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Klingons and Elephants and Audiobooks, Oh My!

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J.G. Hertzler

I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while, but now the tale can be told: The audiobook version of my novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, will be read by none other than the brilliant actor and director, J. G. Hertzler. That’s right, folks, Martok, the galaxy-renowned one-eyed Klingon General, spent much of last week in the studio, tankard of bloodwine close at hand, to record the tale of prophecy and intolerance, loyalty and conspiracy, friendship and the dead. And when you think about it, who better than the Klingon warrior who survived the Dominion War and emerged to lead his people to glory.

Now, I’m not saying that Barsk should necessarily be seen as a Klingon story, but it surely just took a huge step closer. Hmmm… I wonder if there’ll be songs…

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Barsk Bookplates

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Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

So here we are, barely a month until the release of my shiny new novel. Many of you have been with me on this journey for a long time, following my posts, the reviews, and the ever-increasing excitement. In just five weeks’ time you’re going to get a very special book, but I wanted to do something extra-special, particularly for those people who pre-ordered the book.

That’s why I commissioned famed anthropomorphic artist Allison Hershey (Inherit the Earth) to design a custom bookplate.

To get yours, here’s what you do:

Step 1: Simply pre-order Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by December 28th, 2015.

Step 2: Send email to: barsk.preorders@gmail.com, and include:

  • your mailing address (US addresses only)
  • and an image/scan of the receipt showing you pre-ordered Barsk

And that’s it. In return, I’ll mail a bookplate to you before the end of the year.

Not sure where to pre-order a copy? No problem, I’ve got you covered. Any of these links should work just fine:

Amazon ][ Barnes & Noble ][ Books-a-Million ][ iBooks ][ Indiebound ][ Powells ][ Wal-Mart

That’s it. Really, the hardest part will be waiting for it to show up in your mailbox.

My 2015 Philcon Schedule

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Philcon 2015

November is here, and this time around it’s a three-convention month for me. The first of these, the World Fantasy Convention, has come and gone. Next up is Philcon, running from the 20th to the 22nd.

I have a fairly light schedule, the highlight of which will be my reading featuring chapter two from Barsk. I read this for the first time last weekend at WFC, and I have to tell you it was the single best reading that I have ever done!. So, if you missed it, join me at Philcon and we’ll see if it gets better the second time around.

Here’s my full schedule:

Saturday, November 21sr
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Autograph Table) Signing
Bring me something to scrawl my name on. Novels. Magazines. Small children. My signature is yours to command.

12:00 – 12:30p.m. (Executive Suite 623) Reading
As promised above, I’ll read from chapter two of Barsk. Meet the protagonist, Jorl, and hear him talk to his dead friend, Arlo. Yeah, that’s right, Arlo’s dead. Not a problem.

01:00 – 02:00 p.m. (Plaza IV) Using Language Creatively
From Hemingway’s spareness to Lovecraftian atmospheric density to Chandleresque similes, there are a variety of ways language can be used to enhance the worlds you write. How do language and syntax choices affect the way a story is perceived?
with A.T. Greenblatt (M), Christie Meierz, Joseph Berenato, L Hunter Cassells

Sunday, November 22nd
01:00 – 02:00 p.m. (Plaza III) The Uses of Time Travel
Why do you want to travel into the past or future? Knowledge? Loot? Talking yourself out of bad decisions? Setting up the best prank ever? If given the opportunity would you, or wouldn’t you?
with Lawrence Kramer (M), Michael A. Ventrella, John Ashmead, Michael L. Brachman, JJ Brannon

Also, on Saturday night, I’ll be hosting a party for the San Marino in 2019 Worldcon Bid. Check out the link, support the bid, and come to the party to celebrate the many incredible authors who have been nominated for the Campbell Award. Eat cake! Be audacious! And never, ever settle for just a city.

See you at Philcon!

My *Updated* 2015 Chessiecon Schedule

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ChessieCon 2015

As mentioned four weeks ago, I’ll be spending the post-Thanksgiving weekend in Timonium, MD attending Chessiecon.

My schedule has changed a bit from the initial posting, but you’ve still got a month to put the following particulars into your calendar if you’re determined to stalk me there (and I hope you are). Here’s the shiny new version of what I’ll be doing, where and when during the con:

Friday, November 27th
3:00 p.m. (Greenspring 2) Alien Language Q&A, Led by The Klingon Guy
Aliens. How can authors better walk the tightrope between making them sound understandable while at the same time keeping their language, well, alien. Lawrence M. Schoen, author, former professor of psycholingustics, and founder of the Klingon Language Institute, will help you make some sense of it all..

