Media mentions

The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog got the exclusive cover reveal for MJ-12: Inception. Behold the glory of a fantastic cover! (April 1, 2016)

There’s a lovely excerpt of The Venusian Gambit in the June 2015 issue of Apex Magazine, which makes me incredibly happy. Gotta buy the issue to read it, but Apex is awesome, so why wouldn’t you? (June 2015)

While not strictly a review, Library Journal included The Venusian Gambit in its monthly roundup of new SF/F, which did my writer-heart good. (April 16, 2015)

Over on the Qwillery, Tracey/Trinitytwo named The Enceladus Crisis her favorite science-fiction pick of 2014, which is amazing and very cool. (Dec. 24, 2014)

Abhinav Jain, aka Shadowhawk, included the cover of The Enceladus Crisis among his top 12 covers of 2014. And I have to say, I agree with him. (Dec. 15, 2014)

The folks writing on the group-author site Novelocity were asked to name their favorite first line of a novel. Beth Cato, author of the forthcoming The Clockwork Dagger, said her’s was from The Daedalus Incident. Mind = blown. (May 22, 2014)

On, there’s another excerpt from The Enceladus Crisis, dealing with our dear Dr. Finch trying to find out why the French have invaded Egypt in 1798. Plus, a chat with Napoleon himself. (May 15, 2014)

The fantastic people at one again published an excerpt from one of my books, this time a key battle from The Enceladus Crisis — the one depicted on the cover, in fact. (May 7, 2014)

 Kirkus Reviews placed The Enceladus Crisis among the best speculative fiction reads coming out in May. Reviewer John DeNardo added that Enceladus may work well for fans of classic literature looking to branch out into science fiction and fantasy, noting that it’s the second book “in an exciting series of books described as ‘Horatio Hornblower in space.’” Yes, yes it is. (April 30, 2014)

The Enceladus Crisis is included in‘s roundup of May science fiction releases. (April 29, 2014)

Richard Ellis Preston Jr., author of The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series, mentioned The Daedalus Incident in his roundup of creative steampunk and steampunk-inflected works on the Kindle Daily Post. (Mar. 24, 2014)

English teacher and writer Scott Reintgen talks about how he teaches his students to write antagonists. I won’t spoil it here, but it’s a pretty good read, so if you’re afflicted with the desire to write, you should check it out. Turns out The Daedalus Incident fits into Scott’s model neatly. (Mar. 24, 2014)

The final cover for The Enceladus Crisis generated a lot of interest, likely because it’s really, really pretty. SFSignal broke the news, which was picked up by the Qwillery and the Alternative History Weekly Update. (Mar. 20, 2014)

Over on SFSignal, author Beth Cato said The Enceladus Crisis was one of the books she was most looking forward to in 2014. And it’s in fine company, too. Thanks, Beth! (Jan. 15, 2014)

The gang over at the Skiffy and Fanty Show posted their favorite books of 2013, and The Daedalus Incident was among a superlative list of works. Paul Weimer wrote: “This is the novel someone might write after watching Treasure Planet and wanting to do it *right*.” Thanks, Paul! (Jan. 3, 2014)

The excellent cover art and design of The Daedalus Incident got some love from blogger Carl V. Anderson on Stainless Steel Droppings, who listed his favorite SF/F covers of 2013: “Sparth is another artist working in the digital medium whose illustration excites my interest. His cover work for The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, coupled with the design elements over which the title and author designation are placed, make for a striking cover.” That they do. (Dec. 31, 2013)

Sally over at The Qwillery noted the forthcoming The Enceladus Crisis in her roundup of “what’s next” for authors who participated in her Debut Author Challenge on the blog. (Dec. 28, 2013)

Abhinav “Shadowhawk” Jain of The Founding Fields and Shadowhawk’s Shade named The Daedalus Incident one of the best debuts of 2013. And he named the sequel, The Enceladus Crisis, one of his most anticipated books of 2014. (Dec. 23-26, 2013)

