until much later. I vaguely remember the Ghandi-Model story (I bought and read all of the There Will Be War series as each was published).

The reprint of the series by Castalia House is great. With many moves for work my book collection of a thousand plus sci-fi and fantasy books now hovers around 100 (at least 10 of which are Jerry Pournelle books) from having to downsize. The ebooks are a definite boon.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 9:07 AM  

Is there any hope of audio editions?

We are working on them now. All 10 will be recorded.

Blogger Gordon September 25, 2017 3:54 PM  

All 10 will be recorded.

Great! I'm running out of B.V. Larson and Nuttall audiobooks.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 25, 2017 7:56 PM  

This was a great book but that Turtledove story stood out.

Anonymous 0007 September 25, 2017 8:26 PM  

Sorry; wasn't clear. I'd like to be able to just buy the whole series as a set - when everything has been published in dead tree version. (Actually I'm going to task my daughter to buy it for me. She keeps asking me what to get me for my birthday.

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