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Cover & Synopsis: “The Back Channel” by John Scalzi (A Digital Chapter of his Latest “Old Man’s War” Novel, “The Human Division”)

Tor will be trying something new with John Scalzi’s latest novel in the Old Man’s War series, The Human Division. Before the novel sees its hardcover release date in May 2013, Tor will be publishing a series of digital e-book episodes that comprise the book. Each episode will be a complete story and, taken together, there will be a longer story arc.  You can see the cover for Chapter 6 (“The Back Channel”) right here. This episode will be on-sale on Feb 19, 2013.

Here’s the description of The Human Division as a whole:

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.

And here’s the description for Chapter 6, titled “The Back Channel”:

The Conclave is a confederation of four hundred alien races—many of whom would like to see the Colonial Union, and the humans inside of it, blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war.

Other chapter covers are simultaneously making their own appearances around the web. Happy hunting and happy reading!

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5 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “The Back Channel” by John Scalzi (A Digital Chapter of his Latest “Old Man’s War” Novel, “The Human Division”)

  1. Nick Sharps // December 6, 2012 at 8:31 am //

    I’m interested to see how this turns out. I freaking love Scalzi. Old Man’s War is one of my favorite novels of all time. But this episodic content style is sort of…annoying? Or at least it could be. I think I’ll just wait for the physical release.

  2. Audible is producing the audiobook edition of THE HUMAN DIVISION, and we will be publishing a chapter a week to match the Tor e-book schedule. The scheduled launch date is Jan. 15, 2013.

    THE HUMAN DIVISION is narrated by William Dufris, who has done previous books in Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series…

  3. I’m actually looking forward to getting on board with this episodic release schedule. At first I was determined to wait for the printed book (which I will still purchase), but then I decided that I wanted to be a part of this, especially since Tor will also be hosting a discussion of each episode. In fact I bought a Kindle Fire HD (arrives today) in part because I want to see those gorgeous Harris covers in color when I go to read them.

  4. I am almost Wrapping up The Last Colony and i see no evidence of Audible’s Human Division episodes. I’m not holding my breath it will be available too soon.

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