Coming Next

 

Updated October 20 2021

The Drago Tell Dramis series.

OUT NOW IN EBOOK. :-  HERA 2781 and HESTIA 2781

Please check the Hera 2781 page and the Hestia 2781 page for full details.

For those who prefer paperbacks:-

I’m hoping to get the paperbacks of both Earth Prime and Hestia 2781 out in time for Christmas. Hera 2781 was published years ago but never appeared in paperback because it was too short. The plan is that it will be included in the paperback of Hestia 2781.

COMING NEXT:- ARRAY 2781 and SOL 2781

The big news is that there’s going to be an additional book in the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence. Sol 2781  was already too long when it went into beta reading and I wanted to include some extra excitement and reveal a secret as well.

So, there are two books to come rather than one. For plot reasons, the final book has to have the Sol 2781 title and cover. That means the next book released will be Array 2781.

Array 2781 should be out around the end of the month, and the following release will be Sol 2781.

Array 2781 cover art shows a solar array transport ship.Drago has now learned the secret that his Betan clan has been hiding for almost a decade. He’s currently alternating between moods of pitying his second cousin and fighter team leader, Jaxon, and wanting to strangle him.

They both have to put their feelings aside though, and concentrate on using lumbering solar array transport ships to help with the repairs of the five Earth solar arrays, because Earth is critically short of power. Fortunately, repairing solar arrays is perfectly routine work, so Drago definitely can’t get into trouble.

 

Cover depicts the solar array transport ship, Antares.

Cover Design by The Cover Collection © Janet Edwards 2021

 

 

FOLLOWING ARRAY 2781 and SOL 2781:- ADVERSARY (Hive Mind 5) 

The global pandemic has affected everyone’s lives and plans. My apologies that illness and bereavement messed up the creative side of my brain. That meant Adversary hit increasingly major problems and I had to take a break to work on something totally different.

2021 has ended up being dominated by releases in the Portal Future. Once the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence is complete, I’ll be spending 2022  focusing on the Hive Future.

I won’t be able to do a book description until the first draft of Adversary is complete, but the following cover description should give a strong hint that the legal arguments with Hive Genex are starting.

Cover depicts Adversary Aura of Hive Genex.

Cover Design by The Cover Collection © Janet Edwards 2020

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MOST RECENT RELEASES

 HESTIA 2781 (Drago Tell Dramis 2)

Drago Tell Dramis’s first mission as a newly qualified fighter pilot ended with him and his team leader becoming Military heroes. Now they need to avoid nosy reporters and stay out of trouble. They most definitely won’t be going to Hestia, the perpetual trouble spot of Alpha sector.

Full details here

EARTH PRIME (The Earth Girl Aftermath Stories 1)

Earth Prime is the first of two collections of scenes and stories set after Earth Flight and during the preparations for the expedition to Fortuna. The Earth Girl trilogy was told solely from the narrow viewpoint of Jarra. These collections include stories told from the viewpoints of various other characters in the Earth Girl trilogy, and reveal personal details and information that Jarra didn’t know. This first collection focuses on Jarra, Fian, and the other archaeologists.

Full details here

BORDERLINE (Hive Mind 4)

HIVE MIND 4 - BORDERLINE COMPLETE

Being a telepath means your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. While preparing to celebrate the New Year festival of family, Amber’s team have to deal with a case where the stakes grow increasingly personal and face multiple challenges. The help of Amber’s borderline telepath counsellor, Buzz, becomes crucial.

Full details here

SCAVENGER BLOOD (Scavenger Exodus 2)

SCAVENGER BLOOD COMPLETE

Blaze must adjust to being deputy leader of the alliance, and help her father deal with the twin threats of a fugitive Cage hiding somewhere in the area, and his old supporters causing trouble. When a hunting party fails to return, the situation starts spiralling out of control, and the alliance’s off-worlder guests have a key part to play.

Full details here

HURRICANE (Hive Mind 3)

HIVE MIND 3 - HURRICANE COMPLETEBeing a telepath means there is always a new challenge. Amber’s job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time a simple case leads on to something far bigger. Amber’s team have to face the unknown and break all the rules they usually follow, while Amber has extra burdens she can’t share with anyone. She has a personal mystery to solve, and questions she wants answered, but curiosity is a dangerous trait in a telepath.

                              Full details here

174 Responses to Coming Next

  1. ANDARIAL says:

    😀 😀 😀
    Great news 🙂
    Looking forward to the new Hive novel
    Looking like a gr8 Christmas for me

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  2. Kris Y. says:

    I’m super excited for this release!!

    I also have a Hive Mind world question: approximately how long in our measurements is a “cor”? Apologies if this has been answered before.

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    • Hi Kris, Good to hear that you are looking forward to the next Hive book. Cor is an abbreviation for corridor and sometimes used in a similar way to when someone in the USA talks about blocks. When Amber says they walked two cors to an apartment, she means they walked along two corridors. When she locates a target and says the person is about six cors away, she’s talking about how far away the person is in a straight-line distance. Cor is a vague term rather than a precise measurement and most people in the Hive will think of it as being somewhere between 100 and 150 metres. Amber often uses it when she’s looking at the world with her telepathic view to emphasize the fact that she can only roughly estimate distances.

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  3. Rachel G says:

    I’m so excited for this!

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  4. Karen Berglund says:

    I can’t wait, I love the Hive Mind series. Do you have a definite date yet for me to look forward to?

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    • Hi Karen, I’m glad you’re enjoying the Hive Mind series. I’m afraid I don’t have an absolutely definite date for Hurricane. I’m hoping it will be out in ebook by the middle of December 2018, but it has to get relayed to websites around the world, so there can be delays in the run up to Christmas. The paperback should be out in February 2019. Anyone who would like an email alert when I publish a new book, can click on the newsletter tab to sign up.

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  5. Monique says:

    I can’t wait – I like having the phyiscal copies so even a longer one for me.

