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ShaperV
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ShaperV

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I'm focused on the next Alice book right now. Not sure if I'll end up running a quest again this year or not. Jan 19, 2019

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    1. fictionfan
      fictionfan
      Do you have any statistics on how many people have gotten your Daniel Black books? I was surprised how many people on this site have read them and am wondering how long it will be until there is any proper fanfiction.
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      2. A/N
        A/N
        On top of that, it's probably also a mixture of there not being enough massively annoying plot holes begging to be filled in, the main character generally having enough agency to avoid rampant desire for an Daniel In Name Only fic, and uncertainty of the world building in the next book without a crazy long wait driving writers nuts to fill it in themselves.
        Nov 18, 2019 at 1:43 AM
      3. A/N
        A/N
        Though I think it'd have fun crossover potential.
        Nov 18, 2019 at 1:44 AM
      4. fictionfan
        fictionfan
        Ya my attempt at fanfiction really didn't work.
        Nov 18, 2019 at 3:16 AM
    2. 3man75
      3man75
      Is the Elesium quest going to be active again?
    3. Pef
      Pef
      Your 'world of your own' have so few crew they might never meet one another while roaming the empty corridors, from their lonely bed in a barracks to their battlestation 100 decks lower. Never.

      Imagine a Skyscraper the size of 1000 Empire state buildings. But it's a ship. Now, populate it with 100 people.
      Also, make it combat effective and able to defeat boarders. With 30 marines.
      1. inverted_helix
        inverted_helix
        You're imagining something like star wars, where ships are office block style and mostly hollow with walls dividing them.

        Instead imagine a giant chunk of armor and machinery with a small set of tunnels and rooms that represents the crew spaces. The crew spaces are about as densely populated as a condo complex. They just make up an incredibly tiny portion of the ship.
        Aug 16, 2019
      2. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        Exactly. Also, everything is even more automated than RL supertankers, which frequently have tens of thousands of tons of ship per crewman these days. People are expensive, so why would you waste money packing your ship with crew when 99% of the work can be done by bots and computers?
        Oct 3, 2019
    4. Persimmon
      Persimmon
      Have you considered PROCSIMA based weapons systems?
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      2. inverted_helix
        inverted_helix
        Wouldn't that also be an issue for grasers though?

        Also wouldn't a PROCSIMA based fast travel lane system be something that could be developed? Ships can be accelerated by stations in Gamma then jump to Delta. This would give an extra boost in velocity for long distance journeys by providing an external source of delta-V.
        Jun 19, 2019
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      3. Persimmon
        Persimmon
        Well, large laser webs could also be used for propulsion boosting, just the mass and volume of the associated equipment becomes heug at long distances.

        The advantage of Cold-Laser Particle Coupling is you don't need a gigantic ravenous death beam tier FEL & optics to maintain spot size at long range.
        Jun 19, 2019
      4. Persimmon
        Persimmon
        Jun 19, 2019
    5. NHO
      NHO
      Rereading Daniel Black. Image of Mara brushing Fernir to get shred fur off is adorable. Would felt cloak made from Fernir's fur retain some defensive power?
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      2. NHO
        NHO
        Also, felt Fernir plush toy for adorableness.
        May 30, 2019
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    6. matacusa
      matacusa
      1. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        That's neat. Thanks for letting me know.
        May 23, 2019
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    7. fictionfan
      fictionfan
      Wish that someone would make a quest like the Daniel Black books.
    8. Persimmon
      Persimmon
      I wasn't sure if I wanted Cultivation Quest (as opposed to AWOYO or Sole Survivors) to continue, but this update sold me.

      Excellent Merrick characterization. He came across as grave yet caring... Yet I (and other players) remain uncertain of his true motivations.
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    9. prince84
      prince84
      I just found out that you wrote the Daniel Black series which I love (I bought them of course) while reading cultivation quest and I can only say one thing.

