For a variety of reasons, not everything an author writes makes it into a book. Word count these days is pitiless, and scenes or parts of scenes may not further the action enough, or the theme, or may just be too tangential.
This pair of novels (or really one long novel) has been in process across decades, so several cut scenes have gone missing over the years, lost between successive computers and word processing programs. Yet a few remain; I've included them here. Furthermore, about a year passes between the end of Becoming and the beginning of Rise. I've penned a couple pieces that fit into that lost year, including a short novelette about a bet between Aristoteles and Philippos.
These scenes will be available to readers only after the novel from which they were excised has been published.