Long-term Projects

18 Aug

Here is a question for my readers.

As you know, the Twilight of the Gods series will be wrapped up within the month (maybe six weeks, depending on the cover) and The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire was recently completed with The Barbarian Bride. I have been spending the last few days – when I wasn’t writing Ragnarok – scribbling down notes for two space opera trilogies. So … which one would you like?

The Social War

Historically, the Social War was perhaps the oddest revolution in history. The Italian cities didn’t want to gain their independence from Rome, they wanted to be Roman. In this far-future take on the concept, there would be a revolution for better status against a hegemonic power.

The Young King’s War

The Galactic Empire has recently reunified after a prolonged period of unrest, under the rule of Emperor Hadrian I (the Old King). In a bid to cement his rule and ensure a steady succession, Hadrian I has crowned his son Hadrian II (the Young King) as co-Emperor. But as Hadrian II grew older, he started to resent the sheer lack of actual power (to make matters worse, his brothers had power of their own) and started to plot against his father, triggering a massive civil war. (Loosely based on the Revolt of 1173–74.)

So … choose one?


40 Responses to “Long-term Projects”

  1. gregory August 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    Social War Please.

  2. Don August 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    Social War sounds more interesting, not sure why, but it does

  3. Steve Callaway August 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Social war.

  4. Bob Imus August 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    I’d like both but perferThe Young King’s War.

  5. James Young August 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    I vote for The Social War.

  6. Scott Williams August 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    I would vote for the Young Kings War.

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  7. Fulvio Monti August 18, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    I choose: the social war

  8. shrekgrinch August 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Social War.

  9. jannickimbach August 18, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    social war please

  10. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Where’s the third book of the Democracy series? 😉

  11. moncure@comcast.net August 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm #


    Thanks for asking.

    Let me stampede in with a fervent vote for the Social War – fascinating! It has so many deep issues worth exploring, and in line with the great themes and development you’ve covered in other books. Rome was truly unique, a shining light of law and honor among a world of total disregard for personal rights; and the idea of you addressing the principled arguments and positions that would be involved in such a story, coming to grips with what makes a nation great and desirable, really enthrall me.

    but I know it’s not slam-bam opera, so maybe not a good choice with which to sell books.

    I know my tastes, particularly my fascination with the Republic, aren’t the usual ones, but this sure gets my vote. (My personal all-time favorite is the precursor to the Social War, when Hannibal failed to get the Italian cities to come over to him despite beating the hell out of the Romans time after time. In extremis, to keep the Italian allies, they offered them the most precious thing in the world – not money – Roman citizenship.)

    looking forward to either you choose


    • chrishanger August 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      I think there’s room for a deep-rooted cause for war


  12. David Reed August 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    I vote for book 3 of Marshall Law of course either new series would be great I lean toward Social War

  13. Bill Sullivan August 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    The Young King gets my vote

  14. Chris August 18, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    Social war for me please

  15. Stuart Robertson August 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    I vote for both. I don’t care which you do first!

  16. Drowe August 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    Both sound interesting, but I prefer the social war. Though I would also like to see another addition to the learning experience series.

  17. Don Yu August 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

    I vote for social war.

    I think there is a lot of books out similar to the overall plot of the young king already.

    Social wars is interesting in that they are part of the empire but not a citizen of that empire. So responsibilities of been part of that empire but not the benefits. Those benefits can be in your face longevity treatments to protection under the law can be very different.

    Roman citizens has the right to appeal directly to the Emperor (Supreme court). Roman legionaries can treat anyone as they please when they get into the jail but Roman citizens is protected against in. Citizens gets a vote (at least benefit from the bribes given by the candidates) so have some power over their situation and other benefits.

    Very interesting situation of going to war so they will go from second rate citizen to full citizen. How to go about without destroying what they want as they did not actually want to take over.

  18. Jack Boone August 19, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    My vote would be The Social War

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  19. jklangford August 19, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    The young kings war

  20. Sarah August 19, 2016 at 12:38 am #

    The young kings war

  21. David Land August 19, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    I’d vote for the social war… The young king’s war has been done befor…. Recalling someon’s named Henry(two of them), John and Richard…. 😃 However if you choose to do with he young king, I’m sure

    • chrishanger August 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      On the advice of my lawyers, I’d like to say I’ve never heard of either of them.

      (evil grin)


  22. Darren August 19, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    social war here Chris

  23. Zack August 19, 2016 at 12:57 am #

    Social War. Though are you ever going to finish angel in the whirlwind.

    • chrishanger August 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      Book III is being edited now, Book IV will be written next month.


  24. cmcamp7 August 19, 2016 at 3:04 am #

    Social War (but preferably more Schooled in Magic! <3)

    • Vapori August 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      Social war
      looks very interesting.

  25. merr49 August 19, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Social War.
    It sounds like it’s got a bit of comedy in it.
    But ultimately the choice is yours.

  26. charles basham August 21, 2016 at 7:39 am #

    The social war.

  27. Adrian Marriette August 21, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Either would be great but would prefer more Angel in the Whirlwind and Schooled in Magic

  28. Mark August 22, 2016 at 3:12 am #

    Chris, I personally would prefer more Angel in Whirlwind and Schooled in Magic. Having said that, perhaps the 3rd in the Democracy Series? I think the social war would be more interesting than the other option.

  29. Xenophon August 22, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Social war by a hair.

    Both sound like fun, though. So maybe my vote should be “Yes.”

  30. jedireach August 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Love your books Chris, keep up the good work. Social War.

  31. Stafford1069 August 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    A war to demand MORE responsibility. Now that is a thought.

  32. G August 24, 2016 at 5:29 am #

    I actually have trouble keeping track of more than 3-4 series at at time and am already reading SIM and Angel in Whirlwind–I’m hoping Emily begins pushing back at her critics and becomes more of a “badass.”

  33. Les August 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Please more empire Corp there are several great potential stories, the trade federation, Prince roland,the whereabouts and actions of the Corp and obviously avalons development.

  34. Ideas have consequences August 28, 2016 at 2:14 am #

    The Associates or the Socii War would be more appropriate… It was the war of those who wanted to be associated or to be socii (plural from socius)…

  35. Mitchell Lambert September 6, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    The Social War would be great! It could be great to have two Marius and Sulla characters maybe as viewpoint characters.

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