Updates …

25 Feb

Hi, everyone

It’s been a busy week.  The Right Side of History is up for purchase.  I’ve finished the first draft – yes, the first draft – of The Face of the Enemy, Schooled in Magic 23.  I intend to do the edits before I finalise the plot for Child of Destiny, so there may be a two-month gap between the books.  I also intend to write Void’s Tale, so my current schedule looks like:

Mar – Drake’s Drum

Mar/Apr – Void’s Tale

Apr – Unsure, maybe something new, maybe The Zero Secret

May – Child of Destiny.

Good news – I’ve started uploading The Family Name to Amazon and it will hopefully be up soon.

Bad news (sort of) – Cast Adrift got rejected, so I will find a cover and put it online too.

In other news, I’m angry beyond words at the current Baen situation.  I will do a post on it soon, but – for the moment – I’ve expressed my support by buying a bunch of Baen books.  If you have the inclination, please join us in supporting a company that has done wonders for the SF/Fantasy community and yet is taking an unjustified hammering.  Toni does not deserve this sort of treatment and, frankly, I’m pretty sure that disinviting her could be used as grounds for convention-goers to demand a refund, as this was pretty clearly not something that couldn’t be helped.


26 Responses to “Updates …”

  1. davidmatthewson February 25, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

    Baen fiasco and the treatment of Ms Weisskopf is terrible – Sad Puppies all over again.. Grrr..

    • Brian February 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm #

      Chris – am currently rereading Hard Lessons. The lectures by Scutter that you wrote in 2014 are prophetic. And it is directly relatable to the Baen situation.

      I am sure that many who read your words in 2014 thought you extreme. Now SOME of those are finding the mob is coming for them now and can’t understand why.

      I live in the free red State of Florida. And I am sad to hear of the suffering some families are going through because of policies designed to “help” them because they are incapable of acting in their own self interest.

      I hope that if Sovereign States in the USA ever decide to act like Britain and BREXIT that this time the USA acts like the EU and let’s them go without invading. (Note: the USA and EU are exactly the same in that they are a Union of Sovereign States. If you didn’t know that your Civics teacher should be fired.)

      I will look at the Baen books. Thank you for the update and idea.

      • Brian February 25, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

        Several sites were banned on both Facebook and Twitter as they were discussing capturing and killing Black and White.
        Racism, violence, threats of violence.

        They were Chess sites discussing games and moves in the games.

      • Fahnir March 3, 2021 at 3:47 am #

        Actually, I think that changed when the U.S. moved from the Articles of Confederation and ratified the constitution–the states are no longer sovereign and that was confirmed by Supreme Court decisions and decided in the Civil War…

  2. benbailey12373 February 25, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh my god I love the idea of Void’s tale!

  3. gigivarnum February 25, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m not at all familiar with the Baen situation but if you’re angry on someone else’s behalf and feel they’ve been wronged, I’m inclined to agree and do whatever I can to help support their cause. Can someone direct me to info to get me looped in so I, too, can feel justified about buying a whole bunch of new books in support??

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

      I don’t always agree with Eric Flint (involving Politics), but here is his take on the garbage.


      • gigivarnum February 27, 2021 at 2:49 am #

        This was very informative. Off to shop for more Baen books!

      • MarkR February 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm #

        “If you really can’t tell the difference between…you need to take a remedial course in common sense.”

        Just sprayed coffee over the keyboard again.

    • Bewildered February 27, 2021 at 2:11 am #

      Larry Correia has some pieces on the subject. Try https://monsterhunternation.com/2021/02/16/publishing-house-baen-books-attacked-by-cancel-culture/ for the main piece but there’s at least one other on his site.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 27, 2021 at 2:47 am #

        Larry shows Toni’s statement on the subject, David Weber’s statement and (the last I looked) Eric Flint’s statement.

  4. Bill February 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

    I have read a few things about the Baen issue with the CON. The CON is wrong in every sense of the word. It is political correctness at its apex it seems.

  5. reinventing60 February 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm #

    Where is SIM23 in the calendar list? I’m hoping March as I’m zooming through SIM22.

    • benbailey12373 February 25, 2021 at 6:34 pm #

      He says in the message that he’s finished the first draft of SIM23 or do you mean when will it be released when you say where is it in the calendar?

      • chrishanger March 2, 2021 at 11:29 am #

        It’s off for edits now. Based on past experience, there will be three more edits between now and publishing.


  6. Someone February 25, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

    Please write “The Zero Secret” on April. It’s time to start the big trilogy!

  7. Joseph P Costa February 26, 2021 at 12:19 am #

    – Christopher: thanks for your new schedule !
    – Send me a link for Toni, I’ll buy one book, if I like Toni’s writing, I’ll get more. I actually didn’t know anything about Baen.
    – I’m half way through: “The Right Side of History.” This one is very good; Well Done. I’ll almost be sad to finish it.
    – It’s very hard to wait for another Zero book.

  8. Joseph P Costa February 26, 2021 at 12:54 am #

    I appreciated the link about baen, but I only recognized the American political list by one of the contributors. Some I’ve voted for, many I didn’t. Since I live in the USA, I have little frame of reference for the rest.

  9. George Phillies February 26, 2021 at 1:14 am #

    For more information on the Toni Weisskopf (editor of Baen Books) issue



    Readers should note that these sources are not altogether in agreement in their opinions on the topic.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm #

      Without even looking at “File770”, I’d say that your statement is “putting it mildly”.

      I have read Larry’s “Open Letter”.

  10. Cathy Howat February 26, 2021 at 1:15 am #

    Is that serial set in the SIM universe going yo be released as a book? And where can I subscribe in the interim?



    Get Outlook for Android


    • chrishanger March 2, 2021 at 11:30 am #

      It will be, when done.

      But follow it on the blog for the moment


  11. Warren The Ape February 26, 2021 at 1:59 am #

    What do you mean that Cast Adrift got rejected? And by whom?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 26, 2021 at 2:16 am #

      Chris had submitted it to a major publisher and that publisher rejected it.

      I can imagine plenty of reasons that Chris didn’t mention which one including that he’d prefer to not “poison the water” since he may want to submit another book to that publisher.

  12. Kenneth Dick February 26, 2021 at 5:58 am #

    So, no Empire’s Corps until maybe this summer? I guess I’m selfish in that I like Corps, Ark Royal (yes, I realize Drakes Drum is coming out next) more than your other series. So, the selfish, toddler Me wants more of them and less of the others. Sorry, I’ll try to be more adult and wait patiently.

  13. Jürgen Peter February 27, 2021 at 6:48 pm #

    Just a link re Baen: https://ericflint.net/information/controversy-about-baens-bar/

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