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Any grander plans for this setting beside this trilogy of Skyward?
Any plans for that other work the Skyward is connected to?
Is there any connecting stuff we should be on look out for?
Let me get this trilogy (which will actually probably be four books) done, and then I'll worry about that.
No other plans for the work this is based on right now.
As for connecting stuff, it will become very obvious once I start using some technical terminology. I said elsewhere in the thread that chapter 17 will make it very clear for those watching. Other small connections exist through the series, but more in the second book.
As a follow-up, will the fourth just be adding onto the end (i.e. it's a quartet), or will it be tangential, similar to Mistborn: Secret History (i.e. a trilogy + another book)?
It will be a quartet. I did my normal thing, writing the first book as proof of concept to myself, then sitting down and really hammering out the series. When I was done, the story beats worked far better as four books than three, so I will probably write it that way instead.
Michael M. Jones
What's next for you with this series and in general?
My outline for Skyward calls for four books. The sequel will come out a year from this November. Starting in January, I plan to work on the fourth [book] in The Stormlight Archive, and that'll take about 18 months. I split my time between that series and other projects to prevent myself from getting burned out. When I finish a big epic fantasy, I need something different to get excited about for a while. So I'll jump back into this series after the next Stormlight.
Will all 3 of the Skyward books take place one right after the other? (vs having a significant time gap between books)
The books shouldn't have significant time gaps between them.
So when you were in Houston about a month ago, was it for research for future issues of Skyward?
Yep. And I needed some help on certain things. It was super helpful, particularly going in and talking to the pilots. Like, astronaut, very cool. But talking to them about in-atmosphere flying and things like that was really handy.
The way I'll phrase this then is, will everything else written in the Skyward universe be chronological going forward?
Yes. Everything in-- The Skyward books will be going forward, and they'll be delving more and more deeply into the ideas brought up in this short story.
She noticed that the race in Skyward that the people are fighting are Krell, and that there are krell in Sixth of the Dusk.
That is not a direct connection. It's just, the Krell are a race of aliens from Forbidden Planet, one of my favorite classic science fiction movies, and I'm just doing it in Skyward as an homage to that. Krell in Sixth of the Dusk is just me looking for a thing that sounds like the right name for the thing.
So they're completely unrelated?
Completely unrelated. Other than the fact that I've watched Forbidden Planet, like, six times.
Will Rig ever fly again?
I can't answer this without going into spoilers... so you'll have to wait and see.
So, Skyward is gonna be a trilogy. Each book will contain it's own stand alone story or it's a one big story splitted into three books?
Each of the books stand pretty well on their own, though the final one (this will probably be four books, not three) is a lot more reliant on the previous ones.
Is Skyward gonna be related at all to Silverlight universities?
It is not, good question. Skyward is not related to the cosmere. It does mention Earth, which is kind of one of my dividing lines. But it is related to something else I've written.
As far as I aware, Skyward is your first attempt to write techno fantasy. Will this new experience be useful for Mistborn 3 and 4, which is supposed to be a sci fi?
I think it will help a little--but not a ton, as the real challenge to Mistborn Eras three and four is going to be making good on the promises of the earlier trilogies, and using them well. They will need to be more "hard" SF than Skyward, except with made-up science.
Skyward, I could create what I needed from the technology specifically to fit this story. (For the most part.)
Do you have anything else in mind for this world, besides the Skyward trilogy?
I always know where a story would go after I finish, but my focus right is on making these books the best they can be.
Is the Phone Company still a thing?
They are still around, and I plan to at least have cameos.
I was surprised to find out Skyward trilogy is not a trilogy anymore, but four books. How did this happen? You have more stories in this world or book 3 is growing too big, so you decided to split it in two smaller books?
My normal mode for a series is to write the first book, make sure it works and that I have a good feel for the characters, then sit down and really hammer out the outline for the series.
When I did that for this book (sometime in early July) the outline that worked best was four books instead of three because of where the breaks and climactic moments were.
How long is the [Skyward] series going to be?
Skyward is a trilogy. And I usually write--you'll find my style for a trilogy is the first one stands very well on its own, and the second two will have more cliff-hangery sorts of things.
Oh, by the way, are we talking about a new series or a standalone [for Skyward]? :)
A trilogy like The Reckoners was.
Updates on Main Projects
Book Two, Starsight, is done, and I'll be noodling on revisions for it in the early part of next year while I write the Stormlight Four and Five outlines. It's scheduled for October of next year.
Stormlight Four taking all of my 2019 will likely mean that Skyward Three won't be written until 2020, for a spring 2021 release. (At least, that would be my best guess at this point.) So you'll have a larger-than-usual wait between Books Two and Three, unless something happens to let me squeeze Book Three in early. As I mentioned above, it's a four-book series, and when I get back to it, I anticipate doing Book Four soon after Book Three. (Like I did in writing Books One and Two very close to one another.)
Status: Book Two ready to go in 2019. Book Three likely in 2021, Book Four likely in 2022.