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In Verse Proportion


With permission from Valdron Inc, we have successfully presented seven previous Multiverser novels in serialized format.  In them we have followed the adventures of now half a dozen primary verser characters--Joseph Wade Kondor, Lauren Elizabeth Meyers Hastings, Robert Elvis Slade, Derek Jacob Brown, James Donald Beam, and Tomiko Takano--plus perhaps twice as many associated characters, as they travel from universe to universe, trying to survive, make homes for themselves, and frequently make a difference in the worlds they visit.  You can learn more about those characters from their character sheets in the novels' support site, Multiverser Novel Support Pages, where there are Multiverser game-style character sheets for major characters in the novels, to be expanded gradually over time.  Even better, you can read their stories in the books, still posted on the web:

  1. Verse Three, Chapter One:  The First Multiverser Novel;
  2. Old Verses New;
  3. For Better or Verse;
  4. Spy Verses;
  5. Garden of Versers;
  6. Versers Versus Versers;
  7. Re Verse All.

If you haven't read the first seven books, they're not essential; as we bring you the eighth novel, In Verse Proportion, it is in a sense a complete story in itself, and while continuing the stories of those characters it is also a discrete book despite being part of a longer story.  On the other hand, the first seven books are free and easily accessed by anyone who can get here, so you can't complain that you wish you'd read them first if you don't.

For the reasons discussed on the indexing page of that first novel, we've chosen this format.  Below are two columns, the one on the left listing all the chapters published so far in sequence--the sequence in which they are published as well as the sequence in which they appear in the book.  The right hand column reverses the order, such that the first chapter listed there is the most recently published one, the last chapter currently available.  That way if you've just discovered the book you can begin with chapter one and work your way down the left hand side, but if you've been reading regularly you can immediately go to the latest installment by hitting the top of the right column.  Again each chapter is on its own web page, with a link near the top to the previous chapter and, once it is published, a link at the bottom to the next one, plus links back to this page to help you navigate.  You'll have to keep track of your place, but that shouldn't be too difficult--I'm including a blurb with each chapter that should help you remember what you've read.  To be first to hear of new publications, support my Patreon campaign, or follow me in social media.

Again I have collected some "behind the writings" materials, which will be published on the mark Joseph "young" web log and listed and linked here.  These are quite replete with spoilers, so you might want to delay reading them until you're well past the chapters they discuss, but quite a few readers have found them interesting.  One has told me he is not much of a book reader but loves reading about creative process, and thus the posts on how it was created are to him more interesting than the story itself.  I do hope you find the story interesting, but I admit that the behind-the-writings posts interest me as well.

Credit should be given.  The above image was based again on the cover of the first novel, which was created by Valdron art director Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas, with reference to previous covers I devised by modifying that original image and with Kyler C. B. Young's help on the fifth.  The images on the individual pages were done by me usually by compositing images gleaned from the Internet which were said to be free for commercial use (I'm not sure this is commercial use, but I'm not sure it is not, so I'm not taking a risk there) with elements of some previous images some done by Eric York for the first novel and occasionally snippets from images by Jim and Multiverser artist William "Bill" Kozak; I again added the lettering in all cases.  I did not have an outside editor on this, but I went through a rather rushed read-through editing process over a few days to hone the text.  Kyler is also responsible in significant part for the creation of the major characters in the James Beam stories.

