Earlier this week Baen Books released the first installment of a new anthology entitled The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera. My friend Seth Dickinson had a story that he originally wrote for Clarkesworld re-published in it.
“Morrigan in the Sunglare” is a story about a future peaceful Earth society that is forced into war to defend itself. Many of the combatants fighting for the Earth cause crack too early. Having been brought up in a culture that values empathy and peace, they cannot rationalize killing people. But the story follows two pilots, Noemi Laporte (call sign Morrigan) and her squadron commander Lorna Simms, who are aces in the fleet. Each has a different way of handling the violence, and the story shows how they face warfare and deal with the ramifications of their actions.
If you’re looking for a good military SF tale, then I definitely recommend this story. Also, keep your eyes out for Dickinson’s debut novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which will be coming out in September. It’s already generating a lot of buzz and looks to be one of the big fantasy releases of the year.