August 2011

New SISTERHOOD OF DUNE and HELLHOLE covers

We are pleased to unveil Tor’s revised cover for SISTERHOOD OF DUNE. This shows a female Fremen commando on a spice raid, not a member of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. In the previous painting, she was holding a gigantic bazooka-like gun, which we didn’t like. Now she has a crysknife to make it more apparent that she’s a Fremen.  Also, her face and hair were very similar to another cover the same artist had painted, and so that has been changed as well.

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Challenger Memorial: 25 Years

Rebecca and I were invited to attend the national Challenger Center conference in Arlington, VA, where we gave a talk about the Star Challengers books and also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for the Challenger Seven.  It’s been 25 years since the Challenger accident, and 25 years since the founding of the Challenger Learning Centers to help carry on the mission and continue to promote careers in science and engineering.

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Another Peak: Mount Neva 12,800 ft

A prominent, and difficult, peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness is Mount Neva, which I approached a few weeks ago from the east side of the Continental Divide, but the climb is difficult and technical from that approach.  I returned and climbed it from the west side of the Divide, a lovely and reclusive hike resplendent with wildflower-filled meadows and jaw-dropping views from the top.  I saw only a couple of other people all day.  During the climb, I dictated the last few scenes in my new “Saga of Seven Suns” prequel novella VEILED ALLIANCES (based on the graphic novel).

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Magnetic Reflections & new cover for BLINDFOLD

We’ve just released a collection that contains all of my short fiction with Doug Beason, Magnetic Reflections, available in all eBook formats for $2.99.

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Trails, Peaks, and Writing

It’s been an exceptional summer already, not just with fine trips to Australia for Supanova and San Diego for Comic Con, but I managed to MAKE time to do the things I usually regret not having done by the time fall rolls around. I’ve already done quite a few gorgeous hikes, climbed several mountains (and still intend to do plenty more), and even went on an overnight camping trip.
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Bringing More of Brian Herbert’s Books Back into Print

We continue to work toward getting all of Brian Herbert’s out-of-print backlist novels available again in eBook form. WordFire Press currently has Brian’s complete Timeweb trilogy (Timeweb, The Web and the Stars, and Webdancers) for all eReader formats (individually and as a bargain-priced omnibus edition), Man of Two Worlds (written with Frank Herbert), Sidney’s Comet, and Sudanna, Sudanna.

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New 3-Book Contract: DEATH WARMED OVER

It’s been years since I took a break from my books under contract to write a novel that so grabbed me, so captivated my imagination that I had to put all other projects On Pause until I wrote it.  The last one to do that for me was CAPTAIN NEMO.

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From the Darkest Midwest: Wisconsin stories

I grew up in small-town Wisconsin, surrounded by farms, cornfields…haunted houses, isolated neighbors, and not much else to do but read books and let my imagination run wild. I like to say it was a childhood halfway between Norman Rockwell and Norman Bates.

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