The Reality War



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LaveCon 2015 report

Tim C. Taylor:

A report of my recent convention panel duties. My son was impressed when he saw his dad on the YouTube link. Well, I say impressed. What he actually said was: “you don’t look as embarrassing as I thought you would.” In other news, I passed 54,000 sales of the Human Legion books tonight. Not bad for the first seven months.

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Downton Abbey.

In the past few years, whenever I make new friends in America, and they realize that I’m English, they will often say: ‘Hey, I love Downton Abbey.’.  Of course, we all realize the world of Downton Abbey faded away long before I was born, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you had seen me last Saturday morning as I drove in my open top roadster through rolling green countryside, under perfect blue skies, on my way to… a country mansion: Sedgebrook Hall.

The country mansions of the upper classes that used to be dotted throughout England still exist, except they’re now mostly training centers and hotels. Last weekend, Sedgebrook Hall was home to one wedding party, perfectly manicured grounds filled with rabbits, and nearly two hundred sci fi nerds.

This was Lavecon 2015.

I’ve been to literary-themed science fiction conventions before, but this was different. Lavecon…

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A big announcement about the Human Legion

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I love writing the Human Legion books. Even though I have the story mapped out through to book six (and beyond for possible successor series), I often can’t vividly feel what is happening in the minds and hearts of my characters until I’m writing a scene for real. Sometimes my characters surprise me. They aren’t shy about telling me if my story isn’t right, or if they have a more interesting tale to tell than the one I had planned. Consequently I often update my ‘masterplan’. To give a timely Waterloo quote, the Duke of Wellington once said of Napoleon’s marshals:

The Duke of Wellington looking pleased with himself. Whether for wining the Battle of Waterloo or saying his famous quote, I cannot say. The Duke of Wellington looking pleased with himself. Whether for wining the Battle of Waterloo or saying his famous quote, I cannot say.

“The French plans are like a splendid leather harness which is perfect when it works, but if it breaks it cannot be mended. I make my…

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The New Ghostwriters of Science Fiction: my first six-month retrospective

Tim C. Taylor:

I posted an article on the Human Legion site about how large the world of science fiction self-publishing has become. Warning! For those of a fed up disposition on this topic, I try to reflect my findings upon the Sad Puppies conflict, which is a punch-up that’s flared up over the Hugo Awards.

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I had my first Outside World review* for the Human Legion last week. A site called picked up on Marine Cadet and recommended it. Said it was ‘more Haldeman than Heinlein’, which was an interesting insight, and while I’m a great lover of Heinlein, Haldeman’s The Forever War still remains in my mind as the definitive military SF novel, and the key book that turned me into an SF reader when I was a teenager.

To those who don’t understand the modern world of SF publishing, having my Human Legion journey go unnoticed by the Outside World might seem strange given that today is exactly six months since the first book in the series was published, and by one of those coincidences you never dare write in your fiction (because no one will believe you) today is also the day the series hit 50,000 sales.

Happy times. Click to see why... Happy times. Click to…

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(Almost) a milestone

IMG_1163It’s taken me a few months to get around to this, but I’ve just counted up my Kindle downloads and paperback sales for my Human Legion series that came out last Christmas. By coincidence I went past 50,000 at some point this morning.

That’s not really a milestone because the 50,000 includes 2,500 copies of the first book in the series that I gave away as free downloads last month. So I can’t yet say I’ve had 50,000 sales. But it’s still pretty good. As a result I hope you’ll understand when I say I won’t be accepting any new book layout requests for the rest of 2015. If I’ve already agreed to work with you, that’s all still good; you’re booked in!

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Renegade Legion: available to pre-order now

Tim C. Taylor:

My latest effort is on pre-release now, for delivery on June 6th (which will probably feel like The Longest Day as I watch the Amazon charts)

Originally posted on The Human Legion:

Arun McEwan had a tough time in the first two Human Legion books. Well, guess what? Now he’s in charge, and it’s going to get a whole lot tougher in Renegade Legion.

RenegadeLegion04You can pre-order the Kindle edition now by following this link, for delivery by Whispersync on the publication date of June 6th.

You won’t have to wait quite that long, though. I know some of you are eager to read on, so I’ll make you an offer: if you buy the Kindle book on pre-release, but want the book before June 6th, then let me know by emailing  As soon as  I have the release version of the Kindle book ready, I’ll email it to you. You don’t need to prove you bought the book, I’ll take it on trust. I need to give Amazon the final version of the book at least 10 days before publication date…

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Going dark…

Tim C. Taylor:

Taking a short break from all the beta work going on with Renegade Legion. Then it’s all hands to pumps. Hoping to publish the new book later this month.

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I’m loving all the debates kicking around the Human Legion website right now. It’s really exciting to see. However, you won’t see me contribute until the start of next week, or reply to emailed Recon Team reports, because I have my own recon mission to perform. Together with a select group of like-minded colleagues, I shall be entering the town of Burton-on-Trent on a three-day mission to assess whether they still know how to brew and serve a decent pint of beer.

Here’s a potted history of Burton, if you’re unfamiliar with this great international centre of culture

Alternatively, here’s a picture. I’m sure you get the idea.

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Renegade Legion: a milestone

Tim C. Taylor:

This is my big new release coming soon. The first two books (which came out last Christmas) have sold 40,000 so far. If this one does as well, I’m going to start feeling like a proper professional writer :-)

We shall see…

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RenegadeLegion04I 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..

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A quick recap of the year

I’ve been quiet posting on the business and nerdy techie side of publishing these past few months because I’ve been busy writing. I’m concentrating on a military SF/ space opera series called the Human Legion. Books 1 & 2 are out and I’m working on book 3. Making good progress too.

The books have done pretty well. Both have topped international bestseller charts for their genre. For the publishers and self-publishers who follow these things, both books have benefited very much from being Kindle-exclusive. Which I understand is annoying for those people who read other eBook formats, and frustrating for me, but I can’t afford to ignore the financial benefits. Being exclusive has helped my sales ranking and that’s helped people to try out the book. This month, the sales of book2 are 82% of the sales of book1; so I guess I’m doing something right.

Amazon gave me a nice sticker on a couple of my books a few days ago to say I’m a Kindle All Star!! Which sounds a bit cheesy, but does mean I get to be on these nice pictures I’ve copied below, which is great. It also makes me feel a little humble to think of all those thousands of people who borrowed my books to get them there. (So far, since Christmas 2014,  I’ve had about 8,000 borrows and 22,000 purchases).

Happy Days!


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My Extended Death : Part 1

Tim C. Taylor:

A serialized story I’m posting to

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Welcome to the first exclusive story. My Extended Death is told from the perspective of an alien narrator. It’s set in a different world and a different time, but the lead character, Sentwali, is a Trog, the hive species we see in Marine Cadet (and perhaps with more parts yet to play in the Human Legion’s story).

In Marine Cadet, the Trog character Pedro is fascinated by Arun’s gender because, to a Trog, gender is an utterly alien concept. Arun, in turn, struggles with Pedro’s lack of gender and decides to refer to the alien as a male. But in this new story, we see things from the point of view of the aliens, and so the story is told using new, genderless pronouns. This isn’t a political statement, just the best way I found to tell the story from the alien’s perspective.

I’m going to serialize this story over…

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Don’t buy my book!

Tim C. Taylor:

I’m in another book ):-) But it’s not a new story (:-(

Originally posted on The Human Legion:

TotalConflict_cover_1000px_200dpi_compressedAs 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 Dan Abnett (2000AD scribe, Horus Heresy and over 20 Warhammer…

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