OUTLAND is in the can

Yesterday, my editor accepted my latest version of Outland with no more modifications. That means, barring something from the copyeditor, I’m done. Now it goes into Audible’s queue, where (among other things) they will get it narrated and produced.

And yes, Ray Porter will be doing it. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Audible likes to keep author/narrator teams together. And I would be happy to wait if Ray’s schedule required a long lead time or some such.

And this means that I’m now back to writing the next Bobiverse book(s), working title “The Search for Bender.” I say book(s) because it looks like it’s going to be a duology. And spoiler alert — the end of book one will be a cliff-hanger, and a doozy. Bob and the Bill Wonder will be tied to the front of a Zamboni, while the Penguin and his henchmen–er, no, wait, I’m having a flashback. Sorry.

So stay tuned–same Bob-time, same Bob-channel–for more updates as they happen.


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  1. Looking forward to an updated Outland… I have a copy of the old book… it’s not bad, The Bobiverse forced me to order it.

    Wondering if any of the characters will be named for other star trek characters? KhAAAAAAAAn… I keep wanting to scream it.

    • Tom on January 7, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Good news on many fronts! Looking forward to more Bob.

      • Anon on January 17, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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      This isn’t a Bobiverse book..?

        • Dude on February 13, 2019 at 10:48 am
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        Read the second half. He also mentioned that he would be resuming work on the next bobiverse books.

    • Rick Moreau on January 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    Zamboni is a such a funny word that any time you can find a way to use it is a huge win for me. It would be a great name for a testy, all-male alien species.

    • Jay A Pickett on January 8, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    I will buy the Audio Book of OUTLAND when it comes out. Love your stuff.

    But you really need to get back to the Bab-a-verse, I am having withdrawals and it is getting serious! 😉

    • Jay A Pickett on January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I gave my brother your Bob Legion Series Audio Books for Christmas from Apple iTunes. He works at Boeing … Anyway, he has been listing to the series and so have all of his Co-Workers and now they have all started to buy the books them selfs.

    So if you see an uptick in sales in the Seattle Washington area, it may be my fault! 🙂

    Live Long and Prosper! 🙂

    • Michael Klueppel on January 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm
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    I am from Germany but live in the USA.
    After I listened to the first book in German I waited 6 month for the 2nd book to be translated and released (12/2018). That wait was horrible. I just got the 3rd in English becaue there isn’t an official release date for the German audio book.

    When will the 4th book come out? Will there be one because I read that it’s a trilogy?
    Are there plans to keep it going ? 5th, 6th, etc? I sure hope so.

    I really enjoy your books a lot

    1. I am currently working on the 4th and 5th books of the bobiverse.

      • Henrik Francke on January 28, 2019 at 7:49 am
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      German here

      Listen to all three books in English again

      I’ve ok not listened to the first in German when it came out and when I had 20 or so listen through a of the English books, and the English one is way better

      Hell in the German one they have a 24m roamers because they cant calculate correctly

  2. Can’t wait to get my hands (or ears) on both. Haven’t been fanboying so much since ages for more Bobiverse material! Just one thing, I would consider actor per storyline, had to take a break couple of days between the third Bobiverse book and Singularity because the great voice of Ray Porter made a bit of a mix in my head between books 🙂

    • Ian on January 16, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Hmm.. shouldn’t it be Mr. Freeze with the zamboni instead of the Penguin? I don’t know, it feels like that would be more his shtick.

    Anyway, big fan of your work. Looking forward to your next book.

    • James Cockburn on January 31, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    So very pleased to hear that you are working on new Bobiverse tales Dennis – they are excellent.

    • Neil R on February 4, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Love the Bobiverse books.. we are still on #1.. Riker is back @ earth.. and I have already bought #’s 2 and 3. My kids and I listen on the driver to and from school every day, and they love it so much we have renamed our car “Bob”.. no joke 🙂 Hearing that there are more Bob books in the works makes me smile, thank you!!

