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December 2, 2021

Yikes! Year end coming. I don’t like the short days, but I go all in on lights on trees and the house and humming XMAS songs enough for wife to roll her eyes.

Sorry to say Book 8 of Destiny’ Crucible is slow coming. Not from lack of effort, but the plot is complicated and there has been slow slogging in many parts I struggled to see where it was going. Seems to have speeded up as “something comes to me,” almost like a whisper. :>)

Now looking like March/April for the ebook, with audio production scheduled for May and summer release.

However, all is not lost for the holiday season. The yearly short story will be coming by year’s end.

For those interested, there’s a fan discussion group on Facebook. “Destiny’s Crucible Fans”
There’s 105 members last time I looked. One current discussion is members wanting a nickname for fans (ala potterheads and cheeseheads). Everyone is invited to pitch in with suggestions. I’ve been known to crib ideas from the discussions.

There have been occasional queries about getting signed copies of the paperbacks. That’s now possible by scrolling down on the front page of olanthorensen.com. You fill in your email and any specific inscription you would like. Unfortunately, at the moment the payment is only through Paypal, but there’s no charge to sign up.
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Happy Xmas to you Olan! I hate the short days too. Amazingly I'm still hanging on here despite severe chronic illness and feeling like I have one foot in the grave. Two things that drive me to keep going. First is release of new episode of "Wheel Of Time" on Prime every Friday. Second is your 8th Destimy's Crucible novel. I really do hope I live long enough to read it! 🙂

Take your time. We know you'll pull it all together in a very interesting way. I'd like to know more about the aliens.

You're on my list of authors that I consider comfort books that listening again isn't a chore but an extension to find more clues to a deeper story

Better to take your time and put the best book you can then to rush it and have the trolls go after you

Come on man no more excuses put down the eggnog drop the cookies and get the book done dude I've been waiting.

Happy Holidays! Thank you for the update.

Can you please have them go and salt the land he said he would salt. Ty

You can always take a break from the plot and just explore the other areas... the AI, the group back on earth investigating the crash, the original aliens that moved the original humans. Not saying that goes into book 8 but maybe just a break for you to explore.

I re-listen to Destiny’s Crucible whenever I can’t find a good book. Six or seven times so far.

While I am excited about the Destiny's Crucible book. I am just dying to read the book in the Janus Project. Maybe you just need more vacation time.

Olan thank you for hanging in there on your new book. I’ll check out Destiny’s crucible fan face page. Oh yeah, days are short but full spectrum lighting helps a lot of people. I’ll go out to my greenhouse just to get that brightness.

Sun surfers

Can’t wait!!!!!

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November 1, 2021

Interesting date. November is “National Novel Writing Month.” Info at nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo. Basically, it’s an informal encouragement for writers to write a 50,000+ novel in the month of November. Of course, fat chance at my writing speed and length of books. However, I’ll informally say I’m entered to try and finish book 8 by November 30 – no promises. Of course, I'm cheating by starting with 130,000 words.

Writing progressing, but slower than expected. Had 3-4 days recently with flu-like symptoms from covid booster. First 2 shots didn’t hit me like that.

This is also the time of your when it’s, “Thank goodness the garden and orchard are winding down.” It’s cyclical. Enthusiastic in the Spring, tired of it by the fall.

The attached image without explanation is presented for your puzzlement, discussion, whatever.

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November 1, 2021

Interesting date. November is “National Novel Writing Month.” Info at nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo. Basically, it’s an informal encouragement for writers to write a 50,000+ novel in the month of November. Of course, fat chance at my writing speed and length of books. However, I’ll informally say I’m entered to try and finish book 8 by November 30 – no promises. Of course, Im cheating by starting with 130,000 words.

Writing progressing, but slower than expected. Had 3-4 days recently with flu-like symptoms from covid booster. First 2 shots didn’t hit me like that.

This is also the time of your when it’s, “Thank goodness the garden and orchard are winding down.” It’s cyclical. Enthusiastic in the Spring, tired of it by the fall.

