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Conflict, conflict, conflict – yes, Total Conflict is out!

Out now: Total Conflict, edited by Ian Whates

Total ConflictEighteen stories of strife and mayhem from some of the biggest names in Science Fiction. Tales of humanity pushed to its limits, of striving, ingenuity, brilliance, desperate action, violence, and resolution. Eighteen tales of Conflict, of Science Fiction at its absolute best.

Available at a knockdown price:
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Contents:
1. Introduction – Ian Whates
2. The Wake – Dan Abnett
3. Psi.Copath – Andy Remic
4. Unaccounted – Lauren Beukes
5. The New Ships – Gareth L Powell
6. The Harvest – Kim Lakin-Smith
7. The War Artist – Tony Ballantyne
8. Proper Little Soldier – Martin McGrath
9. The Maker’s Mark – Michael Cobley
10. Brwydr Am Ryddid – Stephen Palmer
11. Occupation – Colin Harvey
12. Sussed – Keith Brooke
13. The Soul of the Machine – Eric Brown
14. Extraordinary Rendition – Steve Longworth
15. The Legend of Sharrock – Philip Palmer
16. The Cuisinart Effect – Neal Asher
17. The Ice Submarine – Adam Roberts
18. War Without End – Una McCormack
19. Welcome Home, Janissary – Tim C Taylor


War Stories Kickstarter: work by Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, TC McCarthy, Ken Liu and more

With contributions from Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, TC McCarthy, Ken Liu and more, this looks like a really interesting project. And yes, I have a story in there, too: “War 3.01”, a near-future piece exploring social media warfare.

Full details on the War Stories Kickstarter page.

War Stories (cover by Galen Dara)

War Stories cover by Galen Dara

Here’s what they have to say about it:

An anthology of Military SF, exploring how warfare might affect the soldiers and civilians of tomorrow.

War has been speculated about in science fiction literature from the earliest days of the genre. From George Tomkyns Chesney’s The Battle of Dorking and H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds & War In the Air to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers to Karin Traviss’sWess’har Wars series and Dan Abnett’s Embedded, science fiction literature has long had something to say about war. Now, it’s time to tell some new stories. War Stories is an anthology that looks to the modern state and the future of war through the words of some of the best short fiction authors writing today.

Our cover art is by the fantastic, Hugo Award winning artist Galen Dara, who’s worked for such places as Fireside Magazine, Lightspeed MagazineGeek Love and Apex’s own Glitter and Mayhem anthology. She’ll also be contributing some additional, interior artwork.

War Stories isn’t an anthology of bug hunts and unabashed jingoism. It’s a look at the people ordered into impossible situations, asked to do the unthinkable, and those unable to escape from hell. It’s stories of courage under fire, and about the difficulties in making decisions that we normally would never make. It’s about what happens when the shooting stops, and before any trigger is ever pulled.

We’ve grown up reading stories from authors such as Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, Orson Scott Card, Timothy Zahn, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold and others that have laid the foundations for ‘military science fiction’ as a distinct genre.

We want to tell some different stories. Science Fiction, and military science fiction in particular, is a good look at the world today, where military actions are certainly relevant. We aim to tell some new stories that look at the future of warfare, and the people, robots and aliens involved.

More: the War Stories Kickstarter page.


War Stories: a new anthology from Andrew Liptak and Jaym Gates

War stories… I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with them. My kind of SF is the polar opposite of all those gung ho militaristic right-wing wet dreams that are pretty much a sub-genre in their own right. I’d hate to write anything that might be seen as glamorising combat.

And yet… I loved war stories as a kid, whether they were the adventures of Biggles or the Combat! TV series and all kinds of war movies. And looking back on my writing career, I can see that a fair proportion of my output has explored various aspects of war, from my angry young man first novel Keepers of the Peace to my post-war fantasy Lord of Stone and my recent Nick Gifford ebook, “The Ragged People”.

Fiction is all about conflict, after all, whether it’s the tensions of a love triangle, a murder thriller or a courtroom drama: it’s the conflict that makes things happen, that creates story; and conflict doesn’t come much more dramatic than warfare.

Just announced is an anthology of war stories, edited by Andrew Liptak and Jaym Gates. Not stories that glamorise or sensationalise, but fiction that explore “the cultural, social, political and psychological repercussions of modern war”. The editors have already had strong interest from some great authors, including  TC McCarthy, Karin Lowachee, F Brett Cox, Laura Anne Gilman, Will McIntosh, Joe Haldeman and yours truly (they’ll be including my story “War 3.01”). They’ll also be running an open submission period later this year. It looks like being a really interesting – and no doubt entertaining – book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

War Stories will launch on Kickstarter in early September, with a variety of perks for backers, ranging from an ebook / physical copies of the anthology, to prints of the cover and other exciting things to come!

To follow the progress of the anthology’s planning, and to get sneak peeks, excerpts and news from around the military science fiction world, you can visit the project’s website, follow the project on Twitter (@warstoriesantho), or like the anthology on Facebook.


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