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April 13, 2017

The countdown to Operation Breakdown starts now

Bloodied yet defiant, the Legion fightback on Tranquility-4 starts here… Operation Breakout commences April 25th. Clear your diary because if you enjoyed The Legion Awakes and Fortress Beta City, you will want to move out with Lance Scipio and his comrades as they take the fight to the Hardits in this, the third novel in the Sleeping Legion series of bestselling military science fiction novels by JR Handley.  
March 29, 2017

He writes! He talks! He has a new book out. It’s JR Handley!

Many readers of humanlegion.com have been in touch to ask whether JR Handley is a real person or a malevolent, alien gestalt intelligence from a hellish dimension intent on dominating our own. Others have inquired if the ‘author’ is really alive at all, suspecting he is really a rogue 1997 code branch of ‘Clippy’, the Microsoft Office Assistant. Fortunately for these concerned and possibly fictitious individuals, JR Handley has recently spent an hour chatting with Dead Robots Society hosts Paul E. Cooley and Terry Mixon, which you can hear here. Not content with this attempt to prove his existence, JR then proceeded to conduct an extensive interview with Sri Lankan techno-thriller author, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. Alien intelligence or Clippy the Office Assistant, either way, one thing you can be sure of is that he writes great books. No Marine Left Behind, his […]
March 21, 2017

The Subjugation of Humanity

You are instructed to attend the Tawfiq Memorial in Victory City (formerly Washington DC) at midday on day 241, year 27, for a ceremony marking the formal subjugation of humanity. The people of Earth give thanks to our Hardit New Order liberators and wish our lives to have meaning and purpose. Even though the Human Legion has been destroyed, our continued service to the New Order remains essential to give some limited worth to our wretched existence. Failure to attend with enthusiasm will result in the public execution of everyone you know. ONE EMPIRE! ONE SCENT! ONE LEADER! By order of Romulus – Governor of Earth and Greater Terra under the gracious authority of Supreme Leader, Tawfiq Woomer-Calix. THIS IS PROPAGANDA … DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES … JOIN THE LEGION BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE … JOIN NOW!   
December 2, 2016

Nick Webb’s Constitution deal, and my new book is out next week

One of the stars of the recent boom in science fiction literature is Nick Webb. Now, if your’re reading this, Nick, I would describe you as a very annoying kind of author 🙂 Not only does he sell a gazillion copies of his books, which come out more regularly than mine, but he also has a real job as a space engineer, has a PhD in experimental physics, and finds time to play Lego with his kids. How cool is that? Can this awesome individual possibly be human? I feel suddenly inadequate. I mention Nick because his most famous book, Constitution, is on a 99c special offer for the next 5 days.   I haven’t read Constitution yet, but I have read some of an earlier series he wrote under the name of Endi Webb (Nick’s initials are N.D. Webb), […]
October 13, 2016

Starship Troopers and Modern Military SF

I’ve been tracking the science fiction bestseller charts on amazon.com since the start of 2011, with particular attention to space opera and military SF. Yes, it is partially professional intelligence gathering to see what is and is not selling, and to get ideas for my next reads, but it’s much more than that. Science fiction publishing is going through its greatest transformation since at least the widespread introduction of the paperback, and as a huge fan I am simply fascinated to watch these changes as they sweep through publishing at internet speeds. For example, I can take the numbers given by Locus Magazine each year for the number of new science fiction titles published each year, extrapolate backward to the days of HG Wells and Jules Verne with a touch of anecdotal evidence and a large cup of coffee, then […]
September 2, 2016

Introducing Sci Fi Explorations

A new science fiction venture is officially launched today: SciFiExplorations.com. I’m not involved myself, not yet anyway, but it looks good enough that I’ve signed up. So what exactly is Sci Fi Explorations? Well, there’s a website, naturally, and a mailing list. Sign up and receive a short story called Steel Eye from Ralph Kern, a new author I’ve been hearing good things about. “His first novel is a bit like Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’,” someone told me.  She may have meant that Ralph Kern has an unhealthy obsession with potatoes and duct tape, but it’s an interesting enough recommendation to look deeper. And there is also a free series of Forever Gate stories from Isaac Hooke, whom I remember reaching the #1 spot in the science fiction bestseller charts in 2013.  Then you receive a newsletter with articles from […]
May 16, 2016

Revenge Squad cover reveal

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 […]
May 3, 2016

The Forever War – $1.99 special offer

My favorite book: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is on a special offer on Amazon.com for $1.99. Unfortunately, it’s not on offer in the UK, and that probably means everywhere except the US. I read a copy of The Forever War in my local library when I was about 14, and it had such a profound effect on me that… well, I now write science fiction novels for a living. It’s one of the classic military SF novels. Scandalously it was out of print for a long while, and I spent years chasing down a paperback copy. With the advent of eBooks, that shameful neglect of great literature should be a thing of the past. Here’s the link to the US Kindle store.  Do check the price as the deal will change without warning. I recommend adding this classic to your […]