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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There Will Be War Volume IX

In many ways, the first nine volumes of There Will Be War were a chronicle of the Cold War; reading those earlier volumes published in the 1980s is a literal education in both the events and the psychologies of that time. Volume IX, which was originally subtitled After Armageddon, was published just as the Soviet Union was in the process of collapsing, a process that was much more dangerous than most of us were aware at the time, or realize today.

As with the previous eight volumes, Jerry Pournelle assembled a formidable list of contributors for There Will Be War Volume IX, including John Brunner, Edward P. Hughes, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and Norman Spinrad, among others. A necessary word of warning to those with younger readers: the Spinrad story "Journals of the Plague Years", while an excellent reminder of the AIDS fears of the late 1980s, is exceedingly dark, violent, and most definitely R-rated.

There Will Be War Volume IX is 433 pages, DRM-free, and retails for $4.99 on Amazon.

Note to New Release subscribers: if you don't have an email in your inbox concerning Volume IX by noon EST and you've been having trouble receiving the emails despite being sure that you're a subscriber, get in touch and I'll send you the link to the bonus book. It is a pre-release version of what I believe is a new Jerry Pournelle book.

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Anonymous Mathias February 10, 2016 7:23 AM  

Harry Turtledove? Really? Did you ever read "Guns of the South"? With a bunch of Boers as the villains? That book's ending was pozzed as hell. Not that I'm saying you shouldn't publish him, but I would look closely to make sure that his material has improved before putting your own name on it. I would read any of his other works if put in front of me mind you, but my first exposure to him was a bit of a disappointment.

Anonymous 7513 February 10, 2016 7:32 AM  

Yes! Vol IX just went to the top of my reading list, pushing "Ctrl Alt Revolt!" to the number two spot. Nice way to start the day - thanks Castalia House!

Anonymous Quartermaster February 10, 2016 7:34 AM  

Guns of the South was a good yarn. Turtledove is one those guys you either love or hate.

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 7:43 AM  

I would look closely to make sure that his material has improved before putting your own name on it.

It appears to have escaped you that this is a revival of a book first published in 1990. I doubt his material has improved.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 10, 2016 7:51 AM  

I really like that cover.

Blogger Dave February 10, 2016 7:54 AM  

Got email, thank you, bought book and downloaded bonus book.

Both links in email come back to this blog post. The deadline for bonus book is listed as December 9. To download the bonus book had to go through the checkout; thought that previous bonus offers went directly to download links.

Blogger Dave February 10, 2016 8:03 AM  

I really like that cover.

Agreed. Am looking forward to jpegs of covers for IX and X as was done for I-IV.

Blogger Sokrates February 10, 2016 8:17 AM  

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Anonymous JAU February 10, 2016 8:22 AM  

Wait, did I miss the publication of vol. 5-8?

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 8:25 AM  

Both links in email come back to this blog post. The deadline for bonus book is listed as December 9. To download the bonus book had to go through the checkout; thought that previous bonus offers went directly to download links.

Yes, that is intentional. Yes, that is a mistake; the true deadline is Feb 13. No, they never did.

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 8:25 AM  

Wait, did I miss the publication of vol. 5-8?

No, we did IX first so that we can do the hardcover of V9+V10 next.

Blogger Dave February 10, 2016 8:31 AM  

Wait, did I miss the publication of vol. 5-8?

Yes. Yes you did. But fear not for they will arise again.

Blogger Nate February 10, 2016 8:53 AM  

Hey remember when the hugo kerfluffel killed your publishing/writing/editing hobby?

here it is just two years later and you're slumming with guys like Pournelle. That will show you.

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 8:56 AM  

here it is just two years later and you're slumming with guys like Pournelle. That will show you.

I am duly chastened.

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 8:58 AM  

I really like that cover.

Like the other pre-X volumes, it is a 3D remake of the previous cover, but it is a definite improvement on the original.

Anonymous JC NRA February 10, 2016 9:19 AM  

Bought this as soon as I saw the email. Thank you.

But at risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth .. how's Riding the Red Horse vol. 2 shaping up? Coming soon?

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean February 10, 2016 9:51 AM  

I'm buying so many "alt" books from Amazon these days that I think it's time open a fake account there.

Anonymous #2095 Peppermint Lightning February 10, 2016 10:05 AM  

Purchased and bonus book downloaded, thanks!

Castalia House's checkout may be under heavy load or having some issues, as I received a 504 Gateway Timeout when trying to check out the bonus book. The email with the download links came through just fine, though.

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 10:34 AM  

how's Riding the Red Horse vol. 2 shaping up? Coming soon?

Slowly but surely. Not particularly, no.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 10, 2016 10:39 AM  

I liked X a lot, so this is a no brainer for me.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 10, 2016 12:12 PM  

There was an old academic journal that reviewed the "problem" of the original There Will Be War! series, back in the 80s. I need to go track that down. I bet it is a hoot.

Anonymous BGKB February 10, 2016 12:40 PM  

while an excellent reminder of the AIDS fears of the late 1980s, is exceedingly dark, violent,

I wonder if a story about gays Typhoid Mary-ing Zika back from carnival/Olympics wiping out blacks/browns in a generation thanks to down low blacks, and home depot rough trade Hispanics would catch on? Anonymous conservatives post about Zika not affecting K style people pointed out " the Renaissance was not a chance event. Y. pestis cleaned out the r-strategists."

Blogger Stan_qaz February 10, 2016 2:30 PM  

OK, now I have a filing problem, just got the Kindle version of There Will Be War Volume IX from the link here and went to enter it in my book tracking spreadsheet and hit a glitch, I already have a Volume IX, in paperback from 1990!

Here on Amazon it is listed as Volume 9 but a look at the cover shows it as VOLUME IX.

After Armageddon (There Will Be War, Vol. 9) Paperback – March, 1990

http://www.amazon.com/After-Armageddon-There-Will-Vol/dp/0812549678/ref=bseries_lb_0812549678

Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812549678
ISBN-13: 978-0812549676

Anonymous Mathias February 10, 2016 2:40 PM  

@3, It was a good yarn most of the way thru, but there are several glaring historical and historical inconsistencies. Why would General Lee be convinced of anything by a "history" book he KNEW was published by a victorious alternate future Union? Why would the Confederates side with their slaves over the Boers when they themselves thought that the black man was not a man and unworthy of living in white society? Why would the Boers not be honest and upfront with the Union history books from the start? Had it not been for the mistrust they had sown earlier, those books and the words they contained would have served to enrage and steel the resolve of the Confederates, not have a sudden conversion to the diversity cult. Furthermore, why not show them what happened in Rhodesia? That would easily have broken the ice and established a bond of trust and common struggle than simply telling them a glossed over version and being cagey afterwards.

@4 My error Vox, I should have read your OP more closely. I apologize.

Anonymous Mathias February 10, 2016 2:41 PM  

Damn, historical and narrative* inaccuracies

Blogger VD February 10, 2016 3:12 PM  

OK, now I have a filing problem

Same book.

Blogger pdwalker February 10, 2016 11:16 PM  

purchased.

Thanks for doing this.

Blogger Technomad February 11, 2016 4:54 PM  

That was where I had my first professionally published story!

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