MaconCJ7 wrote:So not cool TAC. I just got read up on this one last night, and then you pull it. Such a tease!
Note for everyone: If you have not read the first 3 books, I highly recommend them. He's pulled them from the server, but they're on Amazon at agreeable prices. They are good reads and will get the main story laid out so all of these sub stories make a little more sense.
MY apologies - I hate disappointing my best fan.
You are correct - the first 3 books of the series - now out on Amazon, pretty much much run parallel to each other. All 3 start 'together; - or at the First Strike. See samples at www.worldofthechernyi.com
The Steven Stone short, and the Octavia Stone stories are also parallels, covering the first few days after First Strike.
Lyle's story is 6 to 7 years after First Strike. When questioned about the use of 'a covered wagon' - the answer is simple -- Lyle will be tending sheep, he's using a sheep camp, just as is done today. In the story, motor fuel is in short supply so travel by coal fired steam engines makes some sense to me. And more fun.
Sethur's story is 10+ years after First Strike and in every story with an extended timeline, I'd thought I'd made the time very plain (left as a orphan 10 years ago and so on).
The last one on Col Yu, does 'jump back' - to the ending of Pedro Six Two. Several characters from "Pedro Six Two" (Sherman and his Army) and from "Going Home" (Jake, Martha and Tina carry forward to explain how the Chinese threat is eliminated and show the start of the Mexican invasion - so my comment on it needing its own book-length story. If I was a really good author, maybe I could get away with 20K words for that story - I'm not there yet.
If you have not read all three books in the series, the story lines, as serialized, could be confusing. I guess I will need to put a forward on book four to lay out the timelines.
One of the problems in writing a series is the new reader picking up "book 4" of a series and being disappointed. So far I've burned most of the first chapter of book 2 and 3 as a setup in an effort to get a new reader up to speed.
As far as time lines, believe my stories are no more or less confusing than any of several (popular and well selling) SciFi series - say Ringworld or the Man - Kzin War book series. By serializing them here, I may have added to the confusion.
Thanks for the feedback, I'm happy to hear you enjoy the stories. As a writer, feedback is key to improving on my writing - and I still need improving... A lot. Telling a grand
epic tale of the near future over several books, then a series of short stores is a challenge, feedback from readers is very welcome.
You make a very good point, this last book isn't fully edited/finished and so serializing it seems to have led to confusion. I've pulled all the stories and I'll send a note when the book is released. When the book is released, I'll re-post the stories with their note set.
Thanks again for your time and comments!
I guess now I have to say -- stay cool and stay safe my friend.