A Dubious Peace (book 7) should be out as an ebook before the end of April. Audio to be a couple of months later.
The artificial intelligence orbiting Anyar never slept, never grew bored evaluating the constant data streams from observing the planet, never questioned the creators’ interest in the planet and its biped inhabitants, never wondered about the focus on five locations where the creators had deposited individual bipeds. The AI had routinely sent reports to the creators. Then, a planet’s year ago, the AI reported unexpected technologies appearing on an island where one of the bipeds had been deposited. The creators responded: Focus more attention on the island. The creators would return to observe the planet for themselves. The next report was scheduled to be sent in a twentieth of an orbit—a schedule change about to be instigated by three bipeds. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
It is going to be Christmas in April. Anyway I wonder what is that windmill like wheel, can anyone guess?
What about for the audiobook?
So two more people to yet discover...can not wait! I'm re-listening again so to be in the right frame of mind to receive the new installment. Thanks so much for hanging in there and completing this new book.
I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED. I JUST JUMPED OUT OF MY CHAIR AND BOUNCES UP AND DOWN A BUNCH. BIGGEST SMILE IN MONTHS ON MY FACE RIGHT NOW. (yes, the all caps is necessary!)
😊 lookin good! it’s time to send out a search party to that mine shaft. Its’s been more than 2 weeks! I’m starting to go a little insane over here
None of the usual places have it yet! Lol been searching everyday but no joy! Lol
Anyone besides me checks this page daily to see if there have been any updates?
If this is an April Fools joke I am not amused.
Great news! Was just thinking about it the other day..
Awesome - can’t wait!
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Super Pumped. Just got done listening to the whole series again.
I usually wait for the audio but I don't think I can for this one. are preorders available yet?
Can't wait to get into it!
I’m so excited. Literally did a happy dance.
I pumped my fist in the middle of dinner in a restaurant in Jujuy, northern Argentina. Great news indeed!!!
you missed April's fools day 🙂
Fantastic! The only problem is that I will blow through it in 3 days and then have to wait for something else by you!
I would pre order the audio today if I could
Got second covid shot yesterday. The Moderna version. Pretty wiped today. Aches, slight fever, tired. I guess I'm among the few that get reactions.
On a better note, Book 7 is with the editor. Ebook and paperback look like mid/late April Audio to follow a couple of months later.
Other better news: daffodils starting to bloom, time to finish cleaning up the garden and pruning fruit trees. Last year we had two late freezes (one in May) that killed every single fruit. Didn't get even one fruit. That can't happen two years in a row...can it?
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1 month ago
I am receiving my second Moderna shot in a couple of hours. As long as the snow melts in time! 😂🤣 I only had some soreness in my arm for the first one, and I only noticed that when I touched it the next day.
So... was that a “Flagorn egg” in “Harbinger”? Asking for a friend.
Yes Yes Yes!!! Oh Yes!!!! Eagerly awaiting book 7!! the ending of book 6 killed me! In the best way obviously...but still.....just killed me
Feel better buddy!
Congrats on the jabs! You can go out into the world now!
I need my anyar fix
listening again to Forged In Fire. Thinking about Julie's graft for organizing and wondering if you could show an example. I'm very visual and might be able to incorporate in my daily life.
My brother-in-law got covid-19 recently but it actually saved his life. While under observation at the hospital they found a blood clot in his lungs. They performed surgery and he's at home doing very well now. Crazy.
Thanks for the update. I am now 4 weeks past shot two of Pfizer, felt like crap for over a week after the second shot.
That’s awesome about the book! Vaccine as well. I just came across Ancient Enemy and was reading the synopsis, will it tie in with Anyar at all? I’ll read it either way, just trying to figure out if it should be read before book 7.
Waiting excitedly. Hoping I can hang in here long enough to read book 7.
I am moving across country next month. I listened to the first 3. I plan on returning from the start all the way. After I am refreshed I look forward to the newer books. The premise is so yummy (sci-fi tasty) many thanks.
