War. What is it good for?

War. What is it good for? No, seriously, what? If you, like I, responded “absolutely nothing”, then it is likely that you will react to the existence of Baen books with kindly bemusement. Baen is the world’s leading publisher of military science fiction, with a stable of authors who regularly top the New York Times bestseller lists. Many of their books are likely to be on prominent display at Illustrious, the British Science Fiction Association’s Eastercon convention, which this year has adopted military SF as its official theme in recognition of guest of honour David Weber, author of the bestselling Honor Harrington military SF series.

Read more in The Guardian.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

2 thoughts on “War. What is it good for?

  1. I haven’t visited your blog in a while, so I’ve been scrolling back a bit and…War? OMG. Just heard that Edwin Starr Motown classic this morning. Possible reasons the military appeals to SF authors may be the anchor of discipline and predictability in the midst of the otherwise surreal. Relatable power, perhaps. Oddly, while the military culture is the backbone of my Ammanon fantasy series, it’s totally absent in my SF. Go figure.



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