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Olan

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Flag of the Narthon empire? That’s a Roman fasces - a symbol adopted by Mussolini for his new political philosophy fascism. Might fit the Narthoni. Of course , it brings up the question of how the symbol became known to them. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

I CAN'T FLIBIN WAIT FOR THE NEWEST BOOK I NEED TO GET A DOSE OF THE COSCO and I had symptoms too from the booster hopefully you'll be ok soon

Maybe the buldorian flag??? I’ll have to look back at Passages and see if anything resembling this image was mentioned when Mark was hunting for ships in Sulako….

Well that's good news about book 8, glad that you're feeling better now though.

Hope those symptoms go away soon. Rest up!

It’s probably the flag of that new country thats on Joseph’s shit list (I can’t remember what it’s called alpha top my head)

Can't wait for the next book. Stay safe!

Good luck Olan! NaNoWriMo is a wonderful challenge to take on.

Has to be the flag of an alliance between Caedellium and Fuomon. Caedellium's green and Fuomon's blue and white (silver), and the fasces representing combined strength in union.

Olan Thorensen can you please confirm that this flag is part of the DC universe and perhaps even Anyar specific?? It will help with the speculation since you’ve mentioned that you’re working on other projects as well!!! Please please!!!

Question - anyone know where or if I can by physical books for the destiny crucible series- want to gift to my son think he'd love these?

Hm, Irish-French-Italian...? . Ah ha!! "The Kolsko League of Guinness, Wine & Pizza" !! it will surely take Caedellium by storm 😛

Olan I think we need your books to come out in movie form. Just the soundtrack will probably be amazing. One of my all-time movies was (The Mission) starring Robert De Niro. Soundtrack could be used in your writing. I think his name was Ennio Morricone..

Flag of Kolinka which Yozef is going to conquer next

Stay healthy! So how about that beer mug? Christmas is coming!

Alliance flag of Cards opium & Fuomon !

As a European, my first thought was actually about a fascist symbol. However, it is on Anyar and not earth and was initially the symbol of strength through unity so maybe the flag of a federation ?

Wow I thought it was just NO NUT NOVEMBER.

Caedelli flag perhaps ?

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October 4, 2021

Book 8 moving along. Harbinger 2 smatterings of progress. 3rd project nothing done last month.

There have been a few questions about the months on Anyar. Here are the names on Caedellium. Of course, they would be different in other realms.
Brunelon
Keforon
Makothon
Mefilton
Amgelon
Hisilton
Bangston
Himilton
Rucklon

Any differences between this list and any reference in the books is obviously someone else’s fault and not mine. :>)

For those interested and not aware, there are two places of interest about Destiny’s Crucible. There’s a wiki under development at:
destinys-crucible.fandom.com/wiki/Destiny’s_Crucible_Wiki
Among other things, it includes lists of characters and animals. I’ve used the latter when I couldn’t remember something. There’s also a list of months, which needs one correction I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it. Maybe the wiki members can make the change.

There’s also a fan discussion page on Facebook.
www.facebook.com/groups/1017113888825494
If that doesn’t work, just search on “Destiny’s Crucible.”

I’m not involved in creating either site, but I check in occasionally with comments/etc.

Right now, the Facebook group is discussing who might be the other 2 plane survivors on Anyar. To answer a request for the list of survivors (which anyone on the mail got with the XMAS short story a couple of years ago), here it is:

PASSENGER AGE OCCUPATION .
1) Bill Aderman 28 Rancher.
2) Pierre Billard 46 French tourist; wife on plane; wine industry.
3) Mark Caldwell 45 Engineer.
4) Heather Chen 17 High School senior; music student.
5) Joseph Colsco 27 Chemistry grad student; UC Berkeley.
6) Jolene Demmings 48 Police captain-Kansas City.
7) Isabella Gallego 15 High School sophomore.
8) Jesus Garcia 20 College sophomore, political science, Stanford.
9) Lucille Green e 31 Airline Stewardess. Pregnant.
10) Robin Kelly 49 accountant, economics; husband on plane.
11) Jules Lawson 53 Economics Phd, Bank of America.
12) Cheryl Liu 38 High School social studies teacher.
13) Justin Molinar 8 Parents on plane.
14) Henry Murkowski 16 High School junior; Parents and sister on plane.
15) Dan Oglethorpe 69 retired colonel, US Army, quartermaster
16) Liza Oglethorpe 63 retired colonel, US Army, intelligence & infantry
17) Michael Posey 72 Aircraft mechanic, retired. Wife on plane.
18) Susan Scanlon 33 Advertising.
19) Haley Sewell 3 months
20) Hakeem Stambouli 37 Math professor, SF State Univ.
21) Barbara Steuben 60 Librarian.
22) Daniel Steuben 61 Grocery store manager.
23) Glenn Timmons 50 Trucking supervisor.
24) Jerry Tonagawa 38 Google Personnel manager.
25) Terry Velada 35 Airplane steward.
26) Martha Whitworth 81 Surgeon, retired.
27) Stephen Yang 25 Taiwan grad student, robotics, Stanford.

