Way back in December, I got an e-mail from Ben Grossblatt at the book packager becker&mayer!, a Seattle-based company that has been responsible for a bunch of cool books, including the Star Trek tomes Federation: The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman, Build the U.S.S. Enterprise by Scott Tipton, How to Speak Klingon by Ben Grossblatt (him again...), and many more. Ben wanted to know if I'd be interested in writing a book called The Klingon Art of War. For reasons that should be blindingly obvious to anyone who has read my novels Diplomatic Implausibility, A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound, Enemy Territory, A Burning House, The Art of the Impossible, Articles of the Federation, A Singular Destiny, The Brave and the Bold Book 2, and A Time for War, a Time for Peace, or my short stories "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je," "Family Matters," and "The Unhappy Ones," or my comic book Alien Spotlight: Klingons, or my eBook novella Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, hells yeah! I'd be interested!!!!
So yeah. We worked out a deal, which included a three-page book contract and a 12-page non-disclosure agreement. b&m! then sold the project to Simon & Schuster, which made me happy, as that meant it would be from the same house that does the Trek novels.
The size and scope of the NDA meant that I had to limit my mentions of the book to the rather vague "The Project That Cannot Be Named (Yet)." For the past eight months or so I have kept a lid on it, even after it started showing up on some web sites, because I fulfill my contracts, dagnabbit.
How-some-ever, today was the official announcement, so here we are. The full title is: The Klingon Art of War: Ancient Principles of Ruthless Honor. Precepts derived from the teachings of Kahless the Unforgettable, with modern commentary by K'Ratak, son of M'Lind, translated from the original Klingon by Keith R.A. DeCandido.
Here's the cover (click to embiggen):
Here's the promo copy:
Klingons fight, but they do not merely fight. For Klingons, battle is a dance, a way of living with dignity and purpose. This is central to the concept at the heart of Klingondom: honor.
The Klingon Art of War lays out the principles of the Klingon code that animates their entire culture. Each chapter introduces another part of the Klingon ethic and explores the ways it informs Klingon life, behavior, and history. Each chapter also celebrates famous Klingons, warships, and battles, and the role they've played in advancing the Klingon Empire.
And here's one of the two-page spreads from the beginning of the Ninth Precept (there are ten all together):
(Eagle-eyed folks may notice that the quote from Kahless is a Klingon variation on a saying near and dear to martial artists, the Japanese phrase "nana kirobi ya oki," which translates roughly to "seven times fall down, eight times get up." I used the phrase in my StarCraft manga Ghost Academy as well....)
The book will be out in hardcover in May 2014. I'll be promoting the crap out of it when it arrives, worry not. :)
EDITED TO ADD: You can also preorder the book from the fine folks at Amazon.