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Novelocity – Favorite College Reads

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Novelocity

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m part of a small group of authors performing various stealth missions under the sobriquet of Novelocity. Each week we kick around a different topic, and various members share their thoughts.

Today’s topic is our favorite books from college.

Here’s how I answered:

My undergrad years were a mess. It took me six years. Along the way I dropped out of university, lost my scholarship, worked on a loading dock, went back to a different school, changed my major three times, and eventually petitioned the university to let me design my own.

I tell you all of this because it provides the background for the book that kept me whole during that time, Roger Zelazny’s Doorways in the Sand. It’s the story of Fred Cassidy, a young man whose uncle wills a healthy stipend to his nephew until he completes an undergraduate degree. Fred chooses never to graduate! As the novel begins he’s been in school more than a decade, always changing majors one class short of a degree. He’s outlasted multiple academic advisors and authored academic papers worthy of dissertations! Fred Cassidy is the perpetual student, and he gets caught up in adventures far beyond his dreams. Friends and strangers try to kill him. Aliens disguised as animals pursue him. A missing artifact on loan from a museum on another planet sends him secret messages. If that’s not enough for you, Fred has every cell in his body rotated into its mirror opposite, which in turn changes the flavor of everything he eats and almost guarantees that he’ll be dying of malnutrition because he can no longer process right-handed proteins.

Through it all, Fred draws on insights and experiences that you’d expect from someone who has nearly completed every major at a modern university. Read this book, you come away with that same feeling. It’s empowering, creating a sense of control at a time in a young adult’s life when everything seems to be chaos.

I reread this book every semester during exam week. It put everything in perspective for me.

If you’d like to see how others in our little group responded, just head on over to Novelocity.

Now Available: WORLD JUMPING

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World Jumping

Slipping in just under the 2013 wire, I’m pleased to announce the release of World Jumping, a new anthology from the fine folks at Hadley Rille Books.

I bring this to your attention because it contains my most recent novella, “Trial of the Century,” in which the Amazing Conroy must seek out assistance from the Arconi — the same aliens he ripped off in the very beginning by smuggling a fertile buffalo dog to break their monopoly and build his financial empire. They’re his only hope to awaken Reggie from the coma that I left him in at the end of book one.

Oh, and did I happen to mention my novella is eligible for the Nebula Award?

Kickstarter Recommendation: Sandra Tayler – The Strength of Wild Horses

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The Strength of Wild Horses

Sandra Tayler is a very talented author. She writes brilliant blog posts about parenting. And she’s responsible for the administrative and distribution side of the highly successful Schlock Mercenary comic business.

She’s running a Kickstarter project for her second children’s book, The Strength of Wild Horses, stunningly illustrated by Angela Call. The book is about Amy, a girl who gets into trouble and who learns that the same ideas which causes her troubles can also provide solutions. As Sandra describes it, “It is a book for every child (or adult) who needs to understand that being strong and creative can make the world a better place.”

At the time of my posting this, Sandra’s Kickstarter has barely a day left. I’m delighted to tell you that it’s already funded and the world will get to see this book. So the main goal has been accomplished. But… with a bit more support the project will reach its first Stretch Goal and everyone will win that much more.

Go to the site and check it out. You can even download a complimentary PDF of Sandra’s first book, Hold on to Your Horses.

The Strength of Wild Horses

For a pledge of as little as $5, you will get a PDF Of the new book.

For a pledge of $15, you’ll get a physical copy of the book shipped to you.

For a pledge of $25, you’ll get physical copies of both the previous and the new book, or you can opt for one of the other $25 support choices (there are several to choose among).

If you have more money to throw around, then there are higher pledge levels, and I encourage you to review them and avail yourself of them.

If you have children, and want something wonderful to read to them, then support this kickstarter.

If you have children, and want to inspire and empower them, then support this kickstarter.

And if you just like smart words and pretty pictures, then support this kickstarter.

I did.

Alembical – Limited Time Offer!

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Alembical

At the Nebula Awards this year I was having a chat with Jay Lake. We had both been nominated for the prize in the novella category, and he said the best novella he’d ever written was “America, Such As She Is,” published back in November, 2008. I had to agree (and not just because I was his editor for it). The work appeared in Alembical, the second book ever published by Paper Golem and the start of our series of collections of brilliant novellas.

After I returned from San Jose, a quick check of the stock room revealed a surplus of the hardbound edition of Alembical, 50 of them. Recalling my conversation with Jay, I decided it was time for a sale.

The list price on the book is $25.

For a limited time, you can use the PayPal button below to order a copy of the book for $15, which includes the cost of shipping (US residents only).





