I’m four days into the release of Spear of Light, which means I’m a pleased and exhausted author. Here’s a round of some of what happened: three reviews, one reading (three to come), three giveaways, a preview, guest blog post and an interview. Thanks so much to everyone at Pyr, and to all of the bloggers and interviewers and reviewers and friends who came to readings and all of that. Thanks to everyone who tweeted, posted, cross-posted, and commented. It’s an ecosystem. Everyone matters.
You can read a bit of Spear of Light over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist.
My Life My Books My Escape reviewed it first. Love the blog title by the way – My favorite escape has always been reading. Of course, now writing is also a great escape from time to time. There is a giveaway of Spear of Light.
The Exploding Spaceship reviewed Spear of Light. Bonus review of Adam Rakunas’s Like a Boss – he and I are touring together. Also a nice review of Infomancy, by Malka Alder.
Bibliosanctum also reviewed Spear of Light. There is a giveaway of the duology!
Night Owl Science Fiction also has a review.
Thanks SO MUCH to all reviewers — the formal ones like this and every review on Goodreads and Amazon and anywhere else. They matter so much to us authors. There’s really no words for the influence of each and every review and rating in our current society.
If you join my mailing list, you’ll have chance to win book one – Edge of Dark. If you already have that book, I’ll substitute. Most important, I’m really trying to build a nice mailing list to keep people informed (and I promise not to spam!). Help me out?
Guest Post, “Stories of Your Future” at Fantasy Cafe
Interview at SFF World
Readings so far:
I got read with Madeline Ashby and Adam Rakunas at the University Bookstore. My favorite record of the event is Liz Argall’s picture-posting.
Readings still to come:
Bike-ride reading with Adam Rakunas from Magnussen Park to Log Boom park and back. Easy fun largely flat ride all on trails, with readings, bathrooms, and a rest at the turn-around point. 13 miles round trip. Tomorrow at noon – start at Magnussen lot W6 (go in through the main entrance and go straight). Look for Adam on the coolest group-ride cargo bike ever.
Reading in Portland (Beaverton Powell’s) with Adam Rakunas. Tuesday the 14th.
Reading in San Diego — April 23rd. Mysterious Galaxy.
Two other exciting things happened in the same week as the Spear of Light release (while nothing else came out for months before!). The bounty of spring I guess:
I have a story in Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year. This is very cool, since I think Neil is one of our best SF short fiction editors out there. I was really pleased when he picked “Iron Pegasus,” which first came out in Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s excellent anthology, Mission Tomorrow.
I have an essay in Shannon Page’s The Usual Path to Publication: 27 Stories about 27 Ways In.
It’s one week before Spear of Light shows up in bookstores. There are now three ways I know of to win books….
Head on over to My Life My Books My Escape (how cool is that name?) for a chance to win a free copy of Spear of Light. They’ve also got one of the first reviews of the book posted so far. They’re calling this work a “Must Read Sci-fi Series!”
There’s even more chances to win a copy of Spear of Light at Goodreads! Can you help me get to more than 500 entries!
And if you haven’t started the now-complete two-book series yet, you can win a copy of Edge of Dark by joining my mailing list (or simply emailing me for an entry — see the post for details!).
Thanks so much, and Good Luck!
Hello! I’m establishing a mailing list so that I have a better way to keep in touch with people who are interested in my writing. I’ve been using social media, which works well for many things. But I know I miss a lot of news from authors I like based on what’s actually easily available to me on Facebook or other online venues, and so it’s entirely possible that some of my fans are also missing out on news they might like to hear as well. This will be a way to reach out to anyone interested when there’s a new release, a contest, or personal news they might find interesting.
This will work best if a lot of people sign up! If you sign up by midnight on June 15th, 2016, you’ll be entered into a contest. For every fifteen people who sign up, I’ll add a copy of Edge of Dark to the contest, up to four copies. If this is wildly successful, I might add other things (like copies of Spear of Light or even The Creative Fire). You have to live in the US to enter the contest (that’s about contest rules and risks and not because I don’t love international readers) but you can sign up for the newsletter no matter where you live. If you already have Edge of Dark, I’ll give you the choice of a few other books of mine I have on hand.
Everyone who signs up — even after the contest is over — gets one of my stories sent right to their inbox as a thank-you.
That’s all. Pretty easy. And don’t worry, if you don’t want to sign up, you can still find me on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
This is a sweepstakes — that’s what they call it anyway, upon some research.
First up — I’m doing a mini-tour with my good friend Adam Rakunas. Adam is a brilliant writer, a fabulous cook, a fellow bike-rider, and one of the best people I know. His new book is titled Like a Boss and he came up with the brilliant idea of titling out mini-tour “How to Spear Light like a Boss.” How cool is that? There’s more — both Spear of Light and Like a Boss are the second books in series where the first books were nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award.
University Bookstore in Seattle Joint Reading
June 7 at 7 PM at University Book Store (4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105) – The tour begins! This is the actual launch day of SPEAR OF LIGHT and LIKE A BOSS. Adam and I will read, take questions, and answer the most important question a writer can answer: where do we eat when this is done?
June 12 at 12 PM at Husky Stadium (3800 Montlake Blvd, Seattle, Washington 98105) – Laura Anne Gilman will join us for a flat 2.6 mile bike ride from the Husky Stadium Light Rail Station to Solsticio in Fremont. Riders of all ages and skill groups are welcome on this mellow no-drop ride. Note: if there is a catastrophic change in the weather (hurricane, hot hail, sky ferrets), the ride will be cancelled and we’ll just read at Solsticio at 1pm.