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    • Sorry about the extra wait. 😦 I’m afraid I just can’t cope with doing both at once because there’s a completely different set of jobs producing the paperback. It has very different formatting, a cover with back and spine, and physical copies have to be checked. I really need to find a way to clone myself!

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  6. ANDARIAL says:

    Happy Xmas and New Year
    Not got around to reading it yet after i got the book for my Kindle,but hopefully sometime in the next week or so 😀

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  7. I hope you enjoy reading Hurricane, and happy New Year!

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  8. None says:

    I fell in love with your Earth Girl series and can’t wait to read more. I’m also really hoping you’ll continue Jarra’s story with another triology.

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  9. I do plan to do that None. Hopefully something will be happening with Jarra next year (2020), but I can’t be sure of dates yet because books take a variable time to write. If you’d like to be kept informed of new releases and what’s happening next, then you can sign up to my newsletter.

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  10. Camille says:

    Looking forward to read Borderline !!! I love the Hive Mind series.
    I have a question. You already wrote Earth & Fire and Earth & Air. Do you know when the next one will be out ?

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    • Hi Camille. I’m glad you’re loving the Hive Mind series. The final Jarra novella in the set will be Earth and Water, but I don’t know when that will be out. Borderline is currently a bit behind schedule, and I can’t make solid plans for next year’s releases until I know if that will be out in December or January. I am hoping there’ll be something involving Jarra next year though.

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  11. Star says:

    I’m always up for a new Hive Mind book and looking forward to it … but do you have any idea when the next Scavenger book will be available? I am getting anxious 😉 about how it ends.. I have an idea (actually two, both were mentioned in Earth Girl series) that I want to see if I am right and of course I want to see the alliance settled in their new lives. Oh and then there is Jarra! 🙂
    If we seem annoying it is your own fault for writing such interesting characters and situations .. Good Job!!!!!!

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    • Well it’s certainly a lot better than readers not caring what happens next in the stories. 😀

      The next Scavenger Exodus book is half written, and fighting it out with another partly written book to be next in the release queue after Hive Mind 4. Frankly, I can’t predict the outcome of that fight. I’m merely the author, cowering on the sidelines, waiting to see which set of characters start yelling their story at me.

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      • Star says:

        LOL … yes, I’ve started series before and gave up because I no longer carried about the characters or what happened to them next. I’ll be rooting for Blaze to win that battle. I’m actually surprised by my deep interest in the outcome because I wasn’t wildly crazy about the first one until I reread it. I’m especially surprised because I’m not really a fan of dystopia and don’t read much in that genre and except for yours never finished a dystopian series.
        Btw, is there only one more book in the Scavenger Exodus series? Just wondering.

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      • The third book is called Scavenger Exodus. The title is possibly a bit of a clue to what happens in that one. There is potentially a fourth book about their new future which ties everything up.

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  12. Summer says:

    I love the Hive Mind Future series. I’m looking forward to reading Borderline and adding it to the others on my tablet. Thanks for writing about such an interesting world and characters.

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  13. ANDARIAL says:

    Looking forward to the new Hive novel 🙂

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  14. Margo says:

    Will there be more of the earth girl trilogy? I enjoyed them very luch

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  15. Linda Eisikowitz says:

    I Love your books💕💕💕I am looking forward to your new Hive book.📖 Thanks for letting the world 🌎 escape into your books of fantastic futures.
    A huge fan, Linda E

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    • Your comment appeared just when I’d had a hard day beating a scene into submission, and needed a bit of encouragement. Thank you for sharing my characters’ adventures, and I hope you enjoy all the future books just as much.

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  16. ANDARIAL says:

    Good news about the New Hive book 😀
    Still embarrassed to say i have not got around to reading the previous book 3 yet,although i buy your books on my kindle as they are released
    🙂

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  17. Kristen says:

    I wish it was December already so I could be reading the latest Hive book! My pattern is to continue to check Amazon site daily for Hive book release. Buy the book as soon as it’s released. Read the new book as fast as possible. Reread the book again a little more slowly. Reread the whole series of Hive books and maybe Earth Girl books too. Then come back to your web site looking for the next book release. If only books were written as fast as I can read them! But seriously thanks so much for your wonderful books! I love Amber and the Hive!

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  18. Liz Cohen says:

    I just reread all the hive mind books to get ready for #4. So exciting to get another peek at the hive. You have created such a wonderful unique new world. Many thanks,
    Liz

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    • Sarah says:

      I’m debating when to begin my reread. If I start now, I just know there will be a wait after I finish … …. but I really don’t want to be in the middle of it when the next book comes out ….

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  19. Jennifer says:

    I am almost finished reading Hive Mind 3: Hurricane. I can not tell you how many times I have read this book in the past year but it has been multiple times. I am looking forward to reading Hive Mind 4. Curious to know if it will be a Christmas gift to myself or a nice start to my New Year. Any hints you can give on the time line of the ebook release?

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  20. I’ve been keeping quiet about release dates because Hive Mind 4 has been running late. That meant the ebook was teetering on the cliff edge of missing the pre-Christmas release deadlines. I’ve now caught up a bit, so the ebook will hopefully be out before Christmas.

    Please don’t look for Borderline until at least a week into December. If you’d like to get an email alert when it releases then sign up for my newsletter.

    One reason that Borderline was running late was that the story came out even longer than Hurricane. When reading it, please remember to eat, drink, and sleep when necessary. 😀

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  21. Kris Y. says:

    “Ebook is now publishing, and will be appearing on sales outlets over the next few days.”

    I just screamed very loudly! 😀

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  22. I would advise reading Hurricane first. 😁

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  23. Star says:

    High Up!

