Thomas Covenant fans will be pleased to learn that Stephen R. Donaldson has finished writing the first draft of Fatal Revenant, the second of four volumes in The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Not so pleasing is that it will still be over a year until publication. Here's what Donaldson says on his website (see "from the author", and then "news", entry 2/24/06):
"The first draft of Fatal Revenant is now finished. But don't get your hopes up. I anticipate a year of rewriting -- and editorial to-ing and fro-ing -- before D&A ('delivery and acceptance'); and my publishers may not commit to a schedule for release until after D&A.UPDATE: According to amazon the release date is October 9, 2007.
"Fatal Revenant is roughly 150 pages longer than The Runes of the Earth was at this stage. As I recall, I cut about 125 pages out of Runes before publication. I think we can assume that the same thing will happen to Fatal Revenant, so the final version will still be somewhat longer than Runes.
"Incidentally, the first draft of Runes took me 20 months. I put Fatal Revenant on paper in 16."