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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Old Man's War Sequel Serialized

by Ken Newquist / December 7, 2012
The Human Division: The B-Team.
The Human Division: The B-Team. Credit: Tor.

John Scalzi's new novel set in the Old Man's War universe is going to be serialized starting in January 2013. Called The Human Division, the book will be weekly between January 15 and April 9. The 13 part series will be available electronically through, Apple, and Barnes & Noble. It looks like each story will cost $.99, which means the whole thing will run you about $13. That's a little pricy for an ebook -- most of the ones I buy go for $9.99 -- but it's not unreasonable.

Those who'd rather get the whole book at once can wait for the print edition, which is being published in Spring or Summer 2013.

I enjoyed the first two books this series (Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades), but the third book (The Last Colony) felt half-baked. I don't know if it's because he spun off some material for his young adult novel Zoe's Tale, but it felt like there were gaping holes in the storyline, and the end fit together a little too nicely. That said, I enjoy Scalzi's writing, and I'm willing to give the new book a chance.

There have been a number of attempts at serialized short fiction over the years; I remember Stephen King first giving it a go with "The Plant" back in 2000. That project failed, but we've come along way since then. I always liked the idea of serialized fiction, particularly science fiction, and it's been a while since I've seen anything that really piqued my interest (for the curious, that would be J.C. Hutchin's Seventh Son trilogy.


Stephen King also tried his hand at serialized fiction (non-ebook) with The Green Mile, which was successful enough that it was adapted to film. As for The Human Division, I ordered (or pre-ordered, I guess) all thirteen installments as soon as they were available on Amazon.

You're right -- I'd forgotten about The Green Mile. I think I picked up one or two of those when it was being released, but it didn't hold my interest. Now if it had been a Dark Tower book, I probably would have been there waiting for the store to open each week. That said, The Green Mile was print, and I was thinking more of serialized online fiction.

I suppose almost anything at Podiobooks falls into that category; IIRC a lot of that was serialized via podcast. And speaking of that, there's also Mur Lafferty's Heaven series as well as a bunch of stuff that Cory Doctorow released in audio form.