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  24. ANDARIAL says:

    Finally got around to Hurricane .Finished it yesterday evening 😀
    Well worth it.Took me a while didn`t it?:D 😀 😀
    Onward to Borderline

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  25. Kristen says:

    Borderline was wonderful! I have just re-read it for the 4th time. I love the new characters introduced (would love to know more about CeCe). I also really enjoyed the storyline with the problems from within the unit (don’t want to give to much away). I’m now so eager to here more and will try to wait patiently for the next Hive book. Thanks so much for the wonderful books Janet❣️

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  26. Dan says:

    Borderline was great! Now waiting for Hive 5 …

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  27. Becky says:

    What’s the next book you are working on? All have been amazing so far !

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    • I’m glad you think the books are amazing. At the moment, I’m mostly working on the Jarra story I’m posting on the website, which should eventually become part of a new collection of stories. 🙂

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  28. Katharine says:

    Hi! I was wondering, will there be a full length book on Jarra and her adventures as a xenoarcheologist? Or will the collection be the end of her story? Because another series on Jarra would be totally zan! After I finished the series, I kept daydreaming about what might happen on Fortuna. Whatever happens I’ll continue to be a huge fan of your work, thank you for all that you have done for us readers. (sorry if this is a question you’ve had to answer a lot before)

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    • Katharine says:

      Sorry, xenoarchaeologist*

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      • Hi Katherine. The short answer is that there’s likely to be more Jarra. The long answer is that I’m planning a new series about Fortuna, but I won’t know exactly how that will work out until I write it. I often have the problem that I’m not writing my stories, they’re writing me.

        The way I’m currently picturing the Fortuna books fitting into the general Portal Future is that the Scavenger Exodus series sets up the history that leads into Tellon Blaze and the first part of the Chimera wars. The Fortuna books are effectively the second part of the Chimera wars. Because of the way the Tellon Blaze and Fortuna series will interlink, there may be something weird like the books releasing alternately. Who knows. Frankly, I don’t at this point. 🙂

        Anyway, when I started thinking this through, I realized that there were some aftermath issues from the Earth Girl trilogy that I wanted to tidy up but would be totally out of place in the new series. Hence the forthcoming collection being the Earth Girl Aftermath Stories.

        And I’d probably better do a proper post about this at some point, rather than it just lingering around in the comments.

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  29. kairi341 says:

    Ever since earth flight ended I’ve been hoping you would write a sequel about Fortuna. The short story you’ve been posting over the last few months has made me want it even more. I love Jarras story and hope you will write another trilogy

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  30. If there’s enough interest in the Earth Prime collection then I’ll certainly be trying to do that. 🙂

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  31. TH says:

    Hi,

    I just read “The End, and the New Beginning”…. just great! I would love to read more about Fortuna and hope you are writing more Books about Jarra and all her friends on Fortuna… PLEASE!!!

    But i also love the Hive Mind books and would be happy to read more about Amber and her friends.

    It´s great that there are books with female heroes!

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  32. I think it’s best if I include the answer to this in the coming next details for Earth Prime so everyone can read it. Please see above!

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  33. Olivia Sommers says:

    Hello!
    I am a huge fan of Hive Mind, and I hope there will soon be a movie. Your imagination is so perfectly wild! I am looking forward to the release of Hive Mind 5.

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  34. Ulrike R. M. says:

    Hey 🙂

    I just wanted to tell you, that I really love your books and keep rereading them!
    I especially admire the way you´re able to capture details. You always choose just the right words to make characters come alive. It feels like you´re able to sketch minor characters with a few skillfull and well-placed strokes that display just enough of their shape and individual traits to make them stand out and be memorable despite not appearing nearly as much as main characters.

    The Futures the stories take place in are incredible fascinating, always making me compare them to our world and wonder about the possible advantages and disadvantages of some of the changes and whether I would like to live in that kind of world or rather not. I keep wanting to discover more about them either way.

    I first read “Earth Girl” in my teens and keep coming back to this book even after all this time. It´s probably the book I´ve read most often and I seldomly read books more than once. Since I switched to reading in English (since “Earth Flight” didn´t get translated into my native language) I´ve also gotten into the “Hive Mind” and “Scavenger” books and have read them several times already.

    Even if it might take some time to publish the next volumes, I´ll still gladly stay around to read them!
    I´m definitely looking forward to all your future Future books!
    I also hope you stay healthy and have as little stress as possible, especially in the current world situation.

    Best Wishes!

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    • I’m pleased you appreciate the minor characters as well as the major ones. All my characters are real to me – I know their motives and hear their voices speaking in my head – but of course some inevitably only make brief appearances.

      My future worlds have their good and bad points, especially the Hive future Earth, so I’d have mixed feelings about living in them too. As in reality, some people will find those worlds a lot more pleasant than others. For example, it could be wonderful living in Beta sector if you were born into the right clan, but the clanless might find it hard.

      I’m especially glad that you’re enjoying my books despite English not being your native language. I hope you are staying well and stress free too.

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      • Ulrike R. M. says:

        The Hive future Earth is probably the one I contemplated the most.

        I started reading the Hive books when I was at the point in my life where I had to choose what to do after finishing school and I was really struggling with that decision. I was unsure what I wanted to do and even when I started to have a vague idea, I wondered if I had the ability to pull it off.

        That´s when I read about Lottery and I seriously considered whether that would be something I would want. I thought taking this kind of test would be really interesting and helpful, though I wouldn´t like it being compulsory. Later (after I read “Hurricane”) I thought handling it like in the case of the Sea Farm people might actually be quite nice.

        Then again even if I chose “wrongly” it likely wouldn´t be the end of the world. Failure is something that teaches a lot and in my opinion it´s also important to think about what you want your life to be like on your own and find ways towards achieving that yourself. So maybe having an easy way out like the test might actually be harmful. Though whether you consider it harmful or not depends on whether you value the results from overcoming stormy seas with your own strength or not.

        Besides Lottery there are also some other aspects of the Hive future Earth that make me ponder, but even after thinking a lot I can´t really give a definite answer to most of the things I wonder about. I really like when stories can make the recipient think like this.

