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3 days ago
I cant sleep waiting for the book. I am sure it will be great. So book 9?
Thank goodness, only 3 more days to wait. The update is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your works Olan, looking forward to the new audible book.
I wonder how many of us own the digital version, the paper book and the audible version? /raise
When is the next book being released? I’ve listened through the books a second time but need more lol
The only problem with reading the book as soon as it comes out, is that I have to read it all over again when the Audible comes out! 😟😁
Three more days. Three more days. Thank goodness it's finally coming out!!
Thank you for letting us know!
This is an Olan Forewarensen announcement 📢
Thanks. 2 days to go!
Comes out 06Dec22 can’t wait 🤩
How do I download the pdf pls?
I can’t wait for the Kolinkans to be brought to justice.
November 3, 2022
Okay, so it’s been months since the last update. Mea Culpa. I got a bit burned out getting “A Fearful Symmetry” out. Then there was summer yard care, vacation travel, etc. Those are my excuses and I’m sticking to them.
On the travel, it included visiting Carlsbad Caverns and then up to Westcliffe, Colorado for a reunion of my wife’s family. Both good experiences. I’ve now visited both Mammoth Caves and Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad is definitely better.
In the meantime, I’ve been collecting ideas/thoughts/etc about future books, which include the Destiny’s Crucible and Harbinger series. Needless to say, the opening of Book 9 of DC is going to be quite interesting. After the smoke, or fog depending on the point of view, then there’s what’s next with the Narthani.
For Harbinger 2, what is the problem that Simeon has and how are Zack and the other Level 3 supposed to help? Stay tuned.
For both books, the usual pattern is for the final ideas to gel. I won’t say the ideas “Come to me,” but that’s how it seems at times.
However, there HAS been some writing going on. I was never happy with the final version of “A Tangled Road to Justice” – for several reasons I won’t dwell on. I’ve now rewritten “Tangled” and am in the revision phase for the sequel, tentatively entitled “An Elusive Eden.”
There have been many questions about whether the other survivors of that infamous United Airlines flight will get books of their own. It’s possible, but there’s no timeline. Certainly, the woman surgeon and retired military couple deserve more telling of their stories. Is “Ghost” really dead? Then there’s the mathematician on Krinolin, not the mention the French wine maker, police captain, and…well…all the rest. There are also two other books about a quarter written, but which I haven’t worked on for several years: a catastrophic asteroid strike off South Africa, and a mission to explore the first alien ruins discovered after humans spread out from Earth. I like both stories, but again…time.
There’s also the holiday short story to write. That’s another case where the plot will have to come to me, hopefully before December 25.
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1 month ago
Take your rest when you need it sir. You will still have a devoted fan base if it takes a bit longer to write. I absolutely love your work, but I love the idea of you not working your health into the ground more. I can hear how Yosef and Mark build a rotary gun to deal with Narth once and for all a year or two later if I need to. I won't like it, but I understand completely lol.
The ideas “Come to me” <— wonderful! I hope many more do that 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Funny you mentioned the ghost. I was wondering the same thing. Did the Nanos heal him after !?.. Thanks Olan for the update. Read 8 and can't wait for the audio and of course next in series. Thanks for your beautiful mind and stories.
Love your writing and appreciate the exceptional imagination that it comes from. Wish you great health and continued success. As a musician I know the joy of entertaining others. No greater gift than to help others enjoy their day. Thank you so much. Looking forward to 8.
Well...just do your best. (But do it quickly darn you!) Lol Just kidding...kinda 😁
The worst part about book 8 of DC is having to wait for book 9!!
I would love to read a follow-on novella about "Ghost." It would make a nice Christmas present.
Destiny's Crucible is superlative and I will waiting for 8 to download on my Audible in December. I am quite certain there is much more to the story of Harbinger and definitely look forward to the next book. Thank you for your superb writing skills and depth of imagination. I do hope that Jonathan Davis will continue to be the narrator for you on Audible.
Loving DC, but eagerly awaking more Harbinger as well
I love Destiny's Crucible. I hope you can find the time for Harbinger.
