March 17

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Posted March 17, 2016 by Taylor Anderson in category "Uncategorized


  1. By Joe Thorsky on


    It is so comforting and at sametime disturbing to know that it will not be necessary to have to make use of SETI to locate, identify and find other
    uniquely endowed life forms that are also in possession of a similarly
    warped and somewhat frightening sense of humor –
    Aka- Name/Logo for/on Sandy Warheads in Star Carrier Series
    Peanuts Character Pigpen with “Eat My Dust” caption

    More Mp3 music for all you kindred spirits to enjoy
    The Big Bang- Rock Mafia
    Teaspoon Full of Gravel- Mike Ethan Messick
    Raisin’ Hell and Slingin’ Gravel- Dallas Moore
    God Save Rock & Roll- Kid Rock

    Another Note: One of my other biggest peeves and frustrations about
    the Space Opera Genre is how economics is treated and used—-
    “Arghhh!!!!” and “Bleeach!!!”

    For many the subject is treated merely as a necessary evil and an afterthought
    It is just assumed that payment for all goods and services can be rectified-
    satisfied by Universally Accepted “Credits” [Value -Purchasing Power
    Unknown-TBD Later]

    1. By Alexey Shiro on

      The main problem of Space Opera in therms of trade – it’s pretty much unclear, what exactly you could haul between stars to make a profit. The colonies, of course, would want a lot – but with what could they pay for metropolian-made goods? What could they trade back? Raw resources? They could be found much, much closer to the homeworld. Cheap workforce? Interstellar distances and costs would make any common good too inprofitable to move.

      Basically, the only thing that exosolar colonies could provide as a instrument of trade is unique organic resources. Unique plants, animals, their products – like, fur & skins as luxurity items, spices & fruitage & meat as prestigious food, ect., ect., ect. Somewhat limited trade, of course, but – at least in such way the colonies would be able to have some cash.

    2. By Alexey Shiro on

      P.S. One more of my logical assumption – I think, that the interstellar colonization would generally be directed exactly by the desire to exploit unique planetary ecosystems. Because, frankly – there is very few reasons to build interstellar colonies at all. Resources? Raw materials are much simpler to obtain in our Solar System, from asteroids & moons, than to exctract them on some exoplanet, haul from planetary gravity well and then move them through interstellar distances. Population pressure? Again, it’s much simpler to build close-cycle O’Neil-type colonies near Earth, than to build colonies on exoplanets.

      So, the only REALLY unique thing, that exosolar colony could provide, is alien biosphere. And alien biosphere products – to trade back to homeworld.

      I imagine that space colonies would initially be build as biostations. Because, to explore and describe the biosphere of even one planet – you need DECADES of Earth years, and thousands of scientists. Even the Earth biosphere still capable (after 200 years of careful examination) to present undiscovered species from time to time. The biosphere of alien world… it would took probably half of a century to just make comprehensive analysis!

      So, we need thousands of personnel to work on a planet for decades. Of course, they would require support & technical personnel, and, of course – to cut costs – it would be easier to establish local production of at least food & basic good. So we would also bring the farmers, miners, workers, to support our scientific colony… and they would bring their families with them (because distances are huge)… And, well, after half of a century we have a self-sustaining colony and explored biosphere! :)

      1. By donald johnson on

        And of course you are assuming faster than light travel. Without that it will all be one way, even the ship will be just raw materials.

    1. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

      What is it, Don? I couldn’t follow the link.

      1. By donald johnson on

        It is a video and it shows a lady holding a piece of bullet proof glass in dront of her face and some gut is shooting at it.

  2. By Joe Thorsky on


    You’re right! You’ve made some very perceptive and valid observations.

    There is a SF Book Series that does seem to try to satisfy many of your
    inciteful and perceptive criticisms of many of today’s Sf Space Opera Authors.
    There are so few actual writers of SF Space Operas today who are able to
    successfully incorporate and navigate the dynamic nature of both the social as
    well as the physical laws that govern and apply to Man and his Universe.
    I would suggest and recommend a reading of the Star Carrier Series by Ian Douglas.
    His books will definitely pique your interest and feed your imagination.
    It’s a good quick read while awaiting Taylor’s Devil’s Due.

    Star Carrier Series by Ian Douglas
    1 Earth Strike
    2 Center of Gravity
    3 Singularity
    4 Deep Space
    5 Dark Matter
    6 Deep Time
    7 Deep Mind

    1. By matthieu on

      I read the first ones but something was definitively wrong for me: the fighter is much much better than anything else in space and all otehr ships are weak compared to it but the total number of them is low and most ships are not designed to carry them. Those book have IMHO a broken internal logic (and they are quite boring).

      I forget the worst meme ever in fantasy and in science fiction: MILITARY IS BETTER THAN POLITICIANS.

      Most of those books begin with this assumption “politics and corrupt or stupid and let things go down. At the same time a colonel/general/soldier understands the problem much better than them. Because of the crownies, the military is decisively beaten save for the courageous general who’s able to turn tables”. This is soooo weak and so déjà-vu.

      I’m waiting for a book where the general has to face complicated situations and face intelligent politicians who are actually intelligent and efficient.

