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 Dan Abnett (2000AD scribe, Horus Heresy and over 20 Warhammer 40k novels), Lauren Beukes (won Arthur C. Clarke best novel award), Neal Asher (Gridlinked and the Polity Universe). Good storytellers all.
I’m in it too.
I’ve mentioned before that the idea of the Human Marine Corps came out of a short story I wrote some years back (Welcome Home, Janissary) and sold to Newcon Press in 2010 for their anthology Further Conflicts. Newcon put out the short story as a standalone eBook to help promote Further Conflicts. As a promotion, I don’t think that worked at all, but they did at my request reissue the short story recently with revised text that tied more faithfully to the Human Legion books.
Ian Whates, the main man at Newcon Press, rang me a week ago and asked whether I’d be willing to let them use my Human Marine Corps short story in a new compilation built from Further Conflicts and an earlier anthology called Conflicts.
This publishing business can be convoluted at times, but the lowdown is that if you were wondering about maybe getting my Welcome Home, Janissary eBook, then don’t bother! Total Conflict carries the same story, plus seventeen other short stories, at a launch price of $1.49/ £1.49. I don’t know what price Newcon Press will set in the future, but at present I think the new anthology is much better value.
It’s only available as a Kindle eBook, which you can find here: http://getbook.at/TotalCon
Image credits on the cover and logo: space marine © DM7 / Shutterstock, targeting HUD display © CLUSTERX / Shutterstock, Welcome Home, Janissary © Algol/ Shutterstock