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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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This past weekend, Rebecca and I were guests of honor at Archon in St Louis.  The final panels and parties have just finished, we’ve packed up our books and suitcases, and are winding down for the evening (and a departure at 6:15 AM tomorrow).

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19th Wedding Anniversary—on a Segway

Rebecca and I recently celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary, and after brainstorming what we’d like to do, we decided we had always wanted to ride a Segway.  A small company operates Segway tours leaving from the Denver Aquarium to historic downtown Denver.  We signed up for a three-hour off-season weekday morning tour, met the other people in the party (one other person plus a guide), and spent some time practicing in the large, empty aquarium parking lot.

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US Cover for HELLHOLE (Tor Books)

This February, Brian Herbert and I will introduce our first non-Dune novel, Hellhole, the start of a new epic SF trilogy to be published by Tor Books.  We just received the final US cover, with a painting by Stephen Youll.

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“Terra Incognita” Audiobooks now available

Hachette Audio has just released the unabridged audio edition of the second Terra Incognita novel, The Map of All Things.  Award-winning narrator Scott Brick is the reader.

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Book Signing at the Columbia Memorial Space Center

On the day following the Writers of the Future event at the end of August, Rebecca and I appeared at the newly reopened Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California at a launch party for the new Star Challengers series.  This educational center, space museum, and Challenger Learning Center is an extensive complex on the site where some of the original Apollo Program work was done.

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Since 1996 I’ve been a judge and guest instructor for the annual Writers of the Future Contest; Rebecca became a judge in 2007.  It’s one of the most gratifying things we do each year—teaching a dozen or so of the best new writers to emerge from the many thousands of submissions received each quarter.

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