What? More Updates?

10 May

Hi, everyone

This is just a really quick update <grin>.

I’ve finished the first draft of The Zero Secret and it is currently on its way to the editor.  I don’t know how long it will take to incorporate everything, but hopefully it won’t take too long.  The cover has been completed and you can see it by clicking this link

Both Drake’s Drum and Void’s Tale are also waiting on their final edits, which will hopefully be completed shortly.  The former needed a considerable amount of smoothing out – horror of horrors – and then real life got in the way.  On the plus side, both Cast Adrift and The Face of the Enemy have done very well and I hope to start work on Child of Destiny shortly.

I’m not sure when yet.  For various reasons, this week needs to be kept relatively free of large-scale projects.  I don’t know precisely how things are going to go – I thought I’d be somewhere else today – but I do have a list of small-scale things that need doing and possibly a few more Stuck in Magic chapters. 

That said, we are hopeful that Fantastic Schools III (including a Schooled in Magic novella) will be out shortly, followed rapidly by Fantastic Middle Schools (including a pair of short The Zero Enigma stories).  And, as always, if you want to submit a story for the next collection, check out the details here.

In the longer term, I’m still considering what to do.  Do you want …

More Cast Adrift?

More The Empire’s Corps?

More The Zero Enigma?

Or something completely new?

Let me know!

Chris

35 Responses to “What? More Updates?”

  1. Jared May 10, 2021 at 12:16 pm #

    Great news I’m excited for more schooled in magic!!

    • stephen May 10, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

      2nd for more schooled in magic. It would also be nice to see stuck in magic to continue in novel form to help fill any sim voids

  2. wazman1930 May 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm #

    The Cast Adrift Universe really shows promise so I would like to see more of that. Perhaps a little more on where Emily goes next after the current story arc is completed

  3. Clark Lind May 10, 2021 at 1:06 pm #

    For me, I am waiting for the Ark viral conclusion. I am in the middle of Cast Adrift and enjoying it so far. I just hope you’re keeping track of all the open loops you’ve started 😉

  4. Someone May 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

    Definitely more Zero Enigma!!!

  5. Wayne Dismukes May 10, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

    Definitely more Arc and Corps.

  6. Mark Prothero May 10, 2021 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi I really like SIM and would like to see where is goes depending on the final currently planned book. I really enjoyed Kat Falcone so a return there would be great. I do not really het on with Ark or Corps but have read quite a lot of them. There are a few places I would like to go back to but I do enjoy Zero as well. Maybe something new?

  7. Fahnir May 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm #

    I’m excited about Void’s Tale. I still believe that empires can be a positive force—and Emperor’s can be good–think Marcus Aurelious–or at least, no worse than Kings. The idea that empires ultimately fail is also true for all kingdoms and countries. In my opinion, Emily is becoming too simplistic and self-righteous…real life isn’t so black and white.

  8. ROBERT IMUS May 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

    My votes are for:

    More Cast Adrift
    More The Empire’s Corps

    Thanks, Bob

    • Michael Bonkowski May 11, 2021 at 2:17 am #

      I’ll include my second for these two

  9. Tony May 10, 2021 at 3:53 pm #

    More school in magic! 🙂

  10. Kris S May 10, 2021 at 4:22 pm #

    It is a toss up between Cast Adrift and Zero Enigma

  11. Gregory Hastings May 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm #

    Schooled in Magic Trilogy at Heart’s Eye – 1 magic, 1 non-magic, 1 Emily (although Emily might have to make cameos in the first two listed. Emily has also offered two apprenticeships?

  12. Donald May 10, 2021 at 4:34 pm #

    The empire Corps and Cast Adrift plus Ark Royal books always appreciated.
    I haven’t read SIM, I don’t think it’s a series I would enjoy though.

  13. The Dude May 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm #

    Were you still planning on doing the SIM Zero crossover you talked about a couple years ago? I personally think it would be absolutely hilarious to see what someone who comes from Earth and accomplished what Emily has would make of the sheer rediculousness of High Society in Cat’s world. Beyond that I’d like to see more Cast Adrift.

  14. Dayne Edmondson May 10, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

    I want more Zero Enigma, more Schooled in Magic (or at least in that world) or a NEW fantasy series.

  15. Mike Brooks May 10, 2021 at 6:53 pm #

    More Zero or Schooled In Magic….but I’m a fantasy fan who doesn’t like science fiction .

