Coming Books …

7 Sep

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 …

Chris

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13 Responses to “Coming Books …”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I vote for the visit to the alt-America for the next Royal Sorceress novel. [Smile] I’d love for your Royal Sorceress met an American she could fall in love with who would also be a Master Sorcerer (but be “unacceptable” to be Royal Sorcerer (in the minds of the British Powers That Be)). [Evil Grin]

  2. Matthew W. Quinn September 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    1. Having the Royal Sorceress visit alt-America and get involved in shenanigans there would be really interesting. There could be possible French-allied Revolutionary remnants (FOR WANT OF A NAIL depicts some areas of New England as hazardous to British troops for a generation after the ATL defeat at Saratoga), slave revolts, raids by Indians, etc.

    2. About having an unsympathetic protagonist, Villain Protagonists and shades of grey are all the rage. Go with the mercenary. 🙂

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Nah, I think Chris should go for the reporter as protagonist.

      Chris has done some descent (as in being good people) reporters before and since Chris likes to put his characters in “deep sh*t”, having a reporter who just wants to report the truth inside a multi-sided civil-war would be interesting. [Very Big Grin]

      Oh Chris, if you go for a female reporter in that story, give her a very tough friend/lover who trying to keep her alive.

      Now, that’s a character who would have loads of trouble. [Very Very Big Grin]

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

        On second thought, have the reporter tagging along with the mercenary. He may not be a “nice guy” generally but is willing to keep her (the reporter) out of trouble.

      • chrishanger September 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

        Or probably just wants her to record his great victories Chris Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:49:09 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

        Of course, that might be the excuse he tells himself for keeping her safe. [Wink]

  3. johntae71 September 8, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Are you still doing pre-orders?

  4. The Deposed King September 9, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    My take on the reporter/merc question Chris: I say go with the Merc. He could be a former or current Imperial Officer who takes command of a couple squadrons or an undersized task force of older ships and goes merc.

    The way to make him sympathetic and also let him switch sides like a man with ants in his pants are to make him a closet patriot. But not for the Empire. Either a small planet or a cultural group spread out over several worlds. He could be a Neo-Scottish patriot who joined the Imperial Military to help his people. He could make all his moves based on 1. help the neo-scottish, 2. maintain his ability to help the neo-scottish. On the outside looking in here is this powerful miltary commander switching sides like a mo-fo and no one can understand it. But to him its completely understandable. He’s doing his best to stop the orbital bombardment of planets with a 10% or higher neo-scottish population. He’s also loyal to the 2nd New Scotland and its dream of full Neo-Scottish Independence. I.e. a world or worlds they can call their own but like you he’s distrustful of the new potential leaders of the colony world/burgeoning cluster area. So he’s not even really taking orders from the Prime Minister unless he agrees with it.

    A real rogue operator but one with an Imperial wide vision, not one mired in local planetary/cluster politics.

    I think that would make him highly sympathetic. At the last minute the Imperial Marines are planning a planetary suppression campaign and the previously loyal Merc Commander who passed his truth scan with flying colors, unfathomably switches sides and tears into the Imperial Fleet. Why? 30% of the population are Neo-Scottish. But he tells no one why he does it, he just cuts a new deal with the rebels.

    The Rebels are planning to orbitally bombard a key Imperial Star System and smash the orbital infrustructure, removing it as a threat to this Cluster group of rebels, heedless of the threat this poses to the planetary population and because there’s a significant Neo-Scottish minority on the planet he once again inexplicably switches sides. Sending his ship boarding parties against key ships of the fleet train while his warships launch a surprise attack and at the same time he cuts a deal with the Imperial Sector Governor in control of this planet for a full pardon for him and all his men. Etc.

    No one knows where he’s going to just next and really neither is he. He’s trying to be a good merc but he’s secretly too much of a patriot for the Neo-Scottish movement to stand by while the people he came from are about to be under threat.

    At the same time if 2nd New Scotland starts getting imperial ambitions of their own, thanks to the extremely advantageous positioning of their minority populations in the cluster, he may not agree with it. Say his loyalty to certain key officers of his own fleet, means he can’t let the power hungry new PM to conquor their original homeworlds by force either.

    In short I don’t see why he can’t be all over the place and still have a solid core of likability.

    The Deposed King

    • chrishanger September 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      Might be fun . Or maybe his overall objective is to gain enough power to take over for himself, so he keeps working with others and then backstabbing them … Chris Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:24:48 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

      • The Deposed King September 10, 2014 at 8:04 am #

        Sure. Or he could be more in the situation the Texas Republic than the 13 Colonies. Basically he goes out, pulling all the stops to curb stomps Santa-Anna and then when he rides back in triumph he finds out that because of the massive war debts it took to win and the offer of giant economic relief package that the Neo-Scottish PM has sold out and agreed to come back in under the banner of the main central government.

        Alas for our Merc he’s not ready to give up on the dream of highland independence and he’s not prepared to let anyone else in power do so either. He decides that if an Elected Government is determined to trample their rights and give up the ideals of the cultural movement’s freedoms, selling them to the central government for safety and security… well maybe its time to reach even further back in history and have a new King?

        Its not so much that he set out with the notion of taking everything over, but more along the lines of leaving all options on the table. If he doesn’t have to do all the work he’s willing to share but if he does, especially because of planetary politicians selling out rather than fighting until overcome….

        The Deposed King

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