It takes a lot for me to feel like the little guy. I’m over six feet tall and not exactly waifish. Professionally, I’ve held my own conducting interviews with politicians and CEOs for many, many years. I’ve had Steve Ballmer yelling at me a bare foot away from my face, and broke down in laughter with Jeff Bezos after a particularly fun grilling.
But here, at the Nebula Awards Weekend, I was most certainly the little guy. And it was pretty cool.
As part of my volunteer duties, I helped babysit the press room. And there was a moment yesterday where I’m sitting there while Sword & Laser interviewed the legendary (and truly wonderful) Gene Wolfe, with Nebula nominee Kim Stanley Robinson listening intently nearby, and John Scalzi and Mary Robinette Kowal hovering by the door, also eavesdropping.
And I’m just this newbie, you know? I don’t fanboy much, but it was a great moment.
Hello from San Jose! I’m here for the Nebula Awards Weekend, and it’s already been a lot of fun. I’m continually impressed by how welcoming folks have been to the new kid on the block.
Since I’m helping out a bit with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s publicity efforts this weekend, I was invited to join a small group of folks for dinner last night with SFWA Grand Masters Connie Willis and Gene Wolfe. Both are amazing writers, but perhaps more importantly, they’re just lovely people to be around. It was an honor to meet them both. They then went on to do great readings and an interesting discussion at SF in SF here.
As it turns out, The Daedalus Incident is a known quantity around here, and people seem quite interested in it, which is really gratifying to see. I mean, one person said, “Oh, you’re the guy with the book in limbo.” Yes, yes I am. But you HAVE heard of it. So that’s something, right?
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I admit, this floored me.
The Daedalus Incident has been named the science fiction/fantasy debut of the month by the folks at Library Journal, complete with a starred review. Their verdict:
Martinez’s debut is a triumph of genre-blending, as steampunk adventure merges with modern space opera. With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez’s title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed.
I have no words for this one, other than thank you, Library Journal. Just…wow.
Prepare for battle under Jupiter’s fiery red eye….
Welcome to the next installment of The Gravity of the Affair, the novella set in the historical fantasy setting of The Daedalus Incident. In Part I, posted last week, we were introduced to a young post-captain by the name of Horatio Nelson, in command of the 12-gun brig HMS Badger. Nelson had left Europa in pursuit of another vessel, and we pick up the story with him and his ship in the Void, looking for his quarry.
Turning to his glass, Nelson scanned the horizon, knowing full well that the sharp-eyed lookouts would spot the other vessel first. But it gave him something to do. And now that the Badger was out within the Void, there was much more to see. Jupiter waxed gibbous in this part of the Jovian system, and treated the eye to brilliant ribbons of orange and salmon, along with its famed fiery red eye. To starboard, Io burned like a tiny cinder in the blackness, while Ganymede to starboard was a lovely blue-white spark—one that now burned with the fires of revolution. It was there that thirteen British colonies—more than three quarters of the land held by the Crown on that moon—had rebelled against the rightful authority of the Crown, and word was that the French might involve themselves in the matter, as the French often did when they were unwelcome.
Nelson hoped to see Ganymedean colors upon the vessel he pursued, for that would give him free rein in his course, allowing him to take or destroy the “Ganny” vessel. Were she French, the matter would grow complicated quickly.
Lt. Edwards seemed to have his own mental calculus with regard to their prey. “Captain, a word?” he said, his back to the crew and his voice whispered in Nelson’s ear.
This is gonna be one of those blog posts made up of stuff that’s too long for Tweets, but too short to warrant their own separate posts.
First off, no official word yet on the Skyhorse/Start purchase of Night Shade Books’ assets. There’s not a heap I’m comfortable saying publicly, other than I remain encouraged by developments. While a bit of uncertainty remains, I expect it’s more a question of when than if at this point.
Folks who have pre-ordered The Daedalus Incident on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble may have noted that the release date has been changed from May 7 to June 11. This was news to me, and I’m not sure if that’s the official date or if it’s just a placeholder. Some pre-order customers at Amazon got e-mails updating them, others have not. Either way, you can still pre-order the book, and it’ll show up on or shortly after the official release date…whenever that is.
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for vampires, as odd as that sentence sounds. I came of age when Lost Boys was all the rage, and spent more than a few evenings playing Vampire: The Masquerade with friends in college. (No, I wasn’t goth, so you can stop picturing me in velvet and makeup, thanks. You’re only hurting yourself.)
Unfortunately, vampires seem to be one of those collective myths that regularly get reinvented, then beaten into the ground. They’ve been monstrous, romantic, angst-ridden and…sparkly. Taking on something that’s as iconic and over-used as the vampire requires a great degree of intestinal fortitude as well as a very creative angle. M.L. Brennan, author of Generation V, which debuted Tuesday, thinks she’s got an answer to that and, not coincidentally, to the guest blog theme question.
Welcome to Europa
Today was scheduled to be the release date for The Daedalus Incident, but since that’s been delayed, I’m pleased to introduce The Gravity of the Affair, a novella set in the Known Worlds setting shared by the novel.
The following is the start of the novella, and I’ll likely continue posting excerpts, in order, every so often between now and whenever Daedalus launches. Ultimately, I do have plans for this work, and I probably won’t post the entire thing. But since everyone’s been so awesome in supporting me while the Night Shade acquisition slogs along, I wanted to share something by way of thanks. Enjoy the read and, if you like it, be sure to tell others about it!
In Horatio Nelson’s opinion, there was very little to recommend the icy moon of Europa. Damnably cold and unsparingly bleak, the horrible little snowball was buffeted by terrible winds that drove ice and snow into every stitch of Nelson’s greatcoat as his ship plowed through its frigid seas. Even the sight of great Jupiter, a looming, Falstaffian presence in this part of the Known Worlds, was obscured by altogether too many shades of white and grey.
He would see Jupiter soon enough, however. That was enough to keep him warm for the time being. That…and knowing that he was well upon the trail of his quarry.