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Spent book part of the day making a couple figures for book 9. Heres one.

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Wonderful. Thank you. What a superb series. This type of story is so unique I search for them often. Rare jewels, this niche genre.

Wow, an whole new region on Anyar. Very impressive. I do hope, at some point, we will learn more details about the Extraterrestrials, who transplanted the humans and are presently monitoring the planet. I believe I speak for most when I say how much we appreciate the depth of the Anyar Saga with the many details and that fact that each volume has sufficient length and excellent pace. That is to say, the story is not over too quickly.

This series needs to be a Netflix series.

Can't wait - addicted to this series.

Beautiful!

I would say we were waiting patiently, but My son and I were discussing today, we are highly anticipating your next book.

Nice !

Not to go off topic but I love the maps that you add to your books. GOT has an app that connects maps and characters with artwork and histories. I am sure it’s not cheap to create an app like that but check it out for something down the road. I am sure that you have a fan base that would be happy to buy it. Keep up the great work. 

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Really looking forward to the next book.

As a map guy myself, I really enjoy how your stories take account of the geography that you’ve created to a very deep degree.

I don’t have regular art work in my house. It’s all maps and flags, some real some fictional, all far more likely to capture my attention over and over than any other type of two dimensional art work.

Estimate book release date?

Maps really help to make the books come to life!

He tends to follow a pattern of releases average 3 books in 4years. This is not a complaint because his books are normally chunky sometimes RJ chunky which I love. Excited about book 9 keep up the good work!

Thanks. Maps add a lot.

Do all authors thinks in this level of detail (creating maps)? Or is that your thing?

Oh!

These names seem kinda Indian to me.

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These photos were taken last summer by Patti Waldygo (my editor) during the partial solar eclipse. What you’re seeing is images of the eclipse produced by the pinhole camera effect when sunlight passes through gaps in the leaves of a tree. Each of those crescents is an image of the eclipse. For Patti, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience because she wasn’t expecting it and happened to be in the right place at the right time.

I had one of those November, 1966. I was in the Army, in parachute school having all of us be gotten up at 4 am for some ungodly reason. I was standing outside in our morning assembly position, one of the first men in place. By chance, I looked at and saw scores of meteor traces at the same time, maybe even hundreds. It went on for several minutes. I don't know how many meteors I saw, but could have been thousands until the formation was complete and we were marched off. I only recently researched and found out that it was the Great Leonid Meteor Storm of 1966 that had hundreds of thousands of meteors an hour with the peak about 4 am if you were in the right place. It was supposedly the biggest confirmed meteor shower in recorded history, possibly only matched by the Leonid Storm of 1833. I would not have seen it if I hadn't been in the right place, at 4 am, with clear skies, and I happened to look up. Checking with other men in the company, I think I was the only person to notice. A shame.

Such Leonid storms tend to occur every 33 years, so I’m looking forward to November, 2032.

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These photos were taken last summer by Patti Waldygo (my editor) during the partial solar eclipse. What you’re seeing is images of the eclipse produced by the pinhole camera effect when sunlight passes through gaps in the leaves of a tree. Each of those crescents is an image of the eclipse. For Patti, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience because she wasn’t expecting it and happened to be in the right place at the right time.

I had one of those November, 1966. I was in the Army, in parachute school having all of us be gotten up at 4 am for some ungodly reason. I was standing outside in our morning assembly position, one of the first men in place. By chance, I looked at and saw scores of meteor traces at the same time, maybe even hundreds. It went on for several minutes. I dont know how many meteors I saw, but could have been thousands until the formation was complete and we were marched off. I only recently researched and found out that it was the Great Leonid Meteor Storm of 1966 that had hundreds of thousands of meteors an hour with the peak about 4 am if you were in the right place. It was supposedly the biggest confirmed meteor shower in recorded history, possibly only matched by the Leonid Storm of 1833. I would not have seen it if I hadnt been in the right place, at 4 am, with clear skies, and I happened to look up. Checking with other men in the company, I think I was the only person to notice. A shame.