Got my second on Wednesday. Arm sore and tired the next day. Thanks for the update. Every few nights, I go to sleep listening to a different section of Passages. I wait patiently for book 7. Great ending to 6. Hard not to laugh at Wyfor, Balwis, and Yosef at the end. Thanks again. Good health.
These were the exact side effects I had after receiving my second shot. By the third day everything was fine although my arm was pretty sore.
Many people have told me the same thing about the 2nd shot. "It'll pass completely in 3-4 days" is what I've been hearing. Yeah! o. Book 7. Audible, too, please. You'll have fruit this year.
Can't wait! I'm hoping Maera is written out of the story but I'll understand if that's not the case 😐.
Looking forward to book 7, keep up the good work. Good luck with your fruit trees this year.
I love the Destiny’s Crucible series and I can’t wait for book 7, so pretty please with sugar on top don’t make me wait too long for the audiobook.
I got the first Pfizer shot today. I’ll get the second one in 3 weeks.
Feel better soon, Sir. Destiny’s Crucible is a masterpiece. I can’t wait for book 7.
The problem with soon to be released book 7, you would soon beg Olan again for Book 8.
that would be 'graph' geeze
Thank you , the books work in escaping the pandemic , temporarily !
Eagerly awaiting Book 7. Hope you’re fully recovered soon !
Was rereading the series and noticed something odd....does anyone know why the Farkish hetman is the only one who seems to not have the last name of his clan?
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2 months ago
My god, what a book!! Bravo! To be completely honest I was frustrated to see you release a new series being such a huge fan of Destiny’s Crucible but, about 1/3 of the way threw your latest creation I realized how incredibly I naive I was! Good job buddy 👍
Looking forward to Harbinger 2!
I've been saving my Audible credit for this. Love me some Olan stories. I wait every day to see when the next Destiny's Crucible series comes out on Audible. Must know more about those Aliens!!!
Just a small point. It’s Lima asin the Lima bean not Lima as in Peru
Thanks for bringing some guaranteed joy to the month of March
I read this in about three days, I barely stopped to eat. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
What are the crazy blue dots supposed to be? Am I missing something?
I really enjoyed the book. I felt like I was there
Kevin Smith may be good to download!
I'm off to Audible to get it. But please, please, please let book 7 be next.
Love you bro.
Had first covid shot on Wednesday. Locals well organized - scores of workers and hustled people straight through. Arm sore, no other side-effects.
Speaking of sore. The noun version is what the Narthani are as they spread from ancestral homeland and threaten to go further.
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2 months ago
I just had a spot of rash with my second shot and my husband nothing at all. Such a HUGE relief to get it.
Bravo! I totally enjoy your books and the world that you have created. I typically do not read this genre but find your books addictive. Love the mix of science. Looking forward to the next Anyar book.
The second one will get you. Queasiness, chills, metallic taste and general discomfort. Sleeping helps. Overall, not too bad.
Would the combined Caedellium and Foumon Army and Navy led by Yozef help liberate Landolin from the Narthani Forces?
I'm glad you got your shot. And sad that it looks like the Narthani conquered all of Landolin!
Had both of the Pfizer shot with no problem at all. Sore arm gone the next day. Longest thing about the whole process was the 15 minute Wait.
I felt like crap the day after, I had the Astra Zenicca/ Oxford vaccination.
Hope it dosen't slow your typing lol!!!
Lucky you got them, Australia seems to be waiting to have a full on outbreak before we get them
Thank you , congratulations on getting your first shot ! I received my second vaccination last Wednesday from the Biloxi VA , sore arm and slept for two days . Please Book seven soon ?
Are these the current gains of empire or just their goal if the former when did they take lanolin as I thought that was the goal after caedelium and if the later shouldnt caedlium be highlighted? Love the books and am eagerly awaiting the next 🙂
My second one made me loopy the second day, being an epic fantasy writer, I totally approve! (or anyone else)
Unfortunately, I am in Group 1C and don't qualify yet. Also, I contracted Covid-19 during the holidays, so carrying antibodies for now. Book 7
February 1, 2021
Revisions to book 7 are ongoing. The first “draft” was maybe a little optimistic. Trying to be honest, it’s likely to be March before it goes to the editor. In the meantime, I’ve solicited assistance from three volunteers as shown in the photos. So far, doesn’t look like Frosty has much to offer, but Loki and Shadow are focusing on a couple of chapters you see laid out. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Still working through 6. I am so wanting to go there to Anyar and tell Mark and Joseph to just come out and be honest with their wives as to where they are from.
