Riding the Red Horse

Riding The Red Horse is a military fiction anthology published on 15 Dec 2014 by Castalia House. It is edited by Tom Kratman. I will have a short story in it, the story of the first Armadillo mission, titled “Shakedown cruise.” There are some big names in it, and I am honored to be among them. Vox posted about it here.


Authors writing for it include:

  • Eric S. Raymond: “Sucker Punch” and “Battlefield Lasers”
  • William S. Lind: “Understanding 4th Generation Warfare”
  • Chris Kennedy: “Thieves in the Night”
  • Vox Day: “A Reliable Source”
  • James F. Dunnigan: “Murphy’s Law” and “Red Waves in the South China Sea”
  • Jerry Pournelle: “His Truth Goes Marching On” and “Simulating the Art of War”
  • Ken Burnside: “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF”
  • Christopher G. Nuttall: “A Piece of Cake”
  • Rolf Nelson: “Shakedown Cruise”
  • Steve Rzasa and Vox Day: “Tell it to the Dead”
  • Harry Kitchener: “The Limits of Intelligence”
  • Giuseppe Filotto: “Red Space”
  • John F. Carr and Wolfgang Diehr: “Galzar’s Hall”
  • Thomas Mays: “Within This Horizon”
  • Benjamin Chea: “War Crimes”
  • James Perry: “Make the Tigers Fight”
  • Brad Torgersen: “The General’s Guard”
  • Tedd Roberts: “They Also Serve”
  • Tom Kratman: “Learning to Ride the Red Horse: The Principles of War”
  • Steve Rzasa: Turncoat

Wow. As I’ve said before… how the heck did I wind up in the same room with these guys?

Vox ran a short poll on who’s story was expected to be best/favorite  when looked back on from some point in the future. In a bizarre outcome, I managed to come in 4th of 12 spots (only polled on the fiction writers). I’ve written one story, and I’m going against some big names, or at least names with a lot more history than mine, so I’m not sure what all it means, but I’m flattered, and I really hope I live up to expectations. Heck, I’d be thrilled to be welcome, let alone considered in the top half of that group, a year or two from now!

One of the writers, Tom Mays, has read them all and said that he thought that mine and Steve  Rzasa’s were the best.

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