Can't wait for all of these Olan, love your writing. Things are dull in the UK when I'm not listening to one of your books. Got A fearful symmetry in my wish list on Audible and am waiting with anticipation for 6th December.
I hope you will do something with the doctor from Tales of Anyar, Unearthly Stars. That story fascinated me and I would make a great book.
I would eventually like to aee the future, How fast can he push the technology advancements
Love your imagination! Your audiobooks are my favorite travel companion.
Loved Tangled & await a follow on. A fun read. My most anticipated would be a follow on to Harbinger.
All of your ideas sound wonderful!
Well, something just came to me...Yozef needs to build somethng that flies. Chemistry = gas = airship? Or bamboo glider with silk wings, or hangliders or paragliders? Mark should be more savvy on the aerodynamics side. Yozef and Mark could start Caedellium Aerospace 😎🤣
So excited for more!
Really enjoy these. Keep ‘em coming.
You can make a story about that police captain who now lives in another planet. How about an Earth man policeman who now works as a policeman or a detective in a planet with a technology, political and economic set up very similar to the Roman Empire? It is like Jack Reacher in another planet. Lol!
I really enjoyed reading the DC series, thanks.
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3 months ago
Do they not realize how important this is to me as an individual and that they should set aside all other projects to ensure my satisfaction? I demand satisfaction!
I’m not surprised that Mr. Davis is in high demand. He’s an excellent narrator.
I'd rather wait than change narrators
Oh man, I'm so glad you weren't telling us someone else was going to narrate. I was scared. I found your series searching audible for other things Jonathon Davis has narrated because I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and he narrates some of the great ones! Love the series by the way!
Thanks for letting us know. I know it’ll be worth the wait! No worries. Keep up the amazing work!
Waiting for the narrator is worth it! Thank you for the update!
Good narration by Jonathan Davis is an essential part of the complete experience, so I guess we wait. Thanks for keeping us up to date. But maybe in all that time you could squeeze in an extra book and then he could do two at once? Well, it was worth a shot...
I can wait as I am readily waiting for Book 9! Thanks Olan
I'm 68 and haven't read a book since I discovered Audible 10 years ago. Love listening anytime I can. I wear headphones around my neck 20 hours a day. I listen to books on the way to work, at work, heading home and when I go to bed. Only take them off to charge them. Jonathan Davis has a great voice. I can wait. I won't explode, but I might, so, stand back just in case.
No way i can wait. Sometimes i wish I hadn't discovered you until the series was complete. I read it as soon as it came out and can't wait for the next one.
I'm going on a 17 hour flight to Asia the end of this month and I was hoping to spend that airline flight listening to book 8. Now I'll be spending that time looking out the window searching for a big object and hope we do not collide.
At least we know now. Cheers for letting us know Olan. I know what I'll be listening to in Dec/Jan...
Thanks for letting us know. The anticipation is killing me but that’ll just make the payoff more delicious
It sucks but at least it’s not a simultaneous release. Then we’d still be waiting to read the ebook.
It will be well worth the wait. for the story you have written. Also, Jonathan Davis is a superlative narrator. He brings the story to life. I have all your books and I would add that Davis is my favorite of all narrators on Audible.
I couldn’t wait, I bought the book.￼ let me tell you the ending..Soylent Green.🤪￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
Worth the wait. Jonathan Davis is a stellar storyteller.
,All I want for St. Nicholas Day... 🎅
I’m going to start again to help me wait!
I’m gutted but I know it’s worth the wait and in theory we won’t have as long to wait for book 10 😉
Id prefer a delay vs a different narrator
It’s not your fault. It’s better to wait than to have a different narrator. Jonathan Davis is definitely worth the wait
Worth the wait!
Happy to wait for Jonathan he's the only voice for this.
What a shame but oh well. At least I won't keep checking. Any idea how many books will be in the series total?
Coming back from Denver after two weeks away from home there was a happening that came just short of being too unbelievable.
If you remember from “Cast Under an Alien Sun,” Joe’s plane was near Denver when it collided with an alien spacecraft. Joe was sitting in seat 27A. Next to him was a Hispanic girl in 27B.
