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Check out the Cuba Writers Program reading this Monday in New York

If you follow this blog, you generally like good writing, right? Of course you do! So here’s a great opportunity to attend a super-cool reading by attendees of the inaugural Cuba Writers Program this coming Monday in New York City.

The reading features Cuba Writers Program instructors and students, including Alden Jones, Donna Bolding, John Hill, Beatrice Hill, V. Hansmann and Katrina Woznicki. (Full disclosure: Katrina is my wife. She’s also a far better writer than I am.) They’ll be reading from their work, some of which came out of the program itself. And no doubt they’ll talk about the great program they had down in Cuba this past May.

The reading is Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Cornelia Street Cafe, which is at (unsurprisingly) 23 Cornelia St. in New York City, right by the West 4th subway station in the West Village. I’m told it’s a very cool space, and I’m looking forward to all the great writing and everyone talking about their experiences in Cuba.

So come out and support these great writers, have a snack, be entertained, feed your brain. See you there!

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It’s August! Time for an update!

Where does the time go? Already August, and there’s a heap of stuff happening in the coming weeks. I figured it was high time to start letting you know what’s up.

Obviously, the biggie is the release of MJ-12: Inception on Sept. 6. Night Shade Books went all out on the printing with this one — really cool interior design, spiffy hardcover, even some embossing on the jacket. Of course, the jacket also has blurbs from Harry Turtledove, Chris Roberson, Beth Cato and Mike Underwood, along with some reviews that haven’t hit yet. Overall, I’m very, very happy with the reaction thus far.

You’ll start to see a lot of reviews and guest posts and interviews crop up in the weeks ahead, especially as we get closer to Sept. 6. There’s a lot of gracious folks out there willing to have me show up in their digital space, and I’m very grateful for it. (And I pay it forward, too: If you’re a creative type, here’s how you get a guest post on this blog.)

And then there are events! Online and off! Here’s the three big ones I have coming up.

DragonCon: Yes, I’m heading down to Georgia for the third straight year, which means I love me some DragonCon. The people are great, the panels are top notch. I just got my preliminary schedule today and I’m pretty jazzed about what I’ll be doing. More to come on that, but you can certainly count on a reading at the con, some great panels and as many giveaways as I can stuff into my suitcase.

Launch night reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco: After DragonCon, I go home for an evening, then promptly head off to San Francisco (after dropping my kid off for her first day at school, because priorities). On Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., I’ll be celebrating the launch of MJ-12: Inception at Borderlands Books in the Mission District. It’s such a great store and totally worthy of your business. If you’re in the area, I hope I’ll see you there.

Reddit r/Fantasy AMA: And on Sept. 13, I’ll be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything for the Reddit newbies) over on r/Fantasy. Bring your questions and I’ll bring my answers.

There’s more, of course. There’s always more. I’ll definitely keep you posted. In the meantime, you can pre-order MJ-12: Inception from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionMysterious GalaxyBorderlands Books, and/or through your local bookstore via Indie Bound. You can also order your KindleNookKobo and Apple iBook editions, too.

And if you’re among the few who’ve got your hands on it already, I’d ask that you give it an honest review over at Amazon and/or Goodreads. That sort of thing really does help, and it’s greatly appreciated.

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The calm before the storm

MJ12_FinalIt’s been quiet here on the blog because, well, there hasn’t been too much to report, really. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy — quite the contrary. You just haven’t seen the results yet.

MJ-12: Inception comes out in just over two months. (Have you pre-ordered it yet? It totally helps when you do. Check out Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Mysterious Galaxy,Borderlands Books, and Indie Bound.) So when I’m not day-jobbing, spending time with the family and writing the next MJ-12 book, I’m laying some serious groundwork for September.

What’s that entail? Well, we have some blurbs from fellow scribes that are pretty amazing and humbling and just wow, for starters. It’s always a little awkward to ask folks for a blurb, but always gratifying when they send you something lovely and thoughtful. So I’ve been gathering those. Also got some sneak-peeks at reviews, too, which are likewise gratifying. More on those soon.

Then there’s guest posts, interviews and podcasts and all that good stuff. Already have some stuff lined up in that regard, including a magazine piece that I’m pretty excited about. (Magazine as in newsstand, national circulation magazine, which is pretty sweet.) Lining that up takes some doing. I’m trying to schedule everything neatly so that A) I’m writing and/or saying something compelling, and B) I don’t unduly repeat myself.

