CONFEDERATION REBORN WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

First of all, some Far From Home news. I will be writing Black Nova Parts 3, 4, 5 & 6 over the coming weeks, so look out for those. There will also be a collected edition, or omnibus with all 6 for one discounted price (see below).

Black Nova Omnibus

In the meantime, I’ve been steadily working with Bernard Schaffer on his Confederation Reborn series. So far there are 3 available that we’ve written together. Details on those here: http://tonyhealey.com/books/the-confederation-reborn-series/ There is also a 3-parter written by Bernard on his own, subtitled “Return Fire” and a collaboration between Bernard and my good friend Simon John Cox with the story “Fool’s Gambit”.

Every title in the Confederation Reborn series can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=confederation+reborn

The stories Bernard and I have been working on follow the voyages of Captain Kirn and his legendary starship, the Endeavor. As I said we have 3 out already, with another 3 on the way. We’re also working up a 9 or 10 part mini-series. The story we’ve worked up for it is truly epic in my opinion. If you enjoyed the long-form storytelling, and serialization of Far From Home, this will be right up your alley. If you’re wondering where we are with it, I’m working on sections of episode 3 as we speak.

If you haven’t yet read A Brightly Flickering Flame, The Fire Eternal and Dusts of Creation, please do so. We’d love to know what you make of them.

We think they’ll blow you away.

The CONFEDERATION REBORN Series

Bernard Schaffer has assembled a wildly talented group of storytellers to create a new saga in science fiction. Simultaneously paying homage to the most beloved franchise in history, while twisting it to their own unique vision, the Confederation Reborn series is instantly familiar, and like nothing you’ve read before.

Join Tony Healey (Far From Home) and Bernard Schaffer (Grendel Unit, Superbia, and Guns of Seneca 6) as they team up for CONFEDERATION REBORN!

Available Titles

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A Brightly Flickering Flame

Captain William Kirn is the most beloved, most decorated officer in the history of Confederation. He’s also the only one with a disciplinary action named after him for consorting with female officers. Now, readers will see firsthand how this swashbuckling legend earned his reputation as the classic crew of the ICSS Endeavor does battle with a dreaded Korgon warship.

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The Fire Eternal

The Fire Eternal

William Kirn is an old man, living in a remote cabin, far from the days when he was the greatest captain in Confederation. After a lifetime in space, he seems destined to wind down his days doing little more than sitting on his porch, trying to forget his mistakes. The arrival of a mysterious woman will change all that, and with her comes the offer of an adventure unlike anything he’s ever dreamed.

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Dusts Of Creation

The crew of Captain Kirn’s Endeavor investigates a pending lunar impact, only to discover a colony of religious fanatics who reject everything Confederation stands for.
Written by best-selling authors Bernard Schaffer and Tony Healey, the Confederation Reborn series pays homage to sci-fi’s most beloved series, while breaking completely new ground.

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CONFEDERATION REBORN: THE FIRE ETERNAL NOW AVAILABLE!

The latest Schaffer/Healey joint, THE FIRE ETERNAL, is now available!

Here’s the write-up for this adventure featuring Captain William Kirn and the crew of the Endeavor:

William Kirn is an old man, living in a remote cabin, far from the days when he was the greatest captain in Confederation. After a lifetime in space, he seems destined to wind down his days doing little more than sitting on his porch, trying to forget his mistakes. The arrival of a mysterious woman will change all that, and with her comes the offer of an adventure unlike anything he’s ever dreamed.

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Also available in the CONFEDERATION REBORN series:

A BRIGHTLY FLICKERING FLAME by Bernard Schaffer & Tony Healey

THE FIRE ETERNAL by Bernard Schaffer & Tony Healey

FOOL’S GAMBIT by Bernard Schaffer & Simon John Cox

RETURN FIRE PART 1 by Bernard Schaffer

RETURN FIRE PART 2 by Bernard Schaffer

RETURN FIRE PART 3 by Bernard Schaffer

RETURN FIRE PARTS 1-3 by Bernard Schaffer

July Update

What’s been going on around here of late? A lot actually!

