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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Volume X favorite story

It should be interesting to see what the favorite story in There Will Be War Vol. X is around these parts; as with Steve Rzasa's "Turncoat" in Riding the Red Horse Vol. I, I've been hearing a lot of talk about a contribution by one of the junior authors.

And if you haven't gotten There Will Be War Vol. X, what on Earth are you waiting for? It's every bit as good as the reviews are saying.
  • I own all of the original There Will Be War series from when I bought them new. They were all excellent. This follow-on, after a long series hiatus, is every bit as good. New names, old names, great stories, and thought-provoking essays. 
  • Volume 10, the latest There Will Be War, is worthy to stand with the best of that series. Mil-sf doesn't get better than this.
  • This volume represents a long overdue return to the series, and is as timely and pertinent today as the originals were in the 80's.
  • Since Military SF’s value is to provide a means to understand future threats and solutions, this volume is a treasure.
 I personally don't think any of the fiction quite rises to the level of "Cincinnatus" by Joel Rosenberg or "On the Shadow of a Phosphor Screen" by William F. Wu, both of which appear in There Will Be War Vol. II, but  I would argue that the non-fiction is actually better. Still, even if Volume X is only the second-best in the series, that is a remarkable accomplishment after a 25-year hiatus.

The results here.

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Anonymous Sensei December 27, 2015 7:51 AM  

When I first open this page I can see this:

Loading web poll...

And if you haven't gotten There Will Be War Vol. X, what on Earth are you waiting for? It's every bit as good as the reviews are saying...


And the rest of the post follows.

But as soon as the poll pops up, everything from there down disappears. I could only read and C&P it by quickly stopping the page before the poll loaded.

Blogger VD December 27, 2015 8:25 AM  

I had the same problem. Moving the script to the bottom appears to solve the issue.

Blogger Student in Blue December 27, 2015 8:25 AM  

And if you haven't gotten There Will Be War Vol. X, what on Earth are you waiting for? It's every bit as good as the reviews are saying.
Shoot. Knew I forgot something.

I was waiting to see if that New Release email would arrive (it never did). Is it too late for that offer?

Blogger VD December 27, 2015 8:27 AM  

I was waiting to see if that New Release email would arrive (it never did). Is it too late for that offer?

A few folks didn't. It's not too late. Email me the Amazon receipt and I'll send you the bonus books.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 27, 2015 8:40 AM  

Shao for a Hugo nom

Blogger Were-Puppy December 27, 2015 9:55 AM  

I am still reading through the book, made it about half way through the "War and Migration".

Voted anyways, and for me it was a toss up between the Seven Kill Tiger and Battle Station. Went with Battle Station mainly because I liked the characters better. And I really enjoyed the other fiction as well. Hopefully the rest of the book will hold up to these great sections that I've already read :P

Anonymous polyhedron December 27, 2015 10:22 AM  

Flashpoint all the way. Naval maneuvering and interplanetary politics become thrilling. "Eat shit and die, Chink!" I love it!

Blogger The Other Robot December 27, 2015 10:44 AM  

Shao for a Hugo nom

Yes, the result would be spectacular.

However, what's its word count?

Anonymous roo_ster December 27, 2015 10:49 AM  

Flashpoint ftw. Gotto love "damn the torpedoes full speed ahead" in any language.

Anonymous Leonidas December 27, 2015 10:55 AM  

Not a huge deal, but my story is misattributed (the last name is incorrect). I do give great thanks to the one who voted for it, though!

Sadly, I have not had a chance to read the other stories myself yet. I do have a good excuse, though, as John C. Wright sent me a sizable preview of one of his works in progress for Christmas and I'm now working through that...

Blogger VD December 27, 2015 11:39 AM  

Not a huge deal, but my story is misattributed (the last name is incorrect).

Sorry about that. Just a copy-paste error.

Anonymous Dave December 27, 2015 11:47 AM  

Choosing one favorite story will be tough. Everything I've read so far has been very good. Gonna need a couple more days to read em all and sleep on it.

After a 25 year hiatus I can't imagine how difficult it must have been for Dr. Pournelle to decide on the final selections for this volume. He's probably been accumulating a list of stories for years in hopes that TWBW would be revived someday. The older stories he chose for this volume have really stood up well. Very promising sign for future volumes.

