Kirkus picks Daedalus, and a guest post on world-building

I’m very stoked to see that The Daedalus Incident made Kirkus Reviews’ highlights and top picks for SF/F in July, especially with so many other excellent books out there right now. Kirkus notes:

If you like history, check out The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, a gripping historical fantasy adventure which combines the late-18th-century Age of Sail with space travel. Think of it as Master & Commander…in spaaace!

The extra A’s  totally make that blurb. Many thanks to Kirkus and to John DeNardo, who also runs the Hugo-winning site SFSignal.

Also today, I’m a special guest  up at the Irish writing site, talking about world-building in speculative fiction. I discuss how I used basic journalism questions — who, what, when, where and why — to flesh out the worlds of The Daedalus Incident. is also doing a giveaway of The Daedalus Incident along with the guest post — click here to enter, though I suspect this giveaway would be better suited to folks in Europe than here in the U.S., given that I haven’t done an overseas giveaway yet. For folks in America, I’m currently running a Goodreads giveaway of two signed copies, so be sure to enter!


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