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pageonepresents

 

Me.

To promote Impulse.

This Saturday (1/26 – 2:30 pm) at Page 1 Books.  They are located at:

11018 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

I will read a little and talk a little about the evolution of jumping through all three books.

Maybe I’ll bake cookies.

I have officially entered the race for President of the Science Fictions and Fantasy Writers of America. I’ve posted my platform in the Member Discussion Forums but since that is limited to members only (and members who can actually remember what their login is, to boot) I am reposting it here.


Dear Members of SFWA

I am running for SFWA President for the 2013-14 term.

I have been an active member of this organization for over 30 years, serving on its board of directors as a regional director in the 1980s. I believe this organization has been an invaluable asset to my writing career and I want it to continue to positively affect writers’ careers in the years to come.

We have come a long way from the days when Jack Chalker’s cat threw the organization into chaos by laying in a box that contained our entire membership roster and pushing assorted note card records out of the box to fall behind his filing cabinet. We have become not just an organization for professional writers but a professional organization for working writers.

My short-term goals are the completion of the incorporation plans already approved by the membership and already 98% done by the current board. The Operations Policy and Procedure Manual is another underway project that is critical to SFWA’s progress. Far too often, in the past, the good work of previous boards was undone, as new officers kept reinventing the wheel.

I am not interested in reinventing the wheel. I am not interested in sweeping changes. I like the direction we are generally headed and it is my intention to work with the existing board. I am for building consensus among the officers and members. I am for the ongoing efforts to improve the careers of working writers in an industry that is undergoing substantial changes.

This is not to say I don’t have an agenda of my own.

I am interested in examining current industry practices that are affecting reversion of rights. With the advent of eBooks in the publishing mix, what is out-of-print? What do current reversion clauses look like industry wide? Are they, in effect, tying up rights in perpetuity? This issue calls for exploration and discussion at the very least.

If there is a radical spoke to my campaign wheel, it is my desire to form an exploratory committee to examine a future event: a time where we may see the need to admit active members who do not currently fit our current membership requirements. What exactly is a professional writer? We have our membership definitions but we are now seeing writers not just making money, but making good livings without traditional publishing deals. While the time to change our membership requirements may not be here yet, I believe that it’s time to start thinking and talking about this.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with me:

  • I sold my first fiction to Analog in 1979 so I’ve been writing professionally for over 34 years.
  • I’ve been nominated for the Hugo twice and the Nebula once for my short fiction. I’m the recipient of the Hal Clement Award for YA Science Fiction for my second novel, Wildside.
  • I have published eight solo novels with Tor Books as well as one collaboration with my spouse, writer Laura J. Mixon. My first novel Jumper was loosely adapted into the 2008 movie of the same name with Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jaimie Bell and Rachel Bilson. My books have been published in over 17 countries. I have been on the New York Times bestseller list (once.)
  • I publish the eBook editions of my first five novels myself and am fully familiar with the advantages and pitfalls of “Indie” publication.
  • I’ve been a full-time writer many times over my career, including the past 7 years.
  • For the past 13 years I’ve taught at Viable Paradise, the genre workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • I will be 58 by the time of the election, am in good health, and have a 4th degree black belt in Aikido. (In other words, I really know how to fall down. In the words of the song, “I get knocked down, but I get up again, You’re never gonna keep me down.”)

I would appreciate your vote.

Steven Gould

“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.”

Sir Peter Ustinov 1921-2004

Edited to fix my conflation of Samuel R Delaney and Samuel L Jackson.

Space Magic came out in a limited edition hardback for $30 from Wheatland Press in 2008 but as of today it is also available as a DRM-free $5.99 eBook from most of the regular suspects (iBooks, Kindle, Nook) as well Bookview Cafe.

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This Endeavour Award-winning collection pulls together 15 critically acclaimed science fiction and fantasy stories that take readers from a technicolor cartoon realm to an ancient China that never was, and from 
an America gone wrong to the very ends of the universe. Including the Hugo Award-winning “Tk’Tk’Tk,” the Writers of the Future Award winner “Rewind,” “Nucleon,” “The Tale of the Golden Eagle,” and many other
highly-praised stories, Space Magic shows David D. Levine’s talents not only as a gifted writer but as a powerful storyteller whose work explores the farthest reaches of space as well as the depths of the
human heart.

An Interview With Moi

‘Impulse’ Control: An interview with Steven Gould

With “Impulse,” the third book in Steven Gould’s popular “Jumper” series, he takes us back to school as teleporters Davy and Millie’s daughter Cent discovers that a) she can teleport herself and b) it’s about time to escape her parents’ paranoid over-protectiveness and finally meet people. Of course, it’s only paranoia if they’re not really out to get you… (Read the review here)

I talked to Steven Gould about “Impulse,” the “Jumper” world, and coming-of-age novels.

