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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Introducing Rod Walker

Mutiny in Space by Rod Walker is the first in a new line of juvenile science fiction novels from Castalia House.

When the radical revolutionaries of the Social Party prevent his attendance at university and make his life on New Chicago impossible, Nikolai Rovio has no choice but to accept his starship-bound uncle's offer to take refuge in space and sign on as a technical apprentice with Starways. But space, he quickly learns, is full of dangers that can kill a young man just as dead as even the most bloodthirsty revolutionary. 

And no place that Man can travel will ever be able to provide safe refuge from ambitious and evil-minded men. 

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and Mutiny in Space marks a first step in the long-awaited, much-needed return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein's 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, Mutiny in Space is an exciting tale of space, technology, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man. 

Written by Rod Walker and edited by three-time Hugo-nominated editor Vox Day, Mutiny in Space is 200 pages, DRM-free, and $4.99/£4.99. Available only on Amazon.

We are very excited about our new series of Rod Walker books, because they are exactly what we founded Castalia House to publish. They are pure Blue SF, and contain no foul language, no adult themes, no nihilism, and they are 100 percent social justice-free. Robert Heinlein revitalized science fiction with just 12 wonderful novels - 13, if one counts Starship Troopers which was originally supposed to be a Scribner novel, but was foolishly turned down - and we believe it is possible to do achieve similar effects by applying the same principles that made his early novels so successful.

Except, of course, for the issue of gun control. Gun control was a particular bugaboo of Heinlein's editor at Scribner, Alice Dalgleish, and while the Rod Walker books will not feature Correia-style gun porn, neither will they contain any anti-gun propaganda of the sort Dalgleish imposed on Heinlein.

Anyhow, the Rod Walker books are intended to be books that can serve to successfully introduce boys and girls to science fiction again.


UPDATE: It's easy to tell the SJWs are worried about this new development, as they're already posting attack reviews. Message fiction masquerading as Heinlein pastiche.

UPDATE 2: Not a bad start for Mr. Walker.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327 Paid in Kindle Store
        #3 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
        #9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Science Fiction

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49 Comments:

Blogger Marc DuQuesne May 11, 2016 5:54 AM  

Alice must have *hated* red planet

Blogger St Swithun May 11, 2016 5:57 AM  

And...it's great to see new sci-fi that encourages a healthy male spirit of can-do. Whilst being well beyond the book's alleged target age range, I might just indulge in a little nostalgia

Blogger Raziel Walker May 11, 2016 6:24 AM  

neither will they contain any anti-gun propaganda of the sort Dalgleish imposed on Heinlein
I remember Heinlein as firmly pro-gun so was confused but Wikipedia was useful in this case. Alice was involved in 'Tunnel in the sky', which indeed has a clear anti-gun message.

Anonymous Takin' a Look May 11, 2016 6:48 AM  

I'd like terraforming Space Opera with no aliens. But I Sperg out that way :-P

Blogger Michael Maier May 11, 2016 7:01 AM  

Oh good... another book bought to be sent into my Kindle and never read...

I need to take a month off work just to get caught up on my reading.

Blogger John Dougan May 11, 2016 7:03 AM  

Rod Walker?...What you/he did there, I see it.
Perhaps that pen name is a bit too direct.

Blogger Jack Ward May 11, 2016 7:45 AM  

purchased!

Blogger 2Bfree May 11, 2016 7:58 AM  

Reads like a Cross Between Heinlein and Fleming.

Mutiny in Space was a great read, it is reminiscent of Heinlein's "Have Space Suit Will Travel." Rod Walker’s story reads as a cross between a Heinlein and Fleming novel. Typical of classic science fiction, there is enough description of technology and environment to paint a vivid picture of the reality of piracy in space, without feeling like a lecture history, culture, and science. It’s updated classic science fiction taking into consideration computers, networks, and current technology and advancing it to the future. For the geek the fun jibes at 16bit processing and data and the problems integrating old tech with modern band witdth is noticeable and for the non-nerd easily un-noticed.

