S.M. Stirling Books

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S. M. Stirling is a Canadian-American writer best known for alternate history novels like the Draka series. Stirling was born in 1953 in Metz, France on a Royal Canadian Air Force Base. Stirling’s mother was English. His father was Canadian. He started writing in high school. Stirling was one of four students in a writing class.

Order of Alternate World War Series

1Black Chamber 2018Description / Buy
2Theater of Spies 2019Description / Buy
3Shadows of Annihilation 2020Description / Buy

Order of Change Series

1The Sunrise Lands 2007Description / Buy
2The Scourge of God 2008Description / Buy
3The Sword of the Lady 2009Description / Buy
4The High King of Montival 2010Description / Buy
5The Tears of the Sun 2010Description / Buy
6Lord of Mountains 2012Description / Buy
7The Given Sacrifice 2013Description / Buy
8The Change 2015Description / Buy

Order of Dies The Fire Series

1Dies the Fire 2004Description / Buy
2The Protector's War 2005Description / Buy
3A Meeting at Corvallis 2006Description / Buy

Order of Draka Series

1Marching Through Georgia 1988Description / Buy
2Under the Yoke 1989Description / Buy
3The Stone Dogs 1990Description / Buy
4Drakon 1996Description / Buy
5Drakas! 2000Description / Buy

Order of Exiled Series

1Clan of the Claw ( With: John Ringo, Harry Turtledove, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z. Williamson) 2011Description / Buy
2By Tooth and Claw ( With: John Ringo, Mercedes Lackey, Jody Lynn Nye, Eric Flint) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Falkenberg's Legion Series

1Prince of Mercenaries ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 1989Description / Buy
2Falkenberg's Legion ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 1990Description / Buy
3Prince of Sparta ( With: Jerry Pournelle) 1993Description / Buy
4Go Tell the Spartans ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 1993Description / Buy

Order of Fifth Millenium Series with Shirley Meier

1Snowbrother 1985Description / Buy
2The Sharpest Edge 1986Description / Buy
3The Cage 1989Description / Buy
4Shadow's Son 1991Description / Buy
5Shadow's Daughter ( By: Shirley Meier) 1991Description / Buy
6Saber and Shadow 1992Description / Buy

Order of Flight Engineer Series with James Doohan

1The Rising 1996Description / Buy
2The Privateer 1999Description / Buy
3The Independent Command 2000Description / Buy

Order of Island In The Sea Of Time Series

1Island in the Sea of Time 1998Description / Buy
2Against the Tide of Years 1999Description / Buy
3On the Oceans of Eternity 2000Description / Buy

Order of Lords Of Creation Series

1The Sky People 2001Description / Buy
2In the Courts of the Crimson Kings 2008Description / Buy

Order of Raj Whitehall/The General Series

1The Forge ( With: David Drake) 1991Description / Buy
2The Hammer ( With: David Drake) 1992Description / Buy
3The Anvil ( With: David Drake) 1993Description / Buy
4The Steel ( With: David Drake) 1993Description / Buy
5The Sword ( With: David Drake) 1995Description / Buy
6The Chosen ( With: David Drake) 1996Description / Buy
7The Reformer ( With: David Drake) 1999Description / Buy
8The Tyrant ( By: David Drake, Eric Flint) 2002Description / Buy
9The Heretic ( By: David Drake) 2013Description / Buy
10The Savior ( By: David Drake) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Rudi's Children Series

1The Golden Princess 2014Description / Buy
2The Desert and the Blade 2015Description / Buy
3Prince of Outcasts 2016Description / Buy
4The Sea Peoples 2017Description / Buy
5The Sky-Blue Wolves 2018Description / Buy

Order of Shadowspawn Series

1A Taint in the Blood 2010Description / Buy
2The Council of Shadows 2011Description / Buy
3Shadows of Falling Night 2013Description / Buy

Order of T2 Series

1Infiltrator 2000Description / Buy
2Rising Storm 2002Description / Buy
3The Future War 2003Description / Buy

Order of S.M. Stirling Standalone Novels

1The Rose Sea ( With: Holly Lisle) 1994Description / Buy
2The Peshawar Lancers 2002Description / Buy
3Conquistador 2003Description / Buy

Order of S.M. Stirling Short Story Collections

1Ice, Iron and Gold 2001Description / Buy

Order of Babylon 5 Series

1Accusations ( By: Lois Tilton) 1995Description / Buy
2Voices ( By: John Vornholt) 1995Description / Buy
3Blood Oath ( By: J. Michael Straczynski, John Vornholt) 1995Description / Buy
4Blood Oath ( By: John Vornholt) 1995Description / Buy
5Blood Oath ( By: John Vornholt) 1995Description / Buy
6Betrayals 1996Description / Buy
7The Touch of Your Shadow, The Whisper of Your Name ( By: Neal Barrett Jr.) 1996Description / Buy
8Personal Agendas ( By: ) 1997Description / Buy
9Clark's Law ( By: Jim Mortimore) 1997Description / Buy
10Clark's Law ( By: Jim Mortimore) 1997Description / Buy

