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Pay What You Want for Phoenix Pick’s Book of the Month: TAU CETI by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to serve: it’s Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile! This book, which won the 2013 Lifeboat to the Stars award, is part of Phoenix Pick’s Stellar Guild series, where an accomplished writer teams up with a relative newcomer to deliver two related stories.

Here’s what it’s about:

Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity’s new home.

But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants-and he wants Sarbras.

Readers may download this book for free or pay a nominal price of their choice from December 2 – December 30. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

NOTE: Phoenix Pick is also offering other bundles with other Stellar Guild books on a pay-what-you-want basis (including titles by Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Eric Flint and others).

[GUEST POST] Kevin J. Anderson on Writing an Epic at Warp Speed

Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling author of the epic nautical fantasy series Terra Incognita, several books in the Dune series (with Brian Herbert), as well as novels and comics for Star Wars, X-Files, JSA, Titan A.E., StarCraft, Star Trek, Batman/Superman, and many others. He is also the author of the 7-volume Saga of Seven Suns series and its spin-off series which launched this month with The Dark Between the Stars.

Headlong Writing – Producing an Epic at Warp Speed

by Kevin J. Anderson

The Dark Between the Stars is finally out. And what an exhilarating, exhausting effort that was!

Due to a series of unfortunate commitments, travel schedules, and other book obligations, I found myself facing a tough deadline for the first book in a new trilogy set in my popular Saga of Seven Suns universe — The Dark Between the Stars. I had been planning the novel for a year, but there was always some emergency, some crunch proofing deadline, some quick project that took precedence. So I didn’t get around to starting when I thought I would.

Besides, when facing a manuscript that would be close to a thousand pages long, it was easy to procrastinate.
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An Interview with the Authors of the Noir Urban Fantasy Anthology STREETS OF SHADOWS

Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, co-editors of the Bram Stoker and Black Quill nominated Dark Faith anthology series, are turning to Kickstarter to fund their latest partnership, Streets of Shadows. The new anthology promises to blend the best of crime and urban fantasy.

Maurice and Jerry sat down with contributors Kevin J. Anderson, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Massey, Kristine Kathryn Rush, and (not surprisingly) themselves to talk about blurring genre lines and getting away with murder. You can support their Kickstarter by clicking here.

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eBook Deal: Get TAU CETI by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile for 99 cents

Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile recently won the Lifeboat to the Stars Award which celebrates books about stellar travel. Competition included books by Gregory Benford, Larry Niven, Ben Bova, Jack McDevitt and Alistair Reynolds. To celebrate, publisher Phoenix Pick is having a flash sale on the book.

Today only (Thursday, August 22nd), you can get Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile for only 99 cents!

Tau Ceti is the first book in the new, critically acclaimed, Stellar Guild Series.

Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity’s new home.

But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants—and he wants Sarbras.

Includes a sequel novelette by Steven Savile.

The price is good for today only, so grab it now.

BOOK REVIEW: Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

REVIEW SUMMARY: Space Opera for fans of Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert’s Dune prequels, introducing a new universe with creatively inventive worlds, aliens, intergalactic travel, and an epic war to come.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A failed revolution against the tyrannical Constellation government places exiled leader, General Adolphus on a planet at the outer reaches of a new frontier, where geological instability has earned it the name, Hellhole.  General Adolphus proves more resilient than the Constellation’s Diadem presupposed, and with the help of a new alien species, prepares to free the galaxy from its tyrannical government.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Symbiotic nature of alien life creates interesting relationship with humans; sympathetic characters invest readers in epic war to come.
CONS: Telegraphed plot lacks surprises needed to exhilarate reader, including cliffhanger ending.
BOTTOM LINE: Nostalgic readers of Dune prequels will enjoy similar story telling style in Hellhole, but will be disappointed by a cliffhanger ending predicted hundreds of pages before.

Hellhole begins with an emotional conclusion to the revolution against the tyrannical Constellation government, which serves to create strong empathy for the main character, General Adolphus, and a starting point for the moral dilemma of sacrificing innocents as a means to an end.  What follows sets General Adolphus up as a leader on an outcast planet, Hellhole, and his discovery of ways to free a cast of sympathetic characters from various forms of oppression. The chaotic environment on Hellhole entertains while developing characters like his love interest, her daughter, and a heroic love interest for her.

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REVIEW: Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson (based on a story and lyrics by Neil Peart)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A fable of Order vs. Chaos fighting for a young man’s soul set in a world of alchemy and alternate universes. And steamships! KJA’s world building plus Easter eggs for Rush fans, and a struggle that starts out simple but is complex.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Owen Hardy grows up in a world controlled by the Watchmaker, where “the Universe has a plan, All is for the best.” His yearning for something more takes him out of the order of his small town, and thrusts him into the battle between order (the Watchmaker) and chaos (the Anarchist) leading him to explore places and worlds he did not realize existed.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Hugh Syme’s graphics (wish there were more in the ARC!); Rush easter eggs; combination of alchemy and steampunk world
CONS: Starts slow; more backstory (i.e, a longer novel) on the world’s history and characters;
BOTTOM LINE: After a slow start, Clockwork Angels barrels through a world of alchemy, multiple universes and steamships, using a manipulative war between chaos and order as the canvas for a philosophical discourse based on lyrics by Neil Peart. Not just for Rush and KJA fans, but enjoyable for those who like different worlds and allegorical fables.