Such Leonid storms tend to occur every 33 years, so I’m looking forward to November, 2032.

Olan

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Patti took some pretty stunning photos! Really neat images.

It is amazing how the view of the same landscape can change under different light/weather conditions. Makes you think that perhaps our perception of things can sometimes be distorted or limited. Who knows what the universe holds.

Let's see ... you were at least 18 in 1966, so that makes you ... Well, I hope you are around and writing as spectacularly in 2032 as you currently do. I thought your latest Christmas release is evidence enough that you still got it. Looking forward to Book 9.

Hello All,

In response to a query if I’m still alive . . . the answer is yes. Sorry for the long hiatus between updates. As for the current project, book 9 of Destiny’s Crucible, it’s being worked on. My long ago estimate of having a crude draft turned out to be a gross overestimation. Other factors have been it taking much longer than anticipated to finish up the Paladin trilogy, plus other factors some of which were of my doing and some not. Bottom line is the book is being worked on. As for projections, I should have something to estimate when finishing (hopefully better this time) around Valentine’s Day. The current working title, and one that will probably change, is A Many-Threaded Tapestry.

Now that I think about it, my viability should have been evident to anyone on the mail list for getting release news and this year’s holiday short story. Shame on you for not asking to join and sending your email to olanthorensen@gmail.com.

Okay, and yes, shame on me for not communicating more.

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Worth the wait!

Looking forward to it! 👍

You're my favorite entertainment. Love your work.

Glad you're alive! Yay!

Thank you for the update. Looking forward to this book. Loving the series.

Thanks for the update! Take your time sir! good writing takes time. That said, I also can’t wait for the next installment of Destiny’s Crucible. Almost time to reread the series again!

I’m sure it will be worth the wait Olan! We can all refresh in preparation by reading/ listening again !!

Really enjoyed the short story Olan, thank you so much ,it was a real gem to read

No rush sir. I have to relisten to all of the previous books, 6th time I think.

In Olan Thorensen We Trust!

I recommend Destiny’s Crucible to everyone that asks for book recommendations. I think I’ve read the whole series 7 times now. Thank you for the update, can’t wait. I think I’m most interested to see how Yozef and General Akuyun cross paths again.

I've read the series several times, and listened on Audible several times. Getting tired of re-runs. My favorite one, though, is "Passages."

I just started re-reading the series again starting in Book 1...gotta get back up to speed before Book 9 hits! Has there ever been interest in a long-form tv series based on the book?

Book 9 will be well worth the wait. Also,still hoping for a second book as follow on of Harbinger. It seems that the ending suggests there is much more to the saga. I will once again put forth my vote in favour of Jonathan Davis to be narrator for Destiny's Crucible book 9 and for others as well. He has a way of making the story come to life. Although, I am unsure exactly how that happens. Probably, the most significant factor is the quality of your writing and the specific style of your presentation. I have said before, after reading all of Destiny's Crucible books and Harbinger, the characters and the story itself feel as if they have actually taken place in reality.

Well I guess time for rereading the series again.

Can you also include the free stories at the end of the book so it will be included in the audiobook? Or in the next one? 😀 thank you

Thank you for the update. But I do have to admit my audible credits are pilling up waiting for anything you write.

Olan Thorensen you have essentially released this entire series while George RR Martin has been working on one book. No complaints from me.

I submitted my name and e-mail address a long time ago and only received one of your short stories, but I would liked to have had them all.

take you time Olan

You may be viable, but you're not getting any younger 😀.

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Oct. 2, 2023

Three items to share. One is that book 9 is progressing, but as planned, I took time out to read the entire series from start to finish, taking notes. Took a while to read ~3700 pages. Now back to writing.

Second is that when the Paladin series was released last July I said there was no plan for audio beyond the first book. I had rewritten that book and the two sequels in 3rd person in place of 1st person of the book 1 original. That situation has changed. Audible will be taking down the audio of A Tangled Road to Justice. Then, in 2024 will start to be released audio of all three books by Podium. For those already having read/listened to the first book, the basic story is the same, so moving on to book 2 would work.