      I don’t like either the underlying tone “elected politicans are always bad, military and strong men are always better, especially when not elected”… What’s funny is that most authors use the USA as an example and just don’t take into account Norway (for example). Star Trek was able to avoid that as Starfleet/Picard was much more a diplomat than anything else.

      1. By Lou Schirmer on

        James Kirk could be quite the diplomat also. Granted, usually at the point of phasers armed & ready during the “negotiations”.

        By the way, how did the French perceive an English actor playing a Frenchman? Generally positive, negative or a little of both? Just curious.

        1. By matthieu on

          Well, The next generation was completely unknown in France. As DS9 and all other ST shows. TNG appeared a short time on saturday afternoons (in 91?) on TV and was fast relegated to strange time slots before disappearing. So most people haven’t even heard of any ST show save for the original ones. There were reruns in the 2000-10 on cable TV (as for all ST shows).

          As for those who knew the show (me included, you don’t know but I’ve got a Lt Com uniform somewhere with Worf’s whig) we just didn’t care. It was only funny in some episodes as he was really behaving like “an englishman playing a french” (for example when he was visiting a vineyard. My cousin is really producing wine!).

          The main complain was “ok, a French asking for Tea, come on!”.

      2. By Justin on

        It’s even worse in the case of Star Carrier – American generals are better than European/UN politicians. The Yankocentrism is unbearably annoying.

        1. By matthieu on

          ah, yes, I forgot that. Well, that does happen but when it’s systematic it becomes so ridiculous. Most of the time their spelling of foreign names is also completely faulty.

          In most of those books (and I read a huge number of them) the big bad guy is
          1/ Russian if the book is quite old
          2/ Chinese if the book is 20 yo
          3/ European (most of the time with a german name i he’s cunning and French if he’s inept)
          4/ Arab (during the last 10 years).
          This is so lame!

          1. By Joe Thorsky on


            The best and most appropriate response.
            “You Don’t Always Get What You Wanted mp-3- Henhouse Prowlers

            It wasn’t the American centered nature of the books, but
            the imaginative technology that was used that made the
            series noteworthy. Aka/using-employing warheads of sand
            driven at sublight velocities as a prime and preferred
            methodology to destroy opposition fleets.
            Quite the innovation!

          2. By matthieu on

            Well, he’s far from being the first one to use it. His apprach is quite dusty (or sandy) compared to Hamilton books

            If you want to read creative space opera, he’s really good (he went too far though). He’s the first ever to have been able to create true sci-fi battlescenes (with mountain morning light)

          3. By Alexey Shiro on

            Well, it seems Evil Russians became the hit (MUA-HA-HA, comrades!) again in modern western fiction… 😉

    2. By Alexey Shiro on

      I quite enjoy the “Starcarrier” series. The author invented quite original way to explain the fighters in space by suggesting the artifical micro-blackhole drive that just can’t be used by large ships (because they – due to their size – would be MUCH more affected by tidal stresses), and played good with relativistic velocities and effects.

      1. By Alexey Shiro on

        I could also recommend “The human reach” by John Lumpkin (VERY scientifically hard space opera!) and “The Lost Fleet” by Jack Campbell.

      2. By donald johnson on

        my only complaint about the fighters is that if they used a black hole to accelerate and it was only 100 feet ahead of the fighter then at 30000 g’s there will be a differential in acceleration of several thousand g’s in the length of the human body. if it is 1000 feet ahead of the fighter it will still be 30 or 40 g’s in the length of the human body. i can’t give exact value’s as my math is not good enough .

  3. By Joe Thorsky on


    Considering Elections and Democracies when at war.
    Taylor himself has already somewhat teased his answer to
    this weighty question when he best described in some detail
    the naval organization and practices of the NUS Americans.
    He provides a strong inference and implication that many of
    the transplanted traditional democratic institutions had continued.
    To survive, thrive and exist even under wartime circumstances and
    conditions is quite the achievement.
    There seems to be some strong (res)semblence of Constitutional
    Government with a President-Congress-Supreme Court being followed
    and practiced.

    When does Truth become so Non-Fiction?
    Fortunes and the fortunate and The War in the Pacific.

    Excerpts and Citations
    How They won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz and his Admirals
    Edwin P. Hoyt

    “When the action report of the Battle of Midway-some three inches of
    single-spaced typed paper, with diagrams and photos-was completed,
    Nimitz studied it and made some comments for the eyes of Admiral King,
    matters of gravest importance to the future of naval operations in the war.”…

    “On June 29 Nimitz decided to send Task Force 11, Task Force 18, and the
    Second Marine Division to the South Pacific, where they would report to
    Ghormley. Fletcher was in charge of the force. Cinpac’s plans section was
    ready with an estimate for an offensive in the Bismark-Solomons area.”….

