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May 11, 2015

Renegade Legion is close

It’s only a proof copy with a shiny cover and different paper stock from the edition that will be published, but the task of finalising the  cover layout sure feels good.   
May 7, 2015

Going dark…

I’m loving all the debates kicking around the Human Legion website right now. It’s really exciting to see. However, you won’t see me contribute until the start of next week, or reply to emailed Recon Team reports, because I have my own recon mission to perform. Together with a select group of like-minded colleagues, I shall be entering the town of Burton-on-Trent on a three-day mission to assess whether they still know how to brew and serve a decent pint of beer. Here’s a potted history of Burton, if you’re unfamiliar with this great international centre of culture http://beer-trotter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/on-trail-of-pale-ale-in-burton-on-trent.html Alternatively, here’s a picture. I’m sure you get the idea.
May 7, 2015

AIs, removable AIs, and Hairy Hardits

Hi, As part of the reports feeding back from the Recon Team, I’m making a few tweaks to Renegade Legion to remind readers of how the battlesuit AIs work, and about how hairy the Hardits are (very!). I’m putting in some brief (2-page) Infopedia entries at the start of new Parts of the book, which I’m posting here for you to enjoy, comment on, or ignore at your pleasure 🙂 —— Human Legion INFOPEDIA ——  Equipment – ACE Battlesuit AIs At the heart of the Armored Combat Exosuit (ACE) series of battlesuits is the plate holding the suit’s artificial intelligence. Indeed, the AI is literally at the suit’s heart, spending most of its existence submerged beneath a heavily armored band around the wearer’s chest. The AI’s plate can surface through the armor for removal, either for storage, evacuation from a […]
May 6, 2015

Recon Team, Ranks, Cast, and Changes

Recon Team, Ranks, Cast, and Changes Lists of ranks were the kind of thing I was planning to put into the Classified Military Info /Infopedia section of the website, but I’ve decided to write some up and here they are in this post, together with a revised Table of Organization & Equipment for the start of the book (which amounts to a cast of characters – well, most of them — and now includes nicknames). This is as a result of feedback from the Recon Team, which is why you’re so helpful in making this book as good as it can be. I’ll list the changes, so that if you’re in the Recon Team, and haven’t yet read the book, you will be aware of them. I’ve changed the most junior Marine rank from ‘Ensign’ to ‘2nd Lieutenant’. That means […]
May 5, 2015

The Human Legion comes to Lavecon.

I’ve been invited as a special guest to a small science fiction and fantasy convention in Northampton, England on July 11th. Not exactly sure what format this will take, but no doubt I’ll get miked up at some point and start jabbering away about railguns, and how to fight interstellar wars at sub-lightspeed, and the effect on those involved. If anyone happens to be in the vicinity of Northampton, the convention looks good fun to me, and I’d love to see you there on the 11th. Details are here:    http://laveradio.com/lavecon-2015/ And thanks to the Renegade Legion Recon Team whose first reports are now in. As a result, I’m planning a few small changes, and the inclusion of a few, brief Infopedia sections, which I’ll be sharing here before publication.
May 2, 2015

Star Crusades: Nexus on special offer

As part of my if-I-see-a-book-on-special-offer-I-might-mention-it posts, ‘Star Crusades Nexus: The First Trilogy’ by Michael G. Thomas is currently going for 99c/99p on Amazon Kindle. Here’s the US link and here’s the UK one. I’ve just picked up a copy myself having enjoyed the first series, which I found to be good, stripped down, basic military SF adventure stories. Just what I was looking for at the time. I’m guessing this price drop is temporary, but I don’t know as it’s nothing to do with me. I hope this helps Mr. Thomas to win new fans. I’ve got a new book coming out soon of my own. Not sure whether I’ve mentioned it yet 🙂  Here’s another sneak peak. You might recognize the image. It is stock art I bought from Shutterstock from an excellent artist called Algol. I liked it […]
May 1, 2015

Renegade Legion is mobilising…

A couple of sneak peeks as I ready the eBook editions of the Recon Team draft.      
April 27, 2015

Sign up for the Human Legion Recon Team here…

The Human Legion Recon Team is recruiting now… [Update: the Recon Team is now operational and closed to new members for this book, but if you add your name below, I’ll add you to the list of interested people for the next book. Thanks.] Renegade Legion, the third Human Legion book is nearly ready for beta readers. Because I spent twenty years arranging beta teams for (relatively) dull corporate database software, I’ve decided it would be more fun to call this a Recon Team. What’s it all about? Recon Team volunteers help by scouting ahead for hazards and highlighting dangers in an early draft of the forthcoming book. If you read a passage and it makes you whistle, curse, or throw your book (and the device you’re reading it on) across the room because something isn’t right, then I would […]