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Gary A. Ballard

The wonderful thing about being a self-published author is the freedom to work on whatever strikes your fancy, whenever that fancy is struck. Over the last few months since the release of my 3rd Cthulhu Mythos novella in the Stepping Stone Cycle, Drowned, I've been itching to dabble back in the Bridge Chronicles universe. There are so many more stories I want to tell in the cyberpunk genre, and I had begun telling them as short stories, announcing a few months ago that I would be putting out a new short story collection called Tales from the Bridge Chronicles, Volume 2. I had so far completed the rough drafts of four (4) cyberpunk short stories, with a fifth (5) longer one in the works. As I began writing this story, it just got longer and longer in my head. I had initially thought it would end up being about 15,000 words, which along with the other longer one for Tales 2, would make the entire collection probably around 50,000 words more or less depending on what other stories I added beyond these five.

A curious thing happened during the writing of that 15,000 word story. I'm already 10,000 words into it and not quite sure how long it would end up being. It had started as a follow-up to the story I've already posted on this site, Incursive Share. This story was to be about the rescue of the 4nasia inhabitants - if you don't know what I'm talking about, go read Incursive Share. The more I thought about how those two stories tie together, the more I realized that all but one of the stories I'd already written had a connection to this story as well. Looking at the word total for the whole thing, I began to see that the story I was really telling was larger than the individual pieces, and would make a fantastic fifth book in the Bridge Chronicles series. As of today, I'm beginning the process of tying all these pieces into one coherent narrative, moving back and forth across the timeline between established Bridge universe history and into "present-day" Bridge time.

With all that in mind, I am happy to announce that the next book in the Bridge Chronicles series will be a novel instead of a short story compilation. The tenative (and pretty firmly decided) title is Reclamation. It will be a departure from previous Bridge novels, which have largely focused on the story from Bridge's viewpoint with dalliances into other characters perspective. I would estimate that the viewpoint of this one will be more like 40% Bridge, 60% other characters. There will definitely be returns from some old favorites, including Aristotle, Stonewall and Far-El of the Bottle City Boys, as well as a bit more time spent in the Bottle City itself. I hope to have this novel completed and published by year's end, making for a nice Christmas gift for all you cyberpunk fans!

After that, I intend to complete the first season of the Stepping Stone Cycle, and then it'll be back to Bridge. I have in my mind at least five (5) more cyberpunk novels in the Bridge universe, one of which will likely be the prequel (yes, the dry-hump of series fiction) I've always had in mind covering our favorite characters during the 2027 riots.

Are you excited by this news? Let me know on my Twitter feed!

While I've had a few requests for audiobook versions of my novels over the years, I've never pursued the option. I must admit that I've never been a fan of audiobooks - not only would I rather read the books myself, the places I would tend to listen to something for that long are places I tend to prefer listening to music instead. I do, however, recognize that there is a significant audience for audiobooks out there and when I was given the opportunity to record an audiobook through the ACX/Audible platform, I decided to give it a try. Thanks to the talented Joe Hempel, contributor of the blog Top of the Heap Reviews (who incidentally reviewed Under the Amoral Bridge previously), I now have an audiobook version of Under the Amoral Bridge for sale through the Audible platform.

The Audible platform allows you to buy the audiobook version outright (it's currently listed at $14.95 for an MP3 version - you can also get it on Amazon for $13.08) or you may purchase an Audible membership for $14.95 a month and listen to as many books as you desire including my book. As I said, I'm not an audiobooks listener, but if you are, that sounds a good value. In the interests of full disclosure if you sign up for a membership and stay with it for 3 months and my book is the first you purchase, I get a $50 bounty. 

Thanks again to Joe Hempel for his fantastic narration! Depending on how well this does, I may offer other novels as audiobooks in the future. I hope you enjoy listening as much as others have enjoyed reading!

I've been hinting about new short stories on Twitter for a few months, and I've released some of these stories for my Patreon contributors already. Now, the first of those stories is being released for the general public so all my fans can enjoy new stories set in the Bridge Chronicles universe. They are being released under the umbrella of Tales from the Bridge Chronicles, Volume 2, and the first, Incursive Share, is being released in two parts. The first part is available now, and the second part will be made available mid-January.