Category Archives: Announcements

22 Jan

Crystal Rain relaunched in trade paperback this week. Read the first 1/3 free right here

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Crystal Rain launches this week in a brand new trade paperback format.

If you’re interested in diverse SF, if you’re interested in seeing what a taste of the Caribbean is like when it’s married with adventure SF, if you’re interested in reading the book that launched the Xenowealth series, then here you go.

A lot of people have taken a closer look at the book with the new cover. A lot of people have told me ‘oh, I didn’t realize it was SF.’

It is.

But don’t take my word for it. Read the first entire third of the book and see for yourself.

That’s my advertisement right there. Please link the sampler. Please link the post. If you’re interested in a broader SF, if you’re interested in something outside the usual, then take a bite. A third of a whole book is enough for you to decide if it is your thing.

All without having to drop a single dime.

Try it.

No, seriously, try it.

Legends say that the forefathers of Nanagada fled a far-off star to their new home. They say that the sky once hummed with metal flying machines and palatial floating cities. But then the Azteca came. Created and driven by cruel, inhuman gods they swarmed out of the sky in search of sacrificial blood, and worse. To defeat them and their gods the forefathers burned the sky. The cities and machines fell to the ground, useless.

In the centuries since, Azteca have kept to their side of the mountains in an uneasy truce. But now it has been broken. Driven forward by their gods once again, only one man can stop their bloodthirsty march: John deBrun. His family scattered, John holds the key to an ancient secret deep in memories lost just before he was dragged unconscious from the sea years ago…

…if he can stay alive long enough to uncover them, he might be able to stop the destruction of Nanagada.

And here a few reviews, if you’re still not convinced:

“Buckell’s promising debut. …a twist that adds a sci-fi edge to this tale’s mythological underpinnings.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Buckell does a nice job of setting the stage and the pages turn quickly. I’m still on board for Volume Two. The possibilities for the series are tantalizing.” Contra Costa Times

“…[A] promising debut. It’s a twist that adds a sci-fi edge to this tale’s mythological underpinnings.” Kansas City Star

“Buckell does a fairly smooth job unwrapping the plot.” Tampa Bay Tribune

“Readers who like sieges, strategies and swashbuckling heroes will thoroughly enjoy this fast-moving tale.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A fast-moving and thoroughly enjoyable tale that kept me reading almost non-stop.” Midwest Book Review

“In this stellar debut, Buckell has created an amazing world. The plot is well-constructed and the writing is simply superb, particularly the dialogue, which is amazingly beautiful.” Romantic Times

“Enjoyable…for a first-timer Buckell handles his interlocking narratives well and his characters retain their humanity.” Publishers Weekly

“Buckell’s debut captures the flavor of Afro-Caribbean culture in the lilting dialog of his characters and in their customs. An original tale with distinctive characters and a fresh approach to worldbuilding, this sf quest belongs in most libraries.” Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Buckell’s first novel conjures a vividly imagined world, spiced with intrigue and adventure that unfolds at a breakneck pace.” Booklist

“An auspicious debut. Buckell’s done what a first novelist needs to do: to make us want to know about his world, and more about his imagination. His announced next novel, Ragamuffin, is certainly worth looking forward to.” Locus

“A good old SF adventure story. His Creole background lends a colorful touch to his characters and dialogue, and his clever reworking of familiar tropes makes this a standout first novel.” Locus (Short review)

“Crystal Rain is a totally engrossing, can’t-put-it-down reading experience. The setting is superb, the characters are fascinating and DeBrun, the enigmatic Pepper and the conflicted Oaxyctl are one of the great fictional triumvirates. This is lush SF adventure in the C.L. Moore vein. Hopefully more installments are on the way.” Starlog

“Even non-sci-fi readers will be bowled over by…Tobias Buckell’s Crystal Rain… Violent, poetic and compulsively readable.” Maclean’s (Canada)

“A pepperpot of a delectable, enjoyable story…Buckell is a deft, assured storyteller who will, hopefully, continue to publish novel-length fiction with the same eye for intricate setting and rounded characterization he’s exhibited here in his debut novel.” SFF World

“Infused with new life and excitement. Buckell’s plotting is sturdy and swift with nary a longuer. For a thrilling adventure set on a unique world, this book couldn’t be bettered.” SciFi.com (Paul Di Filippo)

“A fast-paced pulp-style adventure … a very satisfying first novel with a different and refreshing setting.” Emerald City

