October 2010

ILL WIND Reissue in January

My eco-thriller Ill Wind, written with Doug Beason, will be reprinted by Tor Books in January.  This will be its fourth edition, and the recent disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made the story all too relevant.

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More Miles on the Trail, More Chapters

Catching up on last month’s trip.  In late September, the weather was turning cold and crisp, and we knew that the hiking season would soon draw to a close.  Time enough, though, for one last overnight expedition to hike a section in the Colorado Trail.  I was nearly finished with dictating my chapters in The Sisterhood of Dune, and I looked forward to a long drive and plenty of hours on the trail so that I could have some real creative time to finish my writing.

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A Day at Work

A few years after my first novels were published, David Brin asked me if I would collaborate with him on a short story.  At the time, David was at the height of his career, winner of numerous awards, a New York Times bestselling author, one of the most respected names in the field.  I, on the other hand, had far fewer credits.  Although we had known each other for a while, I was still surprised by the offer.  “Really?  Why would you want to collaborate with me?”

“Because I want to figure out how you can be so prolific.”

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Managing Responsibility—Writing Careers & Life in General

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has posted many excellent articles on the business of writing, contracts, managing a career, planning projects, and just about every subject a serious writer should heed.  You should already be reading her blog at kriswrites.com.

Her most recent posting, on Responsibility, is one of the best, and relevant not only to writers but to everyone who has a job, family, bills, paperwork.

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IGNITION Now Available As E-book

My space-shuttle thriller Ignition with Doug Beason, originally published by Tor Books, has just been made available for e-readers.  Download for $4.99.

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False Summits…and Careers in Writing

When I moved to Colorado thirteen years ago, I set up a writing office that looked out at the spectacular Rocky Mountains.  The scenery, the fresh air, the lower cost of living, all were undeniable advantages.  Then my brother-in-law gave me a book about the 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet high, along with maps and instructions on how to climb them all.

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Cover Painting for THE KEY TO CREATION

As I worked on the outline and draft for the third novel in the Terra Incognita trilogy, The Key to Creation, I sent the summary and suggested some ideas to the cover artist, Lee Gibbons.

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Happy Birthday, Frank Herbert

Today, October 8, is Frank Herbert’s birthday.  He would have turned 90 years old.

photo provided by Byron Merritt

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Frank Herbert's Birthday

Today would have been Frank Herbert's 90th birthday. We approach today with a mixture of joy and sadness. Joy at the fact that such an extraordinary man was born on this day and created one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Sad that he is no longer with us to help celebrate...