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[20K] Revised 20K Timeline (updated April 2013)

17/03/2013 in 20K, Imp Lit News

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20K is the unofficial Warhammer 40,000 prequel series which I have been working on for a number of years. There are two “phases” to 20K and three “series” of stories.

PHASE ONE
The early stages of 20K, where humanity is emerging from its safe bases in Solar Segment and beginning to explore the galaxy, hoping to make contact with the fabled One Hundred Worlds. Human technology is limited and humanity begins to learn that alien races are generally hostile and untrustworthy.

PHASE TWO
A more confident and technically proficient

The following is a rough timeline including every 20K story that I am writing or plan to write. I have tried to remove as many spoilers as possible. Note that the timeline is subject to change and is undergoing constant revision.
This is “phase one” of 20K, a desperate time of derring-do. Phase 2, if I ever get that far, has a more mature and more adventurous tone with less of the grimness and grittiness of some of the earlier stories. Look for the crossovers and in-jokes as they appear. Fans of 40K as well as fans of general science fiction should find lots to be happy about.
Please ignore any repetitions or minor mistakes, this is the beta version and I already have the events right in my mind.
20K PHASE 1
40K’s mysterious and exciting history finally comes to life in tales of terror and adventure. Join the brave human pioneers of the Terran Empire as they begin their expansion into a galaxy where anything is possible.
KEY:
FRL = Fearless series
EW = Earthwatch series
SOL = Solstice series
Stories which do not have a series designation are independent stories (in TV parlance they would be “bottle shows”)
NOTE: Significant information is (deliberately) missing from the following timeline! Dates and events are subject to change.
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20K Date Timeline
Pre-M21
Date Unknown – The Eldar race has become factionalised by hedonism and decadence. Illegal fighting contests and worship of the proscribed god Khaine slowly overtake the fabled city-state of Commoranth, the City of Souls.
Date Unknown – A Chinasian colony receives human visitors who claim to be from the future. These visitors, mighty warriors who say their home planet was destroyed in a cataclysmic war, lend their efforts to the colony’s Human Genhancement Project – with horrific results. (“Faithless”)-[NOTE: This story is currently in progress as of August 2013]
M21
975.M21 – Starships of the Alneran Republic, a hostile alien species whose territory lies within Solar Segment, encounter a mysterious alien being and take him prisoner. The strange hostage escapes when a Terran Navy ship attacks the Alnerans; the being will later turn up in Terran space, where his strange behaviour confounds his human rescuers. (“The Man Without A Past”)-[NOTE: This story is currently in progress as of March 2013]
978.M21 – XMS Southern Cross encounters R’Shan, a member of an unidentified alien species who has been conducting unknown warp experiments within Terran space. (“The Man From Nowhere”)
978.M21 – The Fireblade prototype fighter begins its initial tests, intended to replace the Saxon class fighter. While on combat manoeuvres, a squadron of Fireblades falls foul of a renegade Eldar space fighter. (“Flight of the Fireblade”)
985.M21 – The Centaur class light cruiser is commissioned, intended as a gradual replacement for the legendary Canyon class.
985.M21 – The Terran Empire discovers the first known Warp Gate within Solar Segment.
986.M21 – XMS Ontario and XMS Lexington are sent to investigate the Warp Gate. During the mission, a previously unknown problem with the Ontario’s Gellar Shield hurls the ship into a time-travelling, galaxy-spanning adventure, during which humanity makes first contact with followers of the daemon god Nurgle. (“Ghostwalkers”) [NOTE: This story is currently being revised as of March 2013]
986.M21 – An expedition team of the Pan-Pacific Treaty, a coalition of coporations and nation-states who wish to remain independent of the Terran Empire, discovers a world belonging to the long-vanished Chinasian Bloc. The world has long been abandoned, but the expedition discovers disturbing evidence that the colonists had been conducting genetic experiments influenced by men who claimed to have travelled from the distant future – a time of terrible civil war. (“Legacy of the Future”)
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Creative Process

27/04/2011 in Original

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When Angela Thatcher’s third novel sold its millionth copy, Jay Leno asked her how she wrote her books. Though the details escaped her afterwards she remembered the answer being something about hearing the divine voice of the muse, then, hammering that out into a novel in a quasi-orgasmic display of her superior talent. Whatever the line, she remembered she got a laugh.

Of course she was talking completely out of her ass.

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Five Little Lines

12/03/2009 in Original

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And there it was in my hand. My whole existence boiled down to five little lines:

HARPER
JASON A
535-09-1312
O POS
PROT-NO-DENOM

My name, social security number, blood type, and how I wanted to be buried. Everything the Army thought anyone needed to know about me. I was never so proud in my life as the day they handed me those two pieces of stamped metal most people simply called “dog tags.” Somehow that was the day I was a soldier. The uniform, the gun, the training, none of it was as important as this.

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Chickenlights

23/01/2009 in Original

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I am a slaughterer. A butcher. A killer of beasts. But not only beasts. I have murdered in my time at the abattoir. No, murder is too strong a word. Manslaughter suits better. But then they weren’t altogether men, were they?

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Exclusive To All Papers!

24/11/2008 in Original

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Manoeuvring out of the café’s French doors, taking care not to spill his mocha, Mark Johnson spotted a table and hurried over before anyone else could steal it. Gratefully he slouched into the blessed shade, and looked out at the world. London was enduring an unusual heat wave, and the suits in the city were suffering. As he looked out towards the gleaming spires of the square mile, he could see thousands of accountants and stockbrokers huffing back from their lunch hours, sweating in their expensive shirts. Not that he was wearing anything more suitable – a pair of combat trousers, a baggy sweatshirt that hung loosely from his gaunt frame and a pair of hiking boots he had found in his flat. He knew that he looked like he came from a housing estate.

Still, he would be in cooler climes soon, and he would need those extra layers.

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