I have recently accepted the post of Host of the Science Fiction Spotlight Radio program on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. The show will air on alternating Saturday nights at 9:00 Eastern Time beginning October 3, 2015. My first guest will be Brett Battles, the hugely successful thriller writer who has just put out the first volume of a time travel series, Rewinder. On October 17, my guest will be one of the great SF writers of our time, Jerry Pournelle, perhaps best known as a co-author with Larry Niven of the immortal The Mote in God’s Eye and my favorite alien invasion novel, Footfall. He is also the author of several highly successful military science fiction novels, and a host of other works.
Here is a little promo I put together for the program.
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.