JR Handley’s recent novelette, No Marine Left Behind, is up for a best book cover of the month competition, which is pretty gratifying. Artist Ricky Ryan certainly did us proud. The bad news is that we’re well behind in the voting and there are only a few hours left in round 1. The good news is that it’s fun to vote and you get to see lots of great art, so do it anyway! It took me a few moments to work out how to vote: you click on the cover contest on the top left where it says ‘View Matchup’ and then go through each one-on-one contest. Next round of the competition is tomorrow. Go over and vote.
The fictional soldiers JR Handley and I write about in the worlds of the Human Legion are linked by BattleNet. Ammo state, health, secure comms, shared targeting information — there’s a lot of value in all those AIs and their humans acting almost as a group mind. Unfortunately, that makes BattleNet a target for cyber attack. The real-life BattleNet, the name for our forums, is also vulnerable. We’ve had thousands of fake accounts being created in the past few days. Everything looks safe elsewhere on the site, but the system is being swamped by malicious attackers. I’m temporarily suspending BattleNet. Thanks to everyone who used it, including some great advice from recon teams. I’ll reinstate it when and if I can make it safer. Meanwhile, anyone who would have commented on BattleNet can post comments to any page or post […]
I heard on the news today that Lt Cdr John “Jock” Moffat had died. You probably don’t recognize the name but it has significance for the Human Legion. Moffat was a Royal Navy pilot during the Second World War, and it was his torpedo launch from a Swordfish biplane that crippled the Bismark, a German battleship that was wreaking havoc with British shipping. This was in 1941, at at time when lumbering biplanes were long obsolete. But as Moffat himself said, the fabric-over-metal-frame construction used on these older and slower aircraft meant that the aircraft could take a lot of incoming fire while lining up for the torpedo strike, because the bullets and shells went straight through the fabric. Of course, they could just as easily pass through the brave men who flew these ‘stringbags’, as they were nicknamed. The success in crippling […]
Today is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Zero Hour was 07:30 British Summer Time, and that’s why there’s a two-minute silence across the UK from 07:28 when this post should go out. The battle lasted 141 days and cost a million casualties. Not just British casualties, but Australian, Canadian, French, German, Indian, Irish, New Zealand, Pakistani, South African and others too. The numbers are unimaginable to me, and that’s a good thing because it means my generation hasn’t been blighted by war on that scale. That’s why it’s important to remember. To remember those who found themselves caught up in the nightmare of July 1st, 1916, but also those who served their countries since, including those who still do. Because if we don’t remember, it’s more likely to happen again. I find this photo particularly poignant. These are […]
At some point over the next 12 hours, War Against the White Knights should pop up on Amazon. It will be Kindle-only initially, although the paperback will follow in about a week. I’ll make a big fuss about it next week, but I reckon my job’s done for tonight. Tomorrow morning I’m off to a science fiction convention in Manchester, England for the Easter break. Much more on this next week when I’m back. And future projects too! Enjoy the book.
Thanks for your patience, everyone. Here’s a quick update on the progress of Book 5: War Against the White Knights. I finished the first draft of the novel earlier this week, and it weighs in at just over a hundred thousand words. Now, first drafts can be a bit rough, but Ian and I have been editing each other’s chapters all the way through. I’m still waiting for Ian’s feedback on the last two chapters, but other than that the draft pretty tight. Normally, by this point I would have asked for volunteers to sign up to a Force Recon Team. The volunteers from previous books have given us sage advice, but running the Recon Teams takes time, and so I’ve decided not to call for volunteers this time around, so I can get the book to you quicker. I fully intend […]