Merry Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah!
It’s Christmas time and author Christopher Nuttall is giving away the first book from two of his mil-SF series: The Empire’s Corps and Ark Royal.
They are free from December 24th through 26th. Details at his blog here.
And if you haven’t gotten my book yet: the Kindle edition of One Thousand Years (the first of my series) will be discounted to 99 cents through January 1st.
The Time Bridge at Orion now has a new cover. I had a bad case of the flu last March when the story was first released, and always planned to replace the cover with a better one.
It’s basically the same 3D model as the first cover, but from a different angle, with different lighting effects, and a better background.
For those interested, the ship is a 3D model created with POV-Ray. The background and captions were added in later. It was all put together using GIMP.
The story is up:
The Time Bridge at Orion
I’ll say more later, but I’ve got the flu.
Okay, the flu was miserable. Nuff said.
A 17,500 word story is a novelette by some standards, or a novella according to the Science Fiction Writers of America. I’m just calling it “a story” for now. I don’t yet know how this story will make it to a paperback edition. I will look for a solution.
The story itself takes place about where the first book ends, with Göring in deep space awaiting an opportunity to travel forward in time. This is more space opera than One Thousand Years, but there are also some important historical items, as those are always important to me.
Addendum: This cover picture was replaced a few months later:
My short story is done. It’s technically a novelette — almost a novella — but most people don’t bother with the distinction. I will submit it through Amazon as soon as the cover is ready.
I’ve resisted commenting on this blog because I realize I’m very late with this sequel. I am sorry. I did not want to say anything again until the story is checked and rechecked.
I am extremely pleased with how this story turned out. It picks up with Sam McHenry about a month after the first book ends, taking place entirely aboard the Göring in an extended battle with the alien Grauen.
I will post another message in a few days when it’s up. Notices will go out then as well.
The book after this will be a full novel continuing the story in space and back on Earth. It picks up with Sam McHenry after the battle in this story, shows the alternate end of WWII, the years that follow, and the Reich of the future. The characters from the first book will be back, and those in Hawaii will also be present for the fight against Nazi tyranny and world domination. The book was actually started before work on this novelette began.
Thank you everyone for your patience!
February 13 update: I’m sorry (again) for the further delay. The story/novelette is still ready, but the cover isn’t quite there yet. I had forgotten how long this stuff can take. It’s almost done.
Yes, I do have sequels in the works. One Thousand Years is the first of a series.
If there’s one thing I learned when nearing completion of my first novel last year, it’s that I’m terrible at estimating when I’ll be done. That being said, the full-length main sequel will be done later this year (well, first draft, but not too much later for publication). There had been some delay because I wrote some non-fiction along the way (and I’ll be keeping mum on that for a while).
Notice that I said “main sequel.” There will very, very soon be a related short-story/novelette. I know that some readers wanted more on the alien Grauen. This story will touch on them, albeit from the distance of cannon and missile fire. The crew of the Göring want revenge. Sam McHenry wants a shot at them, too. I think it will be a nice diversion.
The main sequel follows the ending of the first book. Readers need to see future Berlin with all its glory, all its hopes… and all the things we should have feared. Plus, even though the book takes place in the future, it will also cover some real history.
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One Thousand Years is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!
This means the book is now in the top 500 from the original 10,000 entrants. Among five genres, that puts it in the top 100 for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
It is currently in the hands of Publishers Weekly.
The next stage — the Semi-Finalists — will be announced in June.
That brings me to an apology that the next Sam McHenry story isn’t quite ready yet. And for that, I am sorry. I’m typing as fast as I can. I will have more news on this very soon.
Thank you very much to my Australian readers for making me #1 in alternate history in Australia for Kindle!
Amazon.com has unveiled a new sales feature called MatchBook: “For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.” The level of the price is set by the participating publisher.
My own book, One Thousand Years, is part of this program. If you bought the paperback from Amazon, you can now get the Kindle edition for free. (Sorry, Amazon’s offer doesn’t work the other way; if you bought the Kindle edition, there’s no discount for the paperback.)
The transition to ebooks reminds me of what Lawrence Cunningham wrote earlier this year:
Books have lined the shelves of the offices of all my colleagues at every school where I have worked. In my early days of teaching, or when spending a term as a visitor, I’d wander into a learned neighbor’s office to get acquainted. The titles and content of those books announced a person’s intellectual background and interests. They were instantly and extensively a topic of earnest discussion. If my interlocutor should be interrupted by a call or an assistant popping in, I’d amuse myself by grazing over the titles, scanning the shelves that added up to an inventory of knowledge. On their shelves and mine, students attending office hours would likewise find easy ice breakers.
He goes on to observe that this will be lost with the end of print. I can only imagine that MatchBook will make the transition more convenient.
It’s not that we should give up, and stop moving to the next big thing. Every technological advancement probably loses something important. It’s interesting to watch it happening. It’s sad in a way, but I don’t doubt that we will gain something new at the same time.
“This is a fine first novel….” — Wesley Morrison
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And yes, there will be a sequel!