Jan 14 2020

COSine 2020 and other news

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A few quick announcements of upcoming conventions and books. First, this coming weekend (Jan. 17-19) I will be at COSine 2020 in Colorado Springs, both on panels and in the dealers’ room.. My panels are “Hard sci-fi” (Saturday, 9am), “When are we going back to the Moon?” (Saturday, 1pm), and “Space and private industry” (Sunday, 2pm). I will also be part of the Author Reception and Mass Autographing on Saturday at 5:30pm. Come on by!

Upcoming conventions include the Life, The Universe, and Everything (LTUE) symposium, Feb. 13-15 in Provo, Utah. I’ve been wanting to get to this one for a while, and this year my friend and co-author Brad Torgersen (on “Strobe Effect” in Analog too many years ago) is Author Guest of Honor. I’ll just be attending this one, I’m not on any panels, but if you’re there and see me, feel free to stop me and say “hi”.

I’m also planning on StarFest in Denver, May 1-3, with both a table and (I hope) panels. Stay tuned.

As far as books go, The Pavonis Insurgence is still fighting to be finished. I’ve revised it a couple of times because I wasn’t happy with it. I started this novel two years ago now, although I did spin off some of that as The Centauri Surprise last fall. I want it done just as much as some of you do (grin). It marks a turning point in both the Carson & Roberts story, and the general T-Space story arc, so I want to get it right. It will definitely be out in time for StarFest, and probably for pre-order before LTUE.

I also have about 50,000 words of other T-Space books done, although that’s split across the next Kakuloa novel and a new trilogy (probably) based on the discovery and exploration of Verdigris at Delta Pavonis. These both introduce some new characters. There are a few other things in the works too, more about those later.

Oh, and happy New Year!

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Dec 10 2019

Alpha Centauri Trilogy “boxed set”

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As mentioned below, my three popular Alpha Centauri books have been packaged into a single “boxed set” (since it’s an e-book, the box is virtual). This includes the complete versions of First Landing, Sawyer’s World, and The Return.

Update: This is available on Amazon here. Sorry, with the usual Christmas chaos it took me a while to update this post.

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Dec 10 2019

An Excess of Exoplanets

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In the course of doing research and fact-checking for the imminent release of The Pavonis Insurgence and a new in-progress series (probably a trilogy) set in early T-Space (the same era as the Kakuloa series), I came across a recent, and fascinating, paper by a veritable laundry list of authors (Tuomi, et al.), titled “Frequency of planets orbiting M dwarfs in the Solar neighbourhood.”

M dwarfs, also called red dwarfs, are the most common type of star in our galaxy. The authors of the paper surveyed and analyzed data from many studies, covering 426 nearby stars and a total of 118 probable planets. They further analyzed this to come up with an average: an impressive 2.39 exoplanets per red dwarf, (although that could be (on average) anywhere from 1.03 to 6.97, again per star).

The numbers are probably different for different types of stars (like our own yellow G type), but my guess (and it is just a guess) is that the larger the star, the more planets it is likely to have, simply because there was more material in the original nebula. Now, that is complicated by gravitational effects of binary and multiple star systems, which tend to slingshot stuff out of the system, and with the formation of gas giants, which can do likewise. But still, we’re talking about averages.

Anyway, the paper got me thinking (always dangerous). At several cons now, I have given presentations that either briefly discussed exoplanets, or were entirely about exoplanets. Maybe I should write a book…. There are several books on exoplanets out there, but they are necessarily dated (it’s a rapidly changing field) and none (from what I’ve seen) target the audience I’m thinking of, most folks who want to know more about the science behind science fiction, both the readers and the writers. (For you astronomers out there, you’re not “most folks”, grin.)

Anyway, just a vague heads-up. No specific release plans yet, but I’m thinking summer of 2020, maybe around the time we start getting results from the CHEOPS bird (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) due to launch later this month. Meanwhile, I have science fiction books to finish.

Next time you look up at the stars at night (and for best results, do this away from the city where the skies are dark), consider that almost every one of those points of light has one or more planets orbiting it. Do you really think we’re alone?

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Nov 27 2019

Alpha Centauri trilogy updated, more coming.

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With the success of the refresh of my earlier Carson & Roberts books, we have done the same with my Alpha Centauri trilogy (First Landing, Sawyer’s World, and The Return). This includes another edit pass to catch any lingering typos and clean up a few Britishisms, a reformat to improve the interior appearance, and a refresh on the covers. (The cover change is less drastic than than for the other books, mostly just a font change. The new covers are below.) So far this only affects the Kindle edition. The updates to the paper editions (with new ISBNs) will be done soon.

All this is preparatory to issuing all three books in a combined omnibus (or “boxed set”) edition. There won’t be an actual box even for the paper copies, production costs are just too high to be worthwhile. I plan to include some bonus material in the omnibus, things like maps and a few illustrations. Target release date is mid-December.

