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Space Marine

Ian Watson

Space Marine

A classic Warhammer 40,000 novel

Believe us when we tell you that Space Marine is quite unlike any other Warhammer 40,000 novel you’ve ever read.

First published in 1993 – though completed some years earlier – at a time when the background to the Warhammer 40,000 universe was still in a state of flux and not yet fully coalesced, you'll find such wonders as squats – Tzeentch-worshipping squats at that – alongside Space Marines controlling Titans, Space Marines with lasguns, the Pain Glove and more than a small amount of toilet humour. Oh, and a Zoat. How could we forget the Zoat?

Although the temptation was great to rewrite significant portions of this book to make it conform to current background, as a curiosity piece, an historical snapshot of the Warhammer 40,000 universe circa the early 1990s, this book is invaluable. It also serves as a shining example of what can happen when a respected genre author at the height of his powers is let loose on an established shared universe. Just don't try and fit it into the modern Warhammer 40,000 timeline…

Three young Imperial Fists, newly recruited to the Chapter, go from their formative years in the underhive gangs of Necromunda, through their trials and being chosen by the Chapter, to fighting as part of the renowned First Company on a mission into the depths of a tyranids hive ship.

Written by Ian Watson

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