The Return . . .

by wjw on July 30, 2015

So you all said you wanted more Caroline Sula, the heroine of the Praxis novels.  I wrote “Investments,” which featured co-protagonists Martinez and Severin, and you all said, “Thanks, Walter, that was very nice, but we want more Sula!

Well, I hope to heck you all meant what you said, because I’ve just sold “Impersonations” to the new novella line at, and it’s all Sula, lots of Sula, doing Sula-type things.

Sula, you may remember, was assigned to Earth at the conclusion of Conventions of War, a nowhere assignment to a nowhere planet, an assignment meant as punishment.  But, as you might also remember, Sula is an Earth history buff, and thought her new assignment was just peachy.

“Impersonations” features Sula on Earth, and trying to work out what Earth means to her, all while engaged in the usual shenanigans (mysterious warships, assassinations, bribery, trying to keep from being executed, being stalked by sinister members of the Sula family, and appreciating fine porcelain).

Plus a volcano.  A really big volcano.

While intended for Tor’s new novella line, the story “grew in the telling,” as Tolkien would have remarked, and now it’s technically a novel.  Half the size of my usual novel, but still a novel.  Tor very kindly accepted it anyway.

It won’t appear on the site, but will be available as an ebook, and also as some form of print edition.  Maybe print-on-demand, maybe plain old print.  The details haven’t been worked out.

I’m really happy that this story is finally available.

Here’s the original press release.

SpacemanFry July 30, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Woohoo! I love the Praxis universe, and am so glad you wrote more in it. And more Sula is awesome. I can’t wait!

Susan B July 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm

So glad to have another Praxis story to look forward to. And Sula!

Urban July 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Best news today.

TRX July 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Now you need to light a fire under someone and get the earlier stuff up as ebooks…

Chris July 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Very much looking forward to this!

Henryk August 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Great news! I loved the trilogy, and always wanted it to continue. “Investments” was great, and look forward to your new book.

Shash August 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Oh yay! Now for more Aiah?

Matt E August 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Super excited! I’m fishing, but anything else on the horizon? I read voraciously, and I can never get enough great scifi.

Jerry August 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Thank you, WJW!

James August 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Fantastic news! I’d long hoped to see Earth through Sula’s eyes.

James August 7, 2015 at 12:23 am

Looking forward to it, I’m sure you will let us know when it is out :-).

Alex August 12, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Woo Hoo, just started re reading Dread Empire to get back into the verse

Trey February 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Any word on when we’ll see this in 2016?
I’m very much looking forward to it.

wjw February 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Last I heard, they said “Maybe September.”

Trey February 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

Drat. I’ll just have to be patient.

Josh April 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

September is a bummer =( I’ve never understood why, in the era of ebooks (especially novellas which imho benefit from ebooks even more than traditional novels!), it takes 6-9 months to get a completed work published. You’d think the publishers would’ve figured out how to get the turnaround time on ebook publishing down to around a month after submission of the completed work, even if the print edition takes longer.

wjw April 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Well, it’s not =just= an ebook, there will be some kind of print edition as well. And they had to commission an original piece of art, and do the edit and copy-edit, and get the publicity out— not just for the book, but for the book line, which is brand-new.

Plus, since there will be some kind of print edition, they probably have to brief the sales force and so on.

Publishers have plenty of product, so unless a huge GRRM bestseller is contemplated, there’s no point in rushing anything out.

Still, it is a bit vexing to realize that if I’d been doing the whole project myself, it would have been done and available months ago, and it would have been making an income for me this entire time, with me collecting three or four times as much money per sale.

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