Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Odin Chronicles • Prologue: “A guy walks into a bar…” • by Bruce Bethke

Welcome to Odin III, a grubby little mining world on the backside of nowhere. It’s a planet where everything that’s worth having is already owned, either by Galactic Mining or the Catholic Church.

Everything, that is, except for Weber’s Place…

Odin III is also the setting for our new serial, The Odin Chronicles, which begins tomorrow and runs through Labor Day. Created by Pete Wood, and edited by Pete Wood and Jonathan Sherwood, The Odin Chronicles is a shared world of science fiction adventure featuring thirty stories written by Roxana Arama, Gustavo Bondoni, Travis Burnham, Paul Celmer, Jenna Hanchey, Carol Scheina, Jonathan Sherwood, and Pete Wood.

This is a not a round-robin linear serial, like Dawn of Time, but rather a shared world in which the stories have world-building elements and some characters in common, and each installment is a complete story in itself. If you’re familiar with Robert Lynn Asprin’s Thieves’ World or Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon, it’s somewhat like that, but I tend to think of it as being far more like Medea: Harlan’s World, if you’re old enough to remember that.

In any case, The Odin Chronicles kicks off tomorrow with “Weber’s Place,” by Pete Wood, and the opening line that never gets old. 

“A guy walks into a bar…”