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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gearing up for Vol. XI

I am very pleased to observe that Jerry Pournelle has pre-announced a new volume in his legendary There Will Be War series:
Shortly we will announce that There Will Be War, Volume XI will be published in November and is now open for submissions. It’s not the formal announcement because I don’t have the web addresses for formal submission. I don’t open attachments to emails to me (obviously with some exceptions which I’m not going to tell you) because I only read plaintext in Outlook, so sending me stories to Chaos Manor isn’t going to work; I’m sure I’ll have the web addresses very shortly.

Publisher is Castalia House. There will be an omnibus hardbound edition (with Vol. XII) and eBook editions. We buy non-exclusive anthology rights only: that means we buy previously published works, and if you send an original work – a lot of people do – understand that if it is accepted you still have first serial rights until after November, after which they no longer exist for anyone. Payment on acceptance is an advance against royalties: royalties vary in this strange age, so it’s hard to say exactly, but they are competitive, and contributors receive a pro-rata share of half what I receive.

My contribution is a volume introduction, and individual story introductions. I have been known to make editorial suggestions, particularly to original contributions. I have also been known to make other contributions, fiction and non-fiction, as I find necessary.

The series has done well, even the nearly thirty-year-old volumes. Three stories in Volume X were nominated for Hugo Awards.
We'll get on the email addresses for submissions and whatnot this weekend. In the meantime, this means we're going to need slush readers for it, so if you've got the time and you wish to volunteer to be the first line of defense, please email me with VOL XI in the title.  Last year's readers did an excellent job, so the bar is high. Every reader should expect to read between 20 and 30 short stories in six months.

Nota Bene: If you're thinking of submitting once the floodgates open, that's great, but DO NOT SEND ANYTHING THAT IS NOT MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION. I cannot stress this enough. I couldn't believe how many stories we were sent that were obviously and totally unsuitable for the anthology series. Don't waste your time. Don't waste our time. And keep in mind that Jerry is no respecter of persons. I'm the assistant editor, one of my stories, submitted anonymously, passed the slush readers, and Jerry didn't hesitate to reject it anyhow. He rejected big names. He rejected very big names. He rejected unknown names. He has nothing left to prove and he has high standards, so keep that in mind before you send in anything less than your best.

And yes, we're still doing Riding the Red Horse Vol. 2. Things have just been a little chaotic, that's all. Tom and I need to sit down and figure out how many stories we've got already, and how many more we need.

A few mostly unrelated items to address while I'm at it:
  1. Can someone email me the .mobi of The Return of the Great Depression? Update: Got it, thank you.
  2. We have some exciting new authors to announce at Castalia House very soon. Three, to be precise.
  3. Is anyone interested in a three- or six-month marketing internship? As you've probably noticed, I'm pretty good at that sort of thing, but my bandwidth is increasingly limited and I don't do one-tenth the marketing that I should do. That's about all the time that would be necessary to learn everything involved. My thought is to have a revolving marketing internship, in order to maximize the number of Ilk who are up to speed on these things.
  4. Four words: Brainstorm. Steve Keen. Soon.

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25 Comments:

Blogger praetorian April 28, 2016 6:44 AM  

Four words: Brainstorm. Steve Keen. Soon

Behold: the greatest four words ever typed into a text box on the web.

Anonymous Rhys April 28, 2016 7:20 AM  

How long will submissions be open for?

Would the marketing internship be done over the net or would we have to relocate?

I am supposing the internship would be unpaid so would we have enough time for a day job as well?

Anonymous Rhys O'Reilly April 28, 2016 8:07 AM  

How long will submissions be open for?

Would the marketing internship be done over the net or would we have to relocate?

I am supposing the internship would be unpaid so would we have enough time for a day job as well?

Blogger #7139 April 28, 2016 8:16 AM  

Brainstorm. Steve Keen. Soon.

This sounds very good.

Blogger Durandel Almiras April 28, 2016 8:51 AM  

I'm interested in learning more about the internship and what would be involved. Email you for more details?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 28, 2016 9:02 AM  

He should really open his mind to my "Hello Kitty Space Pilot" short story.

