I’ve been remiss in not noting what SF Scope and my brilliant agent, Michael Kabongo already have: Pyr is taking a second sequel to Blood of Ambrose. (The first sequel, This Crooked Way is due out in Fall 2009.)
Does this mean I have committed trilogy?
Well, I say no. These are standalone books in a series which, so far, has three entries. Even if the series ends there, it’s a three book series with some scattered short stories. If you pick up Blood of Ambrose you don’t need the Black Gate or Flashing Swords Morlock stories to pave the way (although, if you’re interested, remember you can find links to some of them online here); likewise, you don’t need to wade through Blood to set out on This Crooked Way. The third novel (which, candidly, I have only just begun) steps completely away from the plot material of the first two.
I’m not knocking the very long multivolume plot arc. As C.S. Lewis famously remarked, “You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” But it seems to me that there are a lot of multibook plotlines going on in imaginary-world fantasy and I really am trying to do something different with the Morlock books–a series of standalones that does show some kind of development in the characters and their world, not just a series of sterile repetitions: Morlock vs. the Evil Warlock, Morlock vs. the Savage Nudniks of Berzerkistan, Morlock Goes on a Vacation. We’ll see, I guess: at least I have three shots at it.
I should also mention: the online convention FlyCon is under way. Some good discussions have been happening; a full schedule can be found here. I snagged the primo hour of 2 AM Eastern (US) tonight for my author chat, for all you S&S night-owls out there. I’ll also be kicking around the topic of Hobbits & Barchester tomorrow at 2 PM with scbutler, and sneaking in and out of various discussions hither and yon. (Well, hither. My IRC-client doesn’t support yon.)