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There Will Be War – Volume I

Created by the bestselling SF novelist Jerry Pournelle, THERE WILL BE WAR is a landmark science fiction anthology series that combines top-notch military science fiction with factual essays by various generals and military experts on everything from High Frontier and the Strategic Defense Initiative to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It features some of the greatest military science fiction ever published, such Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” in Volume I and Joel Rosenberg’s “Cincinnatus” in Volume II. Many science fiction greats were featured in the original nine-volume series, which ran from 1982 to 1990, including Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Gordon Dickson, Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and Ben Bova.

33 years later, Castalia House has teamed up with Dr. Pournelle to make this classic science fiction series available to the public again. THERE WILL BE WAR is a treasure trove of science fiction and history that will educate and amaze new readers while reminding old ones how much the world has changed over the last three decades. Most of the stories, like war itself, remain entirely relevant today.


There Will Be War – Volume II

THERE WILL BE WAR is a landmark science fiction anthology series that combines top-notch military science fiction with factual essays by various generals and military experts on everything from High Frontier and the Strategic Defense Initiative to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It featured some of the greatest military science fiction ever published, such Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” in Volume I and Joel Rosenberg’s “Cincinnatus” in Volume II. Many science fiction greats were featured in the original nine-volume series, which ran from 1982 to 1990, including Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Gordon Dickson, Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and Ben Bova.

33 years later, Castalia House has teamed with Dr. Jerry Pournelle to make this classic science fiction series available to the public again. THERE WILL BE WAR is a treasure trove of science fiction and history that will educate and amaze new readers while reminding old ones how much the world has changed over the last three decades. Most of the stories, like war itself, remain entirely relevant today.

THERE WILL BE WAR Volume II is edited by Jerry Pournelle and features 19 stories, articles, and poems. Of particular note are “Superiority” by Arthur C. Clarke, “In the Name of the Father” by Edward P. Hughes, “‘Caster” by Eric Vinicoff, “Cincinnatus” by Joel Rosenberg, “On the Shadow of a Phosphor Screen” by William Wu, and “Proud Legions”, an essay on the Korean War by T.R. Fehrenbach.


Sixth Grade Reader

The 1914 California Sixth Grade Reader with classical stories and poems that every high school student studied in that era. The same stories were read in most states, and the American culture of that era was profoundly affected by these stories. They remain relevant to those who care about civilization and are part of our cultural heritage. They’re also good stories. The poems were once as popular as any TV series, and learning to read and enjoy great poetry, while hardly taught in schools now, was once another great part of our cultural heritage. The small amount of work invested in learning to enjoy poetry will last the rest of your life.


A Step Farther Out

Essays on Technology, Civilization, and saving the world by Galaxy Science Fiction Science Editor Jerry Pournelle, PhD. Preface by Larry Niven, and Foreword by A. E. Van Vogt. From the Niven Preface: “Jerry Pournelle is our to make the whole world rich… He\’s been building the future since I was in grade school, and he\’s still at it.” Essays include “Survival With Style” and “That Buck Rogers Stuff,” as well as excerpts from The Strategy of Technology.
From the Preface to the 2011 Edition: “We live in an age of marvels. Despite that, we feel a sense of impending doom…. That\’s still true… We could still go to space. We could still mine the asteroids. We could still take part in developing mankind’s vast future. Indeed, it is easier to do now than it would have been when I wrote these essays. The unrelenting enmity of the Soviet Union has been replaced by other threats, some of them severe, but none comparable to 26,000 nuclear warheads. We have computers and the Internet. There is free exchange of ideas throughout most of the world, and the information revolution relentlessly expands that area. We still face the threat of famine, but it is not as acute as it was in the times when these essays were written. Communications, transportation, electronics, rocket technology – it’s all better now. We can still go to the planets. We still live in an age of marvels, and it’s still true that the only limit to growth is nerve.


Starswarm

Living with his Uncle Mike at Starswarm Station on a planet called Paradise, Kip’s best friend is Gwen who answers questions and seems to know everything. But Gwen is an implant in Kip’s head, connected to an Artificial Intelligence at the planet’s central computer, and Kip learns some secrets that put not only his and his Uncle Mike’s lives in danger, but also threaten the existence of the aliens called centaurs and the starswarms, mysterious but highly intelligent organisms living in lakes and streams.


The Secret of Black Ship Island (The Avalon Series

The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon (see THE LEGACY OF HEOROT, called “Outstanding” by Tom Clancy) are now in their late teens and want independence from their parents and guardians. They especially don’t want parents around for an initiation ceremony, held on Black Ship Island, for the younger children just reaching their teens. But when previously unknown creatures make their deadly appearance, things go horribly wrong …
A novella set before the events that unfold in BEOWULF’S CHILDREN.


Fallen Angels

Science Fiction satire/adventure published in 1991 novel by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn. Near future/alternate future in which anti-technology forces control Earth, while a struggling colony survives in orbital space and on the Moon. Science fiction fans on Earth work to save downed astronauts. Contains new (2011) Afterwords by Niven, Pournelle, and Flynn. Original cover by Steve Hickman used with permission.


Birth of Fire

Birth of Fire is a science fiction adventure novel about the Martian War of Independence as the Mars Colonies attempt to break away from the Earth Federation Government. Garrett Pittston is a member of a Baltimore street gang when he is arrested and sentenced as an involuntary colonist. He must learn to live in the harsh conditions of Mars, and learn the customs of the Mars RimRat culture. He finds himself at the center of the Independence movement although he had never intended to join. Now he must prove himself to be a Marsman. Originally published in 1973, this ebook includes a new AfterWord by the author.


