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STAR CHALLENGERS—Official Announcement

I’ve mentioned previously the new Young Adult space series that Rebecca and I are writing to support the Challenger Learning Centers, Star Challengers.  The first book is about to be released, and the first press release just went out at GenCon last weekend, to be followed up by an official launch at the national Challenger Center conference in St Louis next week.

Here’s the text of the press release:

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Writing on the Colorado Trail

Last week I found myself faced with an avalanche of deadlines.  I wrapped up all the pieces, contracts, permissions, copyright listing, contents, bios, and intros for the next Nebula Awards Showcase, which I’m editing.  Brian Herbert and I wrapped up the back-and-forth expansion of our chapter outline for The Sisterhood of Dune; we’ve found that the more detail we put into our outlines, the smoother the writing process goes; altogether this outline is over 100 pages long (the novel itself will probably be 600 pages or so).

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ENEMIES & ALLIES wins Scribe Award

At San Diego Comic Con, my Batman/Superman novel Enemies & Allies won the Scribe Award, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, in the speculative fiction category (tied with Greg Cox and his Read more

New David Farland Writing Seminar: Write That Novel

Bestselling novelist David Farland, whom some of you may know as Dave Wolverton, has announced he will be giving a two-day writing seminar in the Boston area, November 13-14.  ”Write That Novel” is one of his popular most popular workshops.

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New Dungeons & Dragons story

My new “Dungeons and Dragons” novelette, Oasis of Blood, has just been published as featured fiction on the official D&D website.  It’s set in the Dark Sun universe.

I wrote this story last fall on the cruise ship, while Rebecca and I were taking a Mediterrranean cruise.  I enjoyed the work very much.  The story is available for free download.

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Our German publisher Heyne has just released their translation of The Winds of Dune.  Heyne has always produced very nice-looking editions.

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HELLHOLE cover paintings

Stephen Youll, the fantastic artist who has done most of our Dune covers (as well as my three Star Wars anthologies and my solo novel Blindfold) has delivered his cover paintings for HELLHOLE, the first book in my new epic SF trilogy with Brian Herbert.  Steve painted two variations on a spectacular scene that really captures the planet Hellhole…a terrible place that only the most desperate colonists will accept, but also with a majestic secret.  An all-new science fiction saga for those who enjoyed my Dune novels with Brian Herbert or my Saga of Seven Suns series.

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Climbing Mount Ouray

Last Tuesday I climbed spectacular Mount Ouray, a very distinctive peak prominent on the drive to Salida, Colorado.  Ouray is 13,971 ft, a hair shy of a Fourteener—which means that very few people climb it, regardless of how spectacular it is.

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Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Philip Athans, the managing editor for novels at Wizards of the Coast, has just put together an extensive and extremely useful book for aspiring authors in SF/F, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction.  He did extensive interviews with me, R.A. Salvatore, Mike Resnick, Terry Brooks, and other bestselling, award-winning authors to develop an extensive guidebook on all aspects of developing, writing, and publishing in the genre.

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Now that HELLHOLE is delivered and in production, Brian Herbert and I spent most of last week holed up together in intensive brainstorming for our next DUNE novel.

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