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 […]
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.
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!
I am proud and excited to announce that Indigo Squad, the second book in the Human Legion series, is working its way through Amazon’s servers to be available from the Kindle Store within the next 12 hours. It will initially be available as a Kindle book, with a paperback to follow a few days later. The initial price will be 99 cents, or the equivalent in local currency, and I will keep it there for at least a week before raising the price. My intention is to follow this pattern with the other books, to give humanlegion.com subscribers the chance to get each new book at the bargain price. My son is very excited. He’s been spending Christmas vacation dreaming up Lego constructions, and to help me celebrate the launch of Indigo Squad he’s recreated a scene from the book in Lego. He’s built a […]
As I come across exciting new releases and special offers on space opera and military sci-fi books that I’m interested in, I’ll occasionally post the news here. It’s not going to be an everyday thing, and it’s not an affiliate advertising thing where I get commission; I just think that if you enjoyed the Human Legion books, you might also enjoy occasional updates on books by great authors such as Marko Kloos, Christopher Nutall, and Phillip Richards (to name just a few). All that’s still true, but I’m going to first of all mention a book that was put on pre-release last night. It’s called Total Conflict and is an anthology of 18 short stories about conflict, nearly all of them being military science fiction. It’s written mainly by British science fiction authors, and features some well-known writers such as […]
Five new articles have appeared in the ‘Classified Military Data‘ section, each describing a class of vessel carried by Beowulf. Several of these have seen action in the first two Human Legion books. You will see more of them in the third book, Renegade Legion, including our first use of dropships. The best way to read the articles on support craft is to start with the introduction here.
Thanks to the detail built up from the Recon Team’s reports, the new book is shaping up very nicely now. I’m honored that so many are helping out. Thank you. I’m going to be setting the book out on pre-release from Amazon very soon. There are still many spinning variables to set a date yet, but it will definitely be this month. If you are in the Recon Team and haven’t yet passed any feedback, then there’s no need to rush or feel your input would be wasted. The earliest I would be building a version for publication would be late next week (let’s say the 21st). And even if you have comments to pass on after that date, I can still make revisions to the published edition soon after. And if life got in the way, or you didn’t enjoy […]
I love writing the Human Legion books. Even though I have the story mapped out through to book six (and beyond for possible successor series), I often can’t vividly feel what is happening in the minds and hearts of my characters until I’m writing a scene for real. Sometimes my characters surprise me. They aren’t shy about telling me if my story isn’t right, or if they have a more interesting tale to tell than the one I had planned. Consequently I often update my ‘masterplan’. To give a timely Waterloo quote, the Duke of Wellington once said of Napoleon’s marshals: “The French plans are like a splendid leather harness which is perfect when it works, but if it breaks it cannot be mended. I make my harness of ropes: it is never as good-looking as the French, but if […]