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May 10

Release Date, er, Released

Audible has set the release date for book 3, “All These Worlds” to be August 8, 2017. The e-book will be released on the same date, and the print version might be a day or two later, because of delays between Createspace and Amazon.

Also, an update to my earlier post: Audible will be re-recording parts of book 1 to bring pronunciations in line with book 2.

 

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  1. Joe

    Only 90 Days. I think I can wait that long.

  2. Dan Longman

    Awesome, Can’t wait!
    Just want to tell you how much I enjoy your books, keep them coming and I will keep buying! πŸ™‚

  3. mark

    when do we get liks so we can pre order πŸ™‚

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I’ll announce the pre-order link as soon as it comes out.

  4. RW

    great news, i cant wait!!

  5. Kevin

    Really enjoy your books. Glad they are not turning into military fiction or something akin. Fresh-fresh SCIFI. Keep up the great work and thank you.

  6. Amy V

    Not to long now! Looking forward to it!!!!

  7. Steven Greer

    But… the pronunciations in book two weren’t even consistent.

    The most notable example I can recall is “air-IH-deh-nee” versus “air-ih-DAH-nee”.

    Not that I don’t love the books… I’m obsessed with them and have turned at least 5 other people into shameless fans as well.

    Can’t wait for August 8th. Thanks Dennis!!

    1. Steven Greer

      To clarify, I recall both pronunciations in Book 2.

      1. Dennis E. Taylor

        If that’s the case, Ray may have slipped into the old pronunciation a time or two. I’ll bring it up with Audible.

        1. Aimee

          Yes I noticed that as well. And I also noticed that Archimedes was pronounced correctly in the first book but incorrectly in the second book.

          These are great books and the narrator is pretty awesome dispite these little discrepancies! I’m enjoying them immensely. Can’t wait to hear the next!

    2. JOEL

      I think….both pronunciations are wrong. Every reference I’ve ever heard pronounces it E-era-danny, not
      e-ariddnee It bugs me a bit, but the books are so good I don’t care that much πŸ˜€ I’m a fan of the Live Free or Die (Troy) series and in the middle of the first book Mark Boyett went from the 1st pronunciation to the 2nd.

      Oh well…can’t wait for the 3rd Bob book….Great Listen!!! Great Book!!!

  8. Original Bob

    Can’t wait for the movie πŸ˜›

  9. Sarah

    Just wanted to say that I LOVED your books. They’re so much fun. πŸ™‚

  10. Ed

    Mr. Taylor, please consider doing a reddit AMA on either reddit.com/r/iama or reddit.com/r/scifi. I feel it’d introduce even more people to your work and I’d love to read the thread.

  11. Brett

    Mr. Taylor,

    I bought the first audiobook on Amazon. It was an MP3 CD. Loved it. Thank you.

    I have been holding out for an MP3 CD of the second book. Nothing so far… just the Audible version. Wondering if a CD is coming out soon, or at all.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I remember that the CD for book 1 took a couple of months to be produced. I had preordered one, and I believe it didn’t arrive until January 2017. So, yeah, big delay. No idea why.

  12. Jesse

    What I’d really like to see, rather than just a standard hard-cover, would be a nice leather bound collection of the trilogy. Something like from Easton Press or Franklin Books. At least so far, this is one of my favorite sci-fi stories ever, and I’d definitely love to include it with my other leather-bounds from Asimov, Heineken, Niven, etc. I know that these are expensive, so probably wouldn’t sell as well as a standard hard-cover would, but on the plus side, those publishers only deal in leatherbounds, so wouldn’t require a deal for paperback, ebook, or audio. Of course, I’m saying this with no knowledge of what their publishing models are like, so maybe it’s not doable. But hey, I’m a sci-fi fan, so I’m all about dreaming and hoping!

    1. Chris

      I wholeheartedly agree with this, and I’d be willing to buy a leather bound trilogy as well. I’m picturing a stylistic logo of the heaven craft, with the title “Bobiverse” and underneath that, either “The Complete Trilogy” or “The Original Trilogy”. Basically taking itself way too seriously, which would be perfect for this series. Especially if some silliness is hidden on the cover as well. Maybe some more stylistic artwork of The Almighty Boooooob as well.

