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February 12, 2014
Welcome to the worlds of the Human Legion
As I write this, I can hear the bustle of preparation all around me. Battlesuit AIs are being calibrated with new human occupants, Fermi Canons test fired, and cadet squads are being pitted against each other to weed out the units and individuals who are not fit to take the fight to the stars as a proud part of the Human Marine Corps. Preparations for launch are progressing well with editors selected, artists sought, and all five novels sketched out. It was time to establish a bridgehead in cyberspace and so now we are here at www.humanlegion.com Hold up! I thought this was the Human Legion, not the Human Marine Corps. What gives? The Human Legion series of novels is about transformation. Those characters who survive to the final book are profoundly changed by their journey. As individuals change so […]
September 18, 2014

Getting railguns right

The problem with railguns in science fiction is that they are fast becoming science fact. So I thought I’d better get my facts right. I posted part 1 of my recoil and railguns series today. You can read it here.
September 25, 2014

More on railguns

Today I’ve finished off my personal journey through the world of railgun recoil, using an old-school bomb, and a game of billiards, and a little help from my dad.
December 16, 2014

Mobilization Alert!

The Kindle version of Marine Cadet, the first Human Legion book, is available for pre-order from Amazon now: getbook.at/HLegion1 priced 99 cents in the US and something similar in other regions. This is the double-length feature that kicks off all six books in the series. (It’s 140,000 words, which is pretty big. I had thought of splitting it in two but that would be an artificial division for the purpose of selling more books). The second book, Indigo Squad, is going through final editing now for release January 2015. Writing has started on the third book: Renegade Legion. And since I seem to be discussing the series, the other three books are all sketched out in detail. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m looking forward to writing them. If you want to beta read, discuss some points of science […]
December 30, 2014

Space dogfights, what is down in a spacecraft, and upside-down moonwalking

I received some very interesting comments today from Hans. Thanks, Hans 🙂 So that I could share more easily with everyone, I’ve put them into this post. Let’s have some debate!   First up we have space dogfighting. Here’s Hans: IMHO I think that banking in space only makes you an easy target. Turn 90 degrees and accelerate hard to change direction takes time, fuel and is too slow (while you’ll keep going forward ’cause you didn’t stop). As I conceive a ship, it has thrusters all around its construction so you can roll, pitch, yaw but most important you can go up and down. As I see a space battle, if you want to shake someone at your six, you turn 180 degrees, go up or down, pitch, fire at your pursuer, and brake hard (afterburner) so you can […]
January 16, 2015

Don’t buy my book!

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 […]
January 16, 2015

Beowulf’s support craft

Five new articles have appeared in the ‘Classified Military Data‘ section, each describing a class of vessel carried by Beowulf. Several of these have seen action in the first two Human Legion books. You will see more of them in the third book, Renegade Legion, including our first use of dropships. The best way to read the articles on support craft is to start with the introduction here.
January 16, 2015

Star Crusades by Michael G. Thomas is on special offer

I posted earlier today that I’d share if I came across a new release or special offer that I thought might be of interest. I don’t intend to do this regularly, but here’s the second of today, so what do I know? Michael G. Thomas has written plenty of space opera and military science fiction novels and seems very popular. I’ve never read him, but when I noticed today that he’s offering a bundle of the first three Star Crusades novels for 99 cents, I bought them. This isn’t a recommendation as such (but only because I’ve yet to read any of his books) but you might want to try him out if he’s new to you too. If you check it out, please verify the price before you buy as it might change. Star Crusades at amazon.com Star Crusades at […]