Cheeseburger Gothic

Meet the Defiant

Posted March 15 into Books by John Birmingham

I think I'm going to like this ship:

Like all the interstellar-capable warships of the Royal Armadalen Navy, the Defiant was bigger on the inside than out. Not impossibly so. Its relative internal volume was only three times greater than the external dimensions of the stealth frigate, and a third of that was given over to the hyperspace buffer between the outer hull, a thick protective shell of exotic dark matter, and the discrete pocket universe of the vessel proper; the crew quarters and amenities, the engineering, command and combat decks, and stowage.

Hardy had served on HMAS Daring, an older ship of the same class, during the Javan War, and she was quietly pleased to see the improvements made since then. She had a cabin to herself for starters, an unheard of luxury during the war, even on the navy’s capital ships, the dreadnoughts and titan cruisers that sortied from Armadale System and fought their way into the heart of the Javan Empire.

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Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted March 15
You have whet my appetite further! I do like a Space Opera, me

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Coriolisdave asserts...

Posted March 15
I totally read that as "HMAS Darling" and got hopes up for blackadder

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15
Yeah, me too. I will have to change it.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 16
It's now HMAS Resolute.

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Dave C mutters...

Posted March 15
Tardis absolutely ridiculous!

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Therbs asserts...

Posted March 15
"Exotic" dark matter. Sorry, I wouldn't trust that stuff. It sounds foreign.

Sudragon ducks in to say...

Posted March 15
Is it made locally, or imported from the Han Peoples Republic of Stars?

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted March 16
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Spanner puts forth...

Posted March 15
Shut up and take my money.

(I love the reverences to the the RAN and now the Daring class destroyers. The tour of the Vampire at Darling Harbour is well worth the price of entry.)

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted March 15
Yeah, but it sounds better than " Fecal Screed" thats for fkn sure!

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Vovchara would have you know...

Posted March 15
What happens to people in pocket-dimension when whatever allowes it suffers battle damage?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted March 16
Wait and see.

Therbs reckons...

Posted March 16
Without Warning gives a clue.

Mad Yank Andy would have you know...

Posted April 16
I imagine the pocket universe goes "Slurp!"
Only in vacuum, no one can hear the "Slurp!"

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted March 16
Oh thank God this project is next.

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trib would have you know...

Posted March 16
Been hitting the EVE Online hard, JB?

This sounds interesting.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted March 16
Inspired by Deep Space Nine's The Defiant

"Development on the Defiant began around 2366 in response to the Borg threat to the Federation. Officially classified as an escort vessel, the Defiant was nothing less than Starfleet's first design of a warship designed to combat the Borg. The vessel featured minimal equipment for scientific research and was not designed to accommodate families. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

The Defiant did not perform well in its initial trial runs. The vessel was overpowered and over-gunned for a ship of its size – so much so that the Defiant nearly shook itself apart when the engines were tested at full power. Ultimately, these design flaws, combined with the Borg threat becoming less urgent, led Starfleet to the decision to abandon the project and place the prototype in storage. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")


at Memory Alpha
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/USS_Defiant_(2370)

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted March 16
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted March 17
I'm really really looking forward to this one and so far it's raising none of the red flags I expect from what I've been calling the New New Space Opera books I've been seeing in recent years.

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Blarkon mumbles...

Posted March 17
Love me some spaceship art. Perhaps as you begin to virally market this book, you might spin up some sort of Terran Trade Authority style work to whet your adoring audience's appetite for the material.

Blarkon reckons...

Posted March 17
Or maybe even engage the services of some of those guys that create 3d models of well known spaceships and then critique the design to build some high quality 3d models of the ships from this series and then do some discussion videos on the ships.

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 20
and then print them out on your own 3D printer

Blarkon would have you know...

Posted March 21
I do have a Rocinante kit on order. Lets face it, who doesn't buy an SF book that has an awesome spaceship on the cover?

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Guru Bob mumbles...

Posted March 21
I much prefer the Armidale system over the Armadale system...

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted March 21
I cannot help but think, you should really utilise a naming convention such as M for the ships. You know:

Maudlin
Magnificent
Melancholy
Magazine
Mayhem
Madness
Morose
Macabre
Malignant
Miraculous.

M Class Ships, second only to H class ships I must say.

