Frequently Asked Questions
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Why is this called Season One?
No Gods or Kings is a pretty lengthy story, and I wasn’t keen on releasing it as a part of a fifty-part series of novels: Amazon seems littered with those anyway. However, grouping it into single novels meant I was looking at lengths that were pretty daunting: each one would be 2500 pages in paperback form at least.
Given the growing social trend for consuming episodic material in binges, I decided to try releasing No Gods or Kings in ‘Seasons’ and ‘Episodes’. Kind of like any HBO boxset you care to name - or like the new trend for serialised video games pioneered by companies like Telltale - this means that people can either follow it as it comes out, or just buy it in one go and binge on it.
As a welcome side-effect, it does mean that the story itself is actually published a little bit like a comic book: first you get your regular single issues, and they eventually comprise the collected edition of the first story arc of single issues, and then you get the next volume being released in singles, and so on…..
How many seasons are there going to be?
The initial plan is to have three seasons, each of roughly the same length.
How many episodes are in each season?
For season one, it’s definitely nine episodes and each is around the same size. For the next few seasons, I still don’t know….
Wait, does that mean you’re making it up as you go along?
Far from it: I know exactly what happens and have mapped out the arc of the whole story. I just haven’t got it down in fine detail yet.
How often will episodes be released?
The plan is to release an episode every three or four months or so. I’m not giving myself rigid deadlines to stick to – I have a full-time job and life gets in the way too – but that’s kind of broadly the release schedule you can expect.
Will there be any kind of season pass?
Good question, and the answer is no. There are a few reasons for this: I don’t know how to do this using Kindle Direct Publishing, and the individual episodes are also priced very cheaply at less than a dollar.
Is the price always going to be a dollar? And what about later episodes?
The plan is to always release every single episode for 99 cents (or 99 pence in the UK), and that price will never go up.
How long is an episode?
Well, Episode One is around 250 pages long. You can expect all the episodes to be roughly around that size, give or take.
Is it available physically?
Actually, the plan was never to have a physical version but the requirements of Kindle Direct Publishing means that yes: paperback versions are available on demand. I’ll add photographs of that at a later date.
Where did the title come from?
It’s a quote from the videogame ‘Bioshock’. In the opening scene, the protagonist climbs into a lighthouse and finds a statue under a banner saying ‘No gods or kings, only man.’ A lot of fans of the game mistakenly think it’s an Ayn Rand quote: it’s not, but it is a variation of the anarchist French slogan ‘no gods, no masters’ popularised in the late nineteenth century.
Is Thomas Judge your real name?
No. It’s a pseudonym.