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Finally!

Posted July 31 into Books by John Birmingham

Golden Minute has finally dropped on iBooks. Not sure what the issue was, but having given the Fruit Company exclusive pre-order status, I found myself yesterday staring at a content management panel which said the book was available in 51 countries, when it wasn't showing up anywhere.

Frustrating much?

Anyway, it's up now, and it turns out to have been a bit of a gift because it made me rethink my normal launch sequence. The book hit a bunch of best seller lists without any publicity, and now I have my artillery lined up and pre-sighted to begin a marketing bombardment.

Huzzah!

Thanks to eveyne who's bought in so far.

I look forward to your verified reviews.

THE GOLDEN MINUTE

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she_jedi asserts...

Posted July 31
Yay! And congratulations on finally setting the Minute free :)

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted July 31
I second that! Now then, about that third story.....

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Therbs asserts...

Posted July 31
Review on its way

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted July 31
I also just wanted to add that the cover art for the Minute is just brilliant, whatever you're paying your artist it's not enough.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 31
Quiet you.

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Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted August 1
Only got through the first chapter so far, but I get the feeling you might have planned some camping with your kids and made a dream list of cool stuff you might like to purchase. And then you actually had to go camping and your good lady wife said nah we aren't taking all that.

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Sweet Jane Says puts forth...

Posted August 4
You're a very busy person but you're staying on top of your game. The publicity and promotion rounds now begin. It will go smoothly with your experience. Enjoy the SciFi cons!

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The Golden Minute: Launch Day

Posted July 30 into Books by John Birmingham

Used to be that launch day meant a piss up. A publisher shipped thousands of copies of your baby off to hundreds of bookshops. You chose one to 'host' the launch, you invited all your friends, and your publisher spent many thousands of dollars more on grog and finger food than they could ever hope to recoup in sales at the event.

These days not even publishers do that. We all just work the algorithm.

I'll be tickling the Beast of Bezos, and the big Fruit Company and all of the others over the next week or two. But I'll start here.

First up, I've dropped the price of A Girl in Time to 99 cents. If by some miracle you have not bought this awesome title, now's your chance to get it cheap and expunge your undying shame. The link above is for Amazon. But you can get it pretty much everywhere via this universal url.

The new hotness is of course The Golden Minute. I'll write about the book itself tomorrow but you can get it by clicking here. It's half price for readers of the Burger and bookclub members for the next couple of days.

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Nocturnalist is gonna tell you...

Posted July 30
Not using Bookfunnel any more? Or did they change their name?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 30
Bookfunnel is for private freebies.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 30
But you do remind me I have to drop a couple of copies in there.

Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted July 30
Ah, useful to know. Thanks!

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted July 30
Not to sound alamist, but The Golden Minute appears to be missing from iBooks and TIM COOK HAS NOT GIVEN ME MY PRE-ORDER YET WTF JB? I'll try not to panic, I'm sure you have this in hand :)

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 30
I have been on this all day, Ms Jedi. It's holding up the entire roll out.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted July 30
Oh thank goodness. I will wait patiently for you to come to my rescue. I've already re-read A Girl in Time in preparation, so will have to read my current book more slowly so I don't run out of reading material before the Minute drops. #Fangirlproblems.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted July 30
I'll be doing a phantom launch of Da Minute a bit later today. This will involve Titanic Thunder Lager and Cady Atomic Ale. Might even sign a few Chumley beer mats.

jason mumbles...

Posted July 31
Please provide launch details and I will be there. Anything for a free beer and a signed beer mat.

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 31
By the time beers were done the coasters were too wet to take ink.
But the beer was good.

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foreverwar ducks in to say...

Posted July 31
I pre-ordered when you put the link up on FB, but it's still not available on iBooks UK.

Ah well, I'll just re-read A Girl In Time while I'm waiting.

Keep up the good work, John.

foreverwar mumbles...

Posted July 31
Just checked, and the Kindle version is available on Amazon UK.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted July 31
There's definitely something wrong with iBooks. I'm gonna try get it sorted today, but if you want your copy immediately get your email addy to me and I'll send a link for a free copy via bookfunnel.

