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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!

Video of my NYRSF reading from The Iron Codex

If you couldn’t make it to last night’s readings by me & Seth Dickinson, watch the event now for free online (starting at 22 minutes in):

I read from my upcoming Dark Arts novel The Iron Codex; Seth reads from his new original SF novel Exortia, coming next year from tor.com.

The event was curated and hosted by Amy Goldschlager at the Commons Cafe in Brooklyn, NY.

They Keep Killing Glenn

Peter David talked me into killing my best friend, Glenn Hauman. In Peter’s defense, I didn’t take much convincing.

The result of this nefarious scheme is my new short story The Look on Your Face,” which is part of the new Crazy 8 Press anthology THEY KEEP KILLING GLENN.

Luckily for me, I have a great many credited (but unindicted) partners in literary crime: David Gerrold, Keith DeCandido, Michael Jan Friedman, Aaron Rosenberg, Russ Colchamiro, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, Joe Corallo, Mary Fan, Lorraine J. Anderson, Hildy Silverman, Setsu Uzume, Brett Hudgins, Blair Learn, S. Brady Calhoun, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Amy Lewanski, Dean Scott, and, of course, co-editors Peter David and Kathleen O’Shea David. (Cover illustration by J.K. Woodward)

The book is now available through Amazon, and its formal launch will take place Friday, July 6, 2018, at the Shore Leave Convention in Hunt Valley, MD.

So order your copy now, and become an accessory after the fact (or fiction, as the case may be).

Cover Reveal: THE IRON CODEX (Dark Arts, Book 2)

The fires of Hell heat up the Cold War in my next Dark Arts novel, The Iron Codex, coming January 15, 2019, from Tor Books. The book is now available for pre-order in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook from several major book retailers.

I’m honored to debut its awesome cover featuring my kickass Russian heroine Anja Kernova:

The illustration is by artist Larry Rostant, based on direction from editor Marco Palmieri, with compositing and final layout by the always amazing production team at Tor Books, led by Irene Gallo.

More about the book, the series, and its treatment of ceremonial magic can be found on: http://midnightfront.com/