Shine Cycle Précis: Calming the Dragon

Calming the Dragon is the seventh planned novel in the “Alternate Universes” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, and the first to venture into “alternate history,” being set in a world where Alexander the Great lived longer and his empire didn’t split after his death. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading

Idea For Adoption: Outsiders’ View of History

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an idea “up for adoption,” of an ice planet. The next idea I’ve come to doubt I’ll ever use, that I thus would like to see some other author put to good use, is a framework—incompatible with the one I plan to use—for a series of alternate history stories. Continue reading

Alternate History Ideas Up For Grabs

As I’ve mentioned before, my plans for one of the subseries I hope to eventually include in the Shine Cycle, the “Alternate Universes” sub-series, are mostly drawn from “alternate histories” of our world. However, between high school and college history courses and extracurricular reading about history, I’ve managed to come up with more alternate-history ideas than I can or even want to actually write about. On the other hand, just because I can’t write about them all, doesn’t mean I think they aren’t possible-worlds that are worth exploring, that I might like to read about someday.

So today I’m sharing my current list of alternate-history ideas that I’m not planning to write about. If you see an idea on this list that sparks your imagination, feel free to take the idea and run with it. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Précis: “Alternate Universes” sub-series

After the events of The Dragon Returns, the planned fourth book of the Shine Cycle which I described in a précis last month, the main series pauses for a moment as Jon Royal (whose birth will probably be mentioned in the epilogue of The Dragon Wars, who plays a minor role in The Dragon Returns, and who will be central in the next main-sequence novel, Sunshine Civil War) journeys through various countries and across various universes as a “knight errant,” seeking adventure until he is at last called home by the crisis that sparks the Sunshine Civil War. The content of the adventures he finds are not of particular importance to the main story, so I intend to turn to them later than much of the rest of the main series. But I do intend to tell those “side-stories” in a sub-series that I call “the Alternate Universes series,” because many of his adventures take place in “alternate Earths,” where history went down a different path from ours. Continue reading

Alternate Histories and other quests

One of the segments of the first arc of the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, is the “Alternate Universes” subseries. It is so called because much of it will take place in various “alternate universes,” worlds different from the world of the Shine Cycle and from our own.

This subseries is somewhat open-ended and fluid by design, so that I can add more stories as they come to me, but here’s what I have so far. Continue reading