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted July 31
So tempting, but i’ll wait so I can give you money for it. Fingers crossed it’s fixed today, good luck John!

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted July 31
It appears to be available.

she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted July 31
YAAAS!!! Success! Please take my $4.99 with thanks :)

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Robertkocsis ducks in to say...

Posted July 31
yay!
back from UK so keen to read. Link took me straight to amazon ( a saved preference?) . Is the price listed already the 1/2 price Burger reader amount($3.99) or do we have to do somethig to prove we devour your output?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 31
That's the half price. It'll go up to eight bucks eventually. I'm not publicising it widely. Just here and too my various mailing lists. Once they've had a bite, I'll crank up the ask.

Robertkocsis puts forth...

Posted July 31
Thanks, downloaded and all set once I finish The Outsider, looks good

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted July 31
Made the purchase but sad panda cos its via the Beast. I guess some reviews would be warranted and required as well Mr B?

jl reckons...

Posted July 31
Brother, you'd be amazed how hard it is to come by Amazon reviews. I put my two cents out on my website.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 31
Reviews anywhere would be muchas welcome. But they have a particular power on Amazon.

jl asserts...

Posted July 31
Posted mine. We'll see if it sticks.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted July 31
Thanks. It should. It's a verified purchase.

she_jedi mutters...

Posted July 31
Review posted on Amazon, but it's not up yet, I think they scrutinise it first :)

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KreepyKrawly mutters...

Posted July 31
I just bought it from kobo. About bloody time too, been hanging for the next JB book. I'll put a review later tonight (Gotta work now...)

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sibeen puts forth...

Posted July 31
OK, I've ordered the damn thing. What now?

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Rob mutters...

Posted August 1
its worth way more than 3.99 . Hopefully with the direct supply chain system you have set up, you will see most of it for the down payment on that gold plated rocket car, or at the very least some steamed hams.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted August 1
The price creeps up as the week goes on.

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Book lists

Posted February 26 into Books by John Birmingham

I just wrote a long blog entry about The Washington Post including Amazon sales and 'reading' data in it's new 'best seller' and 'most read' lists.

Hit publish. Lost the lot. I'd left the desk long to go burn some pork crackling and while I was away, I'd been logged out.

My spirit is broken. I'm not gonna bother rewriting it, but I will throw in the feature quote, from Kathryn Rusch about the difference between the lists:

Amazon Most Read lists rank titles by the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners each week. Categories not ranked on Most Read charts include dictionaries, encyclopedias, religious texts, daily devotionals and calendars. All data is supplied by Amazon Charts and not edited by The Washington Post. The Post has no editorial influence on these lists.

I love toggling back and forth between the lists. Because you can see where people are spending their money, and you can see where they’re spending their time.

Two very, very different things. The top 15 fiction reads the week I’m finishing this blog include six Harry Potter books, and a lot of titles that have been published for months—or, in some cases (besides the Potter), years.

People read books when they get to them. People buy books when they have the money.

Books live in To-Be-Read piles. Some of those piles are digital books, and some of them are paper. But many, many, many readers wait until they’re in the mood for a particular kind of book before plucking it off their TBR pile.

Best seller lists have been broken for years. Because Amazon doesnt release sales data, a huge chunk of the market goes unreported. Audio- and ebooks, which now account for maybe half the genre fiction market (closer to 90% for some genres) simply didn't get a look in.

Also I do like the way Rusch shakes the difference between sold and read. My huge and teetering stack of shame should have alreted me long ago to the fact that they're not the same.

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jl has opinions thus...

Posted February 27
Cryin' shame you lost that. That would have been good reading.

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted February 27
Yeah, it would have been.

"Books live in To-Be-Read piles"

So, it's not just me then?

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted February 27
Ah yes....guilty as charged. Got a few books to read, but as I'm not travelling by public transport as much I don't have as much spare reading time as I'd like.

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted February 27
So I only buy a book that I'm ready to read. I had no idea other people don't do this.

