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Aug 10

Some Updates on, Well, Everything

The storm seems to be about over. Audible has fixed the truncated audio file, re-enabled Whispersync, and emailed customers about it. However, I’m still getting some reviews and comments about the “cliffhanger” nature of All These Worlds, so not everyone apparently reads their email. Or, more likely, they figured it was another marketing email and deleted it unread.

So what happened?

I’ve discussed it with Audible, and they don’t know. It’s never happened before, it shouldn’t happen at all, and the engineers can’t see how it could happen. Gotta love computers, right?

Anyway, the bottom line is that the audio file is uploaded to the server in chunks, and one chunk just. Didn’t. Arrive. This meant that the file served up to all the pre-orders and early sales was missing the last 13 chapters, 64 through 76. Needless to say, there was an immediate uproar about the “cliffhanger’ nature of the book. No kidding. I read chapter 63 while visualizing that being the last chapter in the book, and it made a Batman episode look like War and Peace.

As an aside, I’m impressed at how many people had listened right through to that point by the first morning.

By the time I’d gotten up, mainlined my first coffee, and read my social media (with a rising sense of panic), and contacted Audible, they were already all over it. They assured me they were rebuilding the file and would have it up by mid-day.

Audible delivered on their promise, and also sent emails (as earlier mentioned) to customers. Then they started working on the Whispersync function, which apparently requires its own processing to link up the audio and e-book files. That took a little longer, but got done.

By now the cataclysm has been fixed, and if you think All These Worlds is a cliffhanger book, please check your chapter count. If you only have 63, delete the file from your device and re-download it. You should end up with 76 chapters.

 

On another subject, I’ve been asked to say something about my future writing plans. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a full-time writer as of this summer. Honesty requires me to admit that this means afternoon naps more than anything else. But even with that, I should be able to be more productive.

Keep in mind, when I’m talking about my schedule, that I’m not self-published, so there’s a gap between when I finish a book and when it hits the market. And I have an ‘exclusive’ with Audible for the next five books, which means a book will be available from Audible for four months before it’s available in any other format. Sorry, they kept throwing money at me and I’m a weak, weak man.

Anyway, the Bobiverse trilogy is now complete. I’ve also almost finished Singularity Trap, except for possibly an editing round or two. ST will probably be published on Audible in early 2018.

I’m currently working on a short story, to be published in the Explorations anthology, in the Explorations: Colony edition. They’ve just released Explorations: War. It’s a shared universe and an ongoing story from edition to edition. Worth having a look at.

My next novel-length project will be a significant re-edit of Outland. Outland was my first novel, and although I have a soft spot for it, I freely admit that it’s not my best work. Stephen King says you have to write a million words before you’re an accomplished writer. Yes, I know, there’s some doubt as to who actually said it first. Don’t care. The important point is that, in writing, practice is critical to success.

So, with a few books under my belt, I’m going to go back and hit Outland with a very large hammer. There’s some question as to whether that will be considered a new edition, or whether I should re-release it under a new title. That will be a subject for discussion. In any case, it should be done by November or so, then there will be the usual six-month lead time for publication.

Next, I’m going to finish the sequel to Outland, which I’ve tentatively named Earthside. I’ve been promising a sequel to Outland since before I finished Legion, so I guess I’d better get on it. I’ll hope to have that finished by early 2018.

After that, things will slow down a little as I’ll be writing “net new” books. My intention is to write a Bobiverse book, which would be finished somewhere in summer 2018. As usual, add up to six months for publication.

The book after that? Not sure. It might be another Bobiverse book, or another Outland book, or something entirely new. It will depend on discussions with my agent and Audible and most importantly, on what the readers are demanding.

So that’s the scoop, seen from the point of view from my couch, today. Ooh. “The View From The Couch.” Dibs.

 

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  1. Kay

    I’m thrilled you’re planning another Bobiverse book. I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Joshua Brown

    Thanks for sharing this. Finished *both* versions of the All These Worlds audiobook today. I’ll leave out my reaction to the first (mostly wordless anyways), but after listening to those last chapters, I’ll say “thank you.”

    So thank you for an amazing story. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m glad to see that your writing has allowed you to retire, and for mostly selfish reasons I happily wish you much success in your future works.

    Live long and prosper.

    Also, as a non-reverential tribute to Bob, some immaturity:

    FIRST!

  3. Kurt

    We all need to know what happened to Bender (Bending Rodriguez). When you get back to the Bobiverse, I recommend something along those lines. Just finished book 3 and I was a little upset that he was still missing. 🙂

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Yes. Yes we do.

      1. Cameron Swartzell

        Ooh, somebody is being cryptic.

        When I first realized one Bob was gone I though “well that’s clever. If I was the author I’d make sure to lose track of one Bob early, given their nature that could leave almost infinite flexibility down the line regardless what happens to the known Bobs.”

    2. Ray Henderson

      Bender obviously built his own theme park in the galactic core.
      With Blackjack and hookers.

      1. Dennis E. Taylor

        What? No no, the name is just– hmmmm….

        1. Ray Henderson

          Don’t panic, I’m sure Bender has left instructions to comp you the Phssthpok suite with a million stars credit line and all the Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters you can drink.

  4. Scott

    i’m 45 mins from finishing All These Worlds, and had started getting panicky that it was going to either have a lousy ending – or there was going to be a book 4 – and praying for the latter. Pre-ordered it and started listening at 0630 on 8/8. Thank heavens i found your website (yeah, i don’t read my email as often as I should).

  5. Sarah

    I was wondering why the last book was so short when the hours were counting down. Lucky for me when I went to bed with an hour left of book three and woke up with the email that I had three more hours. I was thrilled. Wonderful series and I look forward to more of your writings.

  6. Houston Baker

    Just wanted to say thanks and great job. The fam and I did a Griswoldesque road trip vacation from Houston to the Smoky Mountains this summer. The Bobiverse was a great companion. Pretty much book 1 on the way there and book 2 on the way back. My 9 year old son goes around saying “THE BOB” to everyone like a Deltan and his friends assume he’s crazy. Thanks for the satisfying ending, and it’s great to hear that you’ll be returning to this universe in the future.

  7. Ignatz

    I am almost finished with the Bobiverse trilogy. It’s an outstanding story, and I think Audible needs to throw all the money at you.

    Seriously, this has been great fun and you now rank up there with John Scalzi. I hope you are as prolific because I’ll read just about anything you care to write from here on out. Thanks!

  8. David Velasco

    OK I am almost done with Bob3 and I got to say I love this series. I think this could go on forever because Space is never ending. Let me just say from the start of book one to the end of book three you simply had me at HELLO. The Bobs make you think of how we all are. The many faces of life. I think a book 4 is to far away. I am looking for your next book no matter what it is.

    I think you and Craig Alanson should hook up for a trilogy. You both are on my top 10 Authors list. This list includes Stephen King, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, Terry Goodkind, Jim Butcher, Douglas Adams, David McCullough and Erik Larson.

    Anyway i will end with this great quote from Douglas Adams to the Bobverse I say ” SO Long and Thanks for all the Fish”

  9. jorge perez

    I just finish all these worlds. A great series!!!!

    Is the is the third book the last one? Please say no

    I was looking to listen to Outland but is not on audible, when is the one coming out to audible?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      ATW is the last book in the trilogy but there will be more bobiverse books. Outland will be on audible sometime in 2018.

  10. jacob

    So you said Bobiverse trilogy is complete, then you say you want to work on another Bobiverse book? I really hope there’s more. I’m halfway done with Book 3 and gotta say this is my favorite book series of all time. In second place comes ExFor!

    Also: Craig Alanson collaboration? The BOBs vs Skippy the Magnificent???? lol

  11. Eric Tedj

    I loved all three of the Bobiverse books. Glad to hear you are intend on revisiting it sometime next year.
    I think its awesome when authors are open like this with their schedules.
    I’ll definitely be adding Singularity Trap and Outland to my “to-reads” list.

  12. Don Lekei

    I had to stop reading comments before hitting spoilers because I am still an hour from the end.

    My heart sank when you said “Trilogy”, but then you held out a hand and said what sounded like “Hey, little buddy, did the mean author crush your hopes into the ground like a giant mosquito? Don’t worry, that was just the third-act twist.”

