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Monday, July 02, 2018

SUPERLUMINARY: The World Armada

Castalia House is extremely pleased to announce that SUPERLUMINARY: THE WORLD ARMADA by John C. Wright is now available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Although the Lords of Creation survived the awesome onslaught of the world-killing space vampires, there is nowhere in the lifeless galaxy that they can hope to hide their planets and people forever. How can they hope to destroy what is already dead?

The vampiric necroforms are a massive empire of anti-life, terrible beyond all imagining, ruling a vast network of dead stars and planets they have drained of all life. Aeneas, the Emperor of Man, realizes that if the human race is going to survive, he is going to have to find a way to re-seed the entire galaxy with life while burning down the interstellar undead empire with the precious light it cannot bear. And not only does Aeneas have to do the impossible, he is going to have to do it while keeping a wary eye out for the ruthless betrayer at his back.


SUPERLUMINARY is the latest and most brilliant creation of science fiction grandmaster John C. Wright, the Dragon-award winning author of THE UNWITHERING REALM, THE GOLDEN AGE, MOTH & COBWEB, and AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND. THE WORLD ARMADA is the third and final book in the trilogy.

Rather like Awake in the Night Land, you cannot appreciate the full brilliance of Superluminary until you have read the whole thing and see how John C. Wright manages to pull the whole thing together on multiple levels. In my opinion, with Superluminary, John C. Wright firmly establishes himself as the greatest science fiction writer of his generation and one of the all-time greats. It's the combination of brilliance, originality, and consistency that serves to elevate him beyond the likes of Neal Stephenson and China Mieville, both of whom are indubitably great SF writers, but unlike Mr. Wright, they simply do not manage to scale the literary heights again and again with such magnificent reliability.

I initially thought Superluminary was over-the-top fun, John C. Wright amusing himself by seeing if he could go the notorious Worldkiller one better. Then, when I reached the part about why faster-than-light travel is a very bad idea and why there has been such a mysterious lack of alien contact with the solar system, I realized that it was something deeper and darker than that. But not until finishing THE WORLD ARMADA did I grasp just how uniquely astounding is the work as a whole. And it is not a coincidence that every single one of the 41 reviews for the first two books in the series rate them both 5 stars.

From the earlier reviews:
  • Grand design space opera turned up to 11! For everyone who liked The Golden Age but thought it might have been just a bit too talky, this has the same over the top world building but starts off with the main character's assassination...and then things start to get really wild.
  • What an amazing mind to think up this story (with all its intricate and entangled details) and then make it understandable!
  • Seriously, WAR DYSONS? I didn't think he could do it. I didn't think Mr Wright could take the already delightfully extravagant story begun in The Lords of Creation and make it bigger and wilder.... Oh ye of little faith, how wrong I was.
  • Spectacular classic space opera. If you know your classical SciFi and loved the family politics of Nine Princes in Amber, the weird super science of The World of Null-A, the immense galactic war of the Lensmen series, then you need to buy and read this book right away. 
  • His best work since Awake in the Night Land.

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22 Comments:

Blogger Avalanche July 02, 2018 6:15 AM  

Frustrating. I want to buy at Castalia -- but it's not there. Several ebooks I've wanted to buy to support Castalia over the past year are not there.

Am I doing something wrong or looking in the wrong place? Tried both "Bookstore": 'books' and 'print books' and "Bookstore Print editions": 'fantasy' and 'science fiction' pages -- not listed?

Not happy about back to Amazon -- NEED this book to finish the series ASAP... Any ideas?

Blogger VD July 02, 2018 6:18 AM  

We don't do ebooks outside of Amazon anymore. We sell FAR more through Kindle Select than everywhere else combined. Our primary alternative, Macmillan's Pronoun, shut down in December. I would encourage you to buy ebooks from Amazon and print editions from Castalia Direct.

Blogger Evagrius July 02, 2018 7:03 AM  

Borrowed.

Where can I find that list of SF and Fantasy that includes all the greats Tolkein, Howard, Smith, Lovecraft and SF giants etc that swing against SJW garbage of recent times. I saw the list once and can't remember what it is called. "X list" or something? Any help appreciated.