I’ve also received several queries about sequels to Harbinger. Two are planned, with the second partly written. However, there’s no timetable.

Oh . . . and fall is coming. Besides my liking it, and all seasons for that matter, it means garden/orchard/etc outside work is ending, giving more time to writing. By this time of year, the garden feels more like a chore. Of course, come spring I’ll be enthused all over again. :>) Just finishing the last corn, tomatoes, melons, and okra. A final planting of green beans may or may not produce before the weather gets too cool.

Oh . . . oh . . . almost time to think about this year’s holiday season short story for those on the mail list. I fantasize it will be finished and sent out before xmas.

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I’ve never been one to read many books… though I’ve read your series 3x now over the years… one thing that has puzzled me is why hasn’t the switch from gun powder to cordite taken place with the introduction of cartridges in rifles… it might make an interesting technological development in your next book.

With all things on your plate looking at 2024 for book 9?

I have read every book you have written and from the first book I’ve been completely addicted! I’ve also collected all of the audiobooks produced…you are definitely one of my top ten favorite authors! Waiting with great anticipation for all your forthcoming work!!!

Thank you! We all look forwards to your books! We can’t wait to find out what happens next.

I hope that book 9 has more of the human interaction side of the tech uplift story the first 3 books had in abundance. The last book especially was missing that.

I reckon that the title for book 9 should be "Seized Moments" or similar... Just my pennies worth!

I can’t wait to see book 9 🙂

Why can't I download the audible book 8?

Can’t freaking wait for book 9!

Olan Thorensen I look forward to all of what you have in the works. I completely understand your sentiments on the garden.

Thank you for your faithful and informative updates. 🙂

Appreciate the updates!

Thanks Olan for everything you do that makes our lives more entertaining, fun and interesting.

I would like to see another Paladin book or three

Waiting not so patiently , but alas waiting for Book 9

Thanks for the update, Olan.

I found destiny's crucible as a star wars fan looking for other books narrated by Jonathan Davis. I'm glad I did, it's turned into my second favorite series! (The first has to be the Kingsbridge series) can't wait for book 9!!

Thank you! Best wishes!

I love your work and have all of your books. I am excited to hear that Paladins will be making it to audio. Can't wait! Cheers Olan.

Just finished 'listening' to Destiny's Crucible series...wow, great story. Looking forward to the next book. Thank you

I discovered your series Destiny’s Crucible earlier this year and it has become my favorite series. I just finished book 8 a few minutes ago and I canNOT wait for the next book!!

Olan Thorensen will we be getting an update on any projects soon?

I hope book 9 (and future books) of Destiny's Crucible will be released as audiobook on Audible as usual?

Could you tell us what happened to the naked swimmers who crossed the river before the battle began and started slitting the throats of the Iriquinic soldiers? I mean, how did they survive after the battle really started? How did they avoid getting killed by the allied forces?

No update in a while Olan Thorensen . Any new information for your readers?

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September 13, 2023

Yes, it’s been too long since my last post. Of course, I could claim time has a different meaning when you’re retired. However, I usually don’t feel as retired as much as doing different work. For the past months it’s been mainly writing and working outside with the garden, orchards, and landscaping. Interspersed were a few minor health complaints, and more time than expected getting a full sense of book 9 or Destiny’s Crucible. The latter is one of those things that can’t be solved with simply more hours.

A first draft of book 9 is complete, but there is quite a bit of work left. Allow me the analogy to a new road. The right-of-way is cleared, the roadbed finished, surfacing is all but complete, and it’s known where the road starts, stops, and what is seen along the way. However, there are no lines, signposts, rest stops, or gas stations. And, as happens, there may be washouts and unexpected detours to impact the final route. Bottom line is the book is on the way but without a release date.

There’s no title yet, but the current thinking is hovering around the word “sequester.” Maybe not the word itself, but the meaning.

There have been requests for snippets. I’ll see about it but lean against because whatever I post could change a little or a lot in the final version. As I said…we’ll see.

