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24 October 2015 @ 11:31 am
Mid Series Introductions  
Would putting this at the front of _Directorate School_ help turn it into a new entry point for the series?

Genetically engineering lifted psychic powers above the random background of coincidence. Backlash and prejudice against 'magic' and 'satanism' resulted in the exile of the genetically engineered to dangerous worlds, not-quite-parallel earths they weren't expected to survive.

Thirteen centuries of turbulent Earth history later the exiled magicians have been forgotten, rediscovered, clashed with . . .

The Empire of the One grew from the accidental stranding of an early exploration party of the genetically engineered, two years before the Exile. They arrived in the middle of a war, where the three great powers, China, the Islamic Union, and Greater Argentina vied for possession of the ruins of Europe and North America. The marooned explorers used their special talents, and a lot of flimflam and fast talk to place themselves on the top of the Islamic Union as the New Prophets of the One True God.

Fourteen hundred years later, their descendants are still the elite of a united world with eleven cross-dimensional colonies.

And their kids still have to go to school.

 
 
 
matapampamuphoff on October 24th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking about a brief intro at the start of, oh, probably from _Explorers_ on.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on October 24th, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
==And their kids still have to go to school.==

++And their kids still have to go to school and then to the university++

(little boxes optional).

United Empire with eleven cross-dimensional colonies.


Perhaps add the "Earth redevelops dimensional travel" as well but see how little you need.
muirecanmuirecan on October 24th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Some form of this as an intro to Directorate School would be good to make it an entry point. It would be a good entry point actually for someone coming into the middle. Then they can work backwards and forwards from here.
matapampamuphoff on October 25th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
That's what I figured. The whole thing is getting unwieldy, and needs to be broken up into chunks, with multiple places to jump in.
matapampamuphoff on October 25th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
And a very quick Intro for those who pick one up at random.
muirecanmuirecan on October 27th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Well you have a good core group to introduce people to with. Yes they have individual introductions before this but here they form the reoccurring team you have in a number of books moving forward. Also they in turn regularly interact with key Comet Fall people which should spark interest in their books.
matapampamuphoff on October 27th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm thinking about breaking up the series further.

The main series, of course.

I could have "Wine of the Gods: The Empire of the One" as a series, with _Empire of the One_, _Dancer_, _Warriors of the One_, Target(needs new name), "Go Read Embassy(main series) now, really!", _Just Following Orders_ (Agni Kidnapping), and _A Small Family Wedding_. And Eventually, _Black Point Clan_ and _Children of a Foreign God_.

Then "Wine of the Gods: Directorate" with all of Ebsa's stories right up to _Cannibal World_ (main series) then going on with _Project Dystopia_ and _Fractured Loyalties_.

And, of course, "Wine of the Gods: Eldon"
(Anonymous) on October 25th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
I think this works for Directorate School. I don't think it works for the Cometfall side - either you need to expand it a bit, or substitute details. And, if I remember, Nighthawk is there in Directorate School too, so probably more details. Otherwise the intervention of Xen is going to be a blind-side.

Not really sure what is "enough", but maybe you can put in some kind of notes directing new readers to someplace to get the background? In any case, I don't think you'll satisfy everyone.

darqref
matapampamuphoff on October 25th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'll personalize it for each book. But yeah, I'd better add in something about Comet Fall and Disco for these.
Melvyn BarkerMelvyn Barker on October 25th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
I think its a good idea the would help new readers. Perhaps a prologue with a common core and a paragraph to put each particular story into context, adapted for the short story collections.