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April 17, 2015

A sad day for science fiction

I’ve been quiet these past few weeks. I have half-written several short stories, Infopedia entries aplenty, all sorts to say and discuss, but I’ve had my head down getting the last few scenes written for the third Human Legion book. I’m aiming to hit that milestone next Tuesday: 95,000 words of action, surprises, tragedy, and maybe a little romance. And plenty of dead fish. I will then give it another round of consistency checks and editing before offering it out to any beta readers who are generous enough to offer to help take a look and tell me all the things I’ve got wrong :-). More on beta reading very soon. But not today because today I’m too angry. It’s not been easy scene-crafting these past few days because I have allowed my procrastination engine to be fed by an […]
March 20, 2015

Trial of a Traitor

Trial of a Traitor —A short story from the worlds of the Human Legion — SPOILER ALERT! THIS STORY IS SET BETWEEN THE EVENTS OF BOOK2: INDIGO SQUAD AND BOOK3: RENEGADE LEGION. DON’T READ UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED INDIGO SQUAD. His reflection in the mirror held a noble countenance with aquiline nose, and thick white eyebrows that hinted at the deep wisdom behind a grizzled brow – the kind of wisdom that can only be accumulated over years of experience. A sharp contrast to his accusers. Yes, Ensign Dock decided, he would be tolerably presentable for what he expected to be his final public appearance. He stepped away from the bulkhead mirror and rummaged in his locker for his wardrobe’s pièce de résistance: a red and silver silk cravat. That is, the trader had sworn on her life, and those of […]
March 20, 2015

Book 3 progress update and an interim story…

Coming soon… Thanks for your patience while I write the third book in the series. Here’s a quick progress update: so far I’ve written 75,000 words out of an estimated 95,000. Now, that probably sounds like I’m 78% through, but writing novels doesn’t work that way. (Not for me, in any case). Those 75,000 words still need a lot of knocking into shape. On the other hand, other than a few remaining questions about the penultimate chapter, I know exactly what happens in detail throughout the book. It’s just (!) a question of crafting the scenes in the best way. So the remainder of the book will be relatively quick to write. I mentioned a while back that I’ll be offering some beta copies for readers who want to take a look at the first part of the book. That’s […]
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 […]