THE EONS-LOST ORPHAN sequel

I’ve had a lot of queries about sequels to The Eons-Lost Orphan. Good news: I’m a quarter of the way into the first one. Bad news: I don’t expect to finish before Thanksgiving. Christmas week is a more likely launch date.

What will Jane do in the sequel? Spend more time in space. Some on or near the World Space Station, on or near the Moon. There she will meet her first lover. And there and back on Earth begin to tangle with one or more of the three Chinese splinter empires.

Sequels can be tough. I have to maintain the appeal of the first, and I don’t really know what that is. I broke a number of rules of writing I always thought universal. Some of the negative reviews took me to task for that.

For instance, Jane is a sort of Supergirl-lite, nearly a “Mary Sue” – a term for someone perfect in every way. There is little conflict, no great super-villain or super-bad problem. Jane and her kind were designed by an advanced race over a thousand years to be perfect warriors and charismatic leaders. Anything or anyone who threatens the people under her protection is doomed. Fights with her are quick and lethal, so there are no long-drawn-out fist-fights so beloved of action movie makers.

Luckily for the people of Earth she’s also a loving person who likes being around people and working with them, building them up rather than using them. (Like her super-soldier nature, she was designed that way too.)

So what’s in the quarter-novel so far? Jane is assigned to the space-threat program by the Space Force (the short name for the real-world Air Force Space Command). This is just an excuse. Basically they have a proven genius on their payroll and they want to give the golden goose a chance to lay more golden eggs.

She is stationed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (where I spent 11 years). The first task she sets for herself is doing research on telemagnetic floater tech. This will allow aircraft to take off from almost any flat surface rather than huge and expensive (and vulnerable) runways. This is vital to ground support aircraft that do emergency evacuations, reconnaissance, and ground attacks. Below is the first of four test beds which she and her staff build.

To see the others (and find out a little bit more about the sequel) follow this link: FLOATER TECH at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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6 Responses to THE EONS-LOST ORPHAN sequel

  1. Michelle Gray says:

    Just so you know, I LOVED that the book didn’t follow some of those universal rules! I get so tired of there always being some great super villain that is hovering over the whole book or series. Smaller – taken care of somewhat quickly – issues was refreshing. I love the book and look forward to however many books you put into the series.

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  2. Laer Carroll says:

    Early roads yet, as I’ve heard the Brits say, on sequels. Got to finish #2 and see if enough people like it to go beyond it.. But the series story arc at this point seems to be #3 explores the space beyond the Moon out to Mars, the asteroid belt, and Jupiter. Then #4 would travel to Saturn and through the subspace portals there into interstellar realms.

    Encouraging comments (or almost any comments!) help me to keep working on the sometimes difficult process of writing a sequel. Thanks.

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    • An says:

      I think if you plan on continuing the series your readers will eventually find it, maybe not all at once but over time. I often hesitate reading or starting a series where the author states up front that he will only continue to write a particular series if there is enough readers. To me reading a series is not only an investment in time but an emotional investment in characters and even the author and it is a huge disappointment when an author stops writing a series because there wasn’t a particular number of readers. Just something to think about.

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      • Laer Carroll says:

        Understandable. On the other hand, when I’m talking with my readers I will always be speaking honestly with you and holding nothing back about the delights and problems of writing.

        For those concerned about the longevity of this series, I should tell you that #2 is coming along and I’m fairly sure you can get it during the Christmas holidays. Also that no book of mine will ever end on a cliffhanger. It will be complete in its own right. So if poor sales or (knock wood) poor health keeps me from continuing the series, you will not be left hanging with any book.

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  3. Dan says:

    Okay, I too am looking forward to the sequel. Onwards!

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