Just a quick post today. As you probably know by now, I've started work on the second book in the Chronopticus trilogy, Ionotatron. Io is turning into an interesting book and much like Fractal Standard Time, it is taking on a life of its own. To give you some hint on the direction this book is taking, check out these two recent articles on an amazing cave find in China and this technological development at MIT where researchers have created jumping "robot blocks" that self-assemble. Yes, there will be caves in this book, along with more machines and leaps in technology, and hints of some societal persecution to come.
Work has also begun on a cover, an in keeping with the theme of the previous book, there will be some visual similarities. The cover still needs a robot, though.
The roots of this book can be found in the stories, "Racing the Anvil Crawlers", "Subterranean Dreams", "Opening Day" and "The Great War" from Fractal Standard Time. Extrapolating that idea out further, the foundation for the next book after this one can be found in the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth stories of the Fractal collection.
If all goes well, Ionotatron should be finished by early December of 2013, with the final book, Chronopticus Rising, arriving around March of 2014.