Monday, November 27, 2017


Created by the bestselling SF novelist Jerry Pournelle, 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 features some of the greatest military science fiction ever published, such Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” in Volume I and Joel Rosenberg’s “Cincinnatus” in Volume II. 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 teamed up with Dr. 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 VIII is edited by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr, and features 21 stories, articles, and poems. Of particular note are “Surviving Armageddon” by Jerry Pournelle, the brilliantly inventive “Dinosaurs” by Geoffrey A. Landis, “As It Was In the Beginning” by Edward P. Hughes, and the haunting "Through Road No Whither" by Greg Bear.

We are pleased to be able to say that the classic THERE WILL BE WAR anthology series is now complete. I'm sorry the late great Jerry Pournelle was unable to see it back in print in its entirety, but at least he did have the chance to see it revived. All ten volumes are now available from the Kindle store for less than $50.

And I'm very pleased to be able to announce that the Pournelle family has graciously granted Castalia House permission to continue expanding the series, which we will do with Vol. XI next year.

From the first reviews:
  • The non-fiction presented interesting insight into survivalism (the precursor to preppers) and the politics and history of mutually assured destruction. The book missed the internet, cell phones, and the fall of the communism, but then so did most speculative science fiction.... The fiction was excellent, but the non-fiction made it even better. There Will Be War Volume VIII is definitely worth a read.
  • An interesting primer on the game theory and doctrine concerning the cold war as it appeared to be heating up in the 1980s. The most interesting parts of this collection are the late Mr. Pournelle's descriptions of mutually assured survival to make a first strike an uncertain enough proposition to render it too risky to contemplate. Of all the works collected in this volume, these essays have the greatest continued relevance today. Nuclear winter may have receded into memory as a daily threat, but resilience against potential plagues, natural disasters, large scale terrorist acts, and even limited nuclear exchanges is of continuing relevance.
  • Having read all of the There Will Be War collections, I think this one may be my favorite overall, even if other collections have stronger individual stories or essays. The overall theme of Armageddon lends itself to the sober reflections we see in both the fiction and non-fiction stories, all of which have a truly eerie relevance today. 



Blogger Longtime Lurker November 27, 2017 12:27 PM  

Any chance that Vol. 3 forward will come out in print?

Blogger JAU November 27, 2017 12:38 PM  

What a coincidence, I finished volume VII last night.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii November 27, 2017 12:42 PM  

It's indeed wonderful that the series is continuing. Let light perpetual shine upon him.

Blogger VD November 27, 2017 12:52 PM  

Any chance that Vol. 3 forward will come out in print?

They are all coming out in print, but we've decided to abandon the omnibus approach and go with single volume hardcovers. Here is the question: would you prefer the standard size (5.5 x 8.5) of BRINGS THE LIGHTNING and CTRL-ALT-REVOLT or the royal size (6.25 x 10) of A THRONE OF BONES and STARSHIP LIBERATOR? They should run around 375 to 325 pages depending.

Blogger Longtime Lurker November 27, 2017 12:57 PM  

I prefer the royal size, which I assume is close to/same as Vol I and II.

Blogger VD November 27, 2017 1:01 PM  

I assume is close to/same as Vol I and II.

Yes, that's the royal size.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 27, 2017 1:03 PM  

I like big books and I cannot lie.

Blogger Jon D. November 27, 2017 1:04 PM  

This is really great. I'm sad Pournelle isn't here with us any longer but very happy his legacy will continue on.

Anonymous Anonymous November 27, 2017 1:13 PM  

Thank you. Amazon provided a convenient method to complete my collection of all 10. I'm looking forward to the expansion volumes as you publish them!

Blogger Starboard November 27, 2017 2:15 PM  

I'd prefer royal size(6.25 x 10) as well. Yeah, "I like big books, and I cannot lie," too.

Our new bookcases have been delivered, and we have leveled and anchored them to each other and the wall. In addition to my C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Jane Austen, and George MacDonald collections, not to mention all the anthologies of my ill-fated English degree, I'll have to build up my J.C. Wright, Vox Day, Castalia House, and Castalia Comics collections. Kindle/Epub is great for on the go, but there's nothing like a hard copy. Ooo, the Monster Hunter Series in hard copy. I'm reliably informed that it's not hoarding if it's books.

