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Friday, December 11, 2015

There Will Be Volume X

You may have thought that Castalia House was done for 2015 following the release of its most recent Political Philosophy bestseller earlier this week, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are we hard at work getting several audiobooks out before the end of the year, but we are less than two weeks away from reviving a series that has lain dormant for 26 years since the end of the Cold War.

That's right, for the first time in nearly three decades, Jerry Pournelle's legendary There Will Be War anthology series of military science fiction and military fact, which served as the inspiration for Castalia's Riding the Red Horse series, is back! Dr. Pournelle has been hard at work putting together a collection of the best of the new breed mil-SF writers with the best of the old guard, and the result is one of the most formidable collections of talent since the second in the series, the epic There Will Be War Volume II, which featured Poul Anderson's "Time Lag", Joel Rosenberg's "Cincinnatus", William F. Wu's "In the Shadow of a Phosphor Screen", and Eric Vinicoff's "'Caster".

Only time will tell if Volume X will prove to be similarly memorable, but the lineup of contributors would be hard to beat. In addition to an introduction by Jerry Pournelle, the new volume features:
  • Gregory Benford
  • Charles W. Shao
  • William S. Lind and LtCol Gregory A. Thiele, USMC
  • Ben Bova
  • Allen M. Steele
  • Michael Flynn
  • Martin van Creveld
  • Matthew Joseph Harrington
  • Cheah Kai Wai
  • Col Douglas Beason, USAF, ret.
  • John DeChancie
  • CDR Phillip E. Pournelle, USN
  • Russell Newquist
  • Brian Noggle
  • David VanDyke
  • Lt Col Guy R. Hooper, USAF, ret. and Michael L. McDaniel
  • Poul Anderson
  • Larry Niven
The much-ballyhooed End of History and the permanent triumph of democratic liberalism has proven to be a mirage. As Dr. Pournelle has repeatedly warned us, There Will Be War.

If you still haven't signed up for the New Release mailing list, you're definitely going to want to do so for this one, as the bonus book offer is even better than the one we offered earlier this week. The book will initially be out in ebook, in audiobook early next year, then in a hardcover omnibus edition with Volume IX sometime in Spring 2016.

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83 Comments:

Anonymous Viidad December 11, 2015 2:03 PM  

Great names on there. Awesome.

Anonymous Homesteader December 11, 2015 2:14 PM  

Peace derives from strength. We are weak. War, thus, is coming.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 11, 2015 2:17 PM  

Castalia remains the biggest little publishing house that...

...EVERYONE is hearing about.

Blogger Hammerli280 December 11, 2015 2:18 PM  

It'll be interesting to see what CDR Pournelle's contribution is. He's someone I don't always agree with, but I consider him to be one of the better thinkers out there on naval affairs.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 2:31 PM  

But wait, there's more...sign up for the New Release mailing list in the next 30 minutes and Castalia House will make an author of your choice available to spend an entire day at your location. Fun times, right. Ok, scratch that.

But sign up right now or die. Your choice.

Anonymous Blume December 11, 2015 2:47 PM  

Just an amazing cover there.

Blogger jaericho (#107) December 11, 2015 2:47 PM  

I must learn to read faster.

Blogger jaericho (#107) December 11, 2015 2:48 PM  

@6 Agreed. The cover looks great!

Anonymous VFM367 December 11, 2015 2:55 PM  

Just in time to qualify for Hugo consideration.

Anonymous WaterBoy December 11, 2015 2:55 PM  

Irony: Reading the comments here as Peace Sells But Who's Buying by Megadeth comes on the radio.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 11, 2015 3:05 PM  

Looks like the CoDominion might not be historically dead yet just in time for Falkeberg's Lgion.

Blogger Unknown December 11, 2015 3:20 PM  

So I went to Castalia House. How do I sign up for the new release mailing list? Maybe a link?

Blogger Cyr#0052 December 11, 2015 3:25 PM  

Good news. Something to read over Christmas.

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 3:30 PM  

So I went to Castalia House. How do I sign up for the new release mailing list? Maybe a link?

It's on the left sidebar near the top. Enter email address. Click "Subscribe".

Blogger Brad Andrews December 11, 2015 3:31 PM  

Nice to see you didn't write off audio books in spite of your bad experience with them a while back.

Blogger Floyd Looney December 11, 2015 3:40 PM  

Awesome cover!

