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Happy New year - Posting the last of Book 3 21-23

December 30, 2017
Posted at 8:45 pm

I wish you all a happy new year and I am posting the last of book 3 to enjoy today and tomorrow.
Book 4and 5 are written and I cannot say how long it will take to be happy with them. I am halfway through book 6 and when it is complete I will start work on book 4. Please do not write and ask when they will be posted. It does not speed me up. I write for pleasure, not for a timetable.
I hope next year will be a good year for you. Mike Cropo one of my favorites bit the dust and I will miss the end of his books. I am sad to hear of many suffering illnesses this year.
Thank you to those who sent feedback, it is always appreciated. Some sadly are very demanding. This is a free site and the editors BarneyR and Jim7 worked very hard to help make the books a better read. Despite everything, they do errors do creep in. I thank my editors for the hours of work they put in. and the attention they paid to the work they accomplished. The books are as long as three standard novels and I appreciate the enormous effort they put in to make the books more enjoyable for the readers.
Prior to these books, I had only written technical stuff. I did not realize how much effort the move to fiction would be. Please be patient as I am sure it will take me many more books to tell the story as I wish it to be told.
Thank you to those of you who read the books. I was pleased my scores went up from the first two books, but I can see there is much scope for improvement.
I have often wondered if there is a fundamental difference between what is on free sites and the books published. I also wonder if the self-published books are changing the nature of what is real and what is appreciated by readers.
If I read free books on a site like Inkitt or Wattpad many books appear to be formulaic.
This is no time for philosophical ruminations. Eat drink and enjoy the entry to the new year!


December 14, 2017
Posted at 7:35 pm

Empire is done with some bits with the Editors. I have separated out the Universes and put the old books in a separate Universe. The Universe is now public.
Jason finally gets to the Empire. He has a really rocky start before he can get on with life. Book 3 is largely an exploration of life for Jason at an advanced University.
Books 1 and 2 are about warfare at a distance. Now a lot of the problems are in his face.
I have kept names reasonably easy. Empire standard sounds like French but names are really long. For the sake of my readers, I have truncated them. Names in Charassa are really a series of clicks and even with my experience, I find them hard to put on paper. In societies with trillions of beings three names doesn't do it but for our purposes, I have stuck to two for convenience.
Jason is not into the sociology or politics so he can miss the analysis of the society. It is there in the background as are the issues of Artificial Intelligence.
Thanks to all of you who wrote some suggestions about AI evolution. It is there constantly and becomes a more prominent theme.
What are concerns in an ancient society? What are Jason's people like, where are they and the issues?
I am open to suggestions. Are they humanoid in origin or insect or a collective intelligence like the Una? Are they a collection of microorganisms that cooperate like I saw in a Star Trek. Which galaxy were they from?
What disaster have they faced? Who is the current enemy and what are they doing? What do they want Jason to do?

Book 2 - Coming to an End

December 13, 2017
Posted at 9:19 pm

Book 2 comes to an end today. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I shall begin posting book 3 as soon as the Editors are satisfied. I do recommend you read the new versions.
My thanks to Jim7 and BarneyR for the effort they put in to help make the books more readable.
Book 3 follows the new sequence of books ie Traitor Redux and The Mob. If you have not read the new versions I have no idea how much difference it will make. The first books are very different and miss a lot of themes that will appear later, but each book is independent. Thanks to those who have taken the effort to comment. I hope to improve my writing further in time. I am up to book 6 and am halfway through, so there is more to come in time. Each book is three times the size of a standard novel so it is a lot of editorial work. I never realized how much work goes into a book and how much Editors help in the process. Reader comment helps find errors but it is really hard to find those errors and correct them.
My thanks to all the readers who have persevered reading all four books. Book three will be posted as

Book 2

December 7, 2017
Posted at 6:10 am

Book 2 now as the Mob is in the process of being loaded. I have put up two chapters. For those who read the previous versions it is different this time round. I hope to start book 3 by Xmas. I apologize for the delay as I had an intense time writing books 4,5 and am half way through book 6. You will see the evolution of artificial intelligence as I see it and different and complex societies as the books progress. Book 3 will make less sense if you miss the new versions.

Humans and AIs in 65000 years time-Also posted the rest of bk1

November 12, 2017
Posted at 11:06 pm

Thank you for so many ideas. I will follow up on the reading.
I suspect I did not phrase the questions I wanted to be answered clearly enough. I was thinking about evolved, Sentient level AI's at levels of sophistication one would expect in sixty thousand or more years ahead. I am not talking about now, I wanted to ask people how they think it will move and what will be the steps. It was not is AI here and can it evolve. My question relates to the book where I say here is here is this sophisticated society much more advanced than we are and they have sentient AI's who are working with people. How did a society reach that positive accommodation and what steps are we likely to go through if we have a good result and what went wrong along the way? I explore in the beginning largely metallic AI marines and have introduced part biological AI's, later. People are given AI's/Computers/memory which are inserted into their brain to add processing power storage etc. People add modifications and AI's add biological bits. Maybe I will wait till the books evolve more and explore the issues subsequently on the blog. I was wondering if people could speculate about the future evolutionary stages. I am thinking about it. I have been reading extensively but I am interested in the social changes society is likely to go through. Will job types continue to evolve so we have something to do? How are the Luddite backlashes dealt with. What happens if unemployment reaches 67% and after. I am trying to not have dystopic societies as that has been done to death eg Blade Runner. I wondered if anyone could project into the future and guess.
Thank you for the information about black holes and current weapon types.
If you can imagine the social changes that will occur as AIs can do more and more and we live indefinitely long lives, what adaptations will we have made along the way? That is what I am asking. I know there isn't one answer but my brain has its limits.
How will we deal with sentience and rights in society? Could a sentient AI vote? For those that read book 2, we meet an even more advanced society.
How will we cope with living two hundred years in good health, a thousand years in good health and even longer lives. How do we handle the boredom. I have tried to grapple with some of this in book 3 which is with the editors.