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  35. Camille says:

    Hi,
    I’m wondering if you have some news about Earth Prime ? Do you know if it’s still coming out in August ?
    I know that right now the situation is difficult but i miss Jarra (and Amber) a lot !!!!

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    • Yes, the final checks are taking a while because Earth Prime is even longer than Borderline, but it should still be out by the end of August.

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      • Camille says:

        Yes !!!! I can’t wait. Thank you for this good news.

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      • Yay! Just bought it! Maybe this needs to go out in the newsletter?

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      • Sadly, the publication process involves fighting my way through a hundred and one jobs, including sending out newsletters. As I write this, some people will be able to find the book for sale on their preferred outlet (though search metadata is still establishing behind the scenes. However, I’ve had to spend a long time solving an unexpected glitch (there’s always at least one) in another route of the publication process. That means the book is only just heading into the pipeline for dozens of outlets, and I’ll still be initializing things for the last couple of outlets tomorrow.

        Think of it like setting up an interstellar portal relay network. At this moment, anyone wanting to portal from Earth to Danae is fine, but if you’re trying to get from Earth to Epsilon sector, you are in big trouble.

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  36. Sarath says:

    Hi,
    Love the Hive books! I must have read them 5 times over quarantine. I like to imagine what happens when Amber isn’t there – reactions and thoughts when everyone found out about that new telepath.

    I always know I’ve found a good book when I make up out-takes.

    Looking forward to the next book!

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  37. ANDARIAL says:

    Yup just bought Earth Prime on Amazon 😀

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  38. Mikkel says:

    Finished the book only a few hours after release, and it was as good as ihvertfald. I read the first story on the site, and it was a nice help during quarantine, but even better in combination with the other stories in Earth prime. Keep up the good work, i can`t wait to read more from the portal future, there is so many stories, time periods and POV I want to read or read more of. Looking forward to read see Jarra on Fortuna.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the extra stories in Earth Prime. The Portal Future does have a semi-infinite number of stories to be told, including some that I haven’t even hinted at yet. 🙂

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  39. An says:

    Hi Janet, we are having an interesting discussion about the time line of the Hive future. One of your other fans has been bored during social distancing so did some incredible detailed work on figuring it out, but we have some specific questions if and when you have time.
    Is day, weeks and Months the same as real world? or have there been some changes? I doubt if day length would be different, but it could since they live in an artificial bubble, but weeks and months could certainly be organized differently since that is more artificial then day and year is.
    Also, what are the actual dates of the 4 holidays? it seems based on references in Defender and Hurricane they are New Year, Carnival, Valentine, Halloween, are they exactly to the day, 3 months apart? Thank you!

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    • I usually give people the simple answer on festival dates, which is that they are equally spaced through the year on the equivalent of 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, and 1st October. That’s a bit like saying the Hive has 50 working levels at the top, with 100 accommodation levels below it, which gives a broad idea of the layout but omits a few complicating details.

      Since you’re specifically asking about days, weeks, and months as well, I’ll go into some of the complicating details on dates etc. My apologies that this will be incredibly long so I may make an error or bore you to death. Complicated details can be complicated.

      The Hive has a calendar year that it uses for administrative purposes and trading with other Hives. (There is also a Lottery year that pops up in citizen identity codes, and is very important to teens, but that isn’t really relevant to this explanation.) The calendar year starting point and length is like ours including having the equvalent of leap years. The days match ours. After that it gets a bit different.

      If someone wants to refer to a specific date, they talk about the day number. Administration systems usually use the day number in the year, but people will also refer to the day number since the last festival, or the day number before the next festival.

      When someone is being vaguer about time, they will mention weeks or months. A week would mostly refer to a seven day period. In some circumstances, people might use the term week to refer to something like the regular working cycle of something like their manufacturing facility or hydroponics bay, which could be anything between five and ten days long and would include days off. There are no named days of the weeks or fixed weekends.

      Our named month system, with the weirdly varying month lengths has gone entirely. For the Hive population, a month is a term that refers to one third of the time between the start of two successive festivals. That means there are always twelve months in a year, and a month is usually (but not always) about 30 days long.

      So, in a perfectly standard Hive year the festivals are about 91 days apart. The first full day of the New Year festival is day 1 of the year (though the celebrations naturally begin the evening before that). Carnival starts on day 92 of the year. Valentine on day 183, and Halloween on day 274. People go to the southbound express belts to await the coming of the New Year on the evening of day 365 (or 366 in a leap year.)

      HOWEVER, there is a crucial fact that can totally mess up the Hive’s neat system. The main Hive Lottery is the week after Carnival, and timed to finish just before the regular annual period of global trading of key personnel between Hives. In virtually all cases candidates will have completed their testing by the end of day 5 of Lottery. At that point, the Lottery systems will send two lists to Hive Trade. One is of the key vacancies that are still missing a suitably highly skilled candidate, and need to be filled by incoming personnel from other Hives. The other list is a lot longer, and includes all the highly skilled Lottery candidates that the Hive is willing to consider offering in exchange for incoming people. Those potential trade candidates have to remain without imprints until the 12 to 15 day period of global trading of key personnel between Hives completes. At that point, the candidates with agreed trades go to their new Hives and the leftover trade candidates get allocated and imprinted for this Hive.

      Now the crucial fact. In most years the system works perfectly, but exceptional circumstances can force Joint Hive Treaty Enforcement to delay the designated period of global trading of key personnel between Hives. (I’m afraid I can’t specify what those exceptional circumstances might be because of potential spoilers.) Delays of two or three days aren’t significant, but anything longer means every Hive globally has to either skip the global trading period or do some frantic rescheduling.

      Amber’s Hive decided on its approach to these delays long ago. Skipping the global trading period would be damaging for the Hive. Having a long gap between Lottery and the global trading period would be massively stressful and damaging for the potential trade candidates stuck in limbo. Having an unexpected long gap between Carnival and Lottery would be massively unsettling for everyone in the Hive.

