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Meanwhile, back in alternate 1956

Posted 14 hours ago into Books by John Birmingham

I like this Northrop Grumman drone for WW 3.1. It sounds a lot like the original Big Eye series from Weapons of Choice.

The flying-wing design incorporates twin counter-rotating propellers mounted on Tern's nose. The propellers would lift the aircraft, move it into position for horizontal flight, and then operate again vertically upon landing.

The shift to drone technology for ISR mission reflects the Navy's strategy of allowing surface ships to conduct surveillance and targeting missions without the aid of land- or carrier-based patrol aircraft. Tern also is intended to support Marine expeditionary missions using long-range, high-endurance unmanned aircraft.

The Navy envisions deploying Tern on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, which have several helicopter pads but no runways. Researchers also are hoping that the program can save money by allowing ships to host the aircraft without any significant modifications.

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Oldy has opinions thus...

Posted 11 hours ago
Oh man, I'm so busting for this. Axis of Time (and those brilliant silhouette covers) was my gateway drug to life as a JB junkie. I've never seen Prince Harry the same way again

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Posted 11 hours ago
I can't wait to unveil the new cover for the Hammer anthology. It's gonna rock.

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted 3 hours ago
well, you have had done something right, after abysmal failure to predict Clinton's presidency :P

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Pre-order A Girl in Time via iBooks for a discount

Posted Monday into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Most of you would get the discount anyway, because you're in the bookclub, but for anyone who's just passing through and looking for a tasty saving, you can pre-order A Girl in Time for AU $3.99 on iBooks.

It'll be $5.99 on release. (Unless you're a subscriber, of course. Then you get a sneaky secret discount too.)

Anyway, this universal link will take you to your appropriate shoppe.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted Monday
Gonna wait 'til the magic discount eagle flies for this
one. Will come in nicely for lazy reading after my delving into Chris Allen's 'Intrepid' series whose hero, ex Oz army Alex Morgan provides lots of Havocky, 'splodey fun.

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Jeats mutters...

Posted 23 hours ago
Just waiting for a Google Books or Amazon link and I will be ready to go.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 20 hours ago
The 15th.

BrianC reckons...

Posted 12 hours ago
but... i want it now.

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she_jedi would have you know...

Posted 12 hours ago
Hmmm is the book club discount better than the iBooks discount? Because I pre-ordered on iBooks thinking that $3.99 for time travelling 'splodey goodness was a right bargain

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Posted 11 hours ago
Nah. They're the same. Apple offered me some promo juice for the exclusive, which I couldn't knock back. But my rule is the bookclub discount matches everything.

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Posted 11 hours ago
Oh yay! Glad to be filling your coffers with Apple-bucks

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Lucky thing I finished that book

Posted Monday into Games by John Birmingham

Because I just found out there's a new single player Mechwarrior game coming out. I played soooo much of the old version back in the 90s and it's a shock to see it with these souped up graphics.

Engadget has your briefing here.

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Posted Yesterday
Hopefully they don't screw it up like MWO. I was a top-tier founder for MWO, started out great, then succumbed to the QQers and get rich quick publisher.
The turn-based Battletech game is set for beta soon, and looks cool.
The one thing that I hope will save MWO is the new game runs on the unreal 4 engine.

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Cover reveal. A Girl in Time

Posted Monday into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

It may get a few more tweaks on the way to publication, but this template will remain. I love its simplicity, elegance and adapability. A few colour changes, a couple of smaller images suggestive of the narrative content added to each new title, and you've got a visual brand for a whole series.

The artist, William Heavey, has done a great job. (He's currently working on a cool do over for the Stalin's Hammer collection, too.)

I'll be sending out sample ebooks to the club later today. I'll do the same via Twitter, Facebook etc, but those one's will ship with a pre-order link.

Anybody in the bookclub wanting to get the discount US $2.99 instead of US $5.99 should wait for the launch email.

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted Monday
Have to say, I really enjoyed this, beginning to end. Quite different to the usual but still the same great humour, plot and characters. I am looking forward to the next instalment. Not sure about speaking French though. Never really saw myself as a Singes de rendez-vous mangeurs de fromage.

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
There's more than a little Angelina in that face.

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Oldy is gonna tell you...

Posted 11 hours ago
It's an amazing cover, he's turned in an outstanding piece of work. You have to be happy

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Posted 11 hours ago
Very. And he's still tweaking it!

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A Girl in Time. Chapter Three

Posted Friday into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Over at Medium. I'm getting tired of hand formatting every paragraph here. Which is a thing.

Just follow the link.

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ronS has opinions thus...

Posted Friday
The link is much better - thanks
An easier read and a good one!

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Posted Friday
Yeah, it's much cleaner isn't it.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted Friday
Get Thomas to do it.

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Simon mutters...

Posted Friday
Dunno if helpful, but I've been using Blogo for cross-posting between Wordpress blogs - it has Medium integration.

Loving the story, thanks!

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Oldy asserts...

Posted Friday
This is great, thanks for sharing it!

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted Saturday
... young Rooster Gogburn ... brill

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foreverwar asserts...

Posted Saturday
Outstanding - can't wait for the opportunity to give you some money for the rest of this.

Different from what you've done before, but still equally enthralling.

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted Monday
Enough with the teasing!

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted Monday
Wait for it... waaaaaait for it....

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Cady's swag

Posted Thursday by John Birmingham

In the opening pars of A Girl in Time we learn Cady has scored a free A9 speaker from EA Games. This is it.

It will look cool in the movie.

Also, for those not in the beta read, the second chapter is published below.

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jason is gonna tell you...

Posted Friday
I assume this photo is direct from the JB man cave.

Dave W would have you know...

Posted Friday
I always imagined more velour, gold and bunnies.

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