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12 June 2017 @ 08:53 pm
_The Directorate Omnibus_  
It's a goat gagger. Much larger than I'd expected!

I found two minor formatting errors that I'm not going to fix until it's been out and eyes other than mine have found other things that need fixing.


It's a couple bucks more than all the separate eBooks, pays me a bit less, but for those who really, really need it in a paper and print, there it is.
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2017 03:02 am (UTC)
Cool. Six stories, and it's still shorter than most recent David Weber releases. That's probably a good thing. I can get to the end of each of your stories without losing track of who everybody is, and why I should care what happens to them.
muirecan: Withersmuirecan on June 13th, 2017 07:10 am (UTC)
While each directorate novel is about the size of the typical 50's or 60's novel. The still add up when pinned together.
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2017 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. Except for "First Posting" and "Surveillance Camp" their length feels about the same an Andre Norton novel, or some of the Heinlein juveniles.
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on June 13th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
Which is perfect for this kind of storyline.
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
Indeed. A good storyline doesn't need a dozen plot threads and a cast of thousands in order to be successful. Those more complex types of stories can be interesting at times, as witness the success of Tom Clancy, David Weber, etc. but it isn't really necessary. Many classic mystery, sci fi, and adventure novels eschew them entirely, and I think the Directorate series is a good modern example of that.
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on June 13th, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
Wow... "Goat Gagger"... Thanks for the mental image that provoked. You have ruined me for life.
matapampamuphoff on June 13th, 2017 04:45 pm (UTC)
If you mean anything other than "So big even a goat would have trouble eating it" I don't think I want to know.

And anyway, I stole it from Sarah.
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on June 13th, 2017 05:58 pm (UTC)
in that case, appropriate...
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on June 13th, 2017 04:21 pm (UTC)
I would suggest you fix the product description from its current solid block of text and maybe issue it as an ebook too.

The adventures of Ra'd, Paer, and Ebsa begins here . . .

A collection of the first six stories in the series:

Directorate School
A Tale of Three Interns
Trouble in Paradise
First Posting
Fort Dinosaur

Genetic engineering lifted psychic powers above the random background of coincidence. Backlash and prejudice against 'Magic' and 'Satanism' resulted in the exile of all genetically engineered people to dangerous worlds; not-quite-parallel earths they weren't expected to survive.

Fourteen 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 cross dimensional 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 no-longer-radioactive 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 twelve cross-dimensional colonies.

After several deadly clashes between Dimension Age civilizations, the newly fledged Department of Interdimensional Security and Cooperation is attempting, with fair success, to keep the peace among the growing number of worlds exploring the Multiverse.

So a group of youngsters in the Empire of the One can concentrate on college, and training for the teams who explore new worlds. A bright future . . . if they survive the politics swirling around them.

Edited at 2017-06-13 04:23 pm (UTC)
matapampamuphoff on June 13th, 2017 04:43 pm (UTC)
Grr. That's what I put in. Must remember more spaces.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on June 13th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
Line breaks mostly

and I bolded the titles
matapampamuphoff on June 13th, 2017 09:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't bold them, but I've now put in extra line breaks.
May or may not work, and I have no idea how long it will take Amazon to update a product description.