I find myself today with enough free time to get some small bit of
writing in, but not enough time to make any meaningful progress against
my new novel project, The Ghost King. This occurrence has happily
coincided with my having just yesterday finalized the story line up for
my upcoming collection Chronicles of Ytria, currently out to beta
readers and which I plan to publish later this year.
The map above, beautifully rendered by Robert Altbauer, will appear at
the beginning of the book, and shows a region of Planet Ytria called
Glissia. Ytria debuted in my 2016 collection Transmutations of Fire and
Void (available now as
in a short story called “We Were Here First.”
Early in 2020, I began writing successor stories set on Ytria. The
planet’s human population is operating at a medieval social and
technological level. Crossbows and siege weaponry are new inventions.
Social organization is hierarchical with kings and nobility ruling over
Unbeknownst to any of those groups, Planet Ytria lies within a region of
space administrated by the Galactic Consortium. The Consortium, being a
more or less functional governing body, has strict rules preventing its
citizens from interfering with non-space faring civilizations. The issue
in Ytria’s case is that the bureaucrat who entered the planet into the
Consortium’s database mistakenly marked it as ‘unprotected.’ As a
result, all manner of individuals have started showing up on the planet,
some malicious, others merely careless.
Chronicles of Ytria begins with a reprint of “We Were Here First,” followed
by eight brand new stories. See the full table of contents, in
order, below. Sometime soon, I will write a detailed post about the
genesis of each story and the themes running through the collection.