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I’m so excited about the next book but I will enjoy the anticipation while you take good care of yourself. We all trust your process and getting lost in your worlds has always been worth any wait.♥️

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to next book. Love the series so far.

The series is fantastic. Worth the wait however long it takes.

Thanks for the time and consideration you've invested in each book and this story Olan. I've reread (ok, 'relistened' to) the books countless times and look forward to doing the same with book 9.

Thanks for the update, I'm definitely excited for book 9 and appreciate that the series continues to be fantastic. Best of wishes and hope you're in good health!

Thank you for the update! Absolutely love your work and can’t wait for the next volume of Destiny’s Crucible. Keep up the good work!

I absolutely love your series. I read them often. So ready for a new book. This needs to be a series on HBO or another big network

We eagerly await the next adventure!

I always welcome an update. You are about the only author that I truely can't wait for the next book. Others I like but the kolsko story's I can't get enough of.

Cant wait for the next book of your fantastic series Olan. I hope that your health is on the improve! My daughter called the other day and thanked me for putting her onto the Destiny’s Crucible series! Thanks for a wonderful series of books!!

Thank you for the update! Enjoy your retirement as best you can and don’t stop working on your garden, orchards, or landscaping…that stuff is so great for your mind, body, and soul. Take care of yourself first, that’s definitely the priority! I appreciate all the time and effort you spend on your work. The quality of the end product always shows the dedication you have to writing and is worth any amount of time I have to wait between books. 💞

Thank you for the update. I really enjoy your series.  i’ve bought all the books and read through them twice, sounds like it may be time to start through a third time.

So excited sir. Please take care of your health.

I look forward to reading once it is finished and the Audible version is released.

I'm waiting in anticipation. One of the best series in my opinion. I'm happy to proof read it for you 😆

Your series is amazing, brilliant premise n I just can’t wait to hear more about the adventures on anyar. Plus adventures anywhere else in that universe tbh.

I just finished the Paladins of Distant Suns trilogy and enjoyed them thoroughly. I'll be leaving a review on Amazon soon.

Perhaps you can only officially claim to be retired once you have completed the book we all so eagerly await.

Thanks for doing the hard work Olan. I mean the gardening and the yard work. They are not at the top of my semi retired list. Also, the most important thing to us loyal fans, book 9 of our story. We all feel so attached to the world you created. We will wait and be somewhat patient. Thank you for all your hard work.

My brother in law recommended the Destiny’s Crucible series to me earlier this year, and I was absolutely hooked from the moment I picked up book one. I’m a notoriously picky reader, and I just finished book 8 last night for the 3rd time. Anyar is such a fascinating world, I can’t get enough of it. Thanks for the update, hope you stay healthy and don’t work too hard!

Thanks for the update. Your books are a great escape.

I can't wait!

Thanks for the update glad to know you're ok always looking forward to the next book

Thanks Olan, good to hear from you.

Just waiting as best I can for the release. I may have to re-read the whole series if it takes too long. Not that that is a bad thing...

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Hello,

This is a book release news. Apologies, but it’s not for the Destiny’s Crucible series. That next book will come later this year. The current release is a 3-book series (Paladins of Distance Suns). The first in the series (A Tangled Road to Justice) was released in 2019 in ebook, paperback, and audio formats—the audio under a contract with Amazon. I had originally outlined a three-book series.

A Tangled Road to Justice is the only book I’ve written in first person instead of third person for all my other books—something I later regretted. Despite some reservations, I also followed some advice from an Amazon editor. Anyway, the book didn’t fare well, and I’ve had in mind to made a second edition. Which has come to pass.

I decided to complete the series while planning out book 9 in Destiny’s Crucible—which was a mistake because it took so much longer than anticipated to finished rewriting A Tangled Road to Justice and writing two sequels: An Elusive Eden, and Appointment at Nowhere. All three books are written in third person and are up on Amazon in ebook and paperback formats.

Unfortunately, due to entanglements with Amazon, it is unlikely to ever be audio versions of the three books just released. The exception being the original book 1 audio which is still available and where the basic story line is compatible with the just released three books (the main difference being the first person to third person switch).

