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May 3, 2016

The Forever War – $1.99 special offer

My favorite book: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is on a special offer on Amazon.com for $1.99. Unfortunately, it’s not on offer in the UK, and that probably means everywhere except the US. I read a copy of The Forever War in my local library when I was about 14, and it had such a profound effect on me that… well, I now write science fiction novels for a living. It’s one of the classic military SF novels. Scandalously it was out of print for a long while, and I spent years chasing down a paperback copy. With the advent of eBooks, that shameful neglect of great literature should be a thing of the past. Here’s the link to the US Kindle store.  Do check the price as the deal will change without warning. I recommend adding this classic to your […]
May 3, 2016

Win a signed Human Legion audiobook

  The website has been quiet of late because the (virtual) builders have been in rewiring and extending and took a little longer than I expected, but there’s plenty to talk about now that it’s back up and running properly. First of all: audio! Tantor Media published audio editions of the first three Legion novels earlier this year, and very fine they are too. Initially they were available as MP3 downloads and CDs from Tantor.com, Audible.com and Amazon, although the CD versions were shipped from the US, so pricey if you lived elsewhere. But in recent weeks, they’ve snuck into the Amazon store as ‘Whispersync for Voice’ editions. What this means is that if you already have the Kindle version, you can add on Tantor’s audio edition for a few dollars. Here in the UK, the audio add-on costs £2.99. […]
December 15, 2015

Marko Kloos interviewed

Not by me, unfortunately, but there’s a podcast interview by the #Wrongfun podcast team that they carried out at the recent Honorcon militarySF convention at Raleigh, NC. [The interview is episode 7, which you can find here.] It’s a small world, because a guest of honor at next year’s Honorcon is Christopher G. Nuttall, and in a few days I’ll be announcing a collaboration that Chris and I are working on together. If you don’t know about Marko Kloos and his ‘Frontlines’ series, then I recommend you check him out. I read the first book when it was still self-published by Marko, but now he’s published by 47 North (a very successful division of Amazon) which means he gets smarter covers, and has time to concentrate on his writing. Whatever the explanation, his series gets better with each book. In […]
December 11, 2015

Human Dynasty – teaser

And the Human Legion begat… Human Dynasty. Phaedra Tremayne, known as Springer until this point in the story of the Human Legion, foresaw a future with Arun McEwan as the head of a dynasty, but she didn’t see herself in that vision, only a darkness that drove her to homicidal rage. If the guns ever fall silent and Arun still lives, what then? Xin, Indiya, and Springer… if any of them survive the war then what will be the next part of their stories, and will any be tied to Arun’s? The story of the Human Legion will be told in six novels. There will eventually be prequels, spin-off books and series, and short story collections, but the main series will conclude at six books in 2016. However, after the Human Legion will come Human Dynasty. Different location. Different main […]
November 7, 2015

War Against the White Knights: Teaser#2

They’re so powerful that they dominate this region of the Trans-Species Union. The White Knights are in charge. The masters. Or mistresses? Do they even have a gender? After all, we’ve already seen Pedro who is fascinated by the whole concept of gender because it’s so alien to him [see the Trog novelette, ‘My Extended Death’ if you haven’t already]. Who are the White Knights? How did they get to be so powerful? What is their civil war all about? What do they even look like? The next book is called War Against the White Knights, and I didn’t just grab the name because it sounded cool. That cover image is taken from their world. Way back in Marine Cadet when the Detroit base has to carry out the Cull, there’s a release of imitation flek clouds in honor of the […]
June 6, 2015

It’s D-Day for Arun McEwan. Renegade Legion is live!

Poor Arun. After running for his life for much of Indigo Squad, Arun has it even harder in the new Human Legion book, Renegade Legion. Fighting for freedom is hard, but winning freedom is far more difficult, as Arun and his comrades are about to find out. The Human Legion Book3: Renegade Legion is published today in Kindle eBook and in paperback.  Click here for the eBook and here for the paperback. If you enjoy this book, or one of the earlier ones, then do please leave a good review on Amazon or Goodreads. It does make a big difference to my ability to earn a living writing books. My sincere thanks to everyone who has left a review so far. Even if you thought the book stinks and told me so, I still appreciate you taking the time to read my […]
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 […]
December 17, 2014

On getting around inside spacecraft

The bridge of the Starship Enterprise. CIC in Babylon 5. The Millennium Falcon’s gun blister that Luke uses to shoot down pursuing TIE fighters in Star Wars. And while we’re at it: Flash Gordon’s fizzing cigar tube rocket ship, the TARDIS control room, the entirety of Battlestar Galactica. These locations have been the backdrop to some perfect moments of science fictional movies and TV, but that’s not all that connects them. There’s something so fundamental that it affects every single aspect of the set layout, of the way the characters move… So basic that it’s easy to forget. Gravity. All the locations have an up and a down. Not only that but down is always pointing in the same direction, no matter the direction in which the engines are thrusting. Now think of real footage of astronauts in orbit. Skylab, […]