New Ishmael

I’m just waiting for the cover artist now, but there’s new Ishmael on the way.

The three Seeker’s titles will probably be:

In Ashes Born
To Fire Called
By Darkness Forged

I’ve gotten Ashes back from the beta readers and editor. All I need is a cover. I’m hoping for an October 1 release.

The new series – Smuggler’s Tales – is underway. I’m still sketching the universe as it looks from the Darkside, but that series – featuring new crews, ships, and stations – is underway and I’m hoping for a release there in December. Making a December release will require all the planets aligning so it’ll probably be more like January before that one comes out.

Some fans formed a Facebook group and they’re pretty active on a daily basis. If you’d like to be part of that conversation, you can find it at:

See you ’round the docks.

About The Captain

The Captain is Nathan Lowell -- Author and narrator of these Tales from the Golden Age. You can find out more about him at his main website.
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71 Responses to New Ishmael

  1. Cody says:

    Will these books be “podio” or Audio Books as well?

  2. Woo-hoo!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!

  3. Also, I love those titles.

  4. The Captain says:

    When I get to the audio, I’ll be releasing both podiobook versions and audiobook versions.

    Just not thru Audible.

  5. Wathman says:

    Looks like a perfect time to re-read the series. Glad to hear Ishmael’s story is picking back up again

  6. Phillip Palmieri says:

    Great news, congratulations! – can’t wait to sink into these.

  7. Laurent P says:

    This is very exciting news. Only two weeks for another book. I can’t wait to see where you have gone from Owner’s Share.

  8. October 1st, sqeeeeee!

  9. Jacob says:

    Is the upcoming book longer or shorter than the other ones?

  10. The Captain says:

    From Ashes Born is 100k words. That’s longer than Quarter Share (84k words) and much shorter than Owner’s (195k).

    I won’t know how long the books are until I’ve got them written but the target is 80k to 120k words.

  11. Adam says:

    Well now I know what I will be doing at 12:01 AM on October 1st.

  12. Garry says:

    Great news!! Looking forward to the new book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Robert R. Conolly says:

    Just read the first chapter! Awesome start. I can hardly wait to get home from work so that I can read the rest.
    Looking forward to hearing all of your new books. When do you think you will start posting the audio versions. My wife and I love to listen while we’re on the road traveling.

    best wishes!

  14. Blake says:

    Amazing surprise. I just finished listening to all of the Share books once again. Now I have something to occupy my reading time for a few more days. Thanks, Mr. Lowell, I love all your work although I do miss your ever so relaxing voice. The books are just as great in text form, but miss something without your excellent vocals.

  15. Karl says:

    I just received the happy news in my inbox and ran (figuratively) to Amazon to purchase.

    You just made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jason says:

    Thanks Captain! Just purchased on Amazon and can’t wait to get home and read. I also look forward to hearing your voice to this story. I constantly listen to the Share series over and over, as well as your other works.

  17. The Captain says:

    It’ll be a while yet for the audio, Robert. It takes a month to do a book and I’ve got the next three booked with writing new ones in time for the editor slots I’ve already lined up.

    Stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Brooks says:

    Got your email, got the book, read it! Superb! Nathan, as one of the top sci-fi writers in the world, you should charge more for your books!
    And please do these in audio! I do so enjoy listening to you read your books!
    Many thanks for your latest!

  19. Ari B. says:

    I think I bought Ashes within two minutes of seeing the email. Can’t wait!

  20. Tabitha says:

    I’ve followed your books from the very beginning (found them in audio format), and am so happy to get another Ish book! A writer myself, it’s really inspiring to see you managing to get these published in spite of the craziness life flings your way.

    Got the book and can’t wait until this weekend when I have time to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Nathan Woods says:

    I absolutely love your audio versions, so I am greatly looking forward to this first Seeker title. I am curious though, why NOT through Audible? You seem content to work with Amazon on the Kindle side of things. I am not an author, so I’m (blissfully?) unaware of the challenges each publisher or venue might introduce.