In other words, thanks Vox!

Blogger Ken Prescott November 27, 2017 2:43 PM  


These books were always in my go bag as a Marine during the Cold War.

Anonymous CarpeOro November 27, 2017 3:38 PM  

The yawning gulf between the pink SF of today and older SF is underscored by reading books from this series. I bought these as soon as they hit the shelf in book stores when they were first in print, I plan to repurchase them in digital over time.

Blogger MendoScot November 27, 2017 3:44 PM  

Got it, and realized that I was missing III and IV.

Now have the full set!

Anonymous maniacprovost November 27, 2017 3:45 PM  

need moar hardbacks

Anonymous CarpeOro November 27, 2017 3:48 PM  

I generally only buy epub now (an exception being a copy of "Steel My Soldiers Hearts" by Col. David Hackworth that I got cheap from a discount store), but mourn my old collection of books. When I buy a house again I'll probably start collecting again. My wife doesn't understand the yearning to have them, but I grew up with a large number of books my father had collected - starting with his college history books, including classics collections with the Iliad, Odyssey, Marcus Aurelius, Funk and Wagnels 1976 eddition encyclopedias... I miss those days.

Blogger Starboard November 27, 2017 4:55 PM  

@15 CarpeOro,

I would have loved to have seen your father's collection. I grew up in a medical family, so our books tended towards the, ahem, graphic. I could look up dental procedures or end stage disease pathology as my parents' text books were always available. We found a real human skull when we cleaned out Dad's dental practice earlier this year. Yes, legally obtained during his years in school. Very cool, and on further thought rather sad. I was tempted to keep it but decided it would be disrespectful. We gave it to the dentist who bought the practice.

I find reading on my kindle more convenient, but I retain more from reading paper books. It could be the spatial memory aspects of turning pages, or it could be that I read my kindle as I fall asleep or as I'm waiting in line.

I'll have to look up Col. David Hackworth.


Anonymous Sim1776 November 27, 2017 5:34 PM  

I also like the royal size. It fits in well with all of my other hardbacks. That's all I'll buy as most booops get read and reread. My children enjoy my tastes in sci-fi as well.

Anonymous Sim1776 November 27, 2017 5:35 PM  

Books. Autocorrect went crazy again

Anonymous Anonymous November 27, 2017 6:47 PM  

Idea: A single global Terran government would stop the constant wars Mankind is plagued by. Under a police jurisdiction, crime would come to replace endless waves of armies crashing against each other, while jet fighters swoop in curving C's across the sky overhead.

As a commentator, I am puzzled and slightly alarmed by the enthusiasm of some other commenters for war's bloody streams and blown guts. Modern war is essentially a modern meat-grinder [...]

This is a long comment. To read the rest go to:

Anonymous Anonymous November 27, 2017 7:41 PM  

Royal size, please. Also consider bundling, once all volumes are in print, so those of us who bought the omnibus can get the rest in one blow.

Blogger Steven Johnson November 27, 2017 7:55 PM  

Re: Gregory Nikolic, above:

A single Terran government would become a tyranny from which there is no possible escape, ever.

Blogger VD November 27, 2017 7:57 PM  

Idea: A single global Terran government would stop the constant wars Mankind is plagued by.

That is an insanely stupid and overtly evil idea. Genocide by government kills far more people than war does.

Blogger Dave November 28, 2017 12:41 AM  

It's an understatement to say a lot has happened in the 30 months since Castalia House published the first two volumes of TWBW. I enjoyed re-reading the VP post where Vox relates how it all came about:

I will make it a unanimous vote for the royal size and let you know I'm still holding out hope for the baby seal skin bound editions that Nate mentioned in the VP post linked to above.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 28, 2017 12:29 PM  

Aha, and I am crusing amazon looking for a new book

Blogger คานาวา โรโฮ December 04, 2017 2:07 AM  

Thanks for the info .......


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