For those of you who are interested, here's an update on The Axiom Few book.
I mentioned in an earlier post that all the stories in the collection will be be standalone, but interconnected. However, I have decided (or rather, the plot and characters decided for me) that stories 6 and 7, namely "The Precipice Faction" and "The Autumn Structure" would work better if they ran together. While they are two separate stories with separate events taking place within them, it started to make a lot of sense to have the first story run straight into the second one, with an overall arc that leads to a big revelation at the finish of the second story. Think of it as a little two-parter in the series. This is effectively the finale of the collection because story 8 is a prequel, focussing on the events that brought The Axiom Few together.
The Precipice Faction and The Autumn Structure have been written almost in tandem, which is a first for me. But I feel the result is something with some real scope and will hopefully be a worthwhile read, especially in the wider context of the other stories.
So I'm still on track for a release in September. My Dad, who dabbles as a sketch artist, has (after a little persuading) agreed to come up with a drawing of the Test Shack, and has also told me that he won't be offended if I choose not to use it. So we'll see.
Now, if only I could get SFCrowsnest's Rod MacDonald to write a foreword...