Good news, everyone!
Apart from being a religious holiday of some significance, this weekend also corresponds with the time-space coordinates of WonderCon 2015.
A bit of a San Diego Comic-Con Lite, WonderCon takes place in Anaheim, Calif., and is a smaller affair than the yearly insanity that is SDCC, and as such is a bit more chill and relaxed, while still being a full-fledged con experience. And that makes it a great place to sign some books. Which is what co-writer bestie Nick Hurwitch and I will be doing this weekend.
The whirlwind that was 2014 for me had one huge event threaded through the majority of its constituent months: the creation of The Space Hero’s Guide to Glory: How to Get Off Your Podunk Planet and Master the Final Frontier. A book which is, finally, almost out in the world.
The Shining had a big effect on me when I read it as a teenager, so I was excited for its sequel, despite that, as King himself points out in the afterword, it’s hard for a sequel to stand up to something that you remember scaring you at some point in the past.
And yeah, Doctor Sleep is more one of those King books that’s not scary so much as interesting, the way I felt his Cell became at about halfway through, where things stop being so heavy on danger to the characters or the unknown evil workings of the antagonists. Still, it was engaging, although if there was something that felt like an underused opportunity in Doctor Sleep, it was Dan Torrance’s alcoholism.
Today officially kicked off a new phase in development of The Next Big Thing I’m working on along with Nick Hurwitch.
That’s right, it’s a new book, titled,
Set Phasers to Stunning: The Space Hero’s Guide to Space The Space Hero’s Guide to Glory: How to Get Off Your Podunk Planet and Master the Final Frontier. A spiritual successor to So You Created a Wormhole, we’re looking to do with space travel what we did with time travel — explain it, make fun of it, reference a lot of science fiction that we love, and make fun of that, too.
I’ve started reading a self-published book that, at some point, I snagged in e-book form from Amazon. I can’t remember where it came from or what drew me to it, and discovering it on my list of Kindle books was the reason I started to read it to begin with; it was like locating a treasure map I didn’t know was in my possession, and I’m wondering where it might lead.
Though I’m not too far into the book, I am intrigued so far. The author seems informed and proficient in the important technicalities of what’s going on in the plot (concerning computers and astronomy), and the slow burn of the work as it progresses is pulling me along quite well.
But I’m given pause pretty often as I read it, because the book really desperately could use an editor.
I’m a little bummed that I’ve kind of reached the saturation point on my ability to consume zombie fiction. I’ve jumped from “I love zombies!” to “I hate your zombies; your zombies are not pure enough for my discerning zombie tastes.”
So that sucks.
Reminder: Co-writer best friend Nick Hurwitch and I are doing a So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel panel at 11 a.m. Sunday in Room 301B at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
You should come! Ticketing information is here.
We’ll be talking about time travel safety during the panel, signing books, and answering questions about everything Marty McFly to games journalism, from getting a book published to what it’s like writing on actual video games. Because Nick does that.
AND! We’re going to have some giveaways. Non-book giveaways. Exclusive, gently used, time travel item giveaways, direct from QUAN+UM. The picture above is a hint. No, the prize is not a cat or a cat-related item.
It’s been a really busy week in terms of freelance and other obligations, along with preparations for various projects and this weekend’s panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2012. We’re excited. There’s a lot to do.
Meantime, this was a week of notable things. Apple finally unveiled its new iPhone and the fifth film in the Resident Evil series hits theaters today, about both of which I have a professional curiosity.
Lots of freelancy stuff to do today, so I figured I’d just drop a little reading list action your way. Since becoming one myself, I’ve met a number of very cool authors and gotten exposure to a number of very cool books because of it. Periodically I’ll be throwing down posts such as this one to key more people into the cool stuff I’m enjoying. So expect more of these, although they might take a bit because I read slow.
Little bit slow coming off the holiday weekend today, so I figured I’d just drop a little reading list action your way.
This particular list is of a few things I enjoyed while doing research for So You Created a Wormhole and beyond, and if you’re already a time travel fiction fan, this likely isn’t new to you. If you’re not, however, these are some that are worth your attention for various reasons. I intend to drop lots more things in posts like this one. This is just a quick post because I’m a bit time-limited.
Without further adieu, three time travel stories I think you should read: Read more