My novel IN HER SKIN is back from my beta readers. I have several minor plot issues to address, then general notes (of which I have two pages!). The novel requires a slight rewrite from page 1, which sounds more major than it really is. This is the final draft I will make of IN HER SKIN before doing something with it, so now it’s all about refining it and making it shine. I’ve never spent so much time on one project, but I think the end result is worth it.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been writing a secret project I can’t say anything about. I’m doing it under a pseudonym. So I’ve been working on that during the day, and doing other stuff in the evening.

Part of that ‘other stuff’ has been working on the latest collaboration with Bernard Schaffer. It’s a new Confederation Reborn tale starring Captain Kirn and the crew of the Endeavor with the tentative title of THE FIRE ETERNAL. This one had an interesting developmental stage that I hope we’ll tell you all one day. It might prove insightful as to how these collaborations really come together.

My focus right now is in getting IN HER SKIN ready, and finishing this secret project. After that? Possibly OPERATION CHIMERA 2 or BLACK NOVA. We’ll see. I also want to get into my Colonial Wars series.

Amazon have changed the way they’re paying writers for Kindle Unlimited reads. We used to get paid by the borrow, but will now get paid by the PAGE. I’ve been checking my reports every day and, so far this month, have had 50,000 pages read. I am predicting at least 100,000 pages read by the end of the month. We’ll see how accurate I am, and how much Amazon are paying per page, in my August update.

My good friend Courtney Cantrell has a new novel out right now. If you’re a fantasy reader, it’ll be right up your alley.

The link, etc, is directly below. (And look at that cover!)

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Rafe Skelleran is losing his mind. Weird nightmares ruin his sleep and dog his waking hours. Even the booze doesn’t help anymore. And the worst part of going crazy is he doesn’t even know why it’s happening.

In the midst of his descent into madness, a woman shows up on his doorstep, all curves and feisty foreign accent. This dream girl is real enough, but her babble about ancient wars and lurking enemies is the stuff of fantasies. Her rantings gain the weight of reality when an enemy arrives with an arsenal of otherworldly powers and tries to murder Rafe. Fleeing the destruction of his home, blood on his hands, Rafe realizes that if he wants to get out of this alive, he’s going to have to stick with a woman who’s possibly crazier than he is.

Besides, she knows about his dreams. She knows the green-eyed crone whose nightly pleas are driving Rafe insane. She says the old woman is real and that she can take Rafe to her. And Rafe can’t pass up the chance to find out the truth.

Hijacked to a strange world where he is surrounded by powerful, dangerous allies, Rafe soon realizes he’s no safer with these people than he was on his own. Every time he turns around, someone insists he’s not who he thinks he is. Every time he turns around, someone wants him dead. On the run with what seems the least of many evils, Rafe doesn’t have a single person in this strange land he can trust.

Even worse, he feels a dormant, volatile power knocking from within, urging him to let his magic loose. He must unlock it before facing his darkest enemy, for without it he can’t possibly survive. It’s that or accept an allegiance that will give him the worlds…if he’s willing to sell the last little bit of himself he has left.

An Update AND Free Books!

In case you missed it, my interview with STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS author ALAN DEAN FOSTER went live yesterday. Catch it HERE.

I have a number of free titles available this weekend. Have a browse through my catalog and see if any of them take your fancy. Find them at my Author Page.

Some of you are asking about Black Nova, still. It is coming. So is the sequel to Operation Chimera. So is the sequel to The Bloody North. So is the . . . you get my point. I am one man. I’m fast, but I ain’t THAT fast! Hahaha.

However, I’m doing my best. My latest novel, IN HER SKIN, is being read. I’m really pleased with it. No idea yet on what I’m doing with that one, so stay tuned.

Next up I am writing the first 6 parts of a new series, something a little different to Far From Home. It’s called COLONIAL WARS. I will have those 6 written by the end of August, and they will be out every couple of weeks over the summer. Here’s the cover to the first one:

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To repeat, it is not connected to Far From Home in any way. Why am I writing these and not Black Nova? Because the story came alive for me, and I’ve learned that when that happens you have to go with the flow. I promise my readers will enjoy it. It’s a fresh spin on something I’ve been doing a little while. I wanted to tell the story of a war that was humanity v humanity, instead humans v aliens. I also wanted to follow several different characters, and have different plots intersecting with one another. That’s been really fun, and liberating. I do believe that the maximum I feel comfortable with (as a reader) is 3, so that’s what I’ve stuck with.

