Kevin J. Anderson's blog
Of my more than 100 novels, CAPTAIN NEMO has always been among my favorite. I spent three years researching the life of Jules Verne, French history, and all of the complex details of the time period to craft a story about Jules Verne’s life and his fictional friendship with André Nemo, his best friend, who went around the world experiencing the adventures that only Verne could write about. CAPTAIN NEMO was published many years ago and, thanks to a publisher and editor implosion, got very little distribution.
This year was the 25th anniversary of DragonCon, which bills itself as “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!” Of those twenty-five DragonCons, I’ve been to at least seventeen of them and was even a guest of honor a few years ago. It was former DragonCon Chair Ed Kramer who put me together with Brian Herbert to do the new Dune books, and in 1999 we launched Dune: House Atreides at DragonCon; in 2005, DragonCon helped us celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication
We’re ready to head off to Atlanta this morning for DragonCon, one of our favorite conventions of the year. We have a table in the downstairs dealer’s room with autographed copies of many of my books, and you can find me there in between panels. We will also have free SISTERHOOD OF DUNE posters for anyone who stops by, as well as some other freebies.
Rebecca and I have an official autograph session on Sunday at 11:30 AM
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.