Tordotcom Celebrates #SpaceOperaWeek By Censoring Popular Space Opera Author

When I first heard about #SpaceOperaWeek, I was excited. It provided a chance to talk about the sub-genre of Science Fiction that I love more than any other, and cross-platform across the internet through the use of the hashtag to where I’d be able to reach and connect with a lot of people.

Unfortunately, the promise that Tordotcom made in #SpaceOperaWeek turned out to be nothing but thin air.  The launch page really didn’t talk about space opera at all, just having some big logo announcing their initiative. The next post wasn’t about space opera or the joys of its fiction — but presenting a false narrative that women are somehow oppressed and erased in the genre (rebutted by the Hugo-nominated Castalia House who’s been active talking about the great women of space opera for years), a post about ponies in space,a post about the “underrated importance of ordinary, everyday life” in storytelling, and then shilling for a couple of Tor authors. Nothing else. No real space opera discussion at all.

I took matters into my own hands. I started using the hashtag, talking about Space Opera in earnest. I am somewhat of an authority on the genre at this point, having written 3 books in it (one published which you may have heard of, the others I’m revising), and read the genre the entirety of my existence. I’ve spoken on Space Opera on podcasts and at conventions, done interviews on it, written essays on it. If there’s one thing I know what I’m talking about — it’s Space Opera. A lot of cool people from the #PulpRevolution joined in the discussion, as many of those folk write space opera and all of us are heavily read in the genre. If you go look at the hashtag on twitter now — there’s no one who’s reading Tordotcom or any authors from Tordotcom talking about #SpaceOperaWeek, it’s only us. Author Yakov Merkin even released a new Space Opera book in the midst of the event.

Naturally the result was a number of fans and friends commenting to Tor that they’d like to see some essays or an interview with me. I produced one of the most relevant Space Operas of the last year, hailed by authors cross the spectrum from Mary Robinette Kowal to Vox Day, which was a Top-10 Amazon bestseller in the genre, so it would be fun to get some perspective, especially given the Tor writers self-admittedly don’t even like the genre (which is why there’s so little discussion).  I came to find out that after the first five requests — Tor deleted the next 10+ of people requesting I write without so much as reaching out to anyone on the matter.

That’s fine, that’s a lot of comments! I understand that though with the overwhelming readership demanding something you’d think they’d take action. I was so flabbergasted by the article about not liking space opera and about how ordinary, everyday life was what was important to write about — the opposite of everything Space Opera is about — that I took to writing a rebuttal article on the Hugo-nominated Castalia House blog. Not only do we now have a highly relevant space opera writer talking on the subject — but writing an article for a site that has garnered such prestige and honor in the genre that it is a finalist for science fiction’s top award. You’d think that #SpaceOperaWeek would certainly care about that. Nothing more could be on topic.

I posted a link to the article, mentioned it’s a rebuttal and how I’d love to further discuss space opera. Very respectful, as always, and earnestly interested in opening up more dialogue on my favorite genre.

Tordotcom deleted it rather than actually talk about the important literary elements of the genre. They censored the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction. They shun the site, contributors and readership of a Hugo-nominated blog.

So if the point isn’t to talk about Space Opera and celebrate together with leaders in the genre what is #SpaceOperaWeek for? Why do they have people who don’t even like the genre writing about it?

A lot of people reading are rolling their eyes and saying “it’s tordotcom what do you expect?” That’s not acceptable as an answer to me. I’m watching our industry and our form of entertainment that’s been a staple of western culture for the past one hundred years go from millions of readers to thousands of readers. The fun’s been sucked out of Science Fiction, and the whole point of Space Opera is that it brings the fun back to it. The term was originally something derogatory used by “real” science fiction writers and readers to talk about this “fantasy in space” that didn’t push heavy scientific or sociological concepts. The term itself is an attack on people who just like to tell fun stories in space.  Sounds a lot like how Tordotcom treats me and the #PulpRevolution crew, doesn’t it? The irony is thick.

Tordotcom hates Space Opera is the only conclusion. They have no real interest in discussing it, but fortunately there’s some places where they are. Do follow me on Twitter at @jondelarroz and look for articles by me and others for #SpaceOperaWeek that actually address the genre at:

http://www.castaliahouse.com

http://www.superversivesf.com  

We’ll have some real talk, and we won’t delete your contributions to the subject either.

