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A real old-fashioned space opera. Rip-roaring adventure. Abandoned planet; ancient mystery. Space pirates. Sentient starships.
A real old-fashioned space opera. Rip-roaring adventure. Abandoned planet; ancient mystery. Space pirates. Sentient starships.
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I love space opera.

I love reading it. I love writing it.

Forgotten Suns is set in a universe I’ve been playing in since I was twelve years old. It’s my new novel, never before published, and it has everything I love about space opera.

Rip-roaring adventure. Abandoned planet. Empty cities. No sign of the builders—not even an image of the species that lived there. No name in any language that human archaeologists can read. For convenience, they call it Nevermore.

A mysterious stranger, who may be human, may be alien, may be both, who will stop at nothing to find the answer to the mystery.

Space pirates. Planet wreckers. Renegade intelligence agents. Runaway telepaths. Sentient starships. Horses, even—my writing partners insist on that.

With the help of over 100 backers, Forgotten Suns has funded. It will be an ebook from Book View Café. If it funds far enough above goal, we’ll be able to commission an original cover, and if we do even better than that, we’ll add a printed edition.

Meet me at the spaceport. We’re shipping out to Nevermore.

Curious about what this all means? Check out the excerpt in Update #1.

Now it's time to aim for some stretch goals. I will be adding to them and refining them as we go, but here's what I have in mind at this point:

$6000 We've made it to the first stretch goal! The backer who put us over has had their reward upgraded to the next tier. And I've fulfilled my promise to write the first 1000 words of a story set in the world of the novel. The story includes ponies. In space. I have been asked (repeatedly) for them, and I've done my best to oblige. It's posted as Update 8, open to backers. Update 9 offers a snippet for all who may be curious as to what we're doing behind the curtain.

$7500 We've reached the second stretch goal! I'll add two more ebooks to the bundle for backers $60 and above: Arrows of the Sun and Spear of Heaven. More prequels. More adventure. All ebooks, I should add, are DRM-free. We don't do DRM here. And for everybody who backs the project, I've written another installment of the story.

$10000 I'll finish the story, and all backers will see how it ends. For backers $100 and above, I'll do a chapbook of the story, signed and personalized. I'll also, for all backers, share the process of completing, revising, and preparing the novel for publication--including snippets of draft, the editorial letters, and my notes on revision. Backers will get an inside view of the process of creating Forgotten Suns.

$12500 Original cover art by an amazing pro artist: the brilliant and talented Julie Dillon. Backers will see the art first, from sketch to final.

We're dreaming on past this to a print edition and a possible second volume--at least a novella that carries on the story. Maybe...maybe...

Let's see how high we can fly.

Risks and challenges

I've been a fulltime working writer since 1985. That means I've done this before and will do it many more times, because I just can't kick this writing habit. Just as I used to be accountable to my publishers for meeting deadlines, now I'm accountable to you, the backers of this project.

The novel as of this moment is about two-thirds written. I'm adding words by the day and expect to complete it by this fall. Drop-dead date for the draft is December, after which it will be edited and revised.

I will do my best to meet the deadline for completion and revision of the novel, and to get it into your hands by the date promised. If life should intervene, I will keep you up to date on progress and provide you with a revised timetable for completion and publication.

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