Again, this is for the hardbound edition of Alembical, which contains the following four novellas:

  • “America, Such As She Is” by Jay Lake
  • “13 Miles to Paradise” by Bruce Taylor
  • “Harvest” by James Van Pelt
  • “Now You See Us” by Ray Vukcevich


As noted above, I have only 50 copies available at this price. When they’re all spoken for, the PayPal button will redirect you to Amazon.com, where you can still buy the book, just not at this sale price.

And now for some pimping, shared universe style

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As you know (and I’m talking to you, Bob), last year my story “Coca Xocolātl” appeared in the shared universe anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales. I had a lot of fun writing that story, so when the editors decided to do a second volume of future tales set after The Return, I promptly got in line.

That new book is entitled ReDeus: Beyond Borders, and it comes out next month. In the meantime, the fine folks at Crazy8 Press have invited the book’s contributors to yammer a bit, and yours truly is up first.

So now you can follow this link over to their site and read what I have to tell you about the continuing saga of Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes, professor emeritus and representative of the Aztec God Huehuecoyotl. But I warn you, as soon as you do, you’re going to want to buy the book!

Now Available for Nook: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that just yesterday I announced that my 2009 novel from Hadley Rille Books, Buffalito Destiny, could be acquired for a mere $3.00 by Kindle-users over on Amazon.

While there was much rejoicing, there was also a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Or something like that. I like to think it was from all the rest of the e-reading public who fill their ebook fix via the much more popular format known as ePub.

As you know, Bob, Barnes & Noble’s ereader, the Nook, uses that format, and while there are still a few bugs in the system (e.g., they don’t have the cover art showing yet), Buffalito Destiny is now available in ePub format via BN.com, specifically right here at this link. And yes, it’s still only three bucks!

And again, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy which says if you’ve already bought a physical copy of book then you’re entitled to the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) for free. If this applies to you, follow this link to find out how to get yours.

Now Available for Kindle: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

In 2009 Hadley Rille Books published my first novel, Buffalito Destiny, making it available in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover editions.

Beginning today, my own small press, Paper Golem, has made it available for the Kindle, and it only costs three dollars!

Seriously, a mere three bucks. No more excuses. Plus today’s my half-birthday, so… yeah, that means you should get a copy, right?

You can click this link and you’ll be whisked instantly to Amazon where you can buy a copy (and I encourage you to use that link as I’ll get a bit extra, courtesy of Amazon’s Affiliation program).

But also, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy. Specifically, if you’ve already bought the book in “dead tree” format, Paper Golem will send you the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) at no cost. Check out this link for the details.

And a special shout out to Elektra Hammond for her efforts improving the readability of the ebook!

4th Night of Hannukah – 2012

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I am a huge fan of Subterranean Press. They put out books by some of the most amazing writers in the field, and do so in stunning editions.

In the last few years, I’ve cut way back on the number of paper books I buy. Almost all of my reading is of the epub variety, either on my phone or on a seven-inch tablet. But, there are a couple dozen authors that I still buy regularly in paper, writers who are friends, writers who are mentors, writers who inspire, writers I want to collect on my shelves. And several times a year, I’ll see just such an author’s name pop up from Subterranean Press in an email, and I’ll go ahead and pre-order a book. Often as not, it will be a signed, numbered edition. Yeah, that costs a bit more, but since I’m buying fewer paper books, it all washes out. Plus, it’s about the only thing I buy for myself.

The Boolean Gate

Anyway, the point of this post is that I’d ordered and paid for just such a book months and months ago, and then long since forgot the book even existed or was coming out.

It arrived with yesterday’s mail.

I gave the book to my wife, so she could give it to me as a Hannukah gift last night. I’ve talked about this before, what a pain-in-the-ass I am to get gifts for, because there’s nothing really that I want or need, and how I tend to end up disappointed when someone is really just trying to be nice and give me something. Yeah, I suck). The point is, it makes giving me gifts pretty tough. But here was this great book I wasn’t expecting (honestly, I don’t recall ordering it) and it’s just what I wanted. The perfect gift. My wife graciously accepted the opportunity to give me the book. A win all around!

The book is Walter Jon Williams’s The Boolean Gate. My copy is #46 of the special, signed edition, limited to 500 copies. Whenever I order a numbered book from Subterranean I always ask for #46 and Bill goes out of his way to accomodate me (Thanks, Bill!). If you want to know why #46, well, ask me in person sometime.

And too, as regular readers of my blog know, not only am I a huge fan of Walter’s work, but I’ve had the great pleasure of going up the mountain in Taos to learn from the man at his master class, Taos Toolbox (and it’s also my great pleasure to plug that experience whenever I can). The book’s concept is brilliant, pairing of the characters of Samuel Clemens and Nicola Tesla, two dynamic and brilliant contemporaries. Combined with Walter’s legendary ability with plot, I have no doubt this is going to be an awesomely fun read.

Happy Hannukah indeed!