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11:06 am:
So It Begins Contributors Some of the Biggest Names in Military Science Fiction
HOWELL, NJ  Local publisher Neal Levin and editor Mike McPhail have joined forces to produce the anthology So It Begins. This book has a lot to live up to.  As the second in the Defending the Future anthology series, it followsBreach the Hull which was the winner of the 2007 Dream Realm Award for Best Anthology and a finalist for the 2007 Dream Realm Award for Cover Art. So It Begins will release in Spring 2009, though the official launch of the book will take place in st1:place w:st="on">Hunt Valley, Maryland on May 24th as a part of the programming of Balticon, one of the longest running science fiction convention on the East Coast.

"[Breach the Hull] kicks down the doors in a way that allows anyone access to the genre[...]it read like a bunch of soldiers sitting around swapping stories of the wars," says Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author.
Those who read science fiction, military and otherwise, will recognize such names as Jack Campbell (“The Lost Fleet series”), David Sherman (“Demon Tech”, “Jedi Trial”, “Star Fist”), John C. Wright (“Chronicles of Chaos”), Bud Sparhawk (3 time Nebula Finalist), Charles E. Gannon, and Andy Remic (“Combat K”). Added to their ranks are some very promising newcomers to the genre: Jonathan Maberry (“The Deep Pines Trilogy”), CJ Henderson (“Teddy London”,”Jack Hagee”), Jeffrey Lyman, James Chambers, Mike McPhail, Tony Ruggiero (“Team of Darkness”, Patrick Thomas (“Murphy’s Lore”), James Daniel Ross, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail (“The Eternal Cycle”).20With such an array of talent participating, So It Begins is more than ready and able to carry on as the first book began.

"So It Begins has been over a year in the making,” says Mike McPhail. “We faced both old and new challenges in order to bring these original works of some of the leading (and up and coming) military science fiction authors to press. I'm honored that they have once again put their faith in us."
Dark Quest has plans to re-release Breach the Hull sometime in late 2009 or early 2010. A third book, By Other Means, is tentatively planned to follow in the series.


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Date:January 29th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Good news for you all!

If they need another military SF contributor, you've got our number.
; )

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Date:January 29th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that they are looking for stuff for another volume! On the other hand, it doesn't pay anything. (It offers royalties, but they come out like $12.00.)

Still, I'll let you guys know as soon as I hear if book three gets the go-ahead.
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