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Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted March 21
How the hell did you, of all people, when coming up with a list of things that start with "M" leave off "Muppet"

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted March 21
ROFL---yeah. FKN THOUGHT ABOUT IT I TELLS YA!!!!!!

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Stalin's Hammer Complete. Audio and eBook

Posted January 25 into Books by John Birmingham

The audiobook of the Stalin's Hammer sequence is out! As a big consumer of audiobooks this makes me very happy, and not just for the royalties coming my way. I had a quick listen to the sample, and it seems pretty fucking schmick.

I've also released the complete series in one volume which I've made free for a couple of days so anyone who bought the individual titles can grab a copy without feeling they've been double-charged.

The ebook is everywhere.

The audiobook is exclusive to Audible.

I've also just pulled the lever for a print on demand copy, so that should be available in a couple of weeks. A Girl in Time has done better than I expected in print, especially given the price, so that's an experiment that seems to be working.

If you're not an Audible customer, you can sneakily get the book for free by trying the service via this link.

I'm mostly working on AlienSideBoob and The Cruel Stars at the moment, but a good result for the Stalin's Hammer collection will set up WW 3.1 nicley.

And you know what garauntees a good result?

Reviews.

You know what you must do.

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted January 25
OK, I think I've reviewed the shit out of it all now. And signed up for the booby project thingy.
But a question about the audiobook business. By the sound of it, you have no input into the voice of your books nor anything else? Just sign on the line and watch the bucks roll in?

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted January 25
That's exactly how it works.

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jl puts forth...

Posted January 25
Ha. I've been waiting for this moment.

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted January 25
Yeth, marthter. We knowth what to do.

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SAS mutters...

Posted January 26
5 star review left on UK site, as usual.

Will pick up the audio version next month, will this mean that the rest of AOT will be available on Audible UK soon?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted January 26
IN fact, yes! My agent has been pushing this forward since late last year. I don't know why the rights were never done in the UK/ANZ region, but it's being taken care of now.

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DaveC has opinions thus...

Posted January 26
Doneburger

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted January 26
Grazie

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted January 26
The total Hammer is as of yet not available here, but I gave the Girl a five star thumbs up here: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/a-girl-in-time/9200000072733978/

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted January 27
I did the audible thing. I hadn't got around to getting the hammer collection yet (yes yes i know, bad boy). So the audio book is perfect timing. Although i'm not sure how i'm going to go switching from 70 plus hours of listening to sword and sorcery with Steven Pacey pronouncing grimACED to a guns and fists with a US accent. Any tips out there on audiobook change over? Go cold turkey and jump straight in or ease into with something else?

insomniac mutters...

Posted January 27
I think if you're going from one poorly pronounced subject to an unknown reader and a different subject you should be ok. Your biggest problem would be a similar reading style and/or accent, but then my only experience is going from Crime and Punishment to Cryptonomicon via an hour of some piece of crap chosen by ms insomniac.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted January 27
I worked today like chump in an empty office. Subsequent bus trip requires reading Bill Gammage's The Greatest Estate on Earth or doing the audiobook. I may have to drown out fellow passengers with earphones :)

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Don Bagert puts forth...

Posted January 29
It's Saturday and I'm surprised that I actually haven't been on Cheeseburger Gothic since Wednesday, thus missing the freebie days. Oh well...

Just curious JB: Did you change "Harry Windsor" to "Harry Wales" in Stalin's Hammer: Rome to line it up with the other parts (as well as events that occurred in OTL between Parts 1 and 2)?

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DarrenBloomfield would have you know...

Posted January 30
reviewed.

I staretd listeing to the audiobook on Saturday on my run. Even better when read to you by someone else!

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted January 30
I still can't leave reviews, because I haven't spent $X.
I call this out as rank discrimination against tightarses.

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 30
I pimped the hell out of it & ASB on the Farcebook tho.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 30
This is why you're my cheapest favourite.

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted January 31
NBlob's alive?

NBlob mumbles...

Posted January 31
Barely comrade, barely.
The reign of Xmas Derp has been punishing.
Had a big boatyboat ride out of Gladstone over New Years. Bad new for scallop fans.

Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted February 1
I hear potato scallops are in trouble as well. White Spot?
Out of Gladstone where the harbour fish are somewhat extreme?

