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Two devoted fans of the AGU series have worked to translate books from English into French and Spanish versions.

I know that no matter how many times I read my books before publication, I can never seem to get all the tiny errors out. Sometimes a word is misspelled, but the misspelled word doesn't get highlighted by the spell check because it is also a valid word. I always appreciate it when a reader points out an error so I can correct it and give future readers a more enjoyable read. An author once told me, back when I was just starting out, that when reviewing your own work you tend to see what you intended to write and now expect to see rather than what was actually written. That's why we have proofreaders, and why I rely on the many eyes of devoted readers to report all the tiny errors that slip past even the most exacting efforts to catch them.

My own language skills are far too limited for me to be an effective proofreader for the translated books, so if anyone who is proficient in Spanish or French would like to help out, I'll send you a copy of a translated book in the second language you know, or perhaps it might be your first language with English being a second.

If you're interested in helping out, send an email to Thomas <admin@deprima.com>
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: AGU 11 discussions [SPOILERS]
« Last post by Thomas on October 12, 2017, 02:56:34 PM »
The print (paper) version of Changing of the Guard is now appearing at various bookselling locations. Barnes & Noble is offering it, as is Amazon. I'm sure that smaller booksellers will have it available very shortly as well.
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General Information / Re: a galaxy unknown in chronological order
« Last post by aichouse on September 25, 2017, 12:19:42 PM »
Thank you very much for the response.  I figured if I could not find a list I would just go with publication order but I didn't think about the dates at the beginning of each chapter (Doh!) I don't know if that will end up being publication order, but I will check... Thank you very much.
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General Information / Re: a galaxy unknown in chronological order
« Last post by MrDanS on September 24, 2017, 09:22:47 PM »
In my opinion, a new reader would be best served starting off with books 1-7 in the AGU primary series.
Since they're the ground work for most of where the stories and advances are in the series now.
AGU book 1 was the hook that kept me coming back for more, and I have yet to regret that purchase. :)

AGU books 1 & 2 set the stage. We learn about our heroes, their world, and the first major hurdles in their way.
AGU book 3 was the needed seeds for huge events that happened in AGU book 4, and has helped shape the galaxy as it is now.
AGU book 4 was where we met Vyx from SCI for the first time, and saw the initial formation of his team.

I could go on, however it'd be spoiling the potential journey new readers could enjoy.

After AGU books 1-7, Border Patrol 1 & 2 would fit in nicely.
SCI book 1 kind-of requires AGU books 6, 7, and 9. At least I think it was book 6, I can't fully remember.

In general, Thomas is very good about having some of the characters give quick recaps on where something came from. They're not specific since the characters are having dialogue as if they were just chatting.

I'd write more, however it's late, I'm tired, and I'm afraid I'm starting to ramble more than help. :(
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General Information / Re: a galaxy unknown in chronological order
« Last post by Thomas on September 24, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
Normally, a spin-off series will follow the end of the main series or a previous spin-off series. That's not so with the AGU books, so there's no chronological list available. I tried to create one once, but found it to be an impossible task. I decided that I should create a Gantt chart, but I just haven't found the time.

In an effort to bring some sanity to the situation, for the sake of my own sanity, I've tried to keep the books separated by mission focus, and by having very little cross-reference between the books even though they are occurring in roughly the same time period.

Perhaps it would help to understand why there are three concurrent series. I was never able to interest any publisher in the AGU series, so in 2007 I decided to self-publish. Although not one publisher in all of North America showed the slightest interest in the first novel, A Galaxy Unknown, sci-fi readers embraced it from the beginning and kept asking for more. During all those years when I was sending out manuscripts and query letters to publishers in the U.S. and Canada, I continued to write new novels in the AGU series because friends with whom I had shared the first AGU novel kept telling me they loved it. I guess the big publishers don't have Sci-Fi fans working in their acquisitions departments.

Anyway, in April of 2011 I released the seventh and last completed novel in the AGU series. At that time all seven novels in the series were listed among the top twenty best-selling novels in Amazon's Top 100 Sci-Fi list. I guess having seven best-selling novels makes a difference in the minds of publishers and agents so for a change they began contacting me. An editor with Random House asked me to submit a proposal for a new trilogy like the AGU series, but with a different cast of characters. So I created very basic outlines for three novels, wrote a few of chapters for the first novel in the proposed trilogy, and sent it off to the editor. In the meantime I started on Book 8 of the AGU series.

Random House offered me a contract to write the Sydnee Marcola trilogy, but we couldn't agree on contract terms so I thanked them for their interest and continued as a self-publisher. I liked the idea for the Sydnee Marcola spin-off and didn't want to simply drop it, so I wrote the three novels I had proposed. All have been best-sellers. The AGU:SCI book was an experiment to see if readers would embrace a novella format because I could produce twice as many novellas each year, but I've learned that sci-fi fans want LONG stories. It's amusing because the AGU:SCI novella, at 51,000 words is longer than most Harlequin novels, which many female readers absorb like air.