“There’s a great old-school pulp-adventure essence to Crystal Rain … what Buckell does right, I’m happy to say he does breathtakingly right. Most effective is the evocation of place. His setting feels alive. There is real texture to Nanagada, its people, villages, back alleys and crowded markets. You can almost feel the humidity. Buckell’s use of the sea as a critical setting is brilliantly handled, too…I can definitely say that there’s nothing else on the racks right at this moment quite like it, and that Tobias Buckell is a name to add to you ‘watch this writer’ list.” SFReviews.net

“[Buckell’s] first novel, CRYSTAL RAIN, is the sort of thing that will have readers watching for more. [He] has displayed a gift for imagination much greater than one book can hold. Sequels would surely please many readers, but if he imagines as thoroughly in new and unconnected novels, they too will please.” Analog

“The hard part [of writing a novel] is a combination of fast pace with some glossy writing and intriguing characters. And I’ve noticed that this is a skill that science fiction writers are picking up. Case in point: the debut novel from Tobias S. Buckell, Crystal Rain.”

“I was actually quite surprised at how fast-paced the book was. I was glad to see, however, that as I was burning through the story, Buckell got each moment and each twist and turn exactly right.”

“Buckell writes that stuff with panache, and there’s some remarkably strong science fiction in there too… [He] has way more atmosphere and colour in his story than an equivalent sf book… It takes a great deal of care to create something so balanced.”

“This gave me quite a joyful feeling as some new twist came into play and the world wrenched into a strange direction.” The Cultural Gutter

“Once the world sank in and permeated my mind, I couldn’t put the book down. Like all good books, it only got better as it progressed, all the way to the end.” GreenMan Review

“Buckell has done an excellent job with his first Sci-Fi novel. This story is complex, fresh, and interesting–and wide open to a sequel.” Children’s Literature

“An impressive debut…with unique creatures, characters, and advanced technology; Crystal Rain blends plenty of action, suspense, culture, and science fiction. Buckell has created an interesting world that I’m looking forward to reading more about in his sequel Ragamuffin.” SciFi Chick

“A galloping read that throws the reader into an alien world that they won’t want to leave. I may have just found my new favorite sci-fi author.” Graeme’s Fantasy Review

“This is an exciting and imaginative debut from author Tobias S. Buckell. The story features characters that are carefully nuanced and thus, wholly believable. The ending, though logical, is truly heartbreaking.” Bookstove

“What Tobias Buckell has done here is pretty impressive. He’s taken a culture that wouldn’t usually be put in the same sentence as science fiction and created something that is both unique and familiar.” – Walker of Worlds

18 Dec

The Xenowealth novels are now available to non-US eBook readers

While I sort out the administrative stuff for the recently successful Kickstarter for Xenowealth: A Collection, I have another piece of exciting holiday news. I’ve been working really hard to get the eBooks of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin up for the holiday season in non-US territories.

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They are available on Amazon in non-US, non-Canada, and non-Philippine areas (Tor owns the exclusive rights to the US, Canada and the Philippines on them). So for example, UK readers, here is Crystal Rain (it is actually popping up the steampunk top 100 list, so yay).

The bookstores that allow sales in that particular geographic region are Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes. So if you are outside the US, Canada, and the Philippines and look for the eBooks in either of those stores you should find them.

I am still learning Google Play.

So the books are now available in English, world wide.

Particularly of note to my Caribbean readers: you can now snag the Xenowealth eBooks easily as well.

Pricing is $2.99 for Crystal Rain, $3.99 for Ragamuffin, and $4.99 for Sly Mongoose and $4.99 for The Apocalypse Ocean.

Lastly, Sly Mongoose is going live on January 2nd. That’s my birthday. I wanted to celebrate it with a book launch.

But all three eBook outlets are set to take pre-orders.

14 Nov

Audible launches the Xenowealth novels in Audiobook with all new narrators

Guys! Guys! Guys!

So I’ve been sitting on this news for… just about forever.

I pointed out on twitter while traveling that Hurricane Fever had been turned into an audiobook, which meant both Arctic Rising and Hurricane Fever were available to be listened to.

But today you can find the whole Xenowealth backlist now in audio, right before the Tor relaunch coming this January!

The Books!

If you don’t want to listen to me blather any more, here we go, click on a cover to go to the Audible page.

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The cover to The Apocalypse Ocean should be updated shortly, in a few days, they’re using the older one.

The Narrators!

Okay, the previous audio versions of these books did not have narrators familiar with the Caribbean dialect. I got… emails about that. I didn’t get to work closely with those versions, alas, but Audible has been very cool about working to get Robin Miles, who does the audiobooks for Nalo Hopkinson and Karen Lord, involved in the casting of the books. Robin suggested and worked with Prentice Onayemi to do the narration of Hurricane Fever, Crystal Rain, and Sly Mongoose. And, in a total dream come true for me, Robin herself narrates Ragamuffin and The Apocalypse Ocean.