Blogger The Osprey December 11, 2015 3:56 PM  

Vox,
Used to be a big scoff fan but kind of ignored it for a decade or so, although my attention was drawn back to it by the Puppies vs SJW at the Hugos last year. Recently though I've noticed a new space opera on being promoted on SyFy called Expanse based on a series of books by two writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck who write jointly under the pen name James S.A. Corey. Are these guys SJW, Pro-Puppies, or apolitical? Was curious before I decide to devote the time to watching it as I am not familiar with them or their work.

Blogger The Osprey December 11, 2015 3:56 PM  

Scoff...damn autocorrect. SciFi.

Blogger Foster December 11, 2015 4:03 PM  

But what about Marcus?

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 4:06 PM  

Are these guys SJW, Pro-Puppies, or apolitical?

SJW. Abraham is buddies with Rape Rape.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 4:07 PM  

I'm trying to imagine how brainstorming sessions could be effectively utilized as a virtual book tour. The primary purpose of a book tour is for the author and publisher to promote awareness and sell books right?

Ok maybe not brainstorms. What about creating a podcast where the author(s) are interviewed about the book and listeners receive a discount code. The interviewers could be selected from the Dread Ilk or Ilk. People could send in questions.

Blogger Artisanal Toad December 11, 2015 4:10 PM  

I carried various copies of the original series in my backpack all over the place. I bet I "loaned" two copies of each book to other guys and never got them back.

Jerry needs to finish the Janisarries series. I can easily see another two or three books in that series.

Blogger The Osprey December 11, 2015 4:15 PM  

Thanks VD. That sucks, visuals for the series looked cool, but I had the sneaking suspicion there'd be lefty preaching in the storyline.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 11, 2015 4:30 PM  

I thought Leviathan Wakes the first book in the series was good but there is a lot of preaching in it plus the type of welfare state depicted for Earth/Luna would consume so many resources they would have never been able to afford to get to Luna much less Mars and Ceres.

Blogger CarpeOro December 11, 2015 4:38 PM  

I bought them all in paperback back when they first came out. Definitely plan to get the new one.

Blogger Unknown December 11, 2015 4:38 PM  

Oh, on _this_ site. Got it, thanks.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 4:39 PM  

What is it about the internet? Here we have an announcement about Castalia House and the revival of There Will be War including a tremendous list of contributors and people begin discussions of other authors and books. Is that rude or is it just me? SOP on the internets?

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 4:46 PM  

@Artisanal Toad

One nice feature of ebooks people don't borrow and never return, amirite?

Blogger The Osprey December 11, 2015 4:48 PM  

I was just asking VD for his opinion about a certain author/series. Did not intend for it to become a whole discussion of other authors and books.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 4:51 PM  


•Poul Anderson
•Larry Niven


Oh yeah.. lets just slide those two at the end there like its no big deal

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 4:52 PM  

also...

Obscure Finnish Publisher... that works with Lind, Pournelle, Niven, Anderson... what a curious definition of Obscure they must have.

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 4:53 PM  

people begin discussions of other authors and books. Is that rude or is it just me? SOP on the internets?

No doubt a little of both. But you can't really question the way in which the readers here repeatedly come through in support of Castalia's authors, so I am inclined to indulge their idiosyncracies.

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 4:54 PM  

I was just asking VD for his opinion about a certain author/series. Did not intend for it to become a whole discussion of other authors and books.

Don't worry about it. It's fine. If I'd thought it could genuinely derail the post, I wouldn't have answered.

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 4:59 PM  

Oh yeah.. lets just slide those two at the end there like its no big deal

It would be even more impressive if we'd managed to get a brand new story out of Mr. Anderson.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 5:00 PM  

So Nate can we pencil you in to interview Anderson and Niven assuming CH agrees to do a podcast?

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery December 11, 2015 5:07 PM  

David van Dyke

Sweet. DVD is quality.

Blogger CarpeOro December 11, 2015 5:07 PM  

I'd love another new story from Poul Anderson, but as mentioned it is unlikely. Yet another author SJWs would have issues with.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 5:09 PM  

bahahahaaha... Vox doesn't even trust me to interview HIM... much less Niven and Anderson.

I mean I would spend the whole time with Niven talking about Man-Kzin Wars and the old Berserker collaborations and anything else he may have done with Zelazny.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 5:11 PM  

And obviously Rabbid Puppies has totally wrecked vox's ability to work in the industry.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 5:13 PM  

Hey if Niven is up for it do it. Just submit a list of questions to Vox for approval first, what could go wrong? hehheh

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 5:15 PM  

New Niven. [Homer Simpson drool].