Blogger Mr. Deficient July 02, 2018 7:30 AM  

This level of praise is maybe the best pitch for SF I have ever read. Definitely will check out the trilogy soon.

Blogger wreckage July 02, 2018 7:39 AM  

The story is absolutely incredible in terms of scale, but what makes it more amazing is that Wright actually HANDLES the scale. But it's also got action, drama, intrigue and philosophy all bouncing around the galaxy madly.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( "an entirely disconnected spew of word vomit" ) July 02, 2018 8:14 AM  

3. Evagrius July 02, 2018 7:03 AM
Where can I find that list of SF and Fantasy that includes all the greats Tolkein, Howard, Smith, Lovecraft and SF giants etc that swing against SJW garbage of recent times. I saw the list once and can't remember what it is called. "X list" or something?


Jeffro has published many, MANY articles on Appendix N:

http://www.castaliahouse.com/gardner-dozoiss-appendix-n-testimony/

that's more applicable to Fantasy, but it's an excellent start.

for Science Fiction, you can pick up pretty much any Van Vogt, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein or Frank Herbert and get a good running start.

Blogger Mr. Deficient July 02, 2018 8:28 AM  

@6 Asimov with Heinlein and Herbert and no Philip K Dick :P.

Blogger pdwalker July 02, 2018 8:31 AM  

Purchased, of course.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( "an entirely disconnected spew of word vomit" ) July 02, 2018 8:32 AM  

you're living down to your name.

Blogger pdwalker July 02, 2018 8:34 AM  

The story is absolutely incredible in terms of scale, but what makes it more amazing is that Wright actually HANDLES the scale

@5 If you like scale, go read his “count to infinity” series.

Blogger Brick Hardslab July 02, 2018 9:24 AM  

I was just looking for a new book last night. I love this series.

Blogger Evagrius July 02, 2018 9:43 AM  

Many thanks re: Appendix N.

Realize I have read at least 50% of what is on the list. Especially Burroughs. Carter, Howard, Merrit, Gardner Fox, Brackett.

Just wanted to remind myself what it is like to read/reread good wholesome stuff.

SF wise. Van Vogt still moves me, even though it often seems to drift into dream-like strangeness.

Blogger Kettle July 02, 2018 10:40 AM  

tremendous series LOVE IT!

Blogger Hylean July 02, 2018 10:52 AM  

I'm a big fan of physical copies, any chance of physical collections like Green Knights Squire in the future? That was pretty quality, not quality like Awake in the Nightland,but quality

Blogger VD July 02, 2018 10:55 AM  

I'm a big fan of physical copies, any chance of physical collections like Green Knights Squire in the future?

There will be a paperback omnibus.

Blogger Starboard July 02, 2018 11:05 AM  

Wreckage and Pdwalker, agreed.

JCW is amazing at scale. I've gotten dizzy reading some of it, like standing on the observation deck of a tall builing or at the edge of a canyon.

Blogger SouthRon July 02, 2018 11:07 AM  

Amazon needs a fixup. It still shows Superluminary as a two book series.

Blogger Expendable Faceless Minion July 02, 2018 12:26 PM  

Herbert's "The White Plague" is terrifying, in today's world of CRISPR machines on e-Bay.

Blogger VD July 02, 2018 12:30 PM  

Amazon needs a fixup. It still shows Superluminary as a two book series.

It always takes a few days for Amazon's metadata to catch up. Notice that it still doesn't show that QM#2 is available in print yet.

Blogger Jonathon Davies July 02, 2018 1:16 PM  

Just bought it. Really enjoyed the first two. Looking forward to this one.

Blogger Hammerli280 July 02, 2018 1:17 PM  

I read this when JCW serialized it, and am buying the copies. It reads a lot better as a book, you can keep track of things better.

Space Opera is a hard genre. The operatic elements demand epic battles between arch-heroes and arch-villains for massive stakes. But the dramatic elements demand that those battles be personal - Heroic Single Combat, as opposed to conflicts between mass armies and fleets. It's hard to keep the action personal and the stakes epic at the same time.

But with this one, Wright has triumphed. He's getting into Doc Smith territory with it...and I have no higher praise to give.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright July 03, 2018 10:59 AM  

Thank you!

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