From the Author
When I started writing the short story 1969, it was at a time when I had some significant health issues impacting my ability to write. So I thought writing a series of short stories might make it easier to at least get some writing done. My intention was to release them as a series of short stories, one every few weeks. Alas, this didn't happen.
I also found Space Opera readers to not be too interested in short stories. I'm not sure why this surprised me, since I'm a Space Opera reader,and I've never really been into short stories myself, unless released as anovel length book. Call it a learning experience.
1969 introduces a new character to the Hunter Legacy universe, and it was always my intention to have him join the main series around part three.
Having just completed part two's trilogy, I've found myself with two problems. Between parts one and two, I wrote an 'interlude' novella, partly because I was still having trouble writing, and a novella length was all I could manage at the time. Having done it once, I needed to write a new one for between parts two and three, to keep the series balanced. At the same time, I still needed to bring in the new character.
Hence, it seemed like the best idea was to write the short stories starting with 1969, and release it as the second 'interlude' book. In fact, it went a good deal further than originally intended, revealing a lot more about what was really going on behind the scenes.
The cover was originally intended for the 2nd story release, and was ready for it, but never used. And being red, my favourite colour, I decide it not let it go to waste.
For those who have read 1969, here is the rest of the story which was never written before now, plus some extras which make this a much more interesting story than I intended telling to start with.