Posts Tagged ‘Marco Palmieri’

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Front, coming in January 2018

It has been revealed on tor.com so now I can share it here: the cover of The Midnight Front, the first volume in my new Dark Arts secret-history series for Tor Books. (See the Official Cover Reveal on Tor.com)

The art is by Larry Rostant, and the design is courtesy the amazing team at Tor Books, from an idea hatched by my awesome editor Marco Palmieri.

Scheduled for publication on January 30, 2018, The Midnight Front is now available for pre-order in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and/or digital audio formats from many fine retailers, as well as directly from the publisher.

You read that correctly: If you’re a collector who loves hardcover first editions (and who doesn’t?), Tor has you covered (pardon the pun). If you’d rather save a few bucks and get the book in trade paperback, you don’t have to wait a year. Is that awesome or what?

Now get busy pre-ordering!

An Editor (long form) and a Hugo

When it comes to The Hugo Awards, the lion’s share of pre-Worldcon debate and discussion seems to focus on the nominees in the prose fiction categories. This is not one of those posts.

I’m writing this to tell you why TOR/Forge Books senior editor Marco Palmieri deserves your Hugo Award nomination in the category of Best Editor–Long Form.

Marco Palmieri, TOR Senior Editor (2015) for Best Editor Hugo

Full disclosure: Marco and I have been friends for many years, he has acquired books from me in the past, and I currently am working on a trilogy of original contemporary fantasy novels for him at Tor. That is not why I am writing this post. In fact, I suspect he would prefer I didn’t, because he is a modest man who prefers to let his authors be the stars. He would never campaign for an honor such as this—which, in my opinion, is just one of many reasons why he should receive it. (more…)

Announcing THE MIDNIGHT FRONT

Now that the contracts are signed, I can finally share this amazing news: I’ve just inked a deal with Tor Books for a trilogy of original novels.

The first of these will be The Midnight Front, a World War II-era fantasy adventure featuring “commando wizards” battling to control the shape of humanity’s future. The current plan is for the sequels to be set in different eras of modern history, each telling its own tale while sharing a core cast of dramatis personae and expanding upon a continuing narrative arc.

Here’s a photo of me signing the contracts in the Tor offices on Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

MackSignsTorContract_web

The acquisition was made for Tor Books by Senior Editor Marco Palmieri, via my longtime literary agent, Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

Those of you familiar with my bibliography know that I’ve worked with Marco before, on several of my best-received works of tie-in fiction, as well as on my critically acclaimed first original novel, The Calling. Ever since his departure from Pocket Books in 2008, I have hoped that Marco and I would have the opportunity to work together again, and I couldn’t be happier to once more be one of his authors — especially at such an esteemed publisher as Tor.

To borrow a phrase from Marco, we’re “together again for the first time!”

I’ll be busy working on this trilogy for most of this year and next year; it likely won’t be published until some time in 2017. As you can see, I have a long road ahead on this project — but it’s a journey on which I’ve long been eager to embark. Wish me godspeed, friends.

TrekCore’s preview of Shore Leave 35

If you’ve ever wondered why the fan-run Shore Leave convention held each summer outside Baltimore has become a favorite annual mecca for Star Trek authors, wonder no more. Read the TrekCore.com Shore Leave 35 preview, which contains lengthy quotes from yours truly, as well as fellow scribes Keith R.A. DeCandido, Greg Cox, Christopher L. Bennett, and editor-author Marco Palmieri.

An excerpt from my praises for my favorite convention:

“There is a camaraderie and a team spirit that arises from [Shore Leave’s] nature as a volunteer show, and I think it makes it feel more like a weekend spent with friends than one spent with mercenaries. I think one can feel the difference when attending a convention that’s being produced out of love and passion for the genre and respect for those who help create it, as opposed to a convention being run to fill a cash register.”

Click forth, ye scoundrels, and read it all!

 

Star Trek Vanguard Podcasts

At long last, the promised Star Trek Vanguard Authors’ Roundtable Podcast is live and available for download and streaming playback thanks to John S. Drew and Keith R.A. DeCandido at The Chronic Rift.

This roughly hour-long discussion brings together the Vanguard series’ original editor, Marco Palmieri, myself, and fellow authors and creative partners Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. We answer questions submitted by fans, covering everything from the saga’s inception to its finale.

We also announce the winners of the Star Trek Vanguard autographed book sets — congratulations to Johnny Blues and Nick Fisher — as well as the special-prize recipient, Rick Mackey, who receives a limited-edition lenticular poster of the cover art from the series’ first novel, Harbinger.

Another special treat is my April 17, 2012, 90-minute audio interview with Timewarp and Nydra at TrekRadio.net, and which is now available via the Trek Radio On Demand page. We discussed not only Star Trek Vanguard but also my recent Mirror Universe novel Rise Like Lions, my upcoming trilogy Cold Equations, and the writing life in general.

PLUS! COMING UP ON MONDAY, APRIL 23 from 3PM–5PM, I will be back on Trek Radio with a very special presentation: The Music of Star Trek Vanguard. I will be sharing not only commentary but also complete musical tracks that were either mentioned in the text of the novels or that inspired specific events, characters, and the master arc of the series itself. This promises to be a unique glimpse into both my creative process and the backstory of the saga.

Today’s shameless roast DVD plug

Fun fact about the new Bob Greenberger roast DVD: For a number of reasons that are explained in the producers’ commentary track, I decided to produce this show in classic-looking black-and-white, with color footage only for the opening and closing credits.

Has the experiment proved a success? Watch the teaser clips I’ve uploaded to YouTube and decide for yourself. Here’s the first one, featuring some of the opening remarks by roastmaster Alan “Sizzler” Kistler, the creator of host of Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Series.

To buy a copy of the DVD, go to my website: http://www.davidmack.pro/dvd/

Vanguardian Discourse

This post’s title is a fancy way of saying you can listen to a recording of a panel discussion about Star Trek Vanguard.

The panel to which I refer took place this past July at the Shore Leave convention outside Baltimore, Md. The discussion, followed by an audience Q&A, featured me, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore.

It was recorded by soldier and major Star Trek fan Nick Minecci, who posted it on the website for The G & T Show, which he co-hosts each Sunday morning with the velvet-voiced Terilynn Shull.

The recording runs a bit under an hour. If you’re a fan of Star Trek Vanguard, give it a listen!

And in case you’re one of those who needs a visual of who’s speaking in order to appreciate it, you can feast your eyes on this little Photoshop gem:

Enjoy!