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted March 2
I will buy books as I come across them, such as finding them in friends' houses or recommendations by same friends so that I don't forget about them and miss getting hold of them. They live in my iBooks app or Kindle app until I get around to them. If they're super crazy good they move to Shelfworthy(tm) status and I buy them in analogue format.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted February 27
My Kindle occasionally cops a burst of 4 or 5 purchases, sometimes a cheap series, sometimes a couple of classics. A few different genres which get split between happy hour boozy reading and contemplative thinky reading. There's always a couple in there yet to be read. Proper books, with covers and pages 'n that are immediately devoured. Over all, since my kindle became a thing I've been reading a lot more. Price and convenience has everything to do with it.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27
Bizarrely enough, your comment disappeared just like the original post. But now it's back. My comment, wondering where you'd got to, however, has gone to the Upside Down.

Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted February 27
You've been watching Stranger Things again! Kids and I are loving it.
I have a small sack of books under the bed just gathering a shedload of dust.
Kindle app on the iPad gets hit but I'm on a severe book budget so I'm on Kindle Unlimited. I have been through some good stuff, and not so good stuff. But it doesn't matter, if its not my thing I return it and get another. Bit like a library. Once I'm back in the black, I will hopefully get a grant from the Minister for Arts and Culture to buy some books I really want.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 27
Pork chop I should send you my overspill.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted February 27
My only regret with my kindle is I can not rearrange my list into a read next list, it is either in order of purchase or alphabetical. I want to rearrange the list as a sort of a promise that I 'will' get to you, next I sware.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted February 27
What a brilliant idea!

Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted March 1
I use Collections on the kindle to semi-organise my ebooks.

I have a TBR collection for general incoming unread titles and a Read collection for books I've finished (this helps keep the TBR collection smaller as I move ebooks from TBR to Read as I finish them).

Also I have a few others for specific authors and books they've recommended. Examples of these would be our gracious host here JB for his books and those recommended hereabouts; Warren Ellis and his recommendations; CJ Cherryh; stuff from the Baen Free Library and suchlike; and sundry others.

It seems to work for me, so far at least.

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted March 2
A TBR and Read collection is genius! I tend to prefer iBooks as their collection feature seems easier to use, but I've only ever used the Kindle app for iPhone/iPad so could be doing Bezos a disservice. I have collections of my fave authors on the iPad, since if a new book for one of them turns up it gets read immediately.

I really like the idea of a TBR collection, it'll make keeping track of all my random purchases so much easier, and then I can keep my promise that I'll read them soon

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted February 28
I've always been a paper guy and never really got into the electronic form of reading (this may change though). But since i've taken ownership of five acres of land reading for pleasure has dropped off significantly. Audible has come to the rescue though! Doing chores is pretty good now (as opposed to listening to the sounds of nature while i work, which is also pretty excellent) - the last book i heard was Kings of the Wyld. The accent took a bit of getting used to but that was a great book. Some genuine laugh out loud moments.
I have a list in my phone of "to read" as well. That gets longer every day. But i hold off on my purchasing until i'm ready. The list swaps in order as i feel and number one might drop a few places by the time i come to actually buying something.
If authors self publish I'm assuming my buying model would suit them better as sometimes i don't get to a book until it is heading for the seconds bin in the old way of book selling.

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Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not

Posted August 23, 2017 into Books by John Birmingham

Because nobody else was brave enough to tell the truth about cannibal sea lice. In less than one week. With no editing. Or cover artist.

Available where all good books are sold, even though, you know, it really shouldn't be.

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Dirk mumbles...

Posted August 23, 2017
Sold the movie rights yet? :D Here is track 1 of the soundtrack ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5HkuhSEnPQ

balders would have you know...

Posted August 24, 2017
I would have thought it would have been this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BihjWa47WuM

I mean, it's a little obvious, but still

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Surtac mutters...

Posted August 24, 2017
And I should be ashamed of myself for enjoying it so much.

But I'm not. In fact, I want more.

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Therbs reckons...

