There are a couple of events coming up this week, one virtual and one in-person:
A conversation with Ken Liu – Virtual event hosted by An Unlikely Story Thursday, August 18, 7pm Eastern
I will be chatting with Ken about Speaking Bones, the final volume of his Dandelion Dynasty series of silkpunk fantasy, as well as about the upcoming AMC+ animated series Pantheon based on his short stories.
A signing, reading and panel at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ I’ll be joined by fellow authors Randee Dawn and Brian Trent for this event, organized by the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County. Saturday, August 20 3pm-4:30pm
There’s just over 24 hours remaining in the UFO9 kickstarter and we still have a long way to go. If you’d like to preorder a copy of this anthology (and from the stories I already have it is shaping up to be an outstanding volume), please consider doing before it’s too late!
I’m super late in posting this update, since I announced on social media last week, but it was either finish the book the publisher has so kindly bought, or post blog updates. I opted for the former!
I do have actual breaking news to report however: as of a few minutes ago, I delivered the manuscript to Arc Manor/Caezik. The book stands at 85,000 words, and I sincerely hope it will live up to reader expectations, given the incredibly enthusiastic response to The Middling Affliction.
The announcement does not list the book title, since it’s possible that the publisher may want to change it. As it stands right now, it’s Kakistocracy. This is a fancy term for the system of government where the worst and least qualified people are in charge. Those of you who read book 1 may remember a certain individual running for mayor of NYC at the very end of the book? Yeah, so that goes about as well as you might expect. But it’s not even the biggest problem Conrad Brent has to deal with this time.
There are fae serial killers, sidhe vendettas, factions of On High and Down Below quarreling over an unassuming house in Gravesend, and, of course, industrial quantities of snark. During the course of this book you will learn the true nature and purpose of Abaddon, Inc., the fate of Mose after his disappearance will be revealed, the coolest villain from book 1 will get a redemption arc, and Conrad will be forced to make very difficult choices–again.
This book is still about a year away, but I will keep everyone updates when there’s more news!
The Unidentified Funny Objects series is back! Check out our latest volume, with hilarious stories by Simon R. Green, Jane Espenson, Esther Friesner, Lavie Tidhar, Jim Hines, and more. Don’t get left behind planetside–climb aboard the UFO with us!
And if you like your anthologies exciting, original, and found on Kickstarter you should also check out James Aquilone’s Shakespeare Unleashed, which launched roughly at the same time as my campaign:
Finally, today is the release date for Speaking Bones, Ken Liu’s fourth and final installment in the Dandelion Dynasty epic fantasy/silkpunk series. I’ve been a huge fan of these books from the start and it’s amazing to watch a nearly-decade-long journey reach a satisfying conclusion.
“Rescue Rangers” by H. L. Oldie (Ukraine), translated by Julia Meitov Hersey “Deja Loop” by Kostas Charitos (Greece), translated by Dimitra Nicolaidou and Victor Pseftakis “The Exclusion Zone” by Volodymyr Arenev (Ukraine), translated by Max Hrabrov “The Immaculate Ivory Tower” by Li Huayi (China), translated by Nathan Faries
Despite the delayed start, UFO9 is coming this holiday season. Check out yet another awesome cover by Tomasz Marosnki and click here to be notified of when the Kickstarter campaign launches (later in June):
“The big idea behind The Middling Affliction is actually three middling ideas stacked on top of each other, in a noir-sleuth trench coat.” Thus opens my guest blog post for John Scalzi’s Whatever blog. Huge thanks to John for hosting me, and if you’d like to check out the post, you can read it here:
There are several other cool recent links I must share (so please bear with me!)
I was on Alan R. Warren’s syndicated NBC radio show House of Mystery, and you can listen here: