A little while ago Audible asked me if I’d like to do a novella for them. Could be any of my settings or something new. I had this one idea that I’ve wanted to do something with for a while, but it was too big to be a short story, not fleshed out enough to be novel size quite yet, so this was a perfect spot (this is the same reason Tom Stranger existed in audio before print).
I wanted to do a Gritty Cop Show in Space kind of story. It is set in the same universe as Gun Runner, except it is a lost colony (like we mentioned briefly in passing in GR) that has been cut off from the rest of humanity for over a century.
I wrote 20,000 words last week on this thing (that’s about double my usual production rate), and it came out awesome. It is rare that I finish a piece of short fiction and I’m that excited about it, but on this one, I’m really hoping you guys like it, because now I really want to expand it into a whole book, or at least enough other novella size case files to compile it into a book.
No idea on release date or narrator yet. When will this be in print? I also don’t know that. It has to be audio exclusive for a year, but what I’ve done for my other audio stuff is I put it into my Target Rich Environment collections once it is no longer exclusive. I’ll probably do that here (and interestingly enough, I think I almost have a full third volume worth of short fiction again already).
To give you an idea of my enthusiasm level on this project, I was wrapping up Bloodlines when Audible contacted me about this. Then I had to read another rough for an as yet unannounced collaboration (contracts are in the mail on that and another project, so I’ll be announcing both of those later this week probably). Then I looked at Audible’s emails, said oh man, this is my chance to do Space Gritty Cop Show, and said I’d do it. I spent a day brainstorming, doing research (realizing that I could do A LOT with this setting), and then got started. We emailed back and forth for a couple of days about contract stuff. They came back and said when do you think this would be done by? I said here’s the rough draft. 🙂
Boom. Professionalism. 😀 (also, because it was contractually 20k words max, so I turned in a manuscript that was 19,999, just on general principles)
The main character–an honest detective in a really corrupt city–also happens to be a sci-fi version of a character I played in a fantasy RPG campaign about six or seven years ago. Which is why author-gamers never throw away our notes. The good bits of that kind of stuff are fiction gold (Lorenzo in Dead Six was basically a rogue I played in a college D&D game).
I’m really hoping you guys enjoy listening to this one as much as I enjoyed writing it.