08 July 2012

FWS News Feed: New Old Man's War Novel and OCP!

New Old Man's War Novel

 John Scalzi's superior MSF novels are back with the Human Division due in December of 2012 if we are not all dead or fighting Zombies that is. Tor books is experimenting with a new idea in publishing, by making the fifth book in the series being closer to a old-style serialization online, much like books like I, Robot were in the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. These episodes of the whole will run through February of 2013, then will be packaged up into a real printed book in stores and as a e-book download. According to Mr. Scalzi's own blog, the first installment will be titled: the B team and Mr. Scalzi also stated that his story after the coup would be helpful to the reader:

The new look of OCP from the ROBOCOP remake!

While I think that Starship Troopers and Judge Dredd need and deserve a reboot, the 1987 Robocop is fine the way it is. However io9.com has put up the latest images for the film's reboot of the OCP corporation's automated law enforcement creations. In the original film, the ED-209 was automated law enforcement and military robot designed to take over the bloody streets of Detroit ( which looks more and more possible!). Here it seems the new systems are ground and aerial based. The aerial unit is called the XT-908 that seems to be an enhanced UAV. The new ED-209 is an actually military deployed UGV system that is re-purposed for urban LE duties. According to the OCP advert on youtube, the new ED-209 uses 12.7mm machine guns, hellfire missiles, and something uses called 'reactive graphite armor'.  The ED-209 is much larger than before, dwarfing an M1 tank! I had my doubts before about the reboot, but now, I think I am warming up to the idea, much like the new Total Recall.

The Big Robots of Pacific Rim!

Director Guillermo del Toro new flick is called Pacific Rim and pits giant robots called 'Jaegar' against monsters called Kaijiu that have destroyed other manned robotic warriors. The plot is pretty typical, where two pilots of this mecha, were one is a seasoned hard-boiled vet, and a newbie ban together to save the world. No word if these monsters are the ones from Cloverfield or if Godzilla will be making an appearance.  


  1. Hi William all the followers of FWS.

    Just thought you'd like to get a heads up on something I found on Io9

    Apprently Starz (I think it's a US tv channel) is bringing a MSF series in the vain of S:AAB to screen called "Incursion"

    Here's the blurb for it

    "An epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen."


  2. WOW! I cannot believed I missed that one on io9.com! A big thank you to you, Joe! What the world needs know is a series like SAAB, that could jump start more interest in hard-core, realistic MSF. I know that SAAB did that to me in 1995/96. With SFX and CGI the way it is now, this could make this new MSF series something wonderful.
    Thanks, Joe!