I'm soon going to begin conceptual work on my next Sector Storm novel. Usually I'll come up with some ideas for it and where a story may go (roughly,) and visuals start popping in my head. I take notes and spend time contemplating on it until I get a feel for it. When I actually write a story it usually unfolds differently than I'd originally imagined and it takes on a life of its own. I have so many characters that I'm looking forward to introduce in the series, as well as many story ideas.
Since it is a series, and a complex one at that, I didn't do everything in the first book. There is a lot more awaiting Jason O'Connor yet, as he returns to his old drinking habit and has yet to resolve the horrors of his past. Life aboard the Shade Marauder should only become more interesting. Actual alien life forms will be introduced in time, but they will be truly alien and will not have humanoid parts, speak vocally, stand perfectly erect, etc. They will be truly alien, as aliens should be. As well, I'm looking forward to introducing Mechanoid races, and eventually their Alkarob masters.
Life is far more mysterious than many like to think. History records established fact (be it true or not) and examines it so that it makes a kind of sense. Historians often uncover truths which contradict the official story of things however; as Mark Twain observed: "truth is stranger than fiction." Truth is exactly the kind of fiction that I enjoy writing; it's simply more interesting. I enjoy the mystery, the question in things; not assertions made by insecure and biased ideologies; that's just too boring.