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!
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!
Today is the official US release of Noumenon! I couldn’t be more excited! Shana DuBois of Barnes and Noble gave it an absolutely awesome review yesterday, and said:
The plot is a swift-moving ocean current that will sweep you up, envelop you, and not let you go until you’ve reached the end, finally tossing you ashore, rattled from the experience. I read it in one sitting, because I had to know: what this clone society would find when they reached that distant star, and what terrible sins they would commit along the way. I had to know it all.
And, if you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area, I hope you’ll join me from 5-7pm today at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street. Come eat some cupcakes and enjoy a reading from the book!
Dear everyone, this is not a drill!
NOUMENON’s US release is just two weeks away! The UK release is even closer!
*cue the screaming*
There is still time to preorder, and I will love you forever if you do! The above images are linked to Amazon US and Amazon UK respectively, and here is your Barnes and Noble linkage. Or, you can preorder it direct from your local book store, if you want to support your local businesses.
Also, if you live in the Northwest Arkansas area, I want you to come join me for the launch party! There will be cupcakes, door prizes, my face, story time…lots of cool stuff and even cooler people if you’re there!
The party is walk in, 5-7pm, at Nightbird Books on Dickson St. in Fayetteville.
You see this?
It is your official invitation! There are hard copies of these flyers scattered around Fayetteville (in your favorite game stores, Nightbird Books, and at the Retro Arcade). If you happen to find one you will notice that there’s a door prize ticket attached. You’ll get another at the party, but don’t forget to bring your flier with the attached ticket to double your chances!
Everyone is welcome at the party, so bring friends, bring family, bring that coworker you’ve been trying to get to know better.
But most importantly, bring book lovers!
See you there!