The funny—and wholly unexpected—thing is that after the Hammer stories were published, they gained a following. Though the magazine editors were civilians, SF readers included a number of veterans and serving members of the military. My stories were the first ones they’d seen which showed war the way they knew it. The comments Jim got on
The collection, my first book, was the eighth book down on a list of eleven books from Ace in April, 1979. Short story collections are notoriously difficult to sell, as are authors’ first books;
Not coincidentally, I became a full-time freelance writer in 1981 and have remained one since.