Posted August 25, 2017
Sharks shmarks, these little critters are heaps more fun

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted August 25, 2017
It was totes worth it for the depiction of Peter Dutton. That was glorious Man Booker worthy stuff right there.

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sibeen would have you know...

Posted August 25, 2017
Now using the government as your own personal mouthpiece I see.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/flesh-eating-sea-lice-spark-john-birmingham-horror-comedy-book/8842060

Bleeps001 puts forth...

Posted August 25, 2017
I was trawling the ABC and just found the link.
What next an interview with Dave by Fran on RN ?

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sibeen reckons...

Posted August 28, 2017
The wikipedia page on Peter Dutton currently read as:

Dutton was created in a laboratory in the northern Brisbane suburb of Boondall, on an unknown date, or at the least sometime in the past. He has a scarred protuberance in the area of his chest, the site of the feeding tube. Dutton soon made the vat his home as a gestational being, and soon was strong enough to scare the other animals in the laboratory with his soulless dead eyes. As well as having the ability to close his nostrils for extended periods and walk and operate with his manufactured eyes closed, and the appearance of a silicone epidermis, it has been speculated Dutton does not have all of the regular organs a surgeon would expect to find in his chest cavity.
When Dutton had the appearance of an 12-18 month old toddler he joined the Young Liberals (Australia) (1988), became the Policy Vice-Chair of the Bayside Young Liberals the following year (1989). In 1989 he ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate against Labor MP Tom Burns in the eastern Brisbane state seat of Lytton. In 1990 Dutton became Chair of the Bayside Young Liberals.[8][9]
Dutton graduated the Queensland Police Academy in 1990. The standard were low enough that no-one noticed he did not seem to breathe, and some of his instructors were struck by his glowing artificial face covering and lack of all empathy. He worked as an Automated Queensland Police officer for nine years, working in the Drug Squad in suburbs such as Red Hill, Brisbane, in the early 1990s. He acquired a taste for human blood at this time.[10][11] He has also worked in the Sex Offender's Squad and the National Crime Authority.[12]

As a second job, he worked with his father in a building business.[8]
As a third job, Dutton work for Circus Oz, his robot-clown character enjoyed playing with matches and poking himself with a beer bottle in the eyes until one would fall out. This performance proved alarming to most casual circus goers, and he was quietly let go.
On leaving the circus in 1999 he became a businessman and completed a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology.[13][14]

Dutton and his father founded the business Dutton Holdings, which was registered in 1770. Dutton Holdings operated under six different Trading and Business Names.[15] Dutton Holdings bought, renovated, and converted buildings into childcare centres, and in 2002 sold three childcare centres to the now defunct ABC Learning. ABC Learning continued to pay rent to Dutton Holdings for a commercial lease until at least 2007.[16] Dutton Holdings continues to trade under the name Dutton Building & Development.[15]

Dutton married his first wife when he was 22 years of age, however, the marriage ended after a few months. This did not surprise his family, who knew he was not really one of them. His eldest child was born in 2002. In 2003 Dutton married his second wife, Kirilly, and they have two sons.[8][17]

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Immolation launched

Posted May 11, 2017 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 would have you know...

Posted May 11, 2017
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 mutters...

Posted May 11, 2017
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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 11, 2017
Nabbed it. I liked the first two. A lot.

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted May 11, 2017
I've just put all three onto my to-read list. Can't wait!

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DarrenBloomfield reckons...

Posted May 12, 2017
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 is gonna tell you...

Posted May 13, 2017
Darren- KOLL does pay the author, so thank you much, sir. It's an honor.

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted May 12, 2017
Thanks for the link! Books downloaded and added to the reading list!

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jl mumbles...

Posted May 13, 2017
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 mutters...

Posted May 13, 2017
If it is good, it gets read. This is some good stuff.

jl reckons...

Posted May 13, 2017
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 reckons...

Posted May 13, 2017
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 has opinions thus...

Posted May 13, 2017
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, 2017
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 has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2017
Meant to also ask ... do you live in the Burgh?

jl would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2017
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 puts forth...

Posted May 13, 2017
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 May 25, 2017
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 May 26, 2017
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 is gonna tell you...

