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Guest blog: Bruce Taylor on STORMWORLD

STORMWORLD, written by Brian Herbert and myself, was begun on 9/11.  Indeed it was frightening and apalling to watch the trade towers explode and crumble into billowing clouds of flame, smoke and ash.

Such a disaster.  But in context to the book we began that morning, STORMWORLD, in retrospect, reflects upon the question of what the greater disaster?  That? Or the (recently revised) 70,000 who died in the heat wave the broiled France in 2003? Or the 58,000 Russians who died from stiffling heat and suffocating smoke from burning peat bogs around Moscow several years back?

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Guest blog from Brian Herbert: when the OCEAN fights back

One day several years ago, my wife Jan returned from a trip to Hawaii, and she had an idea for a novel that was simple yet large in scope—as many great ideas are—a story about problems in the ocean that she’d been wanting to write for years.
I spent some time brainstorming with her, and in a spiral notebook I mad
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Painting Social Media Red for CLOCKWORK LIVES

Hoping we can add a splash of something interesting on your Facebook and Twitter feeds for the upcoming release of CLOCKWORK LIVES on September 15.

As I’ve said before (incessantly, some might call it), I am really very pleased with this book. It’s a gorgeous volume, and I think some of the best storytelling I’ve done. Neil Peart called it the best thing of mine he’s ever read (and he’s read quite a lot)

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Guest blog: Disasters! DRAGON VIRUS by Laura Anne Gilman

When Kevin Anderson approached me about being part of the Storybundle for his Disasters collection, I was surprised – because I’d never thought of DRAGON VIRUS in that way before. I mean, disaster books are action-adventure stories, as a rule. DRAGON VIRUS has action, and it has adventure, and courage and tragedy and all that, but…a disaster story?

Well, yes.  Once I’d thought about it, yes.

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Guest Blog: SEEDS of disaster from Chris Mandeville

Readers asked, so I answer: how my debut novel SEEDS came to be

My inspiration for Seeds was two-fold: a “practical” inspiration and a creative one, but not in the order you might expect. The seed for both came in the form of a phone call that woke me from a dead sleep.

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WorldCon/Sasquan Report

As Rebecca and I gather our books, materials, and clean clothes for DragonCon this weekend, I realize I never posted pics and a summary of the recent Worldcon.

Here, just the highlights. Our WordFire team had driven up ahead of time and set up our great booth in the Dealer’s Room, and they did a big book release part for our new edition of THE OUTPOST by Mike Resnick. Rebecca and I didn’t arrive until the next day, to the sharp smell of smoke in the air from the forest fires.

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This could be a disaster!

Every time you turn on the news, you see a different possibility for how the world might end—and imminently! Climate change, Ebola, asteroid impact, nuclear war … zombie apocalypse. How will you prepare? How will you save your family? How will you help save the world for your children and future generations?

Obviously, the best preparation is to read up on every possible disaster scenario. And a great way to start is with the Disasters Storybundle, which just launched at

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New Writers of the Future Workshop—Open to the Public

For over 30 years, the Writers of the Future Contest has been one of the premier writing contests in the science fiction and fantasy field, known not just for the awards ceremony and the prize money, but especially for the intensive week-long writing workshop taught by some of the biggest names in the field. This workshop is available only to the winners.

Until now.

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Pre-release of Neil Peart: CULTURAL REPERCUSSIONS—only Two Days Left

Next month WordFire Press will release an insightful new book about the work, influence and legacy of legendary Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart. CULTURAL REPERCUSSIONS is written by well-respected professor and literary critic Brad Birzer, who has also written similar analytical books on JRR Tolkien, Charles Carroll, Christopher Dawson, and Russell Kirk

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Modern Day Warriors: Rushcon and Grand Finale of R40 Rush Tour


The word “awesome” is overused, but last weekend was truly an awesome weekend. Rebecca and I flew out to LA, where I was a guest speaker at the 15th Rushcon (the international convention for Rush fans, of course), and then the final Rush concert for their R40 tour (possibly the final Rush concert ever).

Awesome, as I said.

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