On our return flight, from Denver, I suddenly realized something. I was sitting in 30A, just three seats behind where Joe was. My grandson was in 29A and his mother, with a Hispanic ancestry, was in 29B. With just a few seat adjustments forward, I would have REALLY started to wonder. Still…I looked out the window a few times…just in case. ... See MoreSee Less
5 months ago
Update - his grandson is very pleased not to have lost his mother but is very disappointed he remains on boring Earth today.
I was listening to the audiobook on a flight from the west coast to the midwest as the story was unfolding with eerily similar details as my travels. I’m sure I checked out the window a few times as well. 😄
Reading Fearful Symmetry now. Only 170 pages left. I don’t want it to end... Thank you for the series and all the hard work it must take. I can’t wait for more!
Ok, Fearful Symmetry was AWESOME! But that cliffhanger is just mean!!! So imma need you to hurry up and release the next book asap plzkthx. 😉
I guess you are still hear. Waiting for the audio version of the next book. 😋😋
I just finished "A Fearful Symmetry". Can't wait for the next one!
Any update on the audio book version ? I have been spoilt for years now and just cant take the time to sit and read
I thought you were going to say you saw an UFO.
Really enjoying this series Olan -
Time to go back and read these again!
Love that series....
What's the phrase, life following fiction? Lol
✈️ + 👽 = ❤️ 📖
So who's been booking seat 27A and waiting for their nanites?
Olan did that same feeling occurred to you, when you were skinny-dipping on the beach.??￼￼￼￼
was it the same kind of aircraft? Loved that series, is there going to be more then you have written so far? I love the culture that allowed joseph to flourish and add more to a society then he would have on earth. jump starting the industrial revolution. I hope they take in to account the mistake we made during the that revolution.
Back home after two weeks of travel. First week was visiting Carlsbad Caverns for the first time (totally cool place – literally and figuratively). Then wound way north visiting friends and my editor (Patti Waldygo) until reaching Westcliffe, Colorado for a week-long reunion of Kathleen’s family. Lots of stark, green, forested, bare, beautiful, foreboding, etc terrain – depending on the specific place. It was a good time, but good to be home again.
There was a spooky happening on the return, but I’ll save that for a follow-up posting.
Lot’s of garden work to do after being gone two weeks at the height of the growing season. Tomatoes/cucumbers to prune down to keep from getting too big, weeds that popped up since we left, doing summer pruning on fruit trees to control from getting too big, plus several moderate projects to do before fall.
Books? Oh yeah. Those. :>) Best to project book 9 of Destiny’s Crucible to come out a year from now. It takes time for everything to gel…or should I say until everything “comes to me.” In the next months there will be working on two projects. One is Harbinger 2. The other is the projected four-book series starting with “A Tangled Road to Justice.” The latter was not successful, but I’m persistent…which can or cannot be a virtue. The original involved me experimenting plus taking advice from an Amazon Editor (not my regular) that may not have been the best. I’m rewriting the first book and have the following three already outlined. ... See MoreSee Less
5 months ago
Well I enjoyed a tangled Road to justice I would like to see it other stories following the same storyline
Glad that you're working on Harbinger and Justice. I particularly liked the concept of Justice, somewhere between Seven Samurai and secret agents. Hope you find the inspiration to carry these onwards.
I really enjoyed a Tangled Road to Justice & would love to read more in this series. Just finished Harbinger (we have the Kindle edition (for me) and the Audible book for my husband) & all I can say is it is a fantastic story. Absolutely love anything you write! Thanks for sharing the stories in your head & heart. You are a favorite of my husband and I.
Happy to see all three avenues pursued, but it's nice you got to vacation. You're writing books that span a globe, so it's best you visit some of our globe's venues to keep your mind open to the many ways things can vary. (And surely there must be a tax deduction for necessary research?)
i loved "a tangled road..." read everything you've written... want you to start jogging and eating right so i have a LONG time ahead of me reading more of your awesome imagination !!
I just finished Harbinger last week, I'm glad to see that the sequel is in the works!
I enjoyed all your books including A Tangled Road to Justice” and “The Pink Flamingo”. Will we see any more of Greta Havorsford?
Any word yet when the audiobook for “A Fearful Symmetry” will be released?
