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Reminder: The Gravity of the Affair just $0.99 for just a few more days

gravitycover-hiresHey! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday and got lots of great gift cards for ebooks. If you did, you’ll eventually find yourself with that pesky buck or two left with nothing to spend it on. Whatever shall you do?

Well, as a completely self-interested public service, I’m happy to remind you that my novella, The Gravity of the Affair, is still on sale for just 99 cents — but only until the end of the month (and year). So if you’re looking for a nifty little adventure tale, you can check out this story about a young Horatio Nelson battling privateers in the Void over Ganymede.

You can purchase Gravity from all major ebook retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. If you like, you can read the first bit here. Then you can go spend that last bit of gift card.



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The Gravity of the Affair on sale for 99 cents for a limited time

gravitycover-hiresJust in time for the holidays — and for that extra buck or so that invariably ends up remaining on your gift cards — my Daedalus novella, The Gravity of the Affair, is now just 99 cents through the end of the month.

Gravity is the story of a young Horatio Nelson, newly minted post-captain of HMS Badger, as he sails the seas of Ganymede and the Void around Jupiter in pursuit of privateers — and the consequences he faces for his brash actions. While set in the universe of The Daedalus Incident, the novella can be enjoyed independently of any of my Daedalus series books. It also makes a great intro for new readers to the setting of the Known Worlds.

You can purchase Gravity from all major ebook retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. You can start reading in mere minutes. What an age of wonders we live in, right? And you can read the first bit here in case you’re still on the bubble.

After December, we’ll likely go back to the usual price, so get clicking.

FYI, it’s also available as an audiobook from Audible for $2.99, or free with your Audible subscription. Don’t want to leave the audiobook fans out, after all.


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Signing in San Francisco, plus a new review of Enceladus

I’ve re-emerged from the wilds of Idaho mostly intact, though rather exhausted after a long work retreat. I had a flight cancelled out from under me, requiring a five-hour drive to get to my final destination. That was followed by three short, somewhat uncomfortable nights, then a red-eye. Yet I did have a lot of fun, mixing both hard work and hard play. And Idaho is really a pretty piece of country. I’m a lucky guy when it comes to day jobs.

I have a few notable items to throw out here. On Saturday, July 26, I’ll be at Borderlands Books in beautiful San Francisco starting at 3 p.m. to do a reading, Q&A, signing, whatever. I know there’s some Night Shade Books fans in San Francisco, so I hope to see you there. It’ll be a lot of fun. (And then I’m going to Mission Chinese Food, because it’s nearby and I hear it’s the best, but I digress.)

Secondly, while I was off in Idaho and well out of cell phone range, the Qwillery offered up reviews of both The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair by TrinityTwo. On Enceladus, she writes:

The Enceladus Crisis … packs an astounding wallop of adrenaline. This is a smart, well-written and outstanding series; no sophomore slump here, Book Two is even more exciting than the first one.

And on Gravity, she says:

I must admit, I didn’t care for Horatio Nelson overmuch; he’s too pompous. But the author’s depiction of this historical figure rings true … It’s an excellent companion to Martinez’s series and gives readers a glimpse into events that shaped Nelson’s destiny before he became renowned as Britain’s most heroic sailor.

She pretty much nailed Nelson — he was brilliant and a true English patriot and hero, but he was most definitely pompous and not an easy guy for modern readers to like. Many thanks to TrinityTwo for her kind words, and to Sally at the Qwillery for her most excellent blog and the hard work all involved put into it.

Now that I’m back, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on The Venusian Gambit over the next three to four weeks or so, and perhaps blogging a little more regularly. The finale of the Daedalus series is coming along quite nicely, and the ending is deeply satisfying to me in terms of where the characters end up and how the worlds have changed. It’s also one heck of a ride. I was writing a particularly fun scene a few weeks ago on a plane, when my wife Kate looked over and saw me grinning as I wrote.

I consider this a very good sign.

It looks like Gambit will launch next May. The reception to these books has definitely exceeded any reasonable expectation, and for that I’m grateful to all the folks who’ve read it. I hope you enjoy the conclusion as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!