Then there’s DragonCon! Yes, I’ll be attending again, because it’s just plain fun. But it’s also the weekend before launch, so we’re trying to pull out the stops and do some fun things. We’re working to have MJ-12: Inception available to the booksellers in the vendor hall so folks at the con can buy it before the Sept. 6 release date. I’ve been working with Doctor Q, the Alternate History track director, to come up with some nifty panel ideas, too. And there will be giveways and swag. It will be majestic. 

And finally, I’ve lined up a pretty nice launch night event. Since the venue hasn’t announced it yet, I’m holding my powder. But I’m pretty excited about it.

So yeah, that’s kind of what’s been going on. This is my fourth (oh wow fourth) release, and some of this has become standard operating procedure. But this is a new series, too, so we’re working really hard to make it something special. It’s kind of like making a first impression all over again. Fingers crossed!

Oh, and it’s most certainly worth mentioning that The Venusian Gambit lands next week in mass-market paperback, with a whole new MJ-12: Inception excerpt inside. And there’s a couple of short story announcements waiting in the wings too.

Wish I could say more; there’s some stuff coming that I can’t wait to tell you about. Soon!

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MJ-12: Inception on PW’s list of Fall 2016 titles; e-book pre-orders now available!

MJ12_FinalSo here’s a nifty little news item: MJ-12: Inception is on Publishers Weekly‘s list of Fall 2016 announcements for science fiction, fantasy and horror. There are, of course, hundreds of titles slated to be released this fall, but this particular list is pretty much just the lead titles and notables for each publishing house.

Needless to say, I’m quite happy to be there.

Also, it turns out that Night Shade Books is announcing a first printing of 20,000 copies which…whoa, boy, that’s a lot of copies. Honestly, it’s daunting as all get out, because that’s a whole lot of books with my name on them. But apparently, it also means that they’ve been doing a great job of wrangling initial orders from booksellers, too. So it’s also encouraging.

We’re lining up a lot of cool stuff for the weeks running up to the book’s Sept. 6 launch. There will be giveaways. I’ll be doing a number of cool things at DragonCon. There will be a launch-night reading somewhere completely awesome. And I know the good folks at Night Shade are working their tails off to line up even more. You can’t stop the signal.

If you’re so inclined, pre-orders are an excellent way to help boost the signal. If you’re likely to buy the book anyway — or just curious enough to part with a few bucks — I’d wholeheartedly encourage you to pre-order MJ-12: Inception from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Mysterious Galaxy, Borderlands Books, and/or through your local bookstore via Indie Bound. You can also just ask; booksellers are awesome like that.

You can also preorder your Kindle, Nook and Apple iBook editions, too. As with most pre-orders, you can expect the prices to come down a bit as we get closer to launch, so don’t let the early sticker-shock stop you. Amazon, B&N and others will adjust your tab accordingly.

So why are pre-orders important? The more folks who chime in now with orders, the more booksellers are likely to stock up as the launch gets closer. And all those pre-orders count toward first-week sales, which further prompts booksellers to adjust inventories and promote the book more. (And yes, pre-orders also count toward the first-week sales used to calculate the bestseller lists, but…baby steps, man. That’s some cart-before-horse stuff right there.)

Long story short, if you like my books and/or want to check out MJ-12: Inception, then your pre-orders are greatly appreciated.

Finally, here’s another fun little tidbit. I was on a panel at Phoenix Comicon called “Trope Talk: Comedic Relief” with Scott Sigler and Yvonne Navarro — and thanks to Scott and his handy digital recorder, you can now listen in. Here’s the link. It’s like being there, but without the 117-degree temps outside. (And, sadly, without getting to see Scott’s dead-on impression of a dinosaur in the bar that evening. Alas.)  I’m slightly chagrined at all the “umm”s I have in there, but hopefully it’s not too egregious. Enjoy!

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The post-Phoenix Comicon post

Short version: That was incredibly super fun. Will repeat.

But hey, I think we can do better, right?

Phoenix Comicon has one of the best author/books tracks of any major convention I’ve been to. So what makes it the best, you ask? For one, there are a ton of great authors writing a dizzying array of diverse works. Two, the topics of the panels are usually pretty interesting and thought-provoking. Third, the con puts our books on sale right next door to the panels, and the marketer in me loves that impulse-buy opportunity.