      Thank You!
    10. ZurigaSungama
      ZurigaSungama
      Time Braid was fucking amazing.
      1. macdjord, mallix, bob greene and 4 others like this.
      2. ZurigaSungama
        ZurigaSungama
        Like, I haven't reread it recently, I just saw your name in the "users viewing this thread" box, and figured I'd remind you that you're awesome.
        Feb 6, 2019
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    11. ShaperV
      ShaperV
      I'm focused on the next Alice book right now. Not sure if I'll end up running a quest again this year or not.
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      3. Enjou
        Enjou
        Same. I really miss AWoYO, but that also makes me want to read the next Alice book too. There's just not enough good sci-fi quests here.
        Feb 1, 2019
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      4. Gladiusone
        Gladiusone
        I’m a few chapters into my fourth read through Perilous Waif: I try to read it once or twice a year. It’s that good.
        Feb 2, 2019
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      5. Nolrai2
        Nolrai2
        Perilous Waif is the second best space opera I have ever read. And the other is a semi-hard space fantasy really.
        Mar 16, 2019
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    12. Mihari
      Mihari
      How is life going with the new year? Obligations notwithstanding, what do you plan this year? Pick up a quest or focus on writing other works?
    13. explbean
      explbean
      Just finished Thrall. Fantastic work, even better than the ones before!
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    14. inverted_helix
      inverted_helix
      So with Thrall coming out in a few days are you going to start up one of your quests again?

      (Mind you I'm going to read that just about immediately. Though the preview chapters have me a little worried about the power spike.)
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      2. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        I haven't decided yet. Running a quest tends to slow down my writing if I'm not careful, so I'll probably want to at least get settled into a good rhythm with the next book first.
        Nov 27, 2018
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    15. Yangen
      Yangen
      Hi. Uh, it's extremely imperial we talk. Can you message me?
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      3. Valette-Serafina
        Valette-Serafina
        I could swear I saw this before, and it said 'important'.
        Oct 14, 2018
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      4. Yangen
        Yangen
        Interesting. I meant (of tremendous import/high contemporary expediency), but apparently the word doesn't actually exist. I might've edited it from "important" for that purpose, you profile-stalker. I doubt the meaning was lost, though I thank you for your input. ;)
        Oct 21, 2018
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      5. macdjord
        macdjord
        'imperative' is the word you're looking for. (Though it's an absolute term, not a relative one, so 'extremely' isn't a valid modifier for it.)
        Oct 22, 2018
    16. macdjord
      macdjord
      Are you going to resume Cultivation, or better yet AWoYO soon? I never got into Sole Survivors, so I'm missing my ShaperV Questing fix~
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      2. Enjou
        Enjou
        I'd put in my vote for AWoYO as well. I still think about that quest all the time.

        But no rush. Finish your book and get back to writing quests when you get in the mood for it.
        Sep 1, 2018
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      3. Minion #Q
        Minion #Q
        I preferred Cultivation quest but I did just check out Fimbulwinter so we will see how that goes.
        Sep 23, 2018
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    17. A/N
      A/N
      Hope you're alright
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    18. inverted_helix
      inverted_helix
      It's been a couple months since you posted. I guess you're focusing on your novel writing?
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      3. Enjou
        Enjou
        Aug 31, 2018
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      4. inverted_helix
        inverted_helix
        Second chapter of Thrall is up now.

        I find myself rereading the previous books. Hyped for the next one.
        Sep 5, 2018
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      5. inverted_helix
        inverted_helix
        So it seems Thrall is set to come out December 1st.

        Looking forward to that. Though I am surprised we haven't seen the third chapter on the blog yet.