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The Gravity of the Affair on sale for just $0.99

gravitycover-hiresTo celebrate the May 6 release of The Enceladus Crisis, we’ve decided to give folks a deal on my novella, The Gravity of the Affair. For a limited time, you can pick up the ebook for just $0.99 across all major vendors, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and iTunes.

For those that haven’t yet read The Daedalus Incident, this is a good (read: cheap) way to start exploring the Known Worlds. If you like Gravity, then you can check out Daedalus before the second novel in the series comes out. And if you prefer listening to your books, you can pick up the Audible version for just $1.95.

As a reminder, The Enceladus Crisis print edition is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound (and most other major booksellers), and the ebook can be pre-ordered for Kindle and Kobo devices. Still waiting for word on iTunes, Google Play and Nook availability; I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading!


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The Gravity of the Affair out in audio, another Daedalus review, and convention planning

Very happy to report that Audible has officially released The Gravity of the Affair in audiobook, and for the super-low price of $2.99. It’s a nice, trim two-hour reading by Bernard Clark, the same fellow who read the Weatherby sections of The Daedalus Incident audiobook. Check it out! And if you bought the Gravity ebook from Amazon, you can read along or automatically synch between the two, which is pretty cool. We do indeed live in the The Future.

I’m also happy that The Daedalus Incident continues to garner positive reviews and notice. The Qwillery — that great resource for news and reviews of debut SF/F works — published Trinitytwo’s review yesterday. Her verdict:

I thought this book was unique in many ways and I can honestly say it was my pleasure to read. I am looking forward to reading The Enceladus Crisis and The Gravity of the Affair. Michael J. Martinez has created a sci fi adventure that is just too good to miss, so make sure you don’t!

You can read the whole review here. Many thanks to Trinitytwo and Sally “Qwill” for all they’ve done for debut genre authors!

Meantime, I’m starting to figure out my convention schedule for the coming year. I can say with certainty that I’ll be at Lunacon, up in Rye, N.Y., on March 14-16. That’s pretty much the closest con to my house, making it a no-brainer. The list of program participants is impressive, and while they haven’t released panel info yet, I’ve seen some preliminary stuff, and it ought to be awesome. So come on out to Lunacon and say hi!

After that, I’m looking into BaltiCon in late May, and then really trying to figure out what I want to do for a summer convention. As much as I’d love to go to WorldCon in London, I’m having a hard time with the costs of it all. Whereas, if I hit GenCon in Indy or DragonCon in Atlanta, I may find new audiences and cheaper flights. (I’m already spoken for the weekend of CONvergence, so that’s out.)

If anybody has any thoughts as to a good summer con, throw it out there in the comments!


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The Gravity of the Affair audiobook coming Jan. 31. Pre-order now!

Good news for audiophiles! The audiobook of the e-novella The Gravity of the Affair will be released Friday, Jan. 31 on And it’s available for pre-order now at the (very affordable) price of $2.99. 

Very excited to see that Bernard Sotero Clark, one of the two narrators of The Daedalus Incident audiobook, will be narrating Gravity as well. He did a great job voicing the 1779 sections of Daedalus, and I really hope he and Kristin Kalbli will come back for The Enceladus Crisis this spring. (Kristin narrated the 2132 sections of Daedalus, creating a real vocal distinction for the two settings. It was awesome.)

Gravity is currently available in e-book for $2.99 (or less) on  AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiBookstore, and Google Play. Pick it up now, then read along with Bernard in a few weeks!


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Final release date for The Enceladus Crisis! Coming May 6!

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope 2014 is treating you well. As for me, we’ve nailed down a final, no-kidding, get-ready-for-the-awesome release date for The Enceladus Crisis, the sequel to The Daedalus Incident

May 6. 

We were thinking we might go a bit earlier on it, but frankly, after the fun and games Daedalus went through with its release dates, we wanted to be absolutely sure that print, e-book and audio were all ready to roll at the very same time, and that the new Night Shade publicity machine is purring along smoothly.

So instead of the preliminary date of April 1 (which I wasn’t too enamored of, given the whole punk’d holiday thing), we went for May 6. And it will be glorious.

