Darkness Within, the third book of Tales of the Associated Worlds, is now officially released, in both paperback and Kindle e-book formats. It can be obtained here:
Primarily set after the Core War, this book returns to the style of “Vignettes of the Star Empire”, with more nanofiction from the Associated Worlds, including some of the events following the war in “Aftershocks”, and the multi-part story “Darkness Within”.
Also, for those of you who don’t yet own copies of the earlier books in the series, special countdown deals on the Kindle editions of both Vignettes of the Star Empire and The Core War and Other Storiesare now running on Amazon.
“Every year, since I was old enough to read them, more books have been published than I can read in a year. My reading speed has increased many orders of magnitude in the millennia since then – I have a submind which does nothing but read, continuously – and yet the authors continue to not only outmatch my ability to read, but also my ability to keep the gap from opening still wider.
And yet there are people in the universe who claim that they would find immortality boring.
I do not think the problem lies where they think it lies.”
(I was initially planning to wait until I had a novel-length piece to publish, but a lot of nanofic has passed under the bridge since then, so a third collection it is. At least once the editing work is done – so you can consider this a pre-announcement, which should give anyone who isn’t a current patron but would like to take advantage of the free e-book-for-patrons offer time to subscribe appropriately.)
No title as yet: that will come out in the editing. Cover art, on the other hand, that is on its way, so there’s absolutely that to look forward to!
No Paper Future: Played mostly straight. And there aren’t many data rods around either, except in specialist applications; ubiquitous wireless networking, and the slate (i.e., future-iPad-analog) replace them more or less completely for routine applications. (And no, unlike Star Trek, no-one has a stack of slates on their desk.) Of the paper documents that do exist, most of them are smart-paper that can electronically edit itself or become other documents or its own appendices. Actual paper tends to be a mark of the very traditional on special occasions.
(Actual paper books are a little more common than random paper documents, but even they are collectors’ items. That said, there are entire bound books made up internally of smart-paper, so you can keep a bookshelf in your house which can change to contain whatever books you need from your (bigger) e-book library essentially on-demand. [Incidentally, as an author’s note, you have no idea how much I want this technology. Really. You don’t.])
Money-wise, it’s similar. While there is still metal coinage and paper money – well, plastic-silk money – around, virtually all transactions are done digitally across the data network. The physical currency exists nearly exclusively for certain types of anonymous transaction, traditionalists, and eccentrics.
As an additional celebration of the release of my new book, the e-book of my first book, Vignettes of the Star Empire, will be on sale at $0.99 on Amazon.com for the next week (April 9 – April 16), a two-thirds discount. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, this would be a great time to!
(A similar sale will be in effect on Amazon.co.uk from tomorrow through the 20th.)