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Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade with STAR WARS

Last Saturday Rebecca and I were guests riding on the Star Wars-themed float in the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We joined members of the Rocky Mountain Fan Force, the 501st Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, and the Rebel Legion — which included plenty of Stormtroopers in kilts, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Leia, Luke, various Jedi Knights, Tusken Raiders, Twi’lek dancing girls, an Ithorian Hammerhead, Greedo, the Rancor keeper, and other Star Wars favorites.

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New, never-published Frank Herbert novel now available: HIGH-OPP

Frank Herbert’s never-published novel HIGH-OPP is now available!  $4.99 in all eBook formats, all countries.  (We will have the print version in a couple of weeks.)  This science fiction dystopia is one of many manuscripts Frank Herbert wrote after the publication of his first novel, The Dragon in the Sea, and before he sold his masterpiece Dune.

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TAU CETI—free SF download for Kindle

My hard-SF novella TAU CETI is now available for free Kindle download, courtesy of the publisher Arc Manor, along with a sequel novelette written by Steven Savile.

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ON NOT QUITTING: Guest Blog by Brad Torgersen

Brad Torgersen is one of my former students both at Writers of the Future and  Superstars Writing Seminars. I thought other aspiring writers would particularly enjoy this essay Brad wrote.  Brad will also be attending the upcoming Las Vegas Superstars Writing Seminar.

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If you’re an aspiring or established author who takes your career and the business seriously, our three-day Superstars Writing Seminar could take you to the next level.  After two successful Superstars Seminars in Pasadena and Salt Lake City, our next one will be held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, April 30–May 2.

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Imagination loses a bright star: Ralph McQuarrie gone at age 82

He showed us a galaxy far, far away.  Ralph McQuarrie, legendary Star Wars concept artist passed away last night at age 82.  Ralph changed not only the Star Wars universe, but he changed ours with his incredible imaginative creations that have impacted our culture worldwide. Ralph designed Darth Vader, See Threepio, the Jawa Sandcrawlers on Tattooine, Cloud City on Bespin, and countless other images familiar to practically every person on planet Earth.

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Seven Suns Prequel VEILED ALLIANCES: Free Sample

For fans of my Saga of Seven Suns, I’ve written a new prequel, Veiled Alliances, which tells the origin of the green priests on Theroc, the first Roamer skymining operations on a gas-giant planet, the discovery of the Klikiss robots entombed in an abandoned alien city, the initial Ildiran expedition to Earth, the rescue of the generation ship Burton and the tragedy that leads to sinister breeding experiments. I think it’s an excellent starting point for readers new to the Saga, as well as an unforgettable adventure for fans of the series.

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Kensington Books just released the cover art for DEATH WARMED OVER, the first novel in my Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, which will be released this September.  The second volume, UNNATURAL ACTS, will come out four months later, and the third, HAIR RAISING, four months after that—all three out in a single calendar year.  What a way to launch an exciting and hilarious new series!

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Winners Announced for Superstars Writing Seminar Prize Drawing

FIRST PLACE:  Free Membership for Las Vegas Superstars

Scott Lee from Colorado Springs

SECOND PLACE: full set of MP3s from 2010 and 2009 Superstars sessions

Matt Wright of San Tan Valley, AZ

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