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 platoon sergeant) and I’m intrigued where Phillip Richards will take us this time.
I’m making good progress writing the third book of the Human Legion series. As an example of the strange thoughts sf authors get that seem briefly to be of vital importance to us, I’ve written a short piece on why our characters are fighting in a forest where the trees are purple.
Next up on the website will be some original fiction featuring Troggie characters.
Some readers have said they would like to know what happened on Earth five centuries before the Human Legion stories were set. This was the turbulent period when Earth was forced into the Trans-Species Union, and a million children sent as slaves as part of the price of White Knight protection. And why the hell are they called White Knights anyway?
As you might imagine, there’s a story to be told on that topic, and I hope to write it in the not-too-distant future (though not until I’ve completed the Human Legion books). What I’ll be posting soon is a series of articles on First Contact and Earth history from the perspective of the characters in the Human Legion.
So plenty to come, but my first priority is, of course, to deliver the next Human Legion book.
Finally, today is a milestone in the history of the Human Legion books that leaves me astonished and immensely grateful. It’s just under a month since the first book was published, and today sales surpassed 20,000. In practical terms, that eases the financial pressure off my mind while I’m writing the next book.
Thanks for reading.