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6 months ago
When will it be on audible?￼
Finally get to sit down and start digging into this book. 🙌 happy Friday! Have a good weekend everyone ! .
Awesome!! I will have paperback version in 2 days!!! Thanks Olan Thorensen for producing another book so fast . I'm sure it will be amazing as always. Can't wait to see what the 2 new Americans bring to the table. So exciting!
Already bought...read and left a review on Amazon
Olan i just completed the book fearful symmetry. I think is the fastest I read one of your books and the longest one. Question when can we expect the next one looking forward to read it. Great history. Kudos Olan Thorensen
Just finished the ebook. Very, very good! 🏆
Just finished! Very good, found myself glued to it the last 4 days. It hard to cook, do chores ect while simultaneously reading lol! I thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to the next installment on the trials and tribulations of Anyar!!
The book was so good and the ending was a cliffhanger. Any idea when the next book in the series might be published?
I'm excited but I want the audio book so I have to wait.
Greatly enjoyed your latest book! Wow. Thank you for putting a bright spot in our world.
Already finished and left a review. Awesome book, but after that cliff at the end, I need more.
Amazing Book! Thank you !
I'm not happy that you didn't even touch on the cliffhanger in the previous book, only to leave us with a new and completely separate cliffhanger in this one.
Please post info on when the audiobook is gonna be ready for us who don’t read so good/prefer to listen. Thanks.
This is more related to “A Dubious Peace” item, but I suspect Mark Kaldwell would appreciate the video I just watched about the importance of the metal lathe. youtu.be/djB9oK6pkbA
When is audiobook out?
I got my audio book.
And now to have it on my shelf
My copy is extra-special, it has 2 chapter 31s.
So.... Can we assume book 9 comes next month? 😉
An absolutely increredible & captivating book!! I must ask, when do you plan on the next installment?
Love the book! Reflected correlation with Ukraine uniting as a type of NATO against Russia.￼￼
Only a few more days. Sorry book 8 isn’t out now, but while inputting the files to Amazon it got locked into a date in a manner I’m not clear how it happened.
I’ve had a couple of messages from people reading the Facebook announcement about book 8’s release – saying they did not realize there was a mail list for release announcements. Being on the list avoids having to check Amazon for new books. It also gets the member the yearly Christmas-time short story. For example, people on the mail list last December had the opportunity to know what Januspuvako is and why it’s important to the Fuomi. They also know how a keiko horn and the musoni plant are related to Januspuvako, how Urglors are important in Fuomon history, and what is an erscorpka and how a particular one fascinated Yozef. Finally, they know what Yozef confessed to Eina and Rhaedri.
Anyone not on the mail list can still read the short stories by finding them on the web pages that you may not know exist. Go to olanthorensen.com for information, maps, short stories, etc. However, the short stories are only on the web page after 6-8 months, so the 2021 story is not there yet. Until the story is posted to the web page, I usually, I send out the latest XMAS story to batches of new mail list members.
Anyone wanting to be on the mail list can join by using the contact pages at olanthorensen.com, respond to this Facebook posting, or by emailing me their mail address at email@example.com.
To anyone thinking they were already on the list and somehow think they are not...who knows what happened? Just send me your address and we'll try again.
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6 months ago
Love me some Destiny’s Crucible. Keep ‘em coming!
One issue with the new book is the Blood types. It says AB can't give and can't receive. AB are universal receivers, they can receive blood from anyone but can only give to people with AB. O are universal donars they can give blood to anyone but can only receive blood from O types.
I was gonna say Saturdays a weird day for release. Its normally Tuesday or Friday.
Just finished the book. Amazing, but that cliff at the end...
Would love to be added to your mailing list. Geokjp@gmail.com
Would love to be added to your mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like the email! Listening to Destiny for the 5th time right now! We just met Alys 🙂 email@example.com Thanks!
I would also love to be added to the email list! Razi.firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the Christmas stories!
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6 months ago
I bought the last one and never had time to get further than halfway through before I got the audio book and finished it from the beginning in two days lol. I intend to do the same when this one comes out.
Excellent news! This is one of my favorite series and last couple of weeks have been rough. Definitely gives me something to look forward to
Man, I can't wait for the audible.
