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$2.99 eBook Sale: The Military Science of Star Wars by George Beahm

The ebook edition of The Military Science of Star Wars by George Beahm is on sale now for only $2.99! Get your copy today!

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George Beahm, a former U.S. Army major, draws on his experience to discuss the military science of the sprawling Star Wars universe: its personnel, weapons, technology, tactics and strategy, including an analysis of its key battles to explain how the outmanned and outgunned rebels ultimately prevailed against overwhelming forces.

Contrasting the military doctrine of the real world with the fictional world of Star Wars, the author constructively criticizes the military strengths and weaknesses of Darth Vader’s Galactic Empire and Kylo Ren’s First Order…

From Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) to Rogue One (2016), this timely book demystifies the operational arts in an accessible and entertaining way for military personnel and civilians.

Replete with a glossary of military terms, this book is supplemented with an annotated bibliography.

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This sale ends 12/31/2019.


On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in May

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in May! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

George Beahm, The Military Science of Star Wars

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Tuesday, May 1st
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA
6:30 PM

Phillipa Bornikova, Publish and Perish

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Saturday, May 19th
Page One Bookstore
Albuquerque, NM
4:00 PM

W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Way Home

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Wednesday, May 2nd
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA
6:00 PM

Lara Elena Donnelly, Armistice

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Tuesday, May 22nd
Astoria Bookshop
Queens, NY
7:00 PM

William Gear, This Scorched Earth

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Wednesday, May 2nd
Wind City Books
Casper, WY
6:00 PM

Friday, May 4th
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 5th
Next Page Books & Nosh
Frisco, CO
4:00 PM

Tessa Gratton, The Queens of Innis Lear

Thursday, May 10th
St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch
St. Louis, MO
7:00 PM
Fearless Women panel – hosted by Left Bank Books, also with Sue Burke and K. Arsenault Rivera.

Thursday, May 17th
The Raven Book Store
Lawrence, KS
7:00 PM

Sarah Gailey, American Hippo

Thursday, May 24th
WORD Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM

Neal Griffin, By His Own Hand

Sunday, May 6th
Readers Realm
Montello, WI
1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 8th
Once Upon A Crime
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 12th
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
10:00 AM
Part of Mysterious Galaxy’s 25th Birthday Bash Book Signing

Caitlin R. Kiernan, Black Helicopters

Tuesday, May 1st
Savoy Bookshop and Café
Westerly, RI
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 5th
Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
Providence, RI
6:00 PM

Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift

Tuesday, May 22nd
The Strand
New York, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Tiffany Jackson, in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton.

Wednesday, May 23rd
Busboys and Poets
Washington DC
6:00 PM
In conversation with Jason Reynolds.

Saturday, May 26th
Murder By the Book
Houston, TX
4:30 PM
In conversation with Caleb Roehrig.

Sunday, May 27th
Murder By the Book
Houston, TX
2:00 PM

Tuesday, May 29th
Barnes & Noble
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
In conversation with C.B. Lee.

Wednesday, May 30th
Oakland Public Library
Oakland, CA
12:00 PM
Books provided by Laurel Books.

Thursday, May 31st
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
7:00 PM


New Releases: 5/1/18

Happy New Release day! Here’s what went on sale today.

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

Image Place holder  of - 44 Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Image Placeholder of - 15 In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

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A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her. Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans.

The Military Science of Star Wars by George Beahm

Poster Placeholder of - 70 The first ever in-depth analysis of the tactics and equipment used by the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe has arrived! Spanning all of the films, this comprehensive book goes in to detail about the various guerrilla tactics of the Rebel Alliance and the awe-inspiring might of the Grand Army of the Republic and Darth Vader’s Empire.

Including detailed examples from Earth’s military history, bestselling author George Beahm illustrates how a merciless empire managed to subdue a galaxy with the application of overwhelming force and technology, and how a ragtag group of rebels could cobble together enough of a punch to topple a seemingly-unbeatable enemy.



Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Place holder  of - 55 Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable.

Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known.