Attached image is seat positions of survivors.

Olan
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October 4, 2021

Book 8 moving along. Harbinger 2 smatterings of progress. 3rd project nothing done last month. 

There have been a few questions about the months on Anyar. Here are the names on Caedellium. Of course, they would be different in other realms.
Brunelon
Keforon
Makothon
Mefilton
Amgelon
Hisilton
Bangston
Himilton
Rucklon

Any differences between this list and any reference in the books is obviously someone else’s fault and not mine.  :>)

For those interested and not aware, there are two places of interest about Destiny’s Crucible. There’s a wiki under development at:
https://destinys-crucible.fandom.com/wiki/Destiny’s_Crucible_Wiki
Among other things, it includes lists of characters and animals. I’ve used the latter when I couldn’t remember something. There’s also a list of months, which needs one correction I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it. Maybe the wiki members can make the change.

There’s also a fan discussion page on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1017113888825494
If that doesn’t work, just search on “Destiny’s Crucible.”

I’m not involved in creating either site, but I check in occasionally with comments/etc.

Right now, the Facebook group is discussing who might be the other 2 plane survivors on Anyar. To answer a request for the list of survivors (which anyone on the mail got with the XMAS short story a couple of years ago), here it is:

PASSENGER AGE OCCUPATION                                               .
1) Bill Aderman 28 Rancher.
2) Pierre Billard 46 French tourist; wife on plane; wine industry.
3) Mark Caldwell 45 Engineer.
4) Heather Chen 17 High School senior; music student.
5) Joseph Colsco 27 Chemistry grad student; UC Berkeley.
6) Jolene Demmings 48 Police captain-Kansas City.
7) Isabella Gallego 15 High School sophomore. 
8) Jesus Garcia 20 College sophomore, political science, Stanford.
9) Lucille Green e 31 Airline Stewardess. Pregnant.
10) Robin Kelly 49 accountant, economics; husband on plane.
11) Jules Lawson 53 Economics Phd, Bank of America.
12) Cheryl Liu 38 High School social studies teacher.
13) Justin Molinar 8 Parents on plane.
14) Henry Murkowski 16 High School junior; Parents and sister on plane.
15) Dan Oglethorpe 69 retired colonel, US Army, quartermaster
16) Liza Oglethorpe 63 retired colonel, US Army, intelligence & infantry
17) Michael Posey 72 Aircraft mechanic, retired. Wife on plane.
18) Susan Scanlon 33 Advertising.
19) Haley Sewell 3 months
20) Hakeem Stambouli 37 Math professor, SF State Univ.
21) Barbara Steuben 60 Librarian.
22) Daniel Steuben 61 Grocery store manager.
23) Glenn Timmons 50 Trucking supervisor.
24) Jerry Tonagawa 38 Google Personnel manager.
25) Terry Velada 35 Airplane steward.
26) Martha Whitworth 81 Surgeon, retired.
27) Stephen Yang 25 Taiwan grad student, robotics, Stanford.

Attached image is seat positions of survivors.

Olan

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The next book can never arrive soon enough ❤️

Truly great works. The depth of your worlds is amazing. Thanks for all your hard work!!

I’m so glad to see there is a Facebook group for discussion. I had all intentions to create one myself a while back but I just never found the time.

So… I’m now left wondering how did the watchers handle the kids that were very young and infants? Obviously they wouldn’t just wash them up on the shore like the rest? These young children wouldn’t even be able to decide their fate would they?

