My latest book drops today!
I’m nervous and excited. One, it’s a direction I’ve been playing with in short fiction that’s been very rewarding in terms of playing with ideas. And early feedback has been positive, so I’m hopeful people enjoy it. Two, it’s my first book back after an unexpected three year hiatus (thanks in part to my collapsing from that heart defect back in late 2008/early 2009). This is the book I started right before that happened, and was written in small patches as I tried to recover. In some ways, it’s a bigger victory than I can communicate to see this on the shelves, because there were many days in 2009 when beginning it that I didn’t know whether I’d be around to see it through.
But enough about that sober stuff!
Arctic Rising, if you haven’t been paying attention, is a near-ish future technothriller set in the Arctic North after the ice caps are done melting:
Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.
Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.
Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.
Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world.
You can read the first chapter at Tor.
Come out and meet me on book tour. My schedule is here.
Thank you to everyone who has reviewed it or given me support. I don’t have nearly the energy or organization that I used to have for the previous novels, so I’m grateful to everyone who has reached out and helped out.
I’ve been very lucky to have such great readers and friends.
Looking forward to meeting many of you in the month ahead.