I’m happy to announce that I’ve just turned in the final version of Contrarian, the third book in “The Grand Illusion,” my newest series.

For those who haven’t been following closely, the first book in the series is Isolate, which will be released this coming October 19th.

The second book, Councilor, is scheduled for release in August of 2022.

While marketing pitches call the series “Gaslamp” fantasy, I’d describe it as high-tech coal-power, because in the world of Guldor — the Empire of Gold — electricity is not technically possible, and thus illumination is by gas lamps, kerosene lanterns, or candles, but industry is coal-powered. The first three books focus on politics at the heart of Guldor, which is a constitutional Imperium, where power largely, but not exclusively, rests in the Council of Sixty-Six at a time of social, economic, and technological change. And… oh, yes, there are empaths who can read and project emotions, and isolates, who cannot be emotionally read or influenced by empaths.

6 thoughts on “Contrarian”

  1. I am very much looking forward to your Grand Illusion books, partly because I always look forward to your books, partly because they will draw on your background in politics. Congratulations on turning in the third book!

  2. James Elliott says:

    Yes, looking forward to this series!

  3. Jeff Wood says:

    Just finished “Councilor” and eager not only for “Contrarian” but what (I hope) follows it in this series.

    I’ve only read your SF before this. I would say this is some of your best work.

    Thank you.

  4. Rashid says:

    I am really looking forward to your next book. You have been my favorite author for over 15 years(since I found your books in my highschool library).

  5. Karl says:

    I am very much looking forward to reading Contrarian. What is the release date?

    Can you consider having some of the women act as …um…silly as some of the the male characters do?

    1. The release date is August 15, 2023.

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