It took 9 months longer than I planned, but I finished Evolution Commandos: World Hammer. This is the second of my Tarkos and Bria books, and I intend to write at least 7 more of them. They are quite different from Gods of Earth (which is more broodingly numinous) or my short stories (which are mostly near future hard SF). These books (which I call the Predator Space Chronicles) are optimistic, straight up, unabashed space opera, but with a green theme: the protagonists belong to a special elite force that protects ecosystems.
The books are available on Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. A paperback version will be available this summer, when the three Evolution Commandos books will be combined into one huge novel.
I tell people considering buying one of the PSC books to start by listening to “Asteroid Monte,” on Escape Pod. It gives a sense of the world and protagonists.
A story I’ve sat on, revising slowly slowly, for a long while. One of my strangest. Appearing in one of the newest, most refreshing mags out there.
The Sadly Short Human Lifespan of the Eternal Primeval Fish
I have a story in the forthcoming collection, STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. I just saw the cover, which I think is great, don’t you?
And with a blurb from the great David Brin! It doesn’t get much better than that.
Hayden is a talented editor. I appreciated his help, and you’ll appreciate his selections. I’m confident anyone interested in SF or politics (and who isn’t interested in one or the other?) will love these stories. Not to mention, Bundoran is a small press that is keeping SF vibrant.
I’ve been a member of Audible for years, so I’m delighted that Gods of Earth is finally available as an Audible download here. It’s a great pleasure to see my novel there in what I consider one of my favorite bookstores.
Amazon is having a promotion of twenty ebooks available for just $2.00, good till the end of November. Gods of Earth is one of the twenty. See:
20 Kindle Books for $2 each
That’s cheaper than two donuts, or a comic, or most packs of gum nowadays. The siren call of literature, nearly free!
There’s still room at the October 22 reading at Fairport Brewing Company. It’s free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged because it helps the organizers plan for the free pizza. Register at:
It was fun to write “The Story Behind Gods of Earth” for upcoming4.me. It allowed me to reflect on the when-the-writing’s-done moments:
My good friends Joe and Tim are going to throw a book launch party for Gods of Earth October 22; everyone is invited, and it’s at artisanal brewery Fairport Brewing Company, so there will be great beer available. Here are the official details:
ENJOY LOCAL FICTION AND LOCAL BEER
Book Launch Party
Fairport novelist Craig DeLancey will read from his novel Gods of Earth, sign copies, and answer your questions.
Open to any and all book lovers.
Artisan Fairport Brewing Co beer and copies of Gods of Earth will be available for purchase.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22nd from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: Fairport Brewing Company, 99 South Main Street, Fairport, NY, 14450, at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. Parking available at the Village Landing.
Addendum: The organizers are hoping to get a rough head count so we know how much pizza (free to attendees!) to get. If you’re coming, and don’t mind spending a minute helping us get the head count, please register (it takes 2 seconds) at:
I’m delighted that Nick Podehl will be reading Gods of Earth for the Brilliance Audio edition. Nick has been the reader for bestselling authors like Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, and in fantasy, Patrick Rothfuss. His voice will be perfect for Chance Kyrien, and he has an astonishing range that’ll really bring alive characters like the Guardian and Sarah.
I do wonder how he’ll manage a stuttering coyote….
So, when you write a novel, you eventually have to create lots of these ancillary documents: descriptions, synopses, outlines, book jacket copy, and so on. So with delight I discover that all that hard work can be simplified with (I assume) the magic of Google translator. For someone is promoting my book (thanks!) with what appears to be a Google translation of a Google translation (my guess: from English to Chinese back to English, but that’s just a guess). And it’s so… distinctive.
In the pensive fatality, thousands of excitement some time ago a war versus worldly gods has grief-stricken the Come to rest, the waif witch child Turning Kyrien is adopted and raised by the Purimen, a request of stanch winemakers who hold renounced all machinery. Determined and violently devout, Turning dreams of zip but animation a good farmer and marrying the being he loves, the Puriman Ranger, Sarah Michaels. But Turning has been personal by the witches concerning the Purimen given that he has a power that may well unbalance the world, and bring again the age of the worldly gods.
Equally the crippled sprint god of the biting war attacks Chance’s lodge, the in the early hours Puriman learns that his completely long for is to travel to the pensive Numin Penalty, wherever he can covering the god of its powers and become threadbare it companion. Turning is helped in his examination by Sarah and a group of unmen that he would hold denounced as dirty balance weeks before: a vernacular coyote, an sharp machine, a witch of the nightclub that shaped the worldly gods, and the ancient anti-god known as the Guardian. Can Turning joist his good name and lie down a Puriman, as he uncovers the darkest secrets of worldly history, and fights a become threadbare that threatens to beat what association of the Earth?
All I can say is: I couldn’t have said it like that myself.
My novel Gods of Earth is coming out on 47North Press. Look for the ebook very soon, the trade paper late in the summer, and the audiobook shortly thereafter.
I spent a few years writing Gods of Earth, and it has a lot of me in it. I’m glad to see it find a nice home. It’s an adventure full of philosophy and history and rich characters. I think people will appreciate the detail, strangeness, and coherence of the world it portrays. Look for it!
Here’s a description of the book:
A boy must fight gods. And only one girl can save him.
In the distant future, thousands of years after a war against human gods has devastated the Earth, the orphan witch child Chance Kyrien is adopted and raised by the Purimen, a sect of religious winemakers who have renounced all technology. Ambitious and fiercely devout, Chance dreams of nothing but being a good farmer and marrying the woman he loves, the Puriman Ranger, Sarah Michaels. But Chance has been hidden by the witches among the Purimen because he has a power that could change the world, and bring again the age of the human gods. When the crippled last god of the great war attacks Chance’s family, the young Puriman learns that his only hope is to travel to the distant Numin Well, where he can strip the god of its powers and battle it alone. Chance is helped in his quest by Sarah and a group of unmen that he would have denounced as impure just weeks before: a talking coyote, an intelligent machine, a witch of the guild that created the human gods, and the ancient anti-god known as the Guardian.
Can Sarah keep Chance safe long enough to let him fight a god? And can Chance keep his faith and remain a Puriman, as he uncovers the darkest secrets of human history, and fights a battle that threatens to destroy what remains of the Earth?