The Search for Truth
In Panic Town on the Backward Moon
Who knows what they might discover there on Mars or Phobos? Should it be a short focus on Rosario and young Coughlin? Or cover more years, extending further into the future, bringing in Tiki Ferrer and young Genie Satterwaithe and Moth Ratline? Mental wrasslin' at work here.
3. In the Lion's Mouth. Donovan finally gets to make his hajj in "The Grand Hajj of Donovan buigh," the latest chapter In the Lion's Mouth. For those who crave such things, here are the chapters so far. Figure on another five after these and then, finis.
Map of the Core District of the Confederacy
First Canto: Ravn Olafsdottrs Saga
I. Riftward: The First Counter-Argument
Cengjam Gaafe: The First Interrogatory
II. Riftward: The Frog Prince
Cengjam Gaafe: The Second Interrogatory
III. Henrietta: The Dream of Agamemnon
Cengjam Gaafe: The Third Interrogatory
IV. Henrietta: The Second Counter-Argument
Cengjam Gaafe: The Fourth Interrogatory
V. Ashbanal: A Gathering of Shadows
Cengjam Gaafe: The Fifth Interrogatory
VI. Toward Yuts’ga: The Third Counter-Argument
Cengjam Gaafe: The Sixth Interrogatory
VII. Yuts’ga: A Role, in the Hay
Cengjam Gaafe: The Seventh Interrogatory
VIII. Yuts’ga: Jacques, in a Box
Cengjam Gaafe: The Eighth Interrogatory
IX. Yuts’ga: The Main Argument
Sīdáo Zhwì: The Final Interrogatory
Second Canto: Donovan buighs Saga
I. Toward Terra: The Synthesis
II. Dangchao Waypoint: Doggedness
III. Terra: The Pasdarm at the Iron Bridge
IV. Henrietta: And Did She Teach You Three Things?
V. Terra: The Grand Hajj of Donovan buigh
4. Any Suggestions? There will be a second ebook. In addition to The Forest of Time &al there will be an as-yet-unnamed collection that features the three related stories: Melodies of the Heart, Captive Dreams, and Remember'd Kisses. The first appears also in FoT and the third was in Nanotech Chronicles; but the other has never appeared outside its original ANALOG appearance. The conceit that connects the three is that the main characters of each story live on the same block and encounter one another peripherally. Since SingerLabs makes an appearance in Melodies and in Kisses, these stories are part of the Nanotech series, even the ones that don't involve tiny little things. Therefore, when the contract says "and other stories to be selected" it would seem logical to cannibalize Soul of the City and The Washer at the Ford from Nanotech (although this would scuttle any future Nanotech reissue) and Great, Sweet Mother from FofT.
OTOH, perhaps there are other stories that should be selected, with no regard to whether they fit into the SingerLab universe. Any suggestions?
5. The Shipwrecks of Time. In a fit of weariness and as a diversion, I looked aside to another book I had had in mind: The Shipwrecks of Time. Idly, I began to scribble - well, type - and soon I had a couple pages written, just like that. Maybe I can work this in parallel. The story has nothing whatever to do with the Spiral Arm series or the Firestar series and so may be a welcome change of pace. It does however, I have decided, have something to do peripherally with the Irish Pub stories. Here are the first three paragraphs, actually written earlier, from a prologue set a few centuries before the action: