Skip to comments.Interview with Conservative Military Science Fiction writer John Ringo
Posted on 08/27/2012 6:00:36 AM PDT by Gideonwoulfe
This week we interview author John Ringo. He has had several books on the New York Times best seller list and he has over two million books in print. Ringos specializes in military science fiction.
The Hitchhiker asks
Question 1- After reading There Will Be Dragons I had a sense that Heinlein had influenced your writing. Are you a fan of his work?
Very much so. Heinlein is the absolute sine qua non of science fiction authors. While I havent read all of his works, Ive read most and hes definitely my favorite SF author influencing both my writing and my life. Among other things, that bastard Sergeant Ho in Starship Troopers tricked me into joining the infantry.
(Excerpt) Read more at thefreehold.us ...
I enjoy his writing, but its quality is very uneven.
It should be military/science fiction.
I first found out about John Ringo when I bought ‘Ghost’ by him. Great, great book, and mine came with a CD with some cool stuff on it, like ‘March of Cambreadth’ by Heather Alexander. Seems like Ringo likes using music in his books.
By the way, the main character in Ghost is an inactive SEAL.
(because there are no ex-SEALs)
Quite agree about P of S, particularly in the first book.
But as the series continues the character seems to actually kind of grow up to some extent.
The sheer level of pervert wish fulfillment in it remains a little hard to take, IMO. Without this the series would have been great.
Baen Publishing has a bunch of free ebooks by their various authors here, including a few by John Ringo (check out "A Hymn Before Battle")
Thanks for bringing this interview to my attention, I had forgotten about “The Freehold” and have now locked it into my bookmarks. As a long-time fan of Heinlein, I recognize that the name of this site is (perhaps) based on Heinlein’s arguably most non-PC novel, “Farnham’s Freehold” (1965).
I submit that this novel could not be published today as its theme is a post-apocalyptic world run by Africa with white slavery and white slaves as food (cannibalism). Heinlein loved taking cultural memes and turning them on their heads to show what he believed to be true human nature. “Farnham’s Freehold” was/is definitely not my favorite Heinlein book but it does stick in ones memory archives.
You are correct Farnham’s Freehold could never find a publisher today and the book is meant to be a parable about the sins of racism. But the racist PC crowd would not see it as such.
The object of the freehold site is to realize part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision and take back at least one small segment of popular culture.
Uh, I'm guessing he meant non plus ultra. An author should know the meaning of the terms he uses...
The object of the freehold site is to realize part of Andrew Breitbarts vision
Since you can state this blog's objectives, we'll assume it is your blog.
There is absolutely no reason for you to have excerpted this blog post.
and take back at least one small segment of popular culture.
And perhaps to "take" a few free blog hits from Free Republic?
You will save yourself much grief if you NEVER AGAIN use the excerpt feature when posting from your blog.
I'm sorry but I fail to agree. RAH remains the most honored SciFi/SF author by his peers and public. It can be argued that he made SF acceptable to the non-pulp reader by his acceptance by Saturday Evening Post and others. Thus I believe that calling him an essential for the genre is a correct view even for those who dislike his writings. The "Non plus Ultra" expresses a personal view that he can never be equaled. This is only true if you are comparing him against himself, otherwise it is a bet against an unknown future. My example: Sir Isaac Newton was the non plus ultra of physics until Albert Einstein.
Sine qua non (/ˌsaɪnɨ kweɪ ˈnɒn/; Latin: [ˈsine kwaː ˈnoːn]) or condicio sine qua non (plural: condiciones sine quibus non) refers to an indispensable and essential action, condition, or ingredient. It was originally a Latin legal term for "[a condition] without which it could not be," or "but for..." or "without which [there is] nothing."
Non plus ultra: Latin and Greek phrases. Definition of: ne (non) plus ultra ne (non) plus ultra: Nothing further; the uttermost point; perfection.
I think he meant Heinlein was the essential Science fiction writer.
Since this was the bloggers and personal area I thought it was appropriate to post here. I am also used to excerpting articles on every site. It is a habit. If I can generate readers for my site here I will do so.... If what I write is of interest to people here. Those interested people will view it those not interested are free to mock it. :)
Humblegunner, Please have a little more tolerance here. Yes, Gideonwoulfe, is a newbie and yes, we long-timers have experienced many bloggers self-promoting. Still let us reserve the shouting for those who are perennial abusers and just be mild in our suggestions for our new comrades.