Olan I just finished Dubious Peace Fantastic book as always. I can’t wait for the next installment. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world

Olan…just finished Harbinger…wow! Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. At a loss of what to read next since I’m all caught up with Destiny’s Crucible 💁🏼‍♀️.

I was just scrolling and saw the picture before the post and thought, Final Destination

That UFO really did a number on the middle of the plane

I hope the 3 month old is a on a good planet. Poor kid

I love out 8 became the cool glasses emoji by accident lol

Thanks olan!! 🙂

Well we Know it's not Dan & Liza Get it in gear bro! Need more books. Left us hanging @ end Harbinger

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Hello,

It’s been a good while since the last update. Mea culpa. The summer was busy, some obligatory travel, weeks with grandkids visiting, and the usual more time than expected to care for a large garden and orchard. Things are settling down now.

Writing has progressed, though slowly. Book 8 had trouble congealing, but that seems to be solved by several of those, “It comes to me . . . ” moments someone is known to have that seemed to get things going. I started off working on three different books, but most time now is book 8 which is at 80,000 words. There is also a start on book 2 of the Harbinger trilogy, and another project I won’t go into for now.

One unplanned item was the time it took looking into swag as I previously said I would do. As everything seems to go, it took a lot more time than expected and sucked up the equivalent of a couple of weeks. After looking at several options, we’ve settled on a company and some test orders are out so I and a couple others can check the quality. Should have the answer shortly. Personally, I plan on getting t-shirt, sweat-shirt, poster, and bookmark items. It will start with a few images/designs and go from there as more are developed. A 2-foot square poster I ordered of Caedellium looks good, but somehow I put a mouse cursor in the middle of Moreland Province? That’ll have to go, plus the lettering is a little vague and needs enhancing before that image can be out there for any product a person wants to put it on.

It’s been requested to post hints, such as maps, about book 8. Here’s one, and no, there will be no more explanation of what it’s about. :>)

Olan
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Hello,

It’s been a good while since the last update. Mea culpa. The summer was busy, some obligatory travel, weeks with grandkids visiting, and the usual more time than expected to care for a large garden and orchard. Things are settling down now.

Writing has progressed, though slowly. Book 8 had trouble congealing, but that seems to be solved by several of those, “It comes to me . . . ” moments someone is known to have that seemed to get things going. I started off working on three different books, but most time now is book 8 which is at 80,000 words. There is also a start on book 2 of the Harbinger trilogy, and another project I won’t go into for now.

One unplanned item was the time it took looking into swag as I previously said I would do. As everything seems to go, it took a lot more time than expected and sucked up the equivalent of a couple of weeks. After looking at several options, we’ve settled on a company and some test orders are out so I and a couple others can check the quality. Should have the answer shortly. Personally, I plan on getting t-shirt, sweat-shirt, poster, and bookmark items. It will start with a few images/designs and go from there as more are developed. A 2-foot square poster I ordered of Caedellium looks good, but somehow I put a mouse cursor in the middle of Moreland Province? That’ll have to go, plus the lettering is a little vague and needs enhancing before that image can be out there for any product a person wants to put it on.

It’s been requested to post hints, such as maps, about book 8. Here’s one, and no, there will be no more explanation of what it’s about.  :>)

Olan

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Love the series and have read all the books multiple times and also listened to them on audible. So excited for book 8!

Thank you Olan, it's good to hear that my favorite book series is progressing.

Tshirt that reads, “I was cast under an alien sun, and all I got was this stupid tshirt,” please! 🤣

I wanna see more technology, and the effects it has on Anyar. Two thousand bolt action rifles and a million rounds of ammunition should go a long way to clearing the Lanolin continent. Ditto Rustal. At the very least it would keep the Narthani kinda busy.

Agreed would like to see more technological developments. What happened to that earthling female medical doctor that briefly appeared towards the end of one of your earlier books in the series?

Looking forward to book 8 of Destiny's Crucible and book 2 of the Harbinger Trilogy.

As much as I anyar, I am beyond excited to hear your already working on Book 2 of Harbinger. Even if it was just an aside.

If you do the T-shirt please use good cotton and haved XXXL size - be happy to pay more for a quality porduct.

Enjoying both series, looking forward to their continuation. The book 8 map is a fun tease.

Perhaps the location of a forth American in Penabak. Thanks for the updates looking forward to the new books.

Oh I know where that is. I've got some guesses where your going with that. Can't wait!

Thank you for the update! Looking forward to everything you mentioned.

Looking forward to release of new books. Like them all.. Will you have coffee mugs??

Thanks for the update! And your books are amazing!! Love all of them!!

I’m very excited for what’s coming. I’ve read just about everything you’ve written and love it all!! Keep it and thanks!

Awesome Hanging out for the next book 👌

I'm hanging with mark right now only eager for the next book

A great series read each book in this series a number of times. I keep finding things I missed. Eric Weiss.

Love the concept, and world building, Good Job.

My guess is Akunyun is going to run across the 4th 4382 passenger .That's the area he traveled home to in book 5.

Congrats on another successful year of writing. May the Force be with you.

I will buy whatever you write.

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Some memories are indelible, and not all are good.

September 11, 2001

I was attending a 2-day bioinformatics meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. The morning’s session was underway when the someone from the venue came in to say an airliner had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers. Terrorism was suspected, and the facility was projecting CNN on a fifteen-foot screen for anyone wanting to watch the reports. A couple of scientists left to watch, but I stayed, telling myself the meeting was important and I would catch the details of the crash later. My resolve lasted until the next talk was boring and my curiosity got to me. Over the next hour I alternated between watching the disaster unfold and being stupefied that almost all our meeting’s attendees were either oblivious that the world had just changed or were deliberately blocking out reality they were not prepared to deal with. I learned later than the plane that hit the Pentagon flew directly over the meeting site.

Following the attack, I spent the next days in a hotel watching news and knowing nothing would ever be the same. Air traffic was suspended and home was far away. The only potential way to get there was with my rental car. I discussed with two other meeting attendees the possibility of us driving home together. The only car we had was my rental and there was no word when air travel would be resumed. Rumors were it could be weeks. We decided to wait a few more days before committing. I held onto the car past its day to return, as did every other car renter in the US, including people at the meeting if they were not local. The rental car companies canceled any penalties and said any driver could return a car anywhere in the US whether it was in their contract or not – just give us our cars back. When flights resumed, fortuitously I was on the first plane to leave Baltimore.

Twenty years later, unfortunately I was right that the world had changed, and not in a good way.
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Theres always something good to be found in every day.. Sept 11 th is my daughter’s birthday so it will always be a day to celebrate for us regardless of the somber news. It is unfortunate that her birthday is now overshadowed by this terrible event but we always try and make the best of it.. After all, she was born before it happened so it will always be her day first. (She is 24 today).

I was scheduled to make a presentation at a Cyber Security conference at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta at 9AM… then every phone and pager in the room started going off. Took me 3 days to finally secure a rental car and drive home. Still blows my mind how fast people gave up their right to privacy, yet throw tantrums over wearing a mask.

Cooler heads did not prevail. Because of people on both sides of government I had the opportunity to meet a handsome young man about six foot 2 that was a servicemen in the Iraq War. He was trying to purchase something from me but was having difficulty because he had his arms blown off at the shoulders.. with his teeth he took out a $20 bill from his vest. This injured vet told me to put the $5 bill in his right pocket and the ones in his left pocket.. I showed him $0.89 I still owed him.. this poor young man teary-eyed almost started crying.. he said what am I going to do with that I can't even wipe my ass.. this is where I almost lost it I almost started crying.. thousands of men and women came back from the Iraq War/Afghanistan crippled or even dead because of the decisions made in voting for the war that was a lie.. These people should not be electable. That should have been a career changer to something outside of government.. it's not like saying hehe I burnt the beans.. I will never vote for anybody that voted for that war.. They need to suffer the consequences for a horrific mistake. can you of good conscience look a wounded soldier in the eye and still vote for A politician that got us into these wars....?

Thank you for sharing.

