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March 12, 2019

Audio. Audio. Audio.

It’s the hottest thing in publishing. It’s the savior of publishers seeing their eBook sales plummet. I’m talking, of course, about audiobooks. Personally, I’m something of a late convert, but recently, I’ve been running a lot more and when I’m not being chased by zombies (from the Zombies, Run! Game) I’ve started listening to audiobooks. At the moment I’m enjoying listening to Wraithkin by Jason Cordova. But let’s bring this back to the Human Legion and the Four Horsemen Universe (4HU), where I’m bursting with audio news for you today. And there will be more later in the week. First of all, I’ve been listening for some time now to a stream of Human Legion listeners asking when the later Legion novels will be coming out on audio. Well, I’m pleased to say the answer is very soon. I’ve signed […]
January 12, 2019

New Year. New books are here.

I hope you had a marvelous holiday season. We spent Christmas with my parents and it was great to see several generations getting on so well and relaxing after a hard year. I’m almost ready to release the season Chimera Company issues to Insiders (I’m hoping next week), but I wanted today to let you know about Legion alumnus JR Handley. First off, JR put together his first anthology a month ago, Backblast Area Clear. It’s got an Ember War story from Richard Fox, a Chimera Company universe story from me and plenty of other goodies. Anyway, I wanted to mention the book because in the US there’s a 99c Kindle deal that ends tonight (I think). It’s always good value, but if you were hesitating for some strange reason, then grab it now. Secondly, JR’s teamed up with his […]
December 10, 2018

The first Chimera Company story is out now, published by someone else!

I’m very proud to announce that I have a novelette in a military science fiction anthology that was released yesterday, and better still, it’s a standalone Chimera Company story. Backblast Area Clear was put together by no less than JR Handley and features stories from Richard Fox, MD Cooper, CJ Carella, JR Castle, Scott Moon, Josh Hayes, JR Handley, Chris Winder, Rick Partlow, Navin Weeraratne, and Logan Scott. With artwork from Jamie Glover, and Ellen Campbell pulling the editing levers. I haven’t read the other stories yet, but the pedigree is top notch and I’ll be doing so on the flight over to Canada tomorrow to see my brother get married. I’m going to be very quiet for a week while I’m overseas, but I’m so excited about this launch that I wanted to share the news before I left. […]
December 6, 2018

Chimera Company is mobilizing

The Chimera Company artwork from Cape Town artist Vincent Sammy is coming in now and helping me the visualize the scenes as I get ready to write the last couple of issues of season 1. The portrait you seeing here is of Militia Trooper Lily Hjon, a disgraced captain busted down to the ranks and placed in a punishment company. Some say Lily holds a few grudges; most know to keep such thoughts to themselves. Lily has an all-body tattoo, but it’s not the kind of traditional ink worn by Lance Scipio and many of the characters in the books from earlier series. Hers is a viral-written bioprogram that writes itself as pigmentation directly into the skin. The color palette of her tattoos depend on the nutrients the bioprogram can extract from her diet. If you want to get in […]
November 23, 2018

JR Handley soars while Chimera Company gears up

Breach Team breaches the top-100! I was so pleased last night to see Human Legion Universe alumnus, JR Handley, has broken into the top-100 science fiction bestsellers on amazon.com with a standalone novel collaboration with Chris Winder called Breach Team. Unfortunately, by the time I got around to typing this, the book’s slipped out again. That’s the way it goes, sometimes. Let’s hope it peaks once more. I’m about two-thirds through reading it myself and enjoying it very much. If you liked JR’s Sleeping Legion novels then you will like Breach Team. Reminds me of Demons of Kor-Lir. So, well done to Chris, but especially to JR because we know him so well from his Human Legion Universe stories. I’m proud of you. (Don’t make the mistake, by the way, of thinking JR has completely finished writing the adventures of […]
September 25, 2018

Legion Bulletin 47 dropped last night with the Chimera Company conclusion

Legion Bulletin 47 dropped in the inboxes of signed-up legionaries last night. This brings  to a conclusion the prequel micro-series featuring sapper of the Legion Osu Sybutu. I’ve invested a significant amount of time in the two prequel series and the prequel novelette I wrote for an anthology due in December. It’s paying off already, though. I’m most of the way through writing season one issue one, and I’m energized by this powerful backstory flooding around that I put in the prequels. For example, Osu Sybutu feels utterly wretched at the end of the issue that dropped last night. He feels like he’s betrayed his honor and that of the Legion. But in issue one, he gets the chance to make amends. You don’t need to read the prequels to enjoy the main seasons, but I feel the emotional depth that […]
September 15, 2018

New releases: Chimera Company Season Beta Issue 2, and my Cthulhu Mythos story

Attention: Legionaries! The second of the three-part micro-series went out in the Legion Bulletin Thursday night. Check your spam folder if you didn’t see it. The concluding part is next week. This is the story that features the Legion. The Militia-centered mini-series concluded last month. I’ve already started the main series, but I’m still listening hard to feedback. Thank you very much to everyone who’s been commenting on the prequel series. If you aren’t yet in the Legion, you can see old issues of the Bulletin and get a free starter library by signing up here. I’ve also written a standalone Chimera Company novelette that features some of the same characters for a forthcoming military SF anthology that features the kind of top authors who get to put ‘best-selling’ and ‘award-winning’ after their names. I should be able to announce […]
August 17, 2018

So long, JR Handley. Welcome, J.R. Handley.

Legion News! We are no longer publishing JR Handley. Following a major reevaluation of his life, the author previously going by that name wishes to be known as J.R. Handley. *Sigh*. In other words, I realized that JR has been published both with and without the dots in his name, and we’ve settled on the dotty version going forward as the most appropriate. Hopefully the changes will work through Amazon without causing too much mayhem. To celebrate this important event, his Sleeping Legion books will be 99c over the next few days, and this will be effective in Australia and Canada and discounted everywhere else, unlike the last promotion. If you find the books aren’t discounted, then wait a few hours and try again because it takes a few hours for Amazon to reflect the change. You can find more details […]