This is where it begins;

It’s not exactly a long, long time ago (I have actually intentionally avoided even unconsciously attaching it to anything relative to our present time).

It’s not exactly a galaxy far, far away either (the galaxy that hosts all these happenings is actually inspired by the sight of M31 in the night sky over Fremont, Michigan… more commonly known as the Andromeda galaxy).

But it is a science-fiction fantasy hybrid story akin to that very famous universe crafted (for good or for ill) by George Lucas, and I can’t deny the influence it had… an influence that will probably be rather obvious.  I’m not sure you really can make such a hybrid genre without touching on the themes and the feel it created and shaped.

Anyway, if that hasn’t scared you away yet… the first novel of this series The Second Gate, will be posted on a chapter by chapter basis, hopefully every Monday.  I don’t foresee any delays in that score once it actually starts posting, but there are still some small details that need to hammered out before they start appearing (like where the chapters will be hosted, what formats they will be in, and the like).

However, as those things are straightened out, I will post a group of short stories that serve as setting the table for the novel itself, in the near future.  Stay tuned.

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One Response to “This is where it begins;”

  1. Our dear author is selling himself short, as always. There are some resemblances to that certain famous sci-fi franchise, but if you’re willing to hurdle his warnings, you’ll find that those similarities are purely superficial.

    Yes, the Second Gate has its spaceships and galactic governments, humans and not-quite-humans, and psychic-powered swordfighting knights. It also has protagonists who are active and personally motivated, instead of reacting to outside forces and clear threats. There’s no one villain to hold responsible for everything bad that happens – though there are a few solid contenders – but rather a whole lot of people who have the best intentions, yet have different ideas about what “best” means. There’s also religious conflict, culture clashes, a plausible romance, and no midichlorians in sight.

    So I fully suggest you dive on in. Sure, the setting will be quite familiar, but what’s important in fiction – especially science fiction – isn’t the trappings, but rather that they’re being used to tell a story that you likely haven’t heard before… and this one is worth telling, I dare say.

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