        Hopefully Thrall being almost done means he'll update his quests again soon.
        Oct 10, 2018
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    19. Sirrocco
      Sirrocco
      You doing okay in there? You haven't made any posts anywhere in almost a week, and that's somewhat unlike you. Is there anything you want/need help with?
      1. Kildar
        Kildar
        Basically a Plus 1 to the above.
        We are all getting worried about you
        Jul 8, 2018
    20. Persimmon
      Persimmon
      What gave you the impression I wanted a *whole army* of giant stompy mechs?
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      2. Persimmon
        Persimmon
        Also, is deploying 3-4 heavy mecha out of 1-2 large airships plausible?
        Jun 3, 2018
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      3. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        I wasn't responding to you specifically. That's just what the general tone of the discussion sounded like. And questions about a quest should be asked in the thread, so everyone else can see the answer and I don't have to repeat it half a dozen times.
        Jun 4, 2018
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      4. Persimmon
        Persimmon
        I asked the question before, but I guess I'll do it again.
        Jun 4, 2018
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    21. Harry Dresden
      Harry Dresden
      A patreon update?
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      2. mallix
        mallix
        .
        Apr 5, 2018
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      3. Harry Dresden
        Harry Dresden
        Should we expect a chapter this month? Just tired of reloading the page.
        Apr 7, 2018
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    22. fictionfan
      fictionfan
      I just read perilous Waif. It was great. Saw many of the same sort of thoughts as ignition. Do you and Alivaril know each other or are fans of each other's work?
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      2. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        No, I think we've just read a lot of the same futurists and SF writers. I've seen Ignition, but I wouldn't say it had any particular influence on my own work.
        Mar 7, 2018
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    23. Noctum
      Noctum
      I read your books over the Christmas holidays. I enjoyed them and can't wait for the next ones.

      That said, the plot twist in Perilous Waif was visible a mile off once the Kami War was discussed.
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      2. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        Yeah, it wasn't really intended to be a big mystery.
        Jan 19, 2018
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      3. Enjou
        Enjou
        TBH, I figured it out almost immediately due to one of the options given for the restart after the Bad End in AWoYO.
        Jan 20, 2018
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      4. macdjord
        macdjord
        Enjou: Huh. Just went back and took another look at those. Interesting reading, in retrospect...
        Jan 20, 2018
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    24. DefinitelyNotHereForSmut
      DefinitelyNotHereForSmut
      Hey man, long time fan who just wants to give you kudos for going pro! =D Good showing!
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    25. Robotninja
      Robotninja
      So let me know if you ever regain interest in writing your fantasy quest.
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    26. kentter
      kentter
      I looked at Perilous Waif but it seems like it's the first book in it's series but not the first in the verse or time line. Can you lay out how you books go so I know which is the first to read? I hate trying to read a book only to fine out it's book two and I ruined myself for book one.
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      2. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        Perilous Waif is the only book I've written in that setting, so read away. Anything else I write in that universe will either be a sequel, or a completely different storyline intended to be read after this one.
        Jun 15, 2017
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      3. kentter
        kentter
        I'm trying to buy it but it seem to want me to get a kindle unlimited subscription before I can get it. Is it sold any else were I can get just the book and nothing else? Or would I need the paperback?
        Jun 16, 2017
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      4. ShaperV
        ShaperV
        It sounds like you're clicking the wrong button. Amazon tries to get people to buy Kindle Unlimited, but it isn't necessary - there should be an option to just buy the book and nothing else.
        Jun 16, 2017
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    27. Robotninja
      Robotninja
      How is your quest update coming along?
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    28. inverted_helix
      inverted_helix
      Do you have any recommendations for stories which blend fantasy with more realistically handled feudalism like yours tend to? I've been craving more seriously handled feudalism of late and been disappointed by a lot of stories making it practically Disney style.
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    29. macdjord
      macdjord
      So, Perilous Waif has been out for a while. Is A World of Your Own going to resume any time soon?
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    30. geolas94
      geolas94
      i just finished all four of your books, cant wait for the next one.
      Are you already working on a new book or are you taking a pause after Perilous Waif?
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      3. geolas94
        geolas94
        looking forward to it
        Mar 11, 2017
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      4. geolas94
        geolas94
        will you post an announcement here when its finished?
        Mar 12, 2017
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      5. Kildar
        Kildar
        ....Shaper has a Book! Books even!
        *goes and checks google for said books*
        ....wait a second! i recognize that one! Awesome!
        *goes and buys rest of them*

        Seriously though, loved the book when i first found it... but lost the account i bought it under when my ipad died and couldn't remember the name of who wrote it.
        So finding the book again AND discovering more just made my night. :D
        Apr 30, 2017
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