It took a while for Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge to develop that, but it finally has. I'm having a great time writing this tome and the pace of the writing is only picking up at this point. You can see a great big chunk of it here, through the preview that's titled: Alice's Revenge. There are more than half a dozen free parts, with a dozen parts available for Patreon subscribers.
Carnie's Tale is as important as any other part of the series. Only a few characters develop in that book, but those developments and the backstories that support them are important to the series going forward. I'm happy with the storytelling in that book too, so it's a good thing some of the characters are sticking around. A few other things from Broadcast 10.5 are going to come up later in the series as well, which was always the plan since much of the book was carved from Broadcast 11's rough draft.
While Broadcast 10.5: Carnie's Tale is a great volume on its own, the story didn't get along well with the pacing of Broadcast 11, which is break-neck for the most part, and Alice has to go through a rite of passage that she wouldn't be ready for if it weren't for the events of Broadcast 10.5. So, if you are still wondering where the book following Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground is (and according to emails I'm getting, there are a few of you), it's in Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10.5: Carnie's Tale.
If you finished Broadcast 10.5 already, Broadcast 11 is happening now on Patreon, but I understand if you'd rather wait for the finished book. It's on its way, and I'm finally happy with what I have so far, so thank you for your patience!
[Chaos Core hasn't been forgotten either. There's good news coming!]