Quick Update (Again)

31 Jan

Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks.

The first piece of good news is that I’ve just finished the draft of The Zero Equation, which is the third and final novel in The Zero Enigma. There will be other stories set in the same universe – perhaps including some written by other authors – but this is the end of the first trilogy. I think TZE will be coming out in mid-Feb, but it depends.

promised lie

The second piece of good news is that The Promised Lie will be coming out shortly from Elsewhen Press. It’s the first in a planned trilogy of books set in the Bookworm universe, but I’ve worked hard to make it look and feel very different. (If only because the post-Full Circle universe has been changed radically.) I hope you enjoy it.

The third piece of good news is that Alassa’s Tale has been doing reasonably well on Amazon Kindle, even though it’s a novella. (If you buy paperbacks, I think Alassa’s Tale will be included with the paperback of The Princess in the Tower.) Obviously, this has encouraged me to plan more short stories in the same universe. I’ve only got a plan for one so far – Gennady’s Tale – but there will be others.

I’ve also been messing around with plotlines, as I plan to do another trilogy later in the year. One thought is a rewrite of The Remnant, in which future-Earth has been occupied by the aliens, but a handful of ships survive to plot revenge. Another is a story based around homeschooling magic kids – which grew out of a discussion about what sort of magic stories we hadn’t seen – although I’m still working on the details. I also plan to plot Book 15 of The Empire’s Corps, which will kick off the next big saga in the series – back in the core, this time, instead of somewhere on the edge.

Which ones would you like to see first?

The current plan is to write Invincible (Ark 12, post-Vanguard) next, followed by The Princess in the Tower. Watch this space …


47 Responses to “Quick Update (Again)”

  1. Daniel January 31, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    Empire Corp books back in the core I think could be fun.
    What about books 5-6-7 of A Learning Experience?
    Do not know if a new series is needed.
    What about the next Kat Falcone books?

  2. allyk January 31, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    who is Gennady?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

      Somebody in the SIM universe.

      I think Chris should leave it at that until the readers reach the end of the story. 😉

      • allyk January 31, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

        The end of what story? The Princess in the Tower?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 31, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

        At the end of Gennady’s story.

      • allyk February 1, 2018 at 12:43 am #

        maybe there’s some specific reason for this to be an exception, but I generally prefer forward-looking stories rather than backward-looking stories.

        Once we finish Gennady’s story, we already know how his story is going to end, which takes a lot of the appeal out of reading a story. I would prefer reading the backstory of a character before they are introduced in mainline, so it has some relevance going forward

      • allyk February 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        sidenote: you say ‘Gennady’, I immediately picture ‘Slavic boxer in track suit’ since GGG is the only Gennady I’ve ever heard of

  3. Craig Paul January 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

    I would love to see some thing along the lines of The Remnant. Ark Royal series is my absolute favourite.

  4. Wazman January 31, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    Chris this is great news! I am curious if you have any plans of including Alassa’s Tale in the audible book with Princess in the tower.

    • chrishanger February 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      The plan is currently to make it a freebie. But we will see.


  5. mp5a2@kyfho.net January 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    Future ideas: homeschooled magic kids – probably tough to write but I’d read it. 😊

    I think aliens conquer earth and a few ships escape is overdone – but again, I’ll likely read it.

  6. Jared January 31, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    I’m excited to have more to read. I’m sorta in a dry spot right now. I’m always up for more SiM but it would be nice to see more empire corps. I like the progress of tech that was taking place in the last few books. It would be interesting to see Avalon learn what has happened to the core. And pherhaps finally have what’s left of the marines join the Commonwealth. Your idea about humans coming back for revenge could be good if done right. I have enjoyed most of your books series so I’m sure I’ll be satisfied. LOL

  7. Pete Foss January 31, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    Empire corps of course!

  8. Arti January 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    SIM or maybe a new magic universe, give the sci fi a miss.

    • Ihas February 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm #


  9. Didius January 31, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

    Empire Corps soon please

  10. Jensebaum January 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

    When I read “homeschooling magic kids”, I imediately thought of the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud.

    What I’d like to see more of is all things fantasy, especially SIM. I also like the Royal Sorceress series.

  11. Christopher Taylor January 31, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    Any sequel to Their Darkest Hour planned?
    Also looking forward to The Empire Corps continuing. Hopefully the fallen emperor makes a good appearance.

  12. Neil O'Dea February 1, 2018 at 2:51 am #

    The Empire’s Corps, The Empire’s Corps

  13. Ron February 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    It was the Empire’s Corps that hooked me on Christopher Nuttall….
    More please ?

  14. Dan February 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    Want to see princess in the tower you gave us that novella now I really want to see the culmination of all that setup would be a shame to have to wait a long time.

    • chrishanger February 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      The plan is to write TPITT in March.


  15. Andrew Haines February 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    When I checked amazon.ca it has the Promised Lie (kindle edition) not being available until Feb 23.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      Same for the US Amazon.

