(last updated on 22 FEB 2014)
SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION — firmly scheduled with dates from Baen Books:
April 2014 Cauldron of Ghosts, with David Weber. This is part of Weber’s Honor Harrington series and is the sequel to Torch of Freedom (as well as, to some extent, the sequel to Shadow of Freedom.
June 2014 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies, with Chuck Gannon. This is another novel in the 1632 series and is set in North America.
November 2014 1636: The Viennese Waltz, with Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett.
ALSO UNDERWAY — manuscripts being written but not yet scheduled for publication:
1636: The Atlantic Encounter, with Walter Hunt. (Formerly known as 1636: Drums Along the Mohawk.) The first draft of this novel is finished. I decided to hold it back, however, because it needs some more work and would fit better in the chronology if it was published after 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies.
Ring of Fire IV. This will be another major anthology in the 1632 series. Several of the stories are finished but the volume is still a long way from being completed. It should come out sometime in 2015, but at this point it’s impossible to know in which quarter of the year.
Untitled Manuscript. Dave Freer is well into the first draft of the next volume in the Heirs of Alexandria series, which began with Shadow of the Lion and continued on with A Mankind Witch (by Dave Freer alone), This Rough Magic, Much Fall of Blood and the recently published Burdens of the Dead. This book is set in Italy and will continue the story of Benito, Maria, Marco and Kat.
Dave and I are doing this volume without Mercedes Lackey. It will be followed by a volume written by Misty and me without Dave. The working title of that novel is The Great Doom’s Image and it will follow the story of Prince Manfred, Erik and Bortai.
A Desperate and Despicable Dwarf. This is part of the Joe’s World series, and is the sequel to Forward the Mage. The manuscript is about two-thirds finished.
Castaway Planet Lincoln, with Ryk Spoor. This is set in the same universe as the Boundary trilogy but is not a direct sequel. The novel takes place about two centuries after the events related in Boundary, Threshold and Portal. Ryk has about half of the first draft written. It’s basically an SF retelling of the Swiss Family Robinson story.
I should note that Castaway Planet Lincoln is a working title and not necessarily the title under which the novel will be published.
The Span of Empire, with David Carrico. This is the sequel to the two Jao Empire novels I wrote with Kathy Wentworth before she died, The Course of Empire and The Crucible of Empire. David just sent me the first 80,000 words of the first draft of the manuscript.
There are a number of other projects that I’m either working on or will be soon, but I’ll leave those aside for the moment.
Regarding the 1632 series organization…
The 1632 series has a mainline—or spine, if you prefer—which consists of the following novels:
● 1633 (with David Weber)
● 1634: The Baltic War (with David Weber)
● 1635: The Eastern Front
● 1636: The Saxon Uprising
I call this the “mainline” or “spine” because it’s these novels which provide the central political and military developments for the whole series. These are also the novels which focus on the main characters of Mike Stearns, Rebecca Abrabanel, Jeff Higgins and Gretchen Richter. Since Baltic War, I’ve been writing these novels solo. My original plan had been to co-author them with David Weber, but we learned from hard experience with the long delay in getting Baltic War written that it’s just too hard for David and I to mesh our schedules often enough. Instead, David and I will devote the remaining three volumes in the 1632 series we have under contract for a different project. (See below.)
Because we got a little too far ahead of the rest of the series with the Italian line of the story in 1635: The Cannon Law, I left that thread aside for a while. I’ve picked it up again with a novel I co-authored with Chuck Gannon, titled 1635: The Papal Stakes. That book is coming out this October. Meanwhile, Andrew Dennis and I will be starting a new thread in the series that focuses on the British Isles and has as its main characters Julie and Alex Mackay. (With a number of other important ones, such as Darryl McCarthy, Victoria Short, Oliver Cromwell and Gayle Mason—i.e., all the characters who stayed in England after the escape from the Tower of London depicted in Baltic War.)
There’s an additional thread/sequence to the series that I’m doing with several other writers, mainly Virginia DeMarce, that runs parallel to the mainline sequence but involves actions that are closer to the ground, so to speak, and feature a much more varied cast. The first book in this sequence was 1634: The Ram Rebellion, followed by 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, 1635: The Dreeson Incident, and Virginia’s 1635: The Tangled Web.
The next title in this sequence with be an anthology with works from me, Virginia, Kim Mackey and Anette Petersen. The title of it is 1635: The Wars on the Rhine.
In the nature of things, though, this “parallel mainline” sequence has pretty fuzzy boundaries. All of the books in it are in many ways part of the mainline, certainly in terms of political developments. For instance, Bavarian Crisis also serves as the immediate political sequel to Baltic War.
What David Weber and I will do is develop a specifically naval side to the series, which will focus on Admiral Simpson.
I’m also beginning a new thread, that focuses on the New World. The first volume in that thread will be an anthology along the lines of Ram Rebellion, with stories from me, Chuck Gannon, Iver Cooper and probably some others. In addition, Walter Hunt and I are co-authoring a novel that’s centered on North America. The working title for it is 1636: Drums Along the Mohawk and, no, that won’t be the actual title.
Also under contract in the series are:
● 1635: Symphony for the Devil, with David Carrico.
● 1636: The Viennese Waltz, with Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett.
● 1636: Stoned Souls, with Mercedes Lackey.