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September 29, 2016
Down Styphon! has arrived from the printers! I'll be mailing out pre-order copies for the next week. The book is another beautiful volume with library binding and a wonderful Alan Gutierrez cover. It is now available for purchase in the Shop. There are no plans at the present time for any e-book editions.
Nos-Hostigos is at peace for the first time since Kalvan landed on the Aryan-Transpacific, Styphon's House Subsector's time-line. Local threats in the Middle Kingdoms have been neutralized and Styphon's House is busy trying to regain their former strength in the Five Great Kingdoms. Some of the new Great Kings have no love for Styphon's House and its quest for power over the great kings. However, the Fireseed Temple's resources are huge, including large mercantile houses, tobacco and grain monopolies, along with the Great Banking houses. Great Queen Rylla decides that the time has come to return to Old Hostigos and restore Hostigi hegemony. Kalvan is not happy with this turn of events, but Rylla is a force of nature and asserts her will.
Now it's up to Great King Kalvan to find a way to make their return to the Princedom of Hostigos a permanent one. His first task will be to defeat and subdue the Zarthani Knights' great fortress at Tarr-Ceros. If he's successful there, Kalvan will then have to beard Styphon's archpriests in the Holy City of Balph, the very heart of their power and influence.
Down Styphon! is the eighth and last book in the Kalvan Saga begun by the late H. Beam Piper in 1964 with Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen. It's been a labor of love and a work-in-progress of mine since 1984! Well aware that other beloved series, such as Game of Thrones, may never be finished by their creators, I became determined to see that the Kalvan versus Styphon's House story arc was brought to a rousing conclusion.
John F. Carr
June 16, 2016
This has been a busy year. I have two new novels coming out and two new anthologies.
First off, Pequod will be releasing a new Fuzzy novel by me and Wolfgang Diehr, The Fuzzy Conundrum. It is our attempt to explain one of the great mysteries of Piper's Terro-Human Future History: Why are the Fuzzies are all but forgotten in Piper's later post-Federation and First Empire stories?
The hardcover and the e-book editions of The Fuzzy Conundrum are now available in the Store. This Fuzzy novel is the direct sequel to Fuzzy Ergo Sum and Caveat Fuzzy.
Next up will be Down Styphon!, the final novel in the Kalvan versus Styphon's House story-arc. This novel is the culmination of Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and Great Kings' War, some 30 years in the making, following the rough outline written in 1984. Down Styphon! is currently at the typesetters and will be released in late August.
In the fall Pequod will be releasing the next War World anthology, The Patriotic Wars. This volume will chronicle the beginning of the end of the CoDominium's rule of Earth and her colonies.
Following The Patriotic Wars will be a new Federation anthology, The Rise of the Terran Federation. This will include several Piper stories as well as a number of new Federation stories and essays on Piper's crowning creation.
John F. Carr