    “Then Nimitz took off, in the big flying boat, accompanied by Flag Secretary
    Commander Preston Mercer and Assistant War Plans Officer Captain Lynde
    McCormick, for Alameda Air Station. Just before 0900 on June 30 the big plane
    moved down over San Francisco Bay and prepared to land on the water.
    Swooping in, she moved low, and as she landed, struck an unnoticed telegraph
    pole floating in the bay, with such force that the bottom was slashed and the
    plane nosed over. Immediately, the shocked officers in the greeting contingent
    ashore sent the launch out for rescue. Nimitz carefully picked himself up, in the
    upside- down plane, and clambered out a hatchway.”
    “I’m all right,” he shouted to Mercer, “but for God’s sake save that briefcase.”
    (‘The briefcase contained the three-inch report of the Battle of Midway.)….

    Like the unaware addicted superstitious poker player holding nothing but Aces and
    Eights (The Dead Man’s Hand) while sametime rubbing a four leaf clover hoping-praying for good luck best describes how the War in the Pacific was conducted by the United States from Pearl Harbor to Midway (Divine Intervention anyone?).
    Suppose intervention by those qu(a)(i)rky tempermental gods of yore had occurred in the affairs of men, their wars and the United States Navy on June 30, 1942.
    And if the PBY flying boat that was carrying Admiral Nimitz to his meeting with Admiral King was somehow lost with all hands being the end result.
    How would the war in the Pacific have dramatically changed and in what ways and
    why? Who would be Nimitz’s likely named successor and how would the war in the
    Pacific be conducted differently and in what manner and way (Tone-Methodology)?
    It does seem most providential that Taylor’s Devil’s Due will be released just one week after the world and we remember, commemorate honor both the Battle of Midway June 1-6 1942 and the D-day Invasion at Normandy on June 6 ,1944.
    Definitely something to think about even in these most troubled of times.

    “In August the Navy and the Marines would move against the Japanese held
    island of Guadalcanal in the first major counteroffensive of the war. It would
    begin a campaign of attrition that would become the death knell for the
    Japanese Navy.”…

  4. By matthieu on

    Election Day….

    Here is the topic of the day: do you think that destroyermen will change significantly the way people think? Now all members of the amerikan clan should know things about elections. When are we going to get an election?

    Do you think that it will give ideas to other people asking for new things such as elections or democracy? Do you think that chiefs and kings are going to keep their power?

    Historicall kings were able to remain kings as churches were telling the people that is was right. Kings were sharing power with churches and gave them money (it eases relationships). Once you religion has been proven to be a little bit outdated, the whole idea of kingship becomes less attractive.

    Are we going to see strikes and a socialist revolution (as in 1917?). I mean the first one, the one asking for a republic, not the bolshevik one.

    1. By Alexey Shiro on

      //When are we going to get an election?//

      Er, you mean in Destoryermen’s World? Probably not before the end of current conflict. Democracy is good, but during total war even democratical states are usually forced to implement dictatorial elements just to manage.

      1. By matthieu on

        mmm…. No. USA and UK remained democracies during the second world war. Can you name real democratic states that became dictatorships during a war? (and obviously running the was, not becoming puppet states).

        1. By Alexey Shiro on

          I’m not talking about becoming the dictatorship; I’m talking about implementing dictatorial elements. Like, the USA relocated the majority of their Japanese population, both countires implemented censorship and prices control.

          1. By matthieu on

            This is not the topic here, I’m discussing about elections.

          2. By Generalstarwars333 on

            Yes, and he is saying that no, there will not likely be any elections until after the current conflict is over. Keep in mind that both the USA and UK were democracies before the war, and had been democracies for quite some time. Also, the UK kept the same leader, Winston Churchill, throughout the entire war, while the USA kept Roosevelt until he died, at which point his vice took command. Granted, Roosevelt was re-elected in 1944, but he was also re-elected in 1940, and 1936. There was very little doubt about anyone else being leader.

          3. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            There actually was an election–or “acclamation” in Baalkpan after it was discovered that Adar was a captive. And the acclamation, by representatives of the various Homes, was accomplished much like a strict republic would do so. How responsible the representatives are to their constituents remains variable however. I would expect things in the United Homes, at least, to further evolve, particularly if more prominent veterans return home and involve themselves in politics. That could be good or bad . . .

        2. By Justin on

          A) Democracy and elections are NOT one and the same. Just look at Zimbabwe.

          B) Even with fair elections, bear in mind that the people chose FDR four times, instead of the traditional two. And that the entire mess started with Germany electing the Nazis and willingly ending democracy.

          B1) Point is, democracy is a luxury. When times are hard, the people end up voting for “strong” or “proven” authoritarian leaders.

          1. By Justin on

            In the case of the D-verse monarchs, Fets and Rasik are both dead, and Safir, Saan-Kakja and Rebecca have all proven themselves competent – given the present situation and worldview, I don’t see a revolution any time soon. One or two might make a few concessions and transition into constitutional monarchs though.

          2. By matthieu on

            Does your B1 point covers the latest US election? (gnignigniiiiiii)

          3. By Justin on

            Just in general. Putin keeps getting re-elected, and Europe’s communists and neo-Nazis are gaining in the polls.

