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The Core War and Other Stories



Cover art created for Alistair Young’s second novel “The Core War and Other Stories,” now available on Amazon.com.

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Alistair Young’s first book Vignettes of the Star Empire is a collection of short fiction set in his Eldraeverse universe. Now …

"War has come to the Associated Worlds!

Following on from Vignettes of the Star Empire, this book again collects fiction and metafiction from the Associated Worlds, leading up to the epistolary novella "The Core War," as tensions between the Worlds and the neighboring Voniensan Republic come to a head."

— Alistair Young, of eldraeverse.com

The Eldraeverse is a strange and futuristic place, haunted by weakly godlike entities, civilizations that have undergone a Vingian Technological Singularity, and civilizations that are just centimeters away from achieving it. Such a topic in the hands of a lesser author could degenerate into a tiresome confusing mass of disjointed images. But Alistair’s encyclopedic knowledge of math, science, Post Singularity tropes, standard science fiction hypertechnology, and writing skill makes his work a joy to read. They have a lilting satirical tone but are build on a rock-solid foundation of scientific understanding. Sort of like a cross between Greg Egan, Douglas Hofstadter, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.

— Winchell Chung, of Atomic Rockets

About the Cover:

Style: Mainstream Imperial architectural style decided long ago that their equivalents of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne were about the best things that ever happened visually, and proceeded to develop the blend of the two, known as "Raygun Gothic."

The Starship: The mainstay of the Imperial fleet, the Drake-class frigate.

This is Drake, the class-naming ship. Various ships of the class serve in the Core War, as mentioned in the book (the Bloodclaw, Flamefang, Razorwing, etc.) The hull itself is gorgeous in shimmering military indigo; naturally, leading edges and other salient points are highlighted in gold brightwork, just because the Imperial Navy can and wishes to emphasize that small point. Black, glassy domes conceal the point-defense laser grid. The six geodesic spheres – three on each side, arranged fore-to-aft along the mid-line contain redundant sensor suites, best not placed inside the armor.

Alistair has compiled a rather complete and thorough description here The Drake: Revealed, a spec sheet here Drake-class Frigate: Spec Sheet and, because there are always a few modifications once you actually start beating brass and doing detail work, see Drake-class Frigate: Post-Hoc Modifications.

I’ll just touch on a few points of visual detail.


The Drake’s main gun is a spinal mount 2400/1200 mm custom axial mass driver, (port visible at nose). Secondary turrets are 2 x “Slammer III” mass driver duals and 8 x “Slammer III” singles, four up front, two in radiator-tip (wingtip) leading-edge mounts, and two rearward-mounted to protect the ship’s kilt.


Far back along the hull are burnished stubby “wings,” which are of course not wings – they’re the secondary radiators; double-sided radiative striping under transparent light armor, encapsulating bunker space. These are considered the secondary radiators because they’re designed to carry only the life-support and low-power heat load.)

The external parts of the primary radiators sit on top of and below the cowl; they’re liquid-metal droplet radiators, which extend perpendicular to the secondaries when in use. They’re intended to support full power-and-some-more on the reactors, such that you can make a fast retreat and chill down your heat sinks at the same time. The dorsal droplet generator and receiver arms fold down for atmospheric entry, dropping onto their support cradle, the ventral do the same, only the entire cradle mount retracts into the hull, as the ships belly serves as an integral landing-pad.

Flight bay door is visible beneath the ships nose, side bay doors are located just forward of the low power radiators.

You can sample Alistair’s writings on his blog, eldraeverse.com (highly recommended for much entertainment, wisdom, and insight) and be sure to check out preview links to The Core War in my Eldraeverse journal feature linked below.


The Eldraeverse

Acknowledgements and Credits

Zeynep Dilli created the beautiful artwork for the Drake’s crest.

Background is Star-Forming Region in the Carina Nebula: Detail 1. I’ve modified the image, deepening tonal hues and enhancing luminosity.

Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF


A special feature on the Drake’s Nucleodyne Thrust Applications “Sunheart V fusion torch and propulsion module diagram will follow in the next day or so. A full vehicle diagram is planned. A special work featuring visualizations from Alistair Young’s brilliant short fic Phoenix Falling, which can be read in Alistair’s first book Vignettes of the Star Empire, is in preliminary design stage.
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Hard sci-fi art-deco. Sounds/looks good.