    • Patrick on February 6, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Are there any current updates as to the release timeline for the updated Outland and Earthside books? I too am a Bobiverse fan, but I very much enjoy these other books as well. I read the original physical copy of Outland and enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to read the updated version of Outland and then the Earthside sequel to my son as he recovers from his chemo treatments! Thank you!

    1. June or July was bandied around for Outland.

      I am currently working on The Search for Bender. That’ll probably take until the summer. Then I’ll start work on Earthside. And that will complete my current contractual obligations.

    • Austin on March 14, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Just finished re reading the Bobiverse books and am eagerly awaiting the next installments.

    • HS on April 7, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Can’t wait for more Bob!! Thanks for writing such great stories!

    • Gabriel Escamilla on May 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Book 4 please!

    • J on May 28, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    Hey, how about a new bobiverse update!

    • Judy on June 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Yay!!! I loovvveeeeeeee the Bobiverse books! Super excited to get ahold of more!

    • Leonie on June 6, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    Loving Outland. Only about an hour to go on the audiobook and signed up here to see if there’s a sequel in the works. Also love the Bobiverse – can’t wait for more from there even if it means a longer wait for Earthside.

    • Bob the Monk on July 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    I just love Bobiverse and can’t wait to see the story continue!

    • Marvek on July 29, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    Will you do a singularity trap sequel?

    1. Probably. I’ve had enough interest.

      • Elle on October 6, 2019 at 7:45 am
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      I agree. It deserves another book.

    • J-Knight on August 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    I just finished listening to the third Bobiverse book. I’m now in withdrawal. I cannot wait for “The Search for Bender”!

    • Elle on October 6, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    I just finished listening to Outland. Not to be confused with Outlander.

    I became so involved I didn’t realize the book was going to end! Glad there’s another Outland somewhere in the process.
    Will this be a series like Bob?

    We’re a family of geeky people..I’m the geek grandma who worked in tech during the transition from analog to digital.

    We all enjoy your writing. And I especially like Ray Porters narrations.

    Release on Outland 2?

    • Neil R on November 1, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Any updates on “The search for Bender”?

        • Leslie on February 8, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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        Love your books. Thank you for giving me an escape from the world. My family is looking forward to the Outland sequel. Please be well.

    • William Iserhardt on December 7, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    Hi Dennis,
    I’m a big fan of your books, Bobiverse and Outland for which i wait with baited breath for the coming additions. Im a electronics tech working nights on MRI equipmrnt and your books make the nights pass quickly. Keep up the great works, and I will purchase them when they hit audible. Thanks for the great listening.


    • Ed Giallombardo on December 11, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Hi Dennis,
    I’ve got to be honest, the whole bobiverse trilogy is amazing but the real grabber is the coffee. Every time I grab a cup now I’m transported into the bobiverse, please EXPAND!!! I also appreciated Outland, but really want to kick back with a good cup of Joe and zip through the Galaxy with the Bobs

    • Judy Davis on February 23, 2020 at 7:32 pm
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    Still hoping for the next Bob books soon!!!!!!!!!!! How about a progress report?

    1. See “Status of Things” page.

    • John on August 13, 2021 at 8:35 am
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    Any word on this books sequel?

    • Brian Keith Cananzey on December 13, 2021 at 9:29 am
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    I love the Boboverse I’m gonna give your other books a read. Keep it up my Friend! You’ve got a winner. I’m wondering if the others will ever make a return. “The Others strike Back” ? Is it not possible they had ships somewhere else in the galaxy? Or another new threat?

    • Justyna on June 8, 2022 at 4:05 am
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    Have to say, this made life worth living. I suffered a vaccine injury and have had many long drives with a lot of pain into the “big city” and back for appointments as well as long periods bed bound waiting for my body to get out of panic mode. It’s something my hubby and I can listen to together and laugh (with some pain, yes your fault, but I’m not dead yet, haha). Thank you Dennis. I appreciate what a journey this is for you. I’m a doomed writer myself with threads hanging. I have so much appreciation for the ability to hold together all the worlds you create. We have talked about a ven diagram to keep up at times but no worries, it all comes together!

