Hugh B. Long

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Hugh B. Long is an Award Winning Canadian Journalist and Best Selling Author.

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Graduating from the University of Aberdeen‘s School of Engineering in Scotland with his Masters of Science degree, he subsequently taught for the University, and was a dissertation advisor for graduate students.

In addition to his academic background, Hugh also holds a Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate, a Brown Belt in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, and was study group leader in D.C. for the Association of Renaissance Martial Arts. (Historical European Martial Arts). Hugh has taught Martial Arts in Canada and the USA.

Hugh recently returned from a 10 year stretch working in the Washington D.C. area, and is now back in his native Ottawa Valley where he lives with his wife, son and two dogs.

Hugh is a professional member of the Canadian Author’s Association.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you write this book in particular?
This is the book I wanted to read 25 years ago, but it didn’t exist. I imagined a world in which Norse mythology was more than just the basis for epic stories. I wanted to see what a future might look like if the world had been formed as described in the old stories, and one tale in particular: Voluspa, which is part of the Poetic Edda, highlights the mythic beginnings of the world. I fantasized about what the world would look like with those beginnings, and projected that into the future.
How did you become interested in the topic?
Like any kid, I was fascinated by adventure. That included hard-boiled survival stories by the likes of Farley Mowat. Fantasy was also a big influence, starting with the Arthurian myths and continuing with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, which is where I discovered the Runes. That lead me to Norse Mythology, which Tolkien borrowed from heavily. I’ve since written several non-fiction books on Norse Mythology and Norse culture. Then, because I was also fascinated by science and technology, I began reading science fiction. Vern, Heinlein and Asimov were some of my early influences. So, I wanted to write stories that had a sweeping epic feel, had Norse DNA, and were set in a future world.
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Books

Star Viking
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,470. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In a universe where an eight-year-old girl can destroy a battle fleet, where an ancient-evil awakens, and Viking gods still have a hand in the world of Humanity, can Olsen keep his oath, avenge his family, and save humanity from the Hrymar? Across a thousand-light-years these forces threaten to become an apocalyptic future that could sunder the stars themselves.
Crime & Punishment
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Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
For thousands of years society has imposed punishments for what they define as crime. Laws are the foundations of a stable civilization. What constitutes a crime? For the most heinous crimes, what's an appropriate punishment? In "Crime & Punishment", the lives of two individuals collide: The first, a devious criminal called Vargr, and the second, an ordinary man named Charles Wilson.
Northern Wisdom: The Havamal, Tao of the Vikings
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy
The Orient has long shared its ancient wisdom, and so now do the Northmen. Northern Wisdom presents ancient Viking parables and knowledge in a delightfully accessible modern format. Combining Teachings on par with Buddha, Lao Tzu, Myamoto Musashi, Nicollo Machiavelli & Sun-Tzu , "The Havamal" sheds light on forgotten lore of the dark ages.
Northern Plant Lore: A Field Guide to the Ancestral Use of Plants in Northern Europe
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 124,460. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » herbal medications
Over a thousand years ago the Anglo-Saxons used willow bark to treat headaches; modern pharmaceutical companies use the same basic ingredient - salicin. They boiled the bark in holy water and added a few other unnecessary ingredients, but they had a basic treatment that worked a millennia ago! And they called this the Dark Ages? Explore Anglo-Saxon Herbal Medicine that actually worked!
Draugr's Saga 5
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Series: Draugr's Saga, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Aedan enlists the aid of a witch to unlock the secrets to defeating the Draugr horde. Using her shamanic powers, the volva takes them to the trunk of the world-tree, Yggdrasil, and on to Jotunheim, land of the Giants! There lies Mimir’s well, and their only hope for battling the evil Draugr.
Draugr's Saga 4
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Series: Draugr's Saga, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Our hero barely survives a duel with rapist Sixten, then their encampment is overrun by a countless horde of Draugr. Aedan engineers their escape. On their voyage they meet the infamous Black Spear, heading a fleet of fifty ships and commanding a thousand men. Is he friend or foe? Finally, Aedan prepares to make a journey to the underworld to seek help against the onslaught of Draugr.
The Yggdrasil Codex
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Price: Free! Words: 15,640. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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In this life there are a great many profound questions that have yet to be answered. In the short story The Yggdrasil Codex, two University researchers stumble upon an incredible secret encoded on ancient Scandinavian runestones. Their discovery leads them into the world of modern code-breakers and ultimately leads to a revelation with galactic consequences!
Star Fury
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Series: The Tribes of Yggdrasil, Book: 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,020. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Earth is in ruin, and the traitor who let it happen is on the loose. Haldor Olsen, and the crew of the Sleipnir, travel hundred of light years to stop a madman. The traitor, Benjmain Gridrmann, is now conducting horrific experiments on men and women, and other sentient races. Recalled by his government, Haldor must go rogue to seek justice, but his best friend is sent to bring him in!
Draugr's Saga 3
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Series: Draugr's Saga, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Join our hero as he battles Vikings, Zombies, the Dark Ages!
Star Wolves
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Series: The Tribes of Yggdrasil, Book: 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,330. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Star Wolves is a story about a dashing explorer descended from ancient Vikings, who must battle an evil race bent on ravaging Earth and enslaving all of humanity.
Draugr's Saga 2
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Series: Draugr's Saga, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Our Hero is rescued from the sea and unwittingly brings doom to a fisherman’s family. He escapes with their beautiful daughter, but can he keep her alive?
Letters From The Abyss
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Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A daring pilot makes history as the first interstellar astronaut to reach Alpha Centauri, but is forced to fight for his life trying to get home.
Incipient Tetrad 1
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From Best Selling Author, Hugh B. Long. Together for the first time, are four incredible short stories! Each a powerful and evocative tale, and each, so different. 1) The Yggdrasil Codex 2) Let Sleeping Draugs Lie 3) I'll Buy You The Moon 4) Crime & Punishment
Draugr's Saga 1
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Series: Draugr's Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
After battling a storm in the North Sea, a horde of Vikings make landfall on a mysterious island, only to discover an Evil far more terrible than themselves!
I'll Buy You The Moon
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Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00)
A selfless girl sacrifices everything, struggling to survive in a gritty dystopian future in order to fulfill her little sister's one dream - to see the Moon.

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