But mostly, it’s the fans. The folks in the audience at all of my panels were super-smart and incredibly engaged. Their questions were thoughtful and really kept us all on our toes. The resulting conversations were informative to me, and I hope they were to everyone who came.

The fans are the biggest reason I go, and y’all are really generous with your time and encouragement of my work, and I try to do the same with whatever you got going on, too. For the first time, I had someone in the audience at a panel actually reference parts of my books as an example that I didn’t even think of — and I didn’t even know who he was, let alone did I bribe him. So that was lovely.

And now some more highlights in now particular order!

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It’s time for Phoenix Comicon! Here’s where I’ll be!

I had a blast at last year’s Phoenix Comicon, and I’m really looking forward to this year. I’ve got a lot of cool stuff going on, and if you’re going to be there, I hope you’ll get a chance to say hi.

Here’s my schedule of events for this year, which is also on my fancy-pants guest page. Chances are, I’ll have an ARC of MJ-12: Inception on me at any one of these, so keep an eye open for giveaways!

Panel/Event Schedule

Tonight, 7 p.m. — Elevengeddon at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale! I’ll be joined by something like 19 other authors for a mega-SF/F signing spectacle at one of the best independent bookstores in the country. Here’s the event listing and address. It’s the ultimate SF/F convergence. BE THERE.

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. — Trope Talks: Comedy Relief, North 128B. This panel will discuss the role of the comedic sidekick in stories, and how they’re more than just the funny guy in the room. With Scott Sigler and Yvonne Navarro.

Friday, 3 p.m —  Building a Believable World: The Deets, North 129A. Let’s drill down into worldbuilding with some pretty awesome authors, including Bradley Beaulieu, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Shannon Messenger and Victoria V.E. Schwab.

Friday, 6 p.m. — The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi, North 128A. Why so serious? This panel takes a look at more optimistic views of the genre. With Alexandra Olivia, Greg van Eekhout, Howard Tayler, Jody Lynn Nye and Suzanne Young.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. — Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing, North 128A. Obviously, this is kind of my sweet spot. Let’s put genres in a blender and see what happens. With Adam Christopher, Aprilynne Pike, Neo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro.

Saturday, 4 p.m. — Bioskeletons, Neurotransmitters, Synthesia: Medical Science in Sci-Fi, North 127C. Let’s talk about futuristic medicine in a panel organized by the fantastic folks at Geeky Giving!

Saturday, 6 p.m. — Drinks with Authors, North 120. Come see authors in their natural habitat, i.e. near the bar. This informal hangout is one of my favorite things, and there will be raffles to benefit Kids Need to Read. Come say hi, drink drinks and maybe win something — all for a great cause.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. — World Building: Are We Still Talking About This? An interesting take on world-building with this panel; we’re being asked when it gets to be too much, or when it matters less. With Greg van Eekhout, John Peck/Jack Heckel and Sarah Remy.

Signing Schedule

And in addition to all these fun panels, I’ll be doing signings at the con as well. A bunch in fact. To wit:

Thursday, 3 p.m. — Signing Lounge, North 127AB. There’s a lounge? Are there drinks? I’m hanging out with Becky Chambers, Jamie Wyman, Jason Hough, Michael Kogge, Patrick Hemstreet, Sarah Remy and Yvonne Navarro.

Thursday, 6 p.m. — Exhibitor Hall Signing. There’s also the signings in the big hall, too. With Becky Chambers, Greg van Eekhout, Jason Hough, Michael Kogge, Patrick Hemstreet and Sarah Remy.

Friday, noon — Exhibitor Hall Signing. Once more, with feeling! With Alexandra Olivia, Austin Aslan, Michael Kogge and Shannon Messenger.

Friday, 4:30 p.m. — Signing Lounge, North 127AB. Lounging about, apparently, with Bradley Beaulieu, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Holly Jennings, Jason Hough, Michael Kogge, Shannon Messenger and Weston Ochse.

Saturday, noon — Signing Lounge, North 127AB. At this point, we’ll probably be crooning ’70s lounge music. And we’ll be doing it with Aprilynne Pike, Bradley Beaulieu, Christina Henry, Leanna Renee Hieber, Neo Edmund, Patrick Hemstreet, Sam Sykes, Sarah Remy and Victoria V.E. Schwab.

