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- Publisher: Castalia House; 2 edition (April 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2015
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There Will Be War Volume II Kindle Edition
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My favorite story in Volume 2, is Allamagoosa by Eric Frank Russel. Anyone who has been in an environment, school, work, etc. will have a touch of deja vu. Superiority is another classic by Arthur C. Clarke, that has relevance to any one dealing with technology, be it in the home, at work, or in the Military. Cincinnatus is another favorite of mine, and the story is based on the Roman Leader of that name, updated to a future on another planet. Final Muster was a bit disturbing.
If you like Mil Sci Fi, buy it. It's a great collection of short stories that are a great value for the money. And if you old copy is falling apart from 30+ years ago, buy it. It's a no brainer.
The military Sci-Fi is exciting and thought provoking. The stories are woven with both irony and humor by masters of the craft like Arthur C. Clarke, David Drake and, of course, Jerry Pournelle. Many of Sci-Fi’s most classic memes are here: dilemmas/solutions to slower-than-light space travel (“Time Lag”, Anderson), Man’s debatable ability to understand the truly alien (“Manual of Operations”, Pournelle), the questionable wisdom of advancing military weaponry and the scientific community’s responsibility for its invention (“The Weapon”, Brown), and more.
Other selections illustrate lessons of war: governments will always find justification for war (“Time Lag”, Anderson), the high price of peace (“And Baby Makes Three”, Doan), wars are won and lost with propaganda (“The ‘Caster”, Vinicoff), the danger of putting all your military eggs in one basket (“Superiority”, Clarke), and the difficulties of reclaiming civilization from the ashes (“In the Name of the Father”, Hughes).
In addition to well written Sci-Fi, Pournelle lends perspective by including essays by leading experts in political science and military theory regarding military strategy, the arms/technology race, and the changing attitudes of, and about, the U.S. military. A truly frightening picture of the real state of global affairs comes into focus.
As the title so aptly declares, given the nature of man, and current social and political attitudes, war is inevitable. This was true in 1984 and it is still true today. The question this anthology raises is: is the American military being stripped of its ability to protect us, just when we need it most?
This book will fire your imagination, tickle your funny bone and engage your mind. Read it!
The premise of the entire series, a mix of science fiction stories and essays about warfare in the past and future, is that man will always use violence to solve problems. No matter how you feel about that premise, it's hard to argue that it's wrong.
This volume has the usual mix of fiction and essays. I'm giving it four stars rather than the five I give the first volume only because some of the fiction isn't up to the standards of Volume I. On the other hand, the excerpt from T. R. Fehrenbach's "This Kind of War" is worth the price of the entire volume. Even if you've read the entire book, this excerpt is worth reading again and again.
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A lot of words but not much substance.
I kept waiting to get somewhere, it never happened.
Rosenberg has never disappointed before.