Bungie today announced Halo: The Cole Protocol, the next novel to be set in the Halo universe and the sixth in the series.
Penned by Sci-fi newcomer Tobias S. Buckell, author of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin, The Cole Protocol seems to be a follow up to 2006’s Ghost’s of Onyx, revealing the location of the Spartan Gray Team and apparently “takes readers into an unexplored conflict of the Human-Covenant War where unlikely alliances are formed and shattered…”
Not a lot else is known at this point, except that we can expect to be reading it towards the end of the year. Here’s what ex-Bungie Frank O’Connor had this to say about the upcoming book: ” Buckell continues an excellent tradition that’s now a solid aspect of the Halo novels, bringing a fresh new perspective to a limitless universe and bringing his prodigious writing talents to bear in ways that will surprise and engage fans of the series and newcomers alike.”
Buckell states on his website that he has in fact read the previous halo novels, comics and played all three Halo games – he even has a service record to prove it. Though at the time of writing he’s not yet beaten the game on Legendary. A little more about him can be found below.
Tobias S. Buckell exploded onto the science fiction scene with Crystal Rain, (Tor 2006) a debut that combined a unique mix of Caribbean culture – where Buckell was born and raised – and hard SF adventure elements. Buckell’s unique and groundbreaking work won him acclaim from peers and the literary community, who called him “a dazzling new voice.” His second novel, Ragamuffin, (Tor 2007) was a 2007 Nebula Award nominee for Best Novel; a 2008 Prometheus Award finalist for Best Novel; and a Locus “Best of 2007.” He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and was a first-place winner for the Writers of the Future, as well as having been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Buckell’s blend of hard science fiction with character-based action adventure and forays into classic SF pulp won the admiration of both Tor and Microsoft. Buckell is also a big Halo fan who has played every incarnation of the game.
So, another author to add to the pile. I’ll be interesting to see what Buckell does with the property and how he’ll leave his mark on the Halo universe. How many of you out there have read the Halo novels? Whose been your stand out author so far? Let us know.
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