Chapter 1:  Kondor 172, in which Joe and Zeke shoot holes in boats.
Chapter 2:  Slade 168, in which Bob meets a bird who has already heard of him.
Chapter 3:  Brown 196, in which Derek and Vashti meet the ship's captain.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 173, in which Joe and Zeke think to swamp boats.
Chapter 5:  Slade 169, in which Slade and Shella learn some of the ancient history of their new world.
Chapter 6:  Brown 197, in which Derek discusses languages with the captain.
Chapter 7:  Kondor 174, in which the war ends and Joe returns to being a guest of the castle.
Chapter 8:  Slade 170, in which Bob and Shella get food and shelter.
Chapter 9:  Brown 198, in which Derek notices an oddity about the ship's clock.
Chapter 10:  Kondor 175, in which Zeke tells Joe he got a job.
Chapter 11:  Slade 171, in which Bob and Shella discuss what they can do to continue living in the parakeet world.
Chapter 12:  Brown 199, in which Derek and Vashti move into their new quarters.
Chapter 13:  Kondor 176, in which Joe ponders bringing medicine to Arabia.
Chapter 14:  Slade 172, in which Bob discusses long-term housing and income plans with the antiquities professor.
Chapter 15:  Brown 200, in which Derek and Vashti eat, study, and sleep.
Chapter 16:  Kondor 177, in which Joe meets Mohammed.
Chapter 17:  Slade 173, in which Bob discusses invention ideas with a professor of physical sciences.
Chapter 18:  Brown 201, in which Derek and Vashti learn the operations of their stations while on shift.
Chapter 19:  Kondor 178, in which Joe agrees to meet the proposed bride.
Chapter 20:  Slade 174, in which Bob runs into legal obstacles.
Chapter 21:  Kondor 179, in which Joe discusses the marriage proposal with Zeke.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #432:  Whole New Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 22:  Slade 175, in which Bob describes several possible inventions to an engineering professor.
Chapter 23:  Brown 202, in which Derek's pilot training moves to a new level.
Chapter 24:  Kondor 180, in which Joe discusses arrangements for a private dinner with the Amir.
Chapter 25:  Slade 176, in which the university begins solving Bob and Shella's problems.
Chapter 26:  Brown 203, in which Derek broaches the issue of educating the passengers.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 181, in which Joe formally meets Leah.
Chapter 28:  Slade 177, in which Bob gets the engineering department started on his first invention.
Chapter 28:  Slade 177, in which Bob gets the engineering department started on his first invention.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 181, in which Joe formally meets Leah.
Chapter 26:  Brown 203, in which Derek broaches the issue of educating the passengers.
Chapter 25:  Slade 176, in which the university begins solving Bob and Shella's problems.
Chapter 24:  Kondor 180, in which Joe discusses arrangements for a private dinner with the Amir.
Chapter 23:  Brown 202, in which Derek's pilot training moves to a new level.
Chapter 22:  Slade 175, in which Bob describes several possible inventions to an engineering professor.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #432:  Whole New Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 21:  Kondor 179, in which Joe discusses the marriage proposal with Zeke.
Chapter 20:  Slade 174, in which Bob runs into legal obstacles.
Chapter 19:  Kondor 178, in which Joe agrees to meet the proposed bride.
Chapter 18:  Brown 201, in which Derek and Vashti learn the operations of their stations while on shift.
Chapter 17:  Slade 173, in which Bob discusses invention ideas with a professor of physical sciences.
Chapter 16:  Kondor 177, in which Joe meets Mohammed.
Chapter 15:  Brown 200, in which Derek and Vashti eat, study, and sleep.
Chapter 14:  Slade 172, in which Bob discusses long-term housing and income plans with the antiquities professor.
Chapter 13:  Kondor 176, in which Joe ponders bringing medicine to Arabia.
Chapter 12:  Brown 199, in which Derek and Vashti move into their new quarters.
Chapter 11:  Slade 171, in which Bob and Shella discuss what they can do to continue living in the parakeet world.
Chapter 10:  Kondor 175, in which Zeke tells Joe he got a job.
Chapter 9:  Brown 198, in which Derek notices an oddity about the ship's clock.
Chapter 8:  Slade 170, in which Bob and Shella get food and shelter.
Chapter 7:  Kondor 174, in which the war ends and Joe returns to being a guest of the castle.
Chapter 6:  Brown 197, in which Derek discusses languages with the captain.
Chapter 5:  Slade 169, in which Slade and Shella learn some of the ancient history of their new world.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 173, in which Joe and Zeke think to swamp boats.
Chapter 3:  Brown 196, in which Derek and Vashti meet the ship's captain.
Chapter 2:  Slade 168, in which Bob meets a bird who has already heard of him.
Chapter 1:  Kondor 172, in which Joe and Zeke shoot holes in boats.

As to the old stories that have long been here:


Verse Three, Chapter One:  The First Multiverser Novel

Old Verses New

For Better or Verse

Spy Verses

Garden of Versers

Versers Versus Versers

Stories from the Verse Main Page

The Original Introduction to Stories from the Verse

Read the Stories

The Online Games

Books by the Author

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