September 2010

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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I just received my editor’s copies of Blood Lite II: Overbite, the second volume of humorous horror stories, just in time for Halloween.  The book should be in stores by next week.

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Rush and a Mountaintop

Two great Rush concerts in one week and summiting a 14,264-ft peak; it’s tough to decide which part I enjoyed most.  (On the other hand, I don’t have to decide.)

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Appearance Schedule for DragonCon

The following is my complete appearance schedule at DragonCon this weekend.  In addition we also have a table in the lower dealers’ room, and you can usually find me there if I’m not on stage.


1 PM—reading (Hellhole and Blood Lite 2)

2:30 PM—autograph session (with Rebecca)

4 PM—How to Increase Your Writing Productivity (lecture)


1 PM—Challenger Center panel

2:30—Oil Spill Disasters

4 PM—autographing (w/June Scobee Rodgers & Rebecca at Catalyst Game Labs booth, upper dealers’ room)


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Meet June Scobee Rodgers at DragonCon

On Saturday, Sept 4, June Scobee Rodgers—founder of the Challenger Learning Centers—will be appearing with me and Rebecca, as well as Loren Coleman (publisher of Catalyst Books) at DragonCon in Atlanta.  We have a panel at 1 PM about the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education, as well as the Star Challengers series and the new release of the first volume, Moonbase Crisis.

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