Back in the pulp science fiction of the 1930s and 40s, galactic politics in these earliest space operas were usually easy to grasp. You had space empires, space federations and sometimes space republics. (People must have had a lot of space in those days). Whether the person at the top of the tree was a queen, emperor, or president made little practical difference. And how were such sprawling empires held together? Well, naturally, with quasi-military or feudal setups, often supported by a pernickety bureaucracy that readers were invited to ridicule. Empires competed in a kind of military-political Olympic Games where the winners were determined not by the country with the most gold medals, but the empire with the most planets and star systems. In the constant struggle to expand your empire, there were three common mechanisms of advancement: Conquering planets […]
The Human Legion series starts on the planet of Tranquility. The last we saw of the planet was the book Human Empire, where Colonel Nhlappo set in train the wakening of the Sleeping Legion, the inspiration for the series of the same name by J.R. Handley. In the forthcoming series, we will get to see parts of the planet we’ve never seen before. Team Handley have revised the map, which you can see below. I think they’ve done a superb job, much better than the scrawl and scribble I used for the first few Legion novels. If you haven’t already, sign up to become a Legionary to be notified of how to see advanced copies and get involved with the recon teams. There’s not much longer to wait now. Recon teams for the first Revenge Squad and The Sleeping Legion novels are likely to start operating […]
Last month I announced the new Legionaries group with the prize draw of a signed Human Legion audiobook on CD. The winner of the prize draw is Thomas with a Comcast email address and who I think might hail from San Diego. Thomas, if you’re out there, please get in touch. I’ve been trying to reach you for the past month! For everyone else, fear not, I’m going to do another draw at the end of the month for a signed audiobook (on CD) of your choice out of Marine Cadet, Indigo Squad, or Renegade Legion. My publisher (Tantor Media) gave me a few but they’re running out, so I won’t be doing this regularly with the audio CDs. There are rumors of other swag that might be forthcoming, such as official Liquid Refreshment Dispensers bearing the insignia of one […]
The publisher of The Empire at War: British Military Science Fiction has made the Kindle edition available for free download until June 14th. This is an anthology of military science fiction novels, short stories and articles from British authors. The first Human Legion novel is included, as is an exclusive Human Legion short story called The President’s Son. Plus, of course, novels from other great authors and stunning internal artwork. If you haven’t already got the collection, there will never be a better time to grab it than now. Tell your friends too, but hurry because the offer runs out tomorrow. Click here to go to the Kindle Preview for the book.
Okay, you’ve seen this image of NJ McCall before, but here he is with his final cover text (click or tap on the main image for a full-length view). He doesn’t look very happy, and if you read the book, you’ll understand why. Don’t worry, though, after the scene captured in this image things get better for NJ (before they get much, much worse…). In the course of delivering entertainment thrills, this book treads on some potentially treacherous ground that I want to get right: corruption, racism, combat veterans finding it tough to adjust to civilian life, and extreme farming to mention just a few. So I’m hoping you will help me out and read through the beta version which should be ready in a couple months. In the Legionary Bulletin, I’ll be giving download links to the beta for anyone who […]
I’m guessing I’m late to the game on this but I’ve just read an article about the TV adaptation of Altered Carbon, the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan. I remember reading this when it came out and was one of the last paperbacks I bought (I was already reading eBooks by then, but title availability was limited). I thoroughly enjoyed it and its sequels. Morgan paints a grim future with touches of cyberpunk, and military SF, but at its heart it’s a mystery thriller. With guns. I knew Morgan said he had an offer for movie/TV rights very early on, and that was what gave him enough financial headroom to concentrate on his writing. Didn’t think it would ever get made, but good luck to this show and to Mr. Morgan. And if anyone wants to offer me a lot […]
SFFWorld.com have just posted an interview with me here. I splurge on about the origins of the Human Legion series and other stuff besides. It’s my first interview in a long while. Why not hop on over, take a read, and leave a comment? Comments leave a smile on the faces of the good people who put together these websites for our pleasure (plus it makes me look good 🙂 ). In other news, like me many of you will have enjoyed the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos. Not content with writing a killer bestselling book series, Mr. Kloos has devised a recipe for the Shockfrost cocktail he mentions in his books. Frankly, that’s just showing off 🙂 I can’t say I’ve tried his cocktail yet, but if it’s as tasty as his books, then it will be a […]
I made a decision about the Human Legion books a week ago, and now that the website is back up and running, it’s time to share that with you. Sit down and take a stiff drink first; this might hurt. For over a year now, the Human Legion series has been conceived as a series of six novels*. That’s still the case, and I am already working on the finale: The Battle of Earth. In February 2015, a month after the release of Indigo Squad, I recruited Ian Whates as a co-writer for three principle reasons: To at least maintain the rate of releasing the novels, and preferably to reduce from every four months to every three months. To take the pressure off me so I didn’t burn out/ become estranged from my family. To maintain the quality and freshness […]