With that out of the way, I’m back to work on book 9 of Destiny’s Crucible with scattered chapters written and a pile of notes I’ve accumulated.

Also, to answer queries I’ve received, all the books I’ve written are in the same “Universe.” That does not mean the stories/series directly connect or overlap. An infinite number of stories can be in the same “Universe” but be separated by time, distance, history, characters, and plot. All of my series and individual books are readable without needing to know anything about the other series and books. Thus, either Destiny’s Crucible or Paladins of Distant Suns can be read without familiarity with the other series.

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I was very interested in the new series, until you said there won't be any audio books. Unfortunately, I got my bell rung a few too many times during my military career, and reading more than a page or two causes headaches and eye spasms. As such, audio books are about the only way I can enjoy books these days...

I started binge reading DC series this year and I’m in the middle of book 7 😍. Excellent work! Hooked!

I honestly really enjoyed A Tangled Road to Justice

Just finished the three books In "Paladins of Distant Suns." Very satisfying series, and quite enjoyable. Now it's on to the next book in either the Harbinger series or Destiny's Crucible.

Thank you Olan!! Looking forward to you next Destiny's Crucible. Will ladies fashion be changing on Anya? Has Robyn given away too much information? Lots to look forward to! Will have to check out the Tangled Road series too!

I was truly looking forward to a continuation of that series, so I’m very happy knowing this, even if it’s a wrap for that whole story line. My main format nowadays is audiobooks but no worries, I’m getting the printed version. Getting it the printed book because I don’t want to end up too confused with the changes to 3rd person. Thank you!

I’ve been a fan of the Destiny’s Crucible series for years. This new series is great fun! If you haven’t yet, I hope all the Crucible fans check out these great reads too! Just finished book one and onward to the next!

Can’t wait to read the new series! Thank you for all your hard work.

Can't wait for book 9. Absolutely love the series.

Too bad no audio book version. Counts me out:(

Whatever happened to the story about the female orthopedic surgeon ? Will there be character development about her ?

Also, to answer queries I’ve received, all the books I’ve written are in the same “Universe.” Hot Damn now i have to read all the others books

I liked the Paladins series. The book cover art was not so great. I think sharp book cover art can get a reader to pick up the book or eBook and give it a try. You improved the cover book art on the Destiny's Crucible series from decent to very nice. I know its the story that's important but a sharp book cover can get a potential reader's interest.

I didn't notice anything wrong with Tangled Road to Justice and enjoyed it just fine. Glad there are more!

Just finished book 8 of Destiny’s. Patiently waiting for 9

Cant wait for the two new books for Tangled road to justice

Fantastic news. More power to your (writing) elbow! Just bought the set.

Will there be a second book as a continuation of "Harbinger"?

Excellent news! More to read from one of my favorite authors!

About to order now

"Destiny's Crucible ", is one of my all time favorite book series. I am so attuned to the characters, that now it is as if they actually exist in the real world.

I just ordered the bundle. Like Steve Foerster’s post above, I have already read and liked Book 1. Now- Back to work on the Destiny series, please!

May your Muse keep on musing!

I seem to be in a minority in hoping for another Greta Haversford novel for a change of pace from Destiny's Crucible, rather than the other strands Olan has developed in his writing. Space westerns aren't really my thing, but having read the original A Tangled Road to Justice, I was happy to give the two new books a go, if that was the only new work from Olan on offer. Books two and three seem to have morphed from western outlaws into organised crime/gang warfare as counter genre. The new writing isn't Dashiell Hammett quality, but as usual I enjoyed the technical/procedural elements Olan makes a feature of in his books. One thing that did surprise me was that there were quite a lot of sloppy writing errors left in the text, definitely not up to the past editing standard.

Please make book 9 when yosefs wife find out he is from a different planet

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Proof that space aliens are already among us.

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He missed. He was trying for pi, right? I remember exploding these when trying to go that fast in the early 80s! 😂

I think that species is called Asians.

