Can anybody explain what's holding up the 5th War Against the Chtorr book?
A Rage for Revenge came out in 1993. A Method for Madness, was supposed to be nearing release in 2015. io9 said so. But still. Nothing
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The io9 article says that the book would be "finished" in September 2015, which I take to mean that Gerrold would be finished writing it. Indeed, on August 26, 2015, Gerrold shared on Facebook that he had completed writing the first draft.
The first draft of A METHOD FOR MADNESS is finished and in the hands of beta-readers.
Editing might take a few more months. But the bulk of the job is done.
I cannot find a more recent progress report than this, but the FAQ on David Gerrold's website does address your question directly:
Why is it taking so long to complete A Method for Madness?
Good question. All I can say is I’m probably more impatient than you are. I know what scenes and sequences still need to be written, and I know how they have to be written. I keep discovering new things about the Chtorran ecology. I want to work them all in, and I want to keep everything consistent, well-structured, and exciting. It’s hard work.
Gerrold is still in the process of writing the book as of August 2017, offering donors to a charity the chance to have their name in A Method for Madness.
DONATION PERK FOR $1000
Anyone making a donation of $1000 or more will receive all of the previous perks, PLUS:
I will name a character after you in either A NEST FOR NIGHTMARES or A METHOD FOR MADNESS.