Updates and Future Stories

10 Feb

Hi, everyone

Good news first – Never Surrender (The Empire’s Corps 10) is out on Kindle. Reviews and comments welcome. Furthermore, the audiobook version of Warspite and the eBook of Bookworm III are available for pre-order now.

Being a father, it seems, is odd. Sleep? What was sleep again? I’ve been having problems getting out of bed in the morning – thank goodness I don’t have a normal job – and problems remembering things, although thankfully that problem seems to have faded as I’ve grown more used to Eric’s sleeping patterns. Actually, he seems to be a nocturnal baby; he spends half the night burbling or crying, then sleeping late in the mornings. He’s also learnt how to kick and pinch … and while it will be months before he’s crawling, he’s learned how to throw himself around a bit.

But he’s adorable.

I’ve also had a few requests for signed copies of my books. Basically, the cost is £10 + P&P. If you email me, I can tell you what I have in stock and what I will need to order; generally, I only keep a handful of each book in stock at any time. I will be at EASTERCON and probably RAVENCON, so please let me know in advance if you will be going and you want a signed copy. I can order extras if I have a rough idea of how many are necessary.

Anyway, my plan for the future is as follows.

I hope to start Coup D’état on Monday. Coup is a stand-alone novel that may be the start of a new series, but we will see.

After that, my current plan is Warspite II, Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic 7) and Falcone Strike. It may be revised at some point; ideally, I want to get book 3 of both BATG and Democracy out at some point. Let me know what you want <grin>

Love’s Labour’s Won is being edited now. I will let you know details on publication when I have them.

My current plan for The Empire’s Corps is to have Book XI (First To Fight) be Edward Stalker’s origin story. It would be told in first-person, a new idea for the setting, and detail his life from the Undercity of Earth to the Terran Marine Corps. After that, I have a book provisionally entitled ‘They Shall Not Pass,’ which will be the next mainstream book. Can anyone think of a title that has more links to the real marines?

I’ve also been working on plots and plans for Sufficiently Analysed Magic, the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Technology. I have a rough outline of the story now, but it needs time to gel and develop into the fitting link between SAT and the main story for the universe. Would you rather have SAM of Bookworm IV?

I’ve also been looking at other prospective story ideas. One is basically a story about an invasion of Earth from a magic-using world. (This is the one that started with a nightmare, probably the result of stuffing my face with fish and chips.) Generally, it would be a cross between Lord of the Rings and Battle: Los Angeles, set in the UK. Or mostly in the UK. My idea was that there would be a version of Alexander the Great, who would be desperately seeking more worlds to conquer. Ours was merely the first one he encountered.

Another grew out of a discussion on Baen’s Bar. Basically, there was a great hero who died saving the Federation (or whatever) from an alien enemy (something akin to Lord Nelson). However, he wasn’t such a decent man to his family (neither was Nelson) and his son (or his daughter; I haven’t decided) wants nothing to do with his father’s legacy. Or maybe he/she just feels overshadowed by his/her father. Anyway, there’s a place at the space academy for him and he’s going, even if he doesn’t want to go. I have a vague concept of someone planning to launch a coup or do something else that will serve as the bad guy, but I clearly need to give the idea more thought.

I’ve also been looking at the Mirrored Princess idea, again. Basically, it followed the adventures of a girl who was born a princess in an alternate world, but her father (the King) took her to Earth after his brother launched a coup against him. Now, she’s developing magic and needs to go back to study on her native world (and also, perhaps, serve as part of her father’s plans to regain the throne.) This is obviously very close to Schooled in Magic, to the point where I’m not sure I can handle it without plagiarising myself. I’ve seen one author do that (copying herself) and it wasn’t pretty.

She would be a very different character from Emily, to be sure. She would think more highly of earth than her homeworld (hot running water, proper medical care, etc). The poorest person in America might live better than a king in her homeworld. She would be intent, to some extent, on making a profitable future for herself – she’s something of a gold digger, but not in a bad way. She’s certainly a great deal more inclined to make friends than Emily.

There would also be some reluctant to introduce new ideas. Her father might want to hire an army of mercenaries, armed with modern weapons, to put his ass back on the throne, but it would destabilise the entire world. There are a handful of sorcerers in the alternate world that know we exist, but they regard us with absolute terror; they do not want ideas, let alone technology, moving from our world to theirs. (Others might have different ideas, of course.)

