Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A new Standout SF Author

esr announces his first science fiction sale:
One of the minor frustrations of my life, up to now, is that though I can sell as much nonfiction as I care to write, fiction sales had eluded me. What made this particularly irksome is that I don’t have only the usual ego reasons for wanting to succeed. I love the science fiction genre and owe it much; I want to pay that forward by contributing back to it.

It therefore gives me great satisfaction to announce that I have made my first SF sale, a short (3.5kword) piece of military SF titled "Sucker Punch" set on a U.S. aircraft carrier during the Taiwan Straits Action of 2037.... the head guy at Castalia House (the infamous Vox Day, wearing another hat) informed me of an upcoming project: an anthology called Riding The Red Horse intended to reprise the format of Jerry Pournelle’s old There Will Be War compendia. That is, a mix of military SF and military futurology, written by a mix of SF authors and serving military personnel, with few technical experts added for flavor.

“Want to write a fiction piece for us?” said Mr. Castalia House. “I can’t write fiction for shit, or at least all my attempts to sell it have failed,” I replied.

“Well, what about non-fiction?” I couldn’t think of a premise; then, suddenly, I could. Which is how I wound up researching and writing a fact piece called "Battlefield Lasers and the Death of Airpower".
Congratulations to Mr. Raymond; a link to his blog, Armed and Dangerous, has been duly added on the right sidebar. He is one of a number of excellent expert contributors to RIDING THE RED HORSE, which as he notes is intended to be the spiritual successor to the old THERE WILL BE WAR anthology series edited by Jerry Pournelle.

If - and only if - you are a published author of mil-SF, you may be interested to note we have two more fiction slots open. To inquire concerning a submission, send me an email with RED HORSE in the subject. Please note that we are not looking for any more first-time writers for this first volume; we are already set on that score. We're also looking for one more non-fiction piece, particularly something related to Russia and the European theater. My original intention was to revive THERE WILL BE WAR and re-release the old anthologies as ebooks, since they are not available in that format. Although Mr. Pournelle was somewhat interested, we were unfortunately unable to make any progress in that direction and so we elected to create a new anthology series with a certain LTC of some notoriety at the helm.



Anonymous Rantor August 06, 2014 6:41 AM  

Castalia House is conspring to take away all my free time... forgiven.

Anonymous MeMyselfI August 06, 2014 6:47 AM  

Sweet! I just discovered my old copies of vol I and II of TWBW the other day. Finished the first and passed it on to my new son-in-law. Was still a great read and even though the mil-sci stuff was all through the lens of the cold war it all still applied and was a great perspective on the history and thinking of them time. Can't wait for this!

Blogger IM2L844 August 06, 2014 7:10 AM  

I'm anxious to read this. With TK acting as editor for such a thoroughgoing technical writer/thinker on a military SF piece, this ought to be good.

Blogger Subversive Saint August 06, 2014 7:12 AM  

Bring it.

Blogger Jack Aubrey August 06, 2014 7:25 AM  

I'm looking forward to this one. I hope you can eventually make progress on TWBW; I would love to have them in ebook format.

Anonymous DrTorch August 06, 2014 8:12 AM  

My company blocks esr's site b/c it is listed as "Compromised."

Anyway, I have some background in battlefield lasers and would like to read esr's piece on the subject.

Blogger Nate August 06, 2014 8:16 AM  

Normally this sort of thing is reserved for Larry's blog... but...


Anonymous Dh August 06, 2014 8:33 AM  

You ahould also point that esr along with rms basically saved us all from the tyranny of a closed hermetic closed source Microsoft future. His cathedral and the bazaar defined the open source movement as uniquely practical while balancing out rms and his purely stoic take on software based freedom.

This man stared down the face of a closed source world at a time when Microsoft was at their most powerful and never blinked.

Thank you esr for the freedom to code and for my ability to provide for my family without paying vig to Microsoft.

Blogger James Dixon August 06, 2014 8:45 AM  

You're not going to stop until you get me to buy something, are you Vox? :)

Anonymous Anonymous August 06, 2014 10:02 AM  

> with a certain LTC of some notoriety at the helm.

That means he'll be eligible for a 2015 Best Editor Hugo then, right?

*grin spreads*

Anonymous Krul August 06, 2014 10:18 AM  

Cool project. It's great how productive Castalia House has been.

BTW, what does 'esr' stand for?

Blogger Midknight August 06, 2014 10:30 AM  

Eric S Raymond

Blogger John Cunningham August 06, 2014 5:12 PM  

Vox, another noted polemicist from the1960s and 1970s was Petr Beckmann, who wrote a classic, The Health Hazards of NOT Going Nuclear. if you could re-do his works as ebooks, would be awesome.

Anonymous CarpeOro August 07, 2014 10:34 AM  

As someone who has lost or had to liquidate a huge portion of their physical library due to moving too often ((literally hundreds of books lost, sold or vanished to where ever socks go to), I would have loved a revival in ebook format of any Pournelle's stuff. Far too little has made the transition and I probably still have most of it. I look forward to the new series Castalia is going to offer.

Anonymous Michael Maier August 07, 2014 1:27 PM  

I am seriously going to need to take a week off of work just to READ! Life is just conspiring to rob me of reading time.

Anonymous Don August 08, 2014 11:46 AM  

So will this be a series?

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