BuzzFeed’s Sean McCarrick named The Daedalus Incident one of the greatest science fiction novels of 2013. His reasoning: “18th century airships that can fly through space, Mars mining stations and a book that can write itself. Martinez take the kitchen sink of both science fiction and fantasy and throws it ALL into his novel with great success. Genre bending often come at great peril, but Martinez pulls it off with an assurance that makes all the pieces slot together perfectly.” Sweet. (Dec. 8, 2013)

Library Journal named The Daedalus Incident one of the best SF/Fantasy books of 2013. Yes, you read that right. (I needed a few passes myself before it fully registered.) There were a lot of great books by talented writers out this year, and I’m honored and humbled to have my book considered among them. (Nov. 21, 2013)

The latest edition of Boing Boing’s Gweek podcast included a mention of The Daedalus Incident by panelist Michael Pusateri, who was in the midst of reading it and enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, he hoped the book’s readership would grow along the lines of Hugh Howey’s Wool. That would be awesome, Michael, believe me. Thanks for the plug! (Nov. 6, 2013)

While not strictly a review, the good folks at io9 nonetheless placed The Daedalus Incident on their October list of “books you can’t afford to miss.” And if you look at the authors and books on that list, I’m in some pretty good company. (Oct. 8, 2013)

Who doesn’t love io9? Seriously, it’s practically Geek Central, and it has some of the best pop-culture writing around. So when they agreed to run an excerpt of The Daedalus Incident, I was understandably thrilled. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Publishers Weekly broke the big news that I signed a new two-book deal with Skyhorse Publishing. The new novels, both due in 2014, will be sequels to The Daedalus Incident. (Aug. 12, 2013)

Kirkus Reviews chose The Daedalus Incident as one of its highlights and top picks in SF/F for July 2013, calling the book “a gripping historical fantasy adventure.” (July 3, 2013) awesomely agreed to post a substantial excerpt of The Daedalus Incidenton the site. Check it out! (June 24, 2013)

When Skyhorse and Start finally closed the deal to acquire Night Shade Books’ assets, I was asked to offer up a blurb for the press release, which I was happy to do. The release turned up on and Locus Online, among other places, and Daedalus warranted a mention in Black Gate and Publisher’s Weekly. (June 3, 2013)

The tables are turned! Instead of talking about myself and my book, I sat down with New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett to talk about his writing for this article. (May 23, 2013)  The piece was later republished in the BookGeek section of British book site Nudge. (June 6, 2013)

Super-agent Sara Megibow talks about why on Earth she took me on as a client, and shares my successful query letter with the “Guide to Literary Agents” blog on (May 17, 2013)

In addition to giving The Daedalus Incident a pretty freakin’ fantastic starred review, Library Journal also mentioned it in its roundup of SF/F books for the month of May, calling it a “superbly choreographed debut.” (May 13, 2013) included The Daedalus Incident, and it’s awesome cover, in a roundup of “genre-bending” books due in May. Mighty grateful for the exposure, though sadly, the book will be late. (May 1, 2013)

The story of how I got my agent made the regular “Breaking In” feature in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for the PDF. (April 15, 2013)

Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy and the forthcoming Celebromancy, already said nice things about the book, but added a few more in his Books Read 2013 post. Thanks, Mike! (April 8, 2013)

The Angels of Retribution blog named The Daedalus Incident as one of the most anticipated releases of 2013! “…Weatherby’s arc has a very magical quality to it that really appeals to me.” It’s really quite nice to be anticipated. (January 8, 2013)

I’m participating in the 2013 Debut Writer Challenge over at the Qwillery. Very excited to be a part of it! (throughout 2013)

The sale of The Daedalus Incident warranted a mention in Locus. Click here for the PDF; I’m on the second page, next to a picture of Neil Gaiman. I consider this a Good Omen. (September 2012)