Order of Brainship Series

1The Ship Who Sang ( By: Anne McCaffrey) 1969Description / Buy
2The Ship Who Searched ( By: Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey) 1992Description / Buy
3PartnerShip ( By: Anne McCaffrey) 1992Description / Buy
4The City Who Fought 1993Description / Buy
5The Ship Who Won ( By: Anne McCaffrey, Jody Lynn Nye) 1993Description / Buy
6The Ship Errant ( By: Jody Lynn Nye) 1996Description / Buy
7The Ship Avenged 1997Description / Buy

Order of Legends Of The Riftwar Series

1Honored Enemy ( By: Raymond E. Feist, William R. Forstchen) 2001Description / Buy
2Murder in LaMut ( By: Joel Rosenberg, Raymond E. Feist) 2003Description / Buy
3Jimmy the Hand ( With: Raymond E. Feist) 2005Description / Buy
4Jimmy and the Crawler ( By: Raymond E. Feist) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Man-Kzin Wars Series

1The Man-Kzin Wars ( By: Larry Niven) 1988Description / Buy
2Man-Kzin Wars II ( With: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle) 1989Description / Buy
3Man-Kzin Wars III ( By: Larry Niven) 1990Description / Buy
4Man-Kzin Wars IV 1991Description / Buy
5The Children's Hour ( With: Jerry Pournelle) 1991Description / Buy
6Man-Kzin Wars V ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 1992Description / Buy
7Man-Kzin Wars VI ( By: Gregory Benford, Mark O. Martin) 1994Description / Buy
8Man-Kzin Wars VII ( By: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, Paul Chafe) 1995Description / Buy
9A Darker Geometry ( By: Gregory Benford) 1996Description / Buy
10The Best of All Possible Wars 1998Description / Buy
11Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names ( By: Larry Niven) 1998Description / Buy
12Man-Kzin Wars IX ( By: Jim Baen) 2001Description / Buy
13The House of the Kzinti ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 2002Description / Buy
14Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War ( By: Larry Niven) 2003Description / Buy
15Man-Kzin Wars XI ( By: Matthew Harrington) 2005Description / Buy
16Destiny's Forge ( By: Paul Chafe) 2006Description / Buy
17Man-Kzin Wars XII ( By: Larry Niven) 2009Description / Buy
18Man-Kzin Wars XIII ( By: Larry Niven) 2012Description / Buy
19Man-Kzin Wars XIV ( By: Larry Niven) 2013Description / Buy
20Treasure Planet ( By: Larry Niven) 2014Description / Buy
21Man-Kzin Wars XV ( By: Larry Niven) 2019Description / Buy

Order of War World Series

1The Burning Eye ( By: Jerry Pournelle, John F. Carr) 1988Description / Buy
2Death's Head Rebellion (Short Story) ( By: Jerry Pournelle, John F. Carr) 1990Description / Buy
3Sauron Dominion ( By: Jerry Pournelle, John F. Carr) 1991Description / Buy
4Codominium ( By: Jerry Pournelle, John F. Carr) 1992Description / Buy
5Blood Feuds ( By: Harry Turtledove) 1992Description / Buy
6Invasion ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 1994Description / Buy
7Blood Vengeance ( With: Harry Turtledove, Jerry Pournelle, Judith Tarr) 1994Description / Buy
8Discovery ( By: Jerry Pournelle) 2010Description / Buy
9Takeover ( By: Don Hawthorne) 2011Description / Buy
10The Lidless Eye ( By: Don Hawthorne, John F. Carr) 2013Description / Buy
11War World: The Lidless Eye ( By: Don Hawthorne, John F. Carr) 2013Description / Buy
12The Battle of Sauron ( By: Jerry Pournelle, Don Hawthorne, John F. Carr) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Magic: The Gathering: Anthology Series

1Tapestries 1995Description / Buy
2Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes ( By:) 1996Description / Buy
3Rath and Storm ( By: Philip Athans, , J. Robert King, Peter Archer, Kij Johnson, , , Michael G. Ryan) 1998Description / Buy
4The Colors of Magic ( By: Richard Lee Byers, Loren L. Coleman, , Jeff Grubb, J. Robert King, Paul B. Thompson, Don Perrin, , , , Vance Moore) 1999Description / Buy
5The Myths of Magic ( By: Philip Athans, Richard Lee Byers, , J. Robert King, Paul B. Thompson, Scott McGough, Michael G. Ryan, , Vance Moore) 2000Description / Buy
6The Dragons of Magic ( By: Edo Van Belkom, Brian M. Thomsen, , , , J. Robert King, Paul B. Thompson, , Scott McGough, , Vance Moore) 2001Description / Buy
7The Secrets of Magic ( By: Philip Athans, J. Robert King, Paul B. Thompson, , Scott McGough, Vance Moore, , , Cory J. Herndon) 2002Description / Buy
8The Monsters of Magic ( By: Brian M. Thomsen, , , J. Robert King, Paul B. Thompson, Stephen D. Sullivan, , Scott McGough, , Vance Moore) 2003Description / Buy
9Path of the Planeswalker: A Magic: The Gathering Graphic Anthology ( By:) 2009Description / Buy