I receive many requests for books I would recommend, something I hesitate to do since personal opinions are just that—personal opinions. Often you may not be able to explain why a specific book is appealing while another one that is highly praised leaves you cold. Given that, here’s thirteen book from two sources: 1) I’ve read in the last year as part of a Science Fiction/Fantasy book club. Being in the club has obligated me to read many books I otherwise wouldn’t try or have avoided over many years for one reason or another. 2) What’s staring at me from one shelf of books in my work room.
One constant is that most of these are not new.

First is three books that commonly appear on all-time best science fiction lists—all three I’ve managed to avoid until the last year.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons: I’ve owned a paperback of this book for so long the pages are turning yellow. I just couldn’t get myself past the summary/reviews. Alas, it seems my gut feeling was good. Bottom line is I have no interest in reading either of the two sequels. I suspect a major problem I have is that I don’t care for/sympathize with any of the characters. Also, the political background didn’t work for me.
Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh: I bought into the political setup more than Hyperion—for whatever reason. Liked/sympathized with some of the characters. Had a reasonably positive ending. I had only read one of Cherryh’s books in the distant past and didn’t like. I’ll have to reconsider and try more.
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge: I’ll recommend this one. A unique take on how a different form of sentience might evolve. Also full of tropes, which isn’t necessarily bad: castaway children amidst alien races, politics of that race’s factions, rescue attempts, and so on. Also some food for thought.

Four more books from the book club:
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu: This is an anthology by the translator of The Three-Body Problem of Cixin Liu. Turns our KL is quite a good writer. As with most anthologies, the reactions will be mixed, depending on the short story. Some didn’t do anything for me, but several are quite good. A moderate recommendation and expectation that almost anyone would like at least some of the stories.
Klara and the Sun by Kazo Ishiguro: Yes, this is the Kazo Ishiguro who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, his most famous book being Remains of the Day. The plot is about an android/robot and its observations on humans and understanding emotions. Sorry, but it didn’t do anything for me. I’ll grant maybe I don’t understand great “literature” but obviously plenty of people think it’s a great book. I’d recommend reading reviews and see what you think.
Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship by Lawrence Watt-Evans: It’s the first of a series and I won’t be reading book 2. To me, read like intended for 9-12 olds who liked Percy Jackson. Lots of “derring-do” plot devices I didn’t buy and characters I didn’t believe were real. Forced myself to finish since it was in the book club.
Ancient Civilizations: Lamentations and Magic by Russell Cowdry: Okay, here’s why I disclaim any obligation to be consistent. I could give similar comments as I did for the Tom Derringer book, but for some reason I got invested in what happens next. Don’t ask me why, but there it is. I could even give specific criticisms, but I still liked it. Maybe just one of those you go with the premise. Maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s the writer. It’s on Kindle, so give it a look.

Now from my one shelf of many shelves. One of my favorite genres is apocalypse stories. The first two are pandemics. One of my gripes about such stories is having to have the disease created by the evil scientist/terrorist/cultist/take you pick. Nature is perfectly capable of generating anything you can imagine. In these two books, a common, and too true thread, is that we don’t have either the systems or leaders in place to handle a truly major epidemic much worse than covid.
The End of October by Lawrence Wright: This was a New York Times best seller and is good. A few too many cliches, but got kudos for coming out before covid hit. A good read though I give it a slight downgrade for leaning too heavily on a conspiracy which seems to be considered required for too many such books.
DRYP: The Final Pandemic by R.A. Scheuring: As far as my opinion, the far better book, though not a positive ending. Gives the best account of what truly is likely to happen if a disease with very high fatality rate were to arise. Not for the squeamish, but characters to root for and regret losing. Highly recommended if you like the genre. There is a sequel, but it's about the aftermath and very similar to numerous other books.