All 6 of these will be available on the Kindle for 99c, and will be FREE to Kindle to Amazon Prime users. At the end of the summer I will bring them all out in one package, so you have the choice of reading it as it develops, or waiting for the whole shebang.

I have projects tumbling from my ears right now, but I do intend on tackling my half of Operation Chimera 2 (that’s a working title, btw), and then writing the other 4 parts of Black Nova. As always, take care. I hope to do another update at the end of July, so you know where I am with Colonial Wars.

Trust me, you’re gonna like it.

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My interview with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS author ALAN DEAN FOSTER

This is not the first time that I’ve interviewed Mr. Foster. Click HERE to read one, and HERE to read the other. In those older interviews, Alan touches on not only his work in the Star Wars universe, but Star Trek too. We also discuss his experiences with the legendary Harlan Ellison.

Please be sure to Pre-Order your Kindle copy of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS by clicking HERE.

Well Alan, it’s been awhile since we last spoke. I understand you have a new Flinx & Pip novel called BY THE THROAT which will be released the year after next. How did that come about? Were there always plans to revisit such great characters?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: I wasn’t sure if I was going to let Flinx (and Pip) retire or not.  One problem was: what do you have your characters do after they’ve saved the galaxy?  Fans kept asking for more, and I didn’t quite know what to give them.  Then something occurred to me in re Flinx’s particular, peculiar abilities, and that combined with a method of communication that I love, and together they became the impetus for the new book.

 

For readers who maybe haven’t had a chance to read the Flinx & Pip books, what’s your suggested reading order?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: There is a chronology of the P&F books on my website http://www.alandeanfoster.com The same chronology is also viewable within a chronology of all the Commonwealth books, so readers can see where the F&P books fit, time-wise, in relation to all the other Commonwealth novels and short stories.

 

I saw on your site they are all due to be released in ebook editions. Looking on Amazon, I noticed that some are available as ebooks and some aren’t. I assume this big re-release will finally see the entire series readily available as ebooks in its entirety?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Yes.  That’s a major reason for the delay in publishing.  The intent is to release all the F&P books as ebooks over the course of one year, probably with several titles packaged together in a very affordable, uniform price, and to conclude the re-releasing with the new book.

 

I make sure to check your site the first of every month and have done for about twelve/thirteen years now. One of the things that always amazes me is how much you get about. You wrote an account of some of your travels, PREDATORS I HAVE KNOWN. Where have you got to recently?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Due to progressive health issues, my wife can get out of the house only rarely.  I am her caregiver, so I haven’t been anywhere in a couple of years.  The last trip was to Dubai and Oman in 2013.

 

If you had access to unlimited funds, the means to go anywhere in the world, is there anywhere you’d like to visit that you might never get a chance to? I’m thinking locations that fall within the “I wish I could . . .” category.

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Not anymore.  If you have the time, funds, and inclination, you can get anywhere on the surface of the planet, or under its waters.  Time and good health are more important than the funds.  If you’re not physically fit, spending a couple of weeks in a tent in the Amazon, for example, probably would not be a viable travel option.

 

Will you ever write another account of your travels? I’m sure your readers would love to learn more about your experiences across the globe. I would, at least. I’m sure you’ve found yourself in one or two amusing/alarming situations over the years . . .

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: A fan who read PREDATORS I HAVE KNOWN said, “Now you need to do the bunny edition”.  Meaning encounters with non-predators.  Or just a general travel book.  But there are so many of the latter, it’s hard to get inspired to do still another one.  On the other hand, there are tales of such things as eating barbecued cui in Peru, searching for birds-of-paradise in Papua New Guinea, getting ants out of a five-star hotel in Borneo, doing 140mph on the autobahn in a Ford station wagon, discussing Stalinist architecture in Russia…I suppose there is enough material.  It’s all a matter of organizing what are basically anecdotes into a book, and finding a publisher.

 

Do you manage to write much when you travel? Or do you treat it as much deserved downtime?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: A lot of it is being a sponge.  Soaking up material for future projects.  This includes everything from observing people to just noting your surroundings.  For example, I once wrote an entire travel article on the wrought iron work visible in St. Petersburg (Russia).  Not in any guidebooks.

 

There are several of your projects I’ve been following with great interest. One of those is MADRENGA. Will that be coming out in the near future?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: MADRENGA is still in search of a publisher.  But there are five other novels coming out.

 

I know you self-published your novella, BOX OF OXEN. Would you consider self-pubbing again?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER:  Sure.  It’s a great way to get out material (like BOX OF OXEN) that you as an author feel very strongly about, but that doesn’t fit comfortably into publishers’ niches.  Especially for material of an awkward length, like a short novella.

 

I’m excited to see another foray into original scifi with RELIQUARY, due in 2018. Can you tell us much about the novel, and what readers can expect?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER:  It’s about the (presumably) last human being in the galaxy, who has been raised by aliens.  More than that I’d rather not give away.

 

Open Road are publishing THE DEAVYS later this year – is it a departure from your other work, writing for a YA audience? Was that a conscious decision on your part, or did it just develop as YA fiction?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: It wasn’t a conscious decision.  The main characters just happened to be teens (and a cat).  Not like Flinx, who was always conceived as a teen.

 

The other project I am extremely pleased is going to make an appearance is OSHENERTH. Am I correct in saying it is a trilogy, with one of the volumes called Blue Magic? Or has that changed in the interim following your initial announcement?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: In the interim between writing and finding a publisher, another book with the title Blue Magic has appeared.  So that’s out as a title, even though I could use it.  At the moment, it’s just OSHENERTH.  It’s written as a stand-alone.  Right now, possible sequels/trilogy are only a glimmer on the water’s surface.

 

I know from reading your site that you have a busy life. Do you find much time for reading?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: For the past thirty years or so, my eyes have grown very bad for reading.  From a foot out, they’re fine, but close-in….  It’s very ironic, when you think of it.  Even reading with enlarged fonts and the correct prescription lenses gives me a headache after twenty minutes or so.  But I’ll rest, and then go back to the material I’m perusing.  I don’t have the time, either.  But I still delve into history and biography and science whenever I can manage it.

 

I remember some years ago you shared some shots of your writing space. How important is it that you have a stable environment in which to write? I know several writers who do the majority of their work in coffee shops. I could never do that. I’d be wondering if anyone was looking over my shoulder. Do you view writing as a solitary act?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: I’m always put in mind of the film THE FRONT PAGE, set in the world of ‘30’s newspaper work.  People writing amid the most incredible cacophony.  I could never do that.  I need quiet.  No music, no nothing. Sometimes I’ll put on heavy earphones to shut out every bit of surrounding noise.

 

Is there anything in the realm of writing fiction that you’ve not tried yet? Any genre or style you’d like to give a shot one day?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER:  I wrote a straightforward mystery, RAW ON THE ROW, set in my hometown of Prescott, AZ (no publisher yet).  It probably needs a do-over.  Other than that, I love writing articles on nature and (obviously) travel, but I don’t have the time to pursue the appropriate markets.  Or they’re not interested.  I have done a fair number of articles on scuba diving for assorted publications.  I also like writing poetry, but I’m not very good at it.

 

A writer friend of mine emailed the other day, and in the email he wondered if a writer can ever run out of ideas as he or she gets older. We were talking about projects, and he was saying how many different projects he has cooking at any one time. He sort of hoped that would always be the case. I’ve often pondered that notion myself. When you see writers hit their late seventies, early eighties, and they’re no longer putting out new work. Is that because they’re simply worn out, tired, ill . . . or do you think the well really does run dry one day?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: It depends entirely on the writer.  Look at Jack Williamson, still selling SF novels into his early 90’s.  Other writers get burned out early, and many just get tired of the time it takes out of what remains of their days.  It never gets easier.

 

Before we move on to the last part of this interview, I wouldn’t live with myself if I didn’t mention a pretty big project of yours out in December. That would be THE FORCE AWAKENS. I know you cannot say anything with regards to the story itself, but you’re in a uniquely privileged position in that you know the whole story. Have you seen any of the movie, or did you work from the screenplay alone in writing the novelisation?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Just the screenplay, plus some concept art and production visuals.  I really wanted to have access to the latter so that if I describe something, or someone, in the book, it matches what actually appears on the screen.  You know how fans are.  If I give someone sideburns and in the film that character appears without them, it will give rise to 468 blog entries.

