The Future of TEC

3 Nov

Hi, everyone.

I’m currently taking a break (in-between writing Democracy’s Might) to consider the future of The Empire’s Corps. My current plan is to write a mainstream novel – Retreat Hell – and then go back to the days immediately following the collapse of Earth. And that’s where the problem starts.

My intention with the stand-alone novels was to make them … well, stand-alone. Ideally, someone would be able to download and read one without reading any of the others first, even the mainstream novels. However, part of the plot for The Thin Blue Line could include Belinda Lawson, who first appeared in When The Bough Breaks. But if that happens, the book will no longer be stand-alone.

Thoughts? I’d like some feedback on this <grin>.

I’m also looking for other themes for future stand-alone novels. Immigration and the dangerous of excessive multiculturalism is a logical choice, I think, but what else is there? I’m thinking about the media, but I don’t know if I can make that work without too many problems. I’d also like to mess around with different themes; maybe a romance story or even a comedic episode.

Any feedback would be warmly welcomed.


27 Responses to “The Future of TEC”

  1. Daniel Silver November 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I think with The Thin Blue Line while it’s a nice ideal to make each one a standalone, you can’t leave Belinda Lawson hanging.

  2. Bill Sullivan November 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    One of the problems with a future history series is continuity of the timeline. Sometimes it can’t be helped that the stories overlap or build on each other. Not allowing this to happen May leave holes that detract from the characters development and the storyline of the universe. If allowing for independent stories only there will be a decrease in the quality of the series as a whole.
    As for anew idea perhaps a novel about the early Empire and the inevitability of the corruption and decline with attempts to change the system or secretly preparing for the destruction and fall?

    • chrishanger November 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      Good point. It might be possible to do a story set in the early empire, but i’d have to give it some thought. Chris > Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2013 15:03:22 +0000 > To: >

      • Tim November 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

        A story set earlier in the Empire, before the fall, would be good. You might take that opportunity to expand on something that has been mentioned in passing, like the Pathfinders, or something like that.

      • chrishanger November 5, 2013 at 11:15 am #

        Might be a cool idea. One set during the unification wars would be good. I’ll have to give it some thought. Chris

        > Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:48:30 +0000 > To: >

  3. Chris Gaskins November 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I think a novel about the rest of the Corps and what happened to them after the fall of the empire. Could be stand-alone as well as fit well with the story…

  4. Jim Caplan November 4, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    You have a great story arc and enjoyable characters. I vote for keeping on with it. I’m not fond of prequels. You are really good at world building and it would be fun to see you try universe building. Are empires inevitable or can there be democracy on a grand scale?

    • Bob Walters November 4, 2013 at 12:41 am #

      Jim, Christopher Stasheff deals with that in his Warlock of Gramarye series they are good reads.

      • Jim Caplan November 4, 2013 at 2:04 am #

        Bob, so have many others – Ian Banks comes to mind. I would love to see how Chris would do it.

      • Bob Walters November 4, 2013 at 2:36 am #

        Iain Banks was an interesting guy, anyone who campaigned to impeach Tony Blair for attacking Iraq with the US has a soft spot in my heart.

    • chrishanger November 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      I did that to some extent in Sufficently Advanced Technology. But a perfect democracy might not make for an interesting story. Humm … what about a war of intervention? Chris > Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:02:09 +0000 > To: >

  5. Bob Walters November 4, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    It would really depend on how you included her. It could be done without needing to use information from “Bough Breaks” or the need to have extensive explanations. I also do not think knowing she survived would ruin anything.

    • chrishanger November 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      She’d be a major part of the story, I think. Chris > Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:37:40 +0000 > To: >

      • Bob Walters November 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        But you do not have to reference stuff that happened “Bough Breaks” it could either been too soon for her to want to deal with the trauma or she could be forced by circumstance to have her implants replaced to soon and that could cause temporary memory loss of events that took place over the past several months.

      • chrishanger November 5, 2013 at 11:13 am #

        I think i’d have to show some trauma from the whole experience. I’ll give it some thought. Chris

        > Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:42:38 +0000 > To: >

  6. Shane November 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Thanks for another great read! I feel that TEC’s universe is strong enough to support three storylines.. Marines on the Fringe, Marines in the Core, and everyone else (stand alone stories).

    As for new stories; I don’t think immigration is really problematic unless there is already excessive multiculturalism and you sort of did that with Han ( a melting pot is great until some yahoo puts a lid on it… then BOOM). Most of my experience with those following a voluntarist or libertarian ideal is that they tend to be against starting war. So a war of intervention or a war of preemption seems a bit extreme unless the Commonwealth was the target. I could see how a few ‘meddling’ individuals just wanting some free-trade could be at the core of a rapid escalation.

    In the end; whatever you write I will read and if history proves, enjoy. Thanks again!

    • Bob Walters November 6, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Traditional libertarians usually are not pro military. I suspect it is somewhat of an American invention. I suspect it has more to do with the agenda of the interests behind people like Ron Paul and Paul Ryan than any libertarian philosophy.

    • chrishanger November 6, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you! What I was thinking was that one planet sent an unwanted minority into space and they ended up on another world. But this minority is very different to the new society and culture shock causes a great many problems for both sides. Still, there are other ideas. One would be lightly humorous. A small Marine unit finds itself next to an Imperial Army unit. Both sides promptly start playing jokes and pranks on each other … How does that sound? Chris > Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:49:25 +0000 > To: >

      • Tim November 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

        “A small Marine unit finds itself next to an Imperial Army unit. Both sides promptly start playing jokes and pranks on each other ”

        That sounds suspiciously like when the 82nd Airborne came to Camp Pendleton to do some joint training/exercises…

      • chrishanger November 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

        Cool! What happened? Chris > Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:11:33 +0000 > To: >

      • Bob Walters November 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

        That has some real possibilities. It brings to mind, some of the exploits of Popski’s Private Army although everything they did was with very serious and deadly intent.

      • chrishanger November 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

        Thank you! I shall add it to the list of plotlines. Chris > Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:10:25 +0000 > To: >

  7. Kurt Schneider November 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    I appreciate some crossover between stand alone novels. As long as the crossover isn’t critical to the plot, or to my enjoyment of the book, I consider it as an Easter Egg.

    At times, an obvious crossover will make me want to track down the book it originated from.

    From someone a third of the way in to your first book…

  8. Michael v. Smith November 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    I started to read TEC and Crimson Worlds to fill my Military SF time between Davis Weber novels, but now I find myself looking forward to all 3 series and any spin offs. I would like to see more of the main story line with spin offs like a second front and /or linking up with more units left behind, I’ve been reading all the genres of SF since I was 7 and I’m now 63 and thanks to Kindle and E-Books my reading of new authors has led to some really good ones like yourself. Keep them coming.

    • chrishanger November 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Thank you! More will be coming soon.


      Sent from my iPad


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