Kindle version insta-preordered and the paperback and Audible versions will suffer the same fiscal fate when they become available.
Not seeing it on Amazon yet. Glad ut will be available to read on my upcoming cruise!
I have lost track the amount of times I have listened to the entire series
Still not showing up on my Amazon. Grrrr.
We were promised the book a week ago and now we have to wait another week... I'm suffering here!
Have to search by book title. Got it now have to wait until 18th.
Tell us where to email to have that audio book schedule moved up. 😉
Wish audio would be first.. Im an audiobook snob
I hope we get to see Joseph interact with the watchers.
I ordered the Kindle version.
Finally!!! Thank you Olan!!! Very much looking forward to reading it
Pre ordered. ✔️✔️✔️🤗
Any news on the release date for the audiobook?
That’s fantastic news! Can’t wait to get lost in it 🙂
Not showing up
Sorry, not showing up for Amazon Canada. okay I see it now - thanks Alpharius Omegon ... Sort by newest arrival and it shows up.
I can’t wait
Don’t see it yet but can’t wait!
Close. Very close. :>) A Fearful Symmetry is near ready for submission to Amazon. Another few days. In the meantime:
CHILDREN OF EARTH
In the beginning, the 245 children of Earth who flew together were strangers or couples or family members. Then there were 27, lost to their hearths, never to return, scattered singly or by twos, the scattered never intended to meet. Five of those lost children awoke naked on beaches of a planet circling a G-type sun whose light would reach Earth in 346 years. That sun was ordinary, one of a similar 8,813 within that distance from Earth.
Their previous lives ended, those five of Earth’s lost children faced an unknown future. All five desired to survive, but the conditions of that survival rested on their inner resources, the happenstance of location, and a capricious universe.
Years passed. Three of the lost children found one another, gaining a degree of solace. Two orphans remained consigned, they believed, to never speaking to anyone from Earth and living their remaining time in the lives forced on them. Each of the five had reconciled, to a degree, with his or her second life. On a particular night, each of the five was coincidentally awake at the same moment.
He woke when Huriko cried. The child was five months old, sleeping through most of the night but occasionally waking hungry. He would have risen to comfort the baby, but only Remika’s breasts could slake the child’s hunger. The sky seen through their small thatched hut’s south window hinted at dawn’s approach.
“It’s almost light,” she said. “I’ll feed and change him. He’ll go back to sleep.”
“Go ahead. I’ll watch a moment before raising the fire for morning meal.”
She smiled. Her husband was strange in many ways. For most Krinolin families, infant care took place out of the husband’s sight. But not her husband. She was at first perplexed that he seemed to enjoy not only watching her ministrations to their two children, but often participating where he could or observing when he could not. She still refrained from telling this to other women, had cautioned him about his behavior in public, and was unsure how to feel about her pleasure at his interest.
She rose from the sleeping mattress, picked up the baby from his cradle, and sat on a stool where her husband could watch her slide the nightshirt from her shoulders and position the child to latch onto her left breast.
He had had no wife or children before the impossible and was endlessly amazed what a difference they made. Watching Remika feed Huriko was only one diversion that elicited his smiles, which came ever more frequently. Other pastimes were looking at Remika, no matter the occasion; hearing three-year-old Susmika speak her first full sentences, even if they were in Krinolese, rather than English; playing with both children when no one else was in sight; and reveling in moments when his explanation of a new mathematical concept was grasped by enthusiastic young scribes—their elation both a bitter and sweet reminder of his students at San Francisco State.
Not that his mood was always carefree. He never lost focus that his and his family’s wellbeing depended on Lord Jansatsu Hameeko, ruler of the Krinolin prefecture where he’d been cast away. His status had been uncertain until Hameeko named him Jalabo, after deciding the stranger found on one of his beaches had useful knowledge.
He had given up cringing when called by the name. It was what it was. He was no longer Hakeem Stambouli. He was Jalabo for the rest of his life. And it wasn’t all that bad a life. Not what he could have imagined or wanted, but it could be much worse. He had been surprised when, a month ago and for the first time in over a year, a question crossed his mind. What he would do if the opportunity to return to Earth suddenly appeared? There was a time when the answer would have been automatic. Now, he realized his family complicated the issue.