I was thinking that magic would be an optional extra, of sorts. Difficult to master, even with a strong gift (I was thinking that anyone can learn to use magic, with enough effort, but some people are just more naturally talented than others). The school would be a combination of basic learning (for their time), a place to make contacts with other aristocrats and wealthy merchants) … and a place to keep hostages for the good behaviour of their parents. There would be a great deal of discrimination too – some pupils are poor, but very blue blooded; others are new money, but have no family history. Rich merchants send their children to help them make contacts with the aristocracy. Basically, it would have a great deal in common with Britain in the years before the Civil War.

Thoughts?

Chris

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43 Responses to “Updates and Future Stories”

  1. Matthew W. Quinn February 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    I like the LOTR meets BATTLE LOS ANGELES one.

  2. Dad February 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Mirrored Princess is a bad idea. I suspevt Void of doing something similiar to Emeilty . I.E Emily really is his daughter, sent to earth to survive the onset of her magic.

  3. Dad February 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Also you should delete the rtf file on http://www.chrishanger.net that purports to document your upcoming projects. It is clearly obsolete.

  4. Rodger Owen February 10, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    To overcome the self-plagiarization problem with Mirrored Princess, be deliberate about it – set it in the SOM world you’ve already developed. You can option whether or not the time frame is the same as Emily’s or whether or not she and Emily know each other. It might be that you could introduce her in an upcoming SOM book and then spiral it off… Whatever you choose, the idea of a magical person or fantasy-world princess going to mundane Earth could be very humorous and entertaining. Btw, I can’t wait to read Bookworm III!

  5. Witchy February 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    Bookworm was my first love and Schooled in Magic my 2nd. I love new stories but I rather read about Elaine and Emily’s world more I love those 2 girls/woman. You are a great writer but you only have 10 fingers and waiting on books from the serie bookworm is torture 🙂 so more more more 🙂

  6. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Bookworm IV!!!!!

  7. terry February 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    Never Surrender was terrific as usual. Your thoughts in the postscript were interesting and well thought out. Don’t know how you have the time to do all this writing but keep em coming. I love them.

    • chrishanger February 11, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you! Please can I get a review?

      More coming soon

      Chris

      Sent from my iPad

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  8. Tim February 11, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    Well, if you’re looking for a quote for the title to TEC 12, based upon your preliminary “They Shall Not Pass”, how about a slight variation of “I will hold” to “We will hold”? Or “We Shall Hold”.

    Here is the complete original quote (the very few Marines left in TEC series made me think of this in the first place):

    “I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
    1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918 “

  9. Jim February 11, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    Special Order of No 1 Section 13/3/1918.

    This position will be held and the Section will remain here until relieved.
    The enemy cannot be allowed to interfere with this programme.
    If the Section cannot remain here alive it will remain here dead, but in any case it will remain here.
    Should any man, through shell shock or any other cause, attempt to surrender he will remain here dead.
    Should all guns be blown out the Section will use Mills bombs and other novelties.
    Finally, the position as stated, will be held.
    – Lt. F P Bethune.

    For 18 days the section repulsed attack after attack. They were subjected to constant artillery barrages of high explosive, shrapnel and gas shells, but they held their ground.

    The headquarters of the 1st Division AIF, and later other staffs circulated Bethune’s Special Order. To the American forces undergoing training on the Western Front, copies of the order were distributed as ‘an admirable model of all that a set of standing trench orders should be’.

  10. Chad February 12, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    the whole LOTR meets battle los angles is intriguing. i always love those type of stories, a series that has similar lines is the Japanese manga based off a light novel called Gate- Thus the JSDF Fought There, it as a similar vein to your idea but probably a bit of an edge to our world than you were intending;) but keep up thegod work can’t wait for your next work.

  11. Hans February 13, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Mr. Nuttall,

    Is in your plans publish “The devil and the deep blue see” (“Their darkest hour” continuation) in the near future?