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 5:17 PM  

New Niven. [Homer Simpson drool].

Remember, TWBW is a reprint anthology. Some of it is new, some of it is not. The reprints were all new to me, however.

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 5:19 PM  

Awwww.

I read only the first couple of MK Wars. So it's new to me.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 5:22 PM  

"I read only the first couple of MK Wars. So it's new to me."

on the first couple?

I knew there was something off about you boy.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 5:23 PM  

"Hey if Niven is up for it do it. Just submit a list of questions to Vox for approval first, what could go wrong? hehheh "

so Larry... does Halo piss you off?

Blogger Phillip George December 11, 2015 5:27 PM  

If peace is an absence of war. It's simple - there'll be peace when no-one is attacking or planning to attack me.

There will be war perhaps should read there is war right now

Politicians are telling us they can promote 'good Islam' - peace loving quiet equal rights Islam. Does it exist? How can you prove it or be certain such a thing exists? Simply because some people claim it does? Against them are a group of self confessed adherents who would kill the "peace movement muslims".How can an honest man decide which version of Islam is legitimate? Would careful study accomplish such a task?

The question/ pursuit breaks down:

How can you have a 'good' interpretation of a any book which is a pack of lies. How can a null and void claim system do any good anywhere?

War and peace is intellectual and spiritual. "There shall be war". No!,
"War exists, you are in it, what is your strategy?"

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 5:53 PM  

so Larry... does Halo piss you off?

OK maybe don't lead off with that one, but excellent question. That's what the readers want to hear, no? Nate will do more to drive Vox out of SFF than any SJW.

Blogger Dave December 11, 2015 5:56 PM  

"War exists, you are in it, what is your strategy?"

Not a catchy title, I'm afraid.

Blogger Krul December 11, 2015 6:00 PM  

@48 Dave - ""War exists, you are in it, what is your strategy?"

Not a catchy title, I'm afraid."


A haiku

War! It does exist,
You, who find yourself therein,
Your strategy is...?

Blogger MidKnight (#138) December 11, 2015 6:02 PM  

been a while since I'd seen DeChancie. Liked the Skyway and Castle Perilous books

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 6:04 PM  

I knew there was something off about you boy.

I also think some of the later Berzerker books are weak.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 6:08 PM  

"I also think some of the later Berzerker books are weak."

Every time you say something like this... My lab pisses on your hat. again.

Blogger Zimri December 11, 2015 6:22 PM  

This is me in my Gollum voice... "mussscht hhave it"

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 6:29 PM  

I'd like to present a case against the book I read that was just not good ... low energy.

But I fired it, because it didn't perform to expectations.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 11, 2015 6:29 PM  

@38 "...the old Berserker collaborations..."
Oh! I really liked the Berserker series, thanks for reminding me of `em.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 11, 2015 6:32 PM  

@46 "If peace is an absence of war."

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of Justice.
(Think about it: nothing disrupts peaceful life like injustice.)

Blogger OneWingedShark December 11, 2015 6:39 PM  

@54 "I'd like to present a case against the book I read that was just not good ... low energy."

Was it Berserker's Star? IIRC, I couldn't finish that one... the plot was just too bogged down and slow... I think I made it between a third and halfway done before I had to return it to the library.

Anonymous Edward Coddington 0411 December 11, 2015 6:42 PM  

Nice to see these again. Thanks.

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 6:49 PM  

OneWingedShark,

Bingo!

You're awesome.

Blogger Nate December 11, 2015 6:59 PM  

wait... is that the one with the wierd... not-a-planet?

Blogger Brad Andrews December 11, 2015 7:07 PM  

I am inclined to indulge their idiosyncracies.

You tolerate quite a bit of idiosyncrasies here, even from some anklebiters, though they get far less time to get over it.

Blogger Brad Andrews December 11, 2015 7:08 PM  

I got a bunch of the Bezerker books on the Kindle a while back. I have not gotten to them, but they finally landed there so I bought them even though I probably have the print copies someplace.

Blogger maniacprovost December 11, 2015 7:16 PM  

Remember, Castalia only publishes no-name authors like Ben Bova, Larry Niven, and Poul Anderson.

Seriously though, Gregory Benford's "Foundation's Fear" was horrible, but the short story he expanded to save effort was all right, so after Anderson and Niven, that is the one I am most interested in reading.

