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March 29, 2016

Book 5, Eastercon, Website news, and why officers should read science fiction

Book 5 of the Human Legion is out now. Eastercon write up, and a bargain deal on Raymond L. Weil's Lost Fleet.
May 9, 2016

I’m interviewed in SFFWorld.com

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 […]
June 13, 2016

Start a new military SF series for free

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.
June 13, 2016

Did you win a signed audiobook on CD?

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 […]
June 13, 2016

A revised map of Tranquility

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 […]
June 21, 2016

Space Opera Politics: post-conflict politics in the Human Legion Pt. 1

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 […]
June 23, 2016

Space Opera Politics: post-conflict politics in the Human Legion Pt. 2

After the war what next? That’s when the hard work starts, that’s what! In the forthcoming Revenge Squad series, the Human Autonomous Region is fighting for stability, and that’s not just to provide a decent life for its citizens. If you’ve read the Human Legion series as far as Book 5 then you will probably be thinking that if any freedoms have truly been won, then they are going to be highly fragile. Winning freedom is one thing. Making it work, is quite another. As we saw in part one, you can compare this chaotic region of space to Central and Eastern Europe between the First and Second World Wars. And it is a much more constrained area of space (and time) than we experience in the Human Legion books. To begin with, at least, the Revenge Squad books are […]
December 5, 2016

Revenge Squad goes on pre-release tomorrow…

… hopefully. OK, there’s still work to be done, but I’m 99% sure that we will see After War pop up on Amazon Kindle pre-release late on Tuesday. I’ve been working on the finishing touches to the paperback tonight. Here’s a sneak peek…