I’m heading to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Conference this weekend in Pittsburgh, and if you’re in the Pittsburgh area — or attending the weekend’s festivities or, frankly, just like road-tripping — there’s going to be a mass autograph signing this Friday evening, and I’ll be there with pen in hand.
The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center’s Grand Ballroom, and it’ll likely go for a few hours, at the very least. You can expect most of the Nebula Award nominees will be on hand to sign their stuff, along with many others — click here for the details. I’m told there will indeed be books on hand for sale, including copies of the Daedalus trilogy in mass-market paperback and hardcover copies of MJ-12: Inception. Of course, you can feel free to bring your own, too.
And chances are, I’m likely to have some extra advance reader copies of MJ-12: Shadows to give away as well. Given that this one isn’t out until September, you’re getting your hands on it super-early (and with some typos, because it’s a pre-proof copy, which means it’s totally a collector’s item).
I haven’t been to the Nebulas since 2013, just before The Daedalus Incident came out. The event’s evolved considerably since then, with a lot of cool panels and information sessions. I’m still feeling like a newbie compared to some, so I’m planning on listening and learning as much as I can. And, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing my people again.
So if you’re going — for the whole conference or just for the signing — be sure to find me and say hello!
Thanks to a keen-eyed fan, I discovered that The Enceladus Crisis is on sale for just $1.99 across the major ebook retailers. When did it start? Dunno. When will it end? No idea. But for now, you can get the second book in the Daedalus trilogy for less than a latte at Starbucks.
And yes, Enceladus is the second book, but I wrote it in such a way that you can ideally pick up what transpired in The Daedalus Incident without getting too bogged down. So go ahead and plop down that $1.99 and check it out if you haven’t already. And if you have, tell your friends!
UPDATE: As of Saturday afternoon, it’s still on sale! At this point, it’s a mystery as to how long it’ll last, but given that folks really seem to be buying it, I’m quite OK with it.
The fine folks at the United States Postal Service brought me a present this past weekend — a box full of MJ-12: Shadows advance reader copies! And they are gorgeous and even after five years of authoring, I’m still stunned and amazed to see my name on a book.
Most of these are headed to Pittsburgh to be given away at the SFWA Nebula Conference, but for all the folks who follow me on the blog and on Twitter, I wanted to do a little something special and give two lucky winners a shot at getting a signed copy of their very own.
How? Super simple. If you’re on Twitter, retweet this:
And for folks who aren’t on Twitter, all you have to do is comment on this blog post. That’s it. You’re in. Oh, and if you do both, that’ll count as two entries.
What about Facebook or Instagram or other stuff, you ask? I’m not on those. But tell you what, if you put a link to another social media post about MJ-12: Shadows in the comments here, I’ll count each link as yet another entry. Deal? Deal. Also, note that I moderate comments on here, so if yours doesn’t show up right away, don’t panic. It’ll get there.
You’ve got until midnight Pacific time on May 12 to enter. After that, I’ll choose two winners at random and we’ll get some books in the mail for you.
UPDATE: We’re done! Congratulations to Susan and Robert! Your books are in the mail. Enjoy!
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Here’s your obligatory time-is-running-out notice: The charity auctions to benefit Con or Bust — an organization that sends lots of awesome people of color to SF/F conventions — end tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT. That means you have a little more than a day to bid on stuff, including signed copies of all my books to date, including a never-before-seen advance copy of MJ-12: Shadows.
I have two lots in the auction. The first is all three Daedalus paperbacks — The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis and The Venusian Gambit — signed and sent to your door if you win. The other is a signed hardcover of MJ-12: Inception and, as previously mentioned, that signed advance copy of MJ-12: Shadows, which doesn’t come out until September.
So there you go. Click here to get bidding! As of this posting you have 24 hours — GO!
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Readers of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog got first dibs, but they’ve now had their moment, so I’m gonna share with you, Valued Personal Blog Readers.
Behold, the cover of MJ-12: Shadows!
Sorry, I got tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next Thursday night in IMAX 3D and I’ve got Rocket on the brain. Anyway.
Yes! New cover! Obviously, it bears more than a passing resemblance to MJ-12: Inception, because they’re the same series and such. Different color palette, of course, and the city in the background is Damascus this time, for reasons that should be evident if you head on over to the B&N SF&F Blog and read up on it.
Once again, the artist and designer over at Night Shade Books have done a fantastic job, and if you’ll recall, there’s some excellent interior design in MJ-12: Shadows as well. Good stuff. They’ve really made these books look awesome.
And as a reminder, MJ-12: Shadows is available for preorder. Those really do help, so if you’re excited about this one, go ahead and pull the trigger. Like Rocket.
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Now you can get all my books — including an advance reader copy (ARC) of MJ-12: Shadows — via the charity auctions set up by Con or Bust starting today.
I’ve got two lots up for bid this year. The first consists of signed mass-market paperback copies of the full Daedalus trilogy — The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis and The Venusian Gambit — which you can bid on here. The second is a hardcover copy of MJ-12: Inception and the ARC of MJ-12: Shadows, which you can bid on here. And yes, I’ll sign every book.
This is the first time anywhere you can get your hands on MJ-12: Shadows. We haven’t even released the cover images yet — though stay tuned for that soon — so you can get a good jump-start on the series before Shadows comes out in September. And of course, I remain super proud of the Daedalus trilogy and the reception it’s received over the years.
This is the fourth year I’ve supported the Con or Bust auctions. Con or Bust provides free SF/F convention passes to people of color, which is a beautiful thing indeed. Science fiction and fantasy needs more voices and different perspectives, and this is a really solid way of bringing more people into the fold.
The bidding started this morning and will last until Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. EDT. So you have some time. That said, the money goes to a most worthy cause, so bid early and often! There’s some super-cool stuff up for bid — lots of signed books, some manuscript critiques, jewelry, art, a signed Farscape script, delicious treats…just check it out. Support a great cause and maybe get some awesome SF/F swag!
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For those of you who have read MJ-12: Inception, you know that the good folks at Night Shade Books really did a fantastic job with the interior layout and design of the book, particularly with the realistic “found” documents inside.
I think MJ-12: Shadows is even better in that regard. They’ve really knocked it out of the park this time. In fact, I’m going to post four pages here to give you an inkling of what you’ll get when MJ-12: Shadows comes out Sept. 5.
Warning: There are very, very mild spoilers in the pages below. Honestly, if you’ve read the blurb up on Amazon and you’re up on your history, nothing should be too shocking. But for those who want things spoiler-free, go read this excellent essay on writing and age by Chuck Wendig and forget I ever posted this. Deal? Deal.