Glimpses

Glimpses

It’s out! The kickstarter funded, so you can get Glimpses now. This album is full of songs with lyrics written by fourteen different authors, set to music and performed by the amazing Craig Nybo. I wrote the lyrics for track twelve: The Strong Must Wait.

They are all dramatic, and related to various literary works. You can get the lyrics for my song from this older blog. Or just download it and listen. You can get it almost anywhere, but here are three great outlets:

Anghami

GooglePlay

iTunes

I’m thrilled and honored to have been part of this great project. If you like alternative music, you have to check it out!

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Chaos Chronicles Paperback

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Now available in paperback! The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

This book includes amazing stories by 9 authors. It isn’t “optional” like the Borderlands Anthology, though. These stories are machine monks, separated from the main group, and their struggles after the saboteur comes back to wreak more havoc on the world. It’s part of the main story line, so you absolutely must read it before the series climax comes out later this year. If you are following the Actuator series and only want your books in paper, the time has finally arrived.

Read more about the series on my Actuator page or…

Get it now!

Actuator Audiobook!

The Actuator: Fractured Earth is now available as an Audiobook! Read by Roger Wayne of Tantor Audio, you can get it on Audible or as a book on CD.

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They went with a different cover, but it’s the same Actuative goodness. The audiobook is $24.99 on Audible, but if you have the e-book already, you can get the audio through Whispersync for just $3.49! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you should buy the e-book, then the audiobook either way. The book on CD is $29.99. Either one, comes out February 28.

I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m super excited for my first audiobook to be out!

Sci-Fi Super-Sale!

 

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Today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, December 15 – 16, Curiosity Quills Press is putting all their science fiction e-books on sale for just 99 cents each! That means if you haven’t been keeping up with the Actuator series , you can get the FIRST THREE BOOKS for just $2.97. Not only do they have the amazing new covers, the interiors have been updated. So now there’s a new story by yours truly in the Borderlands Anthology, and a free short story included with Fractured Earth. What a great day to be alive! Here are the individual links–

The Actuator: Borderland Anthology

The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles (New this week!)

Want more information about the series before you commit? Check my Actuator Page.

Remember, books made great GIFTS! You can gift them from Amazon. By then the sale will be over and they will think you spent tons of money on them. Spread the love!

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If you aren’t up for starting a whole series, or you want something a little more in the literary sci-fi area, check out Theocracide. You can’t go wrong at this price, and it’s guaranteed to leave you thinking.Under a Brass Moon Cover

If your not looking for anything deep or even as long as a book, you can get this fantastic collection of sci-fi and steampunk. I have four stories in this anthology. Under a Brass Moon is a gigantic collection of awesome you won’t want to miss. The paperback is $23.00, but you can get it for less than a buck!

 

Go to Amazon now and get Theocracide or Under a Brass Moon, or both for just $1.98!

How Long is a Story?

Today I guest blogged on Forever Writers. It’s all about the arbitrary classifications publishers enforce on stories (genre, audience, word count, etc.) and how the Actuator series shatters them all! Check it out!

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Is Sci-fi More Optimistic than Fantasy?

In a recent discussion with my friend, R. A. Baxter, I casually mentioned that magic and future tech were fundamentally the same thing in different settings. In some ways science fiction and fantasy are the same, which is why they are often shelved together in stores and libraries. Fans of both often prefer the term “speculative fiction,” since the lines between them have been blurred so much.

He pointed out that one big difference between them is that readers often assume future technology will be possible some day, whereas most of the time nobody believes magic is real. What I realized when I heard this, was that sci-fi seems fundamentally more optimistic than fantasy for that reason.

Traditional sci-fi is full of ideas for inventions that would make life better. It is set in the future, and as real time catches up with the imagined worlds of past authors we are amazed that so many were correct. In many cases, the inventions presented as fiction inspire later engineers to invent them, thus fulfilling a kind of techno-prophecy.

Medieval fantasy is set in the past, and tends to include a longing for bygone ways. The magic changes the balance of power and often alters the course of lives or worlds. However, the overall statement seems to be that life would be better with magic.

Based on these stereotypical genre descriptions, fantasy is more pessimistic. In reality, there are many dystopian futures and fantasies that include a positive ideal of humanity (which is about the characters more than the magic). Indeed my own fantasy novel, Salvation, is much more socially positive than my science fiction book, Theocracide.

What do you think? Does one of these genres represent a more positive view of humanity in general?

 

Walmart.com stocks my paperbacks!

 

Now you can get the paperbacks of my books on Walmart.com! They are cheaper than on Amazon.com and you can get site to store shipping for free. Here are the links:

Theocracide

Salvation

The Actuator: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

Happy shopping!

If you’ve read them, please follow these links, rate, and review my books. I’ll send you a free e-book or short story. 🙂