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

“The Defense of Provenia” Is Up For Pre-Order!

Book 2 of The Unity Wars is almost here!  The Defense of Provenia goes live on August 14th.

The Unity Wars is going to be to be a massive, sweeping series.  I won’t say outright how many books, but it’s going to be a lot, which is part of why the rapid release is happening.  The Defense of Provenia is out this month, and The Alliance Rises will be out in September.

Since it is a big galaxy, Book 2 begins the second major story arc of the series.  We are moving halfway around the galaxy, to meet new characters and a threat that was introduced in the freebie, Incident at Trakan: the M’tait.  (I’m currently planning on three major arcs as the story progresses.)

The Alliance Rises will return to the Scalas Arc in September.   Book 4 will introduce the third major arc of the story in October.

A Nightmare From the Sky

Gaumarus Pell is a Corporal in the Provenian Planetary Defense Force.  He’s had a quiet career, up until the simmering rebellion on Provenia abruptly escalates to a level of violence never before seen.  The visiting Knights of the Order of the Tancredus Cluster think that an off-world terrorist group might have infiltrated the rebellion.

But it is worse than that.  The M’tait are coming.  And when the ravagers of worlds descend from the deep black of space, nothing is ever the same again…

You can read the first chapter on the Free Fiction page, right here on the site.

It’s available for Kindle preorder here.

(I am going to be getting back to the Lore and Background posts eventually.  Been ferociously busy here lately.)

Valdek Falls. The Unity Wars Have Begun

Interstellar War

In the thousands of years of galactic history, no single power capable has ever been of exerting its influence farther than a few light years.  The expanses of space are too vast, the sheer military and logistical demands of ruling entire star systems too great.  To build enough ships and recruit enough soldiers was prohibitive, even with the resources of an entire star system.

Until now.  A sinister force has arisen on the edge of the galaxy.  It wields technology that might just grant it galactic domination.  And Valdek is in its crosshairs.

Invasion

When a plea for help from the planet Valdek reaches the Caractacan Brotherhood, the ancient order of peerless warriors is quick to respond. Their Code demands it. To fight for the weak and defenseless is their purpose. And Centurion Erekan Scalas has lived that Code through ten years and countless battles.

But even he isn’t ready for what they face on Valdek. An enemy as inhuman and ruthless as any in the thousands of years of galactic history has descended on the beleaguered world, intent on conquest. An army of men who swarm like ants, and all have the same face…

The First Galactic War Has Begun

The Unity Wars began as a mental exercise in reworking the prequels to a favorite space opera movie trilogy to make them better and more logical.  The first book in the sprawling series that has been spawned from that exercise, The Fall of Valdek, is now available on Kindle and Paperback.  Get yours today, and enter a vast galaxy of war, adventure, heroism, and villainy!

Galactic History: The Fall of the Triamic Hegemony

A Flawed Edifice

The Triamic Hegemony might have seemed strangely monolithic to outsiders, particularly in a galaxy where a government that even encompassed an entire planet was rare.  But beneath the surface, the unprecedented edifice of the Hegemony had deeper cracks than any aliens realized.

The Hegemony was ultimately built upon a stratified alliance of triamic packs.  It was the result of centuries of wars for territory and dominance, out of which the order of precedence of the packs within the Hegemony slowly and painfully emerged.  To some of the more idealistic aliens, the Hegemony seemed to be a dream come true, a truly interstellar civilization of a high order of technology and sociological sophistication.  But it was built upon a foundation of hundreds of triamic years of ferocious bloodshed.  And, as it turned out, that foundation was far shakier than believed, even by most of the triamic. 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