Nexus and Other Stories (Black Library, October 2020). Cover by Amir Zand
My favorite audiobook of 2020 — and easily one of my favorite books of the year, period — was Dan Abnett’s Warhammer 40,000: The Magos. In addition to reminding me what a good writer Dan Abnett is, it reignited by interest in Warhammer 40,000, and its gorgeously rendered future of superstition, terror, and dark sorcery. I enormously enjoyed the audiobook versions of the first Horus Heresy novels, which helped me cope with a daily 90-minute commute through Chicago traffic back in 2015.
Nexus & Other Stories, which I stumbled on last Saturday on a trip to Barnes & Noble, looks like a great way to dip my toe back in the water. It’s a collection of Warhammer 40K stories by Dan Abnett, Guy Haley, Peter McLean, and many others — including a 120-page novella by Thomas Parrott. Here’s the description at the Black Library website.
Take your first steps into the adrenaline-fuelled fiction of the 41st Millennium with a thrilling collection of tales, including an action-packed novella pitting noble Ultramarines against sinister necrons.
Whether you’re dipping a toe into the galaxy of Warhammer 40,000 or are a hardened veteran of the universe, this anthology is the perfect way to discover the many factions of the games in action-packed tales.
Nexus & Other Stories includes a total of 16 tales; mostly reprints (although they’re all new to me). Here’s the complete Table of Contents.
“Nexus” by Thomas Parrott
“Kraken” by Chris Wraight
“Redeemer” by Guy Haley
“The Test of Faith” by Thomas Parrott
“The Darkling Hours” by Rachel Harrison
“Lightning Run” by Peter McLean
“Missing in Action” by Dan Abnett
“The Crystal Cathedral” by Danie Ware
“To Speak as One” by Guy Haley
“Where Dere’s Da Warp Dere’s a Way” by Mike Brooks
“Redemption on Dal’yth” by Phil Kelly
“Void Crossed” by J C Stearns
“Light of a Crystal Sun” by Josh Reynolds
“War in the Museum” by Robert Rath
“Headhunter” by Steve Parker
“Duty Unto Death” by Marc Collins
Nexus & Other Stories was published on October 27 by Black Library. It is 641 pages, priced at $8 in paperback and $7.99 in digital formats. The cover is by Amir Zand. Download free digital samples at Black Library.
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