Though I should mention that my first novel, Into the Reach is now republished in a new e-book edition, most of this post is dedicated to how Max Gladstone is all over the Internet right now. Why is this? His new book in the Craft series, Two Serpents Rise, is out on October 29!
Here’s what we’ve missed since August.
- On September 25, XO Orpheus, featuring stories by Max and Madeline Miller, released. The collection got some great reviews on the whole (including a star in Booklist), but if you’re just interested in the Substrate contributions, Madeline’s story was also made an e-book single, and Max’s story is also available on Tor.com.
- Speaking of Tor.com, Max participated in a writing prompt there on October 9; you can read his response to “The Paper Airplane” here.
- And not least, there’s an excerpt from Two Serpents Rise, so you can whet your appetite for the new book before it’s out!
Max is getting ready for an in-person tour and a blog tour coming up; we’ll try to post more details here at Substrate, but the real news source is over at Max’s home page.
Happy e-book birthday to Madeline Miller! Her short story, “Galatea,” which will be in xo Orpheus this fall, comes out today as an e-book single. You can get it at B&N, Amazon, or Kobo for $2.99, or at Diesel for $2.68 (through their rewards program).
Check it out!
It’s been a couple of weeks, so I thought I should post the update on some of the Substraters in motion:
- Max Gladstone is just finishing up his West Coast tour. Did you see him? Have any photos from his book tour? Tell us in the comments! Updated: he’s also doing a reddit contest, and has notes from the tour, plus kind words from Elizabeth Bear.
- Madeline Miller was just featured in the Publishers Weekly article, “Women’s Prize Winner to Publish E-book Original Short Story.” Her piece from the upcomign anthology, xo Orpheus, will also be published as an e-book single, “Galatea,” this coming August. Keep an eye out!
- In tangentially related news, the New York Times has just caught up to Max’s ideas about how law and magic are related in “The Rules of Magic” by OpEd contributor Emily Croy Barker. Emily, you should pick up a paperback copy of Three Parts Dead!
- Nathaniel Rowe was quoted as an expert on ThomasNet News’s Industry Market Trends article “How Can Businesses Better Manage Data?” by Faye Rivkin.
- Alana Abbott is in the home stretch for her upcoming Choice of Games game, “Kidnapping at Willow Creek.” Expect more news on that front soon.
If you’ve seen any Substraters — or our work — in the wild, let us know!
Friend of Substrate Lindsay Archer, who has done the cover art for the Redemption Trilogy (by me), will also be at SDCC at the Signal Fire Studios booth #4300. Stop by and say hello!
In other exciting news, Vlad Barash, who in his non-fiction-writing life is a computer scientist, won with his co-authors Honorable Mention: Best Paper at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ice-wissum). Congratulations, Vlad! The paper topic? How emoticons cross cultures. The theme of ideas crossing cultures through technology also runs through LukOL, which you may have noticed from his snippets here at the blog. You can read the full paper here.
- San Diego Comic Con, July 19-21
- Powell’s Books, Portland OR, July 25, 7:30 PM
- University Bookstore, Seattle WA, July 26, 7 PM
- Borderlands Books, San Francisco CA, July 27, 3 PM
- Hyde Park Books, Boise City ID, July 28, 3 PM
For the full details, check out Max’s blog.
I’m incredibly excited for the October release of Max Gladstone’s next novel, Two Serpents Rise, and according to Publishers Weekly, I’m not the only one. The book, set in the same world as Three Parts Dead, just received a starred review in the latest issue of PW — the review may be behind a paywall, so I’ll recap a couple higlights:
“Gladstone outdoes himself in this exciting and imaginative return to the brilliantly realized world” of 3PD; 2SR is a “taut and unique blend of legal drama, fantasy, and noir.”
A few crit meetings ago, Madeline brought in a story that had already been accepted to an anthology that she wanted to touch up and make as tight as possible. The pre-orders for that anthology, xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, have just gone live at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Not only will Madeline’s excellent story — based on the myth of Pygmalion — be featured, but Max Gladstone also has a story included. There are several other familiar names on the cover — many of them award-winners and veterans in the SFF field — so Madeline and Max are keeping great company.
