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December 8, 2014
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Hello!!

I absolutely loved the GCA books and was wondering when/if we'll be getting a new book in the series? Thanks!

December 11, 2014
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I will be starting a new one very soon -- I have a contract for the third, tentatively titled Challenges of the Deeps. I want to finish at least one of the other two that are due earlier before I start it, though, so I probably won't start real work on that one for a few months yet.

February 16, 2016
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Hi! It's been a little over a year since Challenges of the Deeps was announced, I was wondering how the book is going and if you had a release date in mind yet?

March 15, 2016
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I turned in Challenges about three weeks ago, so if all goes well, it should be out in about a year!

 

You're the first to post on the forums in a while, so apologies for not having responded immediately!

August 10, 2016
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What perfect timing!

I just registered for the forum to poke around and see if there was any news about a new GCA book.

 

Thanks!

 

Tom B

August 11, 2016
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What perfect timing!

I just registered for the forum to poke around and see if there was any news about a new GCA book.

 

Thanks!

 

Tom B  

And we now have a publication date -- March 2017!

August 13, 2016
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Awesome! thanks for letting us know.

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August 16, 2016
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Ozooah said
Awesome! thanks for letting us know.  

 

You're welcome! And of course I'll start posting snippets of it quite some time before that!

September 5, 2016
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Any idea on when you will begin posting snippets?

October 3, 2016
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Yes!!  Snippets have begun!!!

October 4, 2016
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Indeed they have, and will continue for a while!

October 6, 2016
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Are you familiar with Chris Hetchl's Wandering Engineer series?  In one of the books (set far far into the future)  humans can be put into life support tubes and their brains wired into a computer network.  I believe Chris calls them class 7 or 8 AIs.  If by some impossible freak of nature they got transported to the Arena would they shut down like the "normal" AIs do?  Or since they started out as organic would they still function?

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Are you familiar with Chris Hetchl's Wandering Engineer series?  In one of the books (set far far into the future)  humans can be put into life support tubes and their brains wired into a computer network.  I believe Chris calls them class 7 or 8 AIs.  If by some impossible freak of nature they got transported to the Arena would they shut down like the "normal" AIs do?  Or since they started out as organic would they still function?  

Not familiar with the series, but... that is in fact an interesting question which may be answered later in the book. The answer is a very definite "it depends on specific factors".

October 8, 2016
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Ryk E. Spoor said

Not familiar with the series, but... that is in fact an interesting question which may be answered later in the book. The answer is a very definite "it depends on specific factors".  

Oh Really?!?!?!?!?  Interesting. I wonder what those specific factors are?  Though you would probably say that answer can not be given with out giving away to much of the story.  But still that answer makes me wonder a bunch on what you could mean and what that means for the story.

December 10, 2016
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Hey Chris!!

I have read the eARC of Challenges of the Deep and I got a couple of comments about it other than it was very good.  I know you said that Baen wanted this to be a reasonable stopping point but what happened with tone of the Great Factions feels to me more like it is the pause before the storm.  I don't want to go into details so it is not spoiled for others but will they really hold to the terms agreed upon in say 10 years?  Second will Arienne ever get to the point of being able to fully exploit her powers?  Not to mention doing something like the Shadeweavers do and pass it on after twice the normal length of a human lifetime?  Third and what about this myth cycle you mentioned?

December 12, 2016
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Hey Chris!!

I have read the eARC of Challenges of the Deep and I got a couple of comments about it other than it was very good.  I know you said that Baen wanted this to be a reasonable stopping point but what happened with tone of the Great Factions feels to me more like it is the pause before the storm.  I don't want to go into details so it is not spoiled for others but will they really hold to the terms agreed upon in say 10 years?  Second will Arienne ever get to the point of being able to fully exploit her powers?  Not to mention doing something like the Shadeweavers do and pass it on after twice the normal length of a human lifetime?  Third and what about this myth cycle you mentioned?  

 

Well, yes, you're correct. Had I no constraints on telling the tale, the Molothos War would have been at least two or three books and they probably wouldn't have met Vindatri for a while. But with Baen saying this was to be the last one (that they're publishing, at least) I had to at least wrap up SOME of the threads, and the two obviously hanging-fire issues were that Humanity was at war with a Great Faction (and the least-friendly one) and that Ariane had this power but no clue how to access or make use of it. So I had to push those forward and give at least some resolution to them. 

 

There wasn't, of course, any way for me to address ALL of the dangling threads, not the least of those threads being "What the hell is the Arena FOR, any way?". I hope I can get around to writing some more as self-pubs, if another publisher doesn't pick me up.

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ocanderson4 said
Hey Chris!!

I have read the eARC of Challenges of the Deep and I got a couple of comments about it other than it was very good.  I know you said that Baen wanted this to be a reasonable stopping point but what happened with tone of the Great Factions feels to me more like it is the pause before the storm.  I don't want to go into details so it is not spoiled for others but will they really hold to the terms agreed upon in say 10 years?  Second will Arienne ever get to the point of being able to fully exploit her powers?  Not to mention doing something like the Shadeweavers do and pass it on after twice the normal length of a human lifetime?  Third and what about this myth cycle you mentioned?  

 

It's not a matter of trust- the resolution was an official challenge, and besides, was also a public promise in front of the Great Factions. Even for the Molothos, the value of their word is quite important to dealings within the Arena. And ten years is like, an eyeblink to a Faction, everyone has to play the long game because factions have memories in centuries, millennia, and more. Longer than any individual member. If a peace deal with a faction is only good ten years, people'll be hesitant to make any deal with them.

 

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I rather liked the fast pace of big events... though I do hope that 'last planned one at Baen' doesn't mean we won't get more via some other routes!

December 13, 2016
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ditto, I really hope to see more of these come out. It has joined Safehold (and Castaway series) in my immediate purchase category.

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It's not a matter of trust- the resolution was an official challenge, and besides, was also a public promise in front of the Great Factions. Even for the Molothos, the value of their word is quite important to dealings within the Arena. And ten years is like, an eyeblink to a Faction, everyone has to play the long game because factions have memories in centuries, millennia, and more. Longer than any individual member. If a peace deal with a faction is only good ten years, people'll be hesitant to make any deal with them.

 

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I rather liked the fast pace of big events... though I do hope that 'last planned one at Baen' doesn't mean we won't get more via some other routes!  

 

  Correct about the trust and such. The Molothos don't have to LIKE you to know how important it is to maintain a reasonable expectation of trust in bargains. It's fairly certain, from the Molothos' point of view, that *eventually* the humans will do something that even the Arena will agree is provocation, and then they're free to go to war again. But if that means they wait a century, hey, better that than make it so that no one will work with them at all.

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Speculation on events past- I imagine that the Molothos have made deals with species in exchange for helping eliminate targets? "Abandon your ally and we'll take you off the preferred target list for a millennia," or "We will allow you to seize this sphere of the targeted lesser species, allowing us to finish their destruction here," or whatever? Figuring that many species would sell out someone else in exchange for not being a Molothos target or in exchange for their own profit, allowing the quicker eliminating of more important enemies.

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