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 was pleased to learn that my 10-minute play, “Ask Not for Whom the Post is Liked” received a Judges Third Place this week in the Sydney Short & Sweet Festival. Wish I coulda been there.
I’m pleased to have this month another non-fiction piece in Clarkesworld. The piece is “Will Aliens Be Alien?” It defends the idea that extraterrestrial intelligences may not be so strange. Let me know what you think.
I’ll be teaching a class at Writers & Books on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy this winter, Thursday nights from January 16 to March 6. Hoping to get a substantial group of local writers to join up so we can have a fruitful workshop. Sign up, if you are nearby.
(As per tradition now, they use this Crucible cover close-up for the SF&F class announcement. It’s a good tradition since Nancy Kress taught this class at W&B, once upon a time.)
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.
So I read Eggers’s The Circle. It is our time’s Brave New World. It insidiously takes you step by step — where each step seems reasonable, if not inevitable — from a situation essentially indistinguishable from our own to a terrifying dystopia.
It also makes a interesting pairing with Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future. The two books together constitute an ominous and convincing warning.
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: