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Mar 04

Timeline of We Are Legion

I promised to put up a timeline of the book. So here you go. Note that this is from before the last round of edits, so something might be off.

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  1. Joe

    I’m interested to find out what Bob-Moot is.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Chapter 59 – Bill – May 2172 – Epsilon Eridani

      1. Chris G

        Hi Dennis, love the first book and I’m counting the day for the second book to be available on Audible. It looks like from the timeline above the the first Bob-Moot is in 2188 and not 2172. Great visual aid, I had keep referring to the chapter guide in the Kindle to keep everything straight.

        1. Dennis E. Taylor

          Yeah, it’s possible some of the points are out of sync. I haven’t re-checked the timeline since final edits. I’m going to have to deploy an update anyway, once book 2 is out, so I’ll make sure everything matches up.

  2. Mike Bowman

    Very nice. Very clear. It’s also a handy summary of the salient events in the book.

    What program is that? The only TimeAlign I know of is this: http://timealign.org which is quite fun to play with when doing research.

    Unrelated question: is there or might there one day be a dramatis personae? Perhaps it could be combined with a timeline and added to one of the books as an appendix. All the best fiction books have appendices! Just look at Tolkien! Wrote a whole new book to explain the actual book!

    Unrelated observation: I seem to have a problem seeing a double ‘n’. Every time I look at the URL for this blog I ask myself “Who is Denise Taylor?” 😉

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      It’s an app that I wrote myself. I just picked a name, and obviously I’ll have to change it if I release this on codeproject. 🙁

      There is a cast of characters at the end of book 2, and probably at the end of book 3.

      1. Mike Bowman

        I was going to suggest ‘Time Ruler’, but there’s already several of those.

        You could go slightly pretentious with ‘Continuum’. Or ‘Timefeed’, a play on newsfeed. ‘Tempus modum’? Nah, too King Lear, and all the nerds would misspell it ‘modem’.

        Chrono + Tape measure = Chrontape!

        Timetape?

        You know, I think naming it will be harder than coding it!

        Back on topic: when does the audio version of Book 2 come out? I presume Mr Porter will be reprising his role?

        1. Dennis E. Taylor

          Ray finished recording book 2 a while back. Release of both the audio and e- versions is April 18th.

      2. Christopher Bortz

        Great Book. looking forward to Book 2. Love the TimeAlign tool. Hurray for programmers!! Whatever you call it, I’d be interested in using that for some of my own projects. The ability to keep a bunch of character time lines straight is actually important for just about any fictional work, yours even more so.

        1. Dennis E. Taylor

          I’ve got more projects than I can keep up with, right now, but I am intending to release it on codeproject when I get it clean enough.

  3. Stephen C

    Thanks! I appreciate you doing this. I’ll make good use of this in the interactive Bobiverse timeline. Now, if I could just get this quaternary star system orbits right…

  4. Richard

    Yes Thanks for this, it’s fun to study and browse.

  5. ashley richard

    Amazing book so far! chapter 52 and I don’t want it to end. Will there ever be a BOBiverse dictionary of some kind? that would be great for those of us who want to nerd out! and those of us who have bad memories.!

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I’ve added a glossary and cast of characters to book 2. I should probably put them up on the website as well.

  6. Eric

    Were there chapters omitted from the audiobook? There is a lot of stuff in this timeline that wasn’t in the audiobook.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      No, I’ve listened to the audiobook, and it’s identical. The timeline probably contains some book 2 stuff. I tried to trim it down before posting (to avoid spoilers) but may have missed a few things.

  7. Mark Miller

    Just got an email from Audible about the new book. Going back to re-read the original because I couldn’t be more excited for the sequel! Squeeeeee!

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Dangit still waiting for my copy of the email.

  8. Jonathan Edwards

    Dennis, I’m launching Science Fiction book fan Podcast on April 15th and would love for you to give us 30 minutes of your time to talk about your upcoming book as well as the Outlander series!

    We’ll make is super, insanely, unbearably easy to join the conversation & even send you a Mic if you need one. We use Cast (a google chrome app) to record and definitely polish it up in post (so you can tell us to get rid of anything you didn’t like, haha!)

  9. Paul Robert McHugh

    Dennis, I am now on my 5th listening of your book. Thank you for you vision and story telling. Each time read, i find something I missed. What a wonderful story but regardless how it comes about, we will as a species go to the stars. I am 65 and know i won’t live to see this happen, so how about a video game of “We are Bob”? Just the thought of me being Bob and then making more Bob’s to explore the galaxy gives me goose bumps.
    Please research this and make it happen. Halo, Destiny and the like tells me it could be done.

    Sorry but one more thought, Graphics! maybe something along the line of a story board would be wonderful for those special moments in the story. You could even have a deluxe signed edition made. I hope I don’t sound silly. Am I alone wishing this could happen?
    You are Legion!

  10. Rich Bowman

    I reluctantly bought your book on audible after Multiple suggestions by the app. I’ve been frustrated with the repetion of the same story in sci-fi books but was desperate for something to listen to. I figured I’d give it a shot and if it wasn’t good I would just get a refund.

    I loved it. I got excited about a story for the first time in a very long time. I immediately preordered the sequel after finishing it. I got impatient for my availability email and went searching, which led me here.

    I like your byline about being frustrated so you wrote your own. I’m to that point myself but I’m 40, in grad school, and trying to write a thesis. If writing a novel is anything like a thesis, I’m not sure I have it in me…

  11. Thomas

    Already finished your book really enjoyed it. Good job all around.

  12. Nikola S

    First, kudos – superb work, great plot and an ode to all of engineers/geeks who like to get down to nitty gritty details. Talking of which, I have a question: how long does it take to build a SCUT transciever? Looking at this part of the timeline:

    2158 – News about Vulcan reaches Epsilon Eridani
    2162 – SCUT plans reach Sol
    2168 – News about Vulcan reaches Earth ???

    leaves me confused, as I was under impression it would not take 6 years? My assumption is that as soon Riker builds SCUT transciever, he would have heard about Vulcan from Bill. I can’t go back easily to other timeline references to cross check (the downsides of an audiobook, sigh).

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Riker did learn about Vulcan as soon as he built the SCUT. The 2168 reference just indicates when the radio transmission from Vulcan would reach Earth. It didn’t turn out to be relevant to the plot, but when I was planning out the timeline I had to make sure I allowed for light-speed transmission times.

      1. Nikola S

        Ah, ok, thanks, makes sense now, did not realise that “News” refers to the original radio transmission from Vulcan. I see that this timeline was very useful when planning out the plot and for spotting continuity errors, so I need to keep that in mind.

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