#SpaceOperaWeek: Tor Dot Com Writers vs. #PulpRevolution Writers

Old establishment publishing during Space Opera Week (Tor Dot Com columnist):

Derp derp, trump bad. trump bad. trump bad.

#PulpRevolution new hot writers during Space Opera Week:

We talk about science fiction. Is it any wonder that we’re talking over the genre? That more and more people are turning to us for content and fiction and less to Big Publishing?

 

The Cult Of The New And Its Destruction Of Culture

 

Here’s a topic I haven’t really touched before, but it’s relevant to the way that culture has been systematically destroyed by a certain group over the last few decades. I’ve seen it discussed elsewhere as “the cult of the new” — where it’s driven by this near thoughtless consumerism of I NEED THE NEW THING NOW!, ignoring everything and anything that’s dated by even a few months, discarding as if it were irrelevant.

This topic struck me in a very personal way today, when I was personally attacked on Twitter by a group (which isn’t abnormal) for the crime of advocating for my forthcoming book, For Steam And Country. What was shocking about it and what got to me wasn’t the attacks, but a certain attack on one of the most revered authors in science fiction history, and one of the most prominent feminists ever to grace the field, one Anne McCaffrey.

It started because I was talking to a Tordotcom reviewer. A Hugo Nominated Fanzine writer chimed in to tell me how irrelevant I am by referencing my last novel, how she looked up “Rescue Run” and found that there was “nothing in sci-fi that returned on a google search”.

I corrected, of course, stating not only is there my extremely highly regarded, award nominated and well-reviewed book, but that I chose the title intentionally as an homage to the late great Anne McCaffrey, who wrote a book by the same name. This work was demeaned by her first as “it’s only a short story” (It’s a novella, actually) and this person who is nominated for the Hugo Award for fanzine work, retorted to that by calling Anne Mccaffrey “old and irrelevant.”

Let me stop right there.

As of my tracking, and I do track this, Anne McCaffrey has 63 published short stories in major SF magazines and a whopping 93 novels. I know this because i have all of them in their first print edition on a beautiful shelf in my living room on display.  McCaffrey wrote on psionics, wrote on genetic manipulation of animals in terraforming, in transplanting human brains into ship computer systems, on strange alien species such as sentient blades of grass. She not only did that but transcended genre with a lot of fantasy and romance books as well. She was not only “a woman science fiction author” as Tor likes to complain as late as today that there’s not enough love for, but THE woman science fiction author for decades. She is looked up to and revered by millions for her work in the genre. I can scarce think of someone more inspiring or relevant for that matter.

And of Hugos? This fanzine writer who writes self-described “feminist” commentary on science fiction is attacking the first woman ever to win the award! For shame! It boggles my mind to see this kind of lack of reverence for her.

Then there’s the fanzine element of this person’s nominations. Fanzines were originally created as content for Star Trek — but Pern in the 70s-80s was one of the biggest concepts out there for fanzines. Fanzines arguably wouldn’t exist without Pern fandom, in homage to Anne McCaffrey. Everything that this hugo nominated commentator does is built on the backs of what she’s dismissing out of hand.

As I’m writing this she followed up by saying “I love Anne McCaffrey as much as the next person who grew up not knowing any better.” Knowing any better? It’s so sad to see this lack of regard for her– no OUR betters and elders that I’m truly heartbroken.

And it comes down to the Cult of the New. Because Anne is no longer with us (may God have mercy on her eternal soul!), there’s nothing “new” about Anne’s work. It’s from an age past, something to be forgotten by the current cultural elite that want to erase history. Older works are things to read “before we knew better” to them. To them, our elders are people to be put into old folks home and forgotten about so they don’t disturb us, rather than revered as they should be. As a consequence, there’s no respect for true greatness because the great works are discarded.

Tor wrote an article on space opera today for their space opera week wondering why no one talks about Leigh Brackett, CL Moore and Andre Norton. Is it because they’re anti-woman? the author posited. No, it’s because of this, the lack of care for anything that didn’t drop to stands this week.

It’s horrible. And this is why the Hugo Awards are in such a tarnished state in a nutshell. Who in Science Fiction would want to be associated with that?  This is another reason why our fandom is dying. We need serious reform not just in the big publishing houses and markets — but in our souls.