Saturday, November 28th
10:00 a.m. (Greenspring 2) Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk

11:15 a.m. (Atrium) Signing
This is your chance to have me sign all the things! Seriously, all of them!

6:45 p.m. (Atrium) Mass Signing
Authors, artists, and musicians gather in one room for signing/book-selling/chatting with fans. This is your chance to have me sign all the things you didn’t have me sign earlier in the day!
with Ursula Vernon, Steve Kozeniewski, TJ Perkins, Cathy Hird, Heather Rose Jones, Intisar Khanani, Kim Headlee, Cristin Kist, Jeff Gritman, Tamora Pierce, Steve Haug, Margaret Carter, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, D.C. McLaughlin, Mary Fan, C.S. (Celia) Friedman, Tom Smith, Roberta Rogow, Harrison Demchick, Karen MacLeod, Seanan McGuire, Charles Butler, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kelly A. Harmon

Sunday, November 29th
10:00 a.m. (Chesapeake 6) KaffeeKlatch
Sign up for this intimate chat and ask me all the stuff. We’ll talk about Life and Death, Klingon, Hypnosis, Language, and anything else you want. And, if I can convince my publisher, there’ll even be prizes!

1:45 p.m. (Greenspring 1) How Much Do I Worry About My Own Canon?
Writing a series? Sure, you don’t want to get major things wrong, or contradict yourself. But are you creating a work of art for which you have to bend the rules sometimes — or even do so deliberately, for effect, as M. John Harrison does in his Viriconium stories? Or is our increased awareness, through the internet, of fan readers, their concerns and reactions (and their attempts to write coherent fanfic) boxing us in? As major franchises mess with their Canon, what about us writers?
with Harrison Demchick, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Don Sakers (M), Steve Kozeniewski

This convention marks the one-month-to-launch date for Barsk. So, yeah, I’m more than a little excited.”

See you at Chessiecon!

My 2015 Chessiecon Schedule

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ChessieCon 2015

For the last few years, I’ve spent late November in Los Angeles, but I have different plans this year. Instead, hot on the heels of Thanksgiving, I’ll be traveling to Timonium, MD and making my first-ever visit to Chessiecon.

I’m looking forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces as well as many new ones. This convention weekend also represents the one month mark before the release of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, so I’m likely to be a little bit anxious.

In any case, here’s my tentative schedule of what I’ll be doing, where and when, at the convention:

Friday, November 27th
3:00 p.m. (Greenspring 2) The Klingon Guy Talks About Alien Languages
The title pretty much says it all. They’re giving me a room and an hour to answer your questions about the creation and use of alien languages in fiction and elswhere. Come on by for some linguistic fun and games.

Saturday, November 28th
10:00 a.m. (Greenspring 1) Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll like read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk

11:15 a.m. (Atrium) Signing
This is your chance to have me sign all the things! Seriously, all of them!

6:45 p.m. (Atrium) Mass Signing
Authors, artists, and musicians gather in one room for signing/book-selling/chatting with fans. This is your chance to have me sign all the things you didn’t have me sign earlier in the day!

Sunday, November 29th
10:00 a.m. (Chesapeake 6) KaffeeKlatch
Sign up for this intimate chat and ask me all the stuff. We’ll talk about Life and Death, Klingon, Hypnosis, Language, and anything else you want. And, if I can convince my publisher, there’ll even be prizes!

1:45 p.m. (Greenspring 1) How Much Do I Worry About My Own Canon?
Writing a series? Sure, you don’t want to get major things wrong, or contradict yourself. But are you creating a work of art for which you have to bend the rules sometimes—or even do so deliberately, for effect, as M. John Harrison does in ringing the changes in his Viriconium stories? Or is our increased awareness, through the internet, of fan readers, their concerns and reactions (and their attempts to write coherent fanfic) boxing us in? As major franchises mess with their Canon, what about us writers?

I have to say, that looks like a pretty good way for me to round out the Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you’ll come out and say “hi!”

See you at Chessiecon!

My 2015 Capclave Schedule

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Capclave

Assuming I survive my trip to Manhattan (and I don’t mean Kansas) the day before for the New York Comic Con, on Friday, October 9th, I’ll head down to the greater D.C. area (Gaithersburg, MD, to be precise) to take part once again in Capclave

Alas, my schedule will only allow me to be there on Friday and Saturday, but it should be a great trip all the same. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me and what I’ll be doing as my part of the convention:

Friday, October 9th
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Your Day Job As Your Muse
SF writers who work for NASA have it easy. What about the rest of us? How does your day job influence what you write when you are off the clock? Do you base characters on coworkers? Turn daydreams of being the corporate hero into your creative works?

