Coming Soon: Lost Planet Homicide – a new Audible exclusive by me

A little while ago Audible asked me if I’d like to do a novella for them. Could be any of my settings or something new. I had this one idea that I’ve wanted to do something with for a while, but it was too big to be a short story, not fleshed out enough to be novel size quite yet, so this was a perfect spot (this is the same reason Tom Stranger existed in audio before print).

I wanted to do a Gritty Cop Show in Space kind of story. It is set in the same universe as Gun Runner, except it is a lost colony (like we mentioned briefly in passing in GR) that has been cut off from the rest of humanity for over a century.

I wrote 20,000 words last week on this thing (that’s about double my usual production rate), and it came out awesome. It is rare that I finish a piece of short fiction and I’m that excited about it, but on this one, I’m really hoping you guys like it, because now I really want to expand it into a whole book, or at least enough other novella size case files to compile it into a book.

No idea on release date or narrator yet. When will this be in print? I also don’t know that. It has to be audio exclusive for a year, but what I’ve done for my other audio stuff is I put it into my Target Rich Environment collections once it is no longer exclusive. I’ll probably do that here (and interestingly enough, I think I almost have a full third volume worth of short fiction again already).

To give you an idea of my enthusiasm level on this project, I was wrapping up Bloodlines when Audible contacted me about this. Then I had to read another rough for an as yet unannounced collaboration (contracts are in the mail on that and another project, so I’ll be announcing both of those later this week probably). Then I looked at Audible’s emails, said oh man, this is my chance to do Space Gritty Cop Show, and said I’d do it. I spent a day brainstorming, doing research (realizing that I could do A LOT with this setting), and then got started. We emailed back and forth for a couple of days about contract stuff. They came back and said when do you think this would be done by? I said here’s the rough draft. 🙂

Boom. Professionalism. 😀 (also, because it was contractually 20k words max, so I turned in a manuscript that was 19,999, just on general principles)

The main character–an honest detective in a really corrupt city–also happens to be a sci-fi version of a character I played in a fantasy RPG campaign about six or seven years ago. Which is why author-gamers never throw away our notes. The good bits of that kind of stuff are fiction gold (Lorenzo in Dead Six was basically a rogue I played in a college D&D game).

I’m really hoping you guys enjoy listening to this one as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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29 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Lost Planet Homicide – a new Audible exclusive by me”

  1. Sounds great! Really enjoyed the Gun Runner universe. Hope you and John get to play there for a long time.

  2. Any chance of getting a certain Libertarian Space Cowboy to do the audio? BTW, I’ve been meaning to say that I appreciate how well your work translates to audiobook. I have visual issues so I do virtually all of my pleasure reading by audio, and I’ve learned that sometimes a really good work of fiction just doesn’t work as a audio book. Your conversational narrative style is good for listening to.

    1. I’m 100 % with you Misha Burnett … and Adam would be the perfect narrator – he’d be the #1 narrator for me!! 🙂

  3. I have no doubt, Larry, that it will be tons of fun, and I’m looking forward to getting it!

    I’m delighted that you’re such a prolific author and give us such consistently excellent entertainment. Actually, I can think of only one complaint: you should be quintuplets so that you could keep you with my voracious reading habits LOLOL

    Thanks, Larry – you da bestest!

  4. I was regretful not to see anything by you in either of John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising anthologies – it sounds like a perfect fit for a firearms enthusiast.
    (I hope, by the way, that this contains neither the form nor the impression of being entitled to it – you’re busy enough as it is).

  5. This book is fantastic!!!! Please please please make this a series or novel!!!!. First book by you, definitely not the last. Thank you.

  6. Just listened to this and absolutely loved it! I landed on your website because I was searching for what comes next in the story – I’m already addicted. Heading back to Audible to check out your other books while I wait for what comes next.

  7. Just discovered and finished listening to this. I wasn’t familiar with any of your other works before, but I was jazzed after hearing this one. Fantastic world-building. I thought you created a rich foundation for hopefully many more stories to come. Thanks for writing it!

  8. I’ve listened to it twice now. My husband and son are both hooked on Monster Hunter, but this is right up my alley. The only problem is a desperate need to find out what happens next. More, please? I might have to listen to it a third time….

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