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The Iron Codex is up for a Dragon Award

My secret-history fantasy thriller The Iron Codex has been nominated for a 2019 Dragon Award in the category of Best Alternate History Novel!

I’m grateful to all the fans who signed up and nominated my book for this honor. Of course, my tome is up against some serious heavyweight competition, so the odds of me taking home the award are slim, at best.

Still, I urge you, whoever you are, to sign up to vote now if you haven’t already — it’s free, and all it takes is an email — and please, if you think my book deserves it, give it your vote as Best Alternate History Novel.

In addition, some of my friends have works on this year’s final ballot, in other categories. If you’re willing, I hope you’ll consider casting your votes for their works, as well:

Best Military SF Novel: Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Best Media Tie-in Novel: Star Trek: Discovery – The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Best Horror Novel: 100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent, Nicholas Kaufmann

Best Graphic Novel: Monstress Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Thanks to all who have supported my work up to this point, and to all who vote for it to win!

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My Shore Leave 2019 Schedule

It will soon be that time of year again (Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14), when I and many other Star Trek literary scribblers converge upon the  Hunt Valley Inn (known these days as the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley) in Hunt Valley, Md., for the fan-run con known as Shore Leave.

If you’re looking for me at the con, the best place to start is usually the hotel bar. If you’d like to get my autograph or hear me yak on some panels, here is my schedule for the show. Consider yourselves warned.


Friday, July 12

What’s New in Star Trek Fiction
6PM, Salons E & F
John Jackson Miller (m), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Scott Pearson

Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor
Come buy books, get autographs, hang out and chat, or buy me a drink.

 


Saturday, July 13

Writing Historical Fiction, Real & Fantasy
11AM–1PM, McCormick
Howard Weinstein (m), David Mack, Kim Headlee, Roberta Rogow, Richard White

Elevator Pitches
2PM, Derby
Joshua Palmatier, David Mack, Kim Headlee, Peter David

Selling Your Soul
4PM, Derby
Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Heather E. Hutsell, Glenn Hauman, T.J. Perkins

 


Sunday, July 14

Return of the Serials
11AM, Salon A
David Mack (m), Jim Johnson, Glenn Hauman, Richard White, Peter David

Meet the Tricksters
Noon, Derby
David Mack, Jenifer Rosenberg, Christopher L. Bennett, T.J. Perkins

 

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I’m the Author GoH at MidSouthCon 38

It is my pleasure to share the news that I will be the Author Guest of Honor of MidSouthCon 38, taking place March 20–22, 2020, in Memphis, TN.

This marks the first time that I have ever been afforded the title of “author guest of honor,” and as such it means a great deal to me. It is a genuine milestone in my authorial career, one that I have long hoped for.

I am grateful to the con committee of MidSouthCon for extending me this invitation, and to my good friend and fellow Star Trek author John Jackson Miller, who recommended me to them.

I eagerly look forward to my first visit to Memphis — to meeting new friends, to trying the famed local barbecue, and to taking part in the programming at MidSouthCon. It promises to be a great weekend, and I hope that if you’re a fan of my work and live within driving distance of the show that you’ll come out and say “hi!”

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15 Years and Cold Pizza

Today is my and Kara’s 15th wedding anniversary. Our tradition, since our first anniversary, has been to mark the occasion with cold pizza and good red wine.

Why, you ask?

Our wedding day, like most, was one of joyful chaos. We didn’t get to eat much at our reception, which we were told is typical. Consequently, when we got home that night, we were ravenous. But because we were planning to leave soon for a honeymoon, there was not much to eat in the fridge.

Except for a few slices of cold pizza. Which we promptly scorfed.

The following year, we’d planned a nice night out for our first anniversary. That plan was scuttled when I woke up feeling under the weather. I recovered my health and my appetite later that evening, but by then it was too late to go out. So we foraged in the fridge and found … cold pizza.

Thus a tradition was born.

Because this year’s anniversary is one that ends in a five or a zero, we have something special planned. An excellent brick-oven pizza with all of our favorite toppings awaits us in our fridge, as do desserts from local bakery Gian Piero. For our wine, we have a superb 2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino that we’ve been saving for this occasion. To dress the table I procured a bouquet of 15 roses — one for each year of our marriage so far.

