Had a great day today, with the Lions beating Australia and getting to spend time talking to our favourite writers. I thought I might throw up a few random facts that I can remember from the various seminars.
I asked Dan Abnett if there really are any wolves on Fenris. Categorically, no. He did say there were an awful lot of creatures that looked like wolves though. He wouldn't expand on that. He also mentioned that the original plan was for him to do the TS book and McNeill to do the SWs.
ADB is writing a sequel to Helsreach. Grimaldus is called to judge the Celestial Lions, but it pretty much looks like the CLs get wiped out. Andrej will also make a return. This makes me happy.
We saw 5 slides from the upcoming graphic novel that Abnett has written and the guy who did all the HH covers drew. It's about the UM flagship chasing Kor Phaeron after Calth, and looks bloody amazing.
There will be a sequel to Double Eagle
, called Interceptor City
. The Phantine will be fighting inside the ruins of a huge hive. Not even an approximate date for this one though.
The Battle of Tallarn will be covered in a couple of novellas, and there will
be 10 million tanks. John French will be doing this.
The second book in the Ahriman trilogy will be out next June.
Another major character will die in the next Gaunt's Ghosts book. No clue which though.
Abnett has finished Unremembered Empire
McNeill also read a piece from his next HH novel, Vengeful Spirit
. It will get back to having Horus as the main character.
ADBs next HH project will be The Master of Mankind
. I think we can figure out what it will be about. I don't think we'll see too much of the Emperor himself in it though. Most of the authors were at pains to stress that they don't want us to see too much of him as it may remove some of the mystery, but at the same time they don't want him just showing up in the last book and stealing all the thunder.
Dorn and Curze will meet again on Terra. Curze has a few scores to settle before he gets there though, by all accounts.
ADB, French, Abnett and McNeill are all pretty positive that The Scouring will get it's own series. They seemed pretty excited about the dynamic between Dorn and Guilliman, and their conflict over what direction the Imperium should take after the Heresy.
Seemingly there was never any intention to kill off Loken. Abnett said he was adamant about this, saying he had extended plans for him from the start.
We will see Ancient Rylanor again. This is a definite. When this is is another matter though.
The argument about Fulgrim
The Alpha Legion will be revisited, but probably not in another book dedicated to them. Both Abnett and McNeill said that the series is beyond the point when Legions get a book solely dedicated to them. When I asked about the fact that it appears that Alpharius and Omegon look to be heading in different directions, he (Abnett) said he was looking forward to exploring that more. He was asked if the AL were traitor or loyalist. His answer was "Both".
We also saw a slide of a book cover with the Khan front and centre on the command deck of a star ship surrounded by his sons. There was no title for the book or mention of a date for it, it seemed to be just thrown in as a teaser. Abnett also revealed that the WS are his favourite legion, so it may not be a stretch to say it will be him writing it.
I asked McNeill if, at that first meeting to discuss starting the HH series, was there ever a set number of books in mind. He said there was a rough idea of about 25 books, but they never really set a definite number. The success of the first three books really surprised everyone involved, and that led them to decide to just keep going till it was done and they'd covered all the important stuff, basically.
McNeill was asked a two part question, first if he would be revisiting Uriel Ventris, and second, were there any plans to do anything further with the demon primarchs. His reply was that they were both pretty much the same question. So Ventris is going to tackle a primarch at some time in the future.
There will be more Iron Snakes in various books. They will feature in Warmaster
, they will be getting a SM battles book, which he said will tie in with a GG novel. The SM Battles book will cover the overall battle for a given planet as a whole, while the GG book will cover the part that they play in it. He said the Phantine might also show up there as well. He also said he has another novel about them in mind, and may start writing a chapter a month, and that they may do something similar to what they did with Phalanx
, release it in a serialized format, and then the book as a whole when it's complete. The BL shepherd sitting there nodded encouragingly at this comment.
Seemingly the writers have been told they were having too much fun throwing in teasers about the missing legions, and had to reign that in. Oh well.
Abnett also said he never had any intention of going back to Eisenhorn after his trilogy, because he didn't invent the character, and wanted his fate to be decided by Inquisitor players, seeing as that was why he was developed in the first place. He started Ravenor with the intention of making it an ongoing series, but half way through the second book realised that it would only be a trilogy as well.
: We will see Brin Milo again.
There were a lot of prerelease books there, including the originally titled Vulkan Lives
, but I didn't pick any up as I'm pretty much a digital fan nowadays. I was going to pick up the event exclusive Imperial Truth
, but nearly fell over when they told me it was forty fucking euro! For a book no bigger than any of the novellas they've brought out. Not a chance.