  13. Mike

    No pressure Dennis but I cannot wait for the 3rd book to be released.

    Honestly when I was checking out book, the “bobiverse” in the title made me not take it seriously. When I listened to Ray’s sample and the everything he was reading, I knew I wanted to purchase the book.

    I just finished book two yesterday and man, I absolutely love the world that you have created. From the pragmatic approach to space travel to the Fermi paradox.

    I want to be selfish and ask to keep making Bob books but I can’t wait to see what else you come out with.

    Keep it up!

  14. Nicholas

    Loved the audible books! It is so much easier to listen than sit down and read these days. I know, sad, but true. Can’t wait for number 3. Ray Porter was born for these books. heh. Thank you, Dennis.

  15. Ok2bclever

    “Heineken”, really?!?! LOL

    Alas, poor Robert, I knew him well…

    PS – I enjoy the books and I’m looking forward to August!

  16. Brad

    Any reason why book 2 doesn’t have Kindle Page Flip enabled while book 1 does? Page flip makes it a lot easier to go back and check the dates of the chapters to keep track of what knowledge the current bob would know.

    Can’t wait for book 3, but what I’d really love is a video game with all the amazing exploration of the series along with programming AMIs / cloning bobs to build up a Bob empire.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      No idea about the page flip thing. I’m not involved in the actual publishing part.

      As for the game idea, I’ve had some inquiries, which I’ve steered on to my agent. Nothing firm yet, though.

    2. Matthew Kosub

      I would also be interested in playing that video game. The closest thing to that right now is a game called “Screeps” (available on Steam) where you program your AI in java to find resources, hunt, destroy, etc.

  17. Richard

    Wonderful news, your books and Ray’s performances have made my commutes something to look forward to every day.
    Thanks

  18. Marc Schipperheyn

    Awesome! One of the few series I enjoy reading again and again

  19. Judy Davis

    Ack!! This release can’t come fast enough! I just listened to the first two Bobiverse books on Audible and I didn’t know this was a trilogy til I got to the last chapter of book 2 and realized we were getting another cliffhanger πŸ˜› I really enjoyed them, and am anxious to see how you will wrap everything up πŸ™‚ The guy you have reading them is doing a fab job, even if he decided to fix his pronunciations on some names in book 2 and make me do some double taking lol
    I love that these books are so smart and so full of nerd! πŸ˜‰
    Keep up the great work! I put myself on your mailing list so that I can snag book 3 when it’s up.

  20. Richard Page

    Fantastic and Fresh. I can’t wait for book 3 ! Your books along With Craig Alanson’s Expeditionary Force series have brightened up my daily commute home no end

    1. Scott McLaughlin

      Love the Expeditionary Force series as well! Really well read by RC Bray. He makes “skippy” for me the way he reads him. Book 3 of that series releases next Tuesday!

  21. Scott McLaughlin

    Fantastic, thanks Dennis! Can’t wait. Has been a great series and Ray Porter has been a great person to read it!

    Can’t wait to mash the pre-order button!

  22. Brian @SFFchronicles

    Cheers for the update – I’ve just finished the first 2 books and seriously enjoyed them. Am very much looking forward to the third one. πŸ™‚

  23. edj

    “End of book two”

    Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!

    Not two minutes, and I’m going into withdrawal.

  24. Dylan

    Great to hear.
    I’ve just finished book 2 and can’t wait.

  25. Ryan N

    I look forward to many more Bobiverse books!! It’s a niche I’ve been wanting for years. I know you like to tease the technical aspects of things without getting bogged down but some more treatment of bootstrapping bottlenecks and resource allocation would be fantastic i.e. How much longer should the printers be making mining bots before turning their attention to making another printer, Bob, or AMI. This fascinates me and would be great as an appendix or directly in the story. Thanks!

  26. MrManny

    Oh man, so hyped to read the third book!

    What’s funny is I discovered these from having read The Lost Fleet books before. But now I’m way more into the Bobiverse than those.

    Still, having to wait till August… I guess I’ll get around to reading The Commonwealth Saga and Beyond The Frontier, finally. Just as appetizers for Bobiverse 3, of course. πŸ™‚

  27. Dean Netzler

    YESSS!!! I don’t know if I can wait. I love the story, so fun, so inventive, I love it. Thank you for coming up with it. It is my favorite book/series. Awesome job.