  22. The Captain says:

    Audible invited me to submit my work when ACX first started up. After talking to their contracts people, I began work on submitting Ravenwood. It took me a couple of weeks to rework the files to their specification and then they pulled the plug on me. Even with a non-exclusive contract they wouldn’t accept my work unless I took down the free podcast.

    I know others have done it — both before and since — but I’m not going to make that kind of investment in time and effort for them again. I won’t say never, but they’re going to have to prove that there’s more to their operation than a lot of promises and not much substance.

  23. john wagner says:

    Got your reader emailing re In Ashes Born, jumped on Amazon and bought it for Kindle (tho I read it on my laptop). Great Book!!! Funny thing was, I was in the middle of Tanyth’s adventures, The Hermit of Lammas Wood, when I got the email. So, now I’m off to finish her adventures (having disposed of Ishmael). Funny.

    So, next??? I await with bated breath!

  24. Ari B. says:

    How old is Ish at this point? late thirties/early forties?

  25. Dick Wissbaum says:

    Just bought In Ashes Born from Amazon, JUST in time for my airplane flight – exciting. Thanks. And don;t worry – $4.95 is a steal.

  26. The Captain says:

    At the beginning of Quarter Share (2351-August-13) he’d just turned 18. His birthday is August 1. My math says he must have been born August 1, 2333. I’m not sure my math is right.

    In Ashes Born starts 2374-May-24 … so just before his 41st birthday. Chapter 21 starts with that piece of information, actually. “We arrived on Breakall Orbital on my forty-first birthday.”

    Yay. Math. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. randy d. hunt says:

    I purchased In Ashes Born yesterday and started reading . I’m already in tears. It feels like coming home after being away for a long time. Thank you Captain.

  28. The Captain says:

    I know exactly what you mean, Randy.

  29. Rich Van Ollefen says:

    Bought Ashes as soon as I could, just finished it, loved it. I did predict the first mate when Pip first mentioned it. You write them, I’ll buy them.

  30. Terrence A. Carr says:

    Bought from Amazon and just finished reading it. Up to the same standard as all the rest. Can’t wait for the next instalment of Ishmaels adventures. Keep up the good work. It’s a pleasure to relax and follow him.

  31. Robert R. Conolly says:

    Just finished reading it. Great book and I’m ready for more! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep writing and we’ll keep reading.
    Looking forward to the audio. Your reading adds something to the mix.

  32. Curt Mosier says:

    It reads right well Cap, so it does. I’m a happy camper at this moment, but guess what I want for Christmas

  33. Curt Mosier says:

    Now thereโ€™s an idea. An 1896 Wright Van Cleve would look just fine under the tree. I would gratefully settle for the next Seeker story though.

  34. Melvyn says:

    Thanks for the email. I got the book this morning and just finished it. Brilliant, so glad you brought Ishmael back. Looking forward to the next ones.

  35. Starla says:

    Your Solar Clipper books just keep getting better and better! In Ashes Born is now in my “favorites” on I hope you enjoyed the writing as much as I enjoyed the reading! Thank you so much for creating this fascinating universe with great characters that, with seven books behind us, now feel like old friends. I know I’ll revisit them often.

  36. Al Gloer says:

    OK, all done. When is the next one due…

    This is one of the few series that both my wife and I like. A rare read where I really care in some abstract way about the characters.

  37. Joe Salamido says:

    I just finished “Ashes”. It was like visiting with old friends you hadn’t seen in years. Can’t wait to visit them again. Thanks!

  38. The Captain says:

    Smuggler Book 1 – Milk Run – goes to the editor on November 1 – Release in December 2015
    Seeker Book 2 – To Fire Called – goes to the editor on December 1 – Release in February 2016
    Smuggler Book 2 – Suicide Run – goes to the editor on January 1 – Release in April 2016

    I need time to do paperbacks and record. By the end of December, I’ll have 6 books that need recording and five that will need paperbacks.

