Ambassador 3: Changing Fate
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Fifty thousand years ago, a meteorite hit the planet Asto, giving its Aghyrian inhabitants mere days of notice. Three ships escaped the Armageddon. Two went to the neighbouring planet. The third, a massive generation ship, refused to take on refugees, and then vanished without a trace.
It’s coming back.
Its initial burst of communication caused the outage of the Exchange, the FTL network for transport and communication, but since then the ship has been silent. It jumps about at random, using wormholes it generates with a drive the likes of which no one has seen before.
Meanwhile at the gamra assembly, people jostle to be in the best positions when it inevitably turns up in inhabited space. What the ship wants or whether there is anyone on board no one knows, but diplomat Cory Wilson knows one thing: when it turns up, he must avoid a conflict at all cost.
If only gamra presented a united viewpoint. If only Asto’s army wasn’t keen to get involved. If only the Aghyrians at gamra didn’t do what they do best: manipulate and play games with everyone. While the ship approaches, the delegates bicker, and the time for negotiating and peace is fast running out.
For Queen And Country 4: Fire Wizard
Status: I’ve started writing this and it is my next priority. ETA March/April.
Johanna and Roald and the others return to Saardam pretending to be peasants and farmers going to market. They find a town badly scarred and whatever citizens have survived are too scared to stand up to Alexandre the fire wizard. It is thought that he burnt down the town because he wanted to eradicate the Church of the Triune which forbids magic and denies that it exists. But things are not quite as simple as that.
The Sahara Conspiracy: an Ambassador story
Status: apparently, this is a thing, and I have written a few thousand words. I’ve always wanted to write a novella or short novel about things that happen on Earth after book 1 ends, during the election campaign. This will be one of the background projects that will simmer until I feel a strong urge to finish it.
Very rough blurb:
Two hundred years ago the planet Asto was highly overpopulated and the inhabitants, the Coldi people, planned a large colony in Earth’s Sahara Desert. The revelation of these plans nearly brought about a war.
Now, in the 23rd century, humans and Coldi have buried their disagreements. The plan for the colony is dead, isn’t it? Well, not quite, discovers diplomat Cory Wilson when he is urgently called into President Danziger’s office.
Someone has been using very similar designed facilities for training private militias in Ethiopia. While not in the Sahara, Ethiopia’s Afar region is the hottest place on Earth, and most people have fled the salt-ridden wasteland years ago. The troops are likely to be Coldi. They’re in the employ of the African war lords, and fight with off-world weaponry in many of the world’s nasty conflicts.
Danziger’s order to “get rid of these idiots” is every bit as dangerous as it sounds. And that is before Asto’s enormous and secretive military becomes involved.
Note: the cover is very rough, too.
And Their Ilk
Status: no pretty cover. Maybe mentioning it here will actually make me finish this urban fantasy tale. It’s a tale about contemporary Sydney, about corruption and murder and property developers, with some magical animals thrown in.
In the leafy and gentile suburbs of Sydney’s North Shore, a war is waged.
The Night Ilk, who are human at daytime and who change into creatures of the night–bats, possums, frogmouths–have fallen out with the Day Ilk–the ibises, the kookaburras, the magpies, the currawongs–who change into people at night.
Because the Day Ilk hold the den, the Night Ilk need to establish a new home. They have little money, but there is nothing Mr. Fixit Mikhail Andressan can’t bribe from councils. Until he makes a bad deal.
Freelance journalist Bindi Winslow stumbles by accident into the world of festering corruption, politics and crime when looking for her brother. Getting him out of that world is another matter, never mind getting him out of it alive.
Ambassador 4: Coming Home
I will start this after I finish Fire Wizard, and it will assume priority at that time.