November 2013

Unveiling: HELLHOLE INFERNO cover painting

Here’s something for you to feast your eyes on before Turkey Day!  Stephen Youll’s absolutely spectacular cover art for HELLHOLE INFERNO.

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Teaser Tuesday: Mike Baron’s WHACK JOB

Here’s a sample of an edgy thriller by award-winning comics legend Mike Baron, just released in print and eBook by WordFire Press. I’ve published Mike’s stories in two of my BLOOD LITE anthologies, and I love his visceral style. I think he reads like Quentin Tarantino on paper.

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Making Stories Happen: Two Kickstarter Anthologies

I’ve agreed to write a new short story for two new anthologies that are now up as separate Kickstarter projects, WINTER IN THE CITY and CARS, CARDS, AND CARBINES.  Each of these projects has a very cool high concept and a great cast of authors.

But the stories will only happen if the projects fund.  Please take a few minutes to look at the video, the authors who have agreed to contribute.  If either of these books looks like something you’d like to read, consider contributing.  You can make the stories happen.

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CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The *Graphic* Novel

If you’ve looked at the hardcover of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, or seen the images from the Rush “Clockwork Angels” tour, you know how lavish and visually interesting the story and the world is. So it was natural to think about a graphic novel adaptation as well.  BOOM! Studios, one of the largest comics publishers in the US, will be releasing CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel in six beautiful issues, scripted by me, beginning next April, simultaneous with the trade paperback release of the novel from ECW.

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One Piece at a Time: THE DRAGON BUSINESS now being offered as a Kindle Serial

This is an innovative way to read a story.  I was invited to be one of the authors in the new Amazon Kindle Serials program, where readers will get a new book of mine one piece at a time, each week for eight weeks.

Kindle Serials commissioned me to write THE DRAGON BUSINESS, which I blogged about as I produced it during the summer. This is a hilarious fantasy spoof about a group of medieval con men who travel from kingdom to kingdom selling their services as dragonslayers…even though there’s no dragon.  For fans of the Dan Shamble books, you’ll particularly love this.

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Another free sample of one of my SF novels, CLIMBING OLYMPUS, just reissued in trade paperback and all eBook formats by WordFire Press. As humans transform a planet, the planet transforms them…

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Things to Do

Writers portrayed in movies often have endless hours to sit alone, stare off toward the horizon, mulling over a poem (okay, or maybe a story or novel) they’ve been working on for the past couple of years.

Must be nice.

Most successful working writers I know have a number of different plates spinning on sticks, and I am spinning with the best of them.

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LIFEBOAT FOUNDATION—Inducted to the Advisory Board

Last June at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, I received the first-ever “Lifeboat to the Stars” Award for my book TAU CETI, with Steven Savile.   The Lifeboat to the Stars award is given by the Lifeboat Foundation for the best work of science fiction contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel.

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MENTATS OF DUNE final cover and jacket text

As I’m busy proofreading the typeset galleys for MENTATS OF DUNE, I realized I haven’t officially posted the final cover and jacket text.  The book will be released in the US and UK in March 2014.

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