The Mote in God’s Eye

In the year 3016, the Second Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to the faster-than-light Alderson Drive. No other intelligent beings have ever been encountered, not until a light sail probe enters a human system carrying a dead alien. The probe is traced to the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud, and an expedition is dispatched.
In the Mote the humans find an ancient civilization–at least one million years old–that has always been bottled up in their cloistered solar system for lack of a star drive. The Moties are welcoming and kind, yet rather evasive about certain aspects of their society. It seems the Moties have a dark problem, one they’ve been unable to solve in over a million years.


The Legacy of Heorot

The colonists from Earth have spent a century in cold sleep to make the first journey, one way, to settle a planet in another solar system. Avalon seems perfect, a verdant, livable world still in its prehistoric age. The biologists and engineers who busy themselves planting and building scoff at the warnings of professional soldier Cadmann Weylanduntil a large, unnaturally fast and cunning predator begins stalking the colony. Learning how to kill the beast is only the first step, for they must then reevaluate their entire understanding of Avalon’s ecology.


Oath of Fealty

Todos Santos, a new city that towers a thousand feet above a troubled Los Angeles, is a thriving community in this near-future sci-fi thriller. But there are those who feel threatened by Todos Santos and seek to destroy it at any cost.


Red Heroin

When engineer and army vet Paul Crane agrees to accompany his police officer friend on a night cruise, he never expected a deadly shoot-out would lead to his being recruited in a CIA sting operation involving China and the heroin trade.


Beowulf’s Children

For two decades, the colonists of the planet Avalon hid from the carnivorous monsters of the main continent by securing themselves within their island fortress of Camelot. Now their children, the Star Born, have one goal: to conquer the mainland for themselves and for their colony’s future in the stars.


War World : Discovery

The moon Haven contains the harshest environments for life among the seventy habitable planets within the CoDominium sphere. After Haven’s discovery, this distant moon quickly becomes the center of a major lawsuit over its ownership. When the New Church of Universal Harmony buys the Charter, the big mining companies send their agents to find a way to muscle their way in. The Harmonies quickly find themselves on the defensive. Behind the lines, some of the biggest industrial magnates, the Bronson and DeSilva families, are pulling strings to secure rights to strip-mine Haven of its resources and mineral wealth. This battle only intensifies when shimmer stones, the most valuable gems in the known universe, are discovered on Haven.


Lucifer’s Hammer

In this bestselling novel, individuals bound together to survive and build a new society after earthquakes and huge tidal waves destroy civilization


Inferno

“Inferno is quite literally a cake walk through hell, with a science fiction writer as Dante and Benito Mussolini as Virgil. I kid you not, Pournelle and Niven have had the chutzpah to re-write Dante’s Inferno as if they were some unholy hybrid of Roger Zelazny, Robert Heinlein, and Phil Jose Farmer. You are right there in the nether-reaches of the ultimate Sam Peckinpah movie with all the matter-of-fact solidity of a Hal Clement novel. It gets to you, it really does. This being lunacy of a transcendent order.”–Norman Spinrad


Escape from Hell

Escape from Hell is a fantasy novel written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It is a sequel to Inferno, the 1976 Hugo Award- and Nebula Award-nominated book by the same authors. It was released on February 17, 2009. The novel continues the story of deceased science fiction writer Allen Carpenter (who spelled his name “Carpentier” on his novels) in his quest to help other damned souls in Hell. Like the first book, “Escape from Hell” extensively references Dante’s Inferno.


Burning Tower

Burning Tower is the daughter of Whandall Feathersnake, the hero in the authors’ previous book, ‘The Burning City’. This is her adventure in a world filled with other facinating, lively characters, even an emperor who knows the meaning of “have a heart”.


The Burning City

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have created a unique and believable world set in the universe of Niven’s The Magic Goes Away. The story begins nearly 14,000 years ago in Tep’s Town, located on the future site of Los Angeles. Tep’s Town is a city held captive by the slumbering god of fire, Yagen-Atep. Awakening only occasionally, he commands selected men to begin Burnings by giving them the ability to start fires coupled with consuming anger.


Red Dragon

Engineer and vietnam vet Paul Crane finds himself once again recruited by the CIA, this time to pretend he’ll negotiate the sale of classified information on nuclear weapons to Chinese infiltrators. The CIA doesn’t want the FBI to know of this domestic operation, which means Paul is practically on his own in this high-stakes and dangerous game. Sequel to RED HEROIN, which Robert A. Heinlein called “a hell of a good yarn… the most realistic counter-espionage story I’ve read in a long, long time.”


West of Honor

“Gold will not always get you good soldiers, but good soldiers can get you gold.” Niccolo Machiavelli

Recent Academy graduate Lieutenant Hal Slater is traveling first class to a cushy first assignment when he is suddenly preempted into a new detachment headed for a wild frontier world. Captain John Christian Falkenberg is forming a new unit from conscripts, guard house scrapings, and the remnants of decimated units, and has the authority to scoop up junior officers wherever he can find them. Hal is caught in that scoop. Falkenberg and three companies of CoDominium Line Marines are being sent to a frontier planet that had requested – and needed – a regiment. There will be no more reinforcements, and the whole structure of civilization is threatened.

Even the planetary commandant believes this assignment will be beyond the Marines’ capabilities, but the Line Marine tradition does not allow them to give up without trying. Falkenberg does the best he can against a force of bandits, pirates, and desperate refugees, and Hal Slater is thrust into command in his first battle. As the campaign continues Slater finds personal reasons to become deeply involved in a fight that will test the honor of the CoDominium Marines.


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