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Publishing schedule 2016-17

Posted March 10, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

Later today I’ll close out the Beta of Cairo, give the manuscript a last polish, and send it off to Deonie for the full service edit. That’ll take a week or two, after which it goes to proofing and then to production in New York city. Barring problems it should be ready for download in a month.

Paris is already plotted out in Scrivener and I’ll start writing that next Monday. I had planned to do three more Hammers but as I was blocking out the chapters and projecting the story arc to its natural end I realised it was more elegant to finish up the sequence in two steps.

However, the end of Stalin’s Hammer will set up a new series of full length AoT novels. The main one will be set in the 1950s picking up the story at end of Paris, but I’m also going to go back and revise the original series by filling in some narrative gaps. The invasion of Hawaii, the death of Dan Black etc.

I’m planning long form books for all of these titles. Having written three Hoopers together I now understand what’s possible when juggling multiple novels in one story-world. There will also be a full length Dave available this year, in addition to a horde of ebooks. (See what I did there?) I have STRONGHOLD, the fourth Dave Hooper novel pencilled in for release on 19 August. I’m hoping to catch Father’s Day with that date, but if it slips, it slips. It’ll be available in both ebook and print-on-demand. The Hooper fanfic will probably be a free Christmas special.

I won’t get onto any new work in the Disappearance universe this year, but I do have at least one, long-delayed novella planned for that in 2017.

Finally, I’m not abandoning trade publication. I’ve accepted an offer from Random House in New York for The Cruel Stars, the big sci-fi epic I’ve mentioned before. I’ll start writing that in about five or six weeks, after I wrap up Stalin’s Hammer. The outline for Cruel Stars already runs to 8000 words and follows five main characters. I'm very excited to getting into space opera, something I've wanted to do for years. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to go back and read all my Peter F. Hamiltons.

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30 Responses to ‘Publishing schedule 2016-17’

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted March 10, 2016
Is the space opera thing a different thing to the Solar Project project of a couple of years ago?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 10, 2016
Yep.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 10, 2016
I can self publish collaborative stuff like that. But my trade pubs won't touch it.

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GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted March 10, 2016
Any excuse to re-read Peter F Hamilton is always good.

Night's Dawn trilogy is my favourite - would love to see someone tackle that for a long-form streaming series.

Dave would have you know...

Posted March 10, 2016
NIght's Dawn rocked (I'll def sign up for that series), but the Alpha Primes from the early Commonwealth saga blew my mind. Create an entire evolution of a species that's half as fascinating as MorningLightMountain's backstory, and you're doing something amazing.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted March 10, 2016

I may be reading this wrong, but the above implies that Stronghold will be self-pubbed as well. Is that the case? Did your regular publishers not like #TheDave's sales numbers or something?

Anyway, I'm pleased that there will be more explodey goodness in all of your writin' worlds. Looking forward to reading all of it.


John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted March 10, 2016
No, they did not dig The Dave. But enough people did that I want to go on with him.

GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted March 11, 2016
Now I maybe reading too much into ... STRONGHOLD, the fourth Dave Hooper novel ... But will there be five & six or is STRONGHOLD going to be the splodey gut-wrenching conclusion to #TheDave?

Rob asserts...

Posted March 11, 2016

I want to know if the Dave's movie/tv rights have been sold. Dave could be the new buffy/xena/lastship/ Game of Thrones.

JG asserts...

Posted March 23, 2016
Excellent. I love theDave world. I'm staggered by the amount of work and projects you have underway and planned over 2016-17, JB. Mindblowing.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 10, 2016

"publishing schedule' more like punishing schedule - amiright!!!!


I am always up for some space opera, with perhaps an eye on a TV series rights?

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Dave mutters...

Posted March 10, 2016
Big sci-fi epic? Fuck yeah!

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted March 10, 2016
Good tidings I see :)
When you want to beta Paris, you know where we are ...

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Guy asserts...

Posted March 10, 2016
Great news about all the new AoT stuff - your best work IMHO. Good luck with the space opera - those aliens have really got it coming.

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Sparty mutters...

Posted March 10, 2016
Look forward to it all - assuming The Cruel Stars is set in the future it will be interesting to see a Birmo book with out pop culture references (which I'll miss) - but I'm sure will be made up for with lines like "prepare the Ion Cannons for autofire" spacesplody goodness.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted March 11, 2016
spacesplodey *drools*

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted March 11, 2016
As long as there are no space fighters i would read anything from JB. Sorry, i hate space fighters, every sci-fi i read lately has them. Every fucking one. :( Ah, and no 800 km spherical star ships, hate those too. 2 km long one are more then enough to tell a good story. And no Jump-drives, how i hate Jump drives. Only Catherine Asaro (Skolian Empire) and David Drake (Lt. Leary) managed to create a "jump technology" which doesn't seem to be way to UBER.Key word - limitations. Is more important then abilities, god like abilities lead to boring stories :P

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 11, 2016
Right you are, Mr Stross.

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted March 11, 2016
What was the kerfuffle on twitter the other day about you not writing for SMH anymore? I saw the Wendy Harmer tweet that they'd dumped a few writers. I didn't have time to follow that, so, um, What?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted March 11, 2016
It's costing them a lot of money to have Paul Sheahan on gardening leave. Gotta cut costs somewhere.

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted March 11, 2016
Q, there was a conflict of interest with an article on hovercraft acquisition rorts in the Peter Beattie government.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 11, 2016
Wait, what? Sheahan is still employed (although currently suspended for incompetence) and you're not? That's ridiculous.

GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted March 11, 2016
You JB are clearly not offending the right people in the requisite manner to highest possible quotient to merit the 'special Sheahan treatment'.

Lift your game son!!!

she_jedi mumbles...

Posted March 12, 2016
Wait, what? No more Blunty? Well that <expletive> sucks!

insomniac mutters...

Posted March 12, 2016
I think Blunty is a Brisvegas Times thing. They even have a special link to it on their newfangled website.

she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted March 13, 2016
Oh good! Fingers crossed Blunty is safe

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Quokka ducks in to say...

Posted March 11, 2016
Meh.

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cgumm puts forth...

Posted March 13, 2016
Hey John are you going to be doing anything in Melbourne any time soon?

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 14, 2016
Not that I can think of CGumm.

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sjw76 mutters...

Posted March 13, 2016
Thank God more Hooper books. I hate the character Dave Hooper but love the series. That's some entertaining stuff. If I were into alternate history at all i would have to pick up the other series but not my bag. So i will have to stick with 'The Dave'. Keep'em coming! They are like awesome 80's movies in a book. Sweet sweet sarcasm, body counts and paranormal monster crazy.

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