    I laugh at myself because I’ve been so excited about Bob that when I try to expalin it to my friends and family I don’t think I pay you and the story justice.

    Dennis E. Taylor how in your opinion is the best way for me to describe the story with some detail? Not like the description on a website.

  28. Zeb Rice

    Arg! I’m trying to lower my frame rate to make the time go faster but it’s not working!

  29. Dustin

    Just finished the second book and cannot get enough of Baaaaaaawb! By the by, Ray Porter is amazingly good. Idk if you have input to who reads for you, but he really helps make the book come alive!

  30. Andy Foster

    Hi Dennis,

    Way off topic, but very pertinent.

    Your audible books don’t like to sync with iPods. I learned the fix by several very annoying conversations with Amazon customer service, so I’ll save your fans some trouble by sharing what I learned.

    On the Audible website, there are two modes for downloading: Format 4 & Enhanced. Format 4, usually the default, is the problem. Kind of like Murphy’s law, you know. When you download to iTunes the book plays on a desktop, but if you sync to an iPod you get static.

    There are absolutely no links that even hint to a fix – either on Audible or elsewhere on the Interweb. Only by meandering politely through a maze of Amazon customer service people by telephone, repeating your entire name and address again and again, does a solution appear. Finally, a smart guy will pick up the phone and reveal the five second fix to the patient listener. Ugh.

    1. Emily

      Thank you SOO much. I’ve had this problem with a couple of books lately and hadn’t been able to figure out a fix.

  31. Bruce

    My brother and I call the books “sci-fi for project managers”. We’re big fans and can’t wait for book 3!

  32. Hillarie Speziale

    Great books, thanks so much! Loved both of the first 2 Bobiverse books, and looking forward to #3 with much anticipation. Well thought out alien worlds, terrific subplots, and the Bobs are very likable – nice sense of humor…Wonderful job!!

  33. Alessandro

    Great I’ll keep a spare credit for the third book and I think I’ll also listen to the revised first book as soon I’m finished.

  34. BRIAN FLEENOR

    Looking forward to “All These Worlds”
    Ready to pre-order.

  35. David Rachlin

    Oh, I can’t wait!!! It was hard for me to wait for book 2. So glad 3 is coming out so soon.
    Ive really enjoyed your stuff.
    Please keep writing!

  36. Mary

    When will the third book come out in Audible? I love this series and can’t wait to find out what happens!!

  37. Garrett

    I was wondering, what is the best method to support your endeavors? IE what media format puts the most dollars in your wallet?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      E-books are the most profitable.

  38. Mike Kvammen

    Great reads. Couldn’t put ’em down. I see when “All These Worlds” will be released, but what about “Earthside”?

  39. emmett merwin

    Audible still hasn’t added β€œAll These Worlds” to their site to allow for pre-orders.
    This is very frustrating. I know I can’t make August get here any quicker, but I really want to add this title to my pre-orders ASAP!

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I did a quickie analysis based on timing for book 2. It was about 1.5 months from when I submitted the final version until they announced a preorder, and the preorder announcement was about 1.5 months before release date. I don’t know which one is more significant, but we can consider them “minimums” for the sake of argument.

      Release date for book 3 is mid-Aug (more or less), so that would place the pre-order announcement towards the end of July. I submitted book 3 mid-April, so that would place it at the beginning of June. So we’re now inside the envelope. OTOH, June 1st to July 22nd is a big range. Probably doesn’t help much. πŸ™‚ I have to believe, though, that Audible will want to set the pre-release sooner rather than later, so my bet would be end of June. And no, I don’t have inside knowledge. I could just ask, but that would be cheating.

      1. emmett

        Thanks!

        I asked, but I’m not holding my breath as I wait for their response πŸ˜›

  40. Anon E. Mouse

    This is great, but when is book 4 going to be released? ;-P

    I think the biggest problem right now is that I can read/listen faster than you can write, record and publish! ;-D

    Awesome stuff. Looking forward to book 3.

    1. CWF

      I second this. Instead of asking if there will be more, the more important question is: When? (Everyone joining the Bob Moot agrees: More.)

