I’ll be putting in an appearance at Philcon this weekend, the longest running science fiction and fantasy convention in the world. If you’re going to be there, say hi! Here’s my schedule:
Fri 10:00 PM in Plaza V (Five)
THE ONLY GOOD ORC IS A DEAD ORC
This should be a fun conversation about the nature of evil and villains in fiction. The question is whether all villains need to be sympathetic and human, or whether there is value in entirely evil villains who are bad just because they’re, well, bad.
Sat at 13:00:00 in Plaza II (Two)
I LEARNED ALL THE SCIENCE I NEEDED FROM A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH
Do you have to know science in order to write fiction about science? Discuss…
Sat 8:00 PM in Executive Suite 623
READING from my upcoming book SUPERPOSITION
The wait is over…. I have a RELEASE DATE and a BOOK COVER for Superposition. The release date is April 7, exactly 6 months away, and the cover… just look below! This a bold design for Pyr, in a striking new style. It says blockbuster Hollywood and wide appeal, not just sci-fi geekery. It says mind-bending plot twists and edge-of-your-seat intensity and lab experiments gone terribly wrong. It says, clear your schedule for April 7… you won’t be putting it down!
Thanks to the 99 cent sale, Terminal Mind shot up to the #5 bestselling Science Fiction book in Amazon’s e-book store today! I doubt it will stay there long, but it’s pretty cool. If you think it’s cool, too, then share, tag, and tweet your friends and see how high we can get it to go! Here’s the current Top Twenty list:
And here’s how to get the 99 cent deal:
It’s been almost a year since my last book came out, and some of you may be wondering when the next will arrive. (At least, I hope you are!) My next published book will be Superposition, a quantum physics murder mystery. I think you’ll really enjoy it, but unfortunately, I don’t have a release date from the publisher yet. It will likely be out next Spring or Summer, and will then be followed by a sequel, Supersymmetry. In the meantime, for any of you who haven’t read my first novel, Philip K. Dick Award-winning Terminal Mind, the ebook is now on sale for only 99 cents (it’s usually $4.99). The sale will only last for one week. Now’s your chance to get it for a song!
Terminal Mind is usually sold as an adult novel, but it’s great for young adults, too. In style, it’s similar to many popular “dystopian” YA novels like Divergent or The Hunger Games. Major US cities have been destroyed, and violent and corrupt city-states have grown up out of the craters. The main characters are young and idealistic, falling in and out of love and trying to save the world. Recommended for ages 12 and above.
The Hugos were awarded at the WorldCon in London last weekend, and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice took home the award for best novel. Despite a smidge of jealousy that a debut novel would win a Hugo, I’m very pleased with the result. Ancillary Justice is not just a great read; it’s a book that exemplifies everything that makes science fiction great. Like the best award winners of the past, it explores some of the biggest questions of life by imagining alternatives. How are our bodies and souls connected? The main character is at first an ancillary–a single mind with dozens of human bodies. How are men and women inherently different? The ancillary has trouble telling the difference. How responsible are we for the sins of others when they benefit us? The ancillary is aware that many humans were killed–or at least their identities destroyed–to create it. What does it mean to be human? The ancillary has trouble thinking of itself as human, even when it’s down to only one human body.
All in all, a fascinating novel, and a well-deserved addition to the Hugo gallery. Kudos to the voters, and congratulations to Ann Leckie!
Some of you have heard me talking about all the books I’ve been writing recently. You may be wondering . . . where are they? The truth of the New York publishing machine is that–at least for an only modestly-successful author like myself–my writing is far ahead of the publication schedule. Superposition, my quantum physics murder mystery, is completely written and finished. The publisher (Pyr Books) is working on cover art and publicity and getting author blurbs. The book itself, however, probably won’t hit shelves until the Spring of 2015. (The actual release date has not been decided.) In the meantime, I’ve already finished the first draft of the sequel, Supersymmetry, which is more of a suspense thriller than a mystery. A few trusted friends are critiquing it for me, and Pyr has already bought the book.
So for those of you who are hungry for more David Walton novels . . . stay the course! New and exciting stories are in the pipeline, and I am still furiously writing more.
This week, popular science fiction authors have found themselves unexpectedly inundated by requests for 140-word stories. The reason? G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., or the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, included item number 78:
“Get a previously published Sci-Fi author to write an original story (140 words max) about Misha, the Queen of England and an Elopus.”
There’s been some buzz in the SF author world about this, some finding it horribly rude and others finding it fun. Some authors have even advertised their willingness to write a story in return for buying one of their books! I wrote one for a fan who asked with polite enthusiasm, and found it pretty easy and fun to do.