Several people have asked about swag of Destiny's Crucible. My business manager (wife) has looked into it and likes Redbubble. If we set it up, I would send a set of images to Redbubble for any to select for T-shorts, mugs, whatever. I've attached here some ideas. Any other suggestions/ideas - including ones you might like to make. Olan ... See MoreSee Less

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Several people have asked about swag of Destinys Crucible. My business manager (wife) has looked into it and likes Redbubble. If we set it up, I would send a set of images to Redbubble for any to select for T-shorts, mugs, whatever. Ive attached here some ideas. Any other suggestions/ideas - including ones you might like to make.   Olan

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Snarling Greco beer mugs

I’ve often thought of t-shirts for the Snarling Greco as if you’d buy them as a tourist. The other towns and locations could be similar to college town swag. I’ve used Printful for good quality T-shirt, mugs, and beach towels. I agree Redbubble is sketchy, Printful is so-so. I’m a graphic designer and would love to help in my spare time. I’ll think of more ideas and let me know if you have questions implementing Printful.

Great, you will have my support. I have looked a couple of times online. I was surprised nothing was available. Also, after several readers said they wanted a Facebook page to discuss Destiny's Crucible, I made one. Just search Destiny's Crucible on Facebook. I truly believe this would make a fantastic TV series or a movie franchise. All the books are so compelling. I'm a 67 year old nerd, what can I say.

Pens that look like swords, bookmarks that say,”that reminds me of a story”, flags for each of the clans that can be made into T-shirt’s, mugs, etc., watcher abductee anonymous tshirts, DEFINITELY snailing Graeko tshirts, a tshirt that says “nothing beats a balmoth”, a flag for munjor, the cadelli flag,….I’m sure I’ll think of more

i would love an anyar junk journal….filled to the brim with maps, illustrations, flags, catchphrases, etc…..the best of everything….

I wish you’d release versions of your books with illustrations…..there are so many wonderful scenes where if you found a talented artist, it could make for some beautiful artwork!!

Be careful with Reduble. They had a major problem just a year ago with people stealing art and designs and setting up copies on their own site. That being said, I'm excited to see what you got man!

maybe an illustration with a collection of a lot of the inventions introduced so far….everything from balloons, to safety pins to toilet paper, to yes…even kotex, to napalm, etc.

T shirt that says, “I was cast under an alien sun, and all I got was this stupid t shirt”

There’s got to be something that can be done with Vandork…..

Maybe an Anyarran night featuring the night sky with two moons? And an image of the solar system Anyar is in with its other planets?

What Yosef, Carnigan, Stent, etc. saw when first arriving at the glacier site

What Orosz City looked like from the Narthoni’s perspective just before the battle started.

Perhaps a t-shorts with the caedelly flag shirts.

What was it called? The abbey’s deliverance or something like that? How about a playbill?

Some images of Anyar’s native fauna.

The night sky of the planet that the Oglethorpes are on.

Outstanding “A dubious peace” just finished. Thank you. Now the wait begins for what’s next.

I’d buy the rifle

I left my chicken on earth

Soundtracks of Heathers music so people know what’s in the book. I like your character Heather maybe you could have her do artwork and then you could sell that stuff. For instance trying to explain why No one can fine America is headed off by paintings undersea cities...

Anything with "All Narthani Must Die" written on it I will buy . . . . well all of them.🙂 On a coffee cup.

what about the Cadellium periodic table of elements….only including the ones they’ve found so far? Love fuominium

all’s I ask is that the tshirts are super cozy and soft….there’s nothing worse than an awesome design on a tshirt, that’s scratchy, not stretchy and shrinks in the wash. Get some quality control testing done on the shirts/clothing prior to authorizing their use 😊. I will live in my dc swag….and I’d rather pay a few extra dollars for a better quality shirt….

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Wow. It’s been a while since the last update. In the push to get “A Dubious Peace” out, too many other things were pushed aside temporarily that finally had to addressed. Plus, there has been the usual Spring priorities: cleaning up from winter, full-bore on getting yard work done (vegetables, flowers, orchard), household business delayed, etc. It was also good to step away from the keyboard to take time to plan future writings. However, now I’m back at the keyboard. Unfortunately for the impatient, I can’t report on what the next book completion will be since I’m working on three different projects. At some point, I expect one of those will be far enough along and have gotten me enthused enough to focus on finishing and putting the other two aside. However, in the long term it may well work out. When I was publishing scientific papers, I regularly found myself working on multiple ones at the same time. The end of a writing project can be tedious since the topic doesn’t seem fresh anymore by that time. I suspect my apparent preference for multiple project kept each one fresher and was more productive time-wise. At least that’s what I’ll find out if it applies to fiction.

