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02 May 2016 @ 12:59 pm
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jmswallow
29 April 2016 @ 10:35 am
August rolls ever closer, and with it comes the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the next in the landmark Deus Ex game series; I worked on the script and story for DXMD, and you can hear some of that in this new trailer - six whole minutes of hero Adam Jensen laying out the themes and scenario around the events of Mankind Divided. (Warning: some story spoilers in here for a few early plot elements).


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is out on August 23rd of Playstation 4, XBox One and PC platforms - as will my new Deus Ex novel Black Light, which acts as a bridge between the end of the previous game Human Revolution and the beginning of DXMD.

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jmswallow
25 April 2016 @ 11:51 am
The ongoing hardcoverfication of Black Library's epic Horus Heresy saga continues apace, and with it this month comes the 3rd of my novels for the series and the 13th overall, the assassin drama Nemesis...


You can pick up editions of Nemesis in the original paperback version, in digital eBook format, as an audiobook read by Jonathan Keeble and now in the hardback "collector's edition", which includes additional illustrations and an afterword by me.

All versions are available at the Black Library website Here, where you'll also find audio, epub and mobi file extracts.

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jmswallow
22 April 2016 @ 12:46 pm
I'm just posting this 'cos I can; check out the hardcover of my forthcoming thriller novel Nomad, due for release on July 2nd....

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jmswallow
14 April 2016 @ 11:18 am
Back in July last year I mentioned plans for MECH: Age of Steel, a giant-robot themed anthology in the pipeline (five by five) from the gang at Ragnarok Publications - with whom I previously worked on their 2013 short story collection Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters - and I'm now pleased to say that the Kickstater campaign for the book is underway!

I've always loved mecha - from the early days of stuff like the Megaro Zamac model kits and Micronauts toys, through to anime like Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam, Metal Armor Dragonar, Patlabor, Martian Successor Nadesico, Neon Genesis Evangelion and right up to date with Pacific Rim - so it was a lot of fun for me to write "Toy Soldier", my original military SF tale for this collection.

I also get to join an all-star strike team of authors for MECH: Age of Steel; edited by Tim Marqutiz and Nick Sharps, along with me M:AoS will feature stories by my Black Library colleagues Graham McNeill and C.L. Werner, as well as Kevin J. Anderson & David Boop, Jody Lynn Nye, Peter Clines, Jeremy Robinson, Martha Wells, Jeffrey J. Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell, J.C. Koch, Mark Teppo, Ramez Naam & Jason M. Hough, Jeff Somers, Anton Strout, Bill Fawcett, Shawn Speakman, M.L. Brennan, James R. Tuck, Jennifer Brozek, Kane Gilmour, Mallory Reaves, Andrew Liptak and Steve Diamond.

The book has two great covers (see below) - the blue/sliver one is for the paperback/ebook/retail edition and the "cherry blossom" version is a Kickstarter exclusive.


MECH's Kickstarter runs through until Friday May 13th 2016, and we're already past the 30% funded figure after the first 24 hours! If you'd like to sign on, check out the official KS page Here, where you'll find full details of the pledge levels and perks available.
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jmswallow
I've been busy on a bunch of writing projects over the past couple of weeks, so I've been slack on posting some new bits up here on the blog - to redress that balance, here are some linkys to a few interviews I did last month...


First, check out episode 142 ("Star Trek Vs. Godzilla") of Trek FM's Literary Treks books and comics show, where I talk with Dan Gunther and Matt Rushing about my new classic Star Trek novel The Latter Fire. Click here to stream the show.

You can also find me talking about Star Trek, games and a bunch of other stuff on episode 229 of the G & T Show live podcast from the start of the show to the 1:45 mark. Click here to listen.

And lastly, I'm here discussing videogames (specifically the recently released mmo-shooter-rpg hybrid The Division) on BBC Radio 5 Live's Game On show. Click here to listen.