He smiled, remembering the passage from Francis Bacon. “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”
His smiled widened as he remembered trying to impress a date by saying the quote was from Shakespeare. The disdainful English literature major corrected him and declined a second date.
He had had no family on Earth. But now? Yes . . . Anyar had hostages to constrain his decisions. He would never leave his family, even to return to Earth.
Osmuya Bulak, Narthon Empire
The boy tossed in his sleep, inadvertently kicking her calf and waking her. She looked toward slits in the eastern wall of her room. No sign of light. She listened. No sound of the estate’s animals rousing, so it must still be hours from dawn. She pulled the thin blanket back over them both and put an arm over him—it often lulled his movements.
His body pressed against her growing belly, reminding her, as if she needed reminding, that in a few months there would be another child. There was no way to know if she would be allowed to keep it. She tried to ignore the thought, but her resolved failed. The options were paralyzing: give birth and lose the child immediately or have a second child to raise and worry about when it would be taken away.
She worked through mental exercises that sometimes helped push thoughts away. There was time for several more hours of sleep. She would need the rest for the coming day’s work. The overseers and her owner cared only for what she could do each full day. Her hand brushed the boy’s head, strands of hair momentarily catching on edges of calluses, a few scabs not ready to fall off, and patches of thick skin—far different from the pride she had once taken in well-manicured, soft-skinned hands.
She had also not seen her reflection in years and had learned to avoid even looking down into water. Her imagination was enough to know how even these few years had worn on her.
Her mantras were failing to work this night. She sighed. It was just one more day to live through with no hope for deliverance. Try not to think about the tomorrow. Live through the coming day. Care for her miracle son as much as she could. Try to make the overseers and the owner continue to value her because she knew the alternatives could be yet worse for those no longer deemed useful.
Music Department, University of Caedellium, Orosz City
Heather Chen snored. It was an affliction her sister had mercilessly teased her about.
“Good God, Heather! People in the next block are going to start filing noise grievances against this family,” was Naomi’s favorite line.
Exaggeration aside, Heather was self-conscious about the snoring, until it proved advantageous when it caused her Sulakoan owner, Halari, to have less interest in her being brought to his bed—less, but not never. Even those summonses ended when he realized her value as a music performer, and they came to the agreement the visits would end as long as she performed well.
On this night, there would be no audience to hear the snores. The Music Department was growing slowly, and the few students and instructors lived in quarters scattered around Orosz City. Heather also had a small apartment—on a second floor two blocks from the cathedral complex. However, on nights when she worked late, she occasionally used a small bed in the corner of her office.
This was one such time. A favorite piece of music was Bach’s “Air on the G String.” She reinforced her music nerd status when she explained to Mark and Yozef that the versions most commonly heard were variations on the second movement of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major. The two men only looked at each other and shrugged when she enthusiastically delved into its history. A German violinist had transposed the piece from D major to C major and then further transposed the original part of the first violins down an octave so the entire part could be played on the violin’s lowest string—the G string.
Such music minutiae did not fascinate Yozef as it did a Fuomi musician spending much of his time at the department. He helped her adapt Bach pieces to the current Orosz City’s version of an orchestra and to a small Fuomi ensemble whose members had other positions but were amateur musicians by Fuomi standards.
This day, when the rest of the department dispersed, she had intended to spend no more than an hour working on the Bach piece, only to fall asleep at her desk five hours later. Groggy when she woke, her rooms seemed too distant. She opted to stagger to the office bed. After pulling a blanket over herself and before falling back to sleep, she reflected on not having such focus during her first life on Earth.
In her third year on Anyar, she also reflected on how distressed she had been when she failed to quickly pull up a memory of one sister’s face. She had succeeded only after straining for a distraught hour to finally envision Cheryl. That’s when she began creating birthday cards for her siblings. She did not know the current dates on Earth, but she knew the year and day lengths were shorter, so she picked a day for each sibling and moved the Anyar birthdays forward each year to approximate an Earth year. She’d lost the cards when rescued by Mark, but she had resumed the custom on Caedellium. She hid the English-written cards in her quarters, not knowing whether Yozef’s worry about traces of Earth falling into the wrong hands was justified but . . . just in case and not to anger him.
