The Chryseis Shard: Plaguespore

BatuBarayI’ve recently written a new serial and an accompanying short in preparation for Warlord Games’ new supplement, The Chryseis Shard. Once more, the series involves Batu and Baray, both key characters in The Chryseis Shard, and introduces readers to some of the capabilities of Batu’s annoying nano drone – now a sort of personal daemon.

I’ll update this post as more entries in the serial are added.

  • Plaguespore Part I – Batu is ordered to investigate the disturbing disappearance of a Concord colony
  • Plaguespore Part II – Further details are uncovered of a devastating new threat to the Concord: the Plaguespore
  • Plaguespore Part III – Batu and Baray uncover some sinister truths about the Plaguespore and suspect a military mind is behind it all
  • Plaguespore Part IV – The pair interrogate the colony survivors and travel to the surface to investigate
  • Plaguespore Part V – The plaguespoe attacks and Batu’s Shamasai Shard is forced to respond
  • A Heads Up – TBA

Signing: Shards in Exile

I’m delighted to have signed the contract for a full-length science fiction novel for the Beyond the Gates of Antares universe. The current working title is ‘Shards in Exile’, though that may change depending on how the publishers (Winged Hussar) best see fit.

It features two characters from the episodic novelette I’ve already had published: Freeborn Prince Batu Delhren and the isolated Ghar Commander, Shaltok 12-41-9. Both have to deal with Ghar and Freeborn political intrigue as well as the everyday problems faced by those in the Determinate, on the borders of civilised space. More? Batu has an uncomfortable encounter with an insane NuHu and a militaristic drone civilisation whilst Shaltok finds the more he succeeds the more he is perceived as a threat by those close to the Ghar Supreme Commander.

Both find that they only way they can survive in the tempestuous politics of the Antares Determinate is through exile…

Publication date? Next year, some time. Cover? None, yet – that below is just a holding image. I’ll produce updates as it progresses.


A busy time…

The MA is coming to an end. I’ve had the last (excellent) tutorial and I am working on the three essays and the final submission. It’s a lot of work, of course, but I can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Ironically, finishing the MA in Writing means I can focus on writing much more. 🙂

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Started to add stories

I’ve just added the first sample of short stories I have written. They cannot be considered final, polished pieces but can be seen as steps on the way. The stories will be accessible from the Short Stories page, on which I make a few comments and personal observations about them as development pieces. The first one is a Dystopian SF piece, The Sun Must Rise, which starts and ends at a difficult time in winter.

[Featured Image: Justin Kern, Baha’i Temple at Blue Hour,
The Baha'i Temple at Blue Hour
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