BayCon Announces Program Riddled With Toxic Politics

A couple of months ago, I entered the conversation in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world in a big way by daring to speak out about a long-time sci-fi convention and their bad behavior with the way they treat anyone who disagrees with their staff politically. I was very scared at first, because I’d always been taught that one has to be quiet, never rock the boat, or you’ll lose out on opportunities – and the fear is a rational one. Most of the Science Fiction world is controlled by insane self-professed “social justice warriors” who have such a high level of hate and vitriol for anyone different than them, that speaking out not only makes one worry about their professional opportunities in such a context, but also for personal safety. I’ve gotten my share of death threats, both from frequenters of this convention and from hard left internet trolls as a result – but I don’t regret the decision. What I’ve gained in return is a loyal readership that dwarfs the amount of people who attend this convention at all. That’s the power of the truth, and the sad truth is: Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing and fandom are a disaster, and something needs to be done before there’s none left.

My main premise was that BayCon, the convention I mentioned, needs to cut it out with the politics. They’ve been going at it for years, each year going harder into their extreme politics than the last. The current programming director has pushed this convention into a “down with the patriarchy!” theme in the past, and went so far as to having brought a professional  fake victim, Brianna Wu, to be the guest of honor at another convention she ran rather than have an author or artist who creates relevant, fun entertainment.

When she was put in charge of programming this year, she decided to stick it to me because of my support of the president by removing me from speaking. An odd choice at best given that I had just released my debut novel, which has gone to be top-10 Amazon best selling in its genre and been award nominated. I am both more relevant and a bigger draw than ever before, and only on my way up. I’ve always brought a high degree of fun to the convention, always to high reviews from the attendees, of whom I still get messages from time to time asking if they’ll be seeing me there. My post, unlike their responses, was not a personal attack, but a call to action for the convention to return to science fiction fun, to entertainment, to a sense of wonder. I implored them to drop the politics schtick, as it turns people off.

They didn’t listen, but instead lashed out with insults, swearing, and attacking my credibility on fake news sites.  The convention chair even sent messages to me attempting to gaslight me on these matters, all in an attempt to save their own public relations. Instead of figuring out how to work with a popular local author, politics trumped all for them. I’m big on forgiveness and moving forward in love, and have since offered to help right the ship since then, even to the point of doing volunteer work which they desperately need, despite everything they’ve done to me. They sadly have no sense of professionalism or even understanding of the marketing boon that my presence would bring them at this point. That’s the self-defeating problem with social justice warriors – they don’t even think about their own sense of business, but that’s a story for another blog.

I looked at their programming schedule which they released yesterday, and it turns out BayCon didn’t even listen to my base premise: stop with the politics. They showed they learned nothing, and doubled down to where their programming is going to be, for lack of a better term, a shit show.

Here’s what attendees have to look forward to spending good money on seeing in the programming:

Writing a Dystopia While Living IN One – Insane and shows a lack of any semblance of reality. Mankind in the west has it better now than any time in history. It’s the complete opposite of dystopia. Which means the whole point of this is to whine about current politics. This opens the convention and sets the tone for their highly politically charged Utopia/Dystopia theme. Could it get more awful?

Witch-hunts and Watch-lists – I’m sure they won’t even drop a mention of the witch hunts about Russia or the fact that we’re all spied on. Or the “disavow” crew that goes around blackballing people from publishing or speaking engagements. Of course they won’t, because they’re creating these witch-hunts and watch-lists.

Confused About Climate Science?  –  I’m not confused. Current Climate “Science” fails as a predictive model regularly and therefore has no credible value. Of course, no one on the panel will say that because they care more about “consensus” in a 1984 bizarro kind of way to not allow dissent. Science really starts sounding like an oppressive religion these days.

People of Color in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Fandom – is everyone invited? – I played with this on Facebook yesterday because it’s so funny. The only people disinvited are outspoken Christians and Conservatives. That’s the only spot hate exists in sci-fi or geek publishing and fandom.  All of the biggest Hispanic authors in the field are incidentally on the wrongthink side of the aisle. We are never invited to anything. There are no awards for us. No one in the establishment big publishing world gives us accolades, even though our readers are rabid for our stories. Should we start crying racism? Maybe we should.

Science Fiction as a Tool For Social Change –  This should be fun.  ‘nuff said.

Social Justice Dystopia – I mean when you’re having a PR problem because of your extreme politics, putting SOCIAL JUSTICE in the title of the panel is asinine.  I aim to create a Social Justice Dystopia personally by making these people squirm with their hypocrisy when I point out their fake news.