          4. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            And absolute democracy, in which everybody votes on everything, is a chaotic, disastrous mess. Either nothing ever gets done, there is no continuity of purpose, or you get situations in which the capricious nature of the electorate can be manipulated to suit the ends of various agendas. I remind again of the Athenian Alcibiades who was democratically condemned to death during a successful military campaign (which was democratically approved)because opponents at home resented his popularity and savaged him in absentia. Understandably, under the circumstances, he defected to Sparta. This began an unfortunate tendency on his part to switch sides when it suited him, but never would’ve happened without that first betrayal. Kind of a tragic historical figure.
            Anyway, I like constitutional republics like the US’s was originally envisioned. Periodic elections for leaders and representatives. The only thing I would change would be to add term limits for senators, and require members of the house of reprehensibles to be summoned to serve–like jury duty–from a list of people who actually pay taxes. :) That would make them hesitant to blow money on stupid stuff–like how fast shrimps can run–and make them want to get a lot done fast so they can get back to their lives.

          5. By Lou Schirmer on

            Right there with Taylor. Some of these guys are so old as to be senile & others are so out of touch with reality from having their asses kissed on an hourly schedule that they live in a fantasy world. I might add one term doesn’t get you a check for the rest of your life. They have to pay social security & have a health plan just like the rest of the peasants, err citizens. The Congmess is a BIG, red, throbbing button of mine.

          6. By Lou Schirmer on

            Didn’t mean to sound so obscene there at the end.

          7. By Justin on

            Never apologize when mocking the District of Columbia.

            “It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress.”

            “…I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.”

            “If pro is the opposite of con, then the opposite of progress must be Congress.”

            – Samuel Clemens, a.k.a Mark Twain

          8. By Justin on

            Regardless, I don’t think anybody (save Baalkpan) is ready for a Constitution just yet.

            – Even the Republic is autocratic.
            – Everybody (save the Americans) regards that as “just the way it is.”
            – You can’t fight a war of annihilation in committee.
            – The queens and Kaiser are all doing a good job anyway, so why bother?

            Now if the war ends, and one of our dear momarchs bites it (sure hope not) and gets a crappy heir, it might happen. Otherwise, the status quo is working fine so far.

          9. By William Curry on

            I would add that the biggest mistake the people who wrote the US Constitution did was to have federal judges appointed for life. They should have to be reconfirmed every 12 years.

          10. By matthieu on

            Can you name a single country where communists win in the polls. I’m very curious to see (and for neo nazis too BTW).

          11. By Justin on

            Greece back in 2015. The Communist and Golden Dawn parties won over a dozen seats each for the first time; it even made the Daily Show, which is why I even know about it.

          12. By matthieu on

            You don’t seem to know how elections work… Having seats does NOT mean that you win in the polls. Just that you get a decent percentage of the global total. You seem to think that the US method is common.

            Talking about that, there is a very very common error in fantasy and SFthat Taylor has been able to avoid (each time!): authors just assume that things work like in the US. You just can’t imagine how many book I would read with
            – funny units in space (yeah, space battles with miles and yards)
            – meetings like US ones. With words like “Motion” or “I second” or a speaker in the chamber
            – a judicial system close to the US one (even in our world most countries just don’t use the same)
            – some incredible pages with “ohhh, i love you but we belong to the same command line”. On earth, out of 230 countries close to 1 care about that. 229 assume that people are adults.

            Here is where the books are good: thanks to the historical knowledge, all those traps have been avoided.

          13. By Justin on

            Okay, so that link checks out fine. Huh…

          14. By Lou Schirmer on

            One link gets by, but TWO or more links are usually moderated. Ways to get around that:
            1. Sometimes you can get away with removing the https:// part at the beginning.
            2. As someone recently did, put a space in the url somewhere. Although that can get confusing.

          15. By Alexey Shiro on

            //– funny units in space (yeah, space battles with miles and yards)//

            Well, the common distances in space warfare measured in hundreds or thousands km’s. Or, in lightseconds/lightminutes. If we have particulary long-range weaponry, we could do with lightyears…

          16. By Alexey Shiro on

            Planets could not evade) And if we have a faster-than-light weaponry – like Star Trek’s photon torpedoes with their own warp engines – we could fought on the lightyear distances in “real time” (well… actually the “time” would be so affected and relative in FTL spaceship battle, that “real time” would make no sense).

          17. By Generalstarwars333 on

            Actually, planets can evade. They’re always moving in their orbits, and the solar systems are also moving, although that is probably not as big of a factor.

          18. By matthieu on

            The “command line” is heavily related to sex-in-space.

            In many books you have the hero and somebody else who become attracted but it leads to many many many conflicts as they are both officers (most of the time) and belong to the same command line (most of the time one is above another one).

            Example: Honor Harrington, the lost fleet (dozens of times) and so on.

            It’s very funny as in most countries people just don’t care and assume that they know where limits are.

            For example I heard that in some US companies, you can’t work with your husband and/or the company can prevent that… Here any manager trying to do that would be fired on the spot by his own manager and the company would have huge problems in the court. The judge will say “ok, mind your own business. Private life includes the word private. The company can act if and only if a problem prevents them from working properly and only after”.

            Read this article :

            you’ll love this part (it should be the same in many militaries and I can’t imagine what happens in Israel!):

            So, how might the French have felt about that picture, or about sexual harassment?