I keep listening to Passages over and over. You told a great journey of Mark, his family, and Heather. I can wait, maybe. Also, got my first shot too.
I also would like to see the side of Yosef as a politician, does he enjoys the adulation of Caedelli people like the politicians and head of state leaders on Earth? I will make Caedellium a great country.
I have just finished book 6. What a Cliffhanger (-: Extraordinary storytelling, well done! Can't wait for book 7.
Really enjoy your posts/updates!
any chance of a freebie teaser? a half-chapter posted on olanthorensen.com perhaps?
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3 months ago
Just pre-ordered both, can’t wait to listen.
Picked both on pre-order and re-listening the first book on my travels.
Preordered 💁♀️ Now to practice that patience thing I’ve heard so much about...🤔
I mean, I got An Ancient Enemy on kindle . . . should I pre-order the audio book as well? Decisions, decisions.
12” of snow. 10 degrees. New Olan to listen to. It’s a good day
I refrain from using Amazon these days, are they available from anywhere else?
Yay! Just put in my pre-orders!
Is ‘The Gift’ going to be available as an audio book?
Thanks for the update just pre-ordered them both
Got an ancient enemy just had to remember to buy it and not using a credit on it
When is book 7 coming out?
Thanks to Brandt for catching my brain glitch on the question about inheriting modified mitochondria if cast on other planets. It is correct that only females would pass on mitochondria, but so far there's only knowledge of Anyar survivors having had such modifications. If a planet had lower gravity than Earth, then the same modification as on Anyar would not be necessary - assuming the aliens are to be believed. Of course, that doesn't rule out any other modifications the aliens might perform for whatever reason. ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
There is evidence that fathers can pass mitochondrial DNA as well.
Could be that Joseph is dreaming the whole thing and will wake up back on earth.
This is interesting and all but what I want to know is what are the egg shaped formations that are scattered around the island? Are the egg shaped formations responsible for the animals showing up all of a sudden where there were none before? Are the animals kept in stasis by these egg shaped formations then released at a specific times? Just curious.
Makes me wonder what modifications the Oglethorpes received to deal with the lighter gravity of Mirica. Maybe something to do with retaining bone/muscle density?
I thought the Aliens seeded many world's? With much of the same similar stuff. So, there would be huge similarities as the species evolved to. Especially if the environments were similar and conducive to supporting that type of life.
Book 7 please.
Update for Book 7 PLEASE ?
I said in the earlier post, a nanotechnology that "does something not really defined" could be modifying all sorts of things such as the mitochondria. I also think the nanos would not be functioning as a secondary immune system. All, or nearly all, immune improvements should have been done as a genetic edit to the germ line.
But are they really aliens? Or are they a fragment of ancient humanity that took to the stars long ago?
Lots of good comments. Here’s the “key” to the quiz, at least according to the teaching assistant.
“The aliens modified their mitochondrial DNA for increased energy efficiency to help compensate for Anyar's gravity higher than Earth's. Will the children of those survivors inherit that trait?”
The trait will be passed on only to the children of female survivors. Mitochondrial DNA comes from the ovum. While there are extremely rare cases of paternal transmission, it’s rare enough to discount for the 29 survivors of Flight 4382.
“What about children of survivors cast on other planets?”
