Just learned (thanks to a Facebook post by my esteemed colleague Matt Forbeck) that my recent Locus Magazine #1 bestseller, Section 31: Disavowed, has been selected as a nominee for this year’s Scribe Award in the always hotly contested Best Original Speculative Novel category.
If past experience is any guide, I’m not going to win, not in a field so rich with other deserving works by authors of great talent and experience. I mean, c’mon — my novel is up against works by Keith R.A. DeCandido (an IAMTW Grand Master), John Passarella, Greg Cox (one of the masters of the genre), Tim Waggoner (one of the best horror/fantasy writers around), James Sutter, and Christa Faust (a past Scribe winner for Best Novel – Adapted).
I know my book has no chance of coming out on top in a field this fierce. But once again, it’s nice to be nominated.
Also, a special shout-out of congrats to my pal James Swallow, whose novel 24: Deadline has garnered a nomination in the Best Novel – Original category. Go get ’em, James!
My heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all of this year’s Scribe nominees, in all the categories.
As the post’s subject header proclaims, I’ve just received 10 ARCs (Advance Reader Copies, aka Uncorrected Proofs) of my upcoming Jack Bauer thriller, 24: ROGUE, which is scheduled to hit shelves solid and virtual on September 8, 2015 … and I have no idea what to do with them.
The one thing I’m certain I can’t do with them is sell them, so don’t ask. Beyond that, I’m unclear on what I’m expected and/or allowed to do with these things.
Stage a contest/giveaway? Send them to reviewers? Abandon them in crowded subway cars? Light bonfires?
No one ever tells me these things.
The good folks over at WIRED publish a series of binge-watching guides for those interested in trying out classic TV series via streaming media. Today they unveiled the Wired Binge-Watching Guide to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
First let me say that I agree unreservedly with all their editorial recommendations with regard to the small handful of DS9 episodes that one might be able to skip and still enjoy the majesty of the series’ long-form story arcs. I also think they selected some excellent episodes to serve as “must-see” moments from the series.
I’m particularly chuffed to see that one of their “can’t miss” episodes was “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” for which I co-wrote the story with John J. Ordover, and which was scripted by Ronald D. Moore.
The icing on the cake? At the end of the article, its author, Graeme McMillan, wraps up the concluding section, “If you Liked Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, You’ll Love…,” with this choice paragraph:
“The best suggestion, however, isn’t another TV show at all; for those who fall for the mix of politics, science fiction, and derring-do that Deep Space Nine serves up, the ideal follow-up is actually the Star Trek Vanguard series of novels, which pretty much takes the DS9 approach and applies it to the original series’ era with just a little bit more of a bloodthirsty edge. Highly recommended.”
That’s one of the best plugs Vanguard has ever received. So if you haven’t read it yet, don’t take my word for how good it is — listen to Wired.
That is all.