War Stories: Out in Stores!

At long last, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is officially out in bookstores today! Co-edited by Jaym Gates and myself, the anthology takes a new look at warfare in science fiction, with the central focus of how the people who wage it and are caught up in it are impacted by the fighting.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

War is everywhere. Not only among the firefights, in the sweat dripping from heavy armor and the clenching grip on your weapon, but also wedging itself deep into families, infiltrating our love letters, hovering in the air above our heads. It’s in our dreams and our text messages. At times it roars with adrenaline, while at others it slips in silently so it can sit beside you until you forget it’s there.

Join Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Karin Lowachee, Ken Liu, Jay Posey, and more as they take you on a tour of the battlefields, from those hurtling through space in spaceships and winding along trails deep in the jungle with bullets whizzing overhead, to the ones hiding behind calm smiles, waiting patiently to reveal itself in those quiet moments when we feel safest. War Stories brings us 23 stories of the impacts of war, showcasing the systems, combat, armor, and aftermath without condemnation or glorification.

Instead, War Stories reveals the truth.

War is what we are.


The anthology contains 23 stories (21 original, 2 reprints), from some of the finest SF authors writing today. Needless to say, I’m very, very proud of this book, and after 2+ years of work, which included planning, soliciting, a kickstarter campaign, editing, and more, it’s finally here for the general public to read.

Interested? Here’s what you can do to help:

Not convinced yet? Here’s what some of the reviewers have said about the book:

“An essential set of stories for readers interested in military science fiction” – Paul Weimer, SF Signal

“Last came the ‘Aftermath.’ It was this group that hit hard and tried it’s best to give everyone a good, thorough mindfuck.” – Nathan, Fantasy Review Barn.

“Put all this together and you have a superior anthology with one or two genuinely outstanding stories. ” – David Marshall, Thinking About Books

“Having read it I think I’ll need to go look up some more of those authors and add them to my reading list. Not one of the stories in the collection seemed like it didn’t belong there, and all of them had something novel and engaging about them.” – James Kemp, Themself.

“War Stories is a collection of military science fiction that at once salutes any and all who have ever worn a uniform in service to a nation, just as the stories collected here call into question what society demands of its warriors and how, in making those demands, society sometimes fails to consider the deeper question: Why am I asking this person to go if I am not willing to go myself?” – Aaron Sikes, Goodreads.

War Stories is pretty hefty military SF anthology that boasts a wonderfully diverse group of authors, including veterans and active duty military personnel. The twenty-three stories in this timely collection tackle contemporary issues (drones and robotization of war; privacy rights; colonialism; PTSD) with an eye to the future. The result is a rather imaginative glimpse into the future of warfare, and the impact these changes (and sometimes, lack thereof) have on all those involved: soldiers, civilians, robots, clones, and, yes, even aliens.” – Kelly, Goodreads.

Finally, if you’re in Vermont this Saturday, join myself, F. Brett Cox and James Cambias at Phoenix Books in Burlington, where we’ll read some selections from the book, answer questions and sign copies. Details are here.

Huge thanks are due to our 357 backers, my co-editor Jaym, Galen Dara for her fantastic artwork and our fantastic authors for their incredible stories.


War Stories Table of Contents



We’re pleased to announce the final table of contents for War Stories! The anthology is now in the hands of our publisher, Apex Books, who’re currently getting the book ready for printing.

Here’s the contents:

  • Foreward, Gregory Drobny
  • Graves, Joe Haldeman

Part 1: Systems

  • In The Loop, Ken Liu
  • Ghost Girl, Rich Larson
  • The Radio, Susan Jane Bigelow
  • Contractual Obligation, James Cambias
  • The Wasp Keepers, Mark Jacobsen
  • Non­Standard Deviation, Richard Dansky

Part 2: Combat

  • All You Need, Mike Sizemore
  • Valkyrie, Maurice Broaddus
  • One Million Lira, Thoraiya Dyer
  • Invincible, Jay Posey
  • Light and Shadow, Linda Nagata

Part 3: Armored

  • Warhosts, Yoon Ha Lee
  • Suits, James Sutter
  • Mission. Suit. Self., Jake Kerr
  • In Loco, Carlos Orsi

Part 4: Aftermath

  • War Dog, Mike Barretta
  • Coming Home, Janine Spendlove
  • Where We Would End a War, F. Brett Cox
  • Black Butterfly, T.C McCarthy
  • Always the Stars and the Void Between, Nerine Dorman
  • Enemy States, Karin Lowachee
  • War 3.01, Keith Brooke

Updates on Submissions

I just wanted to update folks who are still waiting to hear back from us: we still have your stories, and if you haven’t heard from us yet, yours is still under consideration. We have a bunch that we’re still going through (you didn’t make it easy for us!), and it’s turning out to be a little slower than we predicted. At the same time, we’re working on getting edits out to authors whom we have accepted.

So, stand by, we should be clear of everything by the end of the year.



Good morning! We’re standing at 104% funded. Thank you to ALL of our backers who got us to this point. If you were holding back at all due to the uncertain nature of Kickstarters, rest assured that you will now get a copy of War Stories!

We’re hoping to hit a couple of goals in the next 30 hours: we’d like to hit $13,000 as an overall goal. This will allow us to expand the book’s table of contents to include some of the incredible stories that we’ve been getting. It’s not over just yet, but help us make this book even better! Pledge, tell your friends and join up!


Final Days

The War Stories campaign is coming to a close, and we’re coming very, very close to hitting our goal a little early. As it stand right now, we’re at 93% funded, with another $640 needed to hit our goal of $10,000.

We’ve had a lot of people retweeting, facebooking, and otherwise boosting the signal, and to everyone who’s done that, we’re very appreciative!

We do have a couple of stretch goals that we would love to hit. At $12,000, we’ll add in some additional interior art, breaking the stories up into sections, with some art that corresponds to each section. At $13,000, we’ll be able to add on an additional 20,000 words of fiction, 20% of the book. We’ve gotten in an incredible number of stories, and there’s just no way that we can take them all, and this is one way in which we’ll be able to make the book even better.

So, if you haven’t already, pledge, and help make this happen!