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Oct. 30th, 2014 | 12:28 pm

Stargate!

It’s been a busy month for new releases, and I’m seriously behind with this announcement — but! I have Stargate news! Stargate SG-1/ Stargate Atlantis: Far Horizons, the first volume in what will hopefully be a lasting series of The Travelers’ Tales, is now out from Fandemonium! It’s currently available in book from Amazon and from Crossroad, and will be out in paperback shortly.Cut for picture...Collapse )

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And the winner is...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 | 07:23 am

And the winner is…  etain_antrim!

Also, it turns out I had one more copy than I thought, so the winner of that one is… the_stowaway. Thanks to random.org for making it easy!

PM me with an address, and I’ll mail a copy out to you.

(I suppose, given recent events, that I probably need to say that I’ll only use the address to send you your book. And then I’ll lose it, because that’s how my life generally works.)

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Giveaway!

Oct. 20th, 2014 | 05:45 pm

More than a bit later than I'd meant - it was a weird weekend - but here it is! I have a copy of A Death at the Dionysus Club to give away. Reply in comments if you'd like to be entered in a drawing Thursday!

(As usual, I will accept international entries, but if you win, I can't promise to ship to you by the fastest method.)

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A Death at the Dionysus Club, Redux

Oct. 17th, 2014 | 06:15 pm

The Kindle edition is now available! Smashwords, B&N, and the rest should follow shortly!

And I have my copies now, so check back over the weekend for a giveaway...

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A Death at the Dionysus Club

Oct. 10th, 2014 | 02:03 pm

A Death at the Dionysus Club is now available for order on Amazon! (All right, they say it's currently out of stock, and the official pub date is still October 18, but, hey, it's no longer a pre-order situation!)

Metaphysician Ned Mathey is recruited by Scotland Yard’s new Metaphyiscal Crimes Squad to deal with the case of a literally heartless corpse. Unfortunately, the magic that robbed the dead man of his heart does not conform to the laws of modern metaphysics, raising further dangers. Meanwhile, a rising poet hires private detective Julian Lynes to track down a blackmailer. As the two cases tangle, Mathey and Lynes must dig deep into the hidden worlds of lawless antique magic and the gay demimonde, where “heartless” can have far more than metaphorical meaning…

To celebrate, and maybe whet your appetite, I'm offering a game:  pick a page number between 1 and 258, and I'll give you the first line of the first paragraph.  Who knows what will turn up?

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Dreamships

Sep. 27th, 2014 | 01:04 pm

Dreamships is now available in ebook, and I’m really glad to have it out again. It’s my first serious cyberpunk novel, for all that it’s set in the far future rather than closer to our own time, and it started from a social premise rather than a scientific one: what if you were compelled to give full human rights to an Artificial Intelligence on a world where many human beings haven’t got them? It’s set very loosely in the same universe as The Kindly Ones, though the two books aren’t otherwise related, on another planet lying well outside the core Urban Worlds.

Persephone is a desert planet, settled only because of its tremendous mineral resources; it was discovered by scouts from Freya, but the Freyan Provisional Government is too poor properly to exploit the planet, and has leased most of the planet to the Shipyards Cartel, which employs Freyan contract labor to build starships and create the near-AI constructs that allow pilots to navigate through hyperspace. Free-lance pilot Reverdy Jian and her colleagues Imre Vaughan and Red sign on to find Venya Mitexi, a constructor who disappeared years ago after founding Dreampeace, a controversial AI-rights organization. Aboard Venya’s sister’s exotic, custom-built ship, Reverdy comes face-to-face with the most sophisticated construct she has ever worked with, one that she suspects might actually cross the line into sentience. And if it does, Dreampeace will blow apart the world’s very fragile peace…

I loved writing the world, particularly the complex, crowded underground city of Landage. The Analog review of Dreamships complained that the prose was just as dense as the population, but I took that as a compliment — it was something I had tried very hard to do. And I loved writing Reverdy, an ethnic yanqui raised as a midworlder, a no-nonsense starship pilot who never failed to say what she was thinking. It's still unusual to find female protagonists who don't second-guess themselves, and it was an interesting exercise for me to realize how often I fell back on those tropes myself.  And it was enormous fun to imagine being as confident and competent as Reverdy.

Dreamships is out from Crossroad and available from the usual suspects; in addition, for a few more days, it’s a bonus book in the Cyberpunk Storybundle, where you can get it and a dozen other novels for a single low price.

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Storybundle: Cyberpunk - the Charities

Sep. 11th, 2014 | 06:42 pm

Another thing that’s great about the Storybundle promotions — besides getting lots of books for a very reasonable price — is that you have the option of donating 5% of your payment to one of three charities: Special Effect, Girls Write Now, and Mighty Writers.

