The timing is possibly fortuitous because the original paperback of the novel was published twenty years ago this month. Twenty!
1998 was before my younger daughter was born, and now she’s graduated from high school. So yeah, my world has changed a lot since then. The world wide web was barely a thing then. Ebooks didn’t exist. Amazon.com was a small, barely known web store that only sold books. There were no iPhones. I wrote using an Atari ST with a Mac emulator. My 20 megabyte hard drive cost $500.
In some ways it’s a surprise that Shadowrun is still around. Yet, it is such a rich universe with larger-than-life characters and a detailed future history. I couldn’t have asked for a better world in which to tell stories. I loved cyberpunk and had read a ton of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, and others.
My main drive at that time was to be a full-time fiction writer… never realizing how hard that would be. Even while I was writing novels, I had to work a day job. Despite the relative popularity of my Shadowrun books, they never earned enough for me to stop working. So I wrote the books during my spare time, and now I look back and marvel at how much energy and drive my younger self had to spare. Incredible!
Beyond the Pale is the final book in my trilogy – The Dragon Heart Saga – about the events that occur in the aftermath of the death of the great dragon Dunkelzahn. Beyond the Pale completes the saga, and I’m really happy that people can now get all three as ebooks – because the paperbacks are really difficult to find these days.
Here’s the whole set.