The Gravity of the Affair is officially released today, and available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play and Kobo! (I expect links for the Audible.com audiobook to go live later today.) It also has its own Goodreads page, complete with a fresh review!
As a reminder for newcomers here, The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident. It follows the young post-captain Horatio Nelson, destined to become England’s greatest naval hero, during his first command sailing on the seas of Ganymede and Europa. When his first engagement with the enemy ends in defeat, he must face up to his failure — as well as a formal board of inquiry.
Will Nelson fulfill his destiny? Or will his actions in the Void ’round Jupiter snuff out his career before it begins?
The Gravity of the Affair is available in e-book for around $2.99, depending on the vendor, and will be up on Audible soon. You don’t need to have read The Daedalus Incident to enjoy the novella; if you have, though, you’ll see some nuggets of interest there. If you haven’t, it’s a great introduction to the worlds of the Daedalus series, if I do say so myself.
To celebrate the launch of this latest bit of work, I’ve written a guest post today over at the Hugo award-winning SFSignal, wherein I discuss world-building as a series evolves from a stand-alone novel. Check it out!
I feel for teams like Atlanta, Houston and Washington this time of year. They’re not going to the playoffs, which means their only motivation is to play for their jobs next year. And meanwhile, their general managers are secretly wishing they’d tank so they could stockpile high draft picks.
So much for the fun and romance of professional sports.
Thus, while you’re salivating over the Seattle-San Francisco and Carolina-New Orleans games, spare a moment for the guys playing out the string and hoping they’re doing enough to keep their jobs. Because that’s not a great place to be.
On the bright side, an enterprising ESPN blogger discovered that, yes, the heretofore hapless Jacksonville Jaguars could actually make the playoffs. Of course, a lot of things have to go right, and not just the Jags winning all their remaining games. More than a few teams have to pull out upsets this month, and there may be something involving the One Ring and a space-time anomaly. But it could happen. So go Jags!
And on that happy note, on with the picks. (Winners in italics.)
Today marks the unofficial start of launch week for The Gravity of the Affair, a novella set in the worlds of The Daedalus Incident which comes out on Friday in ebook and Audible audio. And to mark this auspiciousness, I have a guest post today over at The Qwillery, in which I talk about subgenres and labels and how certain books, mine included, can sometimes elude categorization.
I recognize that the Daedalus series can be difficult to describe, but there are a lot of books out there that don’t fit neatly into a subgenre. That’s a good thing, I believe, because for the adventurous reader, such books can provide entry into a wide variety of different stories.
Surf on over and check it out, and remember that Gravity is available for pre-order now on iTunes, Kobo and Google Play, and will hit Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible on Friday. Many thanks to The Qwillery for having me on!
With the whole Thanksgiving thing going on, some Christmas shopping and assorted other things — including completing edits on The Enceladus Crisis – the upcoming launch of The Gravity of the Affair sort of sneaked up on me. But it’s coming, and it’s going to be cool.
By way of reminder, The Gravity of the Affair is a stand-alone novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident. It’s the tale of a very young post-captain named Horatio Nelson, who is destined to become England’s greatest naval hero. But here, in 1779, he’s a brash young officer in command of a veritable dinghy, the brig HMS Badger, assigned to the seas of Ganymede. When Nelson puts his ship and crew in peril, he must defend his actions in the face of a possible Court Martial.
There’s alchemy, sailing ships in space, feats of derring-do, and a courtroom drama on top of it all. Will Nelson’s career end before it begins? Will he learn to temper his brashness?
The Gravity of the Affair will be available in ebook on Dec. 6 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as an ebook on Audlble.com. It’s also up for preorder today at Google Play, iTunes and Kobo. At roughly 52 pages, we’ve priced the ebook at $2.99. (No word on what Audible will charge yet.) If you enjoyed Daedalus, this gives you a bit more sailing-ships-in-space goodness before The Enceladus Crisis comes out in the spring. And if you’ve been on the fence about the Daedalus series, here’s your low-cost chance to give it a shot.
I’ll be doing some guest posts in the next week or two to help spread the word, and you’ll find links here as the posts go live. I’m excited about this little story, and I hope you enjoy it!
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I think last week’s picks were a perfect illustration of why you shouldn’t rely on my prognostication for anything worthwhile.
I mean, who thought San Diego would beat Kansas City, or that Houston was woeful enough to lose to the Jags? Tampa Bay beat Detroit? St. Louis beat Chicago? I think the Doctor had some bets going in Vegas, and used the TARDIS to fix a few games. Sonic screwdrivers don’t come cheap, after all.
In other news, it’s Thanksgiving! May you enjoy a peaceful and prosperous holiday, and remember to take time away from the games to, you know, talk to your loved ones and such.
Now, for what it’s worth, on with the picks! (Winners in italics)
I’m starting to think I may have written a decent book.
I woke up this morning to find that Library Journal named The Daedalus Incident one of the best SF/Fantasy books of 2013. Not just debut or anything…overall best. And they chose just five for the whole year.
Library Journal gave Daedalus a starred review back in May and named it the SF/F Debut of the Month, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this as well. There were a lot of truly excellent, inspiring works of fantasy and science fiction this year from some amazingly talented authors. I’m honored that anyone would think Daedalus ranks among them.
It’s also worth noting that Neal Asher’s The Departure also made LJ‘s list. That gives Night Shade Books two of the five books on the best-of list. Apparently, reports of Night Shade’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. I’ve really enjoyed working with the new Night Shade team on The Enceladus Crisis, and I fully believe he future of Night Shade is in good hands.
Thanks, Library Journal. You’re awesome!
All hail the Denver Broncos.
Denver gave the Kansas City Chiefs the Alderaan treatment last weekend, knocking off the NFL’s last undefeated team in convincing fashion. OK, so maybe it wasn’t an Alderaan-style obliteration, but the Broncos made it clear who’s in charge of the division and the conference, if not the entire league. Call it a Hoth-level event.
On the other end of the spectrum, the scrappy New York Giants have won four straight, and are a game and a half out of first place in the woeful NFC east. At 4-6, it’s not unreasonable to think they stand a chance of making the playoffs.
As history has shown, the best teams don’t always succeed in the postseason. In fact, while Peyton Manning has the numbers and the regular season record to be a lock for Canton, little brother Eli has two shiny rings to Peyton’s one. Once the playoffs start, it’s totally up for grabs.
That said, there’s still six weeks to go before the playoffs, so on with the picks! (Winners in italics.)