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Dark Expanse Anthology

March 27, 2014

I had the privilege of writing a story for the Dark Expanse anthology, a set of short stories set in the universe of the Dark Expanse multi-player online strategy game.  It’s the first time I’ve written a story in a shared world, and I found it to be a lot of fun, especially since the world had already been imagined so well by the authors who came before me.  There are a lot of great authors in this anthology, including Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award winners, and the stories are a lot of fun to read.  I hope you’ll check it out!
Table of Contents:
“Castles in the Sky”” by Nancy Fulda
“Dominoes Falling” by Alex Shvartsman
“The Ten Suns” by Ken Liu
“Betrayal, Clear as Kanzai Glass” by Deborah Walker
“The Price of Escape” by David Walton
“Hellfire Unleashed” by Simon Kewin
“Breaking Down” by Michael Haynes
“They Cannot Scare Me With Their Empty Spaces” by Deborah Walker
“A Small and Secret Freedom” by Matt Mikalatos
“Lightspeed Back to You” by David Wayne
“Escape from Planet Error” by Michael Greenhut
“Jump” by Deborah Walker
“Loud for All the Stars to Hear” by Alex Kane
“To Soar on Winds of War” by David Wayne
“Fires of Night” by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
“Gorlack the Destroyer’s All You Can Eat Adventure” by Robert L. Russell
“Ghost Ship” by Nancy Fulda
“The Shadow Conspiracy” by Nancy Fulda

Quintessence in paperback

March 25, 2014

For any of you who wanted to give Quintessence a try, but couldn’t swallow paying the hardback price, I’m pleased to announce that Quintessence is now out in a beautiful trade paperback edition, available at your local bookstore for a limited time.  (And available on Amazon forever.)

Two Book Deal with Pyr!

February 8, 2014

I’m excited to announce that I just signed a contract for a two-book deal with Pyr Books.  The two books are SUPERPOSITION and its sequel, SUPERSYMMETRY.  Superposition is a quantum physics murder mystery, with the kind of reality-twisting feel of films like Inception or The Prestige.  The main character, on trial for murder, must prove his innocence and save his family from a quantum creature that can alter reality.  It’s difficult for the characters (and the reader!) to figure out what is really true when reality might change at any time.

I’ve always admired Pyr for the quality of the books they produce.  They published Mark Hodder’s brilliant The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, which I picked for the Philip K. Dick Award as a judge, as well as David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake series, which I enjoyed immensely.  Look at some of the beautiful covers they’ve produced:

         

        

         

I don’t have a publication date yet, so more on that to come!

Terminal Mind is back in print!

December 6, 2013

In 2009, Terminal Mind won the Philip K. Dick award for “the best paperback science fiction novel published in the United States.”  Unfortunately, the publishing house that published it went out of business, leaving the novel available only in e-book form.  The remaining paperbacks were selling on Amazon for $69 each!  Some of you have asked me to let you know if it came back in print at a reasonable price, and  I’m glad to announce that the book is now available as a trade paperback for $11.99.

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 Legend, 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.

Redeemed Reader Podcast

November 30, 2013

I recently had the privilege of being a guest on a podcast at RedeemedReader.com, a site that reviews children’s literature from a Christian perspective.  The other guests were a few writers from WORLD magazine and an editor from Thomas Dunne.  We talked about the value of fiction to children (and adults) and of science fiction in particular.  We discussed the effects of fiction on children, and how parents ought to consider what books they allow or encourage their children to read.  The new Ender’s Game and Hunger Games movies and books were part of the discussion: are books with such violent content appropriate for children?  How could such books be considered valuable?  Listen to the podcast to find out.  (Scroll down a little until you see the play button.)

 

Quintessence Sky Release!

November 4, 2013

q2_frontcover_smallThe day has arrived!  QUINTESSENCE SKY is now available in trade paperback and ebook formats.  I hope you will all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Buy the trade paperback.

Buy an ebook for your Kindle.

Buy an ebook for your Nook/Kobo/iPad/etc.

Some of you have asked about Tor Books, the publisher of QUINTESSENCE.  Although Quintessence has sold quite a few copies, it wasn’t enough to turn a profit for Tor, and they’ve declined to publish the sequel.  Fortunately, we live in a world where publication has become easy, and even many very successful authors are turning down large advances to “go indie”.  The publishing world is changing, and big publishers don’t have the monopoly they once did.

What does this mean for you?  It means that QUINTESSENCE SKY is available right now — months, if not years, earlier than it would have been if Tor had agreed to publish it.  It means that you won’t see the book on the shelf at your local Barnes and Noble (although you can order it there, if you like).  It means it’s less likely to show up at your local library (libraries will be able to order copies, but not for about 8 weeks yet).  You can, however, buy the book from Amazon or any other digital retailer, and for any ebook reader.  At this point, there is no audio book version, though that was a separate contract anyway (not through Tor), so there is a possibility an audio book may still be created.

QUINTESSENCE SKY continues the story of Horizon, the island perched on the edge of the flat Earth.  A strange fire is burning in the heavens, weakening the power of quintessence and sparking tensions between humans and manticores.  Catherine and Matthew push deeper into the island, trying to discover its secrets before their people turn to stone.  In Europe, a Jesuit priest unlocks the secrets of quintessence, but hesitates to hand the power to his king. He must work together with Matthew and Catherine across thousands of miles to rescue a young Princess Elizabeth from death and save the Horizon colony from destruction.

Quintessence Sky Preview

October 21, 2013

q2_frontcover_smallThe release day for QUINTESSENCE SKY is only ten days away!  On November 1, it will be released in both trade paperback and e-book formats.

QUINTESSENCE SKY continues the story of Horizon, the island perched on the edge of the flat Earth.  A strange fire is burning in the heavens, weakening the power of quintessence and sparking tensions between humans and manticores.  Catherine and Matthew push deeper into the island, trying to discover its secrets before their people turn to stone.  In Europe, a Jesuit priest unlocks the secrets of quintessence, but hesitates to hand the power to his king. He must work together with Matthew and Catherine across thousands of miles to rescue a young Princess Elizabeth from death and save the Horizon colony from destruction.

But why wait until November to start reading?  You can read a sample right now.

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