SpecialEffect are putting fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified games controllers to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities. But they’re not just doing it for fun. By leveling the playing field, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

Girls Write Now helps mentor girls so they can develop writing skills, leading to a more successful future no matter what path they decide to choose. Distinguished as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Girls Write Now is New York's first and only organization with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. From young women exploring writing to seasoned professionals practicing their craft every day, GWN is a community of women writers dedicated to providing guidance, support, and opportunities for high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices and write their way to a better future.

Over the past 15 years, more than 4,500 underserved teen girls have benefitted from the GWN community and 100% of seniors in its flagship mentoring program go on to college — bringing with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence. Girls Write Now has built a record of achievement and innovation recognized twice by the White House, by The New York Times, and the MacArthur Foundation, and evidenced by the hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing awards their girls have earned.

Mighty Writers' mission is to teach Philadelphia kids to think and write with clarity. Their free programs combat the literacy crisis in a city where nearly half of high school students drop out and some 50% of working-age adults are functionally illiterate (can't read bank statements, fill out job applications or easily comprehend news articles).

Today, Mighty Writers offers year-round writing programs for some 1,000 kids and teens, ages seven to 17, with help from 300 volunteers. At their headquarters in one of Philadelphia's historic neighborhoods, Mighty Wirters offers an after-school writing academy, themed writing workshops, one-on-one mentorships, a weekly teen lounge, SAT preparatory courses and college essay writing classes. Their programs draw students from more than 125 city schools (public, parochial, magnet, charter, cyber, home) and an array of communities.

All of these are unique programs that deserve notice and support, and this is an easy way to chip in — and get some good books in the bargain.

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Storybundle: Cyberpunk

Sep. 10th, 2014 | 06:19 pm

I have two books in the currently featured Cyberpunk Storybundle, Lost Things in the main bundle and the reissue of Dreamships in the bonus bundle! And I’m in very good company: Kevin J. Anderson, David Bischoff (offering a complete trilogy), Frank Herbert, Steven Saville, David Farland, Michael Bunker, Rob MacGregor and his writing partner Billie Dee Williams (yep, Lando Calrissian himself!), Keith Brooke, and Milo Behr, whose debut novel has been described as "If Wordsworth had written cyberpunk he might have done something like this."

But why is Lost Things, an occult novel set in 1929, part of this bundle?  That was my question when we were asked to join in, and curator Steven Savile’s response was two-fold:  first, he’d argue the novel is dieselpunk, and as such a worthy precursor to more traditional cyberpunk, and one of the things he wanted to do with the bundle was to use as broad a definition as he could manage.  Second, and more important, Lost Things is — like traditional cyberpunk — a novel about the effects of brand-new technology on a society struggling to catch up with it. Commercial aviation is a new frontier in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s, with dozens of companies competing to catch, or create, a market; pilots are on the bleeding edge, struggling with machines that aren’t quite there yet, turning that technology to uses its inventors never imagined. Technology — movies, radio, airplanes — is turning society on its head, and the Lost Generation are the clear grandparents of the burned-out heroes of classic cyberpunk. Noir and cyberpunk go hand in hand.

I’ll buy that, and that’s why we said yes.

Along with Lost Things, the bonus bundle contains the new edition of Dreamships, one of my personal favorites. Free-lance pilot Reverdy Jian and her colleagues Imre Vaughan and Red sign on to find Venya Mitexi, a constructor who disappeared years ago after founding Dreampeace, a controversial AI-rights organization. Aboard Venya’s sister’s exotic, custom-built ship, Reverdy comes face-to-face with the most sophisticated AI she has ever worked with, one that she suspects might actually cross the line into sentience. And if it does, Dreampeace will blow apart the world’s very fragile peace…

The bundle is an excellent deal, and an awesome collection, the chance to get up to 13 novels for a price you choose. There’s a minimum charge $3 for the first 6, and if you’re willing to pay $15 or more, you get 7 more novels. You can even direct a portion of your payment to charity, in this case to Mighty Writers, Girls Write Now, and SpecialEffect — more details on them tomorrow.

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Wish You Were At WorldCon?

Aug. 14th, 2014 | 02:45 pm

Me, too!  However, as a distraction, let me offer you — a book sale! Thanks to Don Sakers, for the week of WorldCon, August 14-20, 8 authors are offering 7 books at vastly discounted prices. Both The Armor of Light and Death By Silver are featured, at .99 and 3.99 respectively, and they're joined by Jo Graham's The Emperor's Agent, Geonn Cannon's Railroad Spine, Don Sakers' Dance for The Ivory Madonna, Robert L. Slater's All Is Silence, Blair Macgregor's Sword and Chant, and the short story collection Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, edited by Phil Giunta (requires Smashwords coupon code HN84Y).

Large parts of both Armor of Light and Death By Silver take place in London, so it's almost like being there, except with more different magic.

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Meme!

Aug. 12th, 2014 | 07:20 pm

A book meme, borrowed from selenak and jo_graham! (Also, watch this space - I'm going to have some books on sale in the next couple of days!)

Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feelings
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

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