Hi, everyone – we had a great time in the UK. I spent more than I probably should have done on books, but you just can’t find proper second-hand bookshops in Malaysia. (There’s a great one in Korea, but it’s a bit far to go just for new reading matter. Thank God for electronic books.) Anyway, we got back safely last week and I’ve spent most of my time writing To The Shores, which is the next mainline book in TEC. I hope to have it up on Kindle midway through August. After that, I intend to write Bookworm II – and after that … well, I’m not sure yet.
What I do want to discuss is the next set of non-mainstream books for TEC. I’ve had a set of ideas for them and I’d like to know which ones you’d like to see first.
First To Fight – basically, this is Edward Stalker’s origin story. How he came to the Terran Marine Corps, his training and his first deployment against the Empire’s enemies.
The Shavetail – a newly-commissioned officer from the Imperial Army is sent to take command of a small unit on a planet on the verge of civil war – much to the horror of his NCO. Several people have asked for a story focused on the uprising on Han and this might be it, although I’m not sure yet. This story was not intended to be cheerful.
Culture Shock – a group of refugees from a highly-communal society are dumped on a planet governed by a very different ideology. Chaos results. Generally, I wanted to compare the two different forms of society – and also highlight their strengths and weaknesses.
Knives in the Dark – with Earth gone and the Empire in chaos, a lone Imperial Marshal stumbles across a deadly plan to take advantage of the chaos … and is forced to question where his loyalties’ really lie.
Alcatraz – the key to a missing space fleet lies with a former Imperial Navy Admiral, condemned to a penal world. Belinda Lawson may be the only person who can recover him, but no one comes home from Alcatraz …
Hard Lessons – a group of teenage schoolchildren from Earth are stranded on a colonial world and forced to fend for themselves. Think Lord of the Flies …
Marine Corpse – someone is killing entire worlds and the only people who can track them down are the most enigmatic Marines left in the Empire …
Anyway, which one do you want?