And the final four books from that bookshelf:
The Hercules Text by Jack McDevitt: A signal from space to be decoded and the consequences of access to technology humans are not ready for. One of the best of this plot device. Ends with a major conundrum.
Einstein’s Bridge by John Cramer: Good solid story that’s engaging to read. A mashup of alternative history, horrendous aliens, and whatever. It's actually 20-30 years old but just coming out on Kindle next month. I’ll probably reread it to see if it’s a new addition from my old paperback.
Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling: First of a trilogy. One of the best of the alternative histories where a person, or in this case many people as group, go back in time and change what would have been. In this case, the island of Nantucket is thrust back 2000+ years. Very highly recommended. There’s also a spinoff series of what happens to modern day Earth when the island goes away. The second series is long and I quit reading it about book 6. For me, the first 2-3 books are the only ones worth reading. Stick with the Nantucket books.
Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: Not a complex plot, but a good story about how a colony to another planet gets in trouble with an alien ecology. Nothing deep, but a good read. Recommended.

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If you liked the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy try The Peshawar Lancers by the same author. It's only one book but left me wishing for sequels (actually I read a short story sequel somewhere but can't remember the title or where I read it).

Recently read the Martian and project Hail Mary by Andy weir. Loved both, but reaaaaally loved project Hail Mary. Think DC fans would feel right at home

This is a great listen while we wait.

I'm currently re-reading "Sentenced To Prism" by Alan Dean Foster. I read it years ago and for some reason I decided to read it again. It's just as enjoyable. Although it's supposed to be part of a series it is, in fact, a stand-alone story.

Thanks for the recommendations! Can’t wait to check out DRYP!

Nice Blast!

Appreciate the list and the context. I’m always nervous starting new books, authors, or series.

Shoutout to the Legacy of Heorot. Same for me with the Change series but I last until book 7.

Thanks for the comments on the books. Agree. John Cramer’s Twistor is good,and I have been wanting to read his Einstein’s Bridge. With rare exceptions, I just read ebooks, and thanks to your head’s up, I pre-ordered it. I look for books about world building. Alternate history is a good genre for that. Also most excellent are your Destiny’s Crucible series- please keep those coming.

Thank you for the recommendations. Some of the books you mention are (still) unknown to me.

I recommend an old series from the 80's. It's a three book series, The Trigon Disunity by Michael P. Kube-McDowell. Fun and smart good science fiction. The 3 titles are, Emprise, Enigma, and Emprey. After a set back in technology, a signal from 20 light years away, and a race to get a space program up and running, the first book hooked me. I reread them about 15 years ago. They still hold up pretty well. I loved the drive engines they come up with. Anyone else read them?

My 2 cents for great series by a couple of Australian writers: the Spiral Wars series by Joel Sheppard & the Mapped Space series by Stephen Renneberg (have to get most on paper back - takes forever for them to reach kindle.) Along with Destiny’s Crucible and, to a lesser extent, Evan Currie’s Odyssey One series, i eat these books like candy when a new one comes out.

Love all these recommendations,, have not read some of them,,,, other series I loved are Axis of Time by John Birmingham and also The Shield: a two book series by Nachman Kataczinsky

Dan Simmons fan. Loved Hyperion series. AIs are not your friend. Island in the Sea of Time 3 books are excellent. Einstein's Bridge is a different take on bridges to elsewhere. Aliens beyond horrendous. Love the book. Heorot is OK. May re-read. It's a bit of a one note book.

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March 20, 2023

It’s spring. At least some plants thought it was a month ago. Early budding and then freezes. Last night was 14 degrees. Looks like no peaches, apricots, or plums this year since they budded out way too early. Still hoping for cherries and apples.

The rewrite of A Tangled Road to Justice and the first sequel have gone to my editor. Book 3 not ready yet. Getting anxious to get to book 9 of Destiny’s Crucible. Yozef’s life is about to get more complicated.

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March 20, 2023

It’s spring. At least some plants thought it was a month ago. Early budding and then freezes. Last night was 14 degrees. Looks like no peaches, apricots, or plums this year since they budded out way too early. Still hoping for cherries and apples.

The rewrite of A Tangled Road to Justice and the first sequel have gone to my editor. Book 3 not ready yet. Getting anxious to get to book 9 of Destiny’s Crucible. Yozef’s life is about to get more complicated.

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Can't wait. I look forward to all your works!