Like Flemings Bond books it is short, so the story moves rapidly, and as a short novel the character development is not as deep as larger works. The Bad Guy is painted evil in typical “James Bond” villain fashion, a ideology megalomaniac bent on changing the universe. In this case the same ideologic evil as many of Heinlein works, socialism. It’s a fun romp worth reading.

Blogger Bob May 11, 2016 8:15 AM  

I downloaded a sample to my Kindle and it only took about three pages for me to go back and buy it. It's the real deal.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker May 11, 2016 8:44 AM  

Best of commercial luck with the new series.

Blogger Joe Doakes May 11, 2016 8:45 AM  

Already three Amazon reviews (2 positive, one negative) all dated May 11th, none from verified purchasers. I bought my copy and will post my review AFTER I read it.

Blogger Spencer Rathbun May 11, 2016 8:55 AM  

What? One of the things I most remember liking from Rocketship Galileo was that the Doc brings along a couple rifles, just in case. Turns out to be a good decision when they get to the moon. I've got the book on my list for purchase next time I need something to read.

Anonymous Rover May 11, 2016 9:06 AM  

Excellent. I was going to ask for some red pill sci-fi suggestions for a 12 year old reader just the other day. Perfect timing.

Blogger VD May 11, 2016 9:19 AM  

Already three Amazon reviews (2 positive, one negative) all dated May 11th, none from verified purchasers

It's no mystery. Two from people I sent pre-release review copies, one from a butthurt Ann Leckie fan and Puppykicker.

Anonymous VFM #6306 May 11, 2016 9:19 AM  

Joe Doakes, advance reviews are often not verified purchases. That doesn't mean the reviewer didn't read the book.

Blogger Harsh May 11, 2016 9:25 AM  

They only hate message fiction when it's not their message...

Anonymous Rolf May 11, 2016 9:29 AM  

Rod Walker - the protagonist in "Tunnel in the Sky." I really hope the guy can live up to the billing.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 11, 2016 10:46 AM  

Alice Dalgleish catches a lot of flack for her gun control bullshit and rightfully so.

But I wonder if Heinlein would've been Heinlein without her.

Blogger Noah B May 11, 2016 10:51 AM  

Castalia House and its authors are making sci-fi great again!

Blogger Nate May 11, 2016 10:59 AM  

'will not feature Correia-style gun porn'

well... nothing is perfect...

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii May 11, 2016 11:03 AM  

@19: No Cataline, he wouldn't. His real feelings on sexual morality can be revealed by comparing his first work, brought out long after his death accompanied by a glowing forward by an aging hippy, and any Stranger--and later--release.
The despised "Juveniles" WERE Science Fiction.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab May 11, 2016 11:14 AM  

I always wondered what Rod did after retiring from scouting. Now I know.

Anonymous Yet Another Daily Changing Call Sign May 11, 2016 11:16 AM  

They are pure Blue SF, and contain no foul language, no adult themes, no nihilism, and they are 100 percent social justice-free.

Science Fiction lacking pervert distractions inserted by perverts for the amusement of perverts? Something I can recommend without first explaining that I am not a pervert? Something that my kids will read without me needing to explain why a perverted mindset is counterproductive to a healthy lifestyle? No midwit lines about owing somebody a blowjob? No idiotic plot devices about farts? My wallet is all in.

Blogger ÆtherCzar May 11, 2016 11:32 AM  

Heh. And I was just re-reading Tunnel in the Sky a few weeks ago. Took me a moment to realize why the name of that author seemed so familiar.

Blogger Bob May 11, 2016 11:42 AM  

A juvenile without Alice Dalgliesh? That would be Starship Troopers, which won a Hugo.

Blogger RobertT May 11, 2016 12:13 PM  

Update ...

That kind of stuff never worked. Today after Trump it's like pouring kerosene on an open flame. So thank your lucky stars.

An interesting book, Trust Me, I'm Lying, effectively makes the case that controversy and intrigue attract online attention and sell more products than 'useful information.'

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 11, 2016 12:44 PM  

@Bob

Compare both versions of Puppet Masters. Heinlein was a great writer, there is no question about that but the man NEEDED an editor.

