David Weber has shot to the forefront of science fiction. The core of his work is Honor Harrington, the toughest, smartest starship captain in the galaxy. David Weber himself is on board with two never-before-published excursions into Honor's universe. First, he tells how young Honor Harrington first demonstrated the heroic stuff she was made of when she and her treecat Nimitz face the impossible task of rescuing the victims of an avalanche in a sub-zero blizzard. Weber returns with a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats, who are far more intelligent than humans realize, and with whom the right human can form a close telepathic bond that can be severed only by death. But in this case, the young human who bonded with a treecat was a Very Important Person. Specifically, she was the Manticoran crown princess and heir to the throne of the empire. Roland Green, author of the 'Starcruiser Shenandoah' series and the 'Peace Company' series, is on board with 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.