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28 September 2016 @ 01:05 pm
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I'll let _Utopia_ sit for awhile then work it over and add it to _On The Run_ which will be book 28. I'll put it up on Google docs when it's ready. I want to publish it in either late November or early December.

_God of the Sun_ #29 ditto, for publishing in early December.

Then _Cannibal World_ #30 and _Trouble in Paradise_ the 3rd Directorate story.

Cannibal and Trouble are still very sketchy. I'll work on Cannibal first. Unless hijacked by another story. Or NaNoWriMo.

I know I've posted part of Cannibal, but I'll start from the start tomorrow.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
Distractions
OK, here's another distracting comment I've been thinking about for a while.

Can a gate maker choose to put the other side of a gate on a different astronomical body than the starting side?

Example: go to Britannia? (the one with the base on the Moon and a Corridor to it.) Create a new Moon habitat (to isolate mistakes). from the inside of that habitat, make a dimensional gate, and choose to put it at a well-known point on the earth of a different dimension. Then, you could put a different gate from the well-known location back to Britannia.

Followup question. Would such a gate be expected to have any greater stability than a similarly placed Corridor? In the posts about Britannia I think you hedged about the corridor not lasting very long, although that might have been speculation on the part of characters and not pronouncement by the author. Also, I don't know if the energy differences between the unique astro bodies of different dimensions would cause any problems, but since different time-frames have been waved away, I should think that level of energy difference would be ignored.

I'm imagining ways to get to the Moon (or possibly orbital space-stations) in dimensions that don't have the technical infrastructure to send people on rockets. If nothing else, would not someone on Comet-fall think that *starting* to fight an in-coming comet might be more effective if the wizards started from the Moon? (assuming the incoming orbit passed close enough to the Moon for there to be any significant benefit.)

Darqref


And as far as I've read, you have not put any FTL space drive in canon.
matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2016 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: Distractions
Keep in mind that while, for story purposes, I treat the different worlds like alien planets, they are all Earth.

The powered gates generally hit somewhere in a thousand miles or so of the same geographical place they originated from. I think I put that in Explorers.

However, that's not really going to stick for Comet Fall, or a lot of the Hygeia Branch world, as some of them have had some very hard hit that have either directly changed their rotation, or have triggered techtonic episodes that have slightly expanded the planet producing a slightly longer (4 1/2 minutes, in Comet Fall's case)day so they rotate out of sync with the other Earths. Once they have a gate anchor through, they can open a gate anywhere on a world they can get the anchor to. In theory they could send a gate anchor to, say, Mars in a different membrane, but would they detect it, let alone have the power to shift the gate so far "geographically?"

The permanent gates, Q and Xen can see where on the target world they're going and steer the far end pretty much anywhere they want it. The Moon, or Mars might be too far.

In both cases it all depends on my plot requirements.

On the British Empire World, at the end I had them being asked about a corridor to Mars. To avoid the effect, if any, of a daily rotation, not to mention biological isolation, they'll put one end in a separate facility on the Moon, inside an airlock, and then put the other end on the outside of the Mars Lander. Put on your Mars suit, step into the corridor. Open the other side and step out onto Mars. Pin the corridor to a nice big frame and you're in business.

Edited at 2016-09-29 03:39 am (UTC)
Brad Zeitner on September 29th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
Blackpoint?
Any idea when that one will be published? I really enjoyed watching Ahja's discomfort.
matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Blackpoint?
I've got two stories with the Helaos Cannibals, then I'll have to update Black Point according everything that's happened since I wrote it.

Let's see. Publishing order:

On the Run (four stories including Utopia) WotG #28

God of the Sun #29 (may get published before Run, doesn't matter, other than the cover's done and labeled 29

Cannibal World WotG #30

Trouble in Paradise D #3

First Assignment D #4

Surveillance Camp D #5

Fort Dinosaur D #6

The last Merge D #7 AND WotG #31 (What? There's just no way to split it!)

Black Point Clan D #8


Cannibal, Trouble, and Last Merge are not finished. The rest are done and just waiting their turn, so it's not as bad as it seems.