For devoted fans of the Destiny’s Crucible series, do not despair. More books are coming, though I can’t give a timeline. However, I will share that the last chapters of the last book have been planned and partially written. It also looks like there will be at least two more books, although I can’t rule out it may take three books to wrap the Yozef Kolsko thread.
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Most nights I go to sleep listening with my head phones to Passages getting ready for July 13th. Jonathan Davis is a great Narrator. Waiting for the moment that Yosef, Heather and Mark meet. Just like with Ender and Bean, I fell in love with the characters you created. I'm 67 years old. I read a lot of fiction. I've watch a lot of fiction. Over the last few years, I've listened to a lot of fiction. Destiny's Crucible has touched me. Thank you. I'll keep reading, you keep writing.

So what you are saying is I have atleast 2 books to prepare myself for the end of the series and get my life right with jesus so I don't have a mental breakdown when its over.....CHECK!!!

With a whole world to explore why don’t you keep them going? Is it just not “fresh and fun” to write too many stories about the same character/s? I read The Destroyer series when I was a kid and Murphy/Sapir wrote something like 162 books about Remo Williams and Chiun. Loved looking forward to those two books a year! Just asking…

Been listening to your Audible publications of the DC series (even though I could get them free with my Kindle Unlimited) and I must say that Jonathan Davis is an amazing narrator! Don't mind waiting for more volumes from the both of you, and do keep them coming. 🙂

Huge fan. Your books are great. Keep them coming, I will always read them. Thanks for your work and creativity.

The series would not end ( I hope) until the Caedellium flag is planted and raised at the Capital of the Narthani empire.

I am glad you have a plan for the end. Better to end early than drag out.

Destiny's Crucible has been amazing. I love the storyline and enjoy listening to each book two or three times. Keep up the great work. Please don't rush any books. The best art comes at its own pace.

I am a huge fan and will wait. I know what you mean, loved the burst of energy and ideas when writing but hated the editing process to get papers published.

Can you have kolsko salt the land of the people who attacked him and his wife. Also more aliens.

Thank you for the update! Looking forward to next book.

Great news about more Destiny’s Crucible! Can’t wait !!

Good stuff! Thanks for the update. Happy summer!

You do what you need to do to keep those great books coming

Loved "A Dubious Peace".

Yes, please don’t stop Yozef or the crew.

A Dubious Peace was "pushed out". Please slow down and write on your time, not anyone else's. These things happen. I'll buy your next book no matter how long it takes...your real fans will do the same.

Keep up the good work. As for old technology that uses pitch... Have you seen this? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangeburg_pipe

I don't mind that you are "wrapping up" the Yozef Kolsko thread, but I do hope that if you get too bored with it you do something like what Eric Flint did with his "Ring of Fire" series, setting Canon and maybe letting other authors play in your sandbox. It's too good of a world you have built (particularly the people of Caedellium), to say goodbye.

Well, if the story moves at the same pace as in “A Dubious Peace” you will probably need 10-15 more books before the aliens arrive.

Was thinking it over and I think i was expecting there might be like 6 more books….so 2-3 sounds a little sad to me. I guess i was just hoping that we’d get to see so much more of the great wide world you created. I was hoping that the krinolin and narthon castaways might get their own books. That maybe we’d get to spend time on the haraseddic border of narthon and into many of the harassedic kingdoms. That maybe we’d go back to frangel one day to rescue maghen’s family And see what became of the insidious guilds and fabric production. That we’d end up in the wide plains of rustal again and help them to finally fight off the narthani Occupation. That we’d travel to the iriquinik kingdoms and experience life there. There’s just so much more of your world that i wanted!!! I guess i also have to wonder how the hell you’re going to unite all of the landolin kingdoms in a war against the narthani in 2-3 books when it took you 4 books to unite the clans on a tiny little island????!!!!!! One more thing…..when thinking of how to end the series look to Tolkien. Lord of the rings had one of the best endings i’ve come across and mainly (in my opinion) due to the fact that you got the distinct sense that the author didn’t want the series to end as much as the reader didn’t want the series to end. After the climax at mount doom, he just couldn’t let go…he kept giving us more and more afterlife…..and it worked perfectly. The thing i hate most is when we spend 6 books with an author climbing a fictional mountain with them and then once we get to the top and look down the other side we see there’s a slide or an elevator waiting to usher us back down in like 2 minutes. It does a disservice to the climb!!!!! It needs to be a slow leisurely descent with a gentle landing for the reader. It’s like sending your kid off to college…you have to do it gradually with buying all the shit and books and getting their room set up and walking around campus with them and having dinner with them before the final goodbye scene. They have to acclimate to the fact that they are now going to live a life completely devoid of new DC material!!! Up until the climax your readers will be chomping at the bit to go faster and faster to get to the top…but once they hit the top…we want you to slow right the hell down…..take the scenic route….stop and smell the roses…..essentially……give us 20 chapters after the eventual downfall of narthon, because a 10 book series really deserves that much and anything less would be a disservice to the climb!

