15 May

Spying in the Arctic heats up, and Foreign Policy Magazine is there

Foreign Policy magazine has a fun article catching people up to a lot of what I was researching when putting together Arctic Rising:

While the world’s attention today is focused largely on the Middle East and other obvious trouble spots, few people seem to be monitoring what’s happening in the Arctic. Over the past few years, in fact, the Arctic Ocean countries have been busy building up their espionage armories with imaging satellites, reconnaissance drones, eavesdropping bases, spy planes, and stealthy subs. Denmark and Canada have described a clear uptick in Arctic spies operating on their territories, with Canada reporting levels comparable to those at the height of the Cold War. As of October, NATO had recorded a threefold jump in 2014 over the previous year in the number of Russian spy aircraft it had intercepted in the region. Meanwhile, the United States is sending satellites over the icy region about every 30 minutes, averaging more than 17,000 passes every year, and is developing a new generation of unmanned intelligence sensors to monitor everything above, on, and below the ice and water.

If Vienna was the crossroads of human espionage during the Cold War, a hub of safe houses where spies for the East and the West debriefed agents and eyed each other in cafes, it’s fair to say that the Arctic has become the crossroads of technical espionage today.

(Via Frozen Assets: Inside the Spy War for Control of the Arctic | Foreign Policy.)

10 Jun

National Geographic Atlas is struggling to keep up with redrawing Arctic Ice on map

The world of Arctic Rising is breathing down our necks:

“The shrinking of the Arctic ice sheet in the upcoming 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history, geographers say.

The reduction in multiyear ice—commonly defined as ice that has survived for two summers—is so noticeable compared with previous editions that National Geographic Geographer Juan José Valdés calls it ‘the biggest visible change other than the breakup of the U.S.S.R.'”

(Via Shrinking Arctic Ice Prompts Drastic Change in National Geographic Atlas.)

Hat tip to Elizabeth Bear on twitter for the link:

22 Jul

Arctic Rising now available in the UK & Commonwealth


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.

10 Jul

Summer Arctic Ice loss accelerating way faster than predicted

When I wrote Arctic Rising, 2050 for ice-free sounded science fictional. Now some scientists are saying it’s 2040:

“Looking at not just the area, but also the age and thickness of sea ice is a key aspect of understanding why an ice-free Arctic summer could occur in far less time than previously thought – perhaps less than a decade from now.  It is also a level of complexity often ignored by the media.”

(Via Summer Sea Ice Cover Is Smaller, Younger, Thinner | Barentsobserver.)

01 Jul

Back home!

The road trip is over. We pulled into our driveway late Saturday, and spent Sunday relaxing around the house. Today has been our first ‘normal’ day home, and we even picked the dog up from the kennel. He seemed to remember who we were.

Though he seems to like the kennel more than us. He’s an odd one, that dog.

Copies of the UK edition of Arctic Rising arrived! (The cover title is embossed and shiny, so I will be carrying this around and petting it a lot).


I finished a draft of Hurricane Fever, the follow up to Arctic Rising, while on the road. My editors at Tor and Del Rey UK have it, and will be getting back to me soon.

Until then, it’s time to catch up on scads of email and get back into projects that need finished and out the door.

It’ll be time to start Against the Fall of Stars, the YA follow up to The Island in the Sky next, once those are done. I’m reviewing my notes and making plans…

03 May

White House getting briefed on Arctic ice death spiral

The Department of Defense worries about global warming play a strong part in my novel Arctic Rising. In particular the Navy’s interest in global warming got my attention and a lot of the research for the novel sparked.

“US national security officials have taken an increasing interest in the destabilising impact of climate change. In February this year, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released its new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which noted that global warming will have:

‘… significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to greater competition for more limited and critical life-sustaining resources like food and water.’

The effects of climate change may:

‘Act as accelerants of instability or conflict in parts of the world… [and] may also lead to increased demands for defense support to civil authorities for humanitarian assistance or disaster response, both within the United States and overseas … DoD will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on its facilities, infrastructure, training and testing activities, and military capabilities.’

(Via White House warned on imminent Arctic ice death spiral | Nafeez Ahmed.)

30 Apr

If you liked Arctic Rising, you might enjoy this pilot: Borealis

Interesting TV pilot that I haven’t had time to try and watch. Recently SF Signal gave it a go and liked it. Here’s the whole thing:

SF Signal had this to say:

“This reminds me of a couple of things that I’ve seen on bookshelves lately – Tobias Buckell’s Arctic Rising and Margaret Atwood’s story Bearlift, and this seems like it could have been an early foray into climate-focused science fiction on the small screen, something that we’ve seen already in books in the couple of years.

What stood out for me is that Borealis was a surprisingly smart production: it’s plot was impeccable, both setting up a world and characters, all the while having a superior story to boot, making it better than most of the productions that make it to the television. It’s a bit of a shame that it wasn’t picked up for a full series, because if this was the starting point, where it ended up could be really interesting.

At the end of the day, Borealis is a great hour and a half that stands fairly well on its own. Hopefully, we’ll see something like it make the rounds again at some point.”

(Via TV REVIEW: Borealis (Pilot Episode) – Watch a Fantastic 90 Minute SciFi Debut Right Here! – SF Signal.)

29 Apr

Alberta wants Arctic route in North Canadian harbor

Another whiff of the future that my novel Arctic Rising was playing with due to global warming:

“The oil sands pipeline would have to cross roughly 2,000 miles of Arctic tundra and wetlands to get to Tuktoyaktuk, population 930. The village’s natural harbor would have to be upgraded to accommodate the increased commercial activity.

Tanker traffic would probably be limited to the summer months because the Beaufort Sea is iced in for much of the year. However, warming temperatures are keeping the Arctic ice-free for longer periods each summer.”

(Via Oil sands: Alberta eyes Arctic route to get its bitumen to market — 04/26/2013 — www.eenews.net.)

18 Apr

Arctic Rising has a UK edition cover now! And more details…

Hey, look, the UK cover for Arctic Rising is up on Amazon UK, as well as this post by my UK agency.


Arctic Rising will be in bookstores in the UK this July!

The cover is by the awesome Lee Gibbons! (And has a spiffy John Scalzi quote at the top).

I’m pretty psyched about this, and looking forward to Arctic Rising being sold in and around the Commonwealth.

There’s also an official page at Random House/Ebury Publishing/Del Rey UK site.

The Arctic Cap has all but melted, oil is running low and the United Nations Polar Guard is fighting a losing battle against pollution and illegal smuggling.

Anika Duncan, former mercenary turned UNPC pilot, is hot on the trail of potential nuclear dumping when she becomes embroiled in a deadly game of international politics and espionage, as our best potential solution to global warming is turned into the deadliest weapon known to man.

Part techno-thriller, part eco-thriller, ARCTIC RISING is a fantastic dystopian science fiction adventure that will appeal to fans of everyone from Michael Crichton to James Bond.