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June 14, 2021

I Go Full Tolkien

I’ve just typed ‘The End’ and sent off a couple of novelettes for anthologies. One’s a space opera adventure with plenty of exotic aliens. The other is unusual for me in that the story of hired assassins has no fantastical elements. Well, it’s set in an alternate version of contemporary America, so it’s technically a fantasy, I guess, but there are no ray guns or interstellar squids, so I’m keeping it real for this one. Fingers crossed they get accepted. I have some tidying up and admin things crying out for attention before I start on my next novel. One of those things is the website at humanlegion.com, which I think needs trimming back and then tuning up. If there’s anything you want to see more/ less of, or want to be easier to access, now is the time to […]
April 16, 2021

Be careful what you say… or don’t say.

The latest Chimera Company novel is published today. As a writer, getting books out and into the hands readers (or their ears) is what it’s all about. Department 9 is my nineteenth novel. I have decided that novelists come of age after 21 novels, because that’s a milestone I expect to meet in the summer. Since I’ve not yet come of age, Department 9 is filled with writerly teenage vigor, and I use it to go dystopian in a world where failure to report an illegal act wins you the same punishment as if you were the perpetrator. And anything is illegal if those in authority choose it to be. Also goats. And ancient temples buried beneath desert sands. Thank you to Theogony Books for making this happen, and to Vincent Sammy for realizing so spectacularly one of my characters […]
March 13, 2021

The spy who came in from the void…

Operation Redeal is out now for Kindle and paperback. If cool space ships, ancient space stations, even more Dyson rings, and interstellar shenanigans are your thing, then I think you’ll enjoy it. While not strictly necessary, it’s even more fun if you’ve read The Fall of Rho-Torkis first. For anyone who read the 2019 serials, Operation Redeal is made up partially of material from the old season 2 and partially brand new adventure. Here are some links for the new book. amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com.au | amazon.ca | amazon.de I’m happy to report that I’m a further ahead in my writing than this new release. I expect to finish the first draft of book 5 next week, a novel that should come out in June. Beyond the first five Chimera novels, I have various plans for the rest of […]
August 25, 2020

It’s One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight is out now. This is the conclusion to the trio of 2020 Four Horsemen Universe (4HU) novels that kicked off with Endless Night and carried through The Dark Before the Light. When I say conclusion, it’s certainly that. Everything I’ve written in 4HU leads to this point. After three years, six stories, and about half a million words, I hope you’ll forgive me if I choke back a tear as I say goodbye… (… and then immediately start thinking about what happens next. Can’t help it. Maybe some of my ‘Midnight Sun’ characters will carry over to whatever follows? I hope to write more in this universe before too long.) Here are the links for anyone wanting to wade straight into the book. amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com.au | amazon.ca | amazon.it (Hello to my Italian […]
February 14, 2020

Endless Night has fallen*

“All hands, this is the captain. Battle stations! Battle stations! Midnight Sun will execute Plan Mechanix. I repeat, Plan Mechanix. May the gods have mercy upon our enemy’s souls and make our yacks bloat with combat bonuses.” This year, a popular alternative and complement to Valentine’s Day is Endless Night Day, with the release of my latest novel. The quote from the book at the top of this post pretty much sums the book up. For the price of admission (which is free under Kindle Unlimited, BTW) you get ancient artifacts, shady dealings, high-gee boardings, hidden underwater cities, and the reincarnation of a real ancestor of mine who went by the name of Obadiah Jex. I hope y’all like it. To be honest, it’s going to be a bit awkward with the publisher if not, because I’m most of the […]
January 11, 2020

Human Legion Deluxe box set 1

The first of two Human Legion box sets has just been released. I’m going to add as many of the short stories, novelettes, articles and author notes as I can*, which is why I added the ‘deluxe’ label. I hope you feel it’s justified! It’s a cool image of a slipcase box, but regrettably, that’s just the publishing fashion and this is only available as a Kindle book. The good part of that, though, is that if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can borrow this for free and skip to the bonus material if that’s what you prefer. CONTENTS 2741 AD – Preface 2565 AD – Marine Cadet (novel + new author notes) 2566 AD – Indigo Squad (novel + new author notes) 2567 AD – Trial of a Traitor (short story + new author notes) 2568 AD […]
December 18, 2019

Season 2 is complete. Boxed set available now.

Chimera Company Season 2: Deep Cover was a blast to write, and I hope you took equal pleasure in reading the story unfold across all nine issues. If you were holding out for the end of season compilations, the eBook boxed set is available to buy or borrow through Kindle Unlimited. We also have a big fat paperback. If you’ve not yet started with Chimera Company, there’s a deal on the first season of this space opera adventure until Christmas. And I just want to say a special thank you to Vincent Sammy for being such an crucial believer in Chimera Company and delivering such awesome artwork. There’s plenty more Chimera Company coming your way next year. Next up from me, though, will be a race between a novelette in a post-apocalypse anthology where I take some advice from my […]
October 9, 2019

Chimera Company: Deep Cover is out now

The second season of Chimera Company launched last night. In Chimera Company: Deep Cover the team needs to stop running and turn and fight against the evils swirling about Far Reach Federation. There are nine issues, with a new one releasing every Tuesday, to be followed by a boxed set and paperback collection. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, then it’s your lucky day because you can read them all for free. If not, well they’re priced at 99c/p/e per issue for most regions. If you haven’t read Season 1: Rho-Torkis, then you can go back and read it now, or join in the weekly thrills right here with Season 2. Here are a few of the things I’ve got in store for you in Season 2: deep space pursuit, sacrifices made for the sake of the team, Dyson rings, […]