Charles E. Gannon (Master of Ceremonies)

Master of Ceremonies: Charles E. Gannon 

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have, as of this writing, all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers. The fifth in the series, Marque of Caine, will be available late in January, 2019. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen Books. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the NYT and WSJ best-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series, and with Steve White in the NYT best-selling Starfire series. His other novels and short fiction straddle the divide between hard SF and technothrillers. Much of this work has appeared in anthologies set in the Honorverse, Man-Kzin, and War World universes, the rest appearing in other collections and Analog.

His best known work of non-fiction, Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda Setting in American and British Speculative Fiction, won the 2006 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Book, and was the topic of discussion when he was interviewed by NPR .

Among various media appearances, his most recent was as an expert commentator on The Discovery Channel’s second installment of its premier series “Curiosity”.

Along with 45 other SF writers (such as Niven, Pournelle, Brin, Bova), he is a member of SIGMA, the “SF think-tank,” and has served as a consultant for  various intelligence and defense agencies, including including the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, NATO, DARPA, NRO, DHS, NASA, and several other agencies and defense contractors (NDAs preclude disclosure). In many cases, these organizations have had a direct interest in the innovations and concepts he presents in his novels. Notably, the first public reading from the approved manuscript of Fire With Fire (first book in the Caine Riordan series) was part of a presentation to an annual conference held by the National Reconnaissance Office.

Dr. Gannon has been a Fulbright Fellow at Liverpool University, Palacky University [Czech Republic], and the University of Dundee, and received two Fulbright (and multiple U.S. Embassy) Travel Grants to these countries as well as to The Netherlands, Slovakia, England, and Italy. He has published extensively on the interaction of fiction, technology (particularly military and space), and political influence.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gannon worked eight years as a scriptwriter and producer in New York City, where his clients included the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness.  He has also worked in game design, primarily for GDW’s roleplaying lines (Traveller, 2300 AD, Twilight 2000, Dark Conspiracy), as well as crafting tactical-level simulations for other clients.

Gannon lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and four children.

Bibliography (abbreviated):

Novels

Marque of Caine  Book 5 in the Terran Republic series. ((NY, NY: Baen Books, January, 2019)

Oblivion (with Steve White) (NY, NY: Baen Books, April, 2018)

1636: The Vatican Saction (with Eric Flint). (NY, NY: Baen Books, December 2017)

Caine’s Mutiny. Book 4 of Tales of the Terran Republic. (NY, NY: Baen Books, forthcoming, 2017)

Imperative (with Steve White). (NY, NY: Baen Books, (February, 2016)

Raising Caine.  Nebula Award and Dragon Award finalist. Book 3 of the Terran Republic series. (NY, NY: Baen Books, October, 2015)

Trial by Fire. Nebula Finalist. Book 2 of the Terran Republic series. (NY, NY: Baen Books, August, 2014)

1636: Commodore Cantrell in the West Indies  (with Eric Flint). (NY, NY: Baen Books, June, 2014)

Fire With Fire. Nebula Finalist and winner of the Compton Crook Award. Book 1 of Tales of the Terran Republic. (NY, NY: Baen Books, April, 2013)

1635: The Papal Stakes (with Eric Flint).  (NY, NY: Baen Books, October, 2012)

Extremis  (with Steve White).  (NY, NY: Baen Books, 2011)

 

Forthcoming Novels 

1636: Calabar’s War (with Robert Waters) ) (NY, NY: Baen Books, forthcoming, 2019)

1636: The War Beyond the Line (with Eric Flint). (NY, NY: Baen Books forthcoming, 2019)

The Broken World  (Book 1 in the Well of Worlds trilogy) (NY, NY: Baen Books, forthcoming)

1636: Admiral Simpson in the Mediterranean (with Eric Flint). (NY, NY: Baen Books forthcoming)

Misbegotten  (a Terran Republic novel)  (NY, NY: Baen Books forthcoming)

Triage  (a Terran Republic novel), with Eric Flint.  (NY, NY: Baen Books forthcoming)

 

Novellas & Novelettes

“A Taste of Ashes,” in Infinite Stars, (Titan Books, September 2018)

“Kinderspielen,” in Ring of Fire IV  (NY, NY: Baen, 2016). First publication: Baen On-Line (www.baen.com; 2012)

“Not for Ourselves Alone,” (revised) in Baen Free Stories (Baen Books, 2015).

