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Hot on the heels of TPoF's release, Baen has confirmed a date for Wing Commander False Colors! It will become available electronically on April 4, 2017 - about a month after Action Stations. The first half will become available this Sunday to those who preorder from Baen direct, and there's also an option to get it and half a dozen books at a discounted rate as part of the April Bundle.
False Colors is a really fun book that fills in some of the exciting gaps after Wing Commander 3. It answers what happens to the TCS Tarawa after the war as well as the true mysterious origins of the Behemoth. A good chunk of the action even takes place in and around one of the 22 kilometer Hvar'kann Kilrathi Dreadnoughts! It's also a memorable experience for us as the first novel released after the CIC opened. Things like the first glimpse at the cover art and the revelation of the promo text below are things you can find in our October 1998 news archives. The original five preview chapters that we reported on more than eighteen years ago are even still hosted on the Baen website! Of particular note, you can find our pre-CIC interview with one of the authors, Andrew Keith, here. It discusses how Wing Commander novels are written and reveals the first info about False Colors - way back in 1996!
A desperate attack on the Kilrathi homeworld had succeeded in destroying the entire planet, including the Emperor and his warlords. The surviving Kilrathi, on warships and on their colony worlds were hopelessly demoralized and had sued for peace. The catlike warrior race was no longer a threat to Earth and its colonies. Thirty-five years of war had finally come to an end, bringing peace in our time. They thought???
The reality was more ominous. There were still plenty of independent Kilrathi warlords surviving, commanding a formidable array of warships and weaponry. Some wanted revenge on the apes who had destroyed the sacred homeworld, some wanted to set up their own new empires, and some were simply content to go pirate, raiding human colonies at will. But back on Earth, the war-weary people and their leaders turned a deaf ear to reports of Kilrathi belligerence, preferring to look forward to a peaceful and prosperous future.
But it was only the calm before a new story???
Original update published on January 9, 2017
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