June 14 at 7 PM at Powell’s Books At Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon 97214). Come and see how two science fiction authors are after a long day in the car. Note: Adam says this is probably the same as the other events, but hungrier.
I also have at least two guest blog posts and at least one podcast appearance coming up. There are hot rumors of a book giveaway. I’ll post about all these new things when they come out.
No rest for the wicked and overcommitted! This will be fun.
Just last month, I got invited to a CIO convention in Seattle as part of my job. The electronic flyer contained multiple pictures of the speakers – maybe ten or twelve speakers on all the usual CIOish topics like security and cloud computing and the like. Every face on the panel was male. It could have been worse – only about half were pure white. But still, I sent them an email and said I had no interest in attending a conference with no gender diversity (they did have one female speaker, whose name was not on page one, and who wasn’t talking about a technical topic). They wanted me to call them back and explain more about what I wan’t coming. I didn’t bother. I’m too busy to explain the obvious to fools, and I don’t want to hear about why they couldn’t find any women. There are women in technology.
Well, just last week, an interesting blog post by Owen Abroad about men not being willing to sit on panels of all men came up fairly viral on the Internet. He has a pledge. I’m not a rabid feminist (I have many male friends and family members who I love dearly and who have been nothing but supportive and helpful to me. I don’t bash men as a group, although the occasional individual has earned a few comments here and there), but I thought it was a sweet gesture, and left it at that. I think I even chose not to share it.
So then I arrive at the Emerald City Comic Con (which is working hard on diversity, inclusion, and respect). I ran one panel on creating fascinating characters (which went fabulously – and I had an almost-even gender split of three women and four men until one of my speakers dropped out). I was on the next panel about the science in science fiction. In a conversation with the fabulous Jason Hough I learned that he had asked the panel organizers to include me because there were no women on the panel. This had to have happened before the article went viral. So here I was, with an opportunity because someone had noticed no women had been given access to it. I’m grateful. I also had a blast – the panel was interesting and the room was full. We had many people in our signing line. Roughly half of the audience was female. It might have mattered to them that I was there, whether they noticed it or not.
I’m a forgiving soul. I believe that men get scheduled into technology and science fiction events because there are rather a lot of them in both fields, and the audiences are also very male. It happens by accident. I don’t believe we are actively excluded very often. I think we are cluelessly excluded.
I’m grateful to Owen (who I don’t know) and to Jason (who I do know) for not being clueless.
Here is the final cover for Spear of Light. It’s a great compliment to Edge of Dark. Both covers are by the fabulous Stephan Martiniere.
After going to Dragon Con for the first time ever last year, I’m convinced there is a growing, young, interesting vibe at media cons. So this year, I signed up to be a pro at Emerald City Comic Con. I’ll be moderating a panel Sunday at 11:00 about Writing Fascinating Characters. I have some fascinating characters on my panel – so this will be really fun. Stop by to see me, John Pitts, James Sutter, Cat Rambo, Josh Vogt, and Bishop O’Connell.
After that, the whole panel will do a signing. Then I’ll be on a panel about the Science in Science Fiction, and then available for another signing. 🙂
You can also catch me, John Pitts, and James Sutter on the Live-stream on Saturday from 11:00 to 11:15.
I’ve heard great things about this event, and I’m really looking forward to it.
The Audible audiobook version of Edge of Dark is now available! It is narrated by the wonderful Soneela Nankani, who has read quite a variety of books also available on the site, and clocks in at just under sixteen hours. As with most other books on Audible, it’s available both as a stand-alone purchase and via site membership, depending on how you prefer to handle your audiobooks. You’ll definitely have plenty of time to enjoy the audiobook before the sequel, Spear of Light, comes out in June!
Have you enjoyed a book read by this narrator before? What do you think of how she did with Edge of Dark? Leave a comment on Audible!
I highly recommend Marguerite Reed’s complex far future novel Archangel. I’m not quite sure whether I should describe it as a futuristic re-telling of Beauty and and the Beast or as an ecologically sensitive adventure/space colony story. It doesn’t really matter….a book can be many things. This one is good.
The writing is splendid, the world-building solid, and the story compelling. If they award the PKD based on the beauty of the line by line writing, I suspect Marguerite may have the rest of us licked (no small feat – these are good books!).
Since I listened to this rather than read it, I want to mention that the narrator was a near-perfect match for the main character’s voice. Dina Pearlman did very nice work here.
Archangel is set on a colony that may be the last hope for a version of mankind that can walk freely on a planet. There are ecological tensions, questions of genetic engineering, a great lost love, and political intrigue. These are all reader/writer cookies for me, and the themes (but not the story/characters) are very resonant with my own Fremont’s Children series where my debut won the Endeavor award years ago. I always enjoy seeing how other writers handle similar ideas, and how we as science fiction writers hold what almost feels like indirect — and sometimes direct — conversations through our novels.
Since Ramez Naam (Apex), PJ Manney ((R)evolution), and I (Edge of Dark) all had transhumanist themes, I was curious about whether or not the other books did. I would say yes for Archangel, as one central tension is about the humanity of a genetically modified character. But it is not as much the main theme as it is for the other three books. At any rate, a reader interested in the next steps for mankind could read these four books and find four different, plausible, and fascinating answers.
Reminder — you can hear all six of us talk together at a great podcast put together by fellow nominee Douglas Lain. You can enter to win a copy of all six Phillip K. Dick nominated books on a website assembled by nominee Adam Rakunas.
I am a writer, public speaker, and a futurist. I’m interested in how new technologies might change us and our world, particularly for the better.
I’m excited about my most recent book series, a duology called “The Glittering” which includes the books Edge of Dark and Spear of Light, both published by Pyr.