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The Sleeping Legion series


J.R. Handley, purveyor of intense military SF.

Time for more revelations about the Human Legion spin-off series: Sleeping Legion. I announced this a few weeks ago as a series of novellas that pick up the story of the war on Tranquility that we leave behind in Human Empire, the 4th book of the Human Legion series. As tales are wont to do, this beast has come alive and is now telling us its own story. The Sleeping Legion series will indeed pick up the events left in Human Empire, but will now start off many years before the Human Legion series, deep into the dark history of the Human Marine Corps. Nix the novellas too. The Sleeping Legion will be short novels.

I’m working closely with author J.R. Handley to bring the series to life. I’m eager to show them to you but there’s a way to go yet before delivery. And like the Human Legion, to give readers a good start at the series, we’re intending to get the first two ready before publishing, which is going to be some months away.

The number of books and their titles is still fluid, and we’ll see the covers in a moment. First, though, let’s meet J.R. Handley.

J.R. Handley is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team.  He is a veteran infantry sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and the 28th Infantry Division.  She is the kind of crazy that interprets his insanity into cogent English.  He writes the sci-fi while she proofreads it.  The sergeant is a two-time combat veteran of the late unpleasantness in Mesopotamia where he was wounded.  He started writing military science fiction as part of a therapy program suggested by his doctor, and hopes to entertain you while he attempts to excise his demons through these creative endeavors.  In addition to being just another dysfunctional veteran, he is a stay at home wife, avid reader and all around nerd.  Luckily for him, his Queen joins him in his fandom nerdalitry.

I can tell you that working with J.R. Handley (both of them!) is a delight. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, diligent, and always with a tactical map sketched out or a 3D model built, I know you’re going to enjoy the Sleeping Legion books when they come out.






  1. SGT Mike says:

    Looks great, cant wait to buy a copy or two! 🙂

  2. Chris says:

    would love to read. I looked up J.R. Handley on Amazon, They did not show up. Do you have Their website?

    • Hi Chris. I should have mentioned. This will be J.R. Handley’s debut. They showed me something they’d written but hadn’t published. I liked it so much, that I asked them to pitch for the Sleeping Legion series. They don’t have a website yet. I haven’t discussed this, but I’m guessing that Handley will be talking with readers through the human legion website.

  3. Cpl Gordon says:

    What can be better than a real marine veteran writing about marines in a future world? It should put those young nerds, writing Sci-Fi who haven’t even been in the boy scouts, in their place. The Human Legion may become the place for many veterans to flex their penmanship, I can’t wait to read it, bring it on!

  4. […] you consider J.R. Handley’s forthcoming Sleeping Legion series, there’s plenty going on in the Human Legion Writing Hut, but the primary focus remains the next […]

  5. SGT Mike says:

    Looks like you’ll have to change the first cover to reflect that they’re SF Novels rather than Novellas! 🙂

  6. Miss Priss says:

    Also notice that book four has the ’73’ on the helmet written backwards…. like a mirror image?

  7. Cpl Gordon says:

    Writing 73 backwards is clever, it reminds me that I was onboard 72 back in 1991. I thought that was a big vessel but the human legion vessels would carry it in the hold. Times change things and everything seems so big now, how do shipmates get to know each other?

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