Blogger Jack Ward December 11, 2015 7:34 PM  

This is excellent news! I can see my reading hours are going to have to go into compression mode.

A question here: Loki's Child. I am enjoying the living heck out of this thing. In the various nooks and crannies of my varied career I have been on the distant periphery of the music industry. Enough to really enjoy this story. Who the heck is Fenris Wulf? I have been able to find nothing. Loki's Child does not seem to be on Amazon.
At first I though it might be 'Daniel' of comment fame here. I read his 'Nicky Magee' and found it much to my liking. Haven't checked lately but for a time I had entered the only review and that a 5 star. In Magee he exhibited either a lot of research or some experience in the music business. Much like Loki's Child.
Anyone know?

Blogger automatthew December 11, 2015 7:38 PM  

Nate: wait... is that the one with the wierd... not-a-planet?

Yeah. It was my misfortune that that was the first Berserker book I found.

Blogger VD December 11, 2015 8:44 PM  

Loki's Child does not seem to be on Amazon.

We will be publishing a version edited for sanity.

Blogger Rantor December 11, 2015 10:10 PM  

This is going to be freaking awesome. I read many of these as a youth... I can't wait.

Blogger Jack Ward December 11, 2015 11:22 PM  

@66 VD
Thank God I have my unedited version. Why change such insane perfection. Really, its priceless.

Blogger ray December 11, 2015 11:25 PM  

Some first-rate writers there. Sounds promising.

Blogger ray December 11, 2015 11:42 PM  

"I mean I would spend the whole time with Niven talking about Man-Kzin Wars and the old Berserker collaborations and anything else he may have done with Zelazny."



Not sure what wars those were, can't make them all, but Zelazny is another deserving of a revival. Golden ages age but gold doesn't.

Blogger ray December 11, 2015 11:54 PM  

"Who the heck is Fenris Wulf?"

In the backwash of Fennario/the black and bloody mire/the dire wolf collects his due/while the boys sing 'round the fire

Blogger OneWingedShark December 12, 2015 1:12 AM  

@60 "wait... is that the one with the wierd... not-a-planet?"

The surface of a neutron star where "odd interactions" make it have Earth-normal gravity... yeah, that's Berserker Star (IIRC).

Blogger OneWingedShark December 12, 2015 1:19 AM  

@65 "Yeah. It was my misfortune that that was the first Berserker book I found."

Ouch. The one that I found the most fun was actually an anthology, Berserker Base with a particular fondness for Roger Zelazny's contribution of Itself Surprised.

Blogger LP999 December 12, 2015 2:42 AM  

32 Thanks for all you and team CH endeavor.

More great news from CH. Both thrilling cover art and timely reading!

I try to do my own research but questions arise due to the issue of not wanting to support the wrong people or orgs. In this era there is no time for misplaced support.

Anonymous bruce December 12, 2015 4:16 AM  

'So Larry. . . does Halo piss you off?'

Bad question.

'So Larry. . . How about a 'Bigger Than Worlds' colection using Halo and Rainbow Mars and . . .?'

Blogger Markku December 12, 2015 6:05 AM  

Really, its priceless.

Yes, it quite literally is. You cannot get that version for any price.

Blogger Patrick December 12, 2015 7:19 AM  

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Blogger Dave December 12, 2015 7:55 AM  

Really, its priceless.

Yes, it quite literally is. You cannot get that version for any price.



Yes...a singular, extraordinary, limited version.

Blogger Jack Ward December 12, 2015 9:11 AM  

About finished Loki's Child. I expect that Fenris is Vox in drag.
The thing appears, on the face of it, to be a retelling of Atlas Shrugged. I see Jasmine as Dagney; Stan as Galt. etc. Or, I could be totally off the mark.
Whatever.
This may become the ultimate cult classic in literature. It may be quoted and read for 10,000 years. If you do edit it for sanity at least do a print version of this first offering. Please.

Blogger Markku December 12, 2015 9:43 AM  

I know who it is because I handle the accounts, and it's not Vox.

Blogger Dave December 12, 2015 10:29 AM  

Martin van Creveld? No? I would've sworn had to be him.

Blogger The Other Robot December 12, 2015 5:58 PM  

Drudge is claiming an Ohio poll shows Cruz at 29% and Trump at 22%.

However, there is no link as yet, and it is so far out of line with other polls ...

Blogger The Other Robot December 12, 2015 6:08 PM  

Ahhh. it's another Bloomberg lying poll.

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