A Quick Update on the New Novel


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.

TFS Guardian – Released!


TFS Guardian – The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 5 is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats at Amazon.com.  Head on over to the “Books” page and pick up a copy today!

I always get questions about the length of new books, so here are a few details.  Guardian ended up being the longest book in the series at 100,216 words.  The paperback version of the book has 412 pages.  As a point of reference, here's how the books in the TFC series stack up in terms of length with some familiar titles:

TFS Ingenuity - 68,094 words
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone – 77,325 words
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 84,799 words
TFS Theseus - 84,920 words
TFS Fugitive - 90,538 words
TFS Navajo - 94,994 words
The Hobbit - 95,022 words
TFS Guardian - 100,216 words

For those of you waiting for the Audible release, Jeffrey Kafer will be narrating once again. If all goes well, the audiobook version should be available by the end of the summer.

I hope you enjoy it!

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TFS Fugitive – Released!


TFS Fugitive  – The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 4 is now available for Kindle download at Amazon.com.  The paperback version should be available within the next couple of days.  Head on over to the “Books” page and pick up a copy today!

Please note that it will take several days for Amazon KDP to fill in all of the correct details for things like page count, series info, etc.  Also, some servers lag a little behind others, so if you are unable to see the Kindle version of the book yet using one of the hyperlinks above, please allow a couple of hours and try again.

I always get questions about the length of new books, so here are a few details.  Fugitive turned out to be 90,538 words long.  That's just shy of the length of TFS Navajo, making it the second longest book in the series.  As a point of reference, both Navajo and Fugitive are almost exactly the same length as The Hobbit (95,022).  Lastly, the paperback version of TFS Fugitive has 368 pages.

I hope you enjoy it!

“TFS Fugitive” – Off to the Editor!


As of today, "TFS Fugitive - The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 4" is officially "draft-complete!"  The draft manuscript ended up at 90,419 words, making it the second longest book in the series after TFS Navajo (94,998 words).  If all goes well, I should be able to release the book on Amazon no later than May 15th ... maybe even a bit sooner.  More updates coming soon!

Not Quite Gravitic Shields, But …


A reader recently sent me this article about a new system envisioned by engineers at BAE Systems.  Here's a summary of how it might work, directly from the article:

Known as the Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) concept, it works by simulating naturally occurring phenomena to temporarily alter small parts of the Earth's atmosphere to create lens-like structures that magnify or alter the path of electromagnetic waves, including radio signals and light. According to BAE, a lens generated in this way could be used as a type of deflector shield to protect aircraft, land vehicles, troops, and ships from assault by future high-powered laser weapons (such as future versions of Lockheed-Martin's ADAM laser weapon system).

While, admittedly, it's still a long way from the gravitic shields depicted in the TFC Saga, you have to admit that it has some conceptual similarities ... and, furthermore, it's undeniably cool!