            When my team began operations, the French had a going-away party for the outgoing team. Males and females, officer and enlisted mingled over French food and wine. Europeans are really into DJing, so a French officer played music videos with a laptop and projector. Some of those videos were from huge discos in Europe where people strip and have sex on stage; in effect, the French officer was playing techno porn videos on a big screen to female soldiers. I saw this happen on more than one occasion.

            NOBODY CARED. There were no sexual harassment complaints, or threats of complaints. I never even heard of a sexual harassment incident among the French.

            When the French Marines took over, I attended weekly briefings with their battalion commander. The battalion commander opened every brief with a joke, usually a picture. One female officer was on his staff. At the beginning of one briefing, the BC showed a series of pictures of naked women painted to look like animals. All the officers in the room, including the female, laughed at each one. Then the BC told the female, “So you don’t feel left out, here’s one for you,” and showed a picture of a naked man painted like an elephant. The female laughed in appreciation. In the US Army, the BC would have been relieved.

            A French soldier in one of the line platoons had a girlfriend in Headquarters Company. His platoon shared a big tent that had been partitioned into individual cubicles. Every night he wasn’t in the field, his girlfriend stayed with him. Nobody up the chain of command said a word to him about it. As one French officer told me, “Our only rule about sex is, ‘be smart’”.

            My French friends used to gently kid me about the “puritan mentality” of American society. They were right. The French seem to have gotten past that. They expect their soldiers not just to fight, but to enjoy life’s basic pleasures while they do it.

          19. By Alexey Shiro on

            General, the movemen of planets is completely predictable. You always knew where the planet would be. So, you could launch projectile from one solar system to another, and hit the planetary target even after decades of flight (the problem may be in-flight deviation due to collision with interstellar hydrogen)

          20. By Alexey Shiro on

            matthieu , quite interesting data)))

          21. By matthieu on

            “General, the movemen of planets is completely predictable.”

            Not really… On the short term, obviously, but few people are aware of sombe subtle changes related to the gravitational effect of other planets. Orbits are quite chaotic and it’s impossible to predict exactly where a planet will be (well, for us the planet is at the explect plance, but maybe sooner or later. The change is not huge but sufficient to throw off any long term shooting).

          22. By Clifton Sutherland on

            @Matthieu, speaking on the whole command line relationships..

            Here in ROTC, its called Cadating, and is incredibly rampant, at least in my college :). Almost like they’re college students! Ideally, though, that sort of thing is prevented in actual service- the accusations of favoritism alone could destroy the morale of units, and I’m pretty sure its actually forbidden to initiate things up/down the chain of command (fraternization).

          23. By matthieu on

            Here is another thing that does not exist in other countries: “dating”.

            Here “date” does not exist: you’re in a relationship or you are not. The whole idea of “dating” and even worse “non exlusive dating” is a complete nonsense. You can be in or out but the relationshinp does exist or not (in or out the relationship, you dirty minded student!).

            “that sort of thing is prevented in actual service- the accusations of favoritism alone could destroy the morale of units”

            That’s where we don’t believe in that: you can do what you want and you suffer consequences AFTER if you’ve done something wrong. Your policy means (for me) “we assume that people are not adults and won’t be able to put limits”.

  5. By donald johnson on

    Just noted that the cover pic is very high resolution and has 1 grik bird partially vovered and one aircraft so greyed out that i hadn’t seen it previously. lots of stuff i had not noted before

    1. By Lou Schirmer on

      Also Walker’s main battery is engaged to port, but the range finder is facing forward.
      And how DID they get those anchors to stand up like that!?

    1. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

      Hey Larry. Do you want me to post this on my facebook page for the contest? Looks great!

      1. By Larry Schmidt on

        Yes sir! Please do so. I was unaware that you are running a contest until last night. One of my fellow modelers in our local modeling club is doing a model of the Walker in 1/240 using the old Revell Ward kit. He has a ton of photoetch and computer 3-D molded parts. He is making good progress.

        I have really enjoyed your books. I majored in History in college and I am a retired U.S. Army Field Artillery officer.

        Thank you for your wonderful stories.

        Adios, Larry.

        1. By William Curry on

          Sic Semper Fort Sill. You probably know what an angular mil is!

          1. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            Of course, and I still used the “finger method” to estimate range–until I got a pretty good laser rangefinder. Of course, all my cannon sights are in degrees . . .

        2. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

          Yikes! I just got this. Been having computer issues! Please send images of this (great looking) Dave and the P-40 to my e-mail
          [email protected]

          and I’ll post them. Thanks!

        3. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

          Thank YOU Larry! You should come out and play cannons with us sometime. (We’re having an “open” shoot at Ft. Hood next month). We competed in the USFAA shoot at Ft. Sill for nearly 30 years–until it finally fell apart after Colonel Kieran McMullen (now also an author–go figure–) moved away. Anyway, live fire has always been our “thing.” I currently have a 6pdr and 3″ Ordnance rifle. We’ll be shooting the rifle gun next month.

          1. By Larry Schmidt on

            6 email photos sent. 3 each of the P-40E and the Nakajima E8N1 “Dave”.

