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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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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)

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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January Star Trek eBooks Sale: The Fall and Seekers

Big news, Star Trek book fans! Simon & Schuster has nine Trek novel eBooks on sale through January 31, 2019.

First, the five-book miniseries The Fall (about the rise and fall of a shit-talking would-be Federation president with a shady history—I know, not at all topical). This miniseries includes novels written by me, James Swallow, Una McCormack, Dayton Ward, and David R. George III.

And if that’s not enough, you can get the complete four-book Star Trek Seekers series by me, Dayton & Kevin Dilmore, also for just $0.99 each! That’s a hell of a lot of adventure for less than four bucks, kids.

But act fast, kids — this sale ends January 31!

http://www.startrekbooks.com/c/ebookpromoJanuary2019

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My Farpoint 2019 Schedule

If you’re coming to Farpoint in Hunt Valley, Md., Feb. 8–10, 2019, here is my schedule of panels and other events. At times not listed here, you can usually find me in the hotel bar, attempting to drink myself unconscious.


FRIDAY

Writing Projects Gone Awry – 5:00 PM – Salon C

Farpoint Book Fair – 10:00 PM – Hunt Valley Hallway

 


SATURDAY

Autographing (Davie; Mack) – 11:00 AM – Autograph Table 2

Readings (D. McPhail; D. Mack; Ransom) – 1:00 PM – Salon E

Publishing in 2019 and Beyond – 3:00 PM – Salon C

 


SUNDAY

Writing Genre Mash-ups – Noon – Salon C

Autographing – 1:00 PM – Autograph Table 2

 

See you at the show, kids! (Reminder: Don’t bother me when I’m eating.)

Excerpt: The Iron Codex

The fires of Hell heat up the Cold War in this excerpt from The Iron Codex!

From the Tor/Forge intro:

1954: Cade Martin, hero of The Midnight Front during the Second World War, has been going rogue without warning or explanation, and his mysterious absences are making his MI6 handlers suspicious. In the United States, Briet Segfrunsdóttir serves as the master karcist of the Pentagon’s top-secret magickal warfare program. And in South America, Anja Kernova hunts fugitive Nazi sorcerers with the help of a powerful magickal tome known as The Iron Codex.

In an ever-more dangerous world, a chance encounter sparks an international race to find Anja and steal The Iron Codex. The Vatican, Russians, Jewish Kabbalists, and shadowy players working all angles covet the Codex for the power it promises whoever wields it.

As the dominoes start to fall and one betrayal follows another, Anja goes on the run, hunted by friend and foe alike. The showdown brings our heroes to Bikini Atoll in March 1954: the Castle Bravo nuclear test.

But unknown to all of them, a secret magickal cabal schemes to turn America and its western allies toward fascism—even if it takes decades….

If you have a copy of The Midnight Front, you have an earlier version of this excerpt in the back of book one. This is the copy-edited and polished version, now on the Tor/Forge Blog.

Follow my heroine Anja into a magick-fueled, globe-hopping Cold War-era spy thriller! The Iron Codex will be published in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats in North America on January 15, 2019 by Tor Books.

FREE FICTION: “Hell Rode With Her”

Hell Rode With Her,” an original novelette excised from the manuscript of The Midnight Front, details events that befall Russian-born sorceress (aka “karcist”) Anja Kernova after she deserts from the Red Army in late 1943.

This was in fact the first part of the Dark Arts series that I wrote, and Anja’s confrontation with her countrymen during the Great Patriotic War sets the stage for the series’ second book, The Iron Codex, in which Anja is the chief target of an international magickal arms race in 1954.

The good folks at Tor Dot Com are hosting the publication of this story, which first appeared in the anthology Apollo’s Daughters. Please head over to Tor Dot Com, enjoy the story, and leave a comment so that the good folks at Tor will know people are actually reading it.

The Iron Codex will be published on January 15, 2019, and is available now for pre-order in both trade paperback and eBook formats.

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