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December 17, 2014

On getting around inside spacecraft

The bridge of the Starship Enterprise. CIC in Babylon 5. The Millennium Falcon’s gun blister that Luke uses to shoot down pursuing TIE fighters in Star Wars. And while we’re at it: Flash Gordon’s fizzing cigar tube rocket ship, the TARDIS control room, the entirety of Battlestar Galactica. These locations have been the backdrop to some perfect moments of science fictional movies and TV, but that’s not all that connects them. There’s something so fundamental that it affects every single aspect of the set layout, of the way the characters move… So basic that it’s easy to forget. Gravity. All the locations have an up and a down. Not only that but down is always pointing in the same direction, no matter the direction in which the engines are thrusting. Now think of real footage of astronauts in orbit. Skylab, […]
December 17, 2014

Paperbacks!

I love the look of books designed to be in a series. Especially when they’re mine.
December 16, 2014

Mobilization Alert!

The Kindle version of Marine Cadet, the first Human Legion book, is available for pre-order from Amazon now: getbook.at/HLegion1 priced 99 cents in the US and something similar in other regions. This is the double-length feature that kicks off all six books in the series. (It’s 140,000 words, which is pretty big. I had thought of splitting it in two but that would be an artificial division for the purpose of selling more books). The second book, Indigo Squad, is going through final editing now for release January 2015. Writing has started on the third book: Renegade Legion. And since I seem to be discussing the series, the other three books are all sketched out in detail. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m looking forward to writing them. If you want to beta read, discuss some points of science […]
September 25, 2014

More on railguns

Today I’ve finished off my personal journey through the world of railgun recoil, using an old-school bomb, and a game of billiards, and a little help from my dad.
September 18, 2014

Getting railguns right

The problem with railguns in science fiction is that they are fast becoming science fact. So I thought I’d better get my facts right. I posted part 1 of my recoil and railguns series today. You can read it here.
September 11, 2014

Scottish Independence, Railguns, and the regimental system

The Human Legion website is beginning to fill out. Today we have declassified information on the SA-71 carbine, the regimental system, system defense tactics, and a terminology primer on ships and Marines. Also, there a fun (hopefully) article about the Scottish Independence referendum and science fiction And an article on the science behind military science fiction.  More articles and free fiction to come soon. Enjoy and let me know what else you would like to see here.  Freedom can be won!
September 9, 2014

Mobilization timetable update

We’re making good progress. Beta editions of the first book will be available from next week. Post a message if you would like a copy. Beta readers who provide feedback will receive a paperback edition of the finished book with their name in the credits at the front.
February 12, 2014
Welcome to the worlds of the Human Legion
As I write this, I can hear the bustle of preparation all around me. Battlesuit AIs are being calibrated with new human occupants, Fermi Canons test fired, and cadet squads are being pitted against each other to weed out the units and individuals who are not fit to take the fight to the stars as a proud part of the Human Marine Corps. Preparations for launch are progressing well with editors selected, artists sought, and all five novels sketched out. It was time to establish a bridgehead in cyberspace and so now we are here at www.humanlegion.com Hold up! I thought this was the Human Legion, not the Human Marine Corps. What gives? The Human Legion series of novels is about transformation. Those characters who survive to the final book are profoundly changed by their journey. As individuals change so […]