Expanding the TCOTU Galaxy and Canon

By now, some of you know the TCOTU “secret” inside Confidence Game. It never fails to amaze me as a writer how some characters seem to drive their own stories. Characters that were supposed to die in a book’s original outline somehow manage to outwit me and survive at least one more chapter, and sometimes forever (I’m looking at you, Denise Gables). Other characters come back to the back of my mind and say “I’m not done yet.”

I won’t say more because we’re still early in Confidence Game’s release, but I will say that even though the book is not military science fiction, it is still very much rooted in the TCOTU galaxy and now part of the canon. There are so many stories left to tell, perhaps more than I can ever get around to telling:

  • There’s the small matter of the fate of the Brevic Republic following the events in Hero of the Republic. This is one story that must and will be told, I promise!
  • There’s the story of Jacob Heskan, Garrett’s father, and his interactions with a much younger Adira Fane. Minister Fane is one of my favorite characters, and wouldn’t it be interesting to learn more about her rise to power?
  • Reece and Mercer and the rest of the crew of Zanshin may have only just begun their adventures. Confidence Game is their origins story, but I can’t imagine they’ll stay out of trouble.
  • What about the Solarian Federation? What about the Hollaran Commonwealth? What about more privateer tales? What about Aoife Covington’s team in Hero of the Republic and more “Shadowrun”-style capers?

When I started building my corner of the universe, I had no idea what I was getting into. There are many twists and turns to explore in the future. Thanks for coming along!

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Confidence Game – When Does It Take Place?

Confidence Game released today!  You can find it on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo,… all the usual places. In an earlier blog post, I discussed where the story takes place (the Coreward Corporate Zone). Another interesting question is *when* does it take place, relative to other books set in the TCOTU galaxy.

Heskan took command of Anelace in This Corner of the Universe on 0325.995.  The “995” is the year.  Hero of the Republic begins in Year ‘995 as well and ends in ‘005. That book spans nearly a decade and covers events that are referenced but never explored during the TCOTU series (which ended in ‘997).  Hero then moves the timeline forward another roughly eight years beyond Last Measure of Devotion.

Confidence Game occurs in the year ‘004, essentially one year before the (HOTR spoiler alert!) next contact with the Parasites. It was important for this new story to begin before such a consequential event although, if I continue with the crew of Zanshin, the story will obviously catch up to “present day.”

I normally dislike writing a story that is out of sequence but it was necessary in this case for reasons that will become obvious if I continue Reece and Mercer’s story. I certainly enjoyed telling it and I hope you have as much fun reading about their adventures. I’ll probably bask in the glow of finishing a book I am proud of for a week and then put my nose back to the grindstone and work very hard on Across the Blue Line, the next installment of The Parasite Initiative.

Enjoy the rest of Summer and hopefully, enjoy a little smuggler’s tale that takes place in a tiny little corner of the TCOTU universe.

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It’s Launch Week (Sneak Peek at Confidence Game Inside)!

When a smuggler steals a ship and cons a crew to escape his past, he gets more trouble than his own…

Are you ready for Confidence Game?  I had a blast writing the book and now it’s Launch Week!  The Ebooks are queued in all the usual places, and the release date is August 17th.  Can’t wait?  Get a sneak peek at the first few chapters, and if you like what you read, please help support the launch with a pre-order!

You can start Chapter 1 here.

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