Same answer (sort of). Mitochondria don’t care what planet you’re on. However, we don't know about what gravity or other conditions on other planets that might have led the aliens to tinker with human DNA. (answer edited thanks to Brandt)
Here’s a bonus question. For how many planets do we have physical evidence (not cultural) that they received survivors? Here's a hint: the answer is between 1 and 29. :>)
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3 months ago
I didn't finish the last book yet so I wasn't aware of the 29 survivors thing but it seems to me like the A.I reached a certain situation which wasn't planned for well and going by simple if -> then rules I would say 1. The A.I seems faulty due to bad programming. although in the last book you suggested he got an "upgrade" to his thinking capabilities. no, I'll stick with one
I would think the nanites would enhance the babies during growth, assuming that they exist. Especially if the nanites are what altered the survivors bodies.
The one Thing I am wondering, if Anyar has a slightly stronger gravity than Earth and that another planet where The Husband and Wife fighting duo now live, a planet with half the earth’s gravity. Shouldn’t the humans there look different from the Humans of earth and as a result of evolution? Like maybe taller. Stocky, with bigger hands and feet? Anyway I am just wondering, there maybe another planet somewhere and populated by humans where the average height is either 7 feet or 3.5 feet.
Interesting . . . so all the survivors received the same modifications regardless of the properties of the planet they were on i.e. high/low gravity.
5 on Cadellium...the Doctor and her kid on the planet with castes, the ghost man on the tribal planet (who i don’t actually believe is dead), the couple in ancient enemy and....i think that’s it...correct me if i missed anyone!! If there were 27 survivors then 17 are unaccounted for...not sure how many other planets they’d occupy.
Here are the people we know of that have been put on different planets.
I can only think of 2
Potentially there is another way to look at how many planets there could be. While the Watchers found it unlikely that the 4382 survivors will enact large changes on the planets they were put on, it seems like at least on Anyar they were separated onto different continents. The hint is between 1 and 29 planets. I think that if there were enough planets to put only one survivor on the Watchers would have done so. Since there are 27 survivors, that would mean that there is less than 27 planets. Since 27 is divisible by 9 I would say that there are less than 9 planets. If there were 9 planets then 3 4382 survivors could go on each planet. 3 is less than the 5 we know were put on Anyar. So if the aliens were really trying to prevent the Earth humans from making significant changes they would have put less people per planet if they could. So I think that indicates that there are less than 9 planets. On the same hand, 27 is also divisible by 3. But that would mean that there would be 9 survivors per planet. Not impossible, but we already know that there are 5 on Anyar. More survivors on a planet, the greater chance of changes. So I think that might indicate more than 3 planets. So right now we are looking at somewhere between 4 - 8 planets. Of course, this assumes that the same amount of people were put on each planet. And unfortunately, 27 isn't divisible by 5. There is a remainder of 2. But if we look at the passenger list on the author's website. Two passengers jump out at me: Haley Sewell Justin Molinar Why? Haley is 3 months and Justin is 8 years old. Every other survivor is 15+ years old. I don't think the aliens would save Haley and just put an infant on a planet and hope that a human takes her in. Similar to with Justin as he is still an adolescent who has yet to go through puberty. It makes sense that those 2 would be placed with other survivors. And there is precedent for two survivors being placed on a planet together as revealed in An Ancient Enemy. If if there are 2 sets of 6 passengers and 3 sets of 5, that makes 27. That would mean that potentially there are 5 other planets that were seeded with human life that the 4382 survivors were placed upon assuming that an equal/near equal amount of passengers were placed on each planet.
