Saturday, August 17, 2013

Contest winners!

Thanks to everyone who sent in entries for the EXODUS TOWERS contest.  I'll be sending out books today to J. Mast and J. Tice! I picked the first because it amused me, especially since it's a topic Prumble ruminates on in a short story I'm currently writing.  The second I liked simply because it sounded very much like the type of thing Skyler would bag without thinking while on a mission, knowing it would be needed.
If your entry didn't get picked, fear not! I'll do a few more of these in September.

J. Mast's entry:
Recordings of light jazz music
Music players for every climber
I'll be the only provider of the Darwin Elevator Music

J. Tice's entry:
My allergies are so bad that in the event of the apocalypse, I would literally kill for a stash of Mucinex and Benadryl.

WorldCon Schedule

Here's my schedule for LoneStarCon3 (aka the World Science Fiction Convention).

Thursday 09:00 - 10:00: Stroll with the Stars

Friday 12:00 - 13:00: CGI and Storytelling
Can modern CGI effects properly illustrate the soul of a story like The Lord of the Rings? Now that incredible, eye popping special effects in genre films are a given, will we ever return to the importance of story? Can CGI enhance the story, without the prominence it has in so many films? Or will CGI just distract from the story?

Friday 15:00 - 16:00: Colossus, Skynet, or the Culture?
If and when our AI masters arrive, how will they come about? Will they spring spontaneously from the internet or be deliberately built by men? Our panelists discuss the possibility. Will they rule us, destroy us, or partner with us?

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00: Geeks in Popular Culture
The changing portrayal of geeks in media, comics and pop culture in general.

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00: Big Data. Check. Next Stop: Big Brother?
Google+Facebook+Microsoft+Prism=NSA becoming big brother. Or does it?

Monday 14:00 - 15:00: Autographing

Friday, August 16, 2013

Exodus Towers giveaway

I have two copies of The Exodus Towers to give away! So here's the deal:

Email me ( a brief (120 characters or less) list of things you'd want Skyler to bring back for you from "The Clear" if you were stuck in Darwin. Can be one thing or many, whatever you choose.  Bonus points for creativity, and this can be humorous or serious.  I'll pick two winners at noon on Saturday the 17th -- yes TOMORROW -- and send out the books for quick arrival, hence giving you week or so of RELENTLESS GLOATING.

Rules: Anything rude or offensive I will chuckle at and treasure for all eternity, but I probably won't pick as the winner because I want to post the winning entries.

Okay, ready? Go!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Zombies, but different...

My guest post on the subject of subhumans in the DIRE EARTH books is live over at My Shelf Confessions. Enjoy!

A small insight regarding names

Nightcliff: [Night + Cliff] = [Dark + Landscape]
Blackfield: [Black + Field] = [Dark + Landscape]

Dark Landscape = Dire Earth

The things you realize in hindsight! These connections were not on purpose, in fact they just occurred to me this morning.

Incidentally, I actually named Russell Blackfield after a music group of the same name.

Nightcliff is a real part of Australia's Northern Territory, on Darwin's northern edge. I picked it for the elevator's base simply because I thought the name was cool.

Dire Earth? My editor suggested that for the series name when all the names I suggested were no good.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NPR's "All Things Considered" considers Darwin

This review aired last Wednesday:

Australia & New Zealand -- release date for The Darwin Elevator

Happy to report that THE DARWIN ELEVATOR will be released in Australia and New Zealand on September 6th!