[For additional background, see the review of the Clockwork Angels album by Rush]

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Martian War” by Kevin J. Anderson

Upcoming4.me has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson (originally published in 2005 under the pseudonym Gabriel Mesta). Here’s the synopsis:

What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells’s vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning?

From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (September 25, 2012)

[GUEST POST] Zack Parsons Talks With Authors About Writing and Music


Zack Parsons is a Chicago-area writer known for his acerbic humor at Something Awful, his non-fiction books like My Tank is Fight! and his contributions to various compilations. His debut sci-fi novelLiminal States, described by author Cory Doctorow as “vivid, and relentless, masterfully plotted,” was released April of 2012.

Book, with Occasional Music

When I set out to write my genre-spanning debut novel, Liminal States, I wanted to music to shape the outcome of my creative process. Ending with a free downloadable companion soundtrack from my friend, Conelrad, was something I hoped would excite readers and enhance their experience.

Listening to music while writing was vital for me. It allowed me to shut out what was going on, no matter where I was at the time, and depending on the music, it could serve as an inspiration for what I was writing. My obsession with scoring every moment made me curious about how more experienced authors of speculative fiction use music.

So I asked.
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Free Kindle eBook (US & UK): “Tau Ceti” by Kevin J. Anderson (Plus Bonus Novella by Steven Savile)


[3/12 Update: It appears that this eBook is now only available for free to Amazon Prime members…]

Amazon US and Amazon UK readers can get the Kindle version of Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson. This edition from Arc Manor comes with the sequel novellette by Steven Savile. This book if part of Arc Manor’s Stellar Guild Series which pairs bestselling authors with protégés of theor choosing.

Here’s the description for Tau Ceti:

Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity’s new home.

But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants—and he wants Sarbras.

[via Kevin J. Anderson]

MIND MELD: Whatever Happened to Interstellar Travel in Science Fiction?

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

A lot of recent science fiction appears to take place on Earth, and only a minority of space-based science fiction taking place outside the solar system. Novels and stories involving travel to the stars and interstellar travel seems to be out-of-date or out-of-fashion, and even Hard SF treatments of interstellar travel seem as realistic as Star Wars.

We asked this week’s panelists:

Q: Is interstellar travel (and space empires, etc.) now considered Science Fantasy? What does that say for the state of the genre?

Here’s what they said…

Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. This, coupled with a childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, led her inevitably to penury, intransigence, the mispronunciation of common English words, and the writing of speculative fiction.

I think that like everything else, fads in science fiction run in cycles, and lately there’s been a big ol’ dystopian wave going on. But it’s not as if deep space science fiction, or SF featuring far-flung space civilizations isn’t still being written. Charlie Stross, Iain Banks, Dan Simmons, Greg Bear, Chris Moriarty, C.J. Cherryh–heck, I’ve written a couple of books dealing with far-flung space travel myself.

If you were to nudge the focus of the question over to whether near-future and near-earth SF has been getting more *awards* attention lately, I think you’d be more accurate.

But there are fads in criticism the same as everything else.

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SF Tidbits for 7/21/09

  • The first-ever original novel based on the classic Planet of the Apes film series, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, arrives in spring 2010 from Blam!. In the meantime, there is the corresponding blog…[via Lou Anders and Chris Roberson]
  • NightShade interviews Nathalie Mallet, author of The King’s Daughters.
  • Reading and Writing Podcast interviews Kevin J. Anderson, author of The Edge of the World.
  • The DVD of Coraline hits stores today. (There’s still time to enter out easy-to-enter giveaway!) And Coraline movie memorabilia is being auctioned off on eBay to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Items include:
    • A Limited Edition Coraline Nike Dunks that were produced exclusively for the film; some have been signed by Dakota Fanning, some remain unsigned.
    • Original Coraline books written by Neil Gaiman and signed by film voice actors Teri Hatcher and Dakota Fanning.
    • Authentic original film posters, signed by Teri Hatcher and Dakota Fanning
    • Collector’s Edition DVDs.
  • Mirrorstone, the dragon song contest sponsored by Wizards of the Coast for kids ages 8-14, is on! Entrants will write lyrics set to the story of the Green Dragon, and the winning lyrics will then be set to music tied in with A Practical Guide to Dragons and the books in the Dragon Codex series. See here for details.
  • AT SF Scope, Ian Randal Strock number-crunches the Hugos.
  • Newsarama lists 4 Things Comics Get Wrong About Supervillains.
  • GeekDad lists The Top 10 Evil Geeks in the Movies.
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