Unboxing

I got a box full of Three Laws Lethal in the mail! Only one month to go until release!

The Genius Plague at #1

Thanks to a $1.99 sale, THE GENIUS PLAGUE is currently #1 on the Amazon bestseller charts for both hard science fiction and medical thrillers.  Get it while it’s hot!  

Preorder Gremlins

Late last year, my publisher, Pyr Books, was sold by its parent publisher, thus switching the distribution of my books from Penguin Random House to Simon and Schuster. Unfortunately, during the changeover in distribution, there was a glitch that meant all of the preorders for Three Laws Lethal (coming June 11!) were wiped out.  If…

The Robot Other

I was on a panel at Philcon this weekend called “The Robot Other,” which asked why we are so attracted to stories written about sympathetic AI characters, especially those written from the AI’s perspective. A question from someone in the audience prompted what I thought was the best insight from the conversation: In our cultural dialogue, we are…

The Campbell Award!

In an astonishing turn of events, THE GENIUS PLAGUE was just named the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel of the Year!  I am now in Lawrence, Kansas (a hub of SF appreciation and scholarship) to accept the award, which has been given over the last 45 years to some of…

Best of 2017!

Amazing news: The Wall Street Journal named The Genius Plague one of the best science fiction books of 2017!  They listed only five books.  The other four were: All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai The Berlin Project, by Gregory Benford Change Agent, by Daniel Suarez Artemis, by Andy Weir I’m blown away that they…

Back For More Plague

THE GENIUS PLAGUE is back for a second printing already!  This is great news — it means the book is selling well and they’ve already had to print another batch to keep up with demand.  It also means the book has been out of print on Amazon for the last week and a half, because…

The Continuum

I invited author Wendy Nikel to my blog to answer a few questions about her new time travel book (coming out in January) called THE CONTINUUM.  It tells the story of a professional time traveler whose job involves keeping tourists out of trouble on their trips into the past. Despite her expertise, she finds herself…

Prometheus Award

The Genius Plague was nominated for the Prometheus Award! It’s one of 9 nominees, and the winner won’t be announced until next summer, but still very cool. The Prometheus Award has been given every year since 1979 by the Libertarian Futurist Society for science fiction that “dramatizes the value of freedom and human rights, exposes…

Fan Letters

I’m not so famous an author that I get a lot of fan letters, but with The Genius Plague newly out on the street, I’ve been receiving some this month.  Maybe if I were George Martin or Andy Weir I’d be tired of such things and shrug them off, but for me, there’s no greater…

Ode to Ephemerides

I had some ephemerides; they came to me one day As classic two-line elements; I thought them here to stay. We met each other’s needs with sympathetic reciprocity While cheerfully extracting time, position, and velocity. Their charming eccentricities were known on every side. Their propagating following was wonderfully wide. Our pastor even praised their inclination…

Why You Should Say Bad Things About My Books

For an author, customer reviews are like gold.  The more people review our books on Amazon (or Goodreads, Audible, etc.), the more likely customers are to take the book seriously, and — even more importantly — the more Amazon’s AI bots will promote the book and combine it with others.  (“People who bought X also…

The Plague Is Spreading!

THE GENIUS PLAGUE is out!  I’m delighted to finally bring this book to all of you that I’ve had only in my head for so long.  I’m really pleased with this one.  If you want to know what it’s about, I think the best description of it is what I wrote on John Scalzi’s blog….

The Genius Plague excerpt

Only three days left before the Plague starts spreading across the nation!  If you can’t wait that long, however, you can start reading right now.  I just posted an excerpt of the novel. “A page-turner of the highest order.” —Kirkus Reviews “Original and frightening.” —Publishers Weekly “Beautifully done.” —Mira Grant, New York Times–bestselling author of Feed “A triumph from…

Escape Velocity

I had a great time at the Escape Velocity convention in downtown Washington D.C. this weekend. I got to chat with Joe Haldeman for half an hour and then be on a panel with him (about Drones, AI, and Military SF). He was articulate, insightful, and brought a perspective to the topic of having fought…

Another shot at Hollywood

It looks like the SUPERPOSITION television series possibility is not quite dead yet. The big company that bought the option originally officially invested in it for a while, but ultimately decided not to renew let the rights revert to me.  However, the screenwriter who was working on the show (Harley Peyton, who was a principal…

Historical Research Tips from Beth Cato

My friend Beth Cato is visiting my blog again, this time to share some tips on historical research! Her latest book, CALL OF FIRE, comes out on Tuesday. It’s the sequel to her acclaimed novel BREATH OF EARTH, which takes place in an alternate 1906 San Francisco. Both books required an incredible amount of research,…