Tony Daniel Takes an economic look at the excesses of social media in the marketplace of ideas at The Federalist. He claims that doing hard work and always trying to produce marketable creative expression is a far better way to leverage your friendships than constantly using social media. The article is here.
Tony Daniel reviews CNN host Jake Tapper’s new novel, ‘The Hellfire Club,’ and finds it a regrettable Washington thriller full of cardboard characters, absurd plotting, and relentless historical exposition. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel says Dave Eggers’s new nonfiction offering The Monk of Mokha delivers an entertaining tale weakened by identity politics and economic nonsense. It’s a mostly compelling book about immigrants and American entrepreneurship that gets sidetracked by a pointless desire to affirm liberal politics. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel joins a roundtable discussion led by Baen Consulting Editor David Afsharirad on Star Destroyers, a new science fiction short story anthology edited by Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio.
The talk also features authors Robert Buettner, Joelle Presby, J.R. Dunn, Susan R. Matthews, Christopher Ruocchio, and Brendan DuBois. The authors and editors talk about the stories and the simple and fun idea that powers the anthology: big ships blowing things up. The variations on the theme these writers have produced are very entertaining, and the authors give some insight into their stories.
Find the podcast on iTunes and elsewhere, or listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour podcast featuring this discussion here.
And check out the entire trove of previous podcast episodes here.
Tony Daniel is also the host of the Baen Free Radio Hour. This episode also marks the fifth anniversary of the weekly podcast, which Tony, in his capacity as senior editor at Baen Books, has been putting together since March 2013.
“Lovers,” by Tony Daniel, which originally appeared in the anthology Forged in Blood, edited by Michael Z. Williamson, and set in his Freehold universe, is collected again in The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 4, edited by David Afsharirad. The electronic advanced reading copy, a special ebook early edition (with typos included), is available for sale here. The print edition will be out in June 2018.
Tony Daniel reviews Bernard Cornwell’s latest historical novel, Fools and Mortals, at The Federalist. Tony says the books is a wry and tough-minded take on Shakespeare’s time, featuring Shakespeare’s younger brother, Richard, as the hero. Lots of historical theater stuff, but also some good sword fighting and heists. 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.”
Tony Daniel reviews the Clint-Eastwood-directed film ‘The 15:17 to Paris,” which is based on the true experiences of three American men who took on and overcame an Islamic terrorist on a French train in 2015. Eastwood took the unusual step of casting the men as themselves in the film. Tony says it mostly works. The review is here.
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.