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,…

Choosing a narrator

All my books have audio versions available, which is a delight to me, since I love listening to audio books.  So far, however, I’ve had no input on who the reader is or any aspect of the performance.  For my new book coming in October, THE GENIUS PLAGUE, however, I’ve had the privilege of being…

THE GENIUS PLAGUE

The publishing process is a long one, but it’s moving forward on schedule for THE GENIUS PLAGUE. We’re in the copyediting process right now, which addresses the details of punctuation and grammar and the consistency of details to make sure everything is perfect. (It’s amazing what an eye for detail copyeditors have!) Advance review copies…

THREE LAWS LETHAL

THE GENIUS PLAGUE doesn’t come out until October, but I’ve just finished writing a new novel (yes, another one!), and I’m excited about it, so I’m going to talk about it anyway, even though it will be a while before it comes out.  (The traditional publishing business is slow.)  THREE LAWS LETHAL is a novel…

Cover reveal for THE GENIUS PLAGUE!

The cover for THE GENIUS PLAGUE has just been released to the world!  The art is by Eric Nyquist, who did the covers for Jeff Vandermeer’s ANNIHILATION series.  So why is there a giant mushroom with a map of the continents on it?  Read on… What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made…

“What’s Your New Book About?”

I haven’t said a whole lot yet about my new book, THE GENIUS PLAGUE, which is coming out on October 3. My publisher’s marketing department asked me to list the major topics or themes that this book covers, so they know how to market it. This is what I told them. THE GENIUS PLAGUE is…

Chasing Shadows

The story list for the new Chasing Shadows anthology from Tor Books reads like a Who’s Who of award-winning, bestselling science fiction authors… and somehow I’ve got a story in there, too.  It’s a bit of a rush to share a table of contents with David Brin, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer,…

Life as a jetsetting internationally bestselling author

I spent last week in Istanbul!  I was invited to come as a guest of the Black Week Festival, a literary convention specifically focused on crime fiction.  I gave a speech, TED-Talk style, talked to journalists, signed hundreds of books, and appeared on national Turkish television.  The Turkish version of Superposition came out there two months ago, and…

Turkey after Turkey

I traveled to Thailand last month for my day job, and many people asked my wife, “Oh, is he there because of his books?”  We laughed and said no, he never travels overseas because of his books.  Well, never say never… No sooner was I home from Thailand when I received an invitation to attend…

Superposition in Turkish

Superposition will hit bookstores in Turkey in a few weeks.  It was translated by Kıvanç Güney, an accomplished and well-regarded translator of many books in the genre.  I have to say, this is the coolest business in the world to be in, seeing my work translated into all these different languages! Here’s the Turkish book cover:

The Dark Side of the Universe

Two weeks from now, I will be appearing on Stanford University’s Philosophy Talk, a nationally-syndicated radio show that airs on 100+ stations around the country.  They’re doing a show on dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up most of the matter in the universe.  It’s a remarkable fact that, despite everything we’ve learned about the…

Voila Superposition!

It’s another release day for Superposition!  Today is the day the French translation of Superposition is being published in France.  Here’s the cover for the French edition, which I think is pretty stunning.  (Though, what is it with Superposition and bald people?  There are no bald characters, and yet somehow all the covers have no…

Faith, Religion, and Respect in Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

I asked Beth Cato to visit my blog today and talk about how religion plays a role in her fantasy novels.  Not many authors are brave enough to try to give their characters religious views, but Beth has done so, both with real faiths and those of her own invention.  Beth’s novels The Clockwork Dagger…

The Genius Plague… sold!

I’m delighted to announce that THE GENIUS PLAGUE is finally under contract!  Two publishers wanted it, and although “bidding war” would be an overly dramatic description, they were both willing to increase their offers and make concessions on terms in order to get the book.  When the dust settled, it was the incumbent, Pyr Books, that won…

Superposition E-book Mixup

If you recently bought the Superposition e-book, you may have gotten a surprise.  When you opened the book, you found not Superposition, but the sequel, Supersymmetry!  Not only that, but a few pages in, the book stopped suddenly.  End of book.  What’s going on? The answer is simple.  The entire text of Superposition is there,…