I’ve just posted a detailed discussion of the Systems Stations in the Cumberland CIC in the Inside the USS Cumberland Section. The direct link to the page is here: https://hpaulhonsinger.com/inside-the-uss-cumberland/the-cic-part-iv-the-systems-management-consoles/
Because we will soon be withdrawing them from sale, we have reduced the price of the self-published Kindle editions of both currently-available books, To Honor You Call Us and For Honor We Stand from $5.99 to $4.99. They will remain at that price until we take them off the market sometime in January. We hope that people who have been on the fence about buying will get off the fence and take advantage of their chance to read these books now rather than waiting for the 47North editions. Of course, we also hope that readers will enjoy them so much that they will also want to read the 47North versions when they come out. Here are the links to the purchase pages:
In response to the highly cogent suggestions from one of my most perspicacious readers, I have significantly beefed up the page relating to the Maneuvering Stations, primarily to answer the burning questions which I’m sure have kept many of you awake night after night, thrashing in your sheets saturated with acrid sweat of angst and frustration:
1. Why does it take four men to steer the ship when one man can fly an airplane just fine?
2. Why do we need a Maneuvering Chief to give orders to Yaw, Pitch, and Drives? Why doesn’t the CO just tell them what to do directly?
If these are the kinds of issues at which your detail-oriented brain picks compulsively, like a seven-year old boy with a scab on his knee, then you should fly (FLY, I tell you FLY!) to this page so that your mind will no longer be gnawed by the cankering tooth of mystery (gratuitous Gilbert & Sullivan reference).
Authors on the Air has moved some things around on their web site. The underlined text in the body of this post is the new link for where you can currently hear the program where Mack Meijers interviews me about my work, Science Fiction in general, and lots of other stuff. The Widget on the right side of this page should continue to work as another way for you to hear this program.
I’ve added a new page to the “Inside the USS Cumberland” section. It’s an overview of the ship–specifications, commissioning dates, and similar data. It’s a work in progress, but I thought I’d put it up now and just keep adding to it rather than keeping it offline and posting it when it is done. One reader has already pointed out a few errors, which I promptly corrected. I hope you find it interesting.
You can go to the “Inside” section or just click on this link: https://hpaulhonsinger.com/inside-the-uss-cumberland/uss-cumberland-overview/
A lot more than outer space goes into the mix when I write a book. Anyone who reads my novels knows that I’m something of a military history buff. But, today would have slipped past without my notice but for my old college radio friend, Laurie Hardison, who pointed out via Facebook status that today is St. Crispin’s day. On this date in the year 1415, an English force of about 7,000 men (it may have been as few as 6,000) under the command of King Henry V met a numerically superior French force, numbering somewhere between 12,000 and 36,000. The English were exhausted, hungry, and suffering from disease. The French were well-fed and fresh. Due to the arrogance of the French and superior English tactical doctrine, deployments, and combat maneuvers, the English won a victory that was both overwhelming and decisive. This victory was the centerpiece of an immortal work of English Literature, Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V” which is one of my personal favorites. The film version directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is superb–watching it on Netflix would be a marvelous way to commemorate this day. Or, if you aren’t in the mood for the whole film, here is the high point, the absolutely glorious, defiant “Band of Brother’s” speech, and the set up for it. It is a stirring five minutes–well worth your time. I especially like the bit with the French herald near the end where Henry refuses to be ransomed.