Here’s to many more wonderful years of cold ’za and vino fina. I love you, Kara.

My Gen Con Writers’ Symposium 2019 Schedule

It’s getting to be convention season, so it’s time for me to tell you where to find me at this year’s Gen Con Writers’ Symposium.

Once again, the Symposium’s panels, workshops, and other events will take place in the second-floor function rooms of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown hotel, located at 350 West Maryland St., Indianapolis, IN 46225.

If you’re planning attending Gen Con, consider checking out the Writers’ Symposium. If you’re coming to GCWS, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the show and talking shop!


Thursday, Aug. 1

10:00 AM | Atlanta — Alternate Reality Fiction
David Mack, Cherie Priest, Linda Robertson, Daniel Myers (mod)

Noon | Ballroom 1 — Modern Sensitivities in Historical Contexts
David Mack, Kristen Britain, Richard Byers, Karen Bovenmyer (mod)

3:00 PM–4:00 PM | Signing Table, far end of Exhibit Floor Aisle 1000
David Mack, Kristin McFarland

5:00 PM | Ballroom 2 — Writing Tie-ins With Confidence
Joseph Carriker, Jr., Erin M. Evans, David Mack, John Helfers (mod)

 


Friday, Aug. 2

2:00 PM | Ballroom 1 — Get It Started: Irresistible Inciting Incidents
John Helfers, Linda Robertson, David Mack, Karen Bovenmyer (mod)

4:00 PM | Ballroom 4 — Worldly Fantasy: Writing More Than the Medieval Setting
Scott Lynch, Diana Pho, David Mack, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Steve Drew (mod)

 


Saturday, Aug. 3

2:00 PM | Atlanta — Does Magic Change With Time?
Linda Robertson, Kristin McFarland, David Mack, Susan Morris (mod)

4:00 PM | Atlanta — Firearms in Fiction
Patrick Tomlinson, David Mack, Bill Fawcett, Diana Rowland (mod)

7:00 PM–10:00 PM | Ballroom 2 — Night at the Forbidden Library, Part III
Elizabeth Vaughn, Karen Bovenmyer, Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Dylan Birtolo, Gregory A. Wilson (mod)

Daniele Serra’s art for “Chaos at Feast”

When editor Robert Greenberger asked for suggestions concerning who we might ask to illustrate my story for his anthology Thrilling Adventure Yarns, there was only one name I wanted to put forward: Daniele Serra.

Because my short story “Chaos at Feast” is rooted in the Lovecraftian tradition of unspeakable ancient horrors, combined with the 1930s and 1940s adventure fiction that inspired the Indiana Jones series, I knew that Daniele’s haunting style would provide the ideal visual accompaniment to my prose.

Here’s a small slice of the image to whet your appetite:

To see more, read the full update here. Bottom line, I feel very fortunate to have one of my stories graced with art by Daniele.

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Interview on The Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog

Over on the blog of The Skiffy & Fanty Show, Paul Weimer has published an interview with me about my Dark Arts series, with a focus on its most recently published volume, The Iron Codex.

We got into some fairly substantial questions about the series in general and the new book in particular. If you have a moment, give it a look.

Here’s an excerpt of one part of the Q&A:

PW: You’ve penned sequels and follow-on novels in the various fictional universes you’ve written in before. What was different about your process in tackling The Iron Codex?

DM: Adding stories to the ongoing literary continuity of Star Trek, as I’ve been doing since 2001, is very different from writing a sequel to my own original novel.

When I write a Star Trek novel, I’m able to take advantage of the fact that many ideas and concepts don’t need to be explained in great detail, because readers of Star Trek novels are already familiar with the series’ setting and characters.

When I started plotting The Iron Codex, I had to deal with challenges that were new to me. One was that I needed to quickly refresh readers’ understanding of the complicated system of ceremonial magic I had developed in the first Dark Arts novel, The Midnight Front. But I also wanted the plot of book two to move quickly, in the style of classic Ian Fleming spy-thrillers.

It’s live now. Go check it out!

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