Well, what do we have here? If you'll remember, I'd previously mentioned that I've also been working on a new nonfiction project that I figured would be of interest to many of you here. I see it's finally come out of the shadows. Jason's story is INCREDIBLE, and I've had an awesome experience working with him to bring this book to life. As for EoE, I'm currently following a tight schedule to make sure the entire eight-episode first season is ready to go by XX/XX/XXXX. (Sorry for the tease; I do have solid dates marked out internally, but I'm going to wait a bit before making any official announcements. But let's just say my life is going to get very busy on many fronts (some still unannounced) all around the same time.) Again, thanks for the continued patience and interest.
Wiping VX on someone's face? Not as ambitious as turning one's genetic code against them and triggering the reaction remotely, but the result is the same I suppose...
Trickle down techonomics...
A Marine infantry company is putting new gear to the test here that can sustain and protect small teams deployed on their own for weeks on end. Kilo Company, 3r...d Battalion, 5th Marines kicked off the yearlong experiment here this summer. The grunts and some support Marines got their hands on 40 new pieces of gear the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is eyeing to better equip company landing teams operating on dispersed battlefields. [ 385 more words. ]
The winner of the Third Offset writing challenge I helped judge was revealed yesterday as August Cole interviewed Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work about the Third Offset Strategy and fiction's role in helping shape the future of warfare. An EoE/OAA cameo also stealthily infiltrated the video...
I'll be serving as a judge for the Atlantic Council's Art of Future Warfare short story & art challenge, "Envisioning the Third Offset: The Future of the American Way of War." I would imagine this will be right in the wheelhouse of EoE fans; maybe one of you can walk away $500. Read on:
Envisioning the Third Offset: The Future of the American Way of War
The Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare project seeks unpublished short stories and images exploring the interaction be...tween man and machine in the emerging technologies developed by the Department of Defense’s “Third Offset” Strategy. The entries should follow the creative cues below.
The winning story and art, as well as select finalists, will directly inform a keynote conversation between Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work and Art of Future Warfare project director August Cole at the Atlantic Council’s Global Strategy Forum on May 2.
The winning author and artist will also each receive a $500 honorarium from the Atlantic Council.
The contest judges include Linda Nagata, author of The Red trilogy; Chris Martin, author of Engines of Extinction and Modern American Snipers; Andrew Liptak, Editor of the Apex Publications War Stories anthology and an editor at iO9.com. Max Brooks, Atlantic Council senior fellow and author of World War Z and The Extinction Parade, will be the final judge.
It's getting a wee bit crowded in Djibouti.
"Little noticed amid the daily news bulletins about the Islamic State and Syria, the Pentagon has begun a push for exotic new weapons that can deter Russia and China. Pentagon officials have started talking openly about using the latest tools of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create robot weapons, “human-machine teams” and enhanced, super-powered soldiers. It may sound like science fiction, but Pentagon officials say they have concluded that such high-tech systems are the best way to combat rapid improvements by the Russian and Chinese militaries..."
Hmmmm.... Well... um, uh... yeah. That's all I've got to say for the time being.
So you say you still don't have an e-reader and don't want to read ebooks on your phone? No more excuses ($39.99):
Hello 2016. This is going to be a huge year for Engines of Extinction. Thank you to everyone for your encouraging and inspiring blend of patience and impatience. For all of you who have been asking when Epi II is coming -- I'm still going to keep things irritatingly vague for now, but I will say, it's coming a couple weeks before Epi III, which is coming a couple weeks before Epi IV, and so on. I'm not going to comment on a date beyond "2016" until the entire first season is ...in the can and the relaunch promotional materials are being readied. We'll do it up right at that point.
When you're a combination motorsports-military-sci-fi author, all sides need to be served. EoE is my dream project and my underlying top priority, but at certain times, other projects demand addressing as well. For example, late last year I really had to grind to get my Supercross ebook out the door before the season kicked off (I'm guessing the crossover EoE/Supercross fans here number in the zeros, but if there are any of you out there, please check out "Scout's Guide to Supercross 2016". It's the best motorcycle-related work I've every done in my opinion -- 134 pages of super-geeky NFL scout-style rider breakdowns). There are other projects looming on the horizon as well, including a new non-fiction book that should start up soon, but I'm making progress on EoE again and really psyched to get it out there. One of the big reasons for the (extended) delay was so we could thoroughly surpass the bar established by Episode I, both in terms of presentation and storytelling.
I will admit that when I was finally freed up to shift my attention back to EoE, I did a quick google vanity search to see if anyone had discovered it recently. In doing so, I came across the following post on reddit in the "What's r/military reading?" thread:
"Just finished Modern American Snipers by Chris Martin. Now reading Engines of Extinction by the same author. Edit: Finished Engines of Extinction. Fucking fantastic."
It's always beyond cool to see it connect the way I hoped it would; that means a ton to me, and I can't wait to get the really exciting stuff done and out there for you all to read. And hopefully we connect with a whole lot more of you in the process.
Thanks again for your continued patience/impatience --