    That all assumes I can stay on target. Writing four books in five months isn’t exactly sane.

  39. Al Gloer says:


    I want a Felt Z95 Disc for Christmas…

  40. The Captain says:

    A thousand bucks for a Felt??

    I know where you can get felt for nothing.

    (sorry. couldn’t resist)

  41. Lance says:

    Just found out the book is out, and it’s great to be able to visit with Ish and friends again! I’ll be buying the book when I get home tonight.

    Even though I’ve listened to all the podiocasts at least 25 to 30 times, I am quite willing to wait for new audio (and paperbacks) until sometime after you hit writers block. If you can get in the groove of writing and come up with even more stories than you are currently planning, I say keep writing and let the other stuff sort itself out later. That is how much I enjoy your books.

  42. WBEST says:

    Are you intending for the seeker and smuggler books to kind of overlap from different perspectives? Or are they 2 distinct series in separate parts of the galaxy unrelated?

  43. The Captain says:

    Smuggler’s Tales happen from the perspective of the “Darkside” that Ishmael and Pip are heading for. I expect there to be some overlap in characters, places, and actions.

    What I’m hoping for is a clash of cultures between the Darkside/Toe-hold space and the CPJCT controlled space.

  44. Jonathan says:

    Hold up just a tick…

    “Smuggler Book 1 โ€“ Milk Run โ€“ goes to the editor on November 1 โ€“ Release in December 2015
    Seeker Book 2 โ€“ To Fire Called โ€“ goes to the editor on December 1 โ€“ Release in February 2016
    Smuggler Book 2 โ€“ Suicide Run โ€“ goes to the editor on January 1 โ€“ Release in April 2016”

    but on the home page a few weeks ago…

    “The three Seekerโ€™s titles will probably be:

    In Ashes Born
    To Fire Called
    By Darkness Forged”

    One of the second books is mislisted I’m guessing…

    Aside from that, pounced on In Ashes Born as soon as I got home from work that night…definitely stayed up a little too late because it was hard to stop reading it.

    My Aunt & Uncle who I have hooked on the series as well are holding out for the audio version…I can’t wait for it either, as others have said, there really is something so different about listening to them being read aloud instead of just reading words on a page, but I couldn’t wait around that long to see where things are going.

    Looking forward to the next one(s) with great anticipation. o7

  45. The Captain says:

    I’m missing something.

    Smuggler’s Tales.
    Book 1 – Milk run
    Book 2 – Suicide Run
    Book 3 – Home Run

    Seeker’s Tales.
    Book 1 – In Ashes Born
    Book 2 – To Fire Called
    Book 3 – By Darkness Forged.

    I’m not seeing a disconnect in the schedule as listed.

  46. Lance says:

    Well, I’ve read halfway through, and I have to say that whoever edited this book did a far superior job to Ridan’s mess, and edits to your style of writing quite well. I say they are a keeper!

    Great story, btw! I kept trying to put it down whenever I finished a chapter, starting around midnight, and ended up finally having to go to sleep at 3 am. 3 hours of sleep is enough, right?

  47. Merritt Tumanis says:

    An interesting new tale about an endearing old friend that leads to new truths and meanings. I think you have not only found your writing grove, but also have the skill to polish it to perfection. It is nice to see an author and his creation capture so many hearts and minds. Please continue the audios. I really like your voice.
    Thanks. Merritt

    PS Who is next to get a Welkie?(sp)

  48. Steve Irvin says:

    You have made me a very happy guy! Loved Ashes, alas I finished it, and am now rereading the series . How would one become a beta reader? I’d be happy to help!

  49. The Captain says:

    Beta readers answer the call for betas when I post it on TOMMW. You don’t need to listen to the podcast, just keep an eye on the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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