            Hoping that you received them.

            P.S. My Curtiss Sparrowhawk is not a part of your “universe”, but your stories inspired my “What-if?” build, where in my “Whifferverse” the Akron and her Sparrowhawks were patrolling the West Coast after Pearl Harbor looking for the Imperial Japanese Navy. Adios, Larry.


          2. By William Curry on

            When I was in the SCA my persona was 14th century Swiss and used Axe and shield or a hand-and-half bastard sword.

          3. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            That’s so cute, Matthieu! (Sorry. Nobody likes to have their cannon called “cute”–but some are). I built my daughter a little 2pdr on a naval truck when she was little. It takes off like a giant armadillo when you set it off. I used to have a pair of 12pdr mountain howitzers and they were “cute” too–but you could put ’em in the back of a pickup. The biggest (in sheer size) gun I had was a nice French 8pdr on a split trail, but I sold it to a museum (after we kind of wore it out). The proceeds paid for a brand new 6pdr tube to replace THAT one we wore out too. The 6pdr and 3″ rifle aren’t “cute,” they’re wicked–in a very sexy way.

            Got the pics, Larry. and I’ll post ’em on my facebook (Goat’s ass) Long story. Ask Matthieu.

            I never did SCA, Bill. I did pre-1840 fur trade stuff forever, Civil War, Tex Rev, Mexican War, Rev War–pretty much 18th and 19th Century stuff. I was GOING to do SCV and came up with a cool Scottish merc rig, including building a Scottish wheellock rifle with a chiseled muzzle, proper claymore and dirk–the works–but they said “no guns”……. Really? Not even a Scottish wheellock?

          4. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            And I DO hope to make it to Europe this year or next, Matthieu. When I get to France, I hope you can get loose to show me some of the sights.

          5. By matthieu on

            Og course, there are many things to do in the area (as long as you can stand my broken English accent). BTW the French accent of John Oliver is hilarious.

            Right now we don’t use a lot of artillery. The police is not really fan of seeing people transporting buckets of black powder. Tt$hey mainly fear that people are going to steal it. (Thanks to gun control laws something “funny” happens: terrorists are almost unable to get guns and ammunition anywhere. Most o the time they are spotted when they try to purchase/steal weapons and many attacks are avoided that way. To be honest something else does happen: “common” criminals (thiefs and so on) have a very informal aggreement with the police. It’s a little bit like “we don’t sell weapons to potential terrorists and we even spot them for you and you won’t forget that if we get caught one day”. Another thing that people keep in mind is that “if you help terrorists, you can suffer from a very unfortunate accident. We can misunderstand you when you try to surrender”).

          6. By William Curry on

            Gun Control doesn’t seem to be working all that well in France at the moment.

          7. By matthieu on

            It works really well. You may not be aware of such a fact but during the last few months gun control avoided many many casualties. In Nice the guy was not able to get weapons (and it would have been worse). In Paris 3 attacks failed for the same reason (basically people attack with knives as they can’t get their hand on any gun. Most of the time one policeman is wounded and the guy shot down).
            Gun control is efficient if it’s really strict, meaning that it’s really close to impossible for the bad guys to get weapons. In your case (USA) it would probably fail as the total number of available weapons is far too high.

          8. By donald johnson on

            You take away their guns then they just find something just as deadly and easier to obtain and use.

          9. By matthieu on

            IMHO a knife is far less dangerous than an automatic assault gun…

          10. By Alexey Shiro on

            There is no universal solution. With gun control, it is harder for the malefactor to obtain weapon, but it’s also harder for the victims to defend themselves.

    2. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

      By the way, the reason I need you to send the images to my e-mail is because I can’t download them off that site to post them. (Again, [email protected]

      1. By Larry Schmidt on

        Hi, Mr. Anderson.

        I heard that you are having a model contest. Can you tell me where I can find out about it?

        Adios, Larry.

        1. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

          I posted it on my facebook page and I think it was referenced on the D-men Fan Association page. Submissions here are welcome, and I’ll post ’em on facebook. Lots more people see that every day, I think.

  6. By Joe Thorsky on


    An Apocalypse Now -2017 revised mp-3 Playlist
    Puddy Tat -Harmonica Blues Bank/Mark Maxwell
    Victim of Life’s Circumstances-Delbert McClinton
    Got to Reap What You Sow-Jazz Gillman
    Raining on My Heart-Lazy Lester
    Empty Promises-Michael Burks
    Feel So Bad-Otis Rush
    Fight-Luther Allison
    Find ‘Em,Fool ‘Em & Forget ‘Em-Larry Davis
    Flirting with Disaster-Bruce Willis
    Gone to Hell-John Mooney
    Gotcha-Pee Wee Ellis
    Hard, But Its Fair-Buddy Guy
    Dustoff-Jim Somers
    Hurts So Good-John Mellencamp
    I Ain’t Gonna Be Worried No More-Sleepy John Estes
    I’ll Go My Way-Bob Gaddy
    I’ll Take the Blame-Jimmy McCracklin
    The Good Ship Delirious-Mick Hanly
    Uncle Nobby’s Steamboat-Wolfe Tones
    Admiral William Brown-Wolfe Tones