  41. Ben

    Sweet, so exciting πŸ™‚

  42. Jeaime H Powell

    I can’t wait!!!! But I must …. lol

  43. Lily Hall

    I love your writing but am hoping to see more female characters in general. Thanks for the awesome nerd humor.
    Really so funny.

  44. Javier Ortiz

    I love your books so much that I convinced my wife and several of her friends to read them!!!!

  45. Mike Bowman

    Hello. I’ve commented in the past how good the books are, so I’ll get right to my point… apologies in advance the length of this comment!

    Actually, this isn’t so much a comment on the book as a specific question. (One which should really go on a fan forum, but I don’t know of one… perhaps it’s time for one? Hint, hint.)

    Anyway, I’m only up to chapter twenty something of Book 2 so far so, please everyone, no spoilers! However, since Book 1 I’ve wondered about a particular aspect of the VR environments the Bob’s create for themselves – the veracity of the memories they’re basing it on.

    My question crystallised during the scene when SPOILER Bill is introduced to Henry by Linus, and Bill inwardly remarks on Henry’s shorter but “more compact” build and how Bill felt unused to seeing such a fit and healthy looking physique after spending all his time in the presence of other Bobs who, by implication of this remark, are not gym bunnies!

    To explain what I’m getting at, I’ll point out the obvious: Original Bob was human. Bob is a computer. Original Bob’s memories were digitised and became Bob. But Original Bob is no where described as having had a photographic memory and human memories are quite fallible, so Bob’s digital memories from when he was a human are going to be equally fallible. Human memories are particularly fallible when it comes to self-image. For example, many parents with overweight children never realise their children are, in fact, overweight until a medical practitioner points it out. Many individuals fail to appreciate they’ve got a beer gut. It’s a noted fact of human self-perception that most of us can’t see ourselves as we really are, but are blinded by our own imagined self-image.

    Thus, when Bob creates his avatar or his VR self, surely it must be inaccurate? Would he faithfully recreate a beer gut, a slightly drooping eyelid, a crooked front tooth, or a pattern of skin blotches at the hairline? Surely not. Surely VR Bob is going to be the perfect, Hollywood hero version that Original Bob always pictured in his mind’s eye when imagining himself? The George Clooney or Tom Cruise version, with a chiselled profile instead of the slightly fattened jawline; with the steely glint in the eyes instead of the vaguely worried look.

    There was never any suggestion in Book 1 that Bob was provided with images of his human self, or had access to a database that contained them. Neither was there any suggestion that the sum total of the World Wide Web was downloaded as a reference library. He’s got what Faith gave him, and I don’t think they’re going to give him images of some of the paradisical locations that some of the Bob’s have used for their VR.

    Thus, all these creations, from the physical appearance of the Bob’s to Riker’s recreation of the Enterprise bridge to Spike the cat are all products of Original Bob’s imperfect human memory and are, by definition, inaccurate.

    This includes Admiral Ackbar (I don’t think Faith would include an image of him in their database!) because even if I had the skills of a portrait artist, I would not be able to recreate Ackbar accurately. I would get things wrong. He might be a recognisable Ackbar, but plenty would be wrong with him. Same goes if I tried to create a portrait of myself without access to a mirror or any photographs. I would get my own face and physique wrong, just as Original Bob would.

    So, what does VR Bob really look like? Would Bob’s own mother recognise him?

    Sorry again for the enormous comment (cough need a fan forum cough) and thanks for reading if you stuck it out, this far.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      You are correct. Human memory isn’t a camera. Bob has the same chance of getting his image right as you or I would of drawing a self-portrait from memory. Assuming some artistic talent. But since all the Bobs are working off the same memories, no one is going to complain.

    2. Scot

      Who can say, other than Dennis, that Robert Johansson did not have a photographic memory? Wikipedia mentions that eidetic memory is not frequently found among adults, so perhaps Bob has hyperthymesia, a condition, also according to wikipedia, where one is able to remember very intricate details of their own personal life.

      Even if Bob did not have perfect recall, there is research to suggest that despite our inability to recall memories with perfection, those memories are there, stored in our brains as engrams. Some researchers have suggested theses engrams are stored in redundantly in multiple parts of the brain.

