It’s all led up to this and here it is: The final Tuesday, with the final episode of The Human Division: “Earth Below, Sky Above.” Here’s what it’s about:
At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future—a chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth. But not everyone wants The Human Division to be repaired…and they will go to great length to make sure it isn’t.
Yup, that about sums it up. I’m not going to write too much more about it now because honestly I don’t want to spoil it for you. I will say I tried to give the story the climax I thought it deserved. Also, this episode, like the first one, is double-length, which make sense because it has a lot of ground to cover.
And now that this particular set of episodes has come to a close, it gives me great pleasure to make to following announcement:
The Human Division has been renewed for a second season.
Which is to say, yes, there will be another novel that continues to explore the current events in the Old Man’s War universe.
I’d been hoping for a while that I would be able to make this announcement; The Human Division and its episodes so far have been a success, and it’s been clear for some time that people would want to see more along this particular storyline. But we literally only agreed to another novel in the last couple of days (contract negotiations, folks — they’re crazy), so this is just about the earliest I could tell you about it.
So for those who hoped for/needed/were about to angrily demand more in order to find out what happens next, you’re going to get your wish. And, you know, I get my wish, too. I mean, you guys aren’t the only ones who want to find out where everything goes from here.
I can’t give you any more details at the moment because I haven’t written anything else in the universe yet (see earlier point about contract negotiations), and among other things we’re going to look at all the data from the serial run of the episodes and see what it all means for how we present the next novel. I will say that I have started thinking about particular story ideas and elements. And that I have plans. Oh my, yes.
As always, there will be a discussion at Tor.com on this final episode, and that should include more thoughts on me about the idea of a “second season” and how this particular set of episodes is coming to a close. I’ll post a link as soon as it’s up (update: it’s up). Also, of course, feel free to leave reviews on Amazon/Goodreads/your own blogs/wherever; those will still be useful, even here at the end.
In the near future (as in later today) I will probably post a entry here soliciting your thoughts on the overall serial run of The Human Division, so if you have thoughts on that, hold on to those for now — you can use this comment thread to talk about this particular episode and/or news of the second season renewal. (Update: The serial run comment thread is now up).
For now, just know this: This episodic experiment has been a lot of fun for me, and I hope it was as much fun for you too. For those of you who came on this ride with me: Thank you.