Elite Dangerous Premonition Launches!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Announcements

Premonition is available now.

It’s eleven months to the day since I embarked on writing my second novel in the remarkable universe of Elite Dangerous. In truth, the preparation for it started quite some time before that in terms of pitches, discussions, outlines, plans and so on. The actual writing commenced in August 2016 and continued at pace until early May this year.

But now, Premonition, the sequel to Reclamation (which was launched 3 years ago!) is out. A journey complete – and what a journey that has been!

Frontier commissioned me to write the current story of Elite Dangerous and it was aimed to tell the behind the scenes story of the game, a glimpse behind PowerPlay, the factions and the politics and embracing the events that players took part in, and often, changed the course of. Here then is what was happening in-game in 3302 to 3303…

This book involved a huge amount of collaboration with players and Frontier staff to whom I’m very much indebted for their support and assistance. The ‘thanks to’ page in the book is not insignificant!

Within hours of it first appearing on the Frontier store I was amazed to find that folks had finished it. It’s not a short book at 155,000 words (Tolkien’s Return of the King is only 135,000!). Initial feedback has been hugely positive. You can get aย taste of that here, and there’s a first in depth review on Goodreads already.

It’s been a mammoth project and I’ve had a great time putting altogether, though it’s not been without a modicum of controversy. This was something quite new and ambitious. My huge thanks to all involved, and to the wider community at large for their support. With your help I was able to write on, Commanders!

 

FAQs

What formats is the ebook available in?

It’s available in .epub (generic ebook readers) .mobi (good for Kindles) and .pdf (good for pretty much anything). You get all three versions when you buy the book from Frontier.

When is the Amazon / Google Play / iTunes version going to be available?

They are coming later this year. I don’t have an exact date at the moment, but will post up on all the usual channels once I know more. For Kindle users, the .mobi version of the ebook from the Frontier store is compatible, you can upload it manually or email it to your Kindle.

When is the physical version of the book going to available?

This is being combined with the other digital channels above. As yet there is no firm date.

Will there be an audiobook version?

This is being considered by Fdev at the moment. If I have news I will advise. The more people who ask, the more likely it will be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Will the book be translated into different languages?

Nothing confirmed on this at present.

Will there be another sequel?

Gasp! Another one? ๐Ÿ˜‰ In truth, I’m not sure right now. Certainly it won’t be for quite some time as I have a backlog of work I need to deal with. There are other ED authors out there who arguably deserve a shot at sequels and the matter ultimately rests with Frontier themselves as any official book has to have their blessing.

What are you working onย now?

Working hard on my next project, the novelisation of another classic computer game “The Lords of Midnight”. This is a pure fantasy novel. You can find out more here. After that I have my own SF project to complete, the Shadeward Saga, which I’m currently halfway through.

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  1. Just finished the book, it’s an excellent read and a glimpse behind the scenes of the game lore. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who plays the game, or enjoys SciFi drama (after reading Reclamation, of course!)

    Only regret, I was never in place to make a difference on April 29th!

  2. Haven’t finished Premonition yet, but I really liked Reclamation. I’m not a huge book reader, but reading Reclamation felt more like a movie than a book. You could see all the details in your minds eye based on the writing, without just having to make it all up yourself (what’s the point of buying a book at that point right?) BUT I do sometimes have a hard time keeping track of characters and who’s talking, and i read quickly enough that i don’t fully absorb that a scene has changed to a new location/characters.

    So I listened to the audiobook version while reading and it was awesome! The production was great! It wasn’t just some bland narrator with an annoying voice, it was a great narrator, great sound effects, great voices (you could easily identify characters by voice alone) and exellent pacing. But sometimes it was hard to absorb names of places or words here and there, and that’s where the book filled in. It was like having subtitles for a movie in case you missed something someone said. A great combo.

    Even though i’ll have finished the book long before an audio version could be made, I still hope there is one (and soon!) because the first one was great and it’d be awesome to continue the audio-adventure.

    For anyone that hasn’t read Reclamation or listened to the audiobook, you’ll want to do that before reading premonition. It’s not required by any means, it just makes it much better (and you’ll hear the voices of characters as you read)

    If you’re an average cog in the grand machine of Elite Dangerous, I can almost guarantee you’ll find these (audio)books much more engaging an adventure than the game itself as you get to ride shotgun on a fantastic journey instead of just trying to eek out a meaningful story in game while only those with the most skill/knowledge (or just dumb luck) get to actually be involved in major events or make a name for themselves.

    • Thanks CMDR! Really hopeful we can do an audio version again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. @Drew Wagar

    Also, do you prefer people to send you typos and such they find in the ebook version of premonition or do you get enough of that already? I’m only a few chapters in, so i’ve only noticed a couple very minor things (not scrutinizing spelling, just what pops out at me).

    Like in Chapter 1 (no page numbers on kindle)
    โ€œI know that look. You have a plan already in flight. Pray tell me what [add it or remove is] is you are scheming?โ€

    โ€œHaving traversed half of the surface[,] the object broke off its close inspection and the plume arched away into space, cooling and fading from sight.โ€

    I think there were a couple other minor things but i can’t remember what they were. Just figured it’s better to know before printing a bunch of books.

    • Happy to accept typo corrections. As you say, easier to fix before printing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yeah, going to need that audiobook version. Not about to buy a kindle and i sure dont want to read it on phone. Real book or audiobook is the only way i can consume books and currently this book has neither of these versions. Can we expect physical copies by end of the year atleast?

    • Physical copies should be available prior to the end of the year. Stay tuned on news about audio versions.

  5. I’d love an audiobook version!

  6. Thank you Drew Wagar for this excellent read! I’m only half way through the book and enjoy every page, and I will not go gentle into that good night while reaching the final chapter, for I already know the fate of the heroine ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for bringing life, stories, mysteries and lore to us Elite fans in a well-written narrative.

  7. Finally finished the book, they really need to make these two books into a movie. and it sounds like you’re not planning on doing a trilogy, but i have a feeling that most who read these books are going to start demanding it . lol.

    i’ll save my review for a more appropriate spot, but below are some minor typos and such i noticed along the way. i didn’t go looking for them, so these are just the ones that broke the flow enough for me to notice.

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    That’s it! Great book!
    Thanks for all the hard work.

    -RxE

    • Thanks CMDR. I’d love to see a film. ๐Ÿ™‚ The typos are being swept up in a v1.1 available soon.

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