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jmswallow
26 March 2016 @ 02:25 pm
As we move into the next phase of the Horus Heresy saga, Black Library have been working to make sure all the shorter pieces of fiction will be available in dead tree form to everyone who wants them; the War Without End collection will be hitting in a few months time (learn more about that book Here), but toward the end of 2016 that will be joined by The Silent War, an anthology of tales about the secret missions that underpin the entire Horus Heresy series; check out the badass hero team-up on the cover below...


While loyalist and traitor forces clash on a thousand battlefields across the galaxy, a very different kind of war is being fought in the shadows. Rogal Dorn and his Legion prepare to defend the Solar System against the armies of Warmaster Horus, even as Malcador the Sigillite charges his many agents and spies with missions of the utmost secrecy. The future of the Imperium is being shaped by unseen hands...

The Horus Heresy: The Silent War will contain fourteen stories by me, Chris Wraight, John French, Anthony Reynolds and many more.

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jmswallow
17 March 2016 @ 11:30 am
Back in 2005, m'colleague Nick Briggs (Doctor Who writer, actor and voice of many of the galaxy's greatest bad guys) wrote an audio miniseries centered around one of the Doctor's most iconic monsters - the Cybermen. In a darker story without the timelord involved, Cyberman was a science-fiction political drama in four episodes and it was popular enough that a second volume was planned. But being the super-busy guy he is, Nick couldn't find the time to write Cyberman 2, so that gig was offered to me in 2009. I got to pick up where Nick's story left off and write a taut thriller
about invasion, occupation and radicalization - and it remains one of my favourite pieces of work.


And so, it's great to see that Cyberman: The Complete Series 1 & 2 is returning in a compilation edition in May; you can read the official press release over at the Big Finish website Here, or click Here to pre-order the box-set on CD or digital formats.

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jmswallow
10 March 2016 @ 11:24 am

My new Star Trek original series novel The Latter Fire earned an Amazon UK #1 Best Seller banner this week; thanks to everyone who has bought a copy!

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jmswallow
04 March 2016 @ 09:54 am
It was the end of 2013 when I, like the rest of the planet, saw the first sign of No Man's Sky, a science-fiction exploratory adventure game being developed by Hello Games. I was caught by the strong visuals and aesthetic that seemed torn from the covers of the classic SF novels I'd read as kid. It recalled for me the artwork of Chris Foss, Angus McKie, Peter Elson, Jim Burns and David Hardy, all of it gateways to distant frontiers and strange alien worlds. I immediately knew I wanted to play it.


Fast-forward a year or so. I'm in Guildford visiting another games studio and I happen to pass by the office of Hello Games; I can't resist popping my head around the door (to be greeted by a life-size cutout of the hero of their first game, Joe Danger) just to tell them how cool No Man's Sky looks, and how much I'm looking forward to it.

Fast-forward another few months, and out of the blue I get a call, which goes something like this: "Hey, would you like to write some fiction for the No Man's Sky universe? Would you like to work with Angus McKie, the artist who drew the Terran Trade Authority books that influenced you so much as a kid? And also with Dave Gibbons, that guy who did Watchman and most of your favourite 2000AD comics? Would you like the opportunity to write a Heinlein-esque adventure story calling back to the golden age of 70's SF?"

Oh. Yeah.

So No Man's Sky is coming out in the summer (June 21 in North America, June 22nd in the Europe, and June 24th in the UK) and as well as regular-like edition for PC and Playstation 4, there's a Special Edition slipcase pack of the PS4 that includes a steelbook case, in-game extras, a book of concept art and Adventures in No Man's Sky, co-created by Gibbons, McKie and me!


Sometimes a project comes along that's like a Perfect Storm Of Awesome, and for me this is one of them. Not only am I getting to work with some of my artistic heroes, but I'm also helping shape the lore of a very cool gameworld and team up with an incredibly talented group of people at Hello Games.

Check out the news page Here over at the official No Man's Sky site for more info; the No Man's Sky PS4 Special Edition is available now for pre-order.

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