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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    It's scheduled for release right after Harlan Ellison releases "The Last Dangerous Visions".
    – Moriarty
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 3:58

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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.

  • Hope you're right. But the September 2015 date WAS being touted as a the release date two years ago, so, I'm feelin' a little paranoid about this.
    – James
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 2:45
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    The initial project was sidelined because Gerrold adopted a boy with special needs and raising the child was a higher priority than finishing the book. The experience served as inspiration for his novelette en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_Child, later adapted into a movie: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_Child Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 4:05
  • @jeffronicus Good information about the initial delays; I assumed the OP was more interested in the recent ones. Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 4:07
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    IMO It's never coming out. Gerrold doesn't know where to go with the story. Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 8:09
  • 2021, thought I'd check again .... still nothing. Quelle surprise! Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 4:32

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.


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.

  • Note that, in and of itself, this doesn't necessarily mean that his statement that he had completed the first draft two years earlier is untrue. (Not that I think Valorum was implying it was - simply noting, since another answer mentions the Facebook post from 2015).
    – RDFozz
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 23:46
  • @RDFozz - Indeed. This is merely the most recent update I can find and which confirms that the book is still in progress as of 2017.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 7:20

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