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February 15, 2015

Why would aliens be interested in Earth anyway?

In a galaxy without the convenience of faster-than-light travel, why bother contacting less technologically advanced species at all? Part of the reason in the Human Legion universe is revealed in a new series of articles in the Classified Military Data section, which I’ve reproduced for your convenience here… Category: Politics & History ==Pre-Contact Earth ==ATTENTION! This article was last updated 2572 A.D. and needs to be rewritten in light of recent events.==   Earth before contact with aliens: a serene jewel blissfully unaware it was about to be plucked. Well, hardly! It’s easy for us today to believe that Earth was a pastoral idyll before humanity’s first contact with intelligent alien species. We still know little of certainty about that Contact period, but we know more than enough about the preceding time to demolish the idea that it was any kind […]
February 4, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 6

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. You can go straight to the first post here. My Extended Death —A serialized novelette from the worlds of the Human Legion— Part 6 In ser last moments outside the Nest, Sentwali activated the throat mike slaved to the battlesuit’s comms unit. Via the transmitter miles above at Betoto Parc, sie sent ser final words to ser pup and, if it was inclined to listen, civilization at large. ——— Dearest Keligomo. My pup. I never told you I joined the crowd watching you board your transport. Never told you how proud I feel that you became a soldier. You are the reason I am here now and I thank you for that. Somewhere, in the trenches of Adhra Pili or the battlesats swarming around Lumbwana–Tano, in whatever hell you are stationed, I hope […]
February 3, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 5

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. I’m going to serialize this story over 6 days (at around 17:00 GMT/ UTC) , and then post the lot as a sequence of linked pages. So you can tune in each day or wait until the end and read the lot in one go. (Or neither, of course 🙂 ) You can go straight to the first post here. My Extended Death —A serialized novelette from the worlds of the Human Legion— Part 5 Metamorphosis rebuilds brain and body – as well as creating two fresh pups, of course – but, even before the Dreamtime, the first onset of pregnancy blows away a little of the smoke from minds shrunk during workerhood. When I awoke from Kelile’s drug, my first […]
February 2, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 4

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. I’m going to serialize this story over 6 days (at around 17:00 GMT/ UTC) , and then post the lot as a sequence of linked pages. So you can tune in each day or wait until the end and read the lot in one go. (Or neither, of course 🙂 ) You can go straight to the first post here. My Extended Death —A serialized novelette from the worlds of the Human Legion— Part 4 For two centuries I have lived well off the celebrity my story brought. Why tell it again? Because now I recognize my extended death for what it was. I see the hollowness of your life and the inevitability that you will lose your war against the […]
February 1, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 3

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. I’m going to serialize this story over 6 days (at around 17:00 GMT/ UTC) , and then post the lot as a sequence of linked pages. So you can tune in each day or wait until the end and read the lot in one go. (Or neither, of course 🙂 ) For those who like the idea of serialized fiction, this site has a follow button and an RSS feed to make it easier. You can go straight to the first post here. My Extended Death —A serialized novelette from the worlds of the Human Legion— Part 3 Sentwali had not accounted for the time it would take to choose the right words for ser narrative. Yet to rehearse would be […]
January 31, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 2

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. I’m going to serialize this story over 6 days (at around 17:00 GMT/ UTC) , and then post the lot as a sequence of linked pages. So you can tune in each day or wait until the end and read the lot in one go. (Or neither, of course 🙂 ) For those who like the idea of serialized fiction, this site has a follow button and an RSS feed to make it easier. You can go straight to the first post here. My Extended Death —A serialized novelette from the worlds of the Human Legion— Part 2 Ferocious stratospheric winds assaulted the floating resort of Betoto Strato Parc. From the arms radiating from Betoto’s hub, hundreds of gaudily colored dirigibles […]
January 30, 2015

My Extended Death : Part 1

Welcome to the first humanlegion.com exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. It’s set in a different world and a different time, but the lead character, Sentwali, is a Trog, the hive species we see in Marine Cadet (and perhaps with more parts yet to play in the Human Legion’s story). In Marine Cadet, the Trog character Pedro is fascinated by Arun’s gender because, to a Trog, gender is an utterly alien concept. Arun, in turn, struggles with Pedro’s lack of gender and decides to refer to the alien as a male. But in this new story, we see things from the point of view of the aliens, and so the story is told using new, genderless pronouns. This isn’t a political statement, just the best way I found to tell the story from the alien’s […]
January 23, 2015

Purple leaves, English Dropship Infantry at war with the Chinese, and the history of the Human Legion universe.

My favorite military sf discovery of 2014 was Phillip Richards and his excellent Union Series. I was scanning the military sf charts on Amazon to see how one of my books was faring and spotted that the fourth Union book was released earlier this week. Naturally, I bought it straight away and have started reading Recce on my Kindle.  Very good so far. In the first book in the series, Andy Moralee has to survive first the brutal hazing from his fellow English Dropship Infantry troopers, and then survive the chaos of war against the Chinese. In the second and third books, Andy takes on more responsibility and has to face some big moral dilemmas as a result. Each book so far has a different feel to it, though always feeling firmly rooted in reality (the author is a serving […]