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It's pretty much official at this point, since Pocket's made an offer to my agent that I've accepted, and Blizzard likes 90% of the outline: barring a major disaster, I will be writing a sequel to my StarCraft: Ghost novel Nova. Tentatively pencilled in to be published in the summer of 2009 (though it isn't formally scheduled yet, so that could very easily change), the novel will be called Spectres, and will pick up where Nova left off.

(I really hope it is published in summer 2009, as that's when the Ghost Academy manga is scheduled to debut also....)

In some ways, this will be a novelization of StarCraft: Ghost, the game-that-never-was. Nova was written to be a prequel to the game, and the plot of Spectres will include many elements of what was to be in the game. Having said that, don't read this novel expecting to see exactly what the game would've been like. The game plot is, at best, a loose basis for the novel. We went for what worked best for the overall storyline in general and for this novel in particular, rather than fidelity to a game that will probably never see the light of day.

It will also tie into both Ghost Academy (which will take place alongside Chapters 18-19 of Nova) and to the forthcoming StarCraft II game. Nova will be in both, obviously, and another character in both the manga and the novel is a major player in the upcoming game. Oh, and Agent Malcolm Kelerchian will be returning in Spectres as well.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: "This Land is Your Land" by Arlo Guthrie

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From: medievaldragon Date: May 10th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice. Glad Blizzard let you grab some of the game's story and elements. I would nicely fit with the manga.
meiran From: meiran Date: May 10th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is very awesome news. *puts it on her calendar to watch out for*
popfiend From: popfiend Date: May 10th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go You!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Best short novel ever...

I bought your Starcraft: Ghost, Nova about 5 months ago, saw it for sale and had a giftcard, and that was that. However it sat on my bookshelf for about...5 months, then come one day I decide "Might as well pick it up" (Being that I've read many other Starcraft pocketbooks I was sure to atleast kind of enjoy this one) From page 1 I wasn't able to put it down till page 304. Then even reading the 'About the Author' hoping that there might be a secret chapter afterwards. To my dismay, no such luck. The way you captured the aspect of how the 'Confederacy of Man' had no knowledge or awareness that there were actual people on their planets, along side with how the every day civilians knew that no government was concerned of their well being, was truly perfect. I was heartbroken by chapter 4, but that make me stop. Its a shame that all the emotional impact had to come in the beginning; not that I would have done any different, mind you, but utterly perfect. Nova was a perfect character to wrap a story around, and through the framework of the game that never came to be, you have created one of the best reads that I have ever set my eyes on. I loved every part of it and I look forward with all intensity to your next novel.

kradical From: kradical Date: May 17th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Best short novel ever...

Thanks so much!

I wrote the book at the same time that Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and I suspect that the rather pathetic response on the part of the government to that disaster (at every level) had an effect on how much play the theme of governmental indifference to its own people got......

From: (Anonymous) Date: May 18th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Best short novel ever...

Well like I said, you have through one mid-size book have become my favorite author. I looked forward greatly to your sequel!
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