  16. Juan Suros May 10, 2021 at 7:06 pm #

    More Zero universe, please

  17. Dani May 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm #

    I prefer the fantasy series. I’ve read the beginnings of all the military-sf series but did not stay with them.
    IMO, it is difficult for what I will term Weber-style military sf to strike a balance. It usually requires the protagonists to face terrible odds – and win anyhow. Which usually requires the opponents to behave stupidly or to have an improbable vulnerability. (I enjoyed Cast Adrift but yeah, “our nature encourages us to ignore logistics” qualifies on both counts, and I am unlikely to read a sequel.)

  18. Cathy Howat May 10, 2021 at 10:55 pm #

    How about turning Stuck In Magic into a book, and starting a new series?

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  19. David Kettle May 11, 2021 at 12:39 am #

    More Cast Adrift, the progression in storytelling from the Learning Experience series is recognisable, but with a nice unique twist making the series stand out on it’s own. It actually reminds me more of the Troy Rising trilogy in how the galactic political structure seems set up in the world building (which is good, I loved the Troy Rising trilogy).
    Really looking forward to more in this series, I’ll definitely be buying them if (‘when’ hopefully) they are written / published.

    • Stephen Wiley May 11, 2021 at 1:25 am #

      Zero or SIM

  20. Michael Creek May 11, 2021 at 1:26 am #

    I’d really like to find out what happened to Prince Roland. He seemed to me to be turning his life around and demonstrating potential, plus I think that there could be some great stories found in the confusion and destruction at the centre of the empire.

    By the way, my wrist is sore (mouse repetitve injury) from scanning all the posts for some mention of “The Princes’ Story”, which I vaguely remembered. You and others have generated an enormous amount of content in a short period of time. It’d be good to have someway to search/sort the different threads.

  21. Roger May 11, 2021 at 3:14 am #

    More Empire’s Corps and Ark Royal please

  22. Joaquin Castillo Escoriaza May 11, 2021 at 8:25 am #

    Definitely more Empires Corps. Also you might want to create a series, similar to AR, out of First Strike (loved it), although it might clash with Cast Adrift.

    Keep up the good work and for God’s sake man, publish Drakes Drum already!

    Regards fron Spain

    • Joaquin Castillo Escoriaza May 11, 2021 at 9:13 am #

      It goes without saying….. More AR please!

  23. Furious Kitten May 11, 2021 at 9:42 am #

    I would love to see more SiM and Zero. I really like to listen to them mostly. I waiting for the next 3 SiM for audiobook.

  24. SPINDOC May 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm #

    Cast Adrift. Ark Royal was my first taste of Chris magic and SIM definitely grew on me. For some reason I never got into Empire Corps though nor Falcone,

  25. Bill Beyer May 11, 2021 at 5:25 pm #

    Chris- how about the Ark Royal crew, tied up in a near hopeless battle with a virus?

  26. Danna Micoletti May 11, 2021 at 5:43 pm #

    I would always like more SIM. I guess it’s more how Destiny’s Child turns as the climax of the series, if more stories in the Nameless World would actually work. There’s a lot to be tied up in the final series finale story. The Demons have their agenda but since Past Tense, not much has been said about the Demons and their prophecies in Past Tense hasn’t come up much but an occasional retrospective mention by Emily. So sure more SIM, but what the stories would be about without Emily as the MC, not sure….

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 11, 2021 at 5:52 pm #

      I’m thinking that Chris can’t “clean up all of the mess in the Nameless World” by the end of Child Of Destiny so there will be room for later stories/books about the Clean-up (by Emily & Others). 😉

  27. Jill May 11, 2021 at 8:14 pm #

    I’d like to put in a plug for another Royal Sorceress book!

  28. ananuri May 11, 2021 at 11:53 pm #

    More SIM with Emily is always a great choice. I will read Zero universe as well, especially if Cat is the main character
    Thanks!

  29. roykmathur May 11, 2021 at 11:58 pm #

    I enjoyed “Sufficiently Advanced Technology” and would love to read Inverse Shadows book 2!

    I’d like to continue reading about Emily growth, until she is as powerful as Void.

    “A Learning Experience” book 7.

  30. Ron May 14, 2021 at 9:12 pm #

    Zero or Sim, please.

    I’m 25% in Cast Adrift, and this must be the first time I have difficulty to get “into” the book. There’s a lot of politics, not much military action, except in the Prologue, and I seem to have missed the description of what the “peacocks” look like…

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