 

Yikes. I’ve been put on panels like these in the past, and they usually get a handful of people in the room as no one wants to save up for a convention and hotel, go to have their fun weekend, and get angry lectures to feel crappy. We can go to our facebook walls and see all these same people going REEEEEEEEEEE for free.

One thing I will give BayCon credit for – is they have taken my other important advice to get rid of the inappropriate sexual content that has riddled the con both with a group that presents danger to attendees, but makes it so that families don’t want to come, as we don’t want our kids anywhere near that kind of thing. I give credit where credit’s due, but there’s a lot of work to do still.

Sci-Fi conventions are on a decline. They have been for a long time. Worldcon, the premier SF con, saw its membership drop dramatically because of their political B.S. Baycon is on a similar route unless they can get their act together and promote fun over politics. They already have to compete for the Memorial Day weekend in the area with:

Fanime – one of the biggest anime conventions in the weekend, where all the youth go as they can have their fun.

KublaCon – San Francisco area’s biggest gaming convention, wall to wall games, none of the drama that Baycon has to offer.

Clockwork Alchemy – Steampunk fun, themed and good cosplay. You can guess where I’ll be spending my weekend as I’ll be releasing my Steampunk novel, For Steam And Country, soon.

With these alternatives, why would any normal person spend their money on a politics whine-fest that lies in its marketing and calls it a Science Fiction convention? And why have the people running this not even bothered to ask that question, and instead attack anyone personally who dares try to make the convention a better place? Many of us worked hard for BayCon for a long time because we’d always gone there. But it’s just not fun. And if your organization is something that’s supposed to be fun… you’ve got a big problem.  This is what happens when SJWs take over anything. You lose your focus, the organization morphs into something that it’s not supposed to be, and before you know it, you’re down the tubes.

Jon Del Arroz’s Based Dragon Award Recommendations

Ran a poll yesterday on which blog my readers would like to see next, and the winner by no uncertain terms was my recommendation for Dragon Award nominations. If you haven’t seen the Dragon Awards before, they are the premier award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, given at Dragon*Con, arguably the best convention that exists. Please, readers, do take the time to vote as this is really your award choice and your voice matters.

Best Science Fiction Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli

Richard really has created a great science fiction, and I mean that in the classic sense. It’s on the short side, but it’s packed with a lot of ideas and it’s definitely the best sci-fi of the year. 

Best Fantasy  A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day

Vox Day is the most underrated fantasy author in fiction. His Arts of Dark and Light series is frankly better fantasy than Brandon Sanderson (of whom I’m a big fan), Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks or George R.R. Martin. The characters are fantastic, the world is a very cool Roman-esque fantasy world, it’s tense all the way through, and it’s got very cool magic and magical beings.

Best Young Adult Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter.

The Rachel series is really a wonderful take on wizardry school. I find it a shame that this series hasn’t won an award yet and that should be remedied in 2017.  Mrs. Lamplighter-Wright gets mad at me when I say that this series is better than Harry Potter… so I won’t say it. But I may have said it somewhere else in the past 🙂 

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz. 

It’s like Rogue One, only better and with actual characters who aren’t flat and have real romance. Do I need to explain this one to you? 😉  If you click on the nomination page and put one book in, put this one in. 

Best Alternate History  Breath of Earth by Beth Cato. 

This both took place in my home city and dealt with a period of time you don’t read a ton about. Everyone knows about the 1906 earthquake’s existence, but adding details and magic to it makes for a really compelling tale.

Best Apocalyptic A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys.

Dan’s got a fresh take on Zombies that is very fun, a lot of action, and a wild ride. It’s pretty long for a zombie book but it only gives the plot that much more depth.

Best Horror Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn

Declan continues to redefine Vampire fiction with his third installment in the series. Book 1 got a dragon award nomination last year, and the series only gets more interesting from there. While book 2 is also eligible, this is where Declan should make his stand for the awards, as it fits the horror genre like fangs fit the Carotid artery.

Best Comic Book  Motor Girl #1 by Terry Moore.

His Rachel Rising was one of my favorite books of all time, and I was sad to see it end. This has classic cartoon elements, a gorilla (RIP Harambe), aliens, and a much deeper plot that’s unfolding. Issue 1 is great for the hook, and well worth the read.