DC is becoming my all time favorite series quickly. I just can’t stop listening and have read the series several times now. Thank you for all the hard work you have put in. It really shows. I recommend it several times a week to friends.

I'm truly sorry to hear that the Destiny's Crucible will be ending in another two to three book. I was hoping that it would continue longer. I was hoping that Yozef would with Marks help build a dam and supply the island with hydroelectric power for lights and heating. I also hope that mark or Yozef sends for Maghen's family to come to the island so she will not feel so lonely or isolated. There is just to much for me to list of what I would love to see happen. Thank you for the series I have enjoyed them very much.

Just to clarify, are you saying that yozef may get 2+ books to wrap up his storyline, but that there may be more DC books to finish the anyar thread or potentially more books to finish the aliens thread? Just want to clarify whether 2+ books will be the end of DC or of yozef as the main character?

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I am curios to see what General Akuyun’s reaction when he reads the latest intelligence report about the rapid progress in technology, medicine, economic, social and cultural progress taking place in Caedellium. I am sure his reaction would be mixed, dismayed, threatened and admiration.

Damn havant strikes again!

Narthonie agents probably.

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Hey all im curius i dont remember has there been any comparing the isle of Caedellium to real world map ? around what size is the whole Caedellium "islands" ? ( including seaborn )

I guess it's pretty fortunate that none of the humans ended up on those secluded islands out in the middle of the Great Ocean.

If you could live anywhere on Anyar, where?

My husband and I listened to the audiobooks and had to print out the map so we could keep all the locations straight. Really enjoying the series!

Landolin looks like an animal with an eye if you tilt your head 90 degrees to the left

I am readin #7 so slowly. Normally a day read I’m stretching to 10-12 days. 🤪😎😷

Would a cowboy hat and maybe a colt like six shooter pistol become the normal trend for the Caedelli lawmen and Yosef’s body guards? Lol!

New map? Thanks

Love your books and your writing style. Been reading SF for 50 years... Question: where is the equator on your maps ?

If I could do it, I would nominate Olan Thorensen for Nobel Prize in Literature.

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I finished book 7 Monday and loved it. I'm looking forward his next book. Thank you Olan Thorensen great book.

Book 7 actually reminds me of book 1 quite a bit in terms of pacing and story arch. I think out of all the books I still like Book 2 and 4 the best. The political intrigues are quite interesting but with so many new political entities being introduced it felt like a good chunk of the book was used to setup the background for future storelines. Also, Olan continues to devote pages to the alien AI part of the storyline is a little odd to me. I understand the use of it as a literary device to place Earthlings on Anyar but the world of Anyar is so rich and immersive already, it is difficult to see how the AI / Alien thread adds / contribute to this world. Regardless I enjoyed Book 7, and look forward to Book 8 and beyond!

I just finished book 7 and honestly I think based on the pace we might need 15 books until we get a navy and starts throwing weight around on the world stage.

Just finished book 7. Enjoyed it! Red stars on map mark location of Earth people I assume? Can't wait for next book.

How soon does the new "Western" come out? Love ALL the books!

Very nice series, eagerly awaiting the next book, well done

Your web site is down. Looks like your domain name expired.

I'm assuming this is the current location of the five Americans.

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