      Amber’s Hive opted to respond to delays of the global trading period by delaying the entire Carnival/Lottery/trading sequence. This is stressful for the teens nervously awaiting Lottery, but less stressful than messing up the entire pattern of Hive life.

      So, as an example, suppose the global trading period is delayed 60 days. The pre-Carnival pageant sequence is extended, and the start of Carnival itself is delayed to day 152. The start of Halloween remains on day 274. The start of Valentine is rescheduled to be midway between the two, at day 213. (Valentine is deliberately placed between Carnival and Halloween, because it’s for lovers, and relatively easy to reschedule.)

      In this situation, the three months between the New Year festival and Carnival are each about 50 days long. The three months between Carnival and Valentine are each about 20 days long, and the same for the three months between Valentine and Halloween. Then the three months between Halloween and New Year return to the standard 30 days each.

      Good luck making sense of that. 😀

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      • An says:

        Wow, amazing! Your explanation is incredibly easy to follow. It is along the lines that we suspected but wasn’t really sure exactly how it worked. and of course had no idea about the delays.
        For our purposes was lottery delayed for Telepath?

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      • Ooo, I know that’s bordering on spoilerish, but I think you’d need to get Amber to read my mind to work out why. It might well have been. Once Amber entered Lottery, she obviously had a lot of other things to think about.

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      • Sarah says:

        That’s really interesting! Not important to the stories – yet – beyond the high level “four equally spaced holidays” but interesting. I also really like the detail on why Valentines is where it is!
        It’s always interesting to see what the Hive is dealing with when you get into the details. I feel like Amber does about Level 0 😉

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      • The Hive always has reasons for what it does. Sometimes some very complicated ones. 🙂

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  40. An says:

    Oh No, the dreaded “Spoilerish” warning. 😉 Actually your super fan (not me, too detailed for me to work out) already figured it out as they found some time missing, during Telepath and wanted to make sure it wasn’t just them because English isn’t their first language. 😁 It will be interesting to find out why that happened whenever you write about it.

    Thank you for all of the great insights, you can tell that we are drumming our fingers with inpatients at the wiki, so discussing whatever …. and some fans are making incredible contributions to the wiki while they wait, so all is good! Thanks again!

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    • An says:

      Just thought of another question that shouldn’t be a spoiler, I hope! 🤞 How many days in a week for Teen Level? Amber uses “week” to denote passage of time at least at the beginning of Telepath so she would probably still think a week as the same as she did on teen level. 😁 Last question, I don’t want to interrupt your writing any longer and already incredibly thankful for the information on Amber’s world.👍

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      • It would probably be seven, but a comment about for example five weeks might not be precisely thirty-five days. There’s be a bit of human approximating going on with Amber. Beckett would be more precise.

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  41. Camille says:

    Hi, I have a question. If you don’t want to answer it no worries.
    Could you tell us the title of the next hive mind book ?
    I know that with the pandemic everything is complicated but I just wanted to here about something good for once 😉
    I hope you and your family are well. Looking foward to read your next stories.

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  42. An says:

    Please don’t take this as a nag, I’m honestly thrilled with anything that you write on whatever schedule works for you.
    I am just curious if you have any more news about Scavenger Exodus #3?
    That cover of Adversary is not only stunning but intriguing. It almost seems that this story may be a bit darker then the previous ones. Can’t wait for the description 😁

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    • I’m still watching for a way to fit Scavenger Exodus 3 into the schedule. When I realized Adversary was running too late for a Christmas release, I considered swapping Scavenger Exodus 3 in ahead of it as a Christmas release, but realistically there was still too much work to be done.

      Frankly, it’s hard to predict anything at the moment, because the world is so unpredictable. The only thing I can be totally sure of is that my characters will misbehave, and the books will come out longer than I expect.

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  43. Ulrike R. M. says:

    I´m really looking forward to Hive Mind 5 and I don´t mind at all if books turns out to be somewhat longer than planned since that just means I´ll have more to read :3
    The cover and title of Hive Mind 5 are interesting, but also make me somewhat nervous… my mind is already running wild trying to come up with scenarios of what could possibly happen based on where Hive Mind 4 left off. I also just finished rereading book 1 to 4 in anticipation of book 5 😀

    On another note, I´m very sorry to hear about your illness and bereavement. You don´t need to apologize for being behind on shedule for reasons as serious as that. I hope you can take the time to care for your own mental and physical health and don´t feel too pressured. In the first place I´m already very impressed with the speed at which you currently publish your books! So please go a little easy on yourself. I can wait and I think that many others who also really love your stories feel the same way.

    Best Wishes! 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Ulrike. I’m glad you’re happy with the speed of the books appearing. I’m always wishing I could write them faster simply because I have so many ideas for books. It’s obviously better to have too many ideas than too few though. 🙂

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      • hitek1208 says:

        While we appreciate the speed at which you release books, and always want more, we also realize you can release more books in the long run when you keep yourself happy and healthy. Hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

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      • I think pacing yourself and prioritising health and happiness is vital for everyone at the moment. Best wishes to you for the holiday season too. 🙂

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  44. Warren says:

    I suspect that my relationship with the Hive Mind series might need to be referred to Buzz or another of her ilk!

    I read Telepath way too many times while trying to get my local library to get the next one in – then the library split and the portion that had Telepath in it was no longer mine to access and when I checked and found that there were now more books I ended up getting them myself.

    So why the evil Simone? Well whenever I am between books I end up reading Perilous through to Borderline again … and then half the time when I finish Borderline I go right back to Perilous and do it again – one time I did that four times in a row.

    One thing that did impress me (while trying to avoid being spoilerish) is how you managed to combine the height of technological complexity and social engineering (was going to name our Hive here and realised that while I know Hive Genex by its name and Hive Futura that our is just ‘the Hive’ which makes sense considering Duty Song #10 and I am sure we are named in other Hives’ records) with an already set in place option for the historically inevitable alternative.

    So of course very much looking forward to Adversary (which in my mind is read using Sean Connery’s accent from The Hunt for Red October) and thank you for many hours of pleasure.

    Re the issues with the publishing etc perhaps you could put in a priority imprinting request for a copywriter and a media organiser for the Lottery of 2021!

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    • I’ve never heard of a library splitting before. How horrible that you weren’t allowed to get books from the wrong portion. I’m relieved that you’ve got your own set of Hive Mind books now so you can reread them to your heart’s content.

      I’ve never considered the imprinting solution for my publishing problems before. I’ve always felt that the answer came from my portal future books. I need several clones of myself to help out with the writing. 🙂

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  45. Loren says:

    For Warren, in chapter 31 of Defender (page 251) Amber tells Buzz “He loves the Hive entertainment channel thrillers about Hive England…”. Amber is of course talking about Gregas. I will now go silent.

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    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I’ve assumed that this is therefore Hive England. It’s possible the shows are just made about Hive England though – think James Bond. That seems less likely, given how much the Hives want you to not think about the rest of the world, but it’s possible.
      It’s the only (likely) reference to the name of Amber’s Hive I’ve ever found.

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      • DitN says:

        There is also a bookette in Telepath with King Henry, where Hive England and Hive France are fighting, so I don’t think Hive England is the name of Amber’s Hive.

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  46. An says:

    Amber’s Hive was identified as Hive England in Borderline

    “I’ve spent most of the time since I arrived back at Hive England in a specially shielded quarantine facility,” said Diplomat Michaela, in a strained voice.
    Edwards, Janet. Borderline (Hive Mind Book 4) . Wallam-Crane Press. Kindle Edition. about 68%

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  47. An says:

    One of the topics of discussion we had a while ago at the Janet Edwards wiki, was how the Hive controls information about other hives, so all of the Easter Eggs about Hive England were a good clue, but it was nice that it was finally confirmed.

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  48. Camille says:

    I don’t want to stress you out, but can I ask if Drago behaved and let you finish the new story?

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    • Sadly the answer is not yet. It appears that Drago Tell Dramis, like Jarra, doesn’t understand the meaning of the words short story or novella. I shall stick an update up on the coming next page.

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      • Camille says:

        I’m sad that we will not have one of your stories by the end of the month, but I’m also happy to know that I will have a long story to read for when it comes out.
        I just hope that it will not delay the next hive mind story too much.

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      • In fairness to Drago, he’s probably right that it’s better to cover some events as they actually happened in 2781 rather than have people discussing them in Earth Prime.

        Obviously I’m not working on the next Hive Mind book while I’m taking dictation from Drago, but the same thing was happening with Adversary as with Borderline. I’d reached the point where I needed to take a break before coming back at it with fresh eyes.

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  49. Jerrell Johnson says:

    It is February, are there any updates on SOL 2781?

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  50. It is February and Drago is still talking. I don’t know whether you’ll think this is good or bad news, but I fear he’s going for a full-length book.

    Looking on the bright side, when Drago eventually lets me get back to working on Borderline, I think I’ve worked out how to solve the structural problem that was worrying me.

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  51. An says:

    A full-length book sounds good, it’s too bad that Marlise wasn’t around then so she could help you corral Drago. (I’m really hoping that some day we get to read Marlise’s story 😁 )

    Now you have me worried about “structural problems” in Adversary!!!!

    Just curious, not meaning to add to your stress, but do you think the 2nd Vol. of Aftermath stories will move into 2022? or to early to tell? (I just want to keep dates somewhat currented on the wiki)

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  52. Don’t worry, this isn’t the Hive experiencing structural problems and collapsing. It’s just the usual issue of how best to interweave the events from different plot lines.

    It’s quite possible that the second Earth Girl Aftermath collection will slip into 2022. In a sense, the second collection will be arriving both earlier and later than planned. I originally had a long list of stories for the second collection. Some of them were stories looking back to past events, and some stories that looked forward to the future.

    Now Drago is busily including most of those past events in Sol 2781, which means that story is coming out far longer than planned, but has the advantage that the second collection will mostly be able to focus on the future.

    So, Sol 2781 is happening first, then I’m dashing back to Adversary. I’d really like to have a release coming out next Christmas. I sincerely hope that Adversary will be out well before Christmas, but it’s impossible to be sure of anything when the distractions of global pandemics leave me writing a the pace of a wounded snail. Assuming there is a gap between Adversary and Christmas, then I’ll be checking all the possibile candidates to see what can be completed in time. Especially Scavenger Exodus 3.

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    • An says:

      whew .. Glad to hear that it isn’t a hive structural problem, for a minute I thought Keith blew something up …. 😉

      I like the idea that you are thinking about Exodus 3, I’ve been trying to be patient … 😁 but I also like the stories to move forward, so either way is a win, win.

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  53. Jason says:

    Looking forward to Hive Mind 5..just dropping by to see how things were going this year and trying to be patient.

    Crossing finger Hive 5 summer release for my birthday in June, but however long it takes you write wonderful stories.

    Thank you

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    • I’m delighted you are enjoying the stories. Sadly, Hive Mind 5 won’t be out until quite a while after your birthday. Sol 2781 featuring Drago will be out next, and then I’ll be diving back into the Hive for as long as it takes to finish what’s another long and complex story with a lot of revelations about the Hive world as well as some new questions.

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  54. Kate says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I get so greedy for books by authors I enjoy.

    I should savour them, but I binge read them and then get upset that they’re all gone and I have to wait for the next one to be written.

    BTW, does anyone else have a fictional crush on Eli? I love the way he is so discreetly kind and even his joking seems to be a mask for easing other’s discomfort, rather than his own. Just my take – I think he would be a good match for Hannah, as he doesn’t seem to care much for status.

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  55. Hi Janet, Any news updates?

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    • Only that my writing progress is painfully slow at the moment. I think part of the problem may be that I’m like Amber. She depends on going for walks Outside to clear her mind of echoes. I depend on going for walks Outside to help my head clear up problems with books. The UK has been in lockdown for three months now, so I need a Megan to make me a private park.

