This is a numbered event. Numbers are free with the purchase of The Human Division from Mysterious Galaxy, starting on Tuesday, May 14th at 10am. Other restrictions apply. Contact the stores for details.
If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please call the store - 310-542-6000 - and purchase the book over the phone on or after the on-sale date.
Multiple-award-winning author John Scalzi’s The Human Division was first released electronically in Dickens’ serial fashion starting in January, and still available on our website in that format. MGRB is excited to host the Launch Party celebrating the print edition of this “hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man’s War series -- an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart.” (See Terry Hertzler’s guest review on page 2.) The Human Division goes on sale at 10:00 AM, and tickets for the signing line will be issued with purchase.
John Scalzi also signs in San Diego on Saturday 11 May 2013.
Following the events of "The Last Colony," John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU's secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance--an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they've invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.
Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won't be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning...and a brilliant "B Team," centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you're struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.
Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, "The Human Division" will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man's War universe, plus--for the first time in print--the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn't part of the digital serialization.
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the ship "Intrepid," flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms understanding of what the starship really is and offers them a crazy chance to save it.
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger.