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December 11, 2015

Human Dynasty – teaser

And the Human Legion begat… Human Dynasty. Phaedra Tremayne, known as Springer until this point in the story of the Human Legion, foresaw a future with Arun McEwan as the head of a dynasty, but she didn’t see herself in that vision, only a darkness that drove her to homicidal rage. If the guns ever fall silent and Arun still lives, what then? Xin, Indiya, and Springer… if any of them survive the war then what will be the next part of their stories, and will any be tied to Arun’s? The story of the Human Legion will be told in six novels. There will eventually be prequels, spin-off books and series, and short story collections, but the main series will conclude at six books in 2016. However, after the Human Legion will come Human Dynasty. Different location. Different main […]
December 10, 2015

War Against the White Knights: Teaser#4

… and he’s back again. Where were we? The dreaded man flu has kept me from the blog for a while, and have I got news to share! Let’s begin with some more of the things that have me so excited to be writing the next Human Legion novel. Starting with the Night Hummers. These mysterious aliens have been plotting the events of the Human Legion books for centuries. Or is that just more of their lies? We’ve already caught them whispering into important ears at several points. They’ve made Arun swear an oath to protect and nurture them from their coming extinction at the hands of the White Knights, but that oath has already led to the death of brave Marines in the Fall of Detroit. To the dark conspiracies and counter-conspiracies known to Jotuns, Trogs and maybe others, Arun, […]
November 24, 2015

Book recommendation: Inish Carraig by Jo Zebedee

When I notice good books on offer that I think Human Legion readers will enjoy, I’ll sometimes mention them here. This one’s a cracker! After galaxy-spanning space opera, sometimes it’s good to narrow the focus a little in time and distance. Author Jo Zebedee does that in Inish Carraig, a science fiction thriller set in and around Belfast in Northern Ireland. Belfast has seen some troubled times, but none more so than the future Jo paints of a devastated city in the aftermath of a one-sided war with an alien race. These are dangerous times, and they’re about to get more dangerous still. I enjoyed this book enormously (I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t) and it seems to be winning Jo some well-deserved attention. There’s a 99p Kindle Countdown Deal in the UK for the next five days. The […]
November 9, 2015

War Against the White Knights: Teaser#3

In Marine Cadet we learn about the Cull, that cruel ritual imposed on the Human Marine Corps by the White Knights. Everyone must submit to the possibility of being selected for the Cull. It is an absolute rule across the Empire for all subservient species. As the war begins to move from survival to expansion and conquest, the minds of our Legion characters moves forward in time to the peace that will come one day. The Legion fights for freedom but what settlement can the Legion actually win? What about the Cull? Would you bring a child into a world where you might have to order its death as part of a barbaric death ritual, and that the alternative would mean the slaughter of billions? The rapid change in circumstances back in Marine Cadet meant that in 2565AD, Class G-2 […]
November 7, 2015

More teasers: The Sleeping Legion

Secret agendas are everywhere in the worlds of the Human Legion. And here in the Human Legion production shed it’s just the same. There’s been an operation carried out in secret that will shortly be revealed. Here’s a clue now…
November 7, 2015

War Against the White Knights: Teaser#2

They’re so powerful that they dominate this region of the Trans-Species Union. The White Knights are in charge. The masters. Or mistresses? Do they even have a gender? After all, we’ve already seen Pedro who is fascinated by the whole concept of gender because it’s so alien to him [see the Trog novelette, ‘My Extended Death’ if you haven’t already]. Who are the White Knights? How did they get to be so powerful? What is their civil war all about? What do they even look like? The next book is called War Against the White Knights, and I didn’t just grab the name because it sounded cool. That cover image is taken from their world. Way back in Marine Cadet when the Detroit base has to carry out the Cull, there’s a release of imitation flek clouds in honor of the […]
November 6, 2015

The Sad Puppies of Gin Street or Does a Hugo Award Boost Book Sales?

Until 2015 it had been decades since I’d paid much attention to the Hugos, which I’d say are still the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Like the Oscars, the Hugos have always courted controversy and always will. What’s been different over the past three years is that the most recent Hugo spat to emerge now has social media as both a battlefield to fight over and a way to whip up hatred for the ‘opposing side’ into levels of frothing madness that have at times brought shame upon the science fiction community. Furthermore the mutual recriminations on social media sparked a pamphlet war, as we shall see in a moment. I put ‘opposing side’ in quotes because we’re all science fiction book lovers here on this website, and I like to think that we’re too grown-up at humanlegion.com to […]
November 6, 2015

War Against the White Knights: teaser#1

It’s been a tough week in the Human Legion writing shed (pictured). Ian and I had written 18,000 words for War Against the White Knights, the fifth Human Legion book, but we needed to meet to discuss the next stage. Unfortunately, I’ve been too ill this week to write books. Every writer is different, but for me I find it relatively easy to get my head in a place where I can come up with story ideas, but to get in the mental place where I can craft scenes effectively and efficiently is much harder. In a good working day dedicated to writing, I might write 5,000 words of story. Half of that will come in an intense 90-minute burst when the writing is flowing easily. It feels so good, it’s difficult to describe. That 90-minute burst will not only […]