Gideonwoulfe, please see my post #16. Like every place else, there are people who let off a blast and regret it later, I hope that this applies to humblegunner. I cannot speak for him, but I too have launched posts for which I dearly desired a [retract] key a second later. This is the human condition and thus here we are. Anyhow welcome to your FR membership and hope you will be with us for a while.
I read through the whole series after getting hooked by the free one at Baen's free library. I'm telling you, Jim Baen (RIP) was an evil dude. He put free books on the internet without DRM just to hook suckers like me. The entire series is excellent, and highly recommended. Actually, everything of his that I've read is good.
It is appropriate to post here, however, the owner of this site prefers that if you're posting from a personal blog, to post the article here in its entirety as a courtesy. If it's a good read, I can pretty much guarantee you'll get lots of hits even if it is posted here without excerpting.
Tomorrow I will be posting my interview with conservative comicbook writer Mike Baron on the Freehold. (he worked for many years on The Punisher comic is the creator of Badger and co-creator of Nexus) I hope I am allowed to post the interview here.
“If I can generate readers for my site here I will do so..”
Oh, you WILL, will you?
Perhaps the words of the owner of Free Republic would be of interest to you:
“I have no complaint if a good conservative blogger posts his own material to FR,
not as an excerpt to drive hits and discussion back to his blog, but rather to impart
useful information to OUR readers and to promote and join in on the discussion and
conservative activism HERE on FR.
If a blogger cant or refuses do that, and if he constantly complains or fights
with our participants over it, then Id just as soon he doesnt post here.
Its not my job to make his content or his presentation or cooperation
acceptable to our readers. Thats his job. And if he cannot do it or
refuses to do it and continues posting brief excerpts only and
obviously attempting to draw away our participants while loudly
complaining about it, then I have no sympathy for his complaints
and the more apt I am to ban his account and blog.”
Your blog may be the greatest thing since sliced bread,
but Free Republic is NOT here to be your hit farm as part
of your bloggy business model.
Of course you can.
That is what the bloggers forum is for.
Very nice blog, hardly any ads and those are at the bottom, not invasive at all.
Don’t let the FreeperBeaters discourage you. Some posters just hate blogs and take it out on those who post from them.
Some of them complained about Breitbart some time ago, so you are in good company!
Although many prefer all blogs to post their stories in full but if they are quite lengthly I prefer an excerpt.
Welcome to Free Republic!
Guess I see what you mean. LC was much more politically incorrect with regard to race and religion, which I guess I consider more PC than gender stuff.
And the blonds in heat were funny.
But I don’t view rape and such as PC issues. They’re moral and human decency issues.
No problem. Just don't excerpt, and you'll do fine here. Trust me, even if you post the whole thing, you'll still get more hits from here than you think.
Read Farnhams Freehold when quite young, and it’s stuck with me for closing on five decades now. Can’t say that about many books.
Also “Citizen of the Galaxy,” which convinced me I really, really didn’t like slavery. Which has led me into some very interesting discussions with Freepers who seem to think writing apologetics for the Confederacy is appropriate for American conservatives.
The confederacy was NOT about Slavery as much as it was about State’s Rights.
I wish it was fought over a different reason- Slavery being bad and all that.
But imagine if the Southern States wanted to secede from the Union for a different reason, like being forced to buy health care they didn’t want...
And why do you FORCE a state to stay in The Union if they don’t want to? What is so precious about preserving “The Union”
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Sorry, I just notice when such terms are misused or mangled (e.g. 'ad nauseum' instead of 'ad nauseam'). I'll shut up now. ;-)
You are really a piece of work. You know what “grow up”. If a person can’t post about his blog on the BLOG and PERSONAL section of this website then why even have that section. I know what do what good conservatives do and mind your own business. How is that.
You guys think Ringo is conservative?
You need to meet Tom Kratman (LTC Tom Kratman).
He quoted to you site owner Jim Robinson's rules for posting from blogs. You are noncompliant.
