I'm finally back to writing full-time and making good progress on the next book (number 6, can you believe it?). This one is a bit of a departure from the original series, but still set in the same universe with at least a couple of returning characters. The working title of the new novel is "Dryden: Flamecaller." Although it's still science fiction (and features some of the same tech from the original series), the new story line has elements that cross over into the fantasy and even a bit into the LitRPG genres.
I don't want to give too much away just yet, but the new novel explores what happens when remnants of the Pelaran AI take an entirely new approach to their cultivation program -- this time on a pre-industrial world. I've always been fascinated by the idea of anachronistic technology and its disruptive effects. And, as luck would have it, the Pelaran AI's cultivation program provides us with limitless opportunities for precisely those kinds of stories. So I hope you'll come along for the journey!
Please keep an eye on my "Updates" page to stay up to date on my progress.