Two weeks until The Enceladus Crisis is out!

enceladuscover-frontAll right, then. It’s starting to get exciting.

The Enceladus Crisis lands on May 6, full of sailing-ships-in-space action and pan-dimensional shenanigans. Plus Saturn. I’m excited to see it out there and, judging by the reviews, I think it’s going to go well.

You’ll start to see me pop up on a variety of sites in the coming weeks, so I apologize in advance if you get a little me-fatigue. It happens, even to me. But I’ve got a nice variety of stuff coming, not simply just “hey, I wrote a book” posts and whatnot.

And I’ll be on podcasts too, starting with the Skiffy and Fanty Show’s Torture Cinema, which I record Friday. I supported the show’s fundraiser for WorldCon, and won the opportunity to name the next film to get the Torture Cinema treatment. Being a jerk, I gave them Highlander II: The Quickening. But I’ll be right there with them. It should be fun.

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Look what I got in the mail

The Enceladus Crisis is in my house, and it’s fabulous. Of course, since I wrote it, I get first dibs on copies.

photo (1)If you haven’t ordered yours yet, well…get on that! It’s available in ebook and print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, IndieBound, iTunes, Google Play and…yeah, pretty much anywhere you like. And in audio from Audible, too. It comes out May 6, which is less than three weeks away. Which is…wow, coming very soon!

On another note, congrats to all the Hugo and Campbell award nominees! This was my first time voting, and I was excited to see some of my choices make the short list. There were many worthy nominees, and I look forward to reading them. I recognize that there are some nominees that are controversial, and since I keep well upwind from controversy, I’m just going to focus on the works and the good stuff. And that’s all I got to say about that.

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Enceladus Crisis review and Goodreads giveaway!

While I was heading back home after our sojourn in Reykjavik — literally, I may have been off the coast of Greenland — Amazing Stories ran a review of The Enceladus Crisis that included very nice things. Reviewer Matt Mitrovich, who also runs the Alternate History Weekly Update, said:

Martinez’s writing style improved dramatically since the last book and I look forward to seeing how it will continue to evolve in the next book…. It was a great adventure tale that combined elements of a spy thriller with that of a space opera, with a bittersweet ending reminiscent to The Empire Strikes Back. I recommend Enceladus, and the series as a whole.

Thanks, Matt! I was especially encouraged by his comment on the writing. I’m still relatively new when it comes to fiction, so signs of improvement are most certainly a good thing.

Also worth noting: if you’re a member of Goodreads, you can enter The Enceladus Crisis giveaway there. We have 10 copies of the book up for grabs. The giveaway ends on May 6, which also happens to be the book’s release day. So go forth and enter!

Finally, I spotted The Enceladus Crisis on Apple’s iBookstore. It also includes a chance to download a sample of the book, and a decent sized one at that. So if you’re an Apple ebook customer, or just want to peek at the sample, check it out!

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Iceland is freakin’ gorgeous

DSCF0889 As promised, after yesterday’s stupid Twitter pics, I thought I’d share some of my better photos from our Iceland trip. These are all nature shots, because frankly, this island is gorgeous and it’s the best thing to share with you since I can’t shove Icelandic food through the Internet for you to try.

Iceland is volcanic, and it’s also being pulled apart by the North American and European tectonic plates. So you have mountains and volcanoes and geothermal goodness, along with some beautiful springs and falls and streams.

What you don’t have is trees. Before the island was settled around 870 A.D., it was much more forested. A millennium of settlement, along with the need for shelter and warmth, pretty much decimated the forests. They’re working on reforesting the place, but it’s going to take time. Right now, most forests are barely taller than I am. A common joke here goes:

“What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?”

“Stand up!”

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The Enceladus Crisis audiobook now available for pre-order on Audible

Just saw this today, though it may have been up there for a while. I couldn’t say, because I’ve been frolicking amongst the fjords here in Iceland. As one does.

Anyway, I’m pleased to report that the audiobook version of The Enceladus Crisis, the sequel to The Daedalus Incident, is now available for pre-order up on Audible.com. I’m also incredibly happy that the two narrators of Daedalus are back for Enceladus. Bernard Clark and Kristin Kalbli did a great job with the first one. Can’t wait to see how they tackled the second book.

The audiobook will be released on May 6, just like the print and (most of) the e-book versions. In addition to Audible, you can also order the audio edition on Amazon.

Enceladus is mere weeks away! Hope you guys enjoy it!

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Stupid Twitter pics from Iceland

And now, for your amusement, a collection of my dumbest/funniest Twitter pics from Iceland. This might be a partial grouping, because I’m not leaving until Tuesday and may be inspired to inflict more on my followers. Follow me on Twitter if you want to see whether I’m feeling clever again later. (Note: Actual cleverness not guaranteed.)

I’ll probably do a proper picture posting before I head off, one with far better images and more serious commentary. The country is just gorgeous, and I took a lot of nature photos with the digital camera instead of my two-year-old iPhone 4S.

For now, on with the show:

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Iceland is for writers

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m in Iceland while my wife Kate attends the Iceland Writers Retreat. The retreat organizers were kind enough to include partners and kids in their more social activities and tours. Even though I’m not participating in the retreat’s workshops, I’ve found plenty of Icelandic fuel for my writer-mind.

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A very old book in the library of Iceland’s presidential residence.

The Icelandic people are immensely proud of their literary heritage, and rightly so. They were the scribes of the Viking Age, committing the Sagas to print and providing a written history and folklore of the Scandinavian peoples. Icelandic, while today spoken by just 330,000 souls, give or take, is considered the language most like that of the old Vikings. (Geographic isolation will do that.)

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