      I’m tempted to swap projects to see if that helps. Given what happened when I swapped from Hive Mind 5 to write what was supposed to be a short story, I think I’ll just have to battle my way onwards though. 😀

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  56. Lets hope everything goes well in April then and Lockdown ends!

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  57. Camille says:

    Hi,
    I hope everything is going well for you and your family.
    If possible, can we have an update ?

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  58. Liz says:

    Thanks for the update, I’m sooo excited already. Short question: Will there be more about Caius? No idea why but I’ve wanted to know more about him since he was first mentioned during the Tell Clan presentation cerenomy.

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  59. An says:

    Exciting news that there will be TWO Drago novels released this summer, and back to back (or nearly so) ….. 🎈👏🎈👏

    I’m not sure, but is that an updated title for Adversary? I don’t recall that you had estimated a date before, but sometimes my memory wanders away … if so, soooo glad to see that it’s also on the schedule for this year!!!!!! 🥳

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    • The title of Adversary hasn’t changed. Wedging all three books in this year is going to be tight, so fingers crossed that I don’t have any more crises. 🙂

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      • An says:

        I will keep my fingers crossed that there will not be any more crises for any of us …

        I AM sorry, in my excitement I wasn’t clear about what I meant, I actually meant the title of the Adversary post that included, COMING END 2021: …. but you answered that too, so all is good!!!!!
        Thank you!!!!

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  60. hitek1208 says:

    Thank-you for the update! Glad to hear things are progressing, even if in not quite the way you expected. At least we can look forward to enjoying more to read in the long run.

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  61. MaxManuka says:

    I love it when your characters refuse to fit into short stories and demand novels :D. Though I can understand the annoyance of having to change perfectly good book release plans. Looking forward to the new adult coming-of-age tale of Drago.

    Great cover for adversary. This book is gonna be spicy, dramatic and epic. Is Lucas going to meet his match in Hive Genex? Is Amber? VEry excited for it.

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  62. lieara says:

    Already totally excited that we might get the next book this month, thx for the udate:).
    Any chance if getting the ice cream incident in either of the books? I’ve been wondering for what feels like forever just wtf happened there.

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  63. Ian Birchenough says:

    Is it me, or does Adversary Aura of Hive Genex have an expression reminiscent of a snake trying to swallow something?

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  64. Will says:

    I am going absolutely nuts for that Hestia cover!
    WOW!

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  65. Jennifer says:

    I just purchased Hestia 2781 from Amazon. I can not wait to start reading it. I know I will love this story. Thank you for being a truly gifted storyteller.

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    • Yes, Hestia 2781 is just popping up on assorted Amazons, though the search system will take a while to populate properly. 🙂 Other outlets will take a bit longer. I’ll be doing a proper update on this page tomorrow, because there are an unbelievable number of jobs to do for a release, and the critical ones for the publication sequence take priority.

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  66. Star says:

    I finished Hestia 2781 and now anxious for Sol 2781 (I bet you are expecting to hear that often) 😁 but I see that you removed the end of Aug projected date and now it just says coming soon, so does that mean that you aren’t sure when it will be published?

    Hestia has left me with a lot of new information to process and left me with even more questions, of course most of them I wont ask because I just know you will say they are spoilers, but I have one that I don’t think will be. Ha! said that before and proved wrong ..
    No rush, so when you have time can you post a short overview about “High Sector Committee”? I get the impression that they handle the stuff that doesn’t need a full parliament vote? but how is that decided? if I’m correct. I’m actually a little confused over them they obviously have a lot of power. Thanks!

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    • It just means that the end of August projected date was an estimate. Now Hestia 2781 is publishing, I’ll be spending part of the next two days assessing the work remaining on Sol 2781. At the end of that, I’ll have a better idea of what I’m aiming for, though I still won’t be able to guarantee an exact day. It’s impossible to prevent Drago throwing in the odd curve ball, and if that curve ball makes it a better book, then I’m willing to slip a couple of days to include it.

      The simple way of thinking about Joint Sector High Congress Committee is that it’s an elected representative subgroup of Parliament of Planets, which has the authority to deal with cross-sector issues that are either too confidential, too complex, or too urgent to wait to be dealt with by full Parliament of Planets. There are a set of rules about what they handle, but other things can be dealt with by Joint Sector High Congress Committee if all the First Speakers agree it’s appropriate. And yes, they do have a lot of power, but abusing that power could mean them being called to account by Parliament of Planets.

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      • Star says:

        ah, Thank you that helps a lot in understanding.

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      • Star says:

        If Drago has more to tell you I hope he includes some details about his Grandfather and the way that he and his sister was raised and/or their parents. There seems to be a mystery there with their Childhood. 😁

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      • There is indeed a mystery. There should be a very brief mention in Sol 2781. It probably won’t help. 😀

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  67. kairi341 says:

    I’m guessing Ramon is from Adonis based of his full name in Hestia

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  68. hitek1208 says:

    Any update on the anthology companion to earth prime? In light of finishing hestia, I really wanted to reread your move drago, but it seems I’ll have to wait for the anthology. Some of the revelations were particularly interesting in shedding new light on the interactions played out in the short story. Thanks for another great read!

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    • The two Drago books cover some of the events that were due to be referenced in the second collection of Earth Girl Aftermath stories, and it’s obviously better to see those events happen in full rather than just having some flashbacks. However, that does mean there’ll be a longer wait for the second collection.

      I’d taken “Your Move, Drago” down from my website in preparation for including it in the second collection, but given the delay I’ve put it back up for you. 🙂

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  69. Gillian says:

    I’m so excited for the next Hive book, I absolutely love this series and devoured the first four in under a week!

