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What a con! First off, how can a con weekend not go well when it starts with a visit to Disneyland? Our hotel was literally across the street from the theme park in Anaheim, CA, and Rebecca and I enjoyed a little “stroll,” getting back in touch with our inner children (yes, they're still there). Then I got to enjoy being a special guest for WonderCon. By the time I got to the convention center, the WordFire Press booth was standing tall and proud. We were all ready to conquer the con once the doors opened and the crowd rushed in. During the event, Rebecca got a spotlight panel to talk about her career while I presented on The Secret Origin of Good Readers, Working in the Star Wars Universe, and my popular talk: Building My First Lightsaber! Packed rooms during all of those, I'm happy to say. As usual, we had an incredible team at the WordFire Press booth, including Rebecca (and a few of her nephews), Quincy J. Allen, Lissa Jensen, Darin Calhoun, Eva Eldridge, Peter Wacks, Michelle Corsillo, and Josh Vogt. Some of the Galaxy Press folks also came over and got involved in engaging the crowd [...]
Sat, Apr 18, 2015
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Politics aside, please. I am very pleased to announce that the first book in my Saga of Shadows space opera epic, The Dark Between the Stars (Tor Books, June 2014) is a finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award to be presented at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention. Over the course of my career I've published over 120 books and I've won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and others, but never the Hugo Award. I grew up in science fiction and I've pretty much spent my entire life and career in the field. When I was a kid in a small town in Wisconsin, making regular trips to the science fiction section in the local library, the “Hugo Award Winner” label was synonymous with “You Must Read This”—the big deal, Academy Award in the field. Starship Troopers, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune, Lord of Light, The Left Hand of Darkness, Ringworld, Rendezvous with Rama, The Forever War... My Saga of Seven Suns universe is my love letter to the genre, a big canvas that allows me to play with all the beautiful shiny objects that captured my imagination. Galactic empires, [...]
Thu, Apr 09, 2015
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Humble Bundle, the biggest of all the book bundling sites, is giving me and my publishing company WordFire Press a huge show of support by launching a new bundle composed entirely of WFP titles. This is really cool, and we're thrilled to have such a big spotlight. If you've never looked at a bundle before, please check it out at the WordFire Press Humble Bundle. Fifteen books by me, Neil Peart, Doug Beason, Mike Resnick, David Farland, Rhiannon Paille, Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert, Peter J. Wacks, Cat Rambo, James Artimus Owen, Michael A. Stackpole, Eytan Kollin and Dani Kollin, and Jody Lynn Nye. Pay what you want, and a good chunk of the money goes to support two worthy charities, the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund and the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. The bundle is only live for two weeks–ends April 15. And while you're at it, try some Time Traveling, too—I curated another bundle that's running now at Storybundle. 13 books on traveling forward, backward, and sideways in time. Name your own price. This one will be over in only SIX DAYS. Here's the HUMBLE BUNDLE press release: HUMBLE BUNDLE AND WORDFIRE PRESS LAUNCH SCI-FI BOOK BUNDLE NYT [...]
Fri, Apr 03, 2015
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Everybody loves time travel stories. As a little kid I remember my parents taking me to the movie theater to see THE TIME MACHINE, starring Rod Taylor, based on the HG Wells novel. It was fascinating to watch the machine spin forward in time as the sun and moon whirled over head. Then the time traveler arriving in the far future to fight against the (let's face it, REALLY SCARY Morlocks), before racing back to the present (well, 1890s, actually). The novel THE TIME MACHINE was the very first “grown up” book I ever read, when I was about eight years old. Would you travel forward in time, as HG Wells's intrepid adventurer did, or go back in time to change (or at least witness) history? Maybe back to World War II to prevent the first atomic bomb? Or back to the 1960s Summer of Love? Or the Kennedy assassination? Or would you go sideways in time to see alternate timelines where the world is shifted into a new reality? I just put together a new Time Travel Bundle for Storybundle.com, 13 books exploring all facets of time travel. You can get the whole batch for as little [...]
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
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