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Friday, October 07, 2005

Demon Tech

I really love science-fiction. Not so crazy about fantasy, but occasionally some of it seems readable enough. My favorite SF writers are Jerry Pournelle and David Sherman, and interestingly enough, both have taken on fantasy projects that I found very worthwhile. Pournelle started out with Burning City (of course, written with Larry Niven), and Sherman came up with a military-themed series he called DemonTech, based on a very clever notion of different kinds of demons who would respond to desires (and food!) to do the bidding of humans.

At first I thought Sherman's notion was silly, but after finishing the first DemonTech novel, featuring two marines (naturally), I was hooked. Because I delayed getting into the series, I was able to read the first two books (Onslaught and Rally Point), in one sitting, so to speak, and in short order the third (Gulf Run) as soon as it came out. This was an excellent series, with each book getting better and better, and I was really enjoying the characters, too. Oh, was I ever looking forward to book IV! They're in a pretty pickle at the end of Book III, so I was on the edge of my chair, metaphorically speaking, to find out what was going to happen next!

And now, this. I wasn't paying attention, and yes, this news was put on Sherman's website eight freeping months ago, but the publisher has bailed on the series! Oh, yeah, and now I am truly ticked off. I don't suppose I can prevail upon David Sherman to finish the last book and publish it online, at least, but that would be nice. I would even work with him to put the book on the web, for free!

DemonTechers Unite!

I don't know if Sherman's suggestions for helping to resurrect the series would work:
The publisher has told me that if sales pick up, they'll reconsider. If you want to continue reading DemonTech, there are a couple of things you can do: You can write reviews at or other online booksellers, and personally urge friends, relatives, acquaintances, whoever, to try DemonTech.
But I will do what I can, at least.


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