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James Swallow

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James Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author and scriptwriter, a BAFTA nominee, a former journalist and the award-winning writer of over fifty books, along with scripts for video games, comics, radio and television.

His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40000, Doctor Who, 24, Deus Ex, Stargate, 2000AD and more.

ROGUE, the 5th Marc Dane novel, is out now from Bonnier, and the 3nd book in the series - GHOST - will be published in the USA by Tor/Forge later in 2020.

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James Swallow I wouldn't agree that it's "unmanagable" - certainly there's a lot of stuff, but that's a function of the demand for new material from readers.
As wit…more
I wouldn't agree that it's "unmanagable" - certainly there's a lot of stuff, but that's a function of the demand for new material from readers.
As with any big series, I think it's best to first read the bits that interest you the most and tackle the other stuff as and when you want to.
Also, I think it's important to note that the short stories, novellas and audios are not just "tagged on" - each story we write builds the larger tapestry of the Horus Heresy plotline in its own way.
Certainly, the scope of the series is something the writers and editors discuss and manage internally, to keep things consistant as we move toward the Siege of Terra and the saga's end.(less)
James Swallow I tend to write for IPs that I enjoy and am a fan of, so usually I already have a working knowledge of the fictional world. Some franchise owners will…moreI tend to write for IPs that I enjoy and am a fan of, so usually I already have a working knowledge of the fictional world. Some franchise owners will help out and supply research materials, others will expect you to do that all yourself. Generally, I'll do my best to read up on (or watch or play) as much of the source material as I can to steep myself in the tone of the fictional world and the characters within it.

In a lot of ways, writing in an established fictional universe is no different from writing something set in a different historical period (except one is real and the other isn't!), because to make a story in either of those settings seem authentic, you have to understand the 'reality' of that world and make sure the tale you're telling feels correct.(less)
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WATCH DOGS: LEGION – DAY ZERO

If there’s one thing at the core of my upbringing that’s made me the person I am today, it’s growing up in the city of London. I love this town, for all its beauty and ugliness, and I think of it like a trusted friend. So when I learned that the next videogame in the Watch Dogs series was going to be set in a gritty day-after-tomorrow version of my city, I was on it, fam.





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“So you’re ex-Royal Navy, right?’
He tensed. ‘How do you know that?’
Lucy pointed at his arm. ‘Cabot wristwatch. It’s a dead giveaway.’ Marc frowned. The military-issue dive watch was the only connection he still had to that part of his past. ‘And also my boss is a billionaire, remember?’ The woman went on. ‘Information gets bought real easy, if you know how to deal.’ She smiled again. ‘So you’re all about Queen and Country. From navy puke to covert spook, all for the union jack.’
‘Something like that,’ he muttered. ‘And just so you know, we only call the flag the ‘union jack’ if it’s flying on a ship.”
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“You make it sound like the end of the world,” said Pritchard. “Not yet,” Jensen told him, as he walked away, “but you can see it from here.”
James Swallow, Deus Ex: Black Light

“There was no movement around the discoloured walls, and Lucy turned the Land Rover about in a slow crawl, the tires crunching on the desiccated earth. She scanned the windows, black squares punched through the sides of the silent blockhouses, looking for threats.
As the grumble of the engine died, Marc heard the moan of the steady breeze, and the desolate cluster of buildings seemed like the loneliest place on Earth.
‘Stay alert,’ said Lucy, reaching down into the wheel well to grab her backpack. ‘We don’t know what we’re gonna find here.’ She reached inside and her hand came back with the compact shape of an MP7 sub machinegun. She cocked it with a snap of the receiver, and handed Marc a walkie-talkie. ‘Just in case,’ she added.
Marc followed her out of the Land Rover, slipping out of the door with his bag over one shoulder. He had the Glock ready, close to his chest and his finger resting on the trigger guard. He felt acutely aware of every tiny detail around them, the crumbling rocks beneath his boots, the heavy heat of the late afternoon sun, the weight of the loaded gun”
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“I can teach you to jump up in five seconds-it takes years to learn how to land properly.”
David Lee Roth

“There is a technical, literary term for those who mistake the opinions and beliefs of characters in a novel for those of the author. The term is 'idiot'.”
Larry Niven

“I get annoyed when a self-indulgent writer just shows off what he knows but doesn't really tell a story. To me storytelling is first a craft. Then if you're lucky, it becomes an art form. But first, it's got to be a craft.. You've got to have a beginning, middle and end. And I have sort of applied the theatrical principles to writing. Throw the story in the air and see what's going to happen.”
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“I built Rubicon from ashes,’ said the other man. ‘Ashes of war. I have worked hard to raise myself up from the poverty I was born into. Believe me when I tell you I have seen every kind of injustice, all across the heartland of my mother Africa. And now I have made billions of dollars from land and mining and technology. Now I can do something about it. As Lucy says, I am a very rich man.’ He reached up to his neck and pulled out the silver chain between his fingers. ‘I see you looking at this. Do you recognize it?’
Marc gave a slow nod. Now it was clear to him, he could see that the odd bit of discoloured metal was actually part of a weapon. It was the trigger from an AK-47 assault rifle.”
James Swallow, Nomad

“There was no movement around the discoloured walls, and Lucy turned the Land Rover about in a slow crawl, the tires crunching on the desiccated earth. She scanned the windows, black squares punched through the sides of the silent blockhouses, looking for threats.
As the grumble of the engine died, Marc heard the moan of the steady breeze, and the desolate cluster of buildings seemed like the loneliest place on Earth.
‘Stay alert,’ said Lucy, reaching down into the wheel well to grab her backpack. ‘We don’t know what we’re gonna find here.’ She reached inside and her hand came back with the compact shape of an MP7 sub machinegun. She cocked it with a snap of the receiver, and handed Marc a walkie-talkie. ‘Just in case,’ she added.
Marc followed her out of the Land Rover, slipping out of the door with his bag over one shoulder. He had the Glock ready, close to his chest and his finger resting on the trigger guard. He felt acutely aware of every tiny detail around them, the crumbling rocks beneath his boots, the heavy heat of the late afternoon sun, the weight of the loaded gun”
James Swallow, Nomad

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