My 2018 Awards-eligible work ( #SFWApro )

I have only one work eligible for awards consideration this year, and it’s The Midnight Front, my World War II-era supernatural thriller. Published by Tor Books on January 30, 2018, here is its back-cover description:

The epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade Martin but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front — the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program — and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first — his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick — Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul, and that there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.

 

It is eligible for, among others, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Sidewise awards. Because of an offset eligibility calendar, it is not eligible for the next round of The Dragon Awards (though its upcoming sequel, The Iron Codex, will be).

If you are a SFWA member, you can read this book for free in Kindle, mobi, or ePub formats by visiting the SFWA Member Forums and downloading it from the “SFWA Fiction 2018 > Novel 2018 > The Midnight Front by David Mack“. (You must be a member of SFWA to access the preceding link.)

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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New interview at The Writer’s Pane

Literary blogger Anna Palij has published a new interview with me on her blog, The Writer’s Pane. It’s not a book-pimping exercise disguised as an interview. This is an honest-to-goodness “getting to know you” kind of interview.

Herewith, a small sample of our online correspondence:


Where do you find inspiration?
Wherever I can, to be honest. In the news. In unanswered questions from other stories. In rhetorical questions that spark unexpected connections in my subconscious. In my hopes as well as my anxieties. In my desire to avoid bankruptcy. In my fear of vanishing into obscurity while still alive. In my anger and disappointment that the human species has failed to live up to my lofty expectations.

Which character in literature do you associate yourself with the most?
I’m not sure I could reduce this answer to a single character. When I’m working on a novel, slogging away in unsung solitude for months at a time, I feel not unlike Sisyphus. When a book-release day results in a general yawn of apathy from the world, I feel like Charlie Brown, once again deceived into trying to kick the football. When opportunities for professional success slip away, but I’ve catapulted another writer to glory in the process, I feel like Mad Max at the end of The Road Warrior, left behind and forgotten amid the wreckage, lost to memory. In my best moments, when I am closest to living in accordance with a Zen ideal, free from attachment and desire, I feel like the protagonist of Richard Brautigan’s classic novel In Watermelon Sugar, the character who does not have a regular name.


Head on over to The Writer’s Pane to read the rest of the interview.

I’ll Be a Guest at Phantastika in Berlin this October

I am pleased to announce that I will be an author guest of Phantastika, a convention celebrating the fantastic in media, literature, and the arts, as part of German Comic Con in Berlin.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, at Station Berlin.

In addition to yours truly, the event will host numerous author guests whose works include science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction.

I just want to say that I am excited and honored to have been invited as a guest of this event. It’s been several years since my last trip to Germany, and when I remember what a wonderful time I had there, I feel great anticipation for my next visit. I love Germany and the German people, and it fills me with joy to know I can look forward to their hospitality once again.

See you in Deutschland, meine Freunde!

Desperate Hours is a Dragon Award finalist

I’m proud to announce that my Star Trek Discovery novel Desperate Hours is a finalist for the Dragon Award for Best Media Tie-in Novel!

http://awards.dragoncon.org/2018-ballot/

Also nominated this year in the Best Media Tie-in Novel category are Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, Before the Storm by Christie Golden, Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson, Fear Itself by James Swallow, and Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck. It’s a formidable field of very talented authors and superlative works.

If you’ve already registered to vote in the Dragon Awards, you should receive a ballot soon, if you haven’t already.

If you would like to cast a vote for this year’s awards (and be able to nominate works for future ballots), you may register until Friday, August 31, at 11:59pm EDT, at this URL:

http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_signup.php

If you decide to cast a vote in support of Desperate Hours, you will have my deep gratitude. If you want to vote for one of the other works, that’s okay, too. They are all excellent novels, deserving of praise and recognition.

Star Trek Destiny eBooks are on sale in August

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect chance to grab up affordable copies of my epic and status-quo-shattering Star Trek Destiny trilogy, now is your chance! The entire trilogy is on sale in eBook format from Amazon (and other eBook retailers) throughout the month of August 2018.

