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Mar 2, 2013

Room with a view

This is the time, this is the place…

Today’s quote courtesy of Anatole France (a French chap with an absolutely stonking moustache – worth a Google)

Back with the weekly update and lots to tell you about.

Firstly, those excellent chaps over at Lave Radio have published an interview with me they recorded on Thursday. These guys are producing these excellent podcasts free and gratis for the Elite fan community and there is a lot of work involved, kudos to them. My thanks in particular to Chris Forrester who interviewed me. It was great fun. If you haven’t already heard it, the interview is here.

Secondly, as I hinted last week, Frontier has started doing some official ‘Fiction Diaries’. You’ll have seen Michael talking about the structure of the three main powers in the Elite universe: the Federation, the Empire and the Alliance. The structure of the Empire has been particularly interesting to me, as I’ve had to adjust my plot to cater for that. There’ll be more of these diaries as we go on and, I’m hoping, some feature spots on the various books. Stay tuned.

(And yes, the Thargoids are all girls – it’s true!)

Thirdly, and most importantly for us…

Frontier has signed off my plot!

This is a major milestone, as it means I can start writing from Monday as per my plan. Work officially commences on the 4th!

There are a few caveats to this. Some of the detail I need simply doesn’t exist or hasn’t been decided yet, so I’ve got a few places in the plot where there are some <ToBeDecided> markers. I don’t believe any of these are particularly problematic, so it’s full speed ahead for now.

I have a bunch of detail that I’ve worked on for the revised planetary descriptions. The location is still not 100% guaranteed not to change, but it’s firm enough for now.

As I mentioned last week, the primary location is a habitable moon called “Chione” in orbit around an ocean world called “Daedalion” in the “Prism” system. Chione, whilst a moon, is very earth-like, though it will likely have slightly lower gravity.

Here it is:

Chione, in orbit around Daedalion

Chione, in orbit around Daedalion

Chione is ‘tidally locked’ to Daedalion, in much the same way as our Moon always faces the Earth. From Chione, Daedalion remains stationary in the sky, if you’re in a location which can see it. This produces some quick interesting effects, which I’ve modelled for you using a timelapse video…

So what’s next? I start writing, it’s as simple as that!

It's not much more than a blank sheet right now...

It’s not much more than a blank sheet right now…

See you next week.

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