“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
I'd read this quote before. But hearing it repeated in its entirety by Coach Urban Meyer stirred my soul.
Promise certainly believes this. She fights for Kathy and Maxi, Tomas and Tal, and the rest of her Marines in Victor Company.
At her core Promise fights for the love of her Marines.
I think that's why I was so drawn to Promise as a character to begin with.
She inspired me. The best way I knew how to say thank you was to write her story.
HELL'S FOUNDATIONS QUIVER: One of the Best Book Titles, ever, from a SF Grand-master (IMHO Weber is the "Great One")
One of my all-time favorite authors, David Weber, just released the latest installment in his SAFEHOLD SERIES. Think Martin Luther's Reformation meets I-Robot...with furlongs of British novelist Patrick Robinson stirred in for good measure. Military-style, historically inspired, Space Opera doesn't get any better. And there's plenty of Naval warfare and cannon fodder too. The books are a treat (though they require a large commitment and a push-through mentality).
HELL'S FOUNDATIONS QUIVER has to be one of the best titles I've seen, for any book, ever. Serious props to the title committee. Love it!
Not familiar with the SAFEHOLD SERIES? Please rectify that now. See here for more information on the series and all things David Weber.
I'll be at MileHiCon 2015, October 23rd - 25th.
Please stop by and sell hello. You can catch a number of great panels on just about every subject in the 'verse. I'm on four panels and moderating a fifth.
I'll be at the author's co-op table during Friday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, signing books too.
A new friend of mine and fellow military SF author Jason Kent will also be there. Be sure to stop by his booth and check out his work.
Panels I'm On:
Friday, October 23
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25
Sessions I'm Moderating:
Friday, October 23
I hope to see you there!
I am amazed whenever a mass shooting happens like the one at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, people in government, on both sides of the aisle, rush to the podium and proclaim, "We need new laws to ensure this never happens again." Or, "If only more armed citizens had been present this act could have been prevented."
If government can solve the world's ills, then like Jesus, it can also walk on water. If armed citizens can apprehend criminals before they commit crimes, then we are living in a pre-crime state. Welcome to MINORITY REPORT.
We do not need new laws. We have plenty on the books, and many others that are together incomprehensible, or ineffective; enforced by fallible, morally flawed people. Government can legislate. It can enforce. It can even confiscate and incarcerate. But it can’t change hearts. Government has a role to play, sensible legislation has a place, regulation can be a good means to a better end, but it will never make a people moral.
We do not need more guns. There is no shortage of firearms in this country. There never has been. I have no issue with guns. Guns are a-moral; it’s the hand and heart holding the weapon that animates it. I trust law-abiding, trained, responsible citizens to look after each other. The 2nd Amendment needs no defense from me. But "more guns, less crime" won't fix this problem.
The issue isn't guns, be it too many or too few. The primary solution isn't legislation. Laws will only ever be faithfully followed by law-abiding citizens.
The root issue is flawed people. The real war isn’t on guns or crime. It’s between good and evil; the human heart stands at the crossroads.
The best defense against evil is a strong, moral people. And that's built person by person, one soul at a time, by mothers and fathers who raise their children with a clear understanding of good and evil; not just external evil. I'm primarily speaking of the evil that resides in every human heart. Growing up, my parents taught me that my biggest obstacle in life wasn't some inequity or wrong committed against me, but rather, my biggest obstacle in life was William Carl Bauers. ME. William was William's biggest obstacle in life. He still is.
My greatest challenge, daily, is to bring the darkness within me into the light, and put it to death. Some days I die more than once. Darkness manifests itself in many forms: unkind words spoken to a loved one in the heat of the moment; an out-of-control temper that lashes out; a proud spirit that puts another down; an absent or emotionally distant parent; a workaholic who sacrifices his family for the pursuit of material wealth; a friend who looks the other way; a hardened heart that refuses to help another soul in need; and a sick, ill, or embittered soul that takes the life of another.
People are flawed, everyone. You only need to look around the globe, or in your own backyard, to see that something is desperately wrong with the world.
There is good and evil in this world. Bad things will continue to happen. All the government in the world won't change that. A gun in the hand of every American citizen won't stop the bloodletting.
But I do know what can change, with one hundred percent clarity: ME.
I'm raising my sons to be a force for good in this world, by understanding how evil operates, by knowing how to kill it:
I grieve for the family's who lost loved ones. They are in my thoughts and prayers. I grieve for our country. Something must be done. But the answer isn't guns or legislation. The answer is a hard look in the mirror.
The problem is not guns or laws.
Cover Reveal! INDOMITABLE, a Hardcore Cover for a Hardcore Military SF novel, hits shelves July 2016
Award-winning artist Stephan Martiniere hit the cover of INDOMITABLE out of the stratosphere. I'm over Montana's three moons about this cover, which features Lieutenant Promise Paen of the RAW-MC in her mechsuit. The rifle depicted is the Marine Corps, 3rd Evolution, Extended-Range Pulse Rifle, or MC3-ERP (pronounced Mc-Eerp) - standard issue light weapon of the RAW-MC ( in case you were wondering).
Wow, wow, WOW!
INDOMITABLE hits shelves July 26, 2016. Let the countdown begin! Three weeks before that, Tor releases the paperback of UNBREAKABLE.
To Stephan: Brillian. Mechtastic. Makes me want to suit up and go three rounds with Iron Man.
To Tor Books and my intrepid, cosplay-wearing editor, Marco Palmieri: Thanks for the bang-up job. Truly top-drawer publishing.
Please check out my newly redesigned website, www.wcbauers.com, for more information on the book and for the latest news about Promise and the RAW-MC.
- W. C.
God help me if I'm ever in this situation. See the link below for context. Then, read on.
Now, I need a dummy-gun and a training partner. Master Hong, are you game?
For the record, the best defense is not to be there. Then, compliance. Here's my wallet...you can have it. My life is more important than my Visa. Run away if you can.
Fighting isn't cool. I know...there is a certain coolness factor to a Chan or Lee film. Five-on-one: cool X 5. Ten-on-one: that's cinematic magic. It's also a twisted distortion of reality. We root for the good guy while the body count piles high.
Fighting is dangerous and in many cases morally questionable, if not wrong. Trying to take a gun from someone will likely get you hurt, perhaps seriously, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally.
But, sometimes, the only option is to fight for your life. In those instances, do what you must to keep yourself and the ones you love alive. Hopefully, you've got training to fall back upon.
Don't court the unforgiving minute. The Martial Arts aren't white-magic voodoo. Disarming a gunman isn't cool ( well, okay, it kind of is). But that prospect should also terrify you. It terrifies me. Most people don't have the proper mindset to attempt it, let alone the training to begin with. Including me.
I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and I've only just begun learning. I've trained little in gun defense. But I want to do more, much more. The more I learn the more I come to terms with my own frailty; the more I come to terms with how little I know. I've only just begun.
But, I'm open to learning more.
Start there...if you're interested. Stay humble. Stay teachable. Get training. Become a student and pass on what you've learned.
Never use your knowledge for self-gain. Develop might to do right, and walk humbly. Be an ambassador of peace. Confront evil with good, speak life. But, when you must, stand firm.
Today, my late grandfather, CPO William Coates, has been on my mind.