The Starman Chronicles
In an attempt to expand the horizons of the Starman books and give our audience a glimpse at events that take place beyond the scope of the series, the Starman team is now offering a publication entitled The Starman Chronicles.
The Starman Chronicles (or TSC) is a bi-monthly publication in which we are publishing entirely new, serialized Starman stories (such as The Lost Tomorrow) that cannot be found anywhere else! Below are the issues that are currently available; for details and frequently asked questions, see the bottom of this page.
Current Issues Available
Issue #1 (March 2003): This issue has the first of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow, along with points to ponder concerning the story, a discussion about the next Starman publisher, sales figures for the series, the release of the title of the sixth Starman book, letters from our readers, and more!
Issue #1 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #2 (May 2003): This issue has the second of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow, along with points to ponder concerning the story, answers to questions concerning TSC issue #1, the first advertising blurb/teaser summary for the sixth Starman book, Doomsday Horizon, letters from our readers, and more!
Issue #2 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #3 (July 2003): This issue has the third of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow. Like the previous issues, it also has a number of pages of other material, including an article on the science behind parallel universes, the origin of the name "Larson's Folly", StellarGrams, and more!
Issue #3 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #4 (September 2003): This issue has the fourth of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow. Like the previous issues, it also has a number of pages of other material, including the latest Starman sales figures, a discussion on how the short stories we've wrote fit into the overall Starman saga, and answers to questions raised about the previous segment of The Lost Tomorrow.
Issue #4 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #5 (October 2003): This issue has the fifth of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow. Like the previous issues, it also has a number of pages of other material, including answers to questions raised about the previous segment of The Lost Tomorrow.
Issue #5 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #6 (November 2003): This issue has the sixth of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow. It also has a number of other cool features, such as a preview of Mutiny on Mars (which has material not released on this website), an article concerning Ahmanya, and a discussion of an "Easter egg" placed in Doomsday Horizon.
Issue #6 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Issue #7 (December 2003): This issue has the last of seven segments of the Starman story The Lost Tomorrow, thus bringing that story to its completion. It also has other features as well, such as some thoughts on the serials, the exact word counts of the Starman books, and a cover mockup of the artwork for Mutiny on Mars.
Issue #7 is currently available, and costs $5 postpaid.
Purchasing all seven: You can now purchase all 7 issues of The Starman Chronicles for $20! This price includes shipping and handling and is $15 off the normal price..
To purchase any or all of of these issues please use our printable order form, which you can simply print out, fill out, and mail to us! Our mailing address is provided on the form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why release The Starman Chronicles? Traditionally, we have taken eight months or more to write a Starman book, spent many thousands of dollars to have it printed, and then released it to the world at large. With TSC, our readers no longer have to wait until the manuscript is completed in order to read it; instead, they can read it as the story is being written since each story is divided up into a number of segments and each issue of TSC carries the latest segment of the story. Not only does this mean that the wait for another Starman story is much shorter, but it also means that our readers will be able to influence the story while it is being told.
Each issue of TSC includes a set of "points to ponder and discuss" related to the story, with an invitation to share your thoughts with the authors. Although the story has already been fully plotted, readers' responses to the story helps us shape the way the story unfolds. We may use these comments to tell parts of the story in greater detail, bring things up we may not have done otherwise, or even move the story in a different direction from what we envisioned at first. As an added bonus, the writer's notes are provided via footnotes throughout the story for all readers to see. (In the case of the five novels and five short stories, these have been kept in a private file for the members of the Starman Team.)
How large are these stories that are serialized in TSC, and how many pages are in each issue? The stories serialized in TSC are roughly half to two-thirds the size of an ordinary Starman story, instead of the mini-stories told in the Inter*Stellars. As for the rest of the TSC, Each issue of TSC is 32 pages long and resemble the Inter*Stellars in appearance. While the contents of each issue is primarily focused on the story being serialized, there is other content as well - tidbits about the series, questions answered about previous segments in the serialized story, reader feedback, and sometimes previews of upcoming Starman stories.
Are the stories told in TSC available as a printed book? No, and we have no plans to release them in that format.
What kind of stories are told in TSC? The stories we have planned for release in this new publication are Starman stories and tell the adventures of David Foster, Joseph Talyor and Mark Seaton, but the stories take place outside the focus of the other books we publish. This means that, although they take place in the Starman universe and deal with the three Starmen, they may not have very much to do with the Xenobot menace, which is what the Starman series has been about since the first volume. This will allow us to tell other fascinating stories that we have been wanting to tell.
What story is currently being serialized in TSC? The current (and first) story being told via TSC is The Lost Tomorrow. This story is a bit different from other tales we have told, as it opens more than fifty years after the first Starman book and provides a glimpse at life decades after the last Starman book takes place. In the regular Starman series Starman Joe Taylor is a teenager, but in this story he is 73 years old.
The story opens with Starman Joe surveying a fiercely hostile planet known as Larson's Folly. After the survey, Joe stops over at Space Station Zane to rest and runs into Owsley Robbins, an old friend of his. The two get to talking, and Joe brings up an adventure he had 50 years ago, in the mid-2150's. The adventure centers around the time when the three Starman tried to journey to Earth via an experimental tachyon transporter and ended up as fugitives on a very unfamiliar planet, fighting to find a way back home...