Such reminiscences of Earth still occurred but were less heartrending with time. The most difficult thoughts remained of her family. Neither Mark nor Yozef believed there would ever be a way home. She accepted their opinion as technologically based—but she already believed the answer. It had only been a month earlier when she realized that given the option, she would not automatically accept returning to Earth. Upon reflection that day, she decided she only “might” return. The draw of her current life was stronger than she would have imagined after her arrival on Anyar. The immersion in music, the friends she had made, and the pleasure in bringing new music to the planet would be lost should she return. She grudgingly acknowledged the appeal of her Anyar life. On Earth, there might be dreams to pursue more vigorously than before the collision, but the result would never be the same as the possibilities on Anyar.
Her last thought before sleep was a measure of guilt, unsure what she would do if she were to wake and have a choice. Earth or Anyar. As consciousness faded, she was somewhat reassured it was a dilemma whose resolution she would never need to address.
The first person to arrive on the coming morning knew to check her office and bed. If Heather was asleep, subsequent arrivals would be warned to let the diminutive Amerikan sleep as long as she wanted.
Hilstrom, Stent/Selfcell Border
Mark Caldwell walked only slightly unsteadily toward his temporary quarters in the newly finished worker quarters. The facility at Hilstrom Inlet was progressing as satisfactorily as the committed resources justified, but one purpose of his visit was to warn work leaders that an acceleration was coming. The first small-scale steam-powered vessel was on the horizon in the next few months. He and Yozef had considered testing the model on the river near Orosz City, but they quickly agreed the location was incompatible with keeping developments from the Fuomi and other embassy staffs. That left going straight to the eventual main development site at Hilstrom Inlet on the Stent/Selfcell border.
The first model would be only twenty feet long and never intended for anything but the calmest waters. Once Mark was satisfied with all the parts, the model would be disassembled at Orosz City and taken to Hilstrom for reassembly and serious tests. Assuming everything went well, the next step was a larger vessel capable of staying afloat in less than calm seas. There would then be what Mark called the “serious” test of whether his knowledge of shipbuilding, when combined with the experience of a Fuomi frigate captain who had switched allegiance to Caedellium, was enough to move to the next phase. By that time, all future construction and testing would be carried out at Hilstrom—requiring significant ironworks, a magnitude or more increase in workers, associated shops, living quarters, and other infrastructure to produce an iron-clad, steam-powered ship capable of blue water.
He had arrived in Hilstrom two days previous. The initial inspections proved more than satisfactory, and the briefings of intended expansions were received enthusiastically. The leader at Hilstrom was an Adrisian whom Mark had identified as a natural engineer. He joined half a dozen similar men and one woman who did not have Mark’s technical knowledge but had the intuitive feel for construction and machines.
Mark had mildly chastised Yozef for pushing hard on basic and applied science without an equal effort in engineering. Yozef didn’t need to be convinced, and discussions were underway about a Department of Engineering. The problem was how could Mark take enough time away from ongoing projects? Yet it had to be done. To accomplish what they envisioned, they needed an entire corps of engineers.
Mark would somehow find the time. Besides searching for leaders who could take over his projects, he found the company of people who focused on building to be relaxing, with a camaraderie only other engineers appreciated.
Mark and the current sixty-two Hilstrom workers had relaxed that evening with food and beer around an enormous campfire until well past midnight. He had drunk more than usual, but the mellow feeling and warmth from the companionship made him feel . . . content, even happy. During his time on Anyar, his feelings about the possibility of returning to Earth had alternated from eagerness to uncertainty, reluctance, negation, and feelings uncategorized. Even in his first months on Caedellium, only Maghen and Alys would have stopped him from returning if they could not go with him. But not now. If the aliens had suddenly, and for whatever reason, offered to take his entire family to Earth, he would give an emphatic refusal. This was his life, his family, and his calling. There was no denying he was happier than he had ever been.
He stumbled on a step as he entered the small hutch. Then he closed the door, lay on the bed without undressing, closed his eyes, and drifted away in seconds. It was the sleep of a man who had found his place, and it was good.