    More Blasts from the Historical Past or
    Gunboat Diplomacy Part-Deja Vu *
    * He who has the Gunboats fashions and controls the ending Diplomacy

    Timely and Relevant-Cited Excerpts
    The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
    Anthony Gross
    Barnes & Noble Books,New York 1992

    “In 1862 the people of New York City feared bombardment by Confederate cruisers,
    and public meetings were held to consider the gravity of the situation. Finally a
    delegation of fifty gentlemen, representing hundreds of millions of dollars, was
    selected to go to Washington and persuade the President to detail a gunboat to
    protect their property. David Davis, while on the Supreme Bench went to the
    White House and presented them to the President.”
    Mr. Lincoln heard them attentively, much impressed, apparently, by the
    “hundreds of millions.” When they had concluded, he said:
    “Gentlemen, I am, by the Constitution, Commander-in-Chief of the Army and
    the Navy of the United States, and as a matter of law I can order anything to be done that is practicable to be done. I am in command of the gunboats and ships of war; but, as a matter of fact, I do not know exactly where they are. I presume they are actively engaged, and it is therefore impossible for me to furnish you with a gunboat.”
    “The credit of the Government is at a very low ebb, greenbacks are not worth more
    than forty or fifty cents on the dollar; and in this condition of things, if I were worth half as much as you gentlemen are represented to be, and as badly frightened as you seem to be, I would build a gunboat and give it to the Government (pro bono).”
    “Judge Davis said he never saw one hundred millions sink to such insignificant
    proportions as it did when the delegation left the White House.”

    ” A gentleman asked Lincoln to give him a pass through the Federal Lines in order
    to visit Richmond (Capital of the Confederacy).”I should be very happy to oblige you,”said the President, “if my passes were respected; but the fact is, within the past two years I have given passes to Richmond to two hundred and fifty thousand men, and not one has got there yet.”

    “Referring to General McClellan’s inactivity, President Lincoln once expressed
    his impatience by saying , “McClellan is a pleasant and scholarly gentleman;
    he is an admirable engineer, but he seems to have a special talent for Stationary

    “When General Fisk first became a colonel he organized his regiment with the
    understanding that he was to do all the swearing of the regiment. One of the teamsters, however, as the roads were not always of the best, had difficulty in controlling his temper and his tongue. Once, under unusual difficulties, through a series of mud-pools a little worse than usual, unable to control himself any longer, this teamster burst forth into a volley (Firestorm) of energetic oaths.”
    “The Colonel took him to account and reminded him that he had agreed to let him (the Colonel) do all the swearing of the regiment.”
    “Yes, I did, Colonel,” he replied. “But the fact was, the swearing had to be done then (and there!) or not at all, and you weren’t there to do it.”

    Good Lord and Gosh Almighty!
    There’s no doubt about it!
    If this isn’t one of the finest examples of an obvious classic case of self-described Self-Defense and Sanitary Engineering that I have ever affectionately read about or come across.

    Timely Words of Wisdom and Fatherly Advice

    “The nation, which indulges towards another and habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest”….

    “The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy”….

    “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens),the jealousy of a free people is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. With me a predominant motive has been to endeavor to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency, which is necessary to give it, humanely speaking, the command of its own fortunes.”…
    Washington ‘s Farewell Address- September 17, 1796

  7. By David DuBois on

    Hiss of static boatswain’s pipe, ‘Do-weee-oo.’ “Now hear this, now hear this. There are no entries for the short story Fan Fiction contest. Write a short (10 pages single spaced or under) about the transfer of a human society to the Destroyermen’s world. Said transfer either dies out, or is small in a place far from the ocean where contact is unlikely with the destroyermen. Or you may add more back story to a character who has died in the series. The Winner will be told to contact Taylor to receive his/her Advanced Reader’s Copy of ‘Devil’s Due’ with his address and any inscription you wish. Note for legal reasons Taylor cannot read fan fiction do not submit any directly to him, nor will he read the winning story.

    Entries will be posted on DFA D-men Fan Fiction Group mark entries with the words Contest Entry prior to the title. Link to the Group page:

    Closing date for submissions May 1, 2017. Winner decided by leadership group of judges.

    After asking Taylor Anderson to have a Fan Fiction Contest and figuring a way to have one, providing a Signed Advanced Reader’s Copy for a prize, don’t make us have to tell him no one entered. That is all.” Hiss of static.

    If you are not on Facebook send story via E-Mail to Charles Simpson @ [email protected] and if you are willing you can add your e-mail address. I know several people on Taylor’s Website who are not on Facebook.

    1. By Lou Schirmer on

      Nice! Time to get to work, all you literary types! Tick, tock.

      How does David rate an official seal?
      Can we design one?
      Can we customize our monsters?
      So many questions! Aaaiighhh!

        1. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

          That is pretty cool. How’d you do that, David?