I know what do what good conservatives do
Good conservatives use others' property only in accordance with the owner's rules. Sleazy blog pimps don't. Which are you?
There is a cookie (to prevent the site counting you more than once a day), but there are no popups, harvesters, or any viruses at the site. I just preformed a full analysis of the website after I saw your post. You might want to check your system.
Several, in fact.
You know what grow up.
I'll get right on that.
If a person cant post about his blog on the BLOG and PERSONAL section of this website then why even have that section.
Nobody is saying you shouldn't post "about" your blog.
It's the excerpting that is objectionable. Pay attention.
I know what do what good conservatives do and mind your own business.
Do good conservatives steal free advertising to get blog hits?
How is that.
Lacking punctuation, poorly constructed and demonstrating lack of comprehension.
Since you asked.
When a person is new to a site you can ask nicely you really don;t need to act like a childish bully. I am quite willing to obey the site rules but I am not going to back down to a bully be he a liberal bully or a conservative one....which are you?
That was a dig at the FreeperBeaters that are trying to drive you off of this site.
They usually claim all those things even when they don’t exist.
I didn’t know you were the grammar police here as well. Next time I will drop the conversational tone of my writing. Sorry to have bugged you but it seems that it is really easy to do? I wonder why that is?
“Sleazy blog pimps”
LOL. Sleazy guy that hates his nanny.
Do what she says and grow up.
Sorry to have bothered all of you or at all. I forgot my place Free Republic is not the place to find open conservative minds after all. Goodbye.
This really need not be so complicated an issue.
Just don’t excerpt your blog posts, and post away!
As you see, that’s kind of frowned upon. Why fight it?
Unless, of course, getting hits is your objective. If not, what seems to be the problem?
I have referred to it frequently to say that, for all the faults and stresses of modern life, we still are living longer and better than in any other age. The Luddites amongst us frequently decry the technology that sustains us, wishing for a distopia that they imagine to be an utopia.
Thank you for conveying this found gift!
You have been attacked by the same people that attacked Andrew Breitbart day after day until they turned him against Free Republic.
That was a major loss for Free Republic. You are in good company.
RIP Andrew Breitbart, The King of all Media.
When a person is new to a site and wants to be educatd nicely, they can identify themselves as new. Humblegunner's first post to you (at least) was nice - but rather than saying, "Gee, I'm sorry, I didn't know ... I'm new" you gave him attitude.
I am quite willing to obey the site rules
Glad to hear it.
Uhh.. wrong answer bud.
It's the EXCERPTING that is objectionable. Not the blog. Not the poster.
Hell, this blogger likes Heinlein. I freakin' LOVE Heinlein.
Could be I'd be one to enjoy this blog. Just not when we're used as a hit farm.
I gather you and I are not going to agree about what the Confederacy was about.
Sure, it was about states’ rights. Of course, the states’ rights at issue were what they saw as a threat to the “southern way of life,” and that way of life was explicitly based on slavery.
In fact, the particular issue that led to the schism of the Democrat Party and ensured the election of Lincoln was southern demand for a considerable expansion of federal power. A federal slave code for the territories, by which the Union would enforce and protect slavery in all the territories, even against the wishes of the inhabitants.
Prior to the war, secessionists were not in the least shy about the need to secede to protect slavery. Only after they lost did they suddenly discover that it wasn’t about slavery at all!
In fact, in the last two months of its life the CSA Congress spent a great deal of time debating the possibility of implementing (very) gradual emancipation, on the notion that this would allow them to get European support. Europeans not being stupid, they weren’t about to try to prop up this particular dead horse.
But what is interesting is how many if not most congressmen could not accept the idea of emancipation, even if it was the only way to gain their freedom. IOW, if it came down giving up slavery or being conquered, they preferred to be conquered.
But you’re welcome to believe anything you like about the period.
BTW, I have ancestors who fought for both sides, and at least one who personally fought for both sides.
However, I really had no intention of hijacking the thread, just expressing the impact a couple of books have had on my life.
He’s gone, good job.
Just another sleazy blog pimp, no biggie.
I loved live free or die and the rest of that series and The prince Roger series is another one of my favorites as is the looking glass books. I couldn’t really get into the Aldenata series.
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