Blogger Joe Doakes May 11, 2016 1:06 PM  

Vox @ 14: Thank you, I didn't know that. My practice has been to ignore reviews that do not come from verified purchasers on the theory that since they didn't buy the book, they likely haven't read it so the review is likely bogus. It would be helpful if advance reviewers mentioned the fact, that would bolster their credibility.

Anonymous Northwest Watching Thing May 11, 2016 1:23 PM  

Bought for both me and my son.

Blogger Sam vfm #111 May 11, 2016 1:39 PM  

Instalanche

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/233558/

Anonymous Bukulu May 11, 2016 1:39 PM  

Michael @ 5:

"I need to take a month off work just to get caught up on my reading"

You could catch up in a mere month?

Blogger Dire Badger May 11, 2016 1:49 PM  

I read the free sample.

Rod does have a very heinleinesque feel, but his lingering over the party is incredibly heavy-handed.

Anonymous Another throwaway name May 11, 2016 1:59 PM  

Amazon isn't the only place with reviews.  Check Goodreads.

Blogger Dire Badger May 11, 2016 2:01 PM  

#33- Nope. Goodreads is a fully-converged shithole.

Anonymous quamuri May 11, 2016 2:17 PM  

What is the intended reading level?

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 11, 2016 2:21 PM  

@33

Dude most of us are banned there.

Blogger Christopher Yost May 11, 2016 2:24 PM  

Hell, to be fair, Mutiny In Space couldn't even be classified as Message Fiction.

The story has its protagonists, antagonists with the requisite believable interactions between the two.

That there's usually a moral for the protagonist is nothing new to sci-fi.

ALL the best sci-fi of the past has always had "think pieces" that could be found all over the board.

What the differences are today, and why sci-fi/fantasy has been falling to the wayside, is that authors have begun pushing their morals as the story AND as the protagonist.

And when the morals tend to be shallow...

Anonymous Red May 11, 2016 2:32 PM  

$4.99/ £4.99

lol.

Anonymous Another throwaway name May 11, 2016 3:44 PM  

@36 You may be right; the one review for the book is not displayed on the book's reviews section.  The reviewer may be shadowbanned.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 11, 2016 4:33 PM  

Message fiction masquerading as Heinlein pastiche.

Rule 2. SJW’s always project.

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 11, 2016 5:31 PM  

UPDATE: It's easy to tell the SJWs are worried about this new development, as they're already posting attack reviews. Message fiction masquerading as Heinlein pastiche.

Every time they react it reveals a little bit more about how they're organized.

Anonymous Alice De Goon May 11, 2016 7:56 PM  

I'm sure "Mutiny in Space" will be better than "Space Mutiny". I'm also fairly certain it won't take place in a factory warehouse masquerading as a spaceship.

Only downside: No Reb Brown constantly squealing like a little girl. Oh well. You can't have everything.

Blogger The Other Robot May 11, 2016 8:41 PM  

Strangely, Amazon no longer allows us to see the comments to that review by Marko Bosscher.

Blogger The Other Robot May 11, 2016 9:01 PM  

All we need now is for Dr Chuck Tingle (PBUH) to release Space Raptor Butt Mutiny!

Blogger Chief Matthew Heaving Bosoms May 11, 2016 9:51 PM  

My 12 year old boy loved Mutiny in Space. He's on his second read now. He keeps cackling and reading phrases out loud.

Anonymous Wooden Elephant May 11, 2016 10:25 PM  

I have fond memories of devouring Heinlein books in my youth so I went ahead and bought this based on this writeup. Looking forward to getting into it after work.

Anonymous Another throwaway name May 12, 2016 3:48 AM  

@36 You are right, the sole review has been deep-sixed and its associated rating also.

Blogger The Other Robot May 12, 2016 10:08 AM  

I have started reading it, and I think it is better than Heinlein's juveniles so far.

While the references to hard disks is perhaps a bit anachronistic, I suspect that he had to retain some things that readers could relate to.

Blogger pdwalker May 14, 2016 11:25 PM  

Excellent read.

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