If anybody was confused by my touting Dissident Aggressor as the next Starbreaker novel when I had already begun publishing drafts from Shattered Guardian on my personal website, I apologize.
I'm putting Shattered Guardian on hold because I realized that there's a whole novel's worth of story that I need to tell before I can tackle the story I want to tell in SG. The novel I need to tell first will be called Dissident Aggressor since it will progress from the events of Without Bloodshed.
Among other things, it will show Morgan continue to wrestle with the problem of how live up to his ideals. He can't fight tyranny and corruption by killing those who abuse their power, but he cannot work within the system either because the system itself is corrupt.
Now that I think of it, maybe I should call this book Revolution Calling instead, since Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime has been such a huge influence on Starbeaker as a whole.
I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I've seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?
Or, as Morgan might sing toward the end, who do you trust when God himself is a crook? But that's a spoiler.
As I gear up to write my next Starbreaker novel, Dissident Aggressor, I've got plans for Starbreaker's web presence that may be of interest to some of you.
The rights to the first Starbreaker novel, Without Bloodshed, reverted back to me in 2017. I will begin serializing a new edition online later this month. In the meantime, the 2013 edition is still available through Curiosity Quills Press
Curiosity Quills still holds the rights to Silent Clarion a Starbreaker novel featuring Naomi Bradleigh from Without Bloodshed. Once that changes, I will probably serialize a new edition online as well.
Starbreaker, Part Deux
The sequel to Without Bloodshed has gone through some title changes over the years. Originally planned as Blackened Phoenix, I'm now using the title Dissident Aggressor. Yes, it's another Judas Priest song.
I have several shorter stories from the Starbreaker setting that I'll want to share, such as “The Milgram Battery” and “Limited Liability”.
I'll be using this site to collect news and reviews for my novels, and as a production diary for future works like Dissident Aggressor. Readers interested in seeing the creation of a novel from the ground up might want to take note.