Of course, in the meantime, you can pre-order The Enceladus Crisis from your favorite local bookstore, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also get caught up by reading The Daedalus Incident and my e-novella, The Gravity of the Affair (vendor info at the book links). I mean, I’d hate to leave you without the sailing-ships-in-space goodness you’re craving. I’m nice like that.

Meantime, I’m still here in Arizona. We were going to fly back home today, but there’s something of a bad-ass winter storm reading to pummel the warmth and joy out of the East Coast, and flying into said storm seemed rather dicey. So instead of suffering through a foot of snow and sub-zero temperatures, I’ll be suffering through bright sunshine and mid-70s temperatures until Sunday morning.

Life’s rough, I tell ya.

Oh, and for those of you who don’t follow my Twitter feed, I did indeed run my very first 5k on New Year’s Day here in Phoenix. And by run, I mean…actual running. The whole way. (Except for when I stopped to tie my shoe.) Managed a respectable 36:04 time, which left me giddy and punch-drunk. Of course, this morning my legs are full of cactus spines and pain-demons, but it’s totally worth it. I may even do another one in the future, should my legs start working normally again. There are worse ways to ring in a new year.


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First review of The Gravity of the Affair

Very excited to see the first review of The Gravity of the Affair, courtesy of Joe Frazier of Joe’s Geek Fest. And, as it turns out, he liked it, calling it “a gem of a novella” and going on to say:

…we leave The Gravity of the Affair enamored of [protagonist Horatio] Nelson, the Known Worlds and Mr. Martinez’s delightful writing. You need not read The Daedalus Incident to read this work, but if you haven’t read it, you certainly will want to after this whets your appetite.Its sequel, The Enceladus Crisis, is arriving Spring 2014. This brief dive back into the Known Worlds reminds me why that seems like such a long wait. Once again, well done Mr. Martinez.

Thanks, Joe! For the full review, click here. And for a variety of sales options, click on the novella’s page on this blog. Still waiting to hear what’s going on with the Audible version, but since they paid actual cash money for the rights, one thinks the audiobook will show up soon…!


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The Gravity of the Affair now available!

gravitycover-hiresThe Gravity of the Affair is officially released today, and available via Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes, Google Play and Kobo! (I expect links for the audiobook to go live later today.) It also has its own Goodreads page, complete with a fresh review!

As a reminder for newcomers here, The Gravity of the Affair is a novella set in the Known Worlds of The Daedalus Incident. It follows the young post-captain Horatio Nelson, destined to become England’s greatest naval hero, during his first command sailing on the seas of Ganymede and Europa. When his first engagement with the enemy ends in defeat, he must face up to his failure — as well as a formal board of inquiry.

Will Nelson fulfill his destiny? Or will his actions in the Void ’round Jupiter snuff out his career before it begins?

The Gravity of the Affair is available in e-book for around $2.99, depending on the vendor, and will be up on Audible soon. You don’t need to have read The Daedalus Incident to enjoy the novella; if you have, though, you’ll see some nuggets of interest there. If you haven’t, it’s a great introduction to the worlds of the Daedalus series, if I do say so myself.

To celebrate the launch of this latest bit of work, I’ve written a guest post today over at the Hugo award-winning SFSignal, wherein I discuss world-building as a series evolves from a stand-alone novel. Check it out!


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Exploring the fuzzy spaces between subgenres

Today marks the unofficial start of launch week for The Gravity of the Affair, a novella set in the worlds of The Daedalus Incident which comes out on Friday in ebook and Audible audio. And to mark this auspiciousness, I have a guest post today over at The Qwillery, in which I talk about subgenres and labels and how certain books, mine included, can sometimes elude categorization.

I recognize that the Daedalus series can be difficult to describe, but there are a lot of books out there that don’t fit neatly into a subgenre. That’s a good thing, I believe, because for the adventurous reader, such books can provide entry into a wide variety of different stories.

Surf on over and check it out, and remember that Gravity is available for pre-order now on iTunes, Kobo and Google Play, and will hit Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible on Friday. Many thanks to The Qwillery for having me on!



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