This was such an amazing thing. Robin called me many times to go over pronunciations for things in the book. In fact, if you saw me hunched over in a corner with a pad and paper while at Worldcon in London, I was probably sounding out things with her on the phone.

So I’m very, very happy about these audio versions and how hard Robin and Prentice worked on them.

So if you enjoy audiobooks, please check these out!

31 Jul

I will be a guest instructor at Clarion West in 2015

So here is the announcement:

“Clarion West is delighted to announce the names of the instructors for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop. Applications will open in December 2014. More information about the instructors and application instructions will be posted in the coming weeks.

Andy Duncan  2015 Clarion West Leslie Howle Fellow
Eileen Gunn
Tobias Buckell
Connie Willis
Nalo Hopkinson
Cory Doctorow  2015 Clarion West Susan C. Petrey Fellow”

(Via News |.)

So first off, what an amazing line up of instructors for 2015. I’ll be keeping some heady company.

One of the things I got to do was meet Clarion West organizers Neile Graham, Tod, and Huw at the Seattle book signing while I was on tour last week. And I have to say, it’s been so hard to keep this secret up until now, even thought I was talking to them the day before the news went out!

So I’m totally honored and amazed that I am now going to be an instructor at Clarion. Having been a new Clarion student myself in 1999, this is one of those ‘coming around full circle’ moments that sometimes happen in life.

It’ll be very, very odd being on the other side of the circle, though. I hope to do well by the students.

01 Jul

My latest novel, Hurricane Fever, is now for sale at eBook outlets and brick and mortar stores of your choosing

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Today’s the big day. The launch of Hurricane Fever, my latest novel.

Here is a buy link to B&N.

Here is an Indiebound link that takes you to your nearest Indie bookseller.

What is Hurricane Fever about? Here’s the summary:

A storm is coming…. Introducing a pulse-pounding technothriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Arctic Rising

Prudence “Roo” Jones never thought he’d have a family to look after—until suddenly he found himself taking care of his orphaned teenage nephew. Roo, a former Caribbean Intelligence operative, spends his downtime on his catamaran dodging the punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the simple calm of his new life—until an unexpected package from a murdered fellow spy shows up. Suddenly Roo is thrown into the center of the biggest storm of all.

Using his wits—and some of the more violent tricks of his former trade—Roo begins to unravel the mystery that got his friend killed. When a polished and cunning woman claiming to be murdered spy’s sister appears, the two find themselves caught up in a global conspiracy with a weapon that could change the face of the world forever.

In Hurricane Fever, New York Times bestselling author Tobias Buckell (Arctic Rising, Halo: The Cole Protocol) has crafted a kinetic technothriller perfect for fans of action-packed espionage within a smartly drawn geo-political landscape. Roo is an anti–James Bond for a new generation.

Here is a blog post I wrote for Tor.com about doing some of the research in Barbados for the book.

I was born in Grenada, an island further to the west of Barbados, both of us at the southern tip of the sweep of the Caribbean as it curves down toward South America. Only Trinidad and Tobago lie between Venezuela and us. And all that time growing up, I had no idea that a lost, but no less major and fascinating chapter of humanity’s early attempts to get into orbit lay just one island over from me.

Here is my West Coast Tour Schedule:

—-July 25th: Comic Con panel Vengeance and Villians (San Diego, CA)
—-July 26th: Comic Con signing at Tor Booth (San Diego, CA)
—-July 27th: Borderlands Books reading/signing (San Francisco, CA)
—-July 28th: University Books reading/signing (Seattle, WA)
—-July 29th: Mysterious Galaxy reading/signing (San Diego, CA)

In addition, I’ll be attending DetCon in Detroit and London Worldcon.

My full schedule, as always, is in Appearances.

If you’re interested in reviewing it, details are here.

And here’s what it feels like the day before a book launch.

Thank you to all who’ve pre-ordered copies, or helped spread word of mouth, as first week sales do make a big difference to momentum. Thanks to all bookstores carrying it, and thanks to all my readers. Here we go again!

21 May

Hurricane Fever just got a *starred* review from Kirkus!

Kirkus is one of the big review magazines out there. I’ve just received my first star ever from them, and it’s for Hurricane Fever, and it says things like:

A stormy, aptly named thriller set in the Caribbean of the near future.

and

Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that’s filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles.

