While the genre of Military SF has been firmly entrenched in the publishing industry and is one of the more popular sub-genre in the industry. Often overlooked is the rich tales of military campaigns and the struggles of individuals soldiers that make up some of the best Fantasy stories. These tales include seminal Fantasy like Glen Cook’s “Black Comany Series,” Elizabeth Moon’s tales of Paksenarrion, and Gene Wolfe’s tales of Latro that began with Soldier of the Mist. Editors Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jennifer Brozek have collected 17 stories from this tradition in the upcoming anthology Black Comany Series. The anthology is being published by Baen Books and will be available on November 4, 2014.
Shawna and I were lucky enough to have Bryan and Jennifer on our podcast this week to discuss the anthology and many other subjects. You can listen to the episode at the Geekerati Radio website or through the player below.
Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic.
Grab yours and get ready, for the enemy is on the move.
High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections and save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…but also epic battles.
Imagine a doctor struggling to identify the spy who has infiltrated his company’s ranks and poisoned his colleagues or a boy suspected of murder by a king yet protected by a princess as he helps her father against his own people. Imagine a butcher discovering that he’s called to lead an uprising, or a First Born knowing that she must betray her own in order to save humanity.
The possibilities are endless, but at the heart they have this in common: soldiers–ordinary and otherwise-struggling against extraordinary odds to survive the day. They must withstand dark magic, dodge enemy blades, and defy the odds to survive SHATTERED SHIELDS.”
Table of Contents
- “Ashes and Starlight” by David Farland — A Runelords Tale
- “The Fixed Stars” by Seanan McGuire — An October Daye Tale
- “The Keeper of Names” by Larry Correia
- “The Smaller We Are” by John Helfers
- “Invictus” by Annie Bellett
- “Rising Above” by Sarah A. Hoyt
- “A Cup of Wisdom” by Joseph Zieja
- “Words of Power” by Wendy N. Wagner
- “Lightweaver in Shadow” by Gray Rinehart
- “Hoofsore and Weary” by Cat Rambo
- “Vengeance” by Robin Wayne Bailey — A Frost Tale
- “Deadfall” by Nancy Fulda
- “Yael of the Strings” by John R. Fultz
- “The Gleaners” by Dave Gross
- “Bonded Men” by James L. Sutter
- “Bone Candy” by Glen Cook — A Black Company Tale
- “First Blood” by Elizabeth Moon — A Paksenarrion Tale
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction and fantasy novels and anthologies. His debut novel, THE WORKER PRINCE, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases of 2011, and was followed by two sequels. As editor, his anthologies include SHATTERED SHIELDS (Baen, 2014), BEYOND THE SUN (Fairwood, 2013), RAYGUN CHRONICLES (Every Day, 2013) and SPACE BATTLES (Flying Pen, 2012) with four more forthcoming from BAEN and EDGE in 2015 and 2016. He hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every first Wednesday at 9 pm ET on Twitter under the hashtag #sffwrtcht and is a frequent guest and panelist at World Cons and other conventions. His website is www.bryanthomasschmidt.net and his twitter handle @BryanThomasS.
Jennifer Brozek is an award-winning editor, game designer, and author.
Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fifteen anthologies with more on the way. Author of In a Gilded Light, The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, Industry Talk, and the Karen Wilson Chronicles, she has more than sixty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Jennifer also is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie awards, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is also the author of the YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.