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted February 4
No white spot [to date] has only been detected in Logan River. If one doesn't look, one will never find.
Scallops are down to ~%6 biomass. The shell that is being caught shows sign of having been through sizing tumblers at least once. [Think a tube of security screen expanded aluminium mesh, used to sort size, like a sieve.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted February 4
*no, white spot...*

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Legless has opinions thus...

Posted February 1
I'm fascinated by your attempts to grope your way forward in the new publishing paradigm. You're doing so much better t

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Blake has opinions thus...

Posted February 4
Picked up the audiobook. My written word consumption has been terrible this year, but i'm burning through the audiobooks and podcasts like noones business. I've got a backlog of JB which goes back to the second Dave and includes the entire Stalins Hammer Series - and yet I've listened to the Nick Earls collection. (It was good, but generally not where my allegiances lie)

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Savo ducks in to say...

Posted June 28
Pushes chair back from desk, gets to his feet and slowly claps.

Well played sir, well played.

I throughly enjoyed the story, the narrator was well chosen by Audible and he delivered a cracking performance deserving of your novel.

But I can see you are going to kill Dan Black again, you bastard.

save

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Stalin's Hammer. New Cover

Posted December 14 into Books by John Birmingham

We never rest here at the book factory.

This bad boy will drop in January.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted December 14
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers ducks in to say...

Posted December 14
What Rhino said.

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DaveC reckons...

Posted December 14
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 14
Looks like it's Britain vs. USSR - you must have ditched a lot of material to eliminate the U.S. role ;-)

Julia Duffy as a Bond girl? It's a stretch...

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 14
There's an American version too.

Oldy asserts...

Posted December 14
Collect the set!

Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

Posted December 15
Ohhhhhhhhhhh...how silly of me, sorry!

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted December 14
Duffy looks like she's doing an Emma Peel pose.

Nocturnalist mumbles...

Posted December 14
The whole thing makes me think of the opening credits to "The Money or the Gun". I wonder if there's a way to shop a giant '90s Andrew Denton mullet onto the male figure.

Halwes mumbles...

Posted December 18
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist puts forth...

Posted December 14
I notice the strapline says it "includes" the Cairo/Rome/Paris books. Does that mean there's extra material in this one?

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Sparty2 would have you know...

Posted December 14
Harry wearing lifts - is that cause Duffy is tall ;-)
Its a good time to be a Birmo fan! (the only good thing to come out of 2016) - otehr than possibly Rogue One- we'll know tomorrow

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WA n'ker asserts...

Posted December 14
Cool Birmo,
I reckon I'll buy a hard copy, but where from?
How about putting up a bit of a bibliography on here with links to your recommended merchants?
Don't get me wrong, I love your little emails telling me get this here and that there, but I'm really too fucking busy and shattered working in the apprentice factory all day to be downloading this app and that fucking whiz doovy.
I would love a simple CC pay and get a hard copy in mail.
I await your response kind scribe.

Pete swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 18
I'm with WA n'ker on this one. Call me old fashioned but I like the whole ink - paper - turn the page thingo. Where can I get one?

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted December 18

I've just read my 2nd ever ebook. Both from His Birmoness. It was _ different, like mud crab is to sand or(blue swimmer /Dungeness crab . Different. Not bad as such, just uh different.

Halwes asserts...

Posted December 19
conformist !

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted December 15
Paper novel- sweet. Will purchase and put it in the collection.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted December 16
With. Bells. On.

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Meanwhile, back in alternate 1956

Posted December 6 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 mumbles...

Posted December 6
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

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted December 6
I can't wait to unveil the new cover for the Hammer anthology. It's gonna rock.

Don Bagert asserts...

Posted December 8
Which color this time? :)

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Vovchara mumbles...

Posted December 7
well, you have had done something right, after abysmal failure to predict Clinton's presidency :P

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted December 7
Too bad we can't get some model builders to sit down with some models of original ships circa the 1950s and do some kitbashing with 1990 and later ship models.


And I'd love to see how the Hawaii Class semi-stealth carrier turned out over the ten years since Final Impact.

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ronS asserts...

Posted December 8
Life imitating art - again

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Jeats would have you know...

Posted December 9
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/6299/darpas-revolutionary-fixed-wing-vtol-naval-drone-gets-the-video-treatment

Some videos of it.

This on the other hand reminds e more of a bug eye shape

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar

This was built in 1974 for the USAF.

Jeats mutters...

Posted December 9
Sorry make that 1958-59 for the USAF

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Don Bagert ducks in to say...

