I am super excited to announce the release of my newest novel, DAUGHTER OF NOTHING.
Few people even know that the Scion School exists. Tucked away on a private Caribbean island, the school is host to thirty-six exceptionally gifted students, all orphans. They train and study every day to prepare themselves for an immense responsibility, to lead humankind back from the brink of extinction.
At least, that’s what they’ve been told.
Among the thirty-six is Jacey, 17, one of four Scions in the Eagle class. She is the favorite of the 93-year-old headmaster, Dr. Carlhagen. But when Jacey overhears a conversation between a strange visitor and one of the school’s first graduates, she learns a stunning fact about her future. One that Dr. Carlhagen has kept from all the Scions.
Following the cryptic clues given to her by the school’s AI professor, Jacey races to untangle the truth of who the Scions are, and what the headmaster really means when he says they are bound for a great destiny.
Second: Not only was this my first Worldcon, it was my first con of any kinds since I went to a Gencon sometime around 1989 (as best I can remember). I had no idea what to expect, except that there would be some people I knew (or knew of) in attendance.
As soon as I arrived, I spied George R.R. Martin sitting in the convention center lobby, holding court. He continued to hold court fairly regularly.
The programming was okay, but was heavy on panels that didn’t seem to have much purpose for fans or writers. The panels that related to indie publishing didn’t have the right panelists.
That said, people seemed engaged and to be enjoying themselves. I had expected the dealer room to have more vendors, but I wasn’t particularly looking to buy anything anyway. Especially books. I have so many unread books already, that one of my shelves recently collapsed. Truth.
Particularly interesting to me was sitting in on panels about the “new wave of SF” which began in the mid/late sixties. I knew nothing about this (having been born after the sixties). Panelists like Norman Spinrad and Kim Stanley Robinson (who knows everything about everything [and I don't mean that in nasty way]), were fascinating. I’ve added a bunch of stuff to my aforementioned infinite to-read list as a result.
I saw many famous (to SF and Fantasy fans, anyway) authors, and many up-and-comers. Perhaps the highlight of the con was the Hugh Howey meet-up at the hotel restaurant. He’s extraordinarily gracious, and a model for how to be a cool author. He’s like a triple crown role model: as a writer, as an indie publisher, and as a celebrity. Also, I met some really cool people there, all writers. Huge win.
On Sunday, I took a day off to visit my brother in Austin. I got to see his beautiful home and family and just rest for a while. Also got to experience the real deal Texas BBQ, where I at all the meat. Marbled brisket . . . mmmmmmm.
Finally, and not least, I met up with some friends, those I’ve met in person and those I only knew online. Had some great conversations! Writers are my people. I genuinely expect to see some of their names on the program in the future.
The Hugo awards ceremony happened while I was in Austin, so I didn’t watch it unfold. I pretty much knew who would win, since it’s kind of a popularity contest. That said, I was thrilled that Brandon Sanderson won for best novella and that the Writing Excuses team won for whatever category they were in. Best Related Work? Who cares?
One thing that is problematic with the Hugos is there is no YA SF category. This is obviously ridiculous, since it probably has greater readership than the stuff you find in the SF/F section of the bookstore. And of course, no indie category. I’m not holding my breath on that one.
The con has a serious age/diversity problem in my opinion. I saw a few more younger folks on the weekend days, but it just didn’t seem to attract much of the younger crowd. I suspect they were at Dragoncon, but what do I know? I’ll just mention again that they don’t have a YA SF hugo award, so you know . . .
So that’s it. Next year the con will be in London. I’ll be in Atlanta.
Yeah! A free short story. Sorry, the deal is over through Kobobooks. (But email me and I can hook you up with free file you can copy to your kindle, kobo, or nook).
First of all, this is only free on Kobobooks.com. Why only there? Because it’s the only major etailer that lets me make books free without exclusivity (Amazon) or long delays (everywhere else).
If you don’t have a Kobo, you can copy the ePub file you get from there onto a Nook or into any number of apps on iphone or ipad.
“BUT, BUT, BUT . . . . what about us Kindle folk?” (email me and I can hook you up with a file you can copy to your kindle)
But wait, there’s more! You can also get my short story Angry Sean from Kobobooks for free if you use the checkout code ANGRYSEAN. (yeah, I could just make it free, but this way the sale counts as a sale instead of a freebie. It’s an experiment.)
Three pieces of news . . . All of which are exciting, stunning, and world-changing (to me, anyway).
First: My next novel is off to my editor, who will proceed to bleed all over it (and make it better.) I still have not set the release date yet, but it won’t be earlier than mid-August. Between now and then I’ll be doing a cover reveal. Let me just say that cover for this book is stunning!!!!!!!!!
Second: A couple short stories are up and available for your reading pleasure.
In this humorous science fiction satire, posthumans Zee and Dox visit the amusement planet of Earthworld, hoping to get in touch with their human roots. As part of their journey, Zee wants to experience a human-themed wedding. Dox has a darker purpose for his visit.
Join them and their Marktwain as they explore vast, living dioramas of human history. (Oh. And there is a bigfoot in this one. And he’s not friendly!)
“My name is Skinner Builder, and I am a multi-trillionaire. I am also dying, which is why I’ve come to this unlevel world twenty-seven light years from Earth. I come to see the Reader, though I suspect she’s a fraud.”
Third: While my next novel is with my editor, I’m not just sitting around in my smoking jacket, drinking green smoothies, and watching the entire run of That 70′s Show on Netflix. No! I’m writing what appears to be a longish novella (or a short novel). This is unconnected to anything else I’ve done, but will be part of a fantasy series I’ve been tinkering with for a while. As always, keep checking my Works in Progress page if you’re interested in finding out what I’m up to.