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So don’t wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you’ll have plenty of fun.

It’s always exciting to get a starred review.

You can pre-order Hurricane Fever here:

[US & Canada: Hurricane Fever, July 1st 2014, ISBN: 978-0765319227 – Amazon: hardcover & ebookB&NIndie Stores]

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As a reminder, the UK edition launches at the same time as the US. Here’s the cover:

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Availability:

[UK & Commonwealth: Hurricane Fever, July 3rd 2014, ISBN: 978-0091953539 Del Rey UK

26 Feb

Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose to be relaunched in trade paperback from Tor starting this December

So here’s something I’ve been sitting on for a long while:

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and:

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This December, 2014, Crystal Rain will come back out as a trade paperback with an all new look. It will be followed, just a couple months later, by Ragamuffin, and couple months after that, Sly Mongoose.

The original Todd Lockwood covers for the books are awesome. I have them hanging in my office. Getting to see my favorite characters depicted by an artist was awesome. But when we talked about relaunching the series in trade, one of the things I raised was the fact that booksellers had been telling me that Todd, amazing that he is, is usually associated with Fantasy (his amazing work graces many great Fantasy novels and RPGs). As a result, there’s always been confusion among new readers about approaching Crystal Rain, or so hand selling booksellers have told me.

So with this visual rebranding, we wanted to make sure the books say that they are space adventure. Space opera.

Science fiction.

I’m so excited about this new re-release, and hope that the covers help readers who love cracking science fiction take a second look. And I’m going to be begging everyone who was enthusiastic about the first release to please consider taking the time to try and give me a signal boost as we reissue the series.

There are more details and things to share about what is going on with this Xenowealth relaunch, but nothing I can share right now, but lots of pieces of the puzzle are coming together that should make this really, really cool and bring the book to more readers.

So lastly, thank you to everyone who got in on the ground floor. Who took a chance on me with the first book. Caribbean people on another world, squaring off against an implacable foe spurred on by alien overlords. Was it only 8 years ago it debuted? So much has happened since then.

I can’t wait for a new tranche of readers to find the Xenowealth. Your initial excitement and support helped me get to this point.

And keeping this quiet has been tough! So yay!

22 Jul

Arctic Rising now available in the UK & Commonwealth

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The Del Rey UK edition of Arctic Rising launched this last Thursday! I’m told it’s findable in train stations, airports, and bookstores near you…

The eBook version is also up.

Del Rey UK has graciously given me their entire front page to promote the book on their site, which was awesome.

A list of places to buy it via your web browser is here at Random House UK’s website.

22 Apr

Two New Books Sold to Tor Books: Paladin’s Quest and Antarctica Ascendent

From a recent announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace that people are noticing:

Author of ARCTIC RISING, Tobias Buckell’s ANTARCTICA ASCENDANT and PALADIN’S QUEST, two near future SF novels, the first a thriller set against a backdrop of global climate change, the second concerning a MMO, again, to Paul Stevens at Tor, in a two-book deal, by Joshua Bilmes and Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

Antarctica Ascendent is the working title of the third triptych I’m doing for the novels Arctic Rising and Hurricane Fever (which I’m working on finishing any day now) and I’ll be working on that next year.

Paladin’s Quest is a book about MMOs and their development with augmented reality glasses in the near future, and the blurring of games and work that will overlap in daily life. If you’ve read A Game of Rats and Dragon you’ll get a quick hit the test ideas I’m playing with there. I’m not sure where in the working line up PQ will be written, but it’s a short, tight, tale and I’ve already written some scenes and sketched in outline ideas that I’m thrilled with and can’t wait to write.

With the sale of the two YA novels to Tor Teen, you can see that I’m going to be quite busy here over the next couple years.

You’re all going to be stuck with me for a while longer, I’m afraid.

08 Apr

Arctic Rising a finalist for the Prometheus Award

I’m happy to announce that my book Arctic Rising is a finalist for the 2013 Prometheus Award, held by the Libertarian Futurist Society.

I was nominated in 2007 for Ragamuffin, so it is once again an honor to see something I’ve written be flagged.

There’s tough competition this year:

* The Unincorporated Future, by Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books)
* Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
* Darkship Renegades, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
* Kill Decision, by Daniel Suarez (Dutton – Penguin)

Both Sarah and Cory have won previously (and Dani and Eytan Kolling as well). As I said, *tough* competition :)

Nonetheless, despite the heavy competition, I will try to make my way down to Worldcon to see the results. It’s not often I get the honor of being nominated for an award, and it’ll be exciting to see who wins live!