It feels like an eternity since I started the rough draft of the novel, Race the Sky. Although progress is slow, I think in the end it will work out. The main story line is relatively straightforward, but there is a lot of complexity on a metaphoric level. This novel also lays the groundwork for the next two books in the series...so there is a lot riding on it. The rough draft is nearly finished, however, and I anticipate the other two books will go much faster.
So what, exactly, will the release schedule look like? Race the Sky will drop first, probably in the fall, followed by The Hammer of Amalynth, and then The Fire and the Anvil. All three novels will feature the same core group of characters, and the third book will tie in with the short story Firebugs (found in Corridors) and the standalone short story, Dust in the Whirlwind. Somewhere in the mix I'll drop another science fiction short story collection (untitled right now). Most of the stories for that collection have already been written. I will also release a Chronopticus Chronicles omnibus, which will include the three books in the series (Fractal Standard Time, Ionotatron, and Chronopticus Rising) along with the short story that started it all, The Mines of Mars, Part I.
If I can find enough covers in time, I might...just might...drop all five of these books within the next six months. Stay tuned.