Tony Daniel says that novelist and cultural commentator Bret Easton Ellis’s new collection of essays, White tears into the proponents of “woke” culture for eroding free expression and encouraging victimhood. Despite some melodramatic overwriting and amusing naiveté regarding the excesses of the identity-politics-drunk mob, Ellis’s judgement is sound: freedom of expression is all-important to an artist or writer.
Read the review here.
Another good review for the Star Destroyers anthology edited by Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio here.
Says Booklist: “. . . spectacular space battles and alien contacts . . . themes of military ethics, the uses of artificial intelligence, and the limits of the capacity of the human mind. . . . it is the human interactions and decisions that ultimately drive the stories. . . . will appeal to fans of military and hard science fiction and any readers fascinated by the possibilities of space travel.”
Star Destroyers, an anthology edited by Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio, and featuring stories by Baen-related authors, got a good review in the February 5 Publishers Weekly.
“The anthology is a worthy addition to a long tradition of ship-based fiction,” says the review, “and its authors portray captains, arcane astrogators, and civilian child passengers with equal depth.”
Star Destroyers is organized around the idea that it is fun to read about big battleship or carrier-sized spaceships either in battle or in another interesting situation. Tony Daniel wrote the introduction to the volume, giving the perhaps hard-to-swallow idea a bit of panache by quoting from Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War.
The PW review can be found here.
Tony Daniel penned the foreword to this collection of the complete short stories of great fantasy and science fiction writer, Tim Powers. Daniel is a long-time admirer of Powers’ books and stories, and considers Powers to be an influence on his own work.
Daniel’s essay, “The Powers Effect,” can be read for free as part of a sample of the book found here.
More information on the book itself can be found here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Canadian comedy series Letterkenny at The Federalist here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Netflix film Bright at The Federalist here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Amazon Prime television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at The Federalist here.
Talking about The Dragon Hammer on the Baen Free Radio Hour podcast (perma-link here). It’s a good, in-depth interview of about 45 minutes conducted by David Afsharirad. I discuss the book, the myth, magic, and alternate history of its setting. We also talk about my main character Wulf and his friends as they discover courage, perspective, and heroism within themselves while coming of age in a fight for the freedom of Shenandoah. Give it a listen; I think you’ll like it!
Wulf’s Saga begins with The Dragon Hammer. Out today at booksellers everywhere!
Got the cover flats, the cover without the book inside, sent out beforehand. Really cool detailing of the dragon scales in the background. Makes the beautiful Daniel Dos Santos cover come alive. Even a little scary!