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    • I’m glad you love the Hive Future so much. As soon as Sol 2781 is published, I will be focusing on Hive Mind 5, Adversary, and trying to work out a more definite release date. 🙂

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  70. Alice says:

    I updated my father on your current release plans and he was wondering where Scavenger Exodus 3 fits in. Do you have an idea about that?
    Also, I saw the comment on if General Hiraga and General Dragon Tell Dramis met, and thought of a similar scenario. What would happen if Drago and Valeska had to charm each other?

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    • Sol 2781 is definitely next, and Adversary follows that. I’d like Scavenger Exodus 3 to be after that to clear up the history line.

      Drago and Valeska having a charm battle is quite a thought. I think they’d both end up bursting into laughter and Gradin would sulk.

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  71. Kitty says:

    Are there going to be short stories from Jaxon and Gemelle’s point of view? I’d really love to read from Leveque and Stone’s point of view as well. I think Leveque might be my favorite character if it weren’t for Drago.

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  72. The original plan was to have a second collection of Earth Girl Aftermath stories focusing on the Military and Tell clan, and including a lot of past history reflections on what was going on in the Tell clan when Jarra was born and was being raised by Hospital Earth.

    That plan has evolved a bit. Working on the past history side of the second collection turned into that becoming its own series, the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence, Hera 2781, Hestia 2781, Sol 2781. This had the major advantage of covering the events properly as they happened, rather than just have endless chatting about them.

    The second collection is still on my list to write, and indeed has some oddments already written, but will now focus very much on the future rather than the past. It should include short stories from Gemelle, Leveque, and Stone’s viewpoints. There is also a Jaxon viewpoint short story, but that may actually end up grouped separately with something else.

    So, basically, that’s an eventual yes. 😀

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  73. Emily says:

    What is the identity code system? I’ve worked out that the first four numbers are birth year but the other two sections puzzle me. Is it something to do with the actual date of birth or zone location of birth?

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    • Hi Emily. Yes, the first four digits of a Hive identity code are a person’s birth year, but using the Lottery year rather than the standard year. That means anyone born after the Lottery of 2514 but before the Lottery of 2515 will have an identity code of 2514 and be a candidate in the 2532 Lottery. The other seven digits include an encrypted classification code, which flags crucial details such as whether a person can be considered for trade to another Hive when they enter Lottery.

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      • So the Hive knows if someone will develop into a person they want to keep or discard at birth – when their ID code is issued?

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      • Hi Ian. Not exactly. When someone is born, the Hive doesn’t know what sort of person they will become. The Hive will know if certain ancestral factors rule out ever trading that person to another Hive though. For example, the Hive would never allow a child of its Gold Commander or senior members of Hive Politics to be traded to another Hive. Just imagine the possibilities for emotional blackmail.

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      • Quite, but at the same time they can’t predict who’s going to emerge from Lottery as a true Telepath and they wouldn’t want to trade one of those by mistake!

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      • I can’t answer that properly, because it would spoilerish for Hive Mind 5 which gives some extra relevant information. I really can’t resist saying this, so don’t throw things at me, but the Hive really does know best in this matter. 😀

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  74. Will says:

    Sol is now as long as Borderline? Well Borderline was utterly awesome so that’s definitely not a bad thing!

    Thanks for keeping us updated. I’m looking forward to seeing what Drago has been up to! 🙂

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  75. Jennifer says:

    I just finished reading Hestia again. It is amazing how much I didn’t catch the first time around. Light bulbs started going off about what the events were around Drago’s grandfather. I think it has something to do with the military academy.

    Ms. Edwards I think you are a truly gifted writer. Looking forward to all your books planned for the coming years.

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  76. Kate says:

    I’ve just finished re-reading the Earth-girl and all the already published Drago books, ready for Sol.

    The one thing that struck me is the complete lack of positive parenting. Drago’s parents either bully him or minimise the other parent’s bullying. Jason’s parent’s abandon him and allow the clan to bully him to the point he absconded from school.
    Jarra had the most healthy relationship with her pro Mum!

    If you could manage to publish Sol by the weekend (pretty please) I would really appreciate it, as I have a complete day to myself on Sunday….. just ready for a new book.

    Joking aside, I very much enjoy your books – I wish you a truly long career 😊

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    • I’ve just updated the news on the next Drago book. As you’ll see, I’m sadly unable to publish anything in time for this weekend, but there’ll be something happening around the end of the month.

      I can’t say much about the parenting issue, since there’s more about that in the next book, but everyone definitely needs a Candace! 😀

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  77. Monique says:

    I’m a total fan girl and have been checking every day for an update. An extra book – I’m all for it! I’m still holding thumbs that the end of the series will have an epilogue of the Tell clan getting the notification that Jarra had the Honor Ceremony.

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  78. hitek1208 says:

    While sad we have to wait for the conclusion, super exited there was enough content to warant splitting into another book. Really appreciate all the hard work you’ve been doing!

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  79. Camille says:

    So glad to know that there will be a fourth book.
    You didn’t announce a date for sol 2781 does that mean that you’re still writing that book ? Or is it finished ?
    Because if you’re still writing sol we may have a fifth book !!! (I believe in you Drago 🤞)
    Without revealing the secret can you tell us in which book will it be revealed ?

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  80. My original plan was to write a novella set after Hera 2781 and called Sol 2781. It’s actually really weird thinking back to the brief glimpse of the events that the novella was supposed to cover now that Drago has insisted on chattering on about EVERYTHING.

    Anyway, that planned novella has turned into a three novel series, proving I can’t be totally sure of anything. However, while there is a lot of extra detail to add to Sol 2781 about general Drago chaos and secrets, I have crucially written the end scenes. That hopefully means there won’t be any more surprise additional books in the 2781 sequence. The secret bit comes very near the end of the final book.

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  81. ANDARIAL says:

    Thank You for the update…and another new book 🙂

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  82. hitek1208 says:

    “… so Drago definitely can’t get in trouble.”

    Lol… not sure that’s possible with a member of the Tell clan, let alone 2 working in close proximity (3 if we make a small stretch to include Jarra)

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