Kolsko Manor, Orosz City
Joseph Colsco gathered sheets of scribblings and drawings, shuffled them into a neat pile, and placed them in an unlabeled folder before returning it to a desk drawer. He sighed at spending the evening’s hours without making significant progress in identifying what needed to be done.
I know I have to accept the unknowns and deal with what arises as it happens, he thought. But there’s just too much to do and too much depending on me. No more tonight, though.
He yawned and rose from the desk, momentarily indecisive on where to go. Both Maera and Anarynd were long asleep. No reason to risk rousing either, he told himself to justify heading to the small bed in the corner of his study. He wasn’t conscious that he wanted to be alone. He was yet to understand the depth of how the burdens he carried and the decisions he made threatened to overwhelm the psyche of Yozef Kolsko. ... See MoreSee Less
6 months ago
Thank you Mr Thorensen. I can’t wait to hear it on Audible.
Wonderful tease! Can’t wait for the next instalment…
Well now we know what happened to the two other castaways. My hope is that they will be soon reunited with Yosef, Mark and Heather.
This is great. Thanks for letting us read it. I shall enjoy both the Kindle and the Audible versions.
02:23 am and I'm scouring Audible and Amazon for the book. Sigh, patience....
I’m ready!! Just re-listened to the entire series again I’m anticipation of the upcoming release
Awesome mate Looking forward to the next book 💪🏻 🇦🇺
Thanks you Olan. Looking forward to the rest of the book. 😀
So its been another 4 days for the finishing touches. Its time to Release The Kolsco!
So wonderful to know that new characters are coming and the adventure continues. Love this series. Thank you sir.❤️
So looking forward to it !
Hoping it’s the same narrator on audible! Either way, super excited for your next book. Thank you!
It will be sad if the Narthani slave woman is not rescued. The math teacher could be a valuable addition to the Cadelli
Thank you for this small spoiler
This is by far my favorite series of all time!!!
Thanks for the sneak peak, can't wait!!
Thank you! Greg Maschek and I look forward to the next installment on audible.
Pre order says June 18
Checking twice a day.
"Just enough to wet my beak." - Don Fanucci
Can't wait! 😁
It will be fantastic I’m sure. Thanks for taking us away (albeit briefly) from this crazy planet we currently live on.
Per Brendan Orford's request, here's the book 8 cover. Looking to be on Amazon in two weeks or less. ... See MoreSee Less
6 months ago
Yay! Eagerly awaiting the audio...
When do you expect the audiobook to be available?
My husband LOVES this series. Can't wait for a new book to listen too. Rereads it all the time
I can't wait for this to come out already! LOVE the series. you should see if Amazon or Disney+, Apple etc wants to make it a series.
Sweet! Can't wait! The audible versions are amazing. Keeps my mind busy while I work.
Judging by the image of the canon, there will be war!
I'm so excited. The ending of the previous book was a cruel cliff hanger.
Apparently not even available for pre-order at audible. 🙁 Though audible search says there are lots of almost same-named books ready to be confused with it until it's there....
Noticed that the cover has a electromagnetic equation, a differential equation, and a chemical formula. Seems to be saying that the Cadelli will conquer with math and science.
It's funny, I got stacks of unread books but all I can focus on is wanting to read this one.
Sweet! Time to re-read all the previous books!
And for whatever reason I can’t help but constantly check Amazon to see if it is available for preordering
Katie and I think it looks awesome!
This is my favorite series. Cheers to you. Olan Thorensen!
No slacking off. Get sequel to Harbinger done.
Yeah I can't wait it feels like a Christmas gift
To prep for A fearful symmetry I'm listetening to A dubious peace again.
Guess it's time to re-read book 7.
Thankyou. Great series. Love all the books.
Sweet!!! I’m in desperate need of a new book!!
War, DNA, music and the maths are clearly going to play a major role in book 8. Destiny's Crucible really brings out my inner nerd! 🤓
This is day 13, come on release the kracken!
I hope there's some more eggs in this recipe
Waiting for this to come out on Audible is excruciating.
Olan Thorensen Love this series can't wait to see what happens next