  16. Joaquin Aguirre February 1, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Empire corps

  17. Jill February 2, 2018 at 12:31 am #

    Anything in “Schooled in Magic” will be well received by me. I’m also hoping you’ll get back around to The Royal Sorceress series. The last book was fantastic and left me eagerly looking forward to Gwen and her fiance arriving back in Britain.

    • Bruce Johnson February 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

      I agree with both these ideas. And as an author leaving a series unfinished is a pet peeve of mine The Royal Sorceress series sounds like a great idea. My only complaint about 95% of your work is that you don’t ever truly end a story instead you bounce from one to another too much.

      I can see writing about the same char. for a couple of years straight getting boring but as a reader I’m always looking for series that have a complete arch before I pick up book 1. If the work isn’t finished it atleast needs to be a fast writer with no more that 2 diff series in the works for me to even consider that author anymore. Too many authors seem to stupidily think cliffhangers are a good idea to start a new unfinished series.

      • chrishanger February 8, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

        I do intend to pick TRS up again. But Bookworm sold better.


  18. Joe February 2, 2018 at 2:40 am #

    For me, go with SiM. How about a book with the Gorgon society as the background. Maybe Emily could knock off another necromancer who has been enslaving the Gorgons. Talk about expanding her power base.

  19. James February 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    I would like to see more Kit Falcone or SIM. I have never been able to get interested in the Empire Corps series.

  20. elsewhenpress February 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    Well I’d like to see the next in the Unwritten Words series, of course!

  21. Ihas February 3, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    I have read the first books of Ark Royale and Empire Corps, and so far I greatly prefer the fantasy genre offerings. For one part, I think Chris takes an overly pessimistic view of the future in order to try and make the “lessons of the past” apply and be relevant to the events of the future. I mean, we already gave self driving cars. How long before there are absolutely zero jobs available for people? But all welfare is consistently portrayed as an unrealistic measure, whereas guaranteed income, with runaway inflation, and an end to our system of debt and lending seems almost certainly inevitable. I just dont find the militaristic sci fi futures to be even remotely appealing. SIM is much mire interesting to me.

  22. Wazman February 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    The home schooling for magical children sounds intriguing, are your thoughts to make it a new standalone universe. Or taking place in the SIM one. Please let it be the later I just get enough of that place.

    • chrishanger February 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      It’s planned as a stand-alone.


  23. Gordon February 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    Well, first off, I am always up for more SIM! I just started reading Royal Sorceress, so I don’t think I’d object to more of Gwen either.

    On the SF side, I like a good alien invasion story, but I’d like to see it more contemporary, ala Outside Context Problem. An aftermath series to OCP would be nice also.

    A while ago, you wrote a snippet about a disgraced officer being sent to a cr*p command. I like stories about redemption, so something like that would be cool.

    Finally, I agree with the sentiment above that said if you are going to write short stories set in your existing novel universes, avoid prequels. I much prefer sequels or “same time as” the main story line.

    • allyk February 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

      well, i’m not technically against prequels as long the information in them will be relevant going forward

      if you have to go back in time to tell someone’s backstory before they do their thing, that’s fine.

      it’s just when the ending of a story has already been defined, reading the exact steps to get there isn’t terribly interesting

      • Gordon February 4, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

        I agree with that sentiment. However, and with full disclosure that I have not read *all* of Chris’ books, I can’t think of a single instance where such a prequel would be necessary. It is just that Chris does such a dang good job of fleshing out his characters in the main series that I have not seen a need for such a prequel.

      • chrishanger February 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

        It depends. There are aspects of the universe I want to explore that I can’t do through Emily.


      • ink February 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

        I wouldn’t mind prequels. I’m rather curious about Void. There really has been very little about him.

  24. REDrake February 6, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    Empires Corps I would like to see. However, I would really like to see more of your work in Alternate History Genre…

    • chrishanger February 8, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      I’ve thought about that, but so far i haven’t been able to come up with any good ideas. Perhaps a rewrite of Second Chance?


      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

        That might work.

        Of course, you left us hanging with WW3 and the Democracy series. 😉

      • REDrake February 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

        Perhaps a rewrite of either Second Chance or a rewrite/extended Graf Zeppelin or United States Starship (you can easily cross-reference a lot of sci-fi in the last one).

        Unfortunately, Second Chance was a bit imitated by another author who moved Israel to 1940…

        Or perhaps a sequel to Invasion of 1950?

      • chrishanger March 4, 2018 at 9:18 am #

        I’ve thought about rewriting Second Chance for a while now – it will probably look very different when done


  25. Vaporus February 9, 2018 at 2:49 am #

    I can’t get myself interested in any of your sci-fi series for some reason. But for the most part i greatly enjoy all of your fantasy books with strong emphasis on SiM. I was wondering if you had ever put any thought into a series with super powers? Hero, villian, antihero I would be very interested to read your take on superpowers.

    • Vaporus February 9, 2018 at 2:52 am #

      Forgot to check the box at the bottom

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 9, 2018 at 3:02 am #

      Check out “Team Omega” by Chris. I’d say that is his take on super heroes. 😉

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