The Course of War

Or, “What is Going On?”

A question was recently asked about the latest Alien Anthropology post, concerning the M’tait and the connection between them and the events set in motion in The Fall of Valdek.  That, plus the fact that The Defense of Provenia doesn’t feature any of the characters from The Fall of Valdek, led to this post.

How To Tell A Galaxy-Spanning Epic?

I wrote before on this blog about a sense of scale in space opera.  Some do it better than others.  I decided early on in the planning phase that there were going to be multiple arcs throughout this series, since one set of characters wouldn’t necessarily be able to see every facet of a true, galaxy-spanning war (or the forces that have set it in motion).  There are three to start; Erekan Scalas is the main character for one, Gaumarus Pell for another, and the third has yet to be introduced.

Where I took a chance was introducing each arc in its own independent novel. Continue reading

Galactic History: The Elbianian Terror

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The Elbianian Nebula

The Elbian Nebula lies near the rimward end of the Orion Arm.  The remnant of a relatively minor nova, it is small as such stellar objects go, only about three light years across.  It would be completely unremarkable, if not for the cult that arose in connection with it, and the carnage that they wreaked.  The name of the Elbianian Nebula would become synonymous in galactic history for fanaticism, atrocity, and unprovoked aggression. Continue reading