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David Weber


More than Honor

Worlds of Honor: Book 1

David Weber
David Drake
S. M. Stirling

This is the first anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"A Beautiful Friendship" by David Weber: The story of the first meeting between humans (Stephanie Harrington) and treecats (Climbs Quickly). This story was later expanded to a full length young adult novel, published in 2011.

"A Grand Tour" by David Drake: A story with few links to any other in the Honorverse setting. Careful reading may reveal similarities to the first novel in his RCN Series, in the characters, style, and attitude. Both were published in 1998. Indeed Drake confirms that "A Grand Tour" is the conceptual antecedent of With the Lightnings.

"A Whiff of Grapeshot" by S. M. Stirling: This story serves as background to the "Leveler Uprising" mentioned in the early chapters of In Enemy Hands. A radical Havenite faction stages an uprising against the rule of the Committee of Public Safety, wreaking havoc in the Havenite capital city of Nouveau Paris. With the Committee's security forces in complete disarray following an attack on its information network, the only forces able to intervene and restore order are Navy ships under the command of Admiral Esther McQueen, even though the Admiral is not precisely a supporter of the Committee and has an agenda of her own.

"The Universe of Honor Harrington" by David Weber: A "deep background" essay covering such diverse topics as the physics of space travel, the mechanics space colonization and politics of various "star nations", such as Manticore, Haven and the Solarian League.

Worlds of Honor

Worlds of Honor: Book 2

David Weber

This is the second anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"The Stray": this novella by Linda Evans looks at life among the treecats, before Honor.

"What Price Dreams?": this novella by David Weber reveals a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats when a young human who bonded with a treecat was a Very Important Person -- specifically, she was a Manticoran crown princess and the heir to the throne of the empire.

"Queen's Gambit": this novella by Jane Lindskold tells how Honor's monarch, Elizabeth III, had to learn the hard way what monarchy is all about.

"The Hard Way Home": this novella by David Weber tells how young Honor Harrington and her treecat Nimitz faced the impossible task of rescuing the victims of an avalanche in a sub-zero blizzard.

"Deck Load Strike": this novelette by Roland J. Green offers a hard-hitting account of what happened when Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven went eyeball-to-eyeball over a strategically vital planet.

Changer of Worlds

Worlds of Honor: Book 3

David Weber

This is the third anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington": this novella by David Weber shows that it's a big universe, and Honor's actions affect a lot of lives, not all of them human. And their actions affect her -- a lesson "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" learns years before rising to command rank, when a desperate battle against "pirates" who aren't quite what they seem begins her brilliant career.

"Changer of Worlds": in this novelette by David Weber, a secret that the alien treecats have kept from their human friends for hundreds of years is about to come out... and completely change the relationship between the two species forever.

"From the Highlands": in this novella by Eric Flint, Honor can't be everywhere, so when the People's Republic of Haven tries to stage a political assassination on Earth, Anton Zilwicki -- husband of one of the Star Kingdom's most revered military martyrs, and father of a young woman who is clearly a chip off the old block -- steps into the breach... and takes the opportunity to settle some old scores along the way.

"Nightfall": in this novella by David Weber Esther McQueen and Oscar Saint-Just square off for their final confrontation in Noveau Paris in "Nightfall."

The Service of the Sword

Worlds of Honor: Book 4

David Weber

This is the fourth anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"Promised Land": this novella by Jane Lindskold gives us the story of a prince on the brink of maturity and an extraordinary young Grayson woman named Judith--a victim of Masadan brutality, who confronts insurmountable odds in a desperate effort to lead her sisters to freedom-- or--death among the stars.

"With One Stone": this novella by Timothy Zahn is a story of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless; a brilliant young tactical officer on temporarily detached duty; Solarian con men; secret weapons that aren't quite what they seem to be; naval spies, spooks, and dirty tricks; courage and honor; and a surprising glimpse into one of Admiral Sonja Hemphill's most crucial technological innovations.

"A Ship Named Francis": this shortstory by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell answers the question of what an explosively expanding navy does with the personnel who can't quite cut the mustard.

"Let's Go to Prague": in this novella by John Ringo, the Peep planet of Prague and its brutally repressive StateSec regime will never be the same again after the unscheduled, unofficial, and thoroughly catastrophic visit by a pair of Manticoran Marines with a most peculiar taste in their holiday destinations.

"Fanatic": this novella by Eric Flint tells us the story of an idealistic young StateSec officer who finds himself in the right place at the right time following the fall of Oscar Saint-Just. Young Victor Cachat could influence the loyalty of an entire sector... if he's only lucky enough to manage to stay alive long enough to try.

"The Service of the Sword": this novella by David Weber gives us the tale of the first Grayson midshipwoman on her "snotty cruise" at a time when internal tensions threaten the entire future of the Manticoran Alliance and people are about to rediscover the Fact that the Peeps are far from the only predators hiding in the stars.

In Fire Forged

Worlds of Honor: Book 5

David Weber

This is the fifth anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"Ruthless": this shortfiction by Jane Lindskold continues the story of Michael, Judith and Ruth which started in "Promised Land". While speaking to a woman from Human Services outside her apartment, Judith Newland's daughter disappears -- taken hostage to be used as leverage against Prince Michael Winston.

"An Act of War": this shortfiction by Timothy Zahn is a sequel to "With One Stone" from Service of the Sword. Charles Dozewah, aka Charles Navarre, is on the People's Republic of Haven to arrange a sale of something that could help with the war against Manticore. Before he can complete the deal, Charles is arrested by State Security. As always when Charles is involved, everything isn't as it seems.

"Let's Dance!": this shortfiction by David Weber features a mob of space pirates who make the fatal mistake of taking on a young Manticorean Royal Navy commander who goes by the name Harrington.

"An Introduction to Modern Starship Armor Design": essay by Andy Presby

Appendix: Armor Design Figures - interior artwork by William H. Edwards and Thomas Pope and Thomas Marrone

Beginnings

Worlds of Honor: Book 6

David Weber

This is the sixth anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper, more complete backstory and flesh out the universe of the main series. David Weber, author of the mainline Honor Harrington series, serves as editor for the anthologies, maintaining fidelity to the series' canons.

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"By the Book": this novella by Charles E. Gannon opens with young lieutenant Lee Strong leading a rescue for a ship captured by space pirates. After the gripping opening action, the lieutenant plays detective in treacherous politics at the space station where he delivers the rescued ship.

"A Call to Arms": this novella by Timothy Zahn begins with a hiring interview for a mercenary admiral. The story then takes us to a Royal Manticoran Navy ship running simulated space battles.

"Beauty and the Beast": this novella by David Weber features newly promoted lieutenant Alfred Harrington pursuing a medical education on Beowulf, where mutual attraction flares with fellow student Allison Chou. Villains strike, and the action gets tight.

"The Best Laid Plans": in this novelette by David Weber, a 12-year-old Honor Harrington's simple hike turns into a dangerous adventure and an encounter with a tree cat.

"Obligated Service": this novella by Joelle Presby features a young midshipwoman from the patriarchial planet Grayson, and the hardships she endures as a young officer after completing her training at Saganami Island Academy.

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