Got an email the other day saying Kate Nepveu had written an open letter to me -- I didn't know about it, since I've been offline and only a couple SF-related people even had my email. I've had about 30 emails since poking my head back up again -- I have to admit, it's touching to be remembered that clearly across the time that's passed with no work and not much word from me.
Anyway, I posted this at Kate Nepveu's livejournal blog (or journal, I guess):
Sorry I haven't responded to you previously -- I've been offline having a life for about two years and only a couple people had my e-mail. I put up a blog at DanielKeysMoran.blogspot.com -- just went live a couple days ago -- and got an email mentioning your "Open Letter." I don't see it in this thread and don't quite understand how to navigate livejournal, so I hope you don't mind my replying here.
AI War was done, once -- I tore it up years ago to rewrite and left it in a torn-up state. Still, it wouldn't take a lot of work to get clean. The last year I've been writing -- a crime series proposal, a tv pilot about the Revolt of the Angels -- both those proposals are done and ready to be shopped. The next thing I'll be working on is AI War.
Now ... the book is still under contract to Bantam. I doubt they want it, but who knows? I'm going to call Bantam in June and find out -- all the people I was unhappy with at Bantam have been gone over a decade; if Bantam still wants that book, I'll let them publish it. If they don't, I'll find out what they want to kick it free. In any event, AI War is the only thing I'll be working on this summer, and once it's clean, I'm going to roll into the concluding sequel -- it's been years since I've written SF, but I am going to publish AI War and its sequel, Crystal Wind, before the people who care about it succumb to Alzheimers.