February 2017’s Book of the Month is Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten.
Men have made war for gold, for land, and to put others in chains for millennia. No invention or philosophy has changed that, not gunpowder, not airplanes, not democracy, or even splitting the atom. Whatever the era, whatever the weapon, man has made war on his neighbors. The nature of conflict never changes, because human nature has not changed.
But how might that change if it were no longer just humanity going to war—if animal instincts, strengths and skill were to join the battlefield?
Dogs of War is an anthology exploring what warfare looks like when the combatants are no longer fully human. It contains twenty-three stories about how war changes when those who do the fighting have changed, and how much it stays just the same.
Dogs of War contains the following short stories:
- “Nosy and Wolf,” Ken MacGregor
- “After Their Kind,” Taylor Harbin
- “Succession,” Devin Hallsworth
- “Two If By Sea,” Field T. Mouse
- “The Queens’ Confederate Space Marines,” Elizabeth McCoy
- “The Loving Children,” Bill McCormick
- “Strike, But Hear Me,” Jefferson P. Swycaffer
- “End of Ages,” BanWynn Oakshadow
- “Shells On the Beach,” Tom Mullins
- “Cross of Valor Reception for the Raccoon, Tanner Williams, Declassified Transcript,” John Kulp
- “Last Man Standing,” Frances Pauli
- “Hunter’s Fall,” Angela Oliver
- “Old Regimes,” Gullwulf
- “The Shrine War,” Alan Loewen
- “The Monster in the Mist,” Madison Keller
- “Wolves in Winter,” Searska GreyRaven
- “The Third Variety,” Rob Baird
- “The Best and Worst of Worlds,” Mary E. Lowd
- “Tooth, Claw and Fang,” Stephen Coghlan
- “Sacrifice,” J.N. Wolfe
- “War of Attrition,” Lisa Timpf
- “Fathers to Sons,” MikasiWolf
- “Hoodies and Horses,” Michael D. Winkle
Dogs of War is available now in print from FurPlanet.