It’s a tale of the Federation’s last stand against the Borg Collective; of a valiant crew set adrift and then lost to history by accidental time travel; and of sacrifices great and small in the face of a seemingly unstoppable catastrophe.

From the back cover of the trilogy’s omnibus edition:

Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy’s greatest scourge, the Borg, returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation — and this time, its goal is nothing less than total annihilation.

This is the trilogy that changed all the rules for what Star Trek novels can be and do. If you haven’t read them yet, this is the perfect opportunity to grab them at an unbeatable price!


THE STAR TREK DESTINY TRILOGY

GODS OF NIGHT

MERE MORTALS

LOST SOULS


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Where to find me at GenCon 2018

This year I will once again be taking part in the GenCon Writers Symposium as an author guest. The symposium runs from Thursday, August 2, through the morning of Sunday, August 5, on the second floor of the Downtown Marriott, adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center.

My schedule of events for this year’s GCWS is as follows:


Thursday 8/2

10am–11am, Boston Room
What Is Historical Fantasy?

1pm–2pm, Ballrooms 3-4
Justice and Law Enforcement in Speculative Fiction

2pm–3pm, Ballroom 1
You Got Science in my Fantasy!


Friday 8/3

10am–11am, Signing Table (main show floor)
Signing: I will be signing autographs alongside Gail Z. Martin

Noon–1pm, Ballrooms 3-4
Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox

4pm–5pm, Ballroom 1
Action!


Saturday, 8/4

Noon–1pm, Austin Room
What Makes a Story Science Fiction?

7pm–?, Ballrooms 3-4
Return to the Forbidden Library
(Watch me and fellow authors play AD&D for your amusement!)

 

If you’re coming to this year’s GenCon as either an attendee or a guest, I’ll look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

My schedule for Shore Leave 2018

It’s that time of year again, when Star Trek writers from all over converge upon a sprawling hotel in a suburb of Baltimore and make it their own for a convention weekend known as Shore Leave.

This is my 15th time as an author guest at Shore Leave, and I’m looking forward to spending time with friends old and new in between panels and autographing sessions.

Note that the convention’s programming team, in its inscrutable wisdom, somehow neglected to schedule me for any panels or activities on Saturday, so I plan on just crashing a number of panels even though I’m not listed on any of them.

If you’re going to be at Shore Leave this weekend, here is where to find me.


Friday – July 6

End at the Beginning
5pm-6pm, Salon F
Non-linear narratives and how to use them.

Glenn Hauman’s Wake
9pm–10pm, Hunt-Valley Ballroom
A mock wake for Glenn Hauman to celebrate the launch of the new Crazy 8 anthology They Keep Killing Glenn (which, as it happens, contains my original short story “The Look on Your Face“).

Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt-Valley Corridor
Come meet me and the other author guests. Chat with us, buy us drinks, buy our books, get autographs, get abused. Whatever gets us paid.


Saturday – July 7

As noted above, I have no officially scheduled items this day. Here are some panels I might crash.

What Is Star Trek?
9am–10am, Belmont Room
Originally, I was scheduled on this panel. I asked if it could be moved later than 9am, and for asking the question I was kicked off the panel. Just to spite them, I might drag my ass out of bed and show up to this anyway.

When Does It Count as Representation?
10am–11am, Salon E

Dramatic Readings
4pm–5pm, Salon A

Continuity vs. Canon
5pm–6pm, Chase Room


Sunday – July 8

All Fiction Is Political
11am–Noon, Chase Room
How do our politics and/or ideology affect what we choose to write and/or read?

Ordinary Heroes
Noon–1pm, Salon A
How do “common-folk” heroes differ from their larger-than-life counterparts?

Why the NSA Hates Us
Noon–1pm, Chase Room
Authors’ search histories must give the national-security community nightmares.

[A sharp-eyed reader might have noticed that I’m double-booked on Sunday from Noon to 1pm. Place your bets now on which Noon panel I will choose to attend.]

See y’all at the con!