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More Stargate Books?

A reader asks, "Are there going to be more Stargate Atlantis books? What's the story?"

It's looking increasingly likely that there will be, but it's not a done deal yet. Hopefully soon MGM and Fandemonium will sign the licensing agreement, and then we'll get going. Melissa, Amy and I have been invited to submit an outline for two further books, Unascended and Endless, that would directly follow The Inheritors. I'm hoping for some good news on that by the end of the summer.

Meanwhile, I've been reading a fascinating book on William Dudley Pelley, who will appear as a major antagonist for our guys in the Order of the Air. He first shows up in Silver Bullet, but he'll be returning as a longterm threat for quite a while. I just did a scene with him in Wind Raker which Melissa says is so scary!

I'm also doing research and some sketching about the lives of hetairas in Athens in the 330s BC. I'm considering giving Thais and Berenice, who you may remember from Stealing Fire, their own book.

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mkatlantis_13
Jul. 21st, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Well I for one, and I know I speak for many, cannot wait for MGM and Fandemonium to stop torturing us and sign the agreement. Things like this always remind me of those tv hosts that have the answer or the score and then make a really long dramatic pause to increase the tension. Can't wait.

The title "Unascended" makes me a little nervous though, because it implies an Ancient is hanging around (or will be found) and we all know how... useful... the Ancients have been in the past. (Yes, Commander Helia, I'm talking to you! Okay, the crew of the Aurora probably would have been great, had they not been about to die of old age.)

And here's a thought (assuming we move forward with the story). Ember was there to discover that Teyla was in fact his Queen Steelflower. Would he stay with Alabaster and the other Wraith? Or would he be willing to leave and try and work with Atlantis? Would they want him? Would the Expedition trust that he could be a true ally and/or that Teyla could keep him in line?
jo_graham
Jul. 21st, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Unascended refers to something that happened as a result of the events of Inheritors, as well as something that kicks off the plot for the main antagonist.

I think it would be really interesting to see Ember work with the team. Guide and Alabaster are off with the retrovirus, so I don't expect they'll be in Unascended much, but Ember might be....
m_nivalis
Jul. 21st, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think it would be really interesting to see Ember work with the team. Guide and Alabaster are off with the retrovirus, so I don't expect they'll be in Unascended much, but Ember might be....

Now that would indeed be interesting to see how that would turn out. Did you ever expect when you plotted the book and created the OCs that Ember would turn out to be (as it seems to me) a fan favourite?
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
I didn't! Ember is mostly Melissa's character, though. I figured he was going to be a minor character who fulfilled the vital function of preventing Guide from having to give long speeches to himself! But he turned into a fan favorite, and that's great. So more Ember!
kaviiq
Jul. 22nd, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Speaking as someone who liked his character - the appeal with Ember is that he's the everyman. Yes, he's good with biology, but he's not a hero. He's not a schemer, he's not particularly malicious or knowledgeable outside of his field. He's the one guy on the bridge who consistently points out (well, thinks to himself) that they're all way in over their heads, and who is actually disturbed to the core by that. He's the voice of normalcy to the decidedly less-than-normal Guide and the rest of their alliance.

Basically, he behaves like 90% of readers would after prolonged exposure to someone who gambles with lives the way Guide does. It's easier to relate to him, even being a centuries-old space vampire, than you'd think.
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I see that! He grew on me enormously too. And yeah, not a hero, not epic, an everyman who is just trying to get it done. We conceived him very much as the Wraith equivalent of Radek Zelenka. Which of course meant that he and Radek had to bond at the end!
hiveshipmist
Jul. 21st, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Things are looking up with MGM and collaborations. Their recent successes in working with the History Channel and Lovefilm bode well for additional collaborations with other companies like Fandemonium. It's a win-win for both companies. :)
jo_graham
Jul. 21st, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think it will most likely work out. Just waiting with my fingers crossed now!
hiveshipmist
Jul. 22nd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
I hope so and also keeping them crossed for the sale of the Stealing Fire-related book.
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
That one's still in very early stages. I'm doing research, and I've sketched opening scenes and done the outline. I'm a long way out on Sacred Queen!

A farmer's daughter from the hill-country, relying on her cleverness to survive....

A pampered hetaira, raised to be the plaything of powerful men....

And a world on fire. Alexander the Great sweeps all before him and empires crumble, men and women swept up in mighty events like leaves before the storm. Ptolemy son of Lagos will be Pharaoh of Egypt.

Two amazing women. One of them will be Isis's chosen -- Egypt's Sacred Queen.
tielan
Jul. 21st, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Thais and Berenice! \o/
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to do something with Thais, and Berenice is someone I like so much, but I avoided it because in either of their stories, wouldn't I have to write the other one as the Evil Rival? And then lately I decided, why? They probably didn't see each other that way at all. Certainly we know their sons got along. Why should I write them that way to satisfy modern standards or to conform with modern expectations? Why not tell their stories together, in parallel, until they converge?
tielan
Jul. 23rd, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Hon, you've never been one to conform to modern expectations. Why start now? Work to your strengths - and a story about two people emotionally/sexually connected to another but not "rivals" is very much your strength.
jo_graham
Jul. 23rd, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Heh. Good point!

Any conventional telling would make this a story of rivalry: either there is good, pure, wifely Berenice competing for Ptolemy's affections with evil hetaira Thais, or good, loyal Thais who sacrifices for a man who instead marries scheming, evil Berenice. And I can't write either of those books, because I love both of them. And also because I don't think that's what happened. They live in a polygamous society. Thais is a hetaira, and she never expects to marry a noble patron, even one with whom she has spent 20+ years and four children. And Berenice is from a society where men who can afford it have multiple wives. She doesn't expect a man older than she is (and she's 35) to have no prior attachments. Neither of them expects a modern Western arrangement.
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