Best Graphic Novel  Chew vol 12. – Sour Grapes by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Chew was honestly the best comic book of the last several years. The concept’s cool. It’s hilarious on every front. It’s actually pretty in depth, and the expansion of the powers of food get so ridiculous. People hated on the ending, but I thought it was fricking hilarious. Chew is most worthy of the Dragon.

Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy TV Series No award.

I don’t like any SF/F TV shows right now. They all suck. Bah humbug.

Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy Movie Passengers

This is a beautiful film. Great plot, great sci-fi, great romance, great characters. It can be a little slow at points but the timing feels realistic.There’s a lot of good sci-fi plot points and tropes in here and frankly Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence could do the hokey pokey on screen for two hours and I’d watch it and probably love it.

Best PC or Console Game Final Fantasy XV. 

An excellent installment to the Final Fantasy series. The battle system was wonderful, story great, characters compelling, the backstory and world were done right and the visuals are stunning as always.

Best Mobile Game Epic Card Game Digital

This game took everything fun about Magic: The Gathering and got rid of the heavy baggage of that game. It’s somewhat simpler to play though when I went into competitive matches I got STOMPED, so there is a lot more depth than people realize as well. There’s some cool mechanics unique to the game too and it’s super exciting that it’s now on a digital platform in app version. 

Best Board Game Hero Realms

Star Realms in Fantasy, yet they tweaked a couple of things to make it unique. You can play with “class decks” which you customize your playstyle before you even start, a nice innovation for deck building. On top of that, the power curve is very different. It’s worth a play, or a hundred.

Best Miniatures/CCG/RPG  Star Wars: Destiny

I mentioned this was my favorite game of 2016 launching at the tail end of the year. It’s a competitive card game but with dice, and has a very unique duel feel to it. I love how the dice work, the game mechanics are very clean and it’s always tense to play. Fantasy Flight usually nails it with their star wars games and this is no exception.

And there you have it. Go out and vote!

When The Opposition Media Makes No Sense

Some of my favorite mornings are when my blog gets a truckload of angry comments. It means that not only have I done something right, but that somewhere out there, fake news has completely twisted what I said to imply what I didn’t say.

Today, it was phony outrage about giving out free books to loyal fans, as you might recall I offered yesterday, along with a lot of the top authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. It’s pretty incredible how generous they are and these authors deserve to be thanked. How on earth does one get outraged about that? Well, this is the internet and people make sure they get outraged about everything. The problem with FAKE NEWS, is if the wrong person goes and says “the sun rose this morning!” they will come back with an article that says “WRONG PERSON WANTS YOU TO GET SUNBURNED”. It’s that level of insanity that you get from the fake news industry, which is why you should never trust the media when it references someone like me, Vox Day or the President of the United States.

Anyway, all I could do is laugh at the ridiculous personal attacks in the comments. I’m not approving that garbage on my blog anymore, because I took enough abuse when I called out Marvel Comics for their awful business practices and blackballing, and a fake news comic site completely lied about what I said. Only positivity here from now on. We’re building something together, dear reader, and we’re moving forward and up together.

But the fake news this morning didn’t just stop at a pretty lame twist of my words, they took the opportunity to use it to snark about the quality of work of some of my favorite authors, who did nothing to warrant that. Of course, I’m certain the person didn’t bother to read their work at all, because like most fake amazon reviews, it lacks any specifics. Wouldn’t it be a shame though, if someone in response checked out the list of authors on my blog post yesterday and voted against fake news with your dollars? Think of the triggering then…

 

Authors Who Care About Fans And Readers

I am pleased to make an announcement on behalf of several great authors in the Science Fiction and Fantasy community.That announcement is: fans, we care about you, and we want you to have a good time. We support your coming out to express yourself in fandom.

A couple of weeks ago, an invited headlining guest flaked on a convention, OdysseyCon. No notice was given, no accommodations were asked for, simply bailing two weeks before it happened, leaving the fans without an honored guest. The Con responded professionally and nicely, trying to work things out as much as possible, but that wasn’t enough for this person who took to social media, and got a cabal of angry virtue signallers to start swearing, berating and attacking anyone they could.

