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!

04 Apr

Interagency calls for integrated Arctic approach due to rapidly changing environment

Via Fred Kiesche. I imagine we’re going to see more of this sort of thing…

“Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated Management and Planning for a Rapidly Changing Arctic

Launches new Arctic Science Portal; Underscores need for streamlined, ‘whole of government’ approach with stakeholder, Alaska Native engagement”

(Via Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated Management and Planning for a Rapidly Changing Arctic.)

18 Mar

Another little piece of Arctic Rising’s world coming true

Uh huh:

“Since 2006, each of the Arctic nations has adopted its own security policy to safeguard its sovereign rights. What they must do now is compare their separate security policies, identify the ways in which those policies reinforce or conflict with one another, and then balance national interests with common interests.

How, for instance, will each nation position its military and police its territory? How will the Arctic states deal with China and other nations that have no formal jurisdictional claims but have strong interests in exploiting Arctic resources? How will Arctic and non-Arctic states work together to manage those resources beyond national jurisdictions, on the high seas and in the deep sea? Without ratifying the Convention on the Law of the Sea, a 1982 treaty governing use of the world’s oceans, how can the United States cooperate with other nations to resolve territorial disputes in the ocean?

NATO’s top military commander, Adm. James G. Stavridis of the United States Navy, warned in 2010 of an ‘icy slope toward a zone of competition, or worse, a zone of conflict’ if the world’s leaders failed to ensure Arctic peace.”

(Via Preventing an Arctic Cold War – NYTimes.com.)

10 Feb

Arctic summit economic conference

The resource-rich Arctic is changing faster than anywhere on Earth, and its biggest transformation is just ahead. Due to climate change, the polar ice cap is shrinking and floating summer ice is projected to disappear altogether, setting alarm bells ringing for environmentalists, but opening up new perspectives for trade and development.

Every time I see something like the above I just wish more people were reading Arctic Rising before it becomes dated…

02 Feb

Announcing the UK rights sales of Arctic Rising and sequel Hurricane Fever to Del Rey UK

I see that my agent’s website has this listed, so I have to assume it’s safe to blog about and announce. But Arctic Rising and the sequel that I’m in the middle of writing right now, Hurricane Fever, will be published in the UK/Commonwealth via Del Rey UK.

Del Rey UK is a new imprint from Ebury (which is a part of Random House). There is a press release about the forming of the new imprint here. I have had a peek at some of their upcoming books, and I’m in awesome company.

I know I have a small and dedicated readership over in the UK who’ve been shipping my books all the way across the pond, but with this I will now be rolling out in a bigger way overseas. I’m very excited about this.

Partially because I’m actually a commonwealth citizen. Yeah, I hold a UK passport, as I was born in a territory of the empire right before it became independent. I also have family in the UK. So finally, getting my books published over there, is exciting.

There is no news, however, on Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose as of yet. I’m still looking for partners in the UK. Seeing as that there is a little bit more awareness of Caribbean culture in the UK (and a core space opera readership), I would love to see the books get over there.

Arctic Rising should be coming out, then, later this year.

Hurricane Fever is still being written, but it will come out at the same time as the US release, as both publishers are getting the book at the same time.

Which is awesome.

20 Oct

A draft of Arctic Rising is done

I’ve finished a draft of Arctic Rising. This is my 6th novel written, which is pretty cool. I’ve mailed off the file to my editor and agent and will be looking forward to their comments.

The next question I get is ‘when can I read it?’

That’s a trickier question. I have to wait until further on in the production process to know for sure when Tor will be planning to publish it. So for right now, all I can say is that when I know, you’ll find out about it right here.

So what is Arctic Rising about?

Well, since I started writing about near future stuff with stories in Metatropolis and collaborating with Karl Schroeder, I’ve wanted to play at novel length with something set in the Arctic Circle where the Northwest Passage is used routinely for shipping, the resource rush is on, and people are developing the hundreds of islands up there for all sorts of purposes. And like the Wild West, anywhere there’s a resource rush means lots of nation-state and corporate shenanigans and that’s where all the ‘interesting’ people show up.