And Into the Fire by Robert Gleason

Give Your Heart to the Hawks by Win Blevins

Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

King Rat by China Mieville

Pawn by Timothy Zahn

Tiassa by Steven Brust


Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Light Novel) Vol. 2 Story by Ryo Shirakome; Art by Takaya-ki

If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Vol. 1 Story by Chirolu, Art by Hota

Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol. 7 Story by Tsukasa Kawaguchi; Art by Nobuhiko Yanai

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Vol. 6 Story and art by coolkyousinnjya

Nameless Asterism Vol. 2 Story and art by Kina Kobayashi

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Vol. 1 


Our Favorite Military Tech from Star Wars

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“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

Darth Vader, Episode IV: A New Hope

At the heart of Star Wars, in all its cinematic and written adventures to date, is armed conflict. From the Clone Wars, to the Rebellion taking on the Empire, to the Resistance versus the First Order, nearly all of the technological wonders of Star Wars are viewed through a martial lens. In his new book, The Military Science of Star Wars, former Army major George Beahm takes us deep into the military strategy, technology, and leadership of the Star Wars universe. To celebrate the upcoming book, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite military technology from the world George Lucas created. What’s your favorite?

    1. Blasters: As Beahm points out in The Military Science of Star Wars, blasters aren’t actually that impressive as weapons. In an age as advanced as the world of Star Wars, all weapons should be smart weapons, right? The kind that direct themselves at targets? Yet blasters, the weapon carried by nearly everyone on all sides of conflicts, are “dumb” guns with “dumb” ammunition, relying on the same method of aiming: line-of-sight. Plus, since they’re energy weapons, we’re assuming blasters have to be recharged at some point, right? You know what? It doesn’t matter. It’s a freaking laser pistol, and we want one.


    1. Lightsabers: For many of us, the first time we saw Episode IV: A New Hope, we didn’t understand why Han was so resistant to the idea of a lightsaber. It was a sword! Made of light! That cut through everything! Rewatching as adults, we saw how young Luke looks straight down the handle and we cringed, thinking to ourselves “Oh man, Obi-Wan really should have said something…if Luke had turned it on right then, he’d have literally had a laser sword slicing straight through his head!” Despite the obvious dangers, we love the idea of lightsabers, though. We’ve all dreamt of mastering this close range weapon, of dancing through a droid or clone army deflecting blaster fire and slicing through limbs. But now we’re aware that without the years and years of practice, the limbs we’re likely to be slicing off are our own. Still, we might be willing to pay that price to play with a real lightsaber. Wouldn’t you?


    1. TIE Fighters and X-Wings: Some of our favorite scenes in the Star Wars movies are the space battles. They’re not exactly the most scientifically accurate (there’s no noise in space, George!), but they are visually stunning. And a large part of the credit for that goes to the spaceships involved—in particular, the face offs between the Imperial TIE Fighters and the Rebellion’s X-Wings. Watching them maneuver, rolling and turning and firing lasers, is a thing of beauty. The distinctive shapes make identifying who’s flying for which side easy in a chaotic space battle. All that said, there are some downsides to both TIE Fighters and X-Wings. Namely, they’re both single-fighter crafts, and the interiors don’t seem to have been updated much from our current F-16s. In other words, if you want to be a pilot, either today or in the Star Wars universe, we hope you’re comfortable in a diaper. That does kind of ruin the romance of watching those epic space battles for us.


    1. Robots and Droids: In the Star Wars universe, robots have improved to the point where (in the prequels at least) they’ve replaced the majority of human and alien armies. After all, robot armies are cheaper to build and train than traditional ones. Not to mention the number of lives saved with this kind of conflict. But what’s the difference between a robot and a droid? Droids have artificial intelligence, something the Star Wars universe has mastered. Not only do the Droids in Star Wars have the ability to learn and adapt, they have personality. R2-D2’s sassy beeps tell us he’s quick-witted and sarcastic, even if we can’t tell what he’s actually saying. C-3PO’s fussy and precise mannerisms are perfect for a protocol droid, even if he’s kind of annoying to the more casual members of the Rebel Alliance/Resistance. Don’t even get us started on the amazing, adorable BB-8. We desperately want one rolling along with us every day!


  1. Prosthetics: Along with the leap in technology that makes robots and droids possible, another area where the Star Wars universe excels is in the progress of prosthetics. While not strictly military tech, prosthetics are definitely something soldiers and rebels use, as Luke demonstrates after getting his hand cut off in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The prosthetic hand he receives is light years beyond what we have currently: it looks and feels real, includes touch and pain receptors, and connects to his brain in ways we’re only just now beginning to experiment with. Plus, if you lose a limb in the Star Wars universe and decide that the realistic look isn’t for you, you can choose to go with the straight-up robot look (again demonstrated by Luke, only this time an older Luke in Episode VII: The Force Awakens). Aesthetically, we might go with the robot hand. It looks more badass than a regular old hand.

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