There are eleven
nonfiction titles that should be highlighted with all the fiction. Most of
these titles concern the war on the West waged by Islam. Others are about the
war on America waged by our own government, about the decaying state of the
arts, of language, and of education. Most of them are collections of my essays
on Rule of Reason  and edwardcline.blogspot.
These titles do not sell as well as the fiction; the fiction sells well
(really! At least a dozen full sets of the republished Sparrowhawk and Cyrus Skeen series sell every month). Fiction takes
readers away from the depressing state of the world (at least, mine does); the
nonfiction reminds them of just how depressing the world can be and will
continue to be. Do I blame them? No. But then I am indulging in a kind of catharsis
every time I pen a new column about the killing machine called Islam and the
depredations and betrayals of our government.

The New Sparrowhawk Companion is a republished title I also rescued from the
collapse and bankruptcy of the original publisher, MacAdam/Cage Publishing. It
was my idea, suggested to the publisher after Book Six; War was released. The publisher by this time had accrued
a large stable of writers and an extensive backlist, but its ambition was
greater than its capacity to deal honestly and fairly with its authors. It was
a spendthrift. It competed with larger, mainstream publishers in bidding
contests for titles and authors it thought would enhance its prestige and
appeal. For example, it paid Audrey Niffenegger,
a teacher of “creative writing,” a handsome sum for The Time Traveler’s Wife, which was also made into a flop of a
movie. The novel did not sell as well as MacAdam/Cage Publishing expected. This
was the deal that broke the publisher. Then MacAdam/Cage Publishing began its regular
delinquencies with royalty payments to its other authors, and then
underhandedly “leasing” or selling the e-book rights to books it had no
contractual claim to, in order to raise cash. This was theft and a demonstrable
violation of contract.
Having gone without
royalty payments for a long time, I saw the writing on the wall and began republishing
Sparrowhawk on Kindle, something MacAdam/Cage
Publishing refused to do. I had even offered the publisher a chance to publish
the first Cyrus Skeen novels, believing as he did not that the series was a
perfect fit because the stories were set in San Fransicso,

 MacAdam/Cage
Publishing’s location. Then David Poindexter, the mover and creator of MacAdam/Cage
Publishing, died, and everything fell apart faster than a house of dominoes.

 The firm filed
for bankruptcy, leaving all its authors high and dry as creditors, and even its
staff. Its illustrator, it came out later, had even loaned the publisher money
to keep the firm solvent. She never saw a penny of it back again. To my
knowledge, her suit is still in court. Piles of printed books accumulated in
warehouses, which would not release the titles until they were paid. These titles
were eventually bought by second-hand book vendors connected to Amazon and to other
major retailers. Thousands of copies of the old edition of Sparrowhawk are still being sold by these vendors. In the meantime,
I had rid the original edition of all the typos and formatting errors MacAdam/Cage
Publishing had never bothered to correct and now the series has been refreshed
and is doing well, with cleaned up texts and covers thematically consistent
with each title. (See my Rule of Reason column, “Sparrowhawk
Rescued from Oblivion
” from August 2013 for more sordid details.)There are
nearly 800,000 words in the Sparrowhawk
series. It was a long, tedious job doing what the publisher was remiss in
performing.

The
New Sparrowhawk Companion
is a collection of essays about the six titles in the Sparrowhawk story by other contributors,
and includes a list of characters (over 300) and in which title each appears, a
lexicon of 18th century terms, a bibliography of some of my research sources,
and other features created to help a reader grasp and appreciate the series and
the period in which the story is set.

Rational
Scrutiny: Paradoxes and Contradictions in Detective Fiction
, is another animal entirely. It
is a collection of essays, some old, some new, about the art of writing
detective fiction. They focus mainly on the Chess Hanrahan first person
narrated novels, and on what then was only a handful of Cyrus Skeen novels (seven).
It includes “The Wizards of Disambiguation,” a critique of politically correct
speech and writing and of academics who claimed that The Maltese Falcon was, among other things, a fictional diatribe
against capitalism. It was my submission to the Western Illinois Press to be
included in its compendium of essays about the art of detective fiction (it was
rejected). The Cunning Craft was
eventually published, but I have no idea what is in it or whose articles were
included, because its Amazon selling price of over $200 did not entice me to
reward the Western Illinois Press for its Marxist snubbing. Marxists do not
like to be contradicted with facts. “Wizards” could be treated as a companion
essay to “The
Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism
,” from 2013, a review of
Guidelines
for Bias-Free Writing
, by Marilyn
Schwartz and the Task Force on Bias-Free Language.

The remaining
nonfiction titles are collectively potpourris of my Rule of Reason columns on
politics, the culture, Islam, and freedom of speech. Islam’s
Reign of Terror
, however, was commissioned by Voltaire Press and I was
paid for it. The essay appeared on Voltaire Press’s site. When I proposed to
the owner of Voltaire Press that we convert it into a pamphlet, I received no
response. So, I went ahead with the project and it is now available as a print
book, on Kindle, and on Audible. The piece bears a Voltaire Press copyright
notice, which I included for legal reasons. However, there were miseries
connected with that site. See my article “Thumbs
Down on Voltaire Press
” for details. I later learned there was a reason why
Voltaire Press never responded. The founder had been arrested, I think in
Mississippi, as a fugitive from the charge of having absconded with Duke University
funds (in North Carolina). I have been blocked from Voltaire Press’s site,
unable to leave comments. Indeed, an Internet search for Voltaire Press turns up nothing.
It had a Facebook page, from which I was also blocked, and that has vanished,
as well.
The new “owner” of Voltaire Press
never replied to my queries about Reign
of Terror
, his identity remains unknown, and he, too, has gone the way of
all puff balls. Exciting times for me, but now water under the bridge.
  Islam’s Reign of Terror has
a companion pamphlet, A
Handbook on Islam
,
published later.
The new
“owner” of Voltaire Press never replied to my queries about Reign of Terror, his identity remains
unknown, and he, too, has gone the way of all puff balls. Exciting times for me,
but now water under the bridge. 

The first
nonfiction collection of my Rule of Reason  essays is in Running
Out My Guns
, and like the others with the naval warfare-themed covers
(the exception in terms of covers is From
the Crow’s Nest
), includes pieces about Obama, Islam, the state of the
culture (including a longish piece on the film about Mozart, “Amadeus:
A Pinnacle of Cultural Corruption
,” the Danish cartoon uproar, censorship and freedom
of speech. These titles, including
Letters of Marque, Corsairs
& Freebooter
s
, Broadsides
in the War of Ideas
, Boarding
Parties & Grappling Hooks
, and the latest and the longest, Routing
Islam
, represent a wide panoply of subjects and issues. Of special
interest is the four-part essay on the rise and attraction of Barack Obama, “The
Year of the Long Knives
,” from 2008, and pieces on Geert
Wilders
, and on Cass
Sunstein
, Obama’s wannabe speech “czar.” And I mustn’t forget Cogitations, another non-naval warfare collection of essays.