How many planets do we have physical evidence that they received survivors? Interesting question and tricky since we are not relying on cultural and I'm assuming technological clues. On order of appearance: Yosef - Anyar Martha Whitworth - moonless planet with a bright globular cluster of stars. And no horses, but donkeys. Potentially Haley Sewell - moonless planet with Martha Unnamed passenger who was killed upon arriving - hunter/gatherer planet that experiences long winters. I think it had a dark orange sun or K-type main sequence sun. Mark Caldwell - Anyar Heather Chen - Anyar The Oglethorpes - Mirica, a moonless planet orbiting a G0 type star, with a large cluster of stars around it. Horses or horse equivalents. 50% of the planet is covered by landmasses. Continent sized plateaus with large chasms separating each other making travel difficult. Two unknown passengers - Anyar Obviously, the fact that Mirica is moonless along with Martha Whitworth's planet seems to be a match. Martha even notes the globular cluster of stars though I believe she says there are multiple colors while on Mirica there are 7 bright blue giants that are dominant. There is also the fact that Martha's planet seems to only have donkeys while Mirica has horses. However, this could be explained by Mirica's geography. Entirely possible for one plateau to get certain Earth animals and another to get completely different animals. The deep chasms preventing those species from spreading across Mirica. Then there is the Hunter Gather planet. I don't think it is Anyar as I remember that the sun was described differently and the technological level is much lower. Not to mention the harsh winters which Anyar doesn't seem to have. I can't recall if a moon was mentioned or not, but technically it is possible that it is on Mirica on one of those plateaus but there wasn't really any description of harsh winters. Out of the 27 survivors at least 5 were placed on Anyar. 2 are on Mirica. 1-2 on a moonless planet that might be Mirica. 1 on a planet with an orange sun. For right now, I'm saying 3 planets. Anyar, Mirica, and the hunter/gather planet. Martha Whitworth's planet has too many similarities to Mirica and the differences could be potentially be explained by Mirica's unique biosphere. I'm moving soon so all my books are packed so I had to do this from memory. Any mistaken details are due to that.
Humm. I don't remember reading about hunter/gatherer planet. Did I miss something? How many books are there?
Destiny's Crucible Quiz:
No grades resulting, but here's a question that can impact Anyar survivors of Flight 4382. The aliens modified their mitochondrial DNA for increased energy efficiency to help compensate for Anyar's gravity higher than Earth's. Will the children of those survivors inherit that trait?
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3 months ago
mDNA is typically passed down from the mother (so females survivors would pass it to their children); however, on Earth it has been documented that some children inherit paternal mDNA. So it isn't out of the realm of possibility. Also, this is assuming that all cells in the survivors are modified and not just certain cells (e.g. in muscle, liver, etc.).
There are survivors on other planets?!?!
I believe mitochondrial DNA is inherited from the mother only. Since the gravity has not changed since original population was brought from earth, perhaps the aliens tweaked that group back then.
This is getting weird, I actually had a dream about the Destiny's Crucible series. In my dream I was back in school, and the whole class was given a quiz about Olan's novels as part of our Literature subject. My teacher is Liam Neeson.
It depends on the precise nature of the modifications. The mitochondrial DNA is indeed passed only through the maternal line and so if the modifications involve only the mDNA, then only the female survivors will pass them down. However, mDNA encodes only a small number of proteins and many mitochondrial proteins are coded in the nuclear DNA. If the nuclear genes have been modified, then all survivors could pass down the traits.
I'd say yes. But not necessarily for all the scientific explanation given above by all the thoughtful readers. I think this potentially opens up many doors to start exploring the Harley and the Aliens. I'm hopeful we will learn more about them in the future and the eggs. This is without a doubt the best sci fi series I've ever read. I've listened to it at least 5 times through already. I can't wait for the next book.
If they inherited the improved immune system then why not the increased efficiency? Seems logical.
Since mitochondrial DNA passes down from mother to child only not sure how their children will inherit. From wiki: Mitochondrial DNA is the small circular chromosome found inside mitochondria. The mitochondria are organelles found in cells that are the sites of energy production. The mitochondria, and thus mitochondrial DNA, are passed from mother to offspring.
I think the native peoples genes were modified when they were brought to the planet. So the survivors were just brought up to the standards of the native peoples. Then their children would get the gene from both parents.
If the aliens didn't somehow program the modified mtDNA against inheritance, and the clear transmissibility of the nano elements argues against that, then it should pass to the offspring, especially if it provides an advantage. This will likely be true of any offspring of the male survivors of Flight 4382 as Biparental Inheritance of Mitochondrial DNA in Humans (Luo et al) is currently something of hot area of research in genetics.
I'd say yes, as it is passed on naturally.
