Recon Team, Ranks, Cast, and Changes Lists of ranks were the kind of thing I was planning to put into the Classified Military Info /Infopedia section of the website, but I’ve decided to write some up and here they are in this post, together with a revised Table of Organization & Equipment for the start of the book (which amounts to a cast of characters – well, most of them — and now includes nicknames). This is as a result of feedback from the Recon Team, which is why you’re so helpful in making this book as good as it can be. I’ll list the changes, so that if you’re in the Recon Team, and haven’t yet read the book, you will be aware of them. I’ve changed the most junior Marine rank from ‘Ensign’ to ‘2nd Lieutenant’. That means […]
I’ve been invited as a special guest to a small science fiction and fantasy convention in Northampton, England on July 11th. Not exactly sure what format this will take, but no doubt I’ll get miked up at some point and start jabbering away about railguns, and how to fight interstellar wars at sub-lightspeed, and the effect on those involved. If anyone happens to be in the vicinity of Northampton, the convention looks good fun to me, and I’d love to see you there on the 11th. Details are here: http://laveradio.com/lavecon-2015/ And thanks to the Renegade Legion Recon Team whose first reports are now in. As a result, I’m planning a few small changes, and the inclusion of a few, brief Infopedia sections, which I’ll be sharing here before publication.
As part of my if-I-see-a-book-on-special-offer-I-might-mention-it posts, ‘Star Crusades Nexus: The First Trilogy’ by Michael G. Thomas is currently going for 99c/99p on Amazon Kindle. Here’s the US link and here’s the UK one. I’ve just picked up a copy myself having enjoyed the first series, which I found to be good, stripped down, basic military SF adventure stories. Just what I was looking for at the time. I’m guessing this price drop is temporary, but I don’t know as it’s nothing to do with me. I hope this helps Mr. Thomas to win new fans. I’ve got a new book coming out soon of my own. Not sure whether I’ve mentioned it yet 🙂 Here’s another sneak peak. You might recognize the image. It is stock art I bought from Shutterstock from an excellent artist called Algol. I liked it […]
The Human Legion Recon Team is recruiting now… [Update: the Recon Team is now operational and closed to new members for this book, but if you add your name below, I’ll add you to the list of interested people for the next book. Thanks.] Renegade Legion, the third Human Legion book is nearly ready for beta readers. Because I spent twenty years arranging beta teams for (relatively) dull corporate database software, I’ve decided it would be more fun to call this a Recon Team. What’s it all about? Recon Team volunteers help by scouting ahead for hazards and highlighting dangers in an early draft of the forthcoming book. If you read a passage and it makes you whistle, curse, or throw your book (and the device you’re reading it on) across the room because something isn’t right, then I would […]
Dreams of Victory —A short story from the worlds of the Human Legion — SPOILER ALERT! THIS STORY IS SET BETWEEN THE EVENTS OF BOOK2: INDIGO SQUAD AND BOOK3: RENEGADE LEGION. DON’T READ UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED INDIGO SQUAD. Know your enemy. Learn his weaknesses. Use them to crush him. Marine Laban Caccamo closed his eyes and fed a recorded image of his Navy opponent directly into his brain. As he stared at his adversary, he filled his mind with fantasies of victory. Long ago, back when Hecht had been Caccamo’s best friend – before promotions had torn the super-diligent lance sergeant away – the two of them had fiercely competed for everything: girls, food, cards, Scendence, shooting, sprints, endurance contests, popularity, and test scores, anything at any time they could turn into a contest. And because they were buddies, who […]
I wrote the last scene today in Renegade Legion. Not the one that goes at the end (I wrote that last month) but the last one to be written. Now I’m running through some sections that need readjusting or reconnecting for consistency (Such as the dialogue from a character who died in a battle a hundred pages earlier. Oops! That’s just plain disrespectful). And another full read-through. Then I’ve got to lay it out. So still plenty of work before I’m ready to put it out on beta (though I’m hopeful that could be next week) but today is definitely a milestone. Expect posts aplenty in the coming days on betas, trailers, sales, and maybe a short story from a character we’ve not seen much from up till now: Marine Laban Caccamo..
I’ve been quiet these past few weeks. I have half-written several short stories, Infopedia entries aplenty, all sorts to say and discuss, but I’ve had my head down getting the last few scenes written for the third Human Legion book. I’m aiming to hit that milestone next Tuesday: 95,000 words of action, surprises, tragedy, and maybe a little romance. And plenty of dead fish. I will then give it another round of consistency checks and editing before offering it out to any beta readers who are generous enough to offer to help take a look and tell me all the things I’ve got wrong :-). More on beta reading very soon. But not today because today I’m too angry. It’s not been easy scene-crafting these past few days because I have allowed my procrastination engine to be fed by an […]