The people who are left in the dust are fans, innocent folk who just wanted to spend a weekend hanging out, playing games, talking science fiction, listening to some authors speak and having a good time in fellowship. None of these virtue signallers thought or cared about the fans. It’s frankly shameful and unprofessional. The fans are our sustenance, readers are our life. As such, I felt compelled to help the readers of OdysseyCon, and spoke with several award winning and bestselling authors to help their weekend, as their convention no longer has an author guest.

The convention did get some great guests to attend: Michael Butt, an independent horror film maker and Brent Chumley, an artist known for Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the Five Rings, and actually worked by my side on Doomtown: Reloaded. These are both stellar individuals, who are high energy, full of life, and amazing artists. What’s missing though is the literary component.

Not being local to Wisconsin, the best I could think of to help was to bring the fans more of what they love. This is a thank you to readers for being so faithful and dedicated, and my hope that this will bring the fun and good times that has made fandom so great. I present you, attending members of OdysseyCon, a group of free ebooks especially compiled for you, the fan and reader. Because there are authors that care and want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible!

The OdysseyCon staff will have fliers with this offer and a link to allow you to redeem these free books, but here’s what you can expect. We’re bringing you great books by:

Nick Cole – Winner of the 2016 Dragon Award for his Dystopian fiction!

Jon Del Arroz – Your humble blogger and Alliance Award nominated author of space opera and steampunk!

Mike Duran – Horror/Sci-Fi writer selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best indie novels!

Declan Finn – Dragon Award Nominee for his epic vampire fiction!

Marina Fontaine – Dragon Award Nominee for her chilling dystopian fiction!

Daniel Humphreys – Best-selling zombie fiction author.

Sarah Hoyt – Author of the extremely popular science fiction epic Darkship Series by Baen Books!

Robert Kroese – Bestselling author, creator of eight successful kickstarter projects, and highly regarded Science Fiction author oft compared to Douglas Adams!

L. Jagi Lamplighter – An astounding YA Fantasy Author whose Rachel series reviewers say is better than Harry Potter!

Richard Paolinelli – Eclectic author of many genres, his most recent Escaping Infinity is making huge buzz in the sci-fi world!

Henry Vogel – Author of a phenomenal space opera series.

Dawn Witzke – Debut YA dystopian-romance author of the intense, fast paced Path of Angels!

John C. Wright – A true Science Fiction Grand Master, nominated for more Hugo Awards in one year than any person alive, and Dragon Award winner!

Also included is the mega-bestselling Forbidden Thoughts anthology, featuring incredible stories by Baen Books authors Sarah Hoyt, Larry Correia,Brad Torgersen and more!

Holy cow. That’s about the most star-studded line up you could possibly find, and there may even be more to come. Check back for updates. All of the authors want to thank you, the reader and convention attendee, for your support over the years. We really couldn’t do it without you and hope that you have a great OdysseyCon this year!

 

Last Day For Locus Award Nomination!

A lot of you have already been super helpful, but do be sure to write-in Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz for Best First Novel. You can do so here:

http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2017/PollAndSurvey.html

I have a few other recommendations as well if you care to check out:

Best Novelette: “No Vacancy” By Bonnie Randall

Best Short Story: “Purytans” by Brad Torgersen

Best Publisher: Castalia House

Best Anthology:  “God, Robot” by Anthony Marchetta

Sci-Fi/Fantasy and all that there are simply too many great books for me to choose. Go vote! I know this form is a bit heavy on work, but you can make a difference as awesome SF/F readers!

Monday Morning Round Up

I had quite the busy week last week! Set up and sold books at Colossus Con in Pleasanton, a quaint con, but a fun one. Met some cool new people, sold a good amount of Star Realms: Rescue Run and had an all around good time. For the new folk who met me this weekend:

  1. Star Realms: Rescue Run was nominated for the Alliance Award! The next round of voting is coming soon, of which I’ll post a link when it goes live. However, the rules are that you need to have read 2 of the books on the list in order to vote on there. As such, author Kia Heavy is giving away ebooks of her book Domino for Star Realms readers. If you want to vote for the award, leave a comment here and I’ll get you in touch with Kia on how to redeem that.
  2. Getting very close on my forthcoming book, For Steam And Country. I want to make sure you get up to date info on the release of that, as well as giveaways. Click here to sign up for my mailing list.  
  3. More awards are coming up. Please consider nominating Star Realms: Rescue Run for the Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy! Thank you.  http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php
  4. Wrote a pretty nice article and recorded the Comic DNA podcast. Look for those later this week!