Want to see Hurricane Fever’s new cover?

Hurricane Fever has a new cover. I mentioned it on twitter, but I snagged a higher resolution example for this blog post:

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There were a handful of cover variants that Tor was considering for the book. Bloggers started passing around one that was used as a placeholder in the catalogue, and that was being strongly considered. In the end, though, we decided to go with the red and bio-hazard symbol look. The previous cover, though it looked awesome, was easily lost when put in a line up of other books due to the muted color palette and dark tones (lost in the shadows). Hopefully readers will agree that this is a more striking cover.

Here’s the back copy:

A storm is coming….

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.

Prudence “Roo” Jones never thought he’d have a family to look after—until suddenly he found himself taking care of his orphaned nephew. Roo, a former operative for the Caribbean Intelligence Group, spends his downtime on his catamaran, doing his best to raise a teenager on his own, and dodging the frequent, punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the relative 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 the 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.

Availability:

[US & Canada: Hurricane Fever, July 1st 2014, ISBN: 978-0765319227 - Amazon: hardcover & ebook - B&N - Indie Stores]

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

The advanced reader copies came in as well, which means various reviewers will probably be getting their hands on copies sent from Tor soon:

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I’m very excited about the bio-hazard symbol on the spine. The spine is more often how your book is seen by most readers:

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Xenowealth universe is now a Storium stretch goal

What is Storium? From the Kickstarter:

“Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. You can tell any kind of story with Storium. The only limit is your imagination.

Storium uses familiar game concepts inspired by card games, role-playing games, video games, and more. In each Storium game, one player is the narrator, and everyone else takes on the role of a character in the story. The narrator creates dramatic challenges for the other players to overcome. In doing so, they move the story forward in a new direction. Everyone gets their turn at telling the story.”

(Via Storium — The Online Storytelling Game by Storium / Stephen Hood — Kickstarter.)

Stephen Hood, one of the creators of Storium, approached me at Worldcon with an iPad in hand. We’d pinged emails back and forth, but there in the San Antonio convention center he briefly showed me the mechanism for online game play using story.

I didn’t grow up lucky enough to have role playing games around. But I’ve always loved seeing that it existed. After some conversation, I could see that it would awesome to set up some of my research and notes for the Xenowealth into background material for a playable Storium module.

So I agreed to set the Xenowealth up as a stretch goal for Storium.

If you loved Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose, or The Apocalypse Ocean and enjoy role playing games… well, you should check out Storium!

First review of Hurricane Fever

Marissa Lingen must have read Hurricane Fever really quickly, as I only just got the advanced reader copies that are sent out to reviewers on my doorstep. Marissa has this to say:

[He]… has married the thriller style to actual knowledge of the Caribbean as something other than a vacation destination and fun extrapolative bits of SF–shark-based bio-paint, awesome!–so that it is a superior grade of thriller. If you’re an SF reader who dips into thrillers from time to time, or if you have a dedicated thriller reader in the circle of people for whom you buy presents, Hurricane Fever (out in July) should definitely make your shopping list.

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[US & Canada: Hurricane Fever, July 1st 2014, ISBN: 978-0765319227 - Amazon - BN - Indie Stores]

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

Tor’s new covers for the Xenowealth are now up online at Amazon, available for preorder all around

Looks like the new covers for the Xenowealth books are popping up online for eBook purchases, at least at Amazon:

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As a reminder, the series is being relaunched this December as trade paperbacks. It’s a very exciting thing to see happening.

The trade paperback can be preordered via your favorite local indy store or via Amazon or B&N. The summary and cover are not yet updated, they’re just pulling from the original mass market, but the December 9th launch date is for real. The ISBN is 9780765338402 for those who need to know.

Today The End is Nigh

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The End is Night launches today. Features a story of mine called System Reset. Details are here, the book can be found on Amazon here.

“Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

THE END IS NIGH features all-new, never-before-published works by Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jamie Ford, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, and many others.”

(Via Amazon.com: The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych))

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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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!

Progress report: taking deep lungfuls of air

I cut back on the blogging while I buried myself into working on the outline for PS-1 (my last update was on 2/6, wow).

The back pain is mostly gone from my spill on 1/22, though some activity still occasionally inflames it. One month, wow. I can sit, stand, work at the computer, and do my daily walk into town to run errands again. I’m still… gun-shy about any ice and take extra wide detours to avoid and get really nervous around it. It’s an oddly purely physiological response. The fall and three weeks of back pain are so seared into my body that the first walk into town I kept flinching whenever I saw ice. I’m not mentally freaked, but there’s just an autonomous, muscle memory there that my body has that’s similar to seeing a glowing red pot (don’t touch!). More walks are fixing that, but it was interesting to see that my lower, lizard brain has picked up that aversion on such a fundamental level.

