Welcome to The Rule of Five website. 

We have always loved world-building, brainstorming together, and we have always wanted to do a shared story. The Rule of Five is that perfect story, big, sprawling space opera, with a complex cast and complicated plots — in fact, it's too big for a single novel, or even a trilogy. It's ideal, however, for a serial, one episode a month, and that's why we've turned to Patreon. With your help, we can tell our story as it should be told.

Take a look around the site, using the links on the left or the menus up top. Read the exciting Prelude. Take a look at last month's episode. Get to know our pocket universe. And who knows, maybe you'll find that you want to help make this project happen.

Thanks for visiting!

-Don Sakers & Melissa Scott


 

Episode 1.05, "The Fifth Ship," is now up! In this episode, Val Millat's quest for the truth leads him in an unexpected direction. Nalani finds some allies and a new mystery. Meanwhile, equipment failures continue to plague the colony on Coquimbo.

Patreon supporters can read it by clicking on "Read the current episode" on the left. If you don't see that choice, log in using the username and password you created when you signed up.

Some housekeeping notes. Episode 1.04 has moved into the "last month's episode" slot, where it's free for all site visitors to read. For casual visitors and our Supporter ($1/month) and Subscriber ($2/month) patrons, Episode 1.03 is no longer available. (As always, Patrons ($5/month) and Benefactors ($10/month) will continue to have access to ALL past episodes.)

Subscribers ($2/month) and above should have received your ebook copies of Rule of Five Quarterly #1, which contains the Prelude and Episodes  1.01 - 1.03. If you haven't, contact donsakers@gmail.com or message us via Patreon.

A reminder that Quarterly #1, containing the Prelude and Episodes 1.01 - 1.03, is available in Kindle format via this link on Amazon.com. Remember, Subscribers ($2/month) and above already have this—and in a varitey of ebook formats—so please don't buy a copy for yourself.

Perhaps you know people who would enjoy The Rule of Five but don't want to make a Patreon commitment. This ebook is a great way to get them hooked...er, make that "for them to get started." Of course, we wouldn't object if you wanted to  give it as a gift; Amazon makes that pretty simple.

Your support has made it possible for us to get this far. If you'd like to help us a little more, here are three things you can do. First, consider leaving a review of Quarterly #1 on Amazon. More reviews raise the visibility of the book. Second, spread the word about about the Quarterly far and wide. Word of mouth is the best way to convince readers to try a book. Third, tell everyone you know about the Patreon site—to ensure the ong-term viability of The Rule of Five, we could use some more supporters. 

We're having a blast telling stories and exploring this pocket universe, and we hope you're enjoying being part of the journey. There's some really cool stuff coming up in the next few episodes, so keep reading.


 

Happy New Year to all!

Episode 1.04, "Wheels of Justice," is now up! In this episode, two pirate leaders share a drink, while Nalani looks for allies, and finds a new mystery.

Patreon supporters can read it by clicking on "Read the current episode" on the left. If you don't see that choice, log in using the username and password you created when you signed up.

Some housekeeping notes. Episode 1.03 has moved into the "last month's episode" slot, where it's free for all site visitors to read. For casual visitors and our Supporter ($1/month) and Subscriber ($2/month) patrons, Episode 1.02 is no longer available. (As always, Patrons ($5/month) and Benefactors ($10/month) will continue to have access to ALL past episodes.)

Subscribers ($2/month) and above should have received your ebook copies of Rule of Five Quarterly #1, which contains the Prelude and Episodes  1.01 - 1.03. If you haven't, contact donsakers@gmail.com or message us via Patreon.

Now for some welcome news: Quarterly #1 is available in Kindle format via this link on Amazon.com. Remember, Subscribers ($2/month) and above already have this—and in a varitey of ebook formats—so please don't buy a copy for yourself.

Perhaps you know people who would enjoy The Rule of Five but don't want to make a Patreon commitment. This ebook is a great way to get them hooked...er, make that "for them to get started." Of course, we wouldn't object if you wanted to  give it as a gift; Amazon makes that pretty simple.

