Would You Like a Bookplate?

What is a bookplate, you ask (or even if you didn’t, here’s a refresher)?  Traditionally, it’s a way for a book owner to identify that a book is indeed theirs.  Think of “Form the library of” stamps.  Authors use bookplates, however, to provide signatures to readers we might otherwise be unable to reach, or in instances where we’re unable to sign (like in the case of a broken hand or a condition with difficult flare ups like rheumatoid arthritis). They’re essentially stickers, meant for book pages but you can stick them on whatever, really.

I have newly acquired bookplates, signed and ready for those who’d like one!

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If you’d like a few bookplates (you need one for each book in the NOUMENON series, don’t you?) and bookmark, simply put in a request via my contact form on this page.  I’ll send them anywhere in the world on my dime, no worries.  This offer is good until otherwise rescinded.

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Summer Workshops, Conventions, and Signings–Come See Me!

Noumenon Infinity is getting great advanced reviews! Kirkus called it “the genre at its very best.”

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The Harper Voyager US version drops August 14th, and the Harper Voyager UK version drops August 23rd.

In honor of the new release, I’ll be out and about in July and August. I hope you’ll come see me at one of the following events:

July 19th, Fayetteville Public Library (401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR), 5:30pm-7:30pm. I’ll be teaching a two-hour workshop on how to query a novel. Participants will hear an interactive lecture on the basics of querying a novel, in which they will learn how to identify suitable agents, how to compose a query letter, and how to follow up with query submissions.  Participants will draft a query letter with my help and leave with additional reading on how to further their agent hunt.  Please see the library website for further details: https://www.faylib.org/

July 20th – 22nd, San Diego Comic Con (San Diego, CA). I will be a participant at this years SDCC! I’m super excited. Come find me at the Harper Voyager booth, or attend my Saturday afternoon panel “Fly Me to the Moon and Let Me Play Among Those Stars,” 1pm-2pm, room 28DE. Location and time subject to change, so be sure to double check the programming schedule once you arrive at the con: ComicCon 2018

August 14th, Nightbird Books (205 W Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR), 5pm-7pm. Come join me for NOUMENON INFINITY’s launch party! There will be cupcakes, there will be prizes, there will be a reading. There will be a whole lotta fun, and brand new books! http://www.nightbirdbooks.com/

August 16th -19th, WorldCon 76 (San Jose, CA). More convention shenanigans. No word on programming yet, but you can find me out and about at the dealers room, bar con, or at the Hugo Awards cheering on #teamDongWon. http://www.worldcon76.org/

August 25th, Little Rock Barnes & Noble (11500 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock, AR), I’ll be signing books starting at 1pm, along with cookbook author Dreux Antoine and possibly a third mystery guest (I’m not saying it might be Misti Kenison, but if confirmed, it’s Misti Kenison). https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2658

That is my summer schedule. Don’t forget, I’ll have brand new NOUMENON INFINITY bookmarks with me as well! Shiny!

Happy reading!

~Marina

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International Readers, Are You Ready for a Giveaway???

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I have brand-new UK paperback copies of Noumenon burning a hole in my bookshelf, and brand-new bookplates, and brand-new stickers, and of course bookmarks!

Would you perhaps like a few of these things?

I have two sets of these to give away, and I will mail them anywhere outside of the United States. All you have to do to enter is ONE of the following between July 4th and July 12th (If you’d like to do more, that’s awesome! But each person will only be entered one time.):

*Sign up as a new recipient for my newsletter and let me know you’ve done so in the comments on this post.

*Tweet about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity (perhaps why you’re looking forward to a copy, or a favorite quote) and make sure you .@ me (.@MarinaLostetter).

*Retweet this tweet with a comment.

*Post about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity on Instagram and @ me (@MarinaJLostetter).

*If you’ve read Noumenon or any of my work, leave a new review on said work at Goodreads, or Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or your preferred book-purchasing online venue and link me the review in the comments on this post.

On July 13th I will draw two random winners in the same manner I drew winners for my previous giveaway. Then I will contact the winners with a way to privately send me your address.

Good luck, and happy reading!

~Marina

P.S. US readers, though you aren’t eligible for this giveaway, signal boosts are always appreciated.

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Goodreads Giveaway for NOUMENON INFINITY ARCs

goodreads giveaway june 2018Want to get your hands on the book that Kirkus Reviews called “the genre at its very best”?  Want to get it before it’s even available in stores???  Then get yourself over to Goodreads!  Harper Voyager is giving away 40 advanced copies. You’ve got 5 days to enter, so don’t delay! Click on the pic above or the link below to enter and get the full details.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/281157-noumenon-infinity

Happy Reading!

~Marina

P.S. Non-US readers, don’t despair!  I received a package in the mail yesterday that has my author bookshelf looking a bit more…orange…than usual.  I will be giving away copies of the new Harper Voyager UK paperback very soon.  Watch this spot!

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Noumenon Out in Paperback for UK Readers!

N1 UK paperbackLike it says on the tin–the paperback version of Noumenon is out today in the UK!  Look how pretty this darn book is.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy from your local bookstore or your favorite online retailer.

Happy reading!

~Marina

 

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Books, Books, and More Books!

three booksI’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!

Happy reading!

~Marina

 

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“You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” Up at The Book Smugglers

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.

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To read the full article,  head on over to The Book Smugglers.

Happy reading!

~Marina

 

 

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Two New Sci-Fi Stories

 

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.

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Psssst

Hey, hey you!  Want a copy of NOUMENON?

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Impromptu give away (US only)! Sign up for my newsletter:  and retweet this tweet, then on April 23rd I’ll randomly select two subscribers to receive a signed and embellished copy of NOUMENON.  (Already signed up?  Then the retweet is all you need!)

~Marina

 

 

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Where will I be in March?

I’ll actually be leaving my house in March!  Be leaving my state, even! Here’s where you can find me soon:

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Monday, March 5th, classroom visit at Phoenix High School in Phoenix Oregon. Closed event.

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30pm, I have a signing at Rebel Heart Books in Jacksonville, Oregon. https://www.rebelheartbooks.com/ It’s located at 157 W. California St. This store is new to the area and absolutely delightful, so I hope you’ll stop by!

Thursday, March 8th, 12:00pm, I’ll be at the Southern Oregon University Bookstore. It’s located at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, in Ashland, Oregon. Students, faculty, and community members welcome!

Saturday March 10th-Sunday March 11th, I’ll be at the Tucson Festival of Books http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/ I’ll be on two panels, and at the HarperVoyager booth. Come talk to me!

I hope you’ll join me for the public events.  And, PHS students, I can’t wait to meet you!

Happy reading, all.

~Marina

 

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