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Immolation launched

Posted May 11 into Books by John Birmingham

Friend of the Burger, Mr Lambright has released the final volume of his military sci fi trilogy, The Valley. Best cover so far, I reckon.

You can check it out here (universal link), and read the extract below.

For those on my mailing list I'll be sending a blast out later today when the whole series goes free for a day.

But you should really think about crossing Jason's palm with a few coins anyway. I will be.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted May 11
Yep. Just purchased via the Beast.

Timing is good - I had just got around to reading the second book a couple weeks back.

Happy to send Jason a few shekels.

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jason ducks in to say...

Posted May 11
I read this in Beta and I highly recommend you get around it. Great mix of gritty reality and fantasy. The twist in the tail is great.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted May 11
Nabbed it. I liked the first two. A lot.

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted May 11
I've just put all three onto my to-read list. Can't wait!

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DarrenBloomfield is gonna tell you...

Posted May 12
So glad to see the last part of the trilogy is out! I've been hanging out after buying the first two last year. I've grabbed Immolation via Kindle Unlimited, so 'free' to me, But I hope JL gets a few coins through that arrangement.

jl puts forth...

Posted May 13
Darren- KOLL does pay the author, so thank you much, sir. It's an honor.

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted May 12
Thanks for the link! Books downloaded and added to the reading list!

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jl mutters...

Posted May 13
I'd like to say a public thanks to the people here at the 'Burger, and especially JB. Immolation's launch was a success, you all made it so.


Thanks much for reading my stuff!

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted May 13
If it is good, it gets read. This is some good stuff.

jl is gonna tell you...

Posted May 13
Rhino, you have to drop in and chew the fat with me at "Confluence," the sci-fi con in Pittsburgh this summer. I'll have a table there in the dealer's room.

Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted May 13
Jason ... I would love to ... but I'm a Damned Yankee now ... moved south of the Mason Dixon in 1993. Make my home in Atlanta now. But, I do miss the Burgh, but not the weather.

You need to set your sights on LibertyCon in Chattanooga.

For those of you that don't know ... A Yankee is a northerner that visits the south and leaves. A Damned Yankee is one that visits and stays.

jl asserts...

Posted May 13
Got it, missed you by a mere 24 years!

Seriously, though, everyone moves south- few remain in these little coal towns. I've thought about moving too. Six months of OK weather, six months of hell. Winter is good for writing, though. It concentrates the mind.

I'll look into LibertyCon.

Rhino asserts...

Posted May 17
I'll tell you what concentrates the mind - not needing a snow shovel.

Oh, and seeing women in shorts until the middle of November. I mean, I don't look, of course. Unless there is a medical basis for doing so.

Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted May 17
Meant to also ask ... do you live in the Burgh?

jl mutters...

Posted May 17
Nah, I live fairly close by, though. Go to the VA there, and of course shopping and so. Another advantage of living in Atlanta you may have forgotten- no more Fort Pitt tunnel.

To paraphrase JB, the love of women in shorts is the root of all suffering.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted May 13
Purchased 2 & 3. I got part way through 1 but couldn't continue. Not because it was no good. It was too good, too real for me. I'll try again.

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Graham C swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Thursday
Serious question, if I may .. do authors get anything out of Kindle Unlimited?

For a skinflint like me, 50c/day for pretty much all-you-can-read is a great deal - but I worry that authors don't get royalties (or not many)

Oh, I know that not all books in series will be on KU, and I'm likely to pay for those that aren't included if I like the series enough - but is there any money in it for writers?

jl puts forth...

Posted Friday
Hey Graham. Kindle does compensate us a small amount per page read. I am always gratified to see the "blue graph" on my stats page trending, it gives me a real-time view on how many pages of my books were read on a given day. So by all means, "buy" books on KU. If the books are good and they actually get read, we get paid.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted Sunday
Finished it yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Got the impression the series may have been quite cathartic to write.

In that sense, it reminded me of David Drake's 'Redliners'.

jl has opinions thus...

Posted 19 hours ago
Thanks! Yeah, it was quite the journey finishing up the trilogy. Time to move on to other stuff.

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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 mumbles...

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

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Coriolisdave ducks in to say...

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 asserts...

Posted March 16
It's now HMAS Resolute.

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Dave C puts forth...

Posted March 15
Tardis absolutely ridiculous!

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Therbs reckons...

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

Sudragon mutters...

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 reckons...

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 asserts...

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 ducks in to say...

Posted March 16
Wait and see.

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted March 16
Without Warning gives a clue.

Mad Yank Andy swirls their brandy and claims...

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 asserts...

Posted March 16
Oh thank God this project is next.

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trib mumbles...

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

This sounds interesting.

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Barnesm puts forth...

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 mutters...

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 has opinions thus...

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 asserts...

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 ducks in to say...

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

Blarkon puts forth...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

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 would have you know...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 mumbles...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 25
That's exactly how it works.

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jl swirls their brandy and claims...

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

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Surtac puts forth...

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 would have you know...

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 mumbles...

Posted January 26
Doneburger

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 26
Grazie

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Dirk reckons...

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 puts forth...

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 reckons...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 asserts...

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 mumbles...

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 reckons...

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

John Birmingham reckons...

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

Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted January 31
NBlob's alive?

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

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 mumbles...

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 mutters...

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

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Legless asserts...

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 would have you know...

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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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 mutters...

Posted December 14
Fuck yeah.

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Peter in the bleachers has opinions thus...

Posted December 14
What Rhino said.

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DaveC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 14
Attach exclamation mark to previous comments.

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Don Bagert mutters...

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 puts forth...

Posted December 14
There's an American version too.

Oldy has opinions thus...

Posted December 14
Collect the set!

Don Bagert swirls their brandy and claims...

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

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

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

Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

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 asserts...

Posted December 18
Hmmmm Emma Peel !

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Nocturnalist has opinions thus...

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 puts forth...

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 has opinions thus...

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 asserts...

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 would have you know...

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 has opinions thus...

Posted December 19
conformist !

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jl mumbles...

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

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NBlob would have you know...

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 mutters...

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 ducks in to say...

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

Don Bagert reckons...

Posted December 8
Which color this time? :)

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Vovchara would have you know...

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 is gonna tell you...

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 reckons...

Posted December 8
Life imitating art - again

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Jeats swirls their brandy and claims...

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 is gonna tell you...

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

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Don Bagert mumbles...

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 ducks in to say...

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 swirls their brandy and claims...

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 mutters...

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 mutters...

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 mumbles...

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 mutters...

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 reckons...

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 puts forth...

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

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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 asserts...

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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