I hope you’ll pick up a copy from your local bookstore or your favorite online retailer.
I’ve recieved author copies for Avatar Dreams and the new UK paperback version of NOUMENON! Added bonus, I also got ARCs of NOUMENON INFINITY!
Keep your eyes peeled for giveaways in the coming weeks!
I’ve got an article out today about a sci-fi trope I’ve always found rather curious: the robot who wants to be human. As you know, robots are near and dear to my heart, and how they’re treated in-narrative speaks volumes to me about empathy and humanity.
In “You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” I discuss the cultural implications of the trope and how it relates to assimilation and colonialism. And I cover more than just Star Trek–we’ve got Xenomorphs, pod people, Cybermen, and more.
We as biological entities are positive we understand what losing ourselves to the artificial would be like. And yet we fail to lend a similar understanding to how a robot might feel upon assimilating into the biological, because we can easily see the horror in personally being overtaken, but refuse to see the horror when we overtake.
To read the full article, head on over to The Book Smugglers.
I’ve got two new sci-fi stories out. The most recent was published yesterday, in Uncanny Magazine. Discard the Sun, for It has Failed Us is a far, far, faaaaar future look at our solar system:
“I implore you again, Decanus, discard the sun.” The Captain does not hide his distaste. “The star should have died an epoch ago. It’s wasteful, pouring resources into something so useless because of nostalgia.”
Sol is forty-percent brighter today than it was when Sadie lived. The oceans she knew? Boiled away. The continents she recognized? Victims of plate tectonics. The Earth’s surface is dead, the atmosphere acidic.
But the planet has not been consumed by the fiery burgeoning of the sun’s red-giant stage. This we have prevented, by feeding the star.
Without my pilgrimage, the sun would die.
I will not let its light extinguish.
You can read more here.
Story two was published in the Avatar Dreams anthology. Stedman Ferrah’s Illustrious Fall is about a man who will take any job if it means he gets to go into space (even if it’s only his mind that goes):
Stedman always knew he wanted to go into space. He’d wanted to be an astronaut since before he could pronounce it. His room when he was ten was painted all black, with little white dots for stars, and big, blue not-so-round-because-his-big-sister-had-painted-them planets. He’d studied hard. Had the top grades in high school despite holding down a burger-joint job to take care of his mother. He’d applied to the air force, and then…
And then he’d discovered he was color blind. You can’t fly planes if you can’t read the dash properly.
He should have known. All those years, he thought Madeline was messing with him when she pointed to the red sign over the Sips-To-Go mart and asked him to read it.
“There’s nothing there,” he insisted, and she laughed and pinched him and told him to quit acting stupid.
But it was true–he couldn’t see the Two for one twelve-inch franks! advert.
Just as the US government couldn’t see handing him a plane.
And if they couldn’t hand him a plane, they weren’t going to hand him a spaceship.
But that didn’t mean he’d given up.
You can get Avatar Dreams here.
Hello, all! I hope 2018 is treating you well so far (even though it sure looks like it’s set to be another whopper of a year).
For those of you who’ve been asking about the sequel to Noumenon, I have some fantastic news! Noumenon Infinity is now available for preorder! It’s scheduled for release August 14th, and I hope you’re as excited to see what’s next for Convoy Seven as I am to share their continuing journey with you!
(Spoilers below for the first book!)
Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.
Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister?
Meanwhile, Planet United’s littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web’s greater purpose.
Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web’s puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure’s true nature before it’s too late.
Hello all! It’s been a great year writing-wise for me!
First off, I’m excited to announce that I’ve sold a flash story, “Discard the Sun for It has Failed Us” to Uncanny Magazine! It’s my first time in Uncanny, and “Discard the Sun” couldn’t have found a better home.
In 2017 I sold a few short stories, wrote lots of new words, and turned in the edits for Noumenon: Infinity (scheduled for release in August 2018!). But the biggest writing event for me, by far, was the release of my debut novel, Noumenon. I am so pleased with its reception, and am very honored that so many people have connected with it.
Noumenon has made three major best-of lists:
Which, according to this Kirkus article, makes it one of the best of the best sci-fi books of the year. I’m happy to see my little sci-fi novel touch so many people, and I want to thank everyone who has worked on it, read it, reviewed it, and recommended it! It would be just another manuscript on my hard drive without all of you.
It was also a great year for me reading-wise. I have read some fantastic books this year. Here are some of my favorites:
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Breath of Earth by Beth Cato (Note: this book was published in 2016. Its sequel, Call of Fire, came out in 2017.)
My to-be-read pile once again grew faster than my read pile, but I’m looking forward to reading these books soon:
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The Genius Plague by David Walton
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
Hope you all found something amazing to read this year; here’s wishing you more happy reading in 2018! And remember, if you like a book, leave a review or tell a friend! It’s the best gift you can give an author, after buying their book. 🙂
Oregonians, I am in your state–my home state! And I have two signings this week in Southern Oregon:
Thursday (today!), October 19th at 7pm, I will be at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon, which can be found at 290 E. Main Street.
Saturday, October 21st at 2pm I will be at the Barnes & Noble in Medford, Oregon, located at 1400 Biddle Rd.
Come chat with me about Noumenon, sci-fi, books, and life in Southern Oregon!
See you soon!
I’ve got an article up on the HarperVoyager UK blog, entitled Alternate Yous, wherein I discuss our long-standing fascination with fictional clones, as well as our unending obsession with nature vs. nurture.
Here’s a breif excerpt:
In Noumenon, I explore the concept of clones as a ‘fix.’ Early in the novel, clones are thought to be the best way to ensure an interstellar convoy’s success. The mission planners believe if they take genetic information from well-vetted sources that it will give them more control over the many variables that could shift in the mission over the centuries.
But does it offer more control? Would populating generation ships with genetically identical crews over and over actually create stability? Our experiences are part of who we are, and an Earth-based mission-control cannot regulate every incident aboard such a convoy.
It’s the classic nature vs. nurture argument: do our genes make us who we are, or do our experiences?
If you’d like to read the whole thing, head on over here!