Posted December 11
So Rome was set in April and May of 1955 - does this mean a bit of time jump to get into the thick of WW3 in 1956? :)

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Harry is off to Audible

Posted November 22 into Books by John Birmingham

Just signed a deal to give Audible the rights to do the entire Stalin's Hammer series as an audio book next year.

I'm not sure how long it will take them to produce, but I'm very much looking forward to hearing the finished product.

I've been researching print-on-demand options for the collected series. It looks like I'll go with Amazon's CreateSpace in the US, but with IngramSpark everywhere else.

Doing print-on-demand is hella complicated compared to ebooks. And expensive. These things will retail at the same price as any trade published title. And I'll make less on them than I would on a much cheaper ebook. As soon as you start moving atoms around, the costs pile up.

But there are people who prefer print. I guess we'll see whether they're willing to pay for the preference. My guess is mostly not, but it's worth a look.

At the moment I anticipate an early to mid-December launch for A Girl in Time, and if I can ever get my head around the vagaries of IngramSpark, the hard copy should be available for Xmas too.

I'll release this title everywhere. I experimented with Amazon exclusivity this year, and although it does confer some advantages, I don't think they compensate for the lost readers who just won't come at the Beast of Bezos. I seem to have more of them than usual. (Interesting and possibly related data point - over 60% of subscribers to my bookclub are on iOS).

Anyway, I'll let you know when I hear anything about a release date for the audiobooks.

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DarrenBloomfield mutters...

Posted November 22
I'm IoS and my preferred platform is ibooks. But I also procure via Amazon for my Kindle app and even Kobo on rare occasions. I'm slutty that way.

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WarDog mumbles...

Posted November 22
"over 60% of subscribers to my bookclub are on iOS"

The zombie hordes are zeroing in on you John.
Oh, wait you're already one of them :-)

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Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted November 22
After moving house I like my kindle even more then I did before. So many books to pack, store and cull.

insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 22
I have to move shortly and I have a stack of books to pack, probably to add to the collection of boxes of books unseen for 5 years. I can never bring myself to cull any books, except in extraordinary circumstances such as when I found out the author of a book I had bought had been sending dick pics to women who had registered their email address on his website.

Rob ducks in to say...

Posted November 22
I didn't realise how prolific I had been with the painting until I stacked and packed the bigger works. They are now stacked in my new studio, I did have a chuck out of some of those too. Weird watching paintings hit the crusher at the tip.

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Rob asserts...

Posted November 22
After moving house I like my kindle even more then I did before. So many books to pack, store and cull.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 22
Kindle or iBooks works for me. Prolly use the Kindle more these days.
I was given a David Sedaris book a few months back and only yesterday finished my e-Book backlog so I could start on this thing made of paper and ink. It doesn't backlight nor does it have adjustable font and you need to physically mark where you've just finished reading.
Unbelievably primitive.

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KreepyKrawly would have you know...

Posted November 22
Thakyou, Thakyou, Thakyou, Thakyou, Thakyou, Thakyou, so-on and so-forth... Do not like Bezos, prefer kobo... would have liked microsux to have kept the .lit format, but what do you expect from those numnuts.

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Sparty2 is gonna tell you...

Posted November 22
Well this is timely-

"Harry- get your arse to Tokyo" for
Hirohito's Hammer: Tokyo
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37928806

WarDog asserts...

Posted November 23
Oh dear, the cataclysm from Day of the Triffids has shown up as a toy.

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Peter in the bleachers puts forth...

Posted November 22
Kindle app on iOS works every time. iBooks is ok but has less options. Can't wait for A Girl in Time.

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David Kennedy mumbles...

Posted January 10
As a trucker Audible is my friend. So thank God Stalin's Hammer is on the way. Print - in any form - is OK at home but I can load up the iphone with a 100GB of audio and I'm set for the week.

It would be nice to get the next instalment of Dave on audio and, while we're on the subject of wish lists, Here be Monsters shows a lot of promise; more please.

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Where has that dead man been?

Posted October 18, 2016 into Books by John Birmingham

I won't say his name, in the unlikely event that somebody here hasn't finished reading Paris yet. But everybody else will be aware that somebody is back.

This is something that I've been planning for a while. I killed him off when I was still finding my way through the trenches of novel writing, bombs bursting overhead, no idea where I was meant to be.