Your support has made it possible for us to get this far. If you'd like to help us a little more, here are three things you can do. First, consider leaving a review of Quarterly #1 on Amazon. More reviews raise the visibility of the book. Second, spread the word about about the Quarterly far and wide. Word of mouth is the best way to convince readers to try a book. Third, tell everyone you know about the Patreon site—to ensure the ong-term viability of The Rule of Five, we could use some more supporters. 

We're having a blast telling stories and exploring this pocket universe, and we hope you're enjoying being part of the journey. There's some really cool stuff coming up in the next few episodes, so keep reading.


 

Episode 2, "Between Planes," is now up! In this episode, Supreme Justice Nalani Lotuma makes a new friend, and a colony world faces disaster.
 
Patreon supporters can read it by clicking on "Read the current episode" on the left. If you don't see that choice, log in using the username and password you created when you signed up.
 
Some housekeeping notes. Episode 1 has moved into the "last month's episode" slot, where it's free for all site visitors to read. Next month (December 1), Episode 1 will cease to be available for visitors and our Supporter and Subscriber patrons. (As always, Patrons and Benefactors will continue to have access to ALL past episodes.) If you want to show friends how good The Rule of Five is, this is a great month to do so -- visitors can read the prelude and episode 1 for free.
 
We anticipate having the first Quarterly ebook—collecting the prelude and episodes 1-3—to our Patreon supporters mid-December, and it should be on sale on Amazon around the first of the year.
 
Thanks for supporting us in getting this project off the ground. There's a lot of excitement coming up in future episodes. If you're enjoying what you've read so far, please spread the word!

 

The first episode of The Rule of Five is now live! Patreon supporters can read it by clicking on "Read the current episode" on the left. If you don't see that choice, log in using the username and password you created when you signed up. If you have any problem logging in, or if you've forgotten either, please contact donsakers@gmail.com or message us via Patreon.

If you haven't yet supported us on Patreon, there's still time. Click here for details.

We hope you enjoy the journey—and if you do, please spread the word!

-Melissa and Don


 

The Indie Boom in Publishing Helps Writers Create More Than Just Novels

Authors Melissa Scott and Don Sakers had always wanted to collaborate on a project, but each attempt produced sprawling ideas and enormous casts of characters that couldn’t easily be confined to a conventional series of novels, much less to any shorter format. As electronic publishing opened up new formats and lengths, it became possible to imagine serial fiction again — and not just serial fiction, but the kind of serial fiction that would allow novelists to explore the sort of expansive, elaborate universes more commonly seen in comics. For the first time, Scott and Sakers could work at the scale their story demanded, without sacrificing character, setting, or idea.  What’s in the story? Pirates. Judges. Weird physics. Desperate refugees. Struggling colonists. Missing persons and a mystery ship. A quest for human origins in a pocket universe. A thousand individual stories that together create a much larger tale.

Thanks to websites like Patreon to handle payments, and open-source website building tools like Drupal, the sprawling serial space opera The Rule of Five launches in September 2016, taking full advantage of the enormous canvas available on the web. Each month, Scott and Sakers will post an episode of at least 2000 words — a solid short story. All subscribers will be able to see each month’s episode plus the previous episode. Subscribers at higher levels can get a quarterly ebook compilation, access to all past episodes, and even a print editions containing each completed Season, as well as public acknowledgement for their support. For readers joining the series in progress, quarterly and seasonal compilations will always be available to bring them up to speed.

Taking advantage of change, The Rule of Five offers a new kind of serial science fiction, borrowing structure from comics and series television, but firmly grounded in classic space opera. The prelude is open to all at tinyurl.com/ro5prelude. Episodes will be hosted at rule-of-five.com along with background information about the series. Readers can subscribe to The Rule of Five at patreon.com/ruleof5


 

Melissa Scott and Don Sakers are hard at work behind the scenes, preparing for our launch In September. Please come back then.

Meanwhile, here's a video trailer that will give you a flavor of The Rule of Five, our upcoming serial space opera.

 


 

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