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Sheppard in The Avengers

The Avengers has gone to MGM for final approval, so it's time for a small teaser from the beginning of the book, a section I particularly like. Sheppard's in a jam -- again! (And yes, this section is absolutely parallel to Todd's first scene in Homecoming.)

It wasn't the first time he'd been in prison. It wasn't even the worst. That had probably been Kolya's prison, waiting for his time to run out before Todd drained the life out of him. What had he done then, other than lie against the wall and breathe each time after the Wraith ripped more years of life out of him?

There were things to do, mental tricks to keep yourself in one piece. Some of them weren't very orthodox, but they worked. They were better than going crazy, getting yourself in such a lather that you couldn't do something useful when an opportunity came.

Breathe, and let each breath take you somewhere, take you through the corridors of memory to other places and other times. There were paths he could walk in his sleep, in memory. Breathe, and one pattern took him across the flight lines at Al Kharj Prince Sultan Air Base, the tarmac laid out in concrete squares, across the blowing red gold dust of the areas around the buildings, nearly twenty years ago when he was young and wondered if he'd live through the first days of Operation Instant Thunder.

Breathe, and another memory took him elsewhere, through the underground corridors of Crystal City, when back from Afghanistan he'd spent his days wandering aimlessly, anything to get out of the tiny apartment he shared with Nancy, through mall and metro tunnels, under the glass skylights and potted rainforest trees.

Not a good time. Not a good memory to get lost in, not if he wanted to be ready when the Wraith showed up.

Atlantis, then. He could walk in his mind through the corridors of home, through light-washed streets with floors of burnished tile, stained glass making patterns of light across his skin like the city's own brand. From chair room to mess hall, pier to gate room, he could walk the city in memory. Doors opened in front of him and slid softly closed behind him to the touch of his mind. Towers glittered with ice as he'd seen them last, and his favorite balcony stretched under the tropical sun of a world left behind a year ago. Power substations crackled with blue fire, as though storms swirled around them again, rain dashed in his face. Above it all in dreams the shield made a hemisphere of sky, tinted by dawn through bombardment. He looked down on space below from a terrace pressurized by its fragile skin, slid in his mind into the chair's embrace and felt the stardrive flare beneath him, engines answering to his thought.



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Jun. 30th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
You say Avengers has gone to MGM = does this mean Allegiance has been released, or are they both there now?

You've posted this opening before, but thank you, still whets the appetite.

Jul. 1st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
I suppose I did, didn't I? Sorry!

Allegiance is not back yet. We don't have any word whatsoever about it. They're both there, along with about four other Stargate books! As you may know, MGM is emerging from bankruptcy, and not everything is running smoothly.
Jun. 30th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Allegiance & Avengers
I was wondering does this mean that is could be possible that Avengers will be released at the same time as Allegiance? If that is the case, will it be sooner than the release date of sometime in October that I read online?

Also, then what is the status of Allegiance?
Jul. 1st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Re: Allegiance & Avengers
Allegiance is still at MGM and we have no word on it. :(

It's doubtful that Avengers would be early. MGM usually takes 4-6 months on approval of a book, though they did do The Lost more quickly.

But of course anything can happen! Certainly if it comes back early it will be published early -- the time built into the schedule is to allow MGM's usual turn arounds.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: Allegiance & Avengers
I'll keep waiting to find out more about Allegiance and also Avengers. When MGM approves Allegiance, you will post that right?
Jul. 2nd, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: Allegiance & Avengers
I will indeed! I'll post news as soon as I have it!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Allegiance & Avengers
Thank you. :)
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Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

No, we just talk alot. A lot! A really awful lot! And it helps that we're very much on the same wavelength about a lot of things, that we have overlapping touchstones. Melissa wrote the scene with Guide in Homecoming, and then I picked it up and wrote the parallel scene in Avengers with one eye on what Melissa had done. Amy wrote one of Sam's scenes in Allegiance with one eye on a scene of mine in Avengers. We pass the ball back and forth, so to speak.

(Also, it's not nearly as complicated for me as juggling the Numinous World books!)
Jul. 3rd, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Speaking of the imminent books - has anyone else had problems accessing Fandemonium's website in the last couple of days? Perhaps it's just me, but their site seems to be down...
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
It's not just you, me too, the site won't come up at all.
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Not just the website - their email is down. DNS error all round. I assume Sally et al at Fandemonium know there is a problem, or someone can contact them to let them know.
Jul. 4th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
It's back up now! They're live again.
(no subject) - cimaajo - Jan. 31st, 2012 09:46 am (UTC) - Expand
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