Up Now–The Barbarian Bride

24 Feb

The conclusion to the epic series …

The end is nigh…

The Federation has stood for over a thousand years, but it’s time may be at an end. It’s Emperor has gone mad, the economy lies in ruins, entire sectors are slipping out of its grasp, warlords, secessionists and pirates are making their own bids for power and a powerful rebel fleet stands ready to storm the gates of Earth. The end cannot be long delayed.

As Roman Garibaldi, now leading an alliance of former naval officers and rebel outsiders, advances towards Earth, desperate to stop Emperor Marius before he throws the entire Federation into the fire, he has to face the possibility that it may already be too late to save the Federation from itself…

…And, as both sides meet in a final confrontation, the price for saving even a tiny part of the once-proud Federation may be more than anyone is willing to pay.

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9 Responses to “Up Now–The Barbarian Bride”

  1. Mike Strong February 25, 2016 at 3:12 am #

    Chris, I just read your afterword even before I go to buy the book and I must say, you are absolutely correct. This election(US) is hyper-important and I’m afraid, as usual, that I will be forced to vote for the lesser of 2 evils rather than a candidate who will turn our country and perhaps the rest of the free world around.

    • Jack Hudler February 25, 2016 at 8:58 am #

      I don’t see it as a lesser of any evils.
      I’ll vote for Trump, why? This is the first time an actual candidate with real, yes, real business sense has a chance to make to the White House.
      That’s basically how I see it. It’s nothing about being Democrat or Republican.

    • chrishanger February 28, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you!

      Personally, i blame the elites. Jeb was never a plausible candidate and Hilary should never have been one.

      Chris

  2. Anarchymedes February 25, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    I, too, read your afterword, Chris, and I’d like you to stop for a moment and think again about the phrase you wrote in it. ‘But the skills needed to be a good President are not the skills needed to get elected.’ Do you realise that by this phrase, you essentially give up on democracy as a form of government and condemn it to death? Because if what you say is true, there is no bloody way a good President will ever be elected. Which means, election is not a good way to ensure the right person gets power at the right time.
    Not that I disagree: I don’t buy into the idea that the majority is always right, and I’ve always hated and despiced groupthink and pack mentality in all forms. Personally, I believe that, just as any tyranny can only be as good (or as bad) as the tyrant(s), so any democracy can only be as good as the ‘demos.’ Read, the average. And the larger the population, the lower the Mr/Ms Average’s awareness and responsibility. If I write anything, I’ll be sure to exploit this point (although, from what I’ve read of your works, I’m much less concerned with politics, and much more with deep personal stuff and social psychology: the influence of the subconscious on society, etc. No offence. 🙂 ). So, what do you think can save the West? Don’t answer here: how about a new series instead? 😉

    • Mike Strong February 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

      @Anarchymedes – The skills to get elected and to properly govern are different but could overlap somewhat so I don’t think Chris has essentially trashed democracy. Where I think democracy has gone wrong is in the fact that politicians have learned to use tax money to buy votes. Having a permanent lower class which is in place in large part due to government policy, and having those lower class voting for people who will give them benefits without having them give anything back in return, is one the major reasons why we are in the state we are in today.

      • Anarchymedes February 26, 2016 at 10:31 am #

        Yes, I know Chris didn’t trash democracy, or meant to. It’s just he is so serious, so rational all the time that I just can’t resist baiting him now and then. I think he’s figured it out by now, and doesn’t go for it. 😉 Sorry Chris. Only you see, it’s not just you, but your characters as well, at least in those of your books that I’ve read. They are all so rational they seem like robots – or walking totalitarian art monuments (I think I mentioned that in one of my reviews – but still gave the book 4 stars). It would be an interesting exercise to count how many times they laugh, or crack a joke. People are not like that: we’re not, not, not, not rational. We’re full of contradictions, conflicting motives and emotions, little obsessive-compulsive quirks, and what not: that’s why we’re so much fun (when we’re fictitious characters). 🙂
        Certainly not when we vote.
        I believe that the so-called political technology – the way to use the demagogue techniques with the help of the modern media – is one of the biggest threats to the ‘purity’ of democracy. The other one… Well, I’m not sure how to give a concise definition to it without hurting some feeling, so I’ll just say that many voters act like teenagers ulucky in their first love. They come to vote full of faith and enthusiasm; it all comes to rats**t. Maybe they do it again. The same. From now on, like a heartbroken teenager, they become all bristling, all cynical, and say that ‘love doesn’ t exist’, ‘men invented love because they didn’ t want to pay,’ and so on. It’s to ward against that sort of behaviour that we have mandatory voting here in Australia. And finally, it’s voting with one’s heart. Sorry, dear Trump supporters, but that, I believe, is the secret of his success. People just like him because he has become an avatar of their anger. Politics be damned. Economics be damned. Take that, establishment: that’s what we think of you. As I said, we’re not always rational.

    • chrishanger February 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

      That really requires a long essay to answer properly, but I’ll do my best.

      Democracy works, IMHO, when responsibility and power are balanced (as Heinlein noted before the current crisis.) Holding a politician to account is a lot harder now, while the ability of a politician to screw up (and mess with our lives) is considerably greater. Furthermore, the politician is in a place where they must stoop to the lowest common denominator – sound-bites instead of reasonable and nuanced arguments, frantic gaffe-denying, mud-slinging, etc. ‘Hilary is a crook/Trump is a fascist’ are more effective these days than ‘this is why Hilary/Trump would be disastrous, etc, etc.’ The candidates are … well, reality TV stars instead of sensible moderates.

      The real problem is that government is just too big at the moment; in Britain as well as America.

      Ideally, I would like to see mass devolution of power. But that isn’t going to happen as long as the elites have good reason to keep things the way they are.

      A series about genuine reform? Could happen.

      Chris

  3. David P. Graf February 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    This book calls out for more! I want to know what happens next.

    • chrishanger February 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      I think there will be a new series at some point. We will see

      Chris

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