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October 8, 2015

The Human Empire of tomorrow

The final eBook build of Human Empire is now underway. It will take a few hours and should mean the book is available for sale on Amazon by the end of tomorrow. Paperback to follow very soon after. Thanks to all the help we had in making this. In other news, today I have also accepted an offer for the audiobook rights to the first three books in the series. I’ll wait to sign something before I announce more details, but since the audio publisher approached me, I don’t see any problem! This, by the way, is the route Andy Weir took with The Martian. First he self-published an eBook that became a bestseller on Amazon. Then an audiobook publisher made him an offer for his audio rights. A few months later Random House acquired his print rights and 20th […]
October 9, 2015

Human Empire is out now

I’m very pleased to announce my first collaborative writing project, Human Empire, the fourth in the six-book Human Legion series, is now available to buy from the Amazon Kindle Store here. It’s got space battles, aliens, treachery… all the usual good stuff. We’re moving up in scale too. Ian and I wrote scenes with dozens of ships and tens of thousands of people. Admittedly, we didn’t exactly describe each person’s experience in detail, but we think there’s a greater feeling of scale in this book, something that’s going to get even bigger with the next one. As normal, the book will initially be on sale for a bargain launch price of 99c/99p or local equivalent for at least a few days. I’ve been told off by fans for making my books too cheap. We’re doing the launch price discount partially to reward readers of […]
November 6, 2015

The Sad Puppies of Gin Street or Does a Hugo Award Boost Book Sales?

Until 2015 it had been decades since I’d paid much attention to the Hugos, which I’d say are still the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Like the Oscars, the Hugos have always courted controversy and always will. What’s been different over the past three years is that the most recent Hugo spat to emerge now has social media as both a battlefield to fight over and a way to whip up hatred for the ‘opposing side’ into levels of frothing madness that have at times brought shame upon the science fiction community. Furthermore the mutual recriminations on social media sparked a pamphlet war, as we shall see in a moment. I put ‘opposing side’ in quotes because we’re all science fiction book lovers here on this website, and I like to think that we’re too grown-up at humanlegion.com to […]
January 18, 2016

The invasion of the White Knight homeworld

One of the greatest pleasures of life is the warm swell of pride at watching your helpless babies grow first into children — with their own personalities, interests, and aptitudes — and then mature into adults who achieve feats we as the older generation could only dream of. We realize that the youngsters really did learn from those mistakes they made in their youth, that they were actually listening to our sage advice (even though they never admitted it at the time), and quietly ignored our advice when they had moved beyond us. Doesn’t always work out so well, of course, but it has for me with the characters of the Human Legion. In the first TO&E I wrote out for Blue Squad in Marine Cadet, the cadets were 17 years old. Today I’m writing the order of battle for […]
February 3, 2016

The Empire at War is available for pre-order

The launch of a major new military sf anthology.
March 2, 2016

Book 5 releasing soon

Thanks for your patience, everyone. Here’s a quick update on the progress of Book 5: War Against the White Knights. I finished the first draft of the novel earlier this week, and it weighs in at just over a hundred thousand words. Now, first drafts can be a bit rough, but Ian and I have been editing each other’s chapters all the way through. I’m still waiting for Ian’s feedback on the last two chapters, but other than that the draft pretty tight. Normally, by this point I would have asked for volunteers to sign up to a Force Recon Team. The volunteers from previous books have given us sage advice, but running the Recon Teams takes time, and so I’ve decided not to call for volunteers this time around, so I can get the book to you quicker. I fully intend […]
March 23, 2016

The Invasion of Athena: Order of Battle

Book5 will be ready to roll, just as soon as the edits are back for the last section. While we’re waiting, I thought I’d give you a taste of what’s coming with a partial order of battle from partway through the book. You won’t recognise most of the names yet, but you should know a couple. The Legion has certainly scaled up a little since they started with the First Tranquility Campaign, and not just with the units described here. Author J.R. Handley is working on what is going on back on Tranquility with his Sleeping Legion series. His plans for novellas have turned into novels, and a draft of the opening novel is undergoing an alpha test at the moment. History of the Legion – Order of Battle for the Invasion of Athena The table below shows a representative sample of the major […]
March 25, 2016

Book 5. It’s there…

At some point over the next 12 hours, War Against the White Knights should pop up on Amazon. It will be Kindle-only initially, although the paperback will follow in about a week. I’ll make a big fuss about it next week, but I reckon my job’s done for tonight. Tomorrow morning I’m off to a science fiction convention in Manchester, England for the Easter break. Much more on this next week when I’m back. And future projects too! Enjoy the book.