Early concept art for LEGION

Early concept art for LEGION

As promised, here’s the second instalment in THE LAZARUS WAR trivia series…

LEGION is the action-packed sequel to ARTEFACT. But although it takes the technology and the adventure to a whole new level, there are a fair few Easter eggs hidden in there too. How many did you find?

 

  1. PFC Mason is of American-Martian descent. Her first name is “Dejah”. Get it?
  2. Jenkins was promoted from corporal to sergeant in the period between the end of ARTEFACT and the start of LEGION. Neither Kaminski nor Martinez received promotions, mainly due to their lack of interest in undertaking the relevant training.
  3. The inspiration for PFC Martinez’s Venusian homeworld (described variously as “Cloud Cities” and “orbital habitats”) came from STAR WARS. However, I envisaged a far grimier future for my space stations: a series of cloud cities which represented lost hope and a corporate lure to encourage colonists to move off-world…
  4. During the expeditions aboard the Artefact in LEGION, the Reaper fails to detect the broadcast signal between operators and simulants. This is because of the nature of the simulant neural-link technology. The reason for this is never spelled out in the book, but can you guess why this is the case? Hint: it’s because of where the simulant technology came from…
  5. By the time of LEGION, the Alliance has been fully compromised by Directorate infiltrators. The Sim Ops Programme has been compromised at almost every level. Harris’ flashbacks throughout the novel demonstrate that this has been a long time in the making.
  6. The “drop capsule” technology described to reach the Artefact was inspired by STARSHIP TROOPERS. However, in my alternative, sim-friendly future, the use of drop capsules is regarded as archaic rather than a modern military tactic.
  7. Dogs have an especial sensitivity to simulants. They also don’t like scientists much. (Professor Saul was just unlucky.)
  8. Kaminski and Jenkins got together in the time between ARTEFACT and LEGION. When Jenkins tells Harris about how their relationship started, she’s telling the truth.
  9. There’s a very good reason why Lieutenant James is always in a simulant, which is explained in ORIGINS. (What, you haven’t read it yet?)
  10. Captain Williams was turned by the same Directorate infiltrator responsible for recruiting Dr Kellerman. The Directorate has an entire intelligence wing dedicated to converting Alliance agents to their cause; and again, there’s a lot more of this in ORIGINS

We’ll be back next week with the third and final instalment of the series: the culmination of THE LAZARUS WAR – ORIGINS