Project Ssh Revealed!

Hamsterites may remember mentions of Project Ssh! from posts earlier in the year. Now is the time to reveal all:

space-hulk Space Hulk: The Novel

This 30,000 word novel (similar to Assault on Black Reach and Battle of Skull Pass), follows the exploits of Sergeants Lorenzo and Gideon of the Blood Angels Chapter, as they attempt to destroy the alien menace of a genestealer nest aboard a massive space derelict.

This was written in conjunction with the newly unveiled boxed game – I wrote the background for the Missions Book at around the same time (the second part of of Project Ssh, so to speak). It’s an interesting evolution of the original Space Hulk story, which was written before some of the elements of 40K evolved into those now recognised (for example, the nature and names of the Blood Angels was nowhere near as developed in the first edition of the game).However the basic story remains the same, and I kept as many of the old quotes as possible.

In writing, I keptto the themes of the game, so that the two both give a similar experience but in different media – the claustrophobia of the space hulk , the tactics of the Space Marine Terminators, the sense of tension and the unremitting speed of combat. It’s a fast-paced story, but not entirely restricted to the simple matter of man versus alien in desperate battle. There are a few twists and turns along the way, not least in the experiences of Sergeant Lorenzo, a survivor of a massacre by genestealers some six centuries earlier. Lorenzo battles his own fears and memories even as he must bring the fight to the loathsome xenos. And if that’s not enough, the Blood Angels’ exploration of the space hulk uncovers something incredible from the Chapter’s past!

Order your copies, or come along to Games Day UK, where I’ll be signing Space Hulk: The Novel and my other books.

Published in: on August 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm  Comments (12)  
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  1. Very nice! A lovelly little Novella to look forward to πŸ˜€ I see you mentioned Lorenzo’s fears..obviously an overstaement what with the whole not fearing anything in a marines blood eh :p

    I look forward to reading this!


    • ‘Fear’ in a Space Marine context has to be handled differently. Much as with Boreas in Angels of Darkness, the tension for Lorenzo comes not from a physical fear, but more a crisis of faith/ confidence.


  2. I hope I can get my grubby mits on a copy before Games Day, or if not, at Games Day.


    • BL assures me there’ll be plenty of copies at Games Day πŸ™‚


  3. Err – just one concern. If the game is called “Space Hulk: First Contact”, why has Lorenzo encountered genestealers some six centuries ago?

    Apart from that, it looks marvelous. Celebration is in order!


    • Er, Mossy, that’s the name of the article, not the game…


      • Ah, good. I’m glad that they were still originally discovered on Tyran (if my memory holds correct).

        That certainly clarifies things…


      • IIRC, The Genestealers were discovered on Ymgarl, many centuries before the Hive Fleets made it to Tyran…?


  4. On August 18, 2009 at 2:54 am Tomas (Mossy) Said:
    “Ah, good. I’m glad that they were still originally discovered on Tyran (if my memory holds correct).”

    Genestealers were first discovered on Ymgarl I think (if my memory holds correct). It was the rest of the Tyranids that were discovered there. The connection between genestealers and tyranids was established later IIRC.


    • Sho3box has it right, Genestealers were originally thought to be native to the moon of Ymgarl (which is the state of knowledge during the events of the novel).


  5. You kept this one very quiet πŸ˜‰

    I’m very excited to have a read of this one and super pleased you got to work on the holy grail of the so called golden era of GW games – I’d have been bouncing off the walls if I had the chance to work on it – gamergeektastic! πŸ˜€


  6. I look forward to seeing what you do with my beloved Blood Angels, Mr. Thorpe…


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