If you’re curious about all the stuff you’ve heard about The Venusian Gambit and want to explore the Known Worlds where it all began, you’ve got a few hours left to enter to win The Daedalus Incident, the first book in the Daedalus trilogy.
The Goodreads giveaway of Daedalus ends at midnight (Pacific time), so best to get moving on it. There are three copies up for grabs this time, so your odds are better than you think. Of course, you have to register for Goodreads to enter if you’re not already a member, but it’s a pretty good site and membership is free.
And if you’re already a member and have read some or all of my books, I’d mightily appreciate it if you took the time to leave a rating and review, if you haven’t already, because word-of-mouth from readers really does help move things along. Thanks!
And the circle is now complete. It’s a very lovely thing to see.
To be fair, I didn’t get all that teary-eyed, but there was definitely some warm fuzzies happening. This is the first time I’ve had all three books together on my shelf, and it’s a great feeling. The Venusian Gambit comes out on May 5, and I hope it looks just as spiffy on your shelves as well. Or on your e-reader. Whatever works for you.
Good reviews, they do not get old. At all.
Alt-history guru Matt Mitrovich, proprietor of the immensely entertaining Alternate History Weekly Update, took to the pages of Amazing Stories to review The Venusian Gambit. His take:
I really enjoyed reading this series and The Venusian Gambit was a good way to end it. The world-building in the novel was excellent. …Martinez’ characters remain complex and I am happy he kept averting many over-used tropes. …The Daedalus series was a fun mash-up of different genres and The Venusian Gambit managed to have a satisfying conclusion while leaving us with just enough uncertainty to keep it realistic. Will Martinez write more books set in his multiverse? I don’t know, perhaps I will ask him when I get the chance, but whatever he writes I am sure to pick up a copy.
Read the whole review here. To Matt’s question: At this point, I’m looking at new projects, both within alt-history/historical fantasy and without, so I’m probably not heading back to the Known Worlds any time soon. That said…I love this setting and these characters, and if I’m lucky enough to keep doing this a while, who knows? It’ll depend on whether I have a great story to tell.
Many thanks to Matt and Amazing Stories for the kind words and all the support shown for the Daedalus series. Gambit is out May 5 — click here to find out where you can pre-order it!
As promised, this is your reminder that bidding is now open in Con or Bust‘s charity auction. And that one of the auction items is the complete Daedalus trilogy, including the forthcoming The Venusian Gambit, all signed. Heck, let’s even say signed and dedicated if you so choose.
You have until midnight on Sunday, May 3, to get your bids in. We’re starting off at $25, which is a pretty solid discount off the cover price for all three books. So get in there and get your bids placed! And while you’re at it, check out the other items up for auction, too. You may yet see a bid or two from me on some of these. They’re that awesome.
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I’m very happy to see that The Venusian Gambit made it into Library Journal‘s recent roundup of forthcoming SF/F titles. There’s only a handful of books mentioned out of the several dozen coming out in May, so I was pretty excited to see Gambit in there. My thanks to Megan McCardle and the whole Library Journal crew for once again showing the Daedalus series some love.
Also worth noting within the LJ roundup: A quote from The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato (she who blurbed Gambit so nicely), and a mention of The Rebirths of Tao by all-around great guy Wes Chu.
And congratulation to Molly Tanzer for her debut novel, Vermilion, named the LJ debut of the month in that same roundup. Fun fact: The Daedalus Incident was the SF/F debut of the month in LJ two years ago. The editor of my debut? Ross Lockhart. The editor of Molly’s debut? Ross Lockhart.
The editor of the Cthulhu Fhtagn! anthology coming out in August with my short story in it? Ross Lockhart.
Ross is now the proprietor of Word Horde and has continued kicking ass and taking names, as you can plainly see. He’s a fantastic editor and all his kudos are well deserved indeed. And I can’t wait to read Vermillion as well — it sounds amazing. Way to go, Molly!
First there was Kindle, and now The Venusian Gambit is available on Barnes & Noble’s Nook as well as via Kobo Books. Still waiting for Apple iBooks and Google Play, but those tend to take a bit longer; I’ll post when I see them go live.
Of course, you can still pre-order Gambit in print from all the usual suspects: Mysterious Galaxy, Books-A-Million,Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and Amazon. Of course, pre-ordering from your local bookseller makes you even more awesome than you already are. And for audiobook fans, it’s due out on Audible very soon.
The Venusian Gambit officially launches May 5, and with it the Daedalus trilogy comes to an end. I’m excited to see it out there — hope everyone enjoys it!
For reasons, certainly. Just undisclosed at the moment.