Order of Emberverse Universe Series

1Dies the Fire 2004Description / Buy
2The Protector's War 2005Description / Buy
3A Meeting at Corvallis 2006Description / Buy
4The Sunrise Lands 2007Description / Buy
5The Scourge of God 2008Description / Buy
6The Sword of the Lady 2009Description / Buy
7The High King of Montival 2010Description / Buy
8The Tears of the Sun 2010Description / Buy
9Lord of Mountains 2012Description / Buy
10The Given Sacrifice 2013Description / Buy
11The Golden Princess 2014Description / Buy
12The Change 2015Description / Buy
13The Desert and the Blade 2015Description / Buy
14Prince of Outcasts 2016Description / Buy
15The Sea Peoples 2017Description / Buy
16The Sky-Blue Wolves 2018Description / Buy

Order of Tales from the Black Chamber Series

1Daggers in Darkness 2021Description / Buy

S.M. Stirling Anthologies

1 Fantastic World War II1990Description / Buy
2 Power1991Description / Buy
3 Dragon's Eye1994Description / Buy
4 The Day the Magic Stopped1995Description / Buy
5 Foreign Legions2001Description / Buy
6 Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories2011Description / Buy
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When the class began, the teacher handed each student a notebook and told them to fill its pages. The students were expected to meet each week to discuss their progress. The teacher also encouraged them to consult him whenever they needed assistance. It was within this setting that Stirling’s first book was written.

Even at that young age, he knew that the novel was terrible. But that did not deter him. Instead, he kept writing, making improvements along the way until he came to the realization that he had what it took to write professionally.

Many of the stories that Stirling writes tackle alternate history, and this presents a challenge. The author enjoys exploring the events that might have occurred if history had taken a different path. However, Stirling knows that most people know very little about history. As such, he understands that they might not necessarily appreciate the changes his stories make to history.

The author’s publishers have been known to reject his ideas for novels for similar reasons. They have noted on occasion that Stirling’s pitches rely a little too heavily on historical moments and events that people know nothing about. This hasn’t stopped the author from indulging his obsession with major historical figures and occurrences.

Though, he has also written science fiction and fantasy. His novels feature militaristic cultures whose views differ from the modern western perspective. His female characters are always strong and distinct, and they play prominent roles in each story. Stirling has written several series throughout the course of his career.

He admits that telling a consistent story across multiple books isn’t always easy. This is why he does a lot of research. When Stirling is starting a new novel, he can see some of the scenes and characters in his head. But they are random and not fully formed. Some of the characters are completely fictional. Others feature attributes that real people inspired.

As his story begins to take shape, the author does as much reading as he can. Whenever possible, Stirling will consult real people, especially if he needs help getting into the mind of a character with an attribute that is alien to him. He normally writes in a linear manner. Though, every so often, he will write a random scene that unexpectedly came to him even though it is out of order.

Stirling doesn’t write multiple books at once. He prefers to finish one book before starting another. Sometimes, a specific plot will surprise the author by consuming far more space than he expected, forcing him to turn what should have been one book into two. But even then, Stirling is unlikely to work on both novels at the same time.

The author will only tackle multiple projects when he gets an opportunity to collaborate with another author or to lend his talents to an anthology. In such a scenario, he will work on his novel and the collaborative project at the same time.

S. M. Stirling Awards

Stirling has received multiple Dragon Award nominations.

Best S. M. Stirling Books

Stirling’s interests include anthropology, history, archeology, and martial arts. Stirling’s best novels include:

Dies The Fire: Everything changed when a storm assaulted Nantucket island. The electrical storm disabled every electronic device on the island. It also made every form of fuel inoperable. However, the blinding flash that produced these effects was merely the start. What followed was a catastrophe of epic proportions, one that covered the globe, dragging humanity back to the dark age.

The Protector’s War: Eight years ago, all technology on the planet stopped working. The world descended into madness. The survivors had to rebuild, uniting to form fierce tribes. Michael Havel led the Bearkillers. His clan of renowned warriors kept Willamette Valley safe. And he could always count on Juniper Mackenzie and her mystical clan.

But their combined might is unlikely to repel Normal Arminger, a medieval scholar hellbent on claiming Willamette valley.

When Does The Next S.M. Stirling book come out?

S.M. Stirling doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Daggers in Darkness and was released on March, 11th 2021. It is the newest book in the Tales from the Black Chamber Series.


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