Blogger J A Baker April 28, 2016 9:44 AM  

Military Sci Fi, makes me think of Ender's Game. My girlfriend gave me that book to read about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it. OSC is a mormon, and while I disagree with their theology, it didn't stop me from reading it and recommending it.

However, I remember when the film was in the works a few years back (the film was good, a lot of great actors) there was quite a backlash and calls to Boycott from the SJWs.

Being a Mormon, OSC obviously has some conservative beleifs about certain social issues, and because of this people wanted were in an uproar that he would be given such a platform as a big budget Hollywood movie. It doesn't surprise me that there hasn't been a sequel, which I think is unfortunate.

Anyway, I'm already brainstorming a Military Sci Fi story.

Blogger anne April 28, 2016 9:55 AM  

I'm interested in the internship as well. Learning at the feet of the Dark Lord? Priceless.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 28, 2016 10:09 AM  

J A Baker wrote:Military Sci Fi, makes me think of Ender's Game. My girlfriend gave me that book to read about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it. OSC is a mormon, and while I disagree with their theology, it didn't stop me from reading it and recommending it.



The original short story of "Ender's Game" was republished in one of the TWBW volumes.

Blogger J A Baker April 28, 2016 10:16 AM  

"The original short story of "Ender's Game" was republished in one of the TWBW volumes."

Good to know thanks.

Blogger Dave April 28, 2016 10:57 AM  

Soooo no Chuck Tingle in TWBW...


My 1-click button awaits; so get on it.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2016 11:14 AM  

"Four words: Brainstorm. Steve Keen. Soon."

this should not be the thing I am most excited about... but...

Blogger Dave April 28, 2016 11:40 AM  

And what's up with Rolf's sequel? Thought it was near complete months ago.

Blogger Unknown April 28, 2016 1:10 PM  

"He has nothing left to prove and he has high standards, so keep that in mind before you send in anything less than your best."

This is awesome, so if you do get one in, you've been vetted by one of the masters of "been there, done that, got the t-shirt/scar/both."

And all us readers win. I love it. I've read all of those, still have all the paper back versions of the originals. Awesome.

Blogger Unknown April 28, 2016 1:10 PM  

"He has nothing left to prove and he has high standards, so keep that in mind before you send in anything less than your best."

This is awesome, so if you do get one in, you've been vetted by one of the masters of "been there, done that, got the t-shirt/scar/both."

And all us readers win. I love it. I've read all of those, still have all the paper back versions of the originals. Awesome.

Blogger SirHamster April 28, 2016 5:01 PM  

Can someone email me the .mobi of The Return of the Great Depression?

That's an interesting request from the author of the book. You'd think Amazon would provide that sort of thing.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 28, 2016 6:27 PM  

Dave wrote:And what's up with Rolf's sequel? Thought it was near complete months ago.

We're working on it. The delay is largely my responsibility.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 28, 2016 6:35 PM  

Rolf has been extremely patient with me (at least over the Internet; Taj only knows what he says out loud).

Blogger Kirk Parker April 28, 2016 6:49 PM  

Taj only knows what he says out loud

LOL. And says it via which avatar?

Blogger Kirk Parker April 28, 2016 6:50 PM  

That's Taj's avatar when recounting the tale; Rolf (we assume) mostly appears as himself.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 28, 2016 6:55 PM  

Whichever of Taj's avatars has the palest skin and the largest rack, of course.

Blogger Dave April 28, 2016 7:03 PM  

40 lashes with a wet noodle

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 28, 2016 7:14 PM  

Among other things, I've been working on print quality Taj diagrams.

http://atl.automatthew.com/c-deck.svg

http://atl.automatthew.com/b-deck.svg

Blogger Saber McScarthrust April 29, 2016 9:30 AM  

Question, how much of the series is SF and how much is military commentary?

Blogger Matthew Auto and the Bosoms of Liberty April 29, 2016 10:44 AM  

Here's the TOC for volume I

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?353609

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