There have been other characters, killed in other books, whose loss might've seemed just as cruel and arbitrary, but I would disagree. With those deaths, I knew what I was doing, As much as it hurt, and as much as I missed the characters in later chapters and volumes.

Poor Fifi.

The apparent return of everybody's favourite palooka at the end of Paris, however, raises the question of what he's been up to for the last 10 or 12 years.

I know. Of course I know.

But I am curious to hear everybody else's guesswork.

Spoilers ahoy.

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Sparty is gonna tell you...

Posted October 18, 2016
Its not original series XXX. he's come though from a parallel universe where Kolhammer guys have had more success at transition technology. Either way he and the the secret agent formally known as the Prince have to go on a secret mission TOGETHER!

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted October 18, 2016
To fight crime.

WarDog is gonna tell you...

Posted October 19, 2016
In capes

Thalesian mumbles...

Posted October 19, 2016
With much onomatopoeia

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted October 18, 2016
I'd guess super deep black ops. Not there but always there. Enough to know that Jules and Harry were in deep doodoo, and in most instances in and out to save the day without the other participants even knowing they were there, except in this case because, well, you know.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted October 19, 2016
My bet is that Dan received a set of oral orders directing him to report to an undisclosed location. As we know, the plane he was supposed to be on crashed. Horrible fire, no identifiable remains.

Donovan takes him under his wing, Dan spends a while in training and hangs out with Ivanov tidying up some of the mess left behind by WW2. The now nameless and stateless Dan specializes in work that is deniable and kinetic, he takes care of the stuff that the alphabet-soup agencies won't touch.

Baathist revolt in Iraq? Dan sneaks into a room with a garrote. No man, no problem. Issues in Cuba? Dan stands ready with a bag of non-sequential hundreds and a silenced pistol. An ex-Nazi wants to regain some of his turf in a rebuilding Germany? Dan passes a portfolio of choice photos to a war-crimes tribunal. Nazi goes away.

Dan is a troubleshooter and an expediter, a hidden tool of the Western interest. He is accountable to few and traceable by none. Dan has gone so long without a name that he forgets who he really is at times. He sits at a souk in the Horn of Africa and contemplates the busy street scene- he is jealous of the busy, innocent crowd. He ponders their normal lives. They are oblivious to the shark in their midst.

Dan is nowhere and everywhere.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien has opinions thus...

Posted October 19, 2016
Plain and simple : he works for a top secret organization by the name of Echelon.

jl has opinions thus...

Posted October 19, 2016
I feel the itch to revisit the Disappearance novels.

Turlogh Dubh O'Brien asserts...

Posted October 21, 2016
Further proving my theory of a connection between the Disappearance and the Transition, Charlotte-Grace was adopted by Dr. Francois. Becomes a highly trained operative. Caitlyn Monroe, if I recall right, was also adopted. Draw your own conclusions.

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DaveC has opinions thus...

Posted October 19, 2016
Not entirely sure where we're at on the technology continuum, but he definitely wasn't an Uber driver was he?

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Mario Gómez asserts...

Posted October 19, 2016
I imagine Dan as beeing the only contemporary operative in the quiet room, his death was staged to remove any accountability to the U.S. goverment for his actions. He has both, the mind set of a contemporary american and the backing of the economic, political and technological powerhouse that is the quiet room as his tools, and is presumably their go-to guy in the Middle East because of his minning backgroud and Civil Engineering degree (pre-transition, so basically worthless).

Surtac mumbles...

Posted October 19, 2016
Yes, I tend to agree with this.

I also see him as a sort of mining canary for Kolhammer in dealing with 'temp society - "How far can I go? how quickly can I make cultural changes in pursuing my overall agenda? how much change would be going too far in this new world? What will the 'temp USA tolerate? How much can I get away with?"

Really looking forward to see how it plays out overall.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 19, 2016
He didn't die in the plane crash. He was secretly whisked away to an experimental facility where, in a series of ground breaking surgical operations crossing the barrier between organic life and advanced technology he was given two bionic legs, a bionic arm and a bionic eye.

Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted October 19, 2016
I thought similar, but with an adamantium skeleton complete with spikes that pop out of his knuckles, a six pack and ludicrous side levers

insomniac puts forth...

Posted October 19, 2016
and a Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets and a projectile tiara.

Lulu asserts...

Posted October 19, 2016
Or two bionic arms & one bionic leg. He has been running around in circles ever since.