    • Joey on October 25, 2022 at 10:53 pm
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    You’re awesome, don’t stop. I’m tryna write too now I’ve just spent over a month on hammering out an awesome story and omit but am having trouble with actually putting it in book form. Anyway you’ve been a huge inspiration and your way of working how singularity trap and Bobbi verse works fascinated me. Thank you so much, never stop.

    • Dan on April 23, 2023 at 10:19 am
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    It’s so funny you mentioned your continued partnership with Ray here. I just finished listening all the books of the Bobiverse, and now on your blog I read all the posts in Ray’s voice, or Bob’s voice, or Bill’s, or, yeah, you get the gist. Anyway, just wanted to say: keep it up! I just started Outland and I love it so far

    • Mark on May 23, 2023 at 12:58 am
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    I can only find the Outland sequel on audible, but this blog post says there wasn’t an exclusivity deal and you expected audible format to come out at the same time as other formats. What’s the status of this?

    1. That was an error. I’ve removed the offending paragraph. The 4-month delay applies to everything.

    • Penny on May 24, 2023 at 10:07 pm
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    Will there be any further books in the Outland series? I’ve enjoyed them very much and am hoping that there are more coming.

      • Austin on November 24, 2023 at 4:57 pm
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      I’m also curious about the quantum earth series! I have listened to the first two so many times now. And am clambering for a third, fourth, fifth and so on.

      This needs to be picked up by Netflix or another streaming platform as a multi season series. So much you could do with it!

  3. I want to thank you for writing your books! I have thoroughly enjoy all of them, and absolutely love the Bobiverse.

    I hadn’t realized, and very sorry to hear, you’d gotten push back on the Quantum Earth character’s politics. Sadly, it’s a period where a great many people appear to have difficulty separating out fact from fiction, so that even the words of a character becomes some sort of assault. I shouldn’t be too surprised, there’s aways someone who acts like the mear mention of a thought or idea that isn’t theirs is a dire existential threat. I really like the series so far, and hope that they haven’t dissuaded you from continuing it at some point.

    • Corlyn on September 11, 2023 at 8:53 pm
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    My husband and son both recommended your Bobiverse to me. I just finished the 4 books- they were such a delight to read! It’s such a good story and I love all the humor and wit interspersed through it! I am amazed at your writing ability – you have done a fantastic job entertaining us and giving us a bit of escape. I love how every Bob is a bit different. Thank you so very much for writing and sharing the Bobiverse!

    • Douglas F Kenneally on January 30, 2024 at 11:05 am
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    I am sorry if I am just missing it on the site, but is there an update on the quantum earth series? I’ve read the first two and I’m excited for #3!

    Thank you

    1. No specific plans at this time.

    • Jake on February 5, 2024 at 10:23 pm
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    “in the can” freaked me out. I thought it mean in the trash. I love outland. Love bobiverse. Looking forward to all your works.

    • Clifford Taylor on February 9, 2024 at 12:57 pm
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    Too bad there will be no more Outland. You have a lot of potential there with the alternate earths. I wonder if you could mount the gate in a large dirigible, zeppelin. And get mobility that way. You would have to land the zeppelin to use it. Some of the modern zeppelins are very sturdy and nothing to laugh at. I don’t see why Native American earth has to be primitive. Who knows that could be a back to nature group, the way we used to live, that they saw. It’s hard to believe that they had not advanced further than that in centuries. Unless there were horrific plagues that kept them down. And in that case they would be more dangerous to the Outlander’s than anything else they have faced.

    I really like your idea of nonpowered slip gates. It is a simple answer to where the gate could be getting this potential energy that it was demonstrate to have. It slippage between timelines. Think of dragging two pieces of cloth together. Like adjacent sheets on a clothesline. They don’t really go anywhere, but they do a lot of moving around. Nothing and I do mean nothing in all of the multi-verse stands still. Everything everywhere is in motion. That’s a fact Jack. It would be interesting to set up a slip gate. And over a period of time it stores up enough power like a capacitor to actually jump to a different timeline. By itself. That could present for the Outlander’s.

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