Posted May 28, 2017
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 is gonna tell you...

Posted May 29, 2017
Thanks! Yeah, it was quite the journey finishing up the trilogy. Time to move on to other stuff.

Bondiboy66 would have you know...

Posted June 2, 2017
I'm about half way through the third book now - I have to say that reading the second book before bed was a mistake...I had too much adrenaline flowing to get to sleep! Got a few chuckles so far too - conscripting all the supply pogues into grunt jobs was excellent! Got a laugh out of Brigadier Birmingham too! Thanks for throwing in the Anzac units! I'm trying not to throw out spoilers here...

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted June 5, 2017
Reckon you would have finished it off on the week-end BB. I thought the twist in the solution was pretty cool. I started reading it at Easts one day over $4 happy hour beers. Luckily my kindle is immune to occasional beer splatter.

jl mutters...

Posted June 5, 2017
Being fairly new to this whole author thing, I am amazed by all the places my books have been (like the bar that Therbs frequents). Yeah, I did some traveling in the past, but regrettably I never made it to Australia. One of these days I'm going to make it down there. When I do, I'll give y'all a holler.

Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted June 6, 2017
Please do! Love to shout you a few fizzy drinks!

jason asserts...

Posted June 7, 2017
Include me in for a catch up if you ever reach these shores.

jl has opinions thus...

Posted June 7, 2017
Maybe not this winter, but it's going to happen. Always wanted to check it out, and now that I'm retired, there is nothing to stop me. I'll keep you all in the loop.

Therbs asserts...

Posted June 8, 2017
Hey, BB - the ode at North Bondi RSL. And beer, but don't warn him about drop bears.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted June 9, 2017
My lips are sealed! The RSL is of course de riguer.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted June 10, 2017
I'm curious about the local brews- years ago I lived in England and on the continent, and it seemed that every town had a local favorite. Unsure if the same type of situation prevails down there.

In regard to the local fauna and flora, I'll stay on guard.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted June 13, 2017
It used to be like that but the larger brands took over a lot of the smaller ones. There's still some division between states but more interestingly a whole heap of smaller craft breweries have sprung up, a couple now eating into the major business.

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Meet the Defiant

Posted March 15, 2017 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 ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2017
You have whet my appetite further! I do like a Space Opera, me

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Coriolisdave mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2017
I totally read that as "HMAS Darling" and got hopes up for blackadder

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2017
Yeah, me too. I will have to change it.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted March 16, 2017
It's now HMAS Resolute.

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Dave C puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2017
Tardis absolutely ridiculous!

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2017
"Exotic" dark matter. Sorry, I wouldn't trust that stuff. It sounds foreign.

Sudragon puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2017
Is it made locally, or imported from the Han Peoples Republic of Stars?

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2017
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 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2017
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 would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2017
Yeah, but it sounds better than " Fecal Screed" thats for fkn sure!

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Vovchara mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2017
What happens to people in pocket-dimension when whatever allowes it suffers battle damage?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 16, 2017
Wait and see.

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted March 16, 2017
Without Warning gives a clue.

Mad Yank Andy mutters...

Posted April 16, 2017
I imagine the pocket universe goes "Slurp!"
Only in vacuum, no one can hear the "Slurp!"

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Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted March 16, 2017
Oh thank God this project is next.

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trib mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2017
Been hitting the EVE Online hard, JB?

This sounds interesting.

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted March 16, 2017
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 has opinions thus...

Posted March 16, 2017
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 is gonna tell you...

Posted March 17, 2017
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 puts forth...

Posted March 17, 2017
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 mutters...

Posted March 17, 2017
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, 2017
and then print them out on your own 3D printer

Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted March 21, 2017
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 has opinions thus...

Posted March 21, 2017
I much prefer the Armidale system over the Armadale system...

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted March 21, 2017
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 has opinions thus...

Posted March 21, 2017
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 would have you know...

Posted March 21, 2017
ROFL---yeah. FKN THOUGHT ABOUT IT I TELLS YA!!!!!!

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