  12. Alex S February 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    My advice would be not to create a school in Mirrored Princess – it would be too similar. Create some other system of learning magic. For example you could have a wizard taking on apprentices, perhaps for a fixed time period like a year. At the end of that all apprentices could have a trial of magic witnessed by lots of wizards. From this either the apprentice becomes a wizard or is taken on by a new wizard or fails and ends his magic career (or dies). That would provide new characters and different situations for each year.

    Or make magic come from the Gods and have a temple or monastic system. “Get in touch with your inner deity, and in the meantime sweep the floors.” Or skip magic training entirely and let her stumble about without formal training.

    Other ways to differentiate from the Schooled in Magic series would be to make the protagonist non-human; or keep making her run away back to Earth; or she could keep doing things like buying IKEA furniture for her new home — using Earth’s tools and gadgets to solve problems on her world. I could see a lot of humour in that situation: “You were told to use your magic to knock down a tree and instead you went back to Earth and bought a chainsaw instead?”

    • chrishanger February 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi

      Yes, that’s the problem. HOWEVER, the idea as I saw it originally called for a school or at least a place where young people were gathered (some willingly, some not). Maybe something more akin to a finishing school (with magic as an optional extra).

      Maybe … call it a university. A handful of sub-units; House of Knighthood (where young men learn to be knights), House of Learning (scholars, academics, bureaucrats, merchants), House of Beauty (where young women learn how to attract a man, run a household (quite a serious business in the middle ages), etc), House of Medicine, House of Sailing, House of Magic. Lots of interaction between them – maybe even a handful of Houses that hardly anyone knows exist.

      Some students will just stay there, attend parties and do little else. They’re gathered there at least partly so the king can assassinate them if necessary. Others will actually study – the commoners who join, knowing they need degrees to enter the bureaucracy.

      Chris

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  13. Dennis the Menace February 14, 2015 at 12:42 am #

    I vote for SAM, next.

  14. Austin February 15, 2015 at 4:26 am #

    The Lord of the Rings / Battle: Los Angeles idea sound very interesting. Reminds me very slightly of Doug Dandridge’s Refuge series, except that one’s the other way around. But you keep publishing stuff, and I’ll keep reading.

  15. Korwin February 17, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Another ways to differentiate the Mirror Princess from Emely:
    – give here some vices. Instead of fighting against shyness, she might fight (and at least at the beginning lose with consequences) against her own overblown ego.
    – no power through necromancy (would also differentiate it from bookworm and science and sorcery).
    – learning magic by experimenting, rather than studying.
    – if everyone can learn magic, everyone should know at least some (small) magic.
    – experimenting with (powerfull) magic is dangerous, the school might be an place far away so the accidents only kill the experimenter. You could do some Song of Fire and Ice thing and kill many of the characters. Just dont kill the Mirror Princess.

    Mirror Princess could be very different from Emely.

  16. Tommy February 21, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Chris I just picked up the Schooled in Magic series and after reading the first novel bought the next four, great series and I really like the way that it has developed. Whilst your idea of the Mirror Princess is intriguing it is probably too close to the current series, though possibly a large stand alone novel?

  17. PeterLindley February 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    I also vote for SAM next. Btw, have you thought about getting SAT and a future SAM turned into audio books as you have with some others. Really would like to listen to SAT as I’m reading it again this very minute. Keep up the good work Chris and don’t forget to enjoy your family.
    Peter.

  18. ruopp March 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Mr. Nuttall,

    I recently read your free series the 3rd World War and I should say that, despite you haven’t finished it, you had quite a premonition about the EU. Have you read the news about what Juncker wants to do? (http://www.dw.de/juncker-calls-for-collective-eu-army/a-18302459).

    Hell, more than ever I start to think that you have a very good insight about EU politics and shit will hit the fan faster than we can imagine.

    As you said in one of your books, we’re living in the “age of unrest”.

    Well done Mr. Nuttall.

  19. Kenneth Dick August 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    Anything planned for the “Life Less Ordinary” timeline? Enjoyed the story, and kinda hoped for more

  20. Jerry Goller March 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    I am a combat Marine Infantry vet. As a left handed compliment, I am amazed at how well you captured the spirit of the Corps. I’ve read all of the Empire’s Corps up to and waiting for #12, all in one running go.

    • chrishanger March 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you! 12 should be up by the end of the week.

      Chris

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