I have completed posting Epigraphy, and I am happy to say that it's now the most popular of my stories, by download counts. Thank you!
I wanted to acknowledge the folks who helped make the story better -- BachGen and Gray Sapien edited the story, and Proxy Account helped me with some of the science. A number of others reported errors, suggested improvements, or helped proofread portions of the story. Thank you very much. The remaining errors are my fault -- I am still getting a few reports that I need to address.
The reaction seems to be vigorous, but mixed. Some people liked it, and have been very kind with their words. I am flattered!
A few people suggested (politely) that they didn't care for the story. Others felt that the ending was too abrupt and spoiled the story.
A somewhat larger contingent said that while they liked the story, the ending came too soon, and could I write a sequel about the interesting characters and the universe? I must say the latter response is really flattering. I am glad people want to see more of my universe, but I must admit that I am still trying to figure out a good plot for a sequel. Those who read or watch a lot of sequels know that a story of *getting* something is quite different than *keeping* it; whether the something is a girl (or two), money, prestige, or ancient secrets.
Still, your ideas for a sequel are very welcome, whether through email or my forum, at groups.google.com/group/zaliterrs-stories.
Finally, some of you sent me interesting ideas or questions, but left your email blank or possibly corrupt (causing my response to bounce). If you don't receive a response from me in a couple of days, please try emailing me again, or post it on the forum. Assuming you want a response, of course.