“White Sand, Red Dust,” in The Aethers of Mars  (Rockville, MD; Ark Manor, 2014)

“By the Book,” The Honor Harrington 20th Anniversary Anthology (NY, NY; Baen Books, July, 2013)

“To Spec,” (expanded version) on Baen On-Line (www.baen.com; 2013)

“PIck of the Litter” in Man-Kzin Wars XIII (NY, NY: Baen Books, 2012)

“Tomcat Tactics” in Man-Kzin Wars XIII (NY, NY: Baen Books, 2012)

“Lesser Beings,” in Going Interstellar (NY, NY: Baen Books, 2012)

“Upward Mobility,” in Ring of Fire III (NY, NY: Baen, 2011)

“Not for Ourselves Alone,” Analog   December, 2010. Reprinted in ESLI: Russian SF Magazine (2012).

“Down the Rabid Hole: The Report on Lost Colony 4a,” in War World: Discovery (Pennsylvania; Pequod Press, 2010)

“To Spec,” in Breach the Hull .  Book Two of the Defending the Future series. (Howell, NJ: Dark Quest Books, 2009).

“The Power of Visions.”   Analog   June, 2003; 42-60.

“The Gift of the Magi,” in Invasion (New York: Baen/Simon & Schuster, 1994).

“Introductions,” in Invasion (New York: Baen/Simon & Schuster, 1994).

 

Short Stories

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor: Part One,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 63, 1 January 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor, Number Two: The Secret Guilt of Thomas North,” In The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 64, 1 March 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor, Number Three: Thomas and Sherrilyn: Frenemies Without Benefits,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 65, 1 May 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor, Number Four: Books Within the Book,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 66, 1 July 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor Number Five: The Word According to Whom?” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 67, 1 September 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor, Number Six: Pirates as Prey,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 68, 1 November 2016

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor Number Seven: The Exception That Makes the Rule: Cutting a Chase Scene,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 69, 1 January 2017

“About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor Number Eight: Authenticity, Site Surveys, and Blind Serendipity,” in The Grantville Gazette (on-line magazine), Volume 70, 1 March 2017.

“A Cyberkeet’s Story,” in Space and Time Magazine, (forthcoming, 2014)

“A Thing of Beauty,” Baen.com. Expanded from an earlier verion in By Other Means. Book Three of the Defending the Future series. (Howell, NJ: Dark Quest Books, 2011).

“Birds of a Feather,” in Ring of Fire III (NY, NY: Baen, 2011)

“Penny Wise,” in War World: CoDominium Take-Over (Pennsylvania; Pequod Press, 2011)

“A Thing of Beauty,” in By Other Means. Book Three of the Defending the Future series. (Howell, NJ: Dark Quest Books, 2011).

“Recidivism” (short story), in Breach the Hull . Book Two of the Defending the Future series. (Howell, NJ: Dark Quest Books, 2009).

“It Plays With Its Food,” Challenge Magazine 65.  GDW Publishing, 1991.

10 (ten) 300-word flash fiction pieces inHard Times, (Bloomington: GDW, Inc., 1991; 96 pp. (large format).

6 (six)  300-word flash fiction pieces inBehind Blue Eyes (Challenge Magazine, no.s 48–51, 1991), Bloomington: GDW, Inc.

 

Non-fiction Books and Academic Publications

Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda-setting in American and English Speculative Fiction.  Winner of the American Library Association’s Choice Award  for Outstanding Book, 2006.)

   1st edition: Liverpool University Press (Liverpool, U.K.), 2003. Hardcover and paperback.

   2nd edition: Rowman and Littlefield, Inc., Boulder, CO, Lanham, MA; 2005.

Book Chapters and Anthologized Articles: 7

Articles (refereed): 20

 

Gaming Materials

Hard Times.  Bloomington: GDW, Inc., 1991 (large format).

Assignment: Vigilante.   Bloomington: GDW, Inc., 1992 (large format).

Astrogator’s Guide to the Diaspora Sector.  Bloomington: GDW, Inc., 1992 (large format).

Darktek Sourcebook.   Bloomington: GDW, Inc., 1992 (large format).

Behind Blue Eyes (book length product).  Challenge Magazine (no.s 48–51, 1991)

Operation Back Door (book length product).  Challenge Magazine (no.s 49-52, 1991)

“You’re Not From Around Here, Are You,” in Twilight Nightmares, ed. Loren Wiseman.  Bloomington, IL: GDW, Inc. 1991.

“This Ain’t No Weather Balloon,” in Twilight Nightmares, ed. Loren Wiseman.  Bloomington, IL: GDW, Inc. 1991.

Challenge Magazine articles (GDW, Inc.)Game scenarios, interactive fiction, and support articles: 48 (1988-1992)

Traveller Chronicle articles (Sword of the Knight Publications) Game scenarios, interactive fiction, and support articles: 8 (1993-1994)