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. — Exhibitor Hall Signing. Really, you will not want for signing opportunities. With Alexandra Olivia, Neo Edmund and Jason Hough (who will likely be quite sick of me by this point).

Sunday, noon — Exhibitor Hall Signing. This will be your last chance to get something signed by me. Not that you haven’t had ample opportunity. With Alexandra Olivia, Alyssa Wong (whose short stories are amazing and wonderful), the incomparable Kevin Hearne and Patrick Hemstreet (who will also be sick of me by this point).

So yeah. Seriously, if you’re having trouble finding me, you’re obviously slacking something fierce.

You can also follow me on Twitter to see what I’m up to and, perchance, have another crack at free books. I’ll have the aforementioned MJ-12: Inception ARCs, but also a couple sets of the Daedalus trilogy to give away, and I’ll have a ton of bookmarkts for you too. Because I’m nice like that.

Hope to see you in Phoenix!

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Elevengeddon! Tomorrow night at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale!

If you like SF/F books and are less than a half-day’s journey from beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz., you are officially out of excuses — Elevengeddon is coming to the Poisoned Pen tomorrow night, and you need to be there.

Why? Because while the -geddon was officially set at Eleven, we now have twenty-one authors descending on this hapless bookstore. The event kicks off on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, Ariz. Here’s the calendar listing. And as for that aforementioned twenty-one authors, they are:

That’s s a veritable flock, a slew, a plethora, a bar tab full of authors. A critical mass of science-fictional and fantastical awesomeness crammed into one bookstore. How could you not be there?

It’s gonna be huge — the store is already expecting at least 300 people, if not more. In order to keep things moving, the Poisoned Pen is going to issue wristbands for folks so they can get folks in and out of there. They’ll start handing out wristbands at 6 p.m., and each wristband will get you 45 minutes in the store to have your books signed. (i.e. the first batch of folks go from 7-7:45 p.m., the next batch is 7:45-8:30 p.m., etc.) That way, nobody has to wait around forever in line. Get your wristband, and then go grab a bite to eat or something until it’s your time.

That said, we’re not going to leave anybody hanging. You want books signed? We’ll sign your books, no matter how long it takes. Fans are awesome, and we appreciate you immensely.

Also, it should be noted that Pat and Brandon will only be signing three books per person. Otherwise, their hands will just fall off, and then they couldn’t type any more books for you.

So if you’re in town for Phoenix Comicon, or if you live in the area, or you feel like taking last-minute road-trips, head on over to the Poisoned Pen tomorrow night!

 

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The Enceladus Crisis comes out in paperback May 10!

TEC-cover-mmpgApril’s been a very busy month, and I haven’t given the blog it’s due. And I’ve been remiss in mentioning that The Enceladus Crisis will be released in mass-market paperback on May 10, which is super exciting for me and, hopefully, a new opportunity for readers to explore the Daedalus trilogy.

The Enceladus Crisis picks up where The Daedalus Incident left off — two years after the strange quakes on Mars that plagued our heroes in the 22nd century, and nearly twenty years after a young Lt. Thomas Weatherby unraveled the mysteries of Cagliostro’s insidious plot. There’s more twists and turns in this one, new and exotic locations, and the peril — oh, the peril! It’s not an easy time for anyone in this book.

The paperback release, in addition to being easier to carry around and cheaper (ebook prices have already started to come down), also includes a new excerpt from MJ-12: Inception, the first book in the MAJESTIC-12 series of paranormal Cold War spy thrillers out in hardcover this September.

The first excerpt, in The Daedalus Incident paperback, introduced readers to a young Army officer named Frank Lodge as he navigated a particularly harrowing situation in Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The excerpt in Enceladus introduces Danny Wallace, a Navy man investigating something very unusual in Hiroshima three months after the city was leveled by the world’s first atomic weapon.

And yes, there will be a third, all-new excerpt of MJ-12: Inception released with The Venusian Gambit paperback in July.

I’m quite excited and very gratified at how The Daedalus Incident sold in paperback — thank you, readers! And the support the series has been getting on social media has been pretty awesome. I don’t have plans to run a contest for The Enceladus Crisis at the moment — there’s been too much other stuff to do — but any shout-outs on social media, and any reviews you care to place on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads and the like, is greatly appreciated.