    Actually, my productivity could be helped by a year wait for another “page turner” like this series (or whatever you call it when it’s an audiobook).

  13. Tim

    I just finished all these worlds. Its a conclusive ending yet it does leave a few questions that could be a quite nice entrance to the next story. I hope you eventually continue the series. I will look into your other works in the meantime.

  14. Austin

    Hey Dennis, if I may be so bold to call you by your first name.

    I was reading “All these world’s” and it inspired me with a cool small business/app/(not sure what idea, but it’s cool) and was wondering if I could have a couple minutes of your precious (nap) time to pick your brain about the authorship side of it, since it had to do with … well, authorship and you’re now somewhat experienced as well as a fellow engineer. Anyway, you have my email now (and from my other comments :)), so shoot me your number (or one of those burner lines of you’ve reached that level of fame) if you have a couple minutes. I’ll understand if you don’t, Hillary Duff never wrote me back either.

    Thanks,
    Austin

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Business apps and novels have very little to do with each other. If you have a specific question, I’ll try to answer it.

  15. Mikey72

    Outland Shmoutland! You may want to do all sorts of things to expand your horizons, now that you are a full-time writer, but we only really care about the Bobs! Follow the money, Dude! Write more Bobiverse books! Do the other stuff, we don’t yet care about, in your spare time! So many possibilities in the Bobiverse and you have a fertile imagination. We want BOBS! 🙂

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      What is this “spare time” of which you speak?

  16. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    Will the BOBS ever develop FTL?

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      Possibly, but I’d have to be careful with a change like that.

      1. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

        You can do something like the stargates from well Stargate except on a bigger scaleor the relays from mass Effect.

  17. Gary

    Hi, Dennis
    Just finished the, All These Worlds well done I enjoyed the series.
    I wanted to let you know that Audible has had the same problem on other books, yours was not the first. And when you speak to customer service they try and tell you that the book may be abridged or even if it not abridged it may be different than the original including chapters in different orders or combined, that is all the excuse I got before I convinced them it was file problem.
    I look forward to reading you next books, I just hope that you are more like Michael J. “I crank out the books” Sullivan and less like Patrick “I can’t finish a series because I’m at a convention meeting my fans, Rothfuss.

  18. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    In for we are many mansions that Colonel Butterworth agrees to be replicated please explain this because he never shows up afterwards as a replicant.

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      He ends his own life early in book 3 and revokes consent.

  19. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    Ok

  20. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    Why did you kill Butterworth that way so that there would be no replicant I’m curious. I mean from an authors point of view why did you do it

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      I couldn’t keep both Butterworth and Bridget. Book 3 was about the Bobs coming to terms with mortality and loss. The Bridget storyline had a lot more possibilities, while the Butterworth storyline would have actually reduced tension, since the Bobs would have military strategic advice available, something which they are mostly lacking.

  21. jesse.mathewson.reviews

    Absolutely love your series Bobverse\ currently reading lines\ have read virtually everything I can in print today and you are good! Thank you sir! Keep up the awesome amazing stellar work, and BTW, thank you!

  22. Ken Burkhart

    I too got hit with the cliffhanger and was upset. I actually started searching online for a timeline on book 4 when I read about the audible error. I redownloaded and finished it out. Whew! But I should mention that even after searching my spam folder, I never got an email from audible. You may have a bunch of readers/liateners that have no idea that the story does finish out.

  23. J. Beam

    Any chance that you could upload yourself as a replicant, clone yourself a couple of times, then do all three at the same time?

  24. Paul

    I LOVE the bobiverse series. So glad to hear you’re going to continue it. I just finished All These Worlds (audio) – superb ending to the trilogy by the way. So much…. humanity. Sci-fi is such a rich canvas for asking the big questions – the ones that really matter: love, loss, war, revolution, freedom, immortality, genocide, altruism…

    I’ll definitely be checking out Singularity Trap.

  25. Anthony Kallhoff

    Love the Bobiverse books. Personable, thoughtful, and grand. All you can ask for in good science-fiction.
    I think the universe would translate well to a TV-series too, with some careful directing. I’ve even had fantasies of creating a civilization style game for the world, too. But that’d be years off.

    Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the great experience. Good luck with your future projects! Excited to check out Outland when it hits Audible.

    Take care.

  26. Derek A Evans

    Thanks for letting us know there will be continuing stories coming out of the Bobiverse. Deeply enjoyed reading each book, and was pleasantly surprised when I found the 3rd had been released a few days ago (really, just a random search and voila!).

    Looking forward to checking out some of your other works in the near future, and good luck with that revisit of Outland. Won’t be easy I imagine, but few things worth doing are.

    Bobspeed,
    Derek

  27. Craig

    Clap, Clap, Clap….

    Well done on the trilogy! I really like how you ended book 3 and really felt the struggle with mortality. Some books that I have read just kinda end the main story line and you think… OK that wasn’t bad. But your ending does more and made me think if I was a Bob (which I’m not because I’m a Craig) how would I have felt about everything. And focusing back on the original Bob to close to book… pure genius.

    Like many followers of your blog, I am a fan for life and look forward to many more books. The Bob trilogy will also see a lot a play time too.

    Cheers!

  28. Nathan Zimmer

    It was all the die-hard fans that got hit by the botched release and most of them are understanding enough and diligent enough to reset their downloads. Kinda doubt it would put any of them off continuing to read the series. Kudos on the awesome book.

  29. Ilovebobiverse

    Do more bobiverse! It is my 2nd favorite book series ever (the first being the Undying Mercenary series). Seriously, the world you’ve created with the bobiverse is absolutely FASCINATING and has so much potential. I love it and I’ll keep buying if you keep writing !

  30. Justin Bridwell

    One down?!… What the, that’s the end?!… How could you end such a great series on a huge cliffhanger like that?! oh, wait, sorry…

    *Puts down pitchfork and torch*

    On a more serious note though, I also (like Ken Burkhart above) did not receive any email regarding the truncated file issue from Audible. I went back through all my emails, and I have other emails from Audible around the same time, but nothing about the issue. I made sure to check the spam folder as well.

    I would highly recommend pushing Audible to go back and review who they sent an email to, and look for anyone that was possibly missed. You may have a certain subset of Bobiverse fans that are upset, but would never stumble on this page, or figure it out themselves without an email.

    Thanks for the delightful books. I’m looking forward to reading more in the Bobiverse!

  31. KBeat

    Help me out. I listened to the book via Audible, and as usual loved it. The entire series is so much fun and narrated impeccably. However, I usually listen while driving to and from work, and can on occasion, depending on what’s happening with traffic, miss a moment or two. So…

    Did I somehow miss the Madeiros storyline wrapping up? **SPOILERS TO FOLLOW**

    **POSSIBLE SPOILERS – DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK 3***

    They had the surprise encounter with Madeiros when Marcus was hit, but then they recovered. However, they were unable to isolate where he came from and last I recall it was supposed he may have a cloaked auto factory that may be impossible to find given the size of space.

    **END SPOILERS**

    Was that were it was left? Was this resolved beyond that?

    Cheers!

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      That is not resolved. They beat off this Medeiros, but they may be still out there. Fodder for future books.

  32. L Ko

    I just finished All These Worlds, and realized that I was tearing up a bit. I am not a teary guy.
    I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this trilogy. Credible science, engaging characters, adventure, broad imagination and hundreds of references that are meaningful (and humorous) to the geeky side of my life. Even a very insightful examination of humanity.
    I don’t know if you’ve achieved a million words on your keyboard yet, but I am fully willing to state that you have more than arrived as an author.
    I can assure you that I will read anything you produce in the Bobiverse.

    And lest I forget, Ray Porter was phenomenal and should never be replaced.

  33. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    Do a spin off where Bridget and Butterworth switch just a thought

  34. francesco

    ok I finished the bobiverse vol 3. And now I m super sad 🙁
    I just want more more more. Pls consider to add more books in the serie, after all Universe is a big place and Bobs are not ephemerals.
    Thx for the great job.
    francesco

  35. [REDACTED] [REDACTED]

    Did Bob replicate Archimedes?!

    1. Dennis E. Taylor

      No. Different biology, immature technology, and not his area of expertise. Plus no permission.

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