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted October 19, 2016
He's been running a bar/brothel in Tijuana.

Thalesian would have you know...

Posted October 19, 2016
Which is housed in the ruins of an old Mayan temple

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Aaron has opinions thus...

Posted October 19, 2016
Tempting to make him a Bourne type but I see him more as a quiet room spook handler. A deep cover liaison type coordinating operations due to his ability to adjust to the transition. I think you could dol some cool stuff with him getting lost in the complex world of espionage (kind of like capt Americas struggle ) cause Dan was in the army but not a born killer.

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Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted October 19, 2016
I'd like to imagine that he is simply an extremely competent espionage agent. He doesn't have super strength, nor nutty insane ninja skills. He isn't augmented Captain America style, nor is he running around with an insane duffel full of Bond gadgets.


Perhaps he is akin to the professional assassin in The Day of the Jackal, or even better, the workman style investigator Claude Lebel.


Much as I like explodey and gadgets, it'd be neat for once to see just a normal human being of slightly above average intelligence who knows their job very well.

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 19, 2016
Even better would be if he kept a safehouse at The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. It is his one untraceable way to keep the memory of his love for Julia alive without having any actual physical evidence on him.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted October 19, 2016
I can confirm that Dan has no nutty insane ninja skills. He's just good at his job. But what that job is...?

Oldy would have you know...

Posted October 20, 2016
He's the original Blunt Instrument

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Joe ducks in to say...

Posted October 19, 2016
Any takers for a counter quiet room group? Set up by FDR to make sure those those uptimers don't get..... uppity?

DaveC is gonna tell you...

Posted October 19, 2016
There be much scope for conflict in that thare scenario...

Oldy would have you know...

Posted October 20, 2016
Yeah, s much as I love the other suggestions, this is the most interesting. FDR knows Dan's all inside-out with the uptimers, but he's 'one of us'. So he builds his own little Quiet Room.
Also steals a march on those arrogant uptimers who think they're so smart, with their fancy toys that other people built for them.

Turlogh Dubh O'Brien mumbles...

Posted October 21, 2016
Or Eisenhower - he was no fan of the military-industrial complex as stated before.


Or taking it a step further, what if it's someone within the Soviet regime who wants to remove Stalin but needs some help?

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Dirk swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 19, 2016
I think it's kinda simple. Hammer would have been needing a trusted person to run a series of ultraviolet (even more secret then black) research programs. Black would have been know and trusted by all the relevant players from his role as a liason. So he would have been shacked up in a secret facility somewhere deep of grid. Dreamland maybe near Tonopah, somewhere near Monument Valley or Zion national park or perhaps somewhere in the Oz or Canadian outback. Think something with hills or mountains where you can bury/tunnel something to hide from satellites etc.

Peter in the bleachers reckons...

Posted October 20, 2016
I'm with Dirk. And on top of that he would be running the odd ultraviolet operations to ensure the relative safety of Hammer etc. the odd assassination or 'moving' a child to a safe location.

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Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

Posted October 20, 2016
The fact that Dan and Julia were divorced at the time of his supposed death made it much easier for Dan to go along with whatever plans the Quiet Room had for him.

Has Dan - like Julia - found a serious relationship with someone else? I'm leaning towards no, since a Dan-Julia-Harry triangle is enticing enough.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted October 21, 2016
Obviously he has been training...

Rhino, "Yo, Danny, Burger peeps are wondering where you've been and what you been doin."

Dan, "I told Birmo not to drop that I'm back yet. Fucking guy, always looking to get the rabble excited."

Rhino, "I don't care what he says. You ain't done here till I say you're done. Now get your ass back on those weights. What do we say?"

Dan, "Yeah, yeah, yeah ... You don't get these pettin' kitty cats, you fat fuck."

Rhino, "Language! Oh, and K called. Some shit about needing you in Siberia tomorrow."

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Don Bagert is gonna tell you...

Posted October 21, 2016
So besides those parallel worlds i listed above, Einstein has suggested that the AoT uptimers' original timeline (last seen on January 15, 2021) still exists. Maybe in this one Manning Pope's experiment fizzled and had no effect.

Of course, originally that was supposed to be our timeline, but events that have occurred since 2004 have proven that wrong...

(BTW, I've been looking forward to the 1/15/21 "Transition Day" for sometime now. Hopefully you'll do something for the occasion :)

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