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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
Source: New KJA Blog
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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
Source: New KJA Blog
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Yesterday we laid Rebecca's father Louis Moesta to rest in Ft Logan National Cemetery in Denver. He was 89 years old and I was honored to know him for 25 of those years. He was my father-in-law, but I never had any problem at all calling him “Dad.” You will see his name in the acknowledgments page of many of my books, and on the dedication page of several. He was a former English teacher, a stickler for details, a science fiction fan (he let his little daughter Rebecca watch Star Trek with him when it was originally on TV), and he worked for me as a trusted test reader and proofer on my novels for about 18 years. In that time, I think he worked on about forty of my novels, as well as Rebecca's, and he also proofed many titles for WordFire Press. He edited all of my Dune and Hellhole novels with Brian Herbert, as well as my Saga of Seven Suns books. During our group discussions of my manuscript drafts, he always had great insights, digging down to the core of what was wrong with a scene or a section and offering excellent suggestions [...]
Tue, Mar 17, 2015
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