      The problem may be that the mechanism by which we recall those memories is imperfect.

      Here is my take on why Bob’s memories are now easily recalled as well as accurate:

      When Bob’s brain was scanned to create Bob the replicant, all of his memories, stored as memory engrams in the organic medium of neural pathways and patterns were accurately transferred into digital storage and are now available for processing in the quantum cores. Replicant/AI Bob now has extremely fast, perfect and accurate recall of his memories. Problem solved!

  46. Ed

    Just finished both Bobiverse books in a couple days. Very enjoyable! Excited for the 3rd. Thanks for all your hard work.

  47. phil

    Hang on I had book three for my holiday which is beginning of July.
    What am I going to listen to now?

  48. nick chamallas

    Hey Dennis,

    Any chance we can get a map where everybody went?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      This is from book 1:

      I’m going to be doing up a book 2 and book 3 version soon. Just need to squeeze in the time.

  49. david

    Dennis,

    I’ve purchased both your books from Audible. Is it possible to have Audible provide PDF downloads of the Appendices (list of terms, Cast of Characters and Genealogy)? These are not included in the audiobook but are a part of the paperbacks. I’d like to avoid having to buy the book twice? I feel like the appendices would be helpful in following the characters and some of the terminology.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I can put those all up on this site. Some are already up. I get the rest done.

  50. Natalie

    An August 2017 release date for bobiverse #3?! Dennis E. Taylor you rock my world! Can’t wait to start the next book.

  51. Al

    Were your inspired by the book A World Out of Time by Larry Nevin? If so I find your work to be wonderful reexamination of the story with much more diligence to the technical aspects.

    Really enjoy reading in the Bobiverse

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I’ve read almost all of Niven’s stuff. I enjoyed A World Out of Time, but like a lot of fiction, I felt it didn’t pursue the initial premise of the book. I’ve read a lot of books where I’ve said, “If I wrote that, I would have…”

      Well, now maybe I will.

  52. Steven

    Do you know when (if it hasn’t been done already) the updated version of Book 1 will be uploaded and available for download from the Audible guys?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I know it’s been scheduled. Don’t know when it’ll be done. Good question, though. I’ll ask.

  53. Josh

    I have enjoyed your books so much I bought the audible and the text copies. Thank you for making such a great story, I look forward to the third book.

    My only wish is I could buy the books in hardcover. I hope you win a Hugo with your work πŸ™‚

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      My agent is currently working on a hardcover edition. Not to worry, I’ll announce it when it comes out. I want them to sell. πŸ™‚

  54. John

    I can’t wait – this series is up there with the best books I have EVER read. Thank you so much Bob (Dennis) for bestowing us with this absolute genius of a series…never want it to end! I’m so exited for Book 3, must have been so much fun to write!

    One question – the SCUT FTL comms in the book, I can’t recall how it works, anyone point me in the right direction?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      SCUT uses the same subspace technology as the SUDDAR detection system, just implemented differently.

  55. Paul

    I’ve been reading sci-fi for several decades now, since college. I was very fortunate when I started to have a room mate who was well versed in the classics. He would tell me what series to read next and never steered me wrong. Those first few years were magical with every book being excellent. But the day eventually came when I’d read all the classics and I had to wade out into the jungle on my own in search of good books. The boon in self published books has not helped. Frankly, there’s a lot of trash out there.

    These books, however, are first rate. I love it when someone takes a simple idea, like self replicating probes, and explores where that idea might lead to. These books are well written with believable characters that I can identify with. One of the lessons I’ve learned in reading good books is if you don’t care about the characters, you won’t care about the book. I’m eagerly anticipating book three in August!

  56. Jim

    Thank you!

    I just finished book 2 and went searching for more. I am amongst the obvious throng just waiting for Book 3 (pray, could there be more?).

    Anyway, well done.

  57. Kati Martin

    Really enjoying your story. So much so that I recommended it(actually gave a gift certificate) to my tech savvy granddaughter. The humor is reminiscent of the humor in The Martian, which I think makes the books so much more readable. I am ‘listening’ to the series and if you were responsible for choosing the narrator you did an excellent job. He’s rocks. Looking forward to the third installment.

  58. Michel Daw

    You have a fan in me!

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