I was wondering if you were going to venture into writing more about Martha Whitworth’s adventure’s. I’d be very interested in that story Olan.

I live in your area and am worried about the Berry crops! Lots of damage done by such a hard freeze at this time.

Rereading a fearful symmetry for the third time. I share others concern that Olan might find himself boxed into a too difficult of a situation. However, the ‘educated‘ Narthani have excepted the truth of aliens and earth. I have thought of several waysJoseph could enlighten his immediate family, and I see as most promising a gathering of the flight 4382 people with their families on a Six day excursion. It is unknown, how the Narthani will make use of this information; sharing it with potential Cadellium allies is one possibility, but who would believe them? I see the better health of their families and Bronwyn‘s family as an issue for difficult opinions, especially by Heather. — — — Very glad to read that other couples are reading books together, my significant other, and I have read maybe a dozen series together so far, just completing the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I hope to move to this series with her next!  — — — Regarding ‘Harbinger’, like climate change, we Earthlings are too caught up in our interdependencies to make necessary changes.  A sad truth.

Can't wait for the next chapter, that AI is leading to many questions.

Looking forward to book 9!

I hear you on the pace of spring. In my Mastodon account, I had written this haiku a few weeks ago here in New England: Small blades pierce white coats On a march to fell the cold. Soon the field bleeds green. only to have to follow recently with: Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow. Nature's signs were spelling "spring". That's now whited out.

Destiny’s Crucible is the only continuous story series that I’ve ever read/completed in my 69 years. It’s wonderful and my family looks forward to the next instalment. It would make a good miniseries, but, like the books, it would be for smart people …

I am now on book 8 for the second time reading through the series. I am really enjoying the content and am ready to jump on book 9 when it comes out. Great Series. 🙂

Why are you rewriting it?

Book 9 of Destinees crucibles .I’m sure will be interesting. I am a little bit worried though .Olan might paint himself in a corner. I don’t want to see this series ending. trying to think in Olen’s head.  Heather sidetracks the truth by painting, some murals of undersea cities. Instead of outer space, undersea space. The planet is 80% ocean, so just might work. This way, he’s not a outer space freak .

Fantastic news all around. For DC - I wish you would bring in a Medical Doctor (from Earth) and that person work with Mark and Yosef to continue to astonish Cadellium with advances just in time to fend-off the evil leadership of Narthani. The Doctor could introduce medical procedures that help the general population but also to help the battle-field injuries. It would be a evil dominant empire against a small force producing unbelievable resistance.

Ah...duh. He's lied to his two wives. He's lied to everyone in Cadellium. He's an outer space Alien. His friends, family, and country men have no way to grasp that statement. The people of Anyar are 2 centuries from space flight. Olan, I don't envy you. How will Yosef explain this revelation. Will he be trusted again. Will, after a pause, the people will come to a glimmer of understanding. It's Yosef. In their hearts his friends will come to realize that this story is not that hard to believe. Remember, it's Yosef. Carnigan will just slap him on the back and laugh and say, he knew it all along!

You are one of the best world builders I have read. I hope Jozef lives a long life in your stories.

Faster, faster!

I really enjoy the book series about Anjar. Regarding the latest 4th earthling joining the group on Cadellium, the lady economist. Our universities do not really teach real economics, specially the topic of how money is created. The disinformation in this regard is on purpouse. The character Jozef Kolsko longs for someone that can take over money matters for expansion on Anjar. Olan, I strongly and warmly suggest to watch the documentary called "The Money Masters" by Bill Still (can be found on YouTube, ca 3.5 hours long). Excellent documentary, older but 100% valid, about our money system and what insights are withheld from the general public. Cheers and please do keep up the writing of the next Anjar book! 🙂

Why should I buy the rewrite of Tangled? I loved the original, and I thought the use of the first person was well done. I confess I read each of your books at least twice, but I wonder what you have improved to make me interested in reading the rewrite. Not criticizing, just asking.

Last chapter of book 8 certainly brought yosef to a Fearful symmetry , waiting for book 9 , please don't delay

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