MJ12_FinalAs for other things, I’m busy preparing to draft MJ-12: Shadows (working title), the second MAJESTIC-12 novel. It was a tougher nut to crack since the world of the Variants has expanded quite a bit, but I worked through a bunch of stuff this month and have the whole thing mapped out, as is my wont before I start the actual writing. It feels like I’m a bit behind in the process, likely because I’ve been busy with day-job things, but when I look at the calendar, I feel quite good about where I am.

Advance reader copies (ARCs) of MJ-12: Inception have been printed, and I’m eagerly awaiting my stash. The cover is beautiful, and the interior design is absolutely gorgeous. (I may have mentioned that before, but it bears repeating. Gorgeous.) I’ll also be getting digital ARCs soon for reviewers and the like. It’s a real thing that’s happening, and I’m pretty stoked.

I’m also getting excited for Phoenix Comicon during the first weekend of June. Not 100% sure on panels yet, though I know I’m doing something with Geeky Giving as well as a panel on humorous sidekicks, plus there’s the Elevengeddon signing at the Poisoned Pen and the Drinks with Authors charity thing. I’m bringing some MJ-12: Inception ARCs as well — if you’re going, watch my Twitter feed carefully if you want one.

So that’s what I got going on. I promise to be far more entertaining on the blog in May.

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ELEVENGEDDON returns! Join us in Scottsdale on June 1!

Kevin Hearne made this. He’s a multi-talented fellow.

Going to Phoenix Comicon? Of course you are. It’s a rad con. And if that’s the case — or you happen to live in the greater Phoenix area — you had best brace yourself. Elevengeddon is coming back.

For the second year in a row, the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale is hosting a veritable bushel of fantastic science fiction and fantasy writers the night before Phoenix Comicon kicks off. And yes, that bushel includes me. Last year was so much fun, and this year promises to be even better.

The event kicks off on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, Ariz. Here’s the calendar listing. And as for the authors, well….

I mean, good Lord. This is an awesome bunch. I know some of these fine people personally, and know others solely from their work. All are amazing.

Now, if you can’t get to Arizona — though, really, you should — never fear. Just call the Poisoned Pen ahead of time and they’ll have us sign books for you, then ship them right to your door. (Note: You still have to pay for ’em.)

That said, I really hope you can get there if you’re going to be in the area. I may very well have advance copies of MJ-12: Inception to give away to one or two lucky attendees. Plus, of course, I’ll be signing the Daedalus series books — including the mass-market paperback editions of The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis

Finally, my thanks to the incomparable Kevin Hearne for organizing this again. He’s a fantastic fellow, and you should purchase and read all his books.

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Officially heading to Phoenix Comicon this June!

I loved being a guest at Phoenix Comicon last year. The panels were a huge amount of fun, I met a lot of fans, I had a blast hanging out with my fellow authors and more fans, and if I may be mercenary for a moment, I saw a lot of my books get sold.

So yeah, of course I asked to go back. And the most excellent folks at PHXCC agreed to invite me again. So look out Phoenix…I am coming for your tacos and craft beer once more, from June 2-5 to be exact.

Scheduling? Dunno yet. I’m sure there will be panels. No doubt there will be signings, and I’m hoping that the crew at Mysterious Galaxy will be there selling books again. I’ll certainly talk about the Daedalus trilogy, especially with The Enceladus Crisis out in paperback just weeks before the con.

I’ll also be talking about MAJESTIC-12 and MJ-12: Inception. And if all goes well, I’ll have some swag. I’m thinking pin-back buttons, but I’m open to suggestions. Maybe I’ll do a Twitter poll. Oh, and thanks to the good people at Night Shade Books, I’ll have a bunch of advance copies of MJ-12: Inception to give away to those I deem worthy. (I am not, in fact, super-picky on this front. Just be enthusiastic.)

And finally, I do believe the folks at Geeky Giving will be doing something interesting out there. Not sure what, but…I’d keep an eye out.

If you’re anywhere near Phoenix after Memorial Day — or simply enjoy a great road trip — I hope you’ll think about heading to the con. It’s pretty darn awesome. Hope to see you there!

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