          1. By David DuBois on

            Possibly because I put the URL to my publisher’s page when I post? I have written a non-fiction book about the Asiatic Fleet and the first 4 months of WW2, and the book is available for pre-order now from my publisher or it will be on Amazon starting May 1. There are a number of first hand accounts of different ships in the Asiatic Fleet, but mine concentrates on the bigger picture as to why the fleet was ordered to do what it was ordered to do, and that the damage done to the Japanese was greater than the early reports, written by people who were not there. There was a lot of information about MacArthur trying to blame shift all of his mistakes to Admiral Hart of the Asiatic Fleet.

            That’s the only reason I can think of for the shield instead of a monster.

          2. By donald johnson on

            Put in a special chapter in it about the Destroyermen :-) and see who really notices

          3. By David DuBois on

            There’s lots about the Destroyermen, just the real ones, and the circumstances that put the fictional Destroyermen into play. Brave men that gave their lives to help save others is not just a fictional occurrence, it was a common occurrence in the Asiatic Fleet. One example:

            USS Houston’s Chaplain, Commander George Rentz, at 59 was the oldest man onboard Houston. Rentz carried a thermos full of cold water and pockets full of candy bars that he passed out to the men, making Rentz a source of comfort during Houston’s battles. Rentz went into the water with the rest of Houston’s crew when the Houston sank, clinging to a float from one of the Seagull seaplanes with other survivors. Several times during the night, as the float they were clinging to sank lower and lower into the water, Rentz tried to swim away to keep it from sinking. Each time, a sailor ignored Rentz’s wishes and pulled him back. Rentz was holding a young sailor named Walter Beeson who was wounded and without a life jacket. Rentz gave his life jacket to Beeson, said a brief prayer for the men on the float, kicked away from the float and was gone. Beeson survived as a POW and was liberated in 1945. Rentz was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the only Chaplain so honored during World War II. USS Rentz (FFG-46) was named in his honor in 1984 and still serves with the United States Navy today.

          4. Taylor AndersonsBy Taylor Andersons on

            I’ve heard about Rentz, David–and as you say, there are many, many more such tales of true heroism and sacrifice. These are the things that inspired me to write the series in the first place, just as I imagine they helped inspire you to write your book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  8. By Joe Thorsky on


    Precurs(e)r or premonition Taylor’s website does sure presage
    current events and topics in this real world of ours!
    News before it happens?!
    All because of your input-support

    Only 57 Days till DD is released to the public.

  9. By Justin on

    Just a few possible iterations of the Republic’s flag (if any):

    i650.photobucket. com/albums/uu222/NoYourOtherLeft/DM/RepublicFlag1_zpsazrcsxdw.png
    i650.photobucket. com/albums/uu222/NoYourOtherLeft/DM/RepublicFlag2_zps0pbocpmq.png
    i650.photobucket. com/albums/uu222/NoYourOtherLeft/DM/RepublicFlag3_zpsntgdjyfy.png
    i650.photobucket. com/albums/uu222/NoYourOtherLeft/DM/RepublicFlag4_zps1xg8jlpp.png

    Yellow for the Egyptians and Chinese (in the shape of a Ming naval pennant), red for the Romans and Phoenicians, black – and white? – for the Germans. Laurel wreath and eagle because the Romans and Germans are the biggest influences on the modern Republic. Thoughts?

      1. By Justin on

        Okay, seriously? ONE link gets you marked as spam too?!?


        See, in order to bypass certain spam filters, you sometimes need to break up a link. Paste it into the address bar, delete the space between the “.” and the “com,” and hit enter. Works just fine for me.

        1. By Steve White on

          I didn’t mark you as spam. I finally figured out the space thing. Took a while.

          1. By Justin on

            Yeah, sorry, that was me being irritated at the site.

            I know the space thing doesn’t always come naturally, so I tried to help by posting a “how-to” comment… with a link (to THIS page, no less). As you can guess, that was a no-go too, hence this slightly angrier post.

          2. Taylor AndersonBy Taylor Anderson (Post author) on

            Sorry for the extra spam filter–which I had to add and pay extra for. The reason is that I literally spent more time deleting spam (hundreds a day) than I got to spend reading and replying to genuine posts.

          3. By Justin on

            No need to apologize, spam’s a pain in the nuts. I blame the programmers.

            So… thoughts on the flag designs, anybody?

          4. By Generalstarwars333 on

            There’s the design I came up with that is an American flag with the Prussian flag replacing the stars, but I’d be incredibly shocked if that was the real one.

  10. By Clifton Sutherland on

    So guys,

    It looks like America just launched about 50 cruise missiles at Syrian Government airbases in response to the earlier chemical attack. They were fired by a mix of destroyers and cruisers.

    Let’s hope that, whatever happens, it goes swiftly, and not too many more have to die.

    1. By matthieu on

      Even if it’s not the place for that… This was completely useless. It’s just a small political move (Russians were warned and they warned Syrians) to make a point and to pretend that something is being done. This was an expensive move but had no practical effect. Artillery (M109 and Caesar is much better for FFE )

      1. By Alexey Shiro on

        Well, the airbase was trashed really good – most of hardened shelters damaged or destroyed, repair facilities devastated, and refueling system completely out of comission. So, as demonstration act this went pretty good.


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