Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II

Remember those "secret good news" gigs I've mentioned a time or two, the franchise projects I've been working on? I just got the final go ahead on one of them yesterday, and permission to announce what it was.

Here's where I'll be living for the next month or so...

Dawn of War II is the latest installment in Relic Entertainments ongoing real-time-strategy computer game series, which ties into Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. And the novel I'm writing ties into both, in a way, reflecting the plot, setting, and characters of Relic's game, and tying into the overarching Warhammer 40K universe as featured in the books of Games Workshop's publishing arm, Black Library. (Games Workshop also owns Solaris, the publisher of Set the Seas on Fire, The Dragon's Nine Sons and Three Unbroken.)

I've written a couple of Warhammer 40K short-stories for Black Library the last few months, which will be anthologized sooner or later, but this is the first novel-length work I've done for them. The first, but hopefully not the last.

I'm continually amazed at the depth and breadth of the Warhammer 40K universe, which is a much richer and more nuanced setting that any game world has a right to be, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to play in that sandbox.

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war...

(And in the grim darkness of this writer's hole I'm down, there's only Warhammer 40K...)

Uh-oh. I may not be able to put off Warhammer 40K any longer.
Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it. And PLANET KILL, which is due out shortly, yes? I tried out for the space marine anthology, but it looks like I didn't make the cut.
Try Abnett's Eisenhorn omnibus, John. You won't be sorry.
Actually, Bill, I thought my story "Assault on Miral Prime" was going to be in Planetkill, but it turns out it's actually be held for another anthology, instead. I haven't heard yet when it'll be coming out, but I'll post news about it here when I find out.

I really like the fact that Black Library has open submissions for their anthologies, and it seems that a number of their authors have gotten in the door through having stories appear in those anthologies--often their first fiction sales, at that.
Sorry to hear your story got bumped from "Planetkill." Hopefully, it won't sit too long. FWIW, I definitely intend to keep submitting to the Warhammer anthologies. It wouldn't be my first fiction sale--I've written some comics and a few prose stories--but I like what the Black Library is doing with both Solaris and Warhammer
I actually didn't discover I wasn't in Planetkill until my comp of the antho arrived here in Texas and I wasn't in the ToC. A momentary confusion, though, quickly straightened out with an email to the editor.

And I didn't mean to suggest it would be your first sale, Bill, sorry if it came across that way. I was actually thinking of some of their novel writers I've recently discovered, some of whom appear to have started out in Black Library anthos. I just read Richard Williams's Relentless, which I thought was just splendid, and if I'm reading his bio right his first published fiction was a short story in a Black Library offering.
Conversely, I didn't mean to sound pompous in my last post, and I'm sorry if it came across that way. I just thought it would be a good time to mention I had other sales. (And I was thinking about buying RELENTLESS, BTW, and your recommendation seals the deal, I think.)
No worries, Bill! And I'm curious to hear what you make of Relentless. There was one scene at the end that didn't quite work for me, but otherwise I thought it was terrific.
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