 

You adapted both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. I did hope you’d do the novelisation of THE FORCE AWAKENS, and was over the moon that that was the case. I understand Lucasfilm have AFTERMATH by Chuck Wendig coming out this winter, and that they’re really trying to ensure everything forms a cohesive whole in terms of canon. Did you have any contact with the Lucasfilm story group during the process of writing the novel?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Yes.  I of course had to have some leeway, but the group certainly made their opinion(s) known.

 

It must seem a lifetime ago that you wrote STAR WARS and SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE (I have a copy of both sitting on my shelf right now). How does it feel to be adapting Star Wars again? To quote a certain Dark Lord, is the circle now complete?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Depending on one’s age, it was a lifetime ago.  And yet I can see the interior of the original Industrial Light & Magic warehouse, on Kester St. in Van Nuys, CA, with the Death Star run models out in the parking lot, as clearly as if it was yesterday. 

The circle will never be complete as long as fans continue to enjoy the Star Wars universe.

 

What is it, do you think, keeps people going back to Star Wars? Generation after generation, it seems to connect with people like no other property I can think of.

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: It reduces storytelling to enjoyable basics.  Good guys vs bad guys, with a few variants to keep things interesting.  Not unlike WWII tales.  You sit back and enjoy.  It’s cinematic/literary comfort food, like a good hamburger or grilled cheese sandwich.

 

When I think of the Star Wars universe, there’s infinite storytelling potential there. In my opinion the same could be said of your Commonwealth books. Would you welcome an adaptation of your stories? And I suppose the flip side of that question is, “Where do they begin?”

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Commonwealth adaptations would have to begin with NOR CRYSTAL TEARS.  Which would be a story Hollywood has never really told; i.e., an entire film shot and told from the alien’s point-of-view.  As to the Flinx & Pip books, that’s a related matter, and those books have been under option for filming for several years now.

 

There is an art to novelisations, and I’ve read quite a few over the years. Some of those have been excellent. Some have been dire, just a word for word rehash of the screenplay. Yours are never like that. Whenever I read one of your novelisations, they seem to add to the original material. Often you find a new angle to scenes from the movie, and it really embellishes what is already there. In my opinion it’s what makes your work stand out. Is that a conscious choice on your part?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: My feeling is that if the reader doesn’t get a good deal of original material in a novelization, the publisher might as well print the screenplay and let it go at that.  When I do a novelization, I get to be the complete fan and do my own fuller version of the film; my own Director’s cut.  Every fan does that.

 

So to wrap this up, a little something I do from time to time. I am totally stealing from James Lipton here, so forgive me.

These are the classic ten questions from the French “Bouillon de Culture,” hosted by Bernard Pivot. I’d like you to answer with the first thing that comes to mind, as honestly as possible.

If you’d rather not answer a specific question, that’s fine too.

 

What is your favourite word?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: thersitical (In German, it’s “allgegenvartig”.  Eng. Translation: omnipresent)

 

What is your least favourite word?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: don’t have one.  They all work for me.

 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: great music, an unblemished night sky, drifting in clear water, the rainforest.

 

What turns you off?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: my tribe/nation is better than yours.  Bullies.  Brussels’ sprouts.

 

What is your favourite curse word?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: fucker

 

What sound or noise do you love?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: waves on a beach.  Distant thunder.  My wife’s laugh.  Any bird.  Lions bellowing.  Cheetahs (or any cat) purring.  Pan pipes.  A grand orchestral crescendo.

 

What sound or noise do you hate?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: People in the film industry cursing because they think it makes them appear macho.  Any animal in distress.  Twelve country music songs in a row that all sound the same.

 

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Composer (classical).  Sculpture.  Travel guide (no, wait…I already do that).

 

What profession would you not like to do?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: Anything that requires sitting in a small office.

 

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

 

ALAN DEAN FOSTER: “Have you heard the one about the human race…?” or… “Sam Clemens was right.”

Everyone, you can find out more about Alan Dean Foster at his site, which is appropriately named http://www.alandeanfoster.com Be sure to check there every month for updates, and have a look around. You’ll find pictures and video from his numerous trips around the world, and a wealth of other information concerning his many series and media tie-ins. Of all the authors I have had contact with over the years, Alan is by far the most gracious and humble. You can drop him a line via the message board on his site, by email, or tweet him at @thranx1

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