In order to keep the chronology straight in my own mind, every single chapter in all of the AGU books is preceded by a date. Perhaps that can give you a reference that would help.
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General Information / a galaxy unknown in chronological order
« Last post by aichouse on September 24, 2017, 07:57:13 AM »
Im looking for some guidance on the order I should read the books. I know :border patrol and :SCI make references to, and sometimes playoff events in the main AGU series but I seem to be having a hard time finding a good list. I just want to know when to read the spin-off series while reading the main series.

Thanx for any input
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: AGU 11 discussions [SPOILERS]
« Last post by Navar on September 11, 2017, 09:24:55 AM »
An interesting theory, but I am sceptical about it.  I have wondered if the Dakisteeans are somehow connected to the Denubbewa.  However, it is unlikely in my opinion.  But you never know.....

Naah!..While Denubbewa might indeed be Dakisteeans, it was explained in chapter 20 of the AGU-11 by Sywasock that Denubbewa acquired a sample of Dakinium and that leader of Denubbewa in GA space ordered them all to gather and have their ships claded in Dakinium.

I personally think that there is a fundamental flaw in Denubbewa. They appear not very creative or inventive. Sure they are able to perfect some new tech that they absorbed by absorbing some nation into their collective ( who said Borg?)) by they definitely not very able to invent some new stuff on their own. Which is quite natural by the way..being cyBorgs)) they would achieve practical immortality sure but they would lose most of the drives that motivates biological beings,
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: AGU 11 discussions [SPOILERS]
« Last post by Thomas on September 10, 2017, 11:52:09 PM »

I accept that the audience is diverse and respect every point of view, but i believe that this kind of high speed advance basically breaks the story, because there is no longer any connection between the original story development and the new one, it's a new universe with new and different rules, better or worst this is not the point just new and different.
So maybe was better to conclude the original series and restart it with new main characters let's say 25 or 50 years in the future.
What do you think?
Personally i eagerly wait the next Sydnee Marcola , the problem for me is that because the long time between the books i have to go back and read at least the last book. :-)
maybe is better to concentrate 1 year on 1 story line and 1 year on another? don't know if this is good advice but the waiting is long, maybe a bit to long for 300 pages books.
If you haven't already try to read Chris Hechtl to understand my point of view.
Thanks anyway for the time that you invest writing those stories.

I have to disagree that an advancement of this type breaks the story. As I've said, this isn't an advancement attained by Space Command developments, so an advancement of this type can happen at any time. I can't see how ending the current storyline and restarting it 50 years in the future can make any improvement. In fifty years the Carvers will still look 21, but most other officers will have advanced in rank, many will have retired, and many things will be different. I'd have to basically start over and define the new story universe.

I realize that everyone is anxious for the part of the AGU story universe they like best, and it's frustrating to wait a year for another book to be available. I guess I'm used to that because that's the way it's always been when print books and big publishers ruled the literary world. Last year I essentially wrapped up two of my series that had never developed a large following, so my Space Opera books will appear with more
regularity.

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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: AGU 11 discussions [SPOILERS]
« Last post by Ty on September 10, 2017, 11:35:26 PM »

They always had it but didn't use it for purpose of armoring their ships tough. :)

Its been foreshadowed trough the book that original Denubbewa are actually Dakisteeans, or fraction of them that so spooked those religious fractions. It's also quite plausible that those religious zealots are not actually responsible for sterility issue. If some other fraction wanted to convert whole population into cyborgs what better way then to make them sterile right? And then frame the religious zealots for it?

An interesting theory, but I am sceptical about it.  I have wondered if the Dakisteeans are somehow connected to the Denubbewa.  However, it is unlikely in my opinion.  But you never know.....



If anyone who ordered either a Mobi version or an ePub version, gets the email notification this weekend, please leave a note on this board so I won't have to bother Selz.

Thanks.

I received an email with the copy of the updated book yesterday.
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: AGU 11 discussions [SPOILERS]
« Last post by Navar on September 10, 2017, 02:11:28 PM »
I have really been wondering just where the Denubbewa got their sample of dakimium.

They always had it but didn't use it for purpose of armoring their ships tough. :)

Its been foreshadowed trough the book that original Denubbewa are actually Dakisteeans, or fraction of them that so spooked those religious fractions. It's also quite plausible that those religious zealots are not actually responsible for sterility issue. If some other fraction wanted to convert whole population into cyborgs what better way then to make them sterile right? And then frame the religious zealots for it?
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