Saturday, October 10th
10:00 – 10:25 a.m. Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll probably read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, and if we reach critical mass, I’ll randomly give an Advanced Reader Copy of the book to some lucky attendee.

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Discovering New Authors
How do readers find new good authors? At a time when Amazon has zillions of self-published and small press authors, how can you tell who is good? What new writers in the last five years would you recommend?

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Linguistics In SF
What are some of the creative ways writers use language and linguistics in their fictions? How can language be used as a weapon or to unite different peoples? How can writers portray linguistic differences in a way that is not condescending?

And of course Reggie, my plush buffalito, will be with me — though you may not recognize him as I think he’ll be coming in disguise. So if you do spot Reggie, be sure to snap a selfie with him!

See you in Gaithersburg!

My 2015 Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

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Baltimore Book Festival

After the chaos and joy and travail of transportation that marked last month’s Worldcon, I’ve been resting up and recovering. But all too soon I’ll be on the road again.

The first event in what is shaping up to be a busy autumn takes place in nearby Baltimore. From September 25 through the 27th, the city will be celebrating a book festival in their inner harbor with lots of great genre authors showing up (including such fine folks as Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Alan Smale, Michael R. Underwood, and Fran Wilde).

There will be panels, readings, signings galore, and even a chance for you to meet and greet many of the authors.

I’ll only be in attendance on Saturday, the 26th. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Saturday, September 26th
3:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Reading Group 4
Four intrepid readers will transport you to other planets and magical lands, all without you leaving the comfort of your chair.
With Cinda Chima, Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

4:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Signing
I’ll have a limited number of free Advanced Reader Copies of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard to sign and give away, so come on by!
With Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

5:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food
From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, the panelists will whet your appetite for fictional food.
With K Ceres, Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Bud Sparhawk, and Fran Wilde.

6:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Meet the Authors!
Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

And of course all weekend long under the SFWA Tent, you’ll find lots of writers, local and regional, published and self-published authors, all talking about their books.

See you in Balitmore!

Cover Reveal – BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS’ GRAVEYARD

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Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, may I present for your anticipation, gradual build-up of ultimately brain-wrenching desire, and immediate viewing pleasure, the cover of my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard.

My editor informs me that the release doesn’t happen until December, but the way I choose to spin that is it creates an opportunity for a solid ten months of buzz, and a cover reveal is an awesome beginning.

The cover art is by Victo Ngai, a Society of Illustrators NY Gold Medalist (she actually has a stack of gold and silver medals), and depicts her conception of one of the artificial “vents” that occur within the rainforests of the islands of Barsk. Specifically, a shaft visited by Pizlo, a young boy whose very existence is outside the strictures of Barsk culture.

He hung in open air, ruminating, suspended upside down in a well-tended shaft walled on all sides with living green. Seven such chimneys existed on the island of Keslo; every island on Barsk boasted at least one. Fant society created the insubstantial monuments as part memorial and part warning. Few reached all the way to the uppermost limits of the forest, or ran all the way down to its roots.

Barskg is a world of almost constant rain and breaks in the cloud cover are infrequent. Rarer still are the times when the clouds happen to part and allow a glimpse of any of the planet’s moons. In the scene Victo Ngai referenced for the cover, Pizlo has gone to a specific chimney at a specific time, following the urging of the voices in his head, to see his third of Barsk’s seven moons. Pizlo is a weird little kid, and he’s convinced the moon not only speaks to him, but tells him secrets.

So, now that you’ve seen the cover and read a snippet, it’s time to tease you a bit more. How am I going to do that, you ask? Why, by sharing with you some of the remarks from other folks, Big Name Authors all, who have already read the finished book:

“The second you encounter the arboreal uplifted elephants who speak with the dead, you know you’re reading a work of singular imaginative power.  It’s a delight from beginning to end.”

Walter Jon Williams, Nebula Award-winning author of The Green Leopard Plague

“Weird, wise, and worldly, Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard is a triumph.”

—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

“Grand in scope, yet deeply intimate. Schoen gives anthropomorphism some serious spirituality. It got inside my head in the way that only an exciting new idea can.”

Howard Tayler, Hugo Award-winning creator of Schlock Mercenary

“Combines excellent characters and a fascinating world.  What really makes it work is how he deftly weaves together startling SFnal ideas with character-based intrigue.  You’ll really care for these characters, even as you find them believably alien.”

Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep

“A heartfelt and wonderfully weird book: a space opera about kindness and memory. Read it. Meet these people. Listen to their dreams, and to their moons.”

Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

And that’s going to have to hold you for a while, but I promise, there’ll be more hooplah in the weeks and months to come.