Anonymous Heh December 27, 2015 12:12 PM  

So those Chinese authors are in there just so you can pretend you're not a racist, white-supremacist ardent Breivik supporter, right?

Which one is the Chinese homosexual angst story?

Anonymous The other robot December 27, 2015 12:19 PM  

Someone seems confused about who chose the stories.

Probably didn't read them either.

Blogger pdwalker December 27, 2015 12:19 PM  

I'm still deciding...

When does Volume XI come out?

Blogger The Other Robot December 27, 2015 12:45 PM  

Which one is the Chinese homosexual angst story?

Clearly, it was Seven Kill Tiger.

You should read it, you will probably enjoy it.

Anonymous Dave December 27, 2015 1:06 PM  

"There Will Be War Volume X will be on Amazon Monday. We will see where it goes from there. There is already a campaign to boycott the book on the grounds that the publisher is a scoundrel. This is apparently something to do with fan politics and awards. I can only say that it has been a pleasant experience to work with them. I have all the editorial decisions, of course, including story choices.... I find them very competent and helpful." https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/the-budget-deal-return-of-iq-and-much-more/

Emphasis added...apparently Dr. Pournelle is confused.

Blogger VD December 27, 2015 1:07 PM  

So those Chinese authors are in there just so you can pretend you're not a racist, white-supremacist ardent Breivik supporter, right?

Jerry made the calls, I had no say in what stories were accepted. In fact, I even submitted a story; it was rejected.

In case anyone is interested, it was "The Amazon Gambit" and it will appear in Riding the Red Horse Vol. 2.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 27, 2015 2:29 PM  

Had to go with "Fly By Night". It's been too long since I read a Kzin story. All were great. I loved the non-fiction too.

Anonymous Rolf December 27, 2015 4:31 PM  

Haven't read it all, so I can't what my favorite is, yet.

@16 Seven Kill Tiger was OK, but it ends before it gets to the really interesting part - how does that action play out. That's what made Herbert's The White Plague so interesting: watching how things broke down or changed as a result of the virus. Yes, yes, yes, how it came to be is an OK story, but the reaction of people and nations was the fascinating part. If 7KT is the prolog of a novel, it might be good one. As it is, it's good story, but not my favorite.

Blogger Nemo Maximus December 27, 2015 4:40 PM  

My favorite was The Last Show, but that probably comes from reading too many Great Escape stories. Audacious with a nice twist at the end.

Anonymous Leonidas December 27, 2015 8:18 PM  

I have to admit that I'm a tad bit disappointed that Google Translate revealed that to be run of the mill spam (albeit in Arabic) rather than a fatwa against us.

Anonymous Sensei December 28, 2015 4:25 AM  

I have to admit that I'm a tad bit disappointed that Google Translate revealed that to be run of the mill spam (albeit in Arabic) rather than a fatwa against us.

Thanks for the best laugh of the day, I had more or less the same thought.

I enjoyed X and will be putting up a review shortly. However as I mentioned earlier while only partway through, I actually enjoyed Riding the Red Horse a bit more. Being an oldish millennial my only memories of the cold war are the long tail of its influence on pop culture. So lacking the extra historical context of respect for There Will Be War, I can see its value and appreciate it, but as far as I'm concerned the new series is its equal, which happily resulted in the old series being resurrected so that people of my generation can enjoy it too, albeit a bit vicariously.

Blogger Nemo Maximus December 28, 2015 9:42 AM  

I am surprised by the love for Fly-By-Night. I would not have noticed this before, but after being exposed to the concepts on this blog, I see that it is redolent of early-stage diversity propaganda.

Consider the following:
1) Fly-By-Night comes from a planet where Kzin and Human have lived in harmony for generations. Remembering Angel's Pencil, it makes sense for the grateful telepath's descendants to live so. But his genes were outnumbered 6:1 by the harem females.
2) Diversity wins. Man+Kzin+Jotok beat the un-diverse Kzin Pirates.

This is very mild compared to modern efforts, and skillfully executed by Niven, but the underlying message is still present.

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