Work on The Pavonis Insurgence is almost complete, but we’re pushing the release back until after Christmas to give more editing time. A new series, centering around the first landings in and exploration of the Delta Pavonis system, is also under way, as is the next book in the Kakuloa series. More to come!

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Nov 11 2019

In Remembrance, and Thank You

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It’s Veterans Day here in the US, Remembrance Day in Canada, the UK, and other commonwealth countries.Poppy on jacket lapel. Sometimes called Poppy Day, after the traditional symbol named from the poem “In Flander’s Fields” (where poppies grow…)

To all veterans of the US, Canada, the UK and allied countries … thank you.

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Oct 30 2019

CAL book sale this weekend

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The Colorado Authors League is again part of the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show this year. It is this weekend (Nov 1-3) at the Denver Mart (I-25 & 58th). My books (trade paperback) will be on sale at discounted prices, even bigger discounts if you buy multiples. Use the coupon at right (click on the image for full size) for discounted entry to the show (there will be a lots more going on than just books, but lots of books.) (NB there is a similar show in Colorado Springs the following weekend, but my books will not be available there.)

All books are signed, but I will be happy to personalize them; I’m there from 12noon to 2pm on Fri, Nov 1 and 3pm to 8pm on Saturday the 2nd. I will also be there sometime before closing (5pm) on Sunday as I’m part of the tear-down crew.

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Oct 17 2019

MileHiCon 51

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MileHiCon 51 bannerIt’s October, and that means it’s time for MileHiCon, the Denver regional science-fiction convention. As usual, it will be at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt-Regency hotel. This, its 51th, is the weekend of October 18-20. I will be there for the weekend, including panels Friday afternoon and Saturday and the mass autographing Saturday afternoon. I’ll also have books at one of the author tables in the lobby. Find me and say “hi”.

Also coming up, November 1-3, is the Colorado Christmas Gift Show, which will have a booth for the Colorado Authors’ League (CAL). My books, as well as those of other Colorado authors, will be available. (I will be at the booth for a couple of shifts, I don’t know exactly when.) The Show is the weekend of November 1-3 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

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Aug 18 2019

Special sale!

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Book four in the Carson & Roberts T-Space Archeology series, The Centauri Surprise, releases this week. To encourage those who would rather read the series from the beginning, rather than just the recap (“Previously…”), I’ve put the whole series on sale, at 99 cents each (ebook), this week only.

The Centauri Surprise cover

I think followers of this series are really going to like where this is going. Several important events take place, which set up the next few books in the series. The relationship between Hannibal Carson and Jackie Roberts takes a turn, a new talisman turns up, significant advances are made on reverse-engineering alien tech, more of the Kakuloa backstory (which plays out in the Kakuloa series), more run-ins with Velkaryans, we meet again a couple of characters from Alpha Centauri: Sawyer’s World (older, of course), and there’s a brief wargame between Earth’s Space Force and Sawyers World’s Space Guard. And more. One of my beta readers called this my best work yet, but judge for yourself.

Amazon has some restrictions on what we can do here, so Book 1, The Chara Talisman, is “permanently” on sale until the publisher manually raises the price again (at the end of the month). Books 2 and 3 (The Reticuli Deception and The Eridani Convergence) are on a price countdown, 99 cents until Thursday (8/22) night, then 1.99 Friday, 2.99 Saturday (8/24), and back to the original 3.99 Saturday midnight.

First three books, covers.

And I hate asking for favors, but reviews do help, both Amazon’s algorithms and readers looking for new books to read. Please take a moment to leave one. Thanks, and enjoy!

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Aug 18 2019

Spam

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If you posted a legitimate comment here recently, you might want to re-post. I hadn’t checked the spam bucket in a couple of weeks, and found something like 1,127 items in it. I’m not going to wade through all that, so I just flushed them.

Sorry if your post got caught up with all that, although my spam filter is usually pretty good. (Once you’re authorized, your comments won’t have to wait in the moderation queue. But trust me, you really don’t want to see some of the crap that spambots try to post here.)

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Aug 02 2019

MALCon is coming, and more

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The seventh Denver area Myths & Legends Convention (MALCon) is coming up, August 9-11 at the Radisson Denver-Aurora. I will be on a bunch of panels, mostly on the Saturday (along with autographing sessions) and one Sunday. It should be a lot of fun. If you’re in the area, come on out. I may have a few giveaways at my presentations.

Also, number four in the Carson & Roberts archeology series, The Centauri Surprise is available now for pre-order. Release date is August 20. It turns out Rico is alive, although he’s not sure just where; Carson finally gets to talk to Peter Finley (you may remember him from Alpha Centauri: Sawyer’s World — he’s not dead yet) about “Pete’s Peak”; and Homeworld Security is getting increasingly nervous about the Velkaryans.

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