You can pre-order at the links above, visit your local library and request that they pre-order it for the shelves, or stop by your local independent bookstore to see if they’ll get it in for you. The pubdate is listed as September 24, but you don’t want to forget about it between now and then, right? Go reserve a copy today!
Substrate met a couple of weeks ago now, and we had a great meeting in which it was learned that my flash fiction is better if it becomes a full short story, and Vlad’s LukOL is getting progressively more awesome, with many comments on earlier drafts really helping to shape the way it’s turning out. It’s been fun to see the novel progress and develop as Vlad goes along!
And I blogged about freelancing here, in which I shared my motto, shamelessly stolen from Firefly, as seen below.
So all of us Substraters are keeping busy, writing and living and getting ready for the craziness that always seems to transpire over the summer!
Most of what I’m working on right now is revision: Into the Reach is off with Shawn Merwin, who’s editing it this month to get us moving on the Kickstarter rewards, and a couple of submission opportunities have me trimming down and rewriting some short stories I had in my drawer. (One of those, “The Leatherman,” luckily has some comments from back when Vlad Barash gave me a critique on it, so I’m touching it up to emphasize the immigrant experience of the main character, which I’d only touched on before.)
As I’m diving back into the Redemption Trilogy for edits, though, I thought I’d post a few tidbits here and there from various parts of the series. This is from near the beginning of Into the Reach, and serves as the introduction for Taru, one of the four main characters. Enjoy!
Taru woke in panic, but waking was no better. He was surrounded by trees, and there was no sky, no horizon, and the panic of his dream fed off the panic of reality. Closing his eyes again, he wrestled with his own heart, trying to calm it, slow his breathing, reclaim his senses. He offered up a short prayer to Ratiss, and momentarily felt a comforting heat spread through his limbs before his own soul chilled him again. Who was he to call on his god, so far from his home?
He rose, still not opening his eyes, and began to move around his camp, a ritual he’d done every morning since entering the Brightwood. As beautiful as the trees of the Brightwood might be to his Fetharn kin, the feeling of enclosure, of being surrounded by so much life, so high beyond his head, made Taru nervous. The home of his people, the Tylvare Elves, had no landscape like this; the few trees that lived on the plains were nowhere near as grand as the gleaming trunks of the Brightwood, most of which were wider around than three of Taru. Each morning he had woken up in a panic, unable to see the horizon, his view blocked by trunk after trunk. Instead of taking in the enclosed feeling of his surroundings, he wandered, blindly, around his camp, packing up his items, humming to himself the songs of the plains, until he had the courage to open his eyes. There were worse things than the trees to fear.
He had no Sarthin here, nor any horse, but he had his own two feet, and month after month they had carried him over half of the continent. He had grown to trust them far more than his eyes. He kicked out the embers of his fire, saying a quick thanks to Ratiss as he did so, slung his bag on his back over his feathered cloak, and set out on the road. Perhaps today would be the day that the endless trees would end.
He was not disappointed. After several hours of walking, the air began to lighten, the cascading rainbows of the Brightwood became fewer and dimmer and the trees became fewer and thinner until finally he stepped out of the forest altogether. Taru sighed in relief. The wastes of the Reach lay before him, bleak, empty, and wonderful. The low grasses, devoid of anything taller than heather, looked almost like the sea, waving and flowing with the breezes that swept across them. Taru sat down, just off of the road, the trees of the Brightwood immediately behind him, and stared at it, taking in the wind, the horizon, and the sky above him, praising Ramlar for the beauty that surrounded him. The wind made a low howling noise over the gorse and brush, and it sounded to Taru like music; wrapping his feathered cloak tightly around him, he embraced the cold and wet of the wind’s chill on his face, feeling nearly at home for the first time in months.
During B&N’s March Madness Nook books promotion, they’re recommending some other good reads at great prices — and Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles is one of them! You can get the book for your nook for $4.99.
If you haven’t read it yet and you’re an e-book reader, this is a great time to check it out!