In-between moving into a new home and writing BATG II (this probably isn’t a good sign) I’ve been working on plots for various future books. Comments are, of course, welcome.
Bookworm will have a Book III in November (hopefully); The Best Laid Plans. Unless the plot proves to be too short for use, there will be a final book, currently entitled The Last Full Measure. Alternate titles: Full Circle or The Root of All Things.
The Royal Sorceress is currently having problems. I’d like to do a book set in India (this would be Raj India) but the first two plots I came up with would be too akin to Necropolis to be really usable. The alternate would be a visit to alt-America, during the war. I’m not sure yet which way to go.
The Empire’s Corps will proceed with Never Surrender, which will pick up the plot threads left dangling by Retreat Hell. I may focus it entirely on Jasmine and the POWs, then have another book go back to Avalon. After that, there will be First To Fight (Ed’s origin story, which I’m planning to be a chatty book like The Living Will Envy The Dead), Culture Shock and The Year of a Thousand Emperors. The problem is depicting a multi-sided galactic civil war.
I’ve actually given serious thought to having the main character be a reporter-type person who keeps on getting captured by various factions, thus bearing witness to the war even though she will never get to write her story. An alternative will be to have the story be led by a mercenary in command of a fleet of ships, who keeps swapping sides depending on who has the better deal. I don’t think he’d be very sympathetic though.
Culture Shock would be set on a medium-sized colony world that is told it has to take in a few hundred thousand refugees or see them die in space. The colony world’s leaders agree to this, only to discover that the newcomers aren’t entirely compatible with their society and putting them together might have been a mistake.
I need a follow-up to The Thin Blue Line too <grin>
Too many projects, too little time …