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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 […]
January 16, 2015

Star Crusades by Michael G. Thomas is on special offer

I posted earlier today that I’d share if I came across a new release or special offer that I thought might be of interest. I don’t intend to do this regularly, but here’s the second of today, so what do I know? Michael G. Thomas has written plenty of space opera and military science fiction novels and seems very popular. I’ve never read him, but when I noticed today that he’s offering a bundle of the first three Star Crusades novels for 99 cents, I bought them. This isn’t a recommendation as such (but only because I’ve yet to read any of his books) but you might want to try him out if he’s new to you too. If you check it out, please verify the price before you buy as it might change. Star Crusades at amazon.com Star Crusades at […]
January 16, 2015

Beowulf’s support craft

Five new articles have appeared in the ‘Classified Military Data‘ section, each describing a class of vessel carried by Beowulf. Several of these have seen action in the first two Human Legion books. You will see more of them in the third book, Renegade Legion, including our first use of dropships. The best way to read the articles on support craft is to start with the introduction here.
January 16, 2015

Don’t buy my book!

As I come across exciting new releases and special offers on space opera and military sci-fi books that I’m interested in, I’ll occasionally post the news here. It’s not going to be an everyday thing, and it’s not an affiliate advertising thing where I get commission; I just think that if you enjoyed the Human Legion books, you might also enjoy occasional updates on books by great authors such as Marko Kloos, Christopher Nutall, and Phillip Richards (to name just a few). All that’s still true, but I’m going to first of all mention a book that was put on pre-release last night. It’s called Total Conflict and is an anthology of 18 short stories about conflict, nearly all of them being military science fiction. It’s written mainly by British science fiction authors, and features some well-known writers such as […]
January 14, 2015

Human Legion Story Arc and Book Lengths

Since the Human Legion books were launched a few weeks ago, a few people have commented on book lengths. Some have said the first book is too long, others the second book too short. Book length is very important to get right, and I am doing something unusual in not setting all books to the same length. So I’m going to spend a few moments to explain why they are the lengths they are and, more importantly, to set expectations to Human Legion readers about what to expect for the remaining books in the series. Actually, I’ve finished the first draft of this post and realize I’ve spent more than a few moments, so first of all here’s the summary. The first book, Marine Cadet, is 140,000 words long and is a double-length opener to the series. The second and […]
January 8, 2015

A series on small support craft

Shuttle craft are commonplace in science fiction, so much so that it’s easy to let them be generic boxes. A notable exception, I always thought, was the Lambda-class shuttle from Star Wars (where the bad buys get the coolest ships). In the first two Human Legion books, we see three types of shuttlecraft, though not in great detail. They come center stage in the third book. So in celebration of the smaller craft, I’ve started a series today exploring them in a little more detail. The first installment is here. Further ahead there will be a HumanLegion.com exclusive short story coming soon written from the perspective of the Trogs, which makes for an interesting set of pronouns because the Trogs don’t have males and females as we do. It’s set on the Troggie homeworld. I hope you enjoy it.