There have been some modifications in my publication schedule from what it looked like in March. Here’s how it looks now:
- 1636: The Cardinal Virtues will be coming out in a week, at the beginning of July. Itâ€™s probably already showing up in some bookstores.
- In October, Baen is publishing an anthology in honor of David Drake titled Onward, Drake! (Which has a really, really ridiculous cover which I am really, really, really looking forward to teasing David about when I see him this coming weekend at Libertycon. Oh, chortleâ€¦) I have a story in the anthology titled â€œA Flat Affect.â€
- In November, the mass market edition of Cauldron of Ghosts will be coming out. Thatâ€™s a novel I co-authored with David Weber set in his Honor Harrington universe.
- In December, the mass market edition of 1636: The Viennese Waltz is coming out.
- 1635: A Parcel of Rogues will be coming out in January, 2016.
- Ring of Fire IV will be coming out in May, 2016. The lead story in that volume will be a novelette by David Brin.
- The Span of Empire will be coming out in late summer or early fall of 2016.
- 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught will be coming out in January, 2017.
The big modification in my schedule is that we swapped places between The Span of Empire and 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught. We decided to do that for several reasons.
First, I didnâ€™t particularly want to have four Ring of Fire volumes coming out in a row without anything else in the mix. Yes, I know the Ring of Fire series is what Iâ€™m best known for, but I write lots of other stuff as well. In factâ€”harrumphâ€”of the fifty novels I will have published when 1635: A Parcel of Rogues comes out in January, only fifteen of them are Ring of Fire volumes. So there.
Second, my co-author on The Span of Empire is David Carrico, and heâ€™s been waiting an awful long time to see this novel come out. By making the switch, I was able to shorten his wait by almost half a year. When you have dozens of novels in print, as I do, you get pretty blasÃ© about your publication schedule. But when you only have two volumes published, as David doesâ€”one of which is only available electronicallyâ€”itâ€™s a lot harder to wait. Those days are pretty far back for me now, but I still remember them.
Finally, making the switch gives me a few more months to work on Ottoman Onslaught. That will be helpful because as the old and politically incorrect expression has it, this bookâ€™s going to be a bitch to write. Iâ€™ve got a gazillion subplots I need to juggle in addition to the (relatively) straight-forward task of writing a sequel to 1636: The Saxon Uprising. The problem is that Ottoman Onslaught also has to serve as the sequel for 1636: The Viennese Waltz as well as my short novel in Ring of Fire III, â€œFour Days on the Danube.â€
In other news of the day, Iâ€™ll be attending Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane in August. Hereâ€™s the URL, for anyone interested: http://sasquan.org/.
I hadnâ€™t intended to go to Worldcon this year, but given the rather prominent role I wound up playing in the Hugo controversy, I eventually decided I ought to show up.