Mitrocondra are only inherited from our mothers apart from some rare cases of mitochondrial DNA being inherited from both parents. Joseph's children would have their mothers Mitochondria so wouldn't need the agumentation to their mitochondrial DNA to cope with the greater gravity of anyar. The nano-bots over time would spread to the entire population of Anyar and for some later generation cause a huge problem on how they got there and where they come from.
Valentine Michael Smith adapted well.
Yes - I would think so!
Based on the results seen in Yosef’s children, yes, something is being inherited (even if it is just the little nano-bots helping with healing like we are seeing in Merrah & Annarind (don’t actually know the spelling, listen in Audible - sorry!)) I would think that over time these effects would be diluted by other genetics coming into play. HOWEVER, if the nanos are self replicating, like is suggested by Mark’s post-Sting decrease and then increase in healing, then it may not drop over time. Many generations from now, there may be whole planets of people with increased healing. For the Cadelli, this could make the whole island healthier. Sometimes I wonder why Yosef hasn’t considered “breeding” his own blood and using that as a medical advancement. It would be hard to pass it off as something other than a blessing from God, but could he inoculate the whole island under the guise of something else? Could the nano-bots be cultivated in some other living organism & harvested? ...whoops, got me rambling. Short answer yes.
I think the aliens made it so that the survivors were able to pass the DNA to their offspring.
Children will inherit. Not sure about other planets though. Good teaser.
The children of any women will inherit, but not those of the men.
The Nano Machines were already passed to Cara (and others) and I would assume to the kids as well (since they were in the womb and were "infected" by said Nano machines) and thousands or hundred of years from now to the entire population. an oversight by (the overseers?)
I will pass biology is not my favourite subject. My only wish, the man or woman from Earth and who became captive of the Narthani, has a major in Philosophy or French. Therefore not a threat
I think so. If your DNA changed in all the cells in your body, it also changed in your reproductive cells.
Yes super human
Yes, because mitochondrial DNA is precisely what's passed on to the offspring.
Only fathers can pass mitochondrial dna that.
It’s DNA, it passes on.
January 4, 2021
Finished the first draft of Book 7 (title still in flux). Word count around 180,000. Lot’s of work now on revisions and editing, but at least there’s progress. December was definitely slow due to usual holiday stuff, plus under the weather a bit and forgetting it takes time to write the yearly Christmas story. This year I though a little warm and fuzzy plot was appropriate.
News on coming audio releases. I’ve just been told the novella, An Ancient Enemy, is scheduled for February 6. The book Harbinger is scheduled for March 16.
For readers/listeners of Destiny’s Crucible, here’s an image that shows the position of the ancestral homeland of the Narthani.
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3 months ago
Totally psyched. Love your world and the characters. Excited for whenever it comes out!
Listening again the whole series, currently on book 3; i know the wait is worth it, but i really really want know how the story will continue on book 7 with the fated meeting of Yozef and his fellow earthlings.
I find it hard to wait between books, but, # 6 made it bearable. Hope Mark and Yosef come up with some great new inventions. Also the familes meeting one another should be priceless. They both have put up with so much mystery with their husbands.
Thank you. Love the progress reports almost as much as the garden updates.
Looking forward to the next book in the series. Keep us posted.
Looking forward to it!
Great author can’t wait for his next book.
Not to be impatient but please hurry up. I need to know what happen when he meets Yosef.
Just finished listening to Passages yesterday! Trying to pace myself on the Christmas stories 😊 Can't wait for the new book.
Take your time...the quality of your work is ALWAYS worth the wait! 🤩
Can't wait, need my Yosef fix.
This is great news. I look forward to these new audible releases and I eagerly await Book 7
I'm just waiting for the day when the Cadeli role into Narthoni territory on steamboats with semi-automatic carbine rifles.
I'm looking forward to it.
I can't wait! Thanks for keeping us all updated!!
Keep up with same characters please.
Thanks for the update!
Thank you Sir, I can’t wait with the novel and maybe the rolling back of the Narthani empire into a small country. Like NAZi Germany when it had most of Europe and the Mediterranean until its empire was slowly chop chop by the Allies into smaller and divided Germany.
I can't wait
Feel free to reach out if you need a beta reader.