Today my story “All The Rage This Year” becomes available to read on Moozvine. It’s one of my favorites, the award-winning short story that really kicked off my writing career. The world of this story–biological mods in a cratered Philadelphia–was the seed idea for my debut novel, the Philip K. Dick Award winning Terminal Mind. “All The Rage This Year” was read and judged by top New York agent Eleanor Wood (who later became my literary agent) and Orson Scott Card (author of Ender’s Game, etc.) and picked for an award anthology that was my first big break into the world of professional publishing. I’m still tremendously proud of it, and I think the world and the characters in this social satire stand among the best things I’ve ever written.
But…what’s Moozvine? Funny you should ask.
It’s a new crowdfunding concept in publishing fiction being taken for a spin over. Here’s how it works: Stories get released to the public after a certain total amount of money is paid. If it’s already released, anyone can read it for free, or for a donation amount that they choose. If it’s not yet released, you can pledge any amount you wish, but you pay nothing until the goal is met. When the goal is met, the author is paid, and the story is made available to the world.
It’s a pretty interesting model. The site just launched, and there are a growing number of stories available there from some great authors like Nancy Kress, Ken Liu, John Chu, Tom Doyle, Nancy Fulda, and Lawrence Schoen.
In my case, the story is free! It’s already made available to the public. You can just pop over there and read it for nothing, or you can leave me a tip if you like the story enough that you’d like to pay me something for it. (But really, you can just go ahead and read it for free…) Enjoy!
If you want to read more about how Supersymmetry came to be written, check out this “Story Behind the Story” at Upcoming4.me!
And if you want to read about how awesome Superposition is, don’t take my word for it–check out what Philadelphia’s premier geek magazine has to say.
As you read this, book store employees across the nation are setting out copies of SUPERSYMMETRY on the shelves! It’s an exciting day for me, and I hope for you as well. Supersymmetry was great fun to write, perhaps even more so than Superposition. I’m very pleased with the result, and looking forward to all of you finally getting a chance to experience the story. Supersymmetry is more of a companion novel than a sequel — it stands alone as a story in its own right, so even if you haven’t read Superposition, I hope you’ll give it a try!
Here are some links to make it easy:
And here is what people have been saying about it:
“Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive.”
“This sequel to Superposition is just as excellent as the first. Fast-paced, mind-bending, super-scientific yet fully accessible and very understandable to the layman reader. Full of new possibilities and probabilities, Supersymmetry gives readers a peek into what the future may hold and the cost that comes with it. This is a science fiction novel full of humanity and all its inherent beauty and ugliness.”
—RT BOOK REVIEWS
“Supersymmetry is a heart-pounding page-turner, a masterpiece of science fiction”
—The Internet Review of Books
After you read it, send me an e-mail and let me know what you think!
Good news! Superposition has been selected for today’s Daily Deal! That means that Amazon chose it for a special promotion and is offering the e-book for only $2.99 for one day only. But don’t worry–if you don’t have a Kindle, all the other e-book types will discount to match! So no matter what e-reader you have, you can get Superposition for only $2.99 on Friday, August 28th. It’s a great opportunity if you–or anyone you know!–has yet to read the book.
Amazon readers have loved this book, first choosing it as a “Book of the Month” and then as a “Best Book of the Year So Far” in the science fiction category. I don’t know if Amazon takes this into account, but it’s great timing for a sale, with only four days left until the Supersymmetry release.
Here’s the Amazon link, though the price should be good wherever you buy e-books.
I love the covers for Superposition and Supersymmetry. They don’t exactly depict any character or situation from the books, but they capture the books thematically, and they’re certainly eye-catching. But I’m afraid that casual bookstore browsers won’t notice that these are, in fact, two different books! So here’s a shout-out to all readers of Superposition wandering through bookstores in September: You didn’t already read this one!
It’s come to my attention that Amazon is offering half-price preorders for the SUPERSYMMETRY paperback! Supersymmetry comes out on September 1, only 4 weeks away, and once it does, it will be back to full price. Now’s your chance to pick it up for a song.
Supersymmetry is a sequel to Superposition, but it stands alone as its own story. It starts up 15 years after the end of the last book, and follows a pair of twins . . . if you’ve read Superposition, you can probably guess who! The varcolac is back, of course, and new technology that promises to change the world. Here it is in the words of RT Book Reviews:
This sequel to Superposition is just as excellent as the first. Fast-paced, mind-bending, super-scientific yet fully accessible and very understandable to the layman reader. Full of new possibilities and probabilities, Supersymmetry gives readers a peek into what the future may hold and the cost that comes with it. This is a science fiction novel full of humanity and all its inherent beauty and ugliness. FANTASTIC – KEEPER”
So join the party and preorder now! (Or consider it a two-for-one deal, and order a pair . . .)
I sometimes contribute to a site called Novelocity, where a group of published authors recommend and talk about books. This is often in response to a question, and today’s question (it being Father’s Day) was about favorite fathers in science fiction and fantasy. Those of us who contributed actually found it pretty difficult to think of many fathers, and even harder to think of good fathers. Um . . . Darth Vader? Tywin Lannister? The options aren’t very strong. To read what we came up with, you can check out the article here.
I wasn’t going to mention my own work on Novelocity, but anyone who’s read my novels might have noticed that this is an imbalance I’m trying to set right! All of my books (and most of my short stories) have fathers as significant characters, and families always play a big role. In two of my books (Quintessence and Superposition), the main relationship of the book is between a father and a daughter. Of course, that may be because I have five daughters of my own. I wasn’t doing it to right an imbalance, particularly, but because fatherhood is a significant part of what I know and love. But I like to think that in my own small way, I’m contributing something that the genre apparently needs more of. Fathers who love their children!