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20 May 2016 @ 09:41 am
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have been doing a lot over the past few years to make videogames an important part of their organization, and most recently there was a whole day of games-related events as part of the BAFTA Guru program - as the official site Here says, "Guru is bursting with advice from the best creative minds in the industries so whether you're an actor, a games developer or a cinematographer, we've got something for you."


I was pleased to be part of the Guru Live event last month, where I took part in a panel called "The Storytellers", along with Meg Jayanth (80 Days) and Rob Yescombe (The Division), hosted by Guy Cocker, where we talked about the various challenges of writing for interactive media. You can click on the panel below or go Here to listen.



BAFTA Guru have now put up all the audio recordings from the games day and you can check out the rest of them Here.

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jmswallow
16 May 2016 @ 03:15 pm

When I first saw Halo, the game that would become Xbox's killer app was still in deep prototype and the console that would make it a hit hadn't even been announced yet; but even back then I saw the potential for awesomeness in the saga, and when Halo: Combat Evolved arrived in 2001, I was on board. Drawn in by the epic scope and the visceral, dynamic gameplay, I was in for the long haul - and a decade and a bit later, I'm still engaged in Master Chief's world.

So naturally, when I learned that Simon & Schuster (with whom I've worked on Star Trek fiction for several years) were picking up the license to produce all-new original stories in the Halo universe, I knew that was a flag I had to capture. I pitched myself to S&S and the folks at 343 Industries and the end result was an opportunity to write a story set deep in the continuity of the saga, as part of a new anthology called Halo: Fractures. The book will release this September under the Gallery Books imprint in trade paperback, eBook and unabridged audio editions.

I'll be joining a literary strike team of writers that also includes Tobias Buckell, Troy Denning, Matt Forbeck, Kelly Gay, Christie Golden, Kevin Grace, Morgan Lockhart, John Jackson Miller, Frank O’Connor and Brian Reed - and I'll talk more about my work in the collection in the months ahead.

Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges.

These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians.

Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe.



For more about Halo: Fractures, check out the posting on the official Halo Waypoint blog Here, or for pre-order information, go Here.

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jmswallow
11 May 2016 @ 10:23 am
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the next release in the Deus Ex videogame saga, due out on August 23rd - and as well as writing for DXMD, as part of the expanding franchise I've written a new tie-in novel - Deus Ex: Black Light.


The year is 2029, and the shining promise of a new age of human augmentation is in ruins in the wake of the devastating ‘Aug Incident’ – a horrific catastrophe triggered by a cabal of shadowy power brokers, where millions of cybernetically-enhanced people suffered a forced psychotic break.

Awakening in the aftermath of a changed world, with gaps in his memories and suspicion on all sides, augmented ex-cop and former security operative Adam Jensen struggles to piece his life back together, in a new reality where ‘Augs’ have become the targets of hatred, fear and violent discrimination.

Now the dark forces behind the Incident are gathering once again, reaching out to manipulate the course of global events through terror and intimidation. To find the answers that he seeks and the people who destroyed everything he knew, Jensen must return to the ashes of the past, reconnect with old allies, and risk all to expose a deadly conspiracy – but in a world shattered by secrets, can the truth be brought into the light?


The novel is set between the end of Human Revolution and the beginning of Mankind Divided; Deus Ex: Black Light will be published in paperback and eBook editions by Titan Books on August 23rd.

Eidos Montreal's offical blog announced the release Here.
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jmswallow
04 May 2016 @ 11:53 am
The newest Horus Heresy anthology collection from Black Library - The Silent War - is now available in hardcover, digital eBook and audio versions!


The Silent War features three stories by me - "Lost Sons", a Blood Angels tale and companion piece to my novel Fear To Tread, and two Knight Errant stories "Ghosts Speak Not" and "Patience". You'll also find tales from C Z Dunn, John French, Nick Kyme, Graham McNeill, Anthony Reynolds, Rob Sanders and Chris Wraight.

Check out the website Here to order whichever version you might care to procure; you also go Here to listen to an audio clip from my story "Ghosts Speak Not", read by Jonathan Keeble.

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jmswallow
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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