So I’m about two weeks behind, but now that I’m back to normal, am enjoying catching up on work. Blogging took a hit, as it doesn’t put food directly on the table!

The outline for PS-1 is 17,000 words. For what will likely be a 55,000 word novel. The interested parties are reading the outline, and notes are being exchanged. I expect to start writing the first chapter Monday, March 3rd.

On twitter I talked a great deal about the craziness of a 17,000 word outline for a 55,000 word book. But, over time, I’ve come to outline more and more obsessively before writing. It has really helped me, and has made the writing process more and more enjoyable on a daily basis. I might have to storify that whole exchange and post it up here.

With my editor reading over PS-1, I now have the time to finish my last pre-PS-1 project. I owe one last short story to an anthology. I need to finish it by this weekend.

After that, I will be passing on any new short fiction projects until after all the work on PS-1, the books I owe Tor, and all other extant projects are turned in. I can’t handle the pressure of any new obligations when my plate is so full, sadly. It means things are good for me.

It sucks to say no. I had to turn down another project that looked really cool recently, so it’s on my mind. I spent most of my life working so hard to get to this point. And suddenly, people approach me and ask for stories. I’ve sold 55 of them, to date. And now I have to say no. And that’s an odd complication I didn’t expect about success (what bit of I have managed to carve out for myself).

Steve Jobs said success is as much about what you say ‘no’ to. And I found out that, although I’m extraordinarily proud of the 55 short story sales, I need to take care of the novels and extreme debt-paying project I’ve embarked on this last couple years. That will put me in much better stead to play with short fiction down the road.

Metatropolis: Greenspace nominated for an Audie

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The audio anthology from Audible featuring novellas by me, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Seanan McGuire, Ken Scholes and Karl Schroeder has been nominated for an Audie.

More about Metatropolis: Green Space.

As METAtropolis: Green Space moves into the 22nd Century, human social evolution is heading in new directions after the Green Crash and the subsequent Green Renaissance. Nearly everyone who cares to participate in the wired world has become part of the “Internet of things”, a virtual environment mapped across all aspects of the natural experience. At the same time, the serious back-to-the-land types have embraced a full-on paleo lifestyle, including genetically engineering themselves and their offspring. At the same time, a back-to-space movement is seeking the moon, a green Mars, and even the stars, with the eventual goal of leaving a pristine and undisturbed Earth behind. METAtropolis: Green Space is the creation of Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake; Hugo Award winning writers Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Elizabeth Bear; New York Times best-selling author Tobias S. Buckell; Aurora Award winner Karl Schroeder; and critically-acclaimed author Ken Scholes.

THE END IS NIGH to feature a short story of mine

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I have a short story that will be appearing in the anthology THE END IS NIGH, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. Deets:

“Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild.

THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.”

(Via VOL. 1: THE END IS NIGH : The Apocalypse Triptych.)

If you click through, you can see the whole table of contents. Looks like a dynamite line up of authors that I’m lucky to share the pages with.

System Reset is short story of mine about what happens when fundamentalist geeks take their code metaphors a bit too far. If you follow the tag on the blog post for System Reset you can see I was working on this piece back in January.

THE END IS NIGH is coming out this March.

Chocolate and Vodka talks about Dunning-Kruger effect and publishing

There is so much wisdom at Chocolate and Vodka (both in pro-self publishing and in surveying why the quality of self publishing will always suffer due to the Dunning-Kruger effect) that I just want you to rush over and read, and then read all the other posts around there. I spent an hour poking around and then followed the author on twitter because I want to subscribe to the newsletter!

“So, according to Dunning and Kruger, in order to combat the massive shit volcano, we would need to train every self-publisher who produces shit, and hope that they realise that they aren’t as good as they think they are and need to try a bit harder. Well, good luck with that one.

Now, it’s true that not every self-published author is on the wrong side of Dunning-Kruger. Some are on the only slightly less wrong side: Good writers whose confidence is shot because they understand that they could be better, and are over-sensitive to the gap between the quality of the work they do produce and the quality they want to achieve. Those people are better than they think they are and will publish less than they should.”

(Via Why the self-publishing shit volcano isn’t going to stop erupting any time soon | Chocolate and Vodka.)