(C.A. Bridges GO386)

I Love This Review

 It’s a book about parenting, as Davy and Millie must overcome their own fears, get a new home in a small town, and watch their teenager start to interact with the world. It’s a book about discovery, as Cent comes to grips with her new abilities and how to use them safely. It’s a book about being the new kid in school, navigating the cliques and power struggles and friends and drug dealers and bullies. It’s a book about confronting injustice in any form. And it’s a book about your first love.

Also, hey, teleporting.

Jump into ‘Impulse’ with a new teleporting teen
by CA Bridges The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Besides winning the contest, that is.

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I’m doing two signings next weekend. On Friday (1/18)  I’ll be signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego and on Saturday (1/19) I’ll be signing and reading at SF in SF (In San Francisco.  Now, obviously, I’ve posted about both those appearances below but I’ve confirmed that both Mysterious Galaxy and Borderland Books (who are selling books at SF in SF) are happy to take orders for books and have me sign and personalize them for people who can’t make the signings.

For Mysterious Galaxy order the book through their online books store here and in the checkout section there is an ORDER COMMENTS box where you should put SIGNED and, if you want it inscribed, “To Dodo” or “To my nephew Frodo,” etc.

For Borderland Books email to General Manager Jude Feldman at jfeldman@borderlands-books.com or you can call the store toll-free at  (888) 893-4008.  They will be glad to hold the books for pickup or mail them if the buyer isn’t local.

 

I do have three local appearance coming up in the next month as well.

San Diego Friday, Jan. 18, 7pm

Click the graphic for more details and directions.

 

 

 

Laura J. Mixon (aka Morgan J. Locke) author of Astorpilots, Glass Houses, Proxies, Burning the Ice, and Up Against It

and Steven Gould  (you know, Jumper guy)

will be reading and talking

19 January 2013 7:00 pm

at

 SF in SF

Books vended by Borderlands!

The Variety Preview Room, 582 Market St. @ Montgomery (1st floor of The Hobart Bldg.)
San Francisco
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IMPULSE GIVE AWAY

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Photo and poster done by Eric (twitter user @Cwluc). Text from first Chapter of IMPULSE by Steven Gould

Let’s go until Friday.

So, I’ve got three Advance Reading Copies and three hardbacks of IMPULSE to give away.  To enter either post in the comments below or Retweet the twitter message linking to this post and containing the hashtag #ImpulseDrawing.  I’ve learned my lesson after shipping a book all the way to Orenburg, Russia (Hi, Tanya!), so I’m afraid this is for North American residences only.

The first three names drawn get the hardbacks. The next three get the ARCs.  I’ll ship to the US, Canada, and Mexico.

To reiterate:

Closes Midnight, Friday January 11th, GMT -7 (Mountain Time).  

North America only.

hashtag #ImpulseDrawing and links to this post. 

i.e. Retweet this tweet PREFERRED

 or

Comment below with good email address (cause I know not everyone does twitter.)

 

 

 

 

I was tagged by Kate Elliot to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Tour.  When I find out where her entry is I’ll edit it in. Just today I was tagged by Madeleine Robins for the same thing and will point to hers when it comes.
 

What is the Working title of your book?

IMPULSE aka JUMPER III

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It is the logical extrapolation of the events and conditions set up in the original JUMPER book and its sequel, REFLEX.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Science Fiction

What actors would you choose to play your actors in a movie rendition?

Davy: Martin Freeman

Millie: Rachel Weisz

Cent: Anna Sophia Robb

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Jumper, the next generation or Teleport hits High School, High School hits back.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Like the previous books, Impulse will come out from Tor books. I am currently represented by Russ Galen at the Scoville, Galen, Ghosh Literary agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

1.8 years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t want to compare quality but the sort of thing I’m trying to do is in line with Scalzi’s Zoe’s Tale which is almost, Old Man’s War: The Next Generation.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My daughters. Both their characters and struggles, and their needs. (College Tuition.)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Brian at Goodreads says:

I should not have started a Gould book at 11:30 at night. I finished right around 4:30am. I love the Jumper series. As a bookseller getting Fantasy people to try SF, I would give them Ender’s Game followed by Jumper. Impulse is a wonderful continuation of the Jumper & Reflex storyline. Just to follow the characters 15 years later and get to see back into their lives, and what they have done with their abilities, and how they try to raise a child on the run.

 

I have always had a soft spot for Blind Waves, first published back in 2000.

The author of Jumper returns with a near-future SF novel, set in an America whose coastline has been drowned by melting Antarctic ice. In the world where hundreds of millions of people have been displaced from their homes by the Deluge – a hundred-foot-rise in sea level from melting ice caps – Partricia Beenan is lucky. She is still an American citizen with the right to live on the continent, unlike so many ‘wetfoots’ whose homes lie deep under the waves or the refugees from nations now completely under water.

But Patricia’s father chose to live on a floating city of New Galveston, instead of following his congresswomen wife to Washington, and go into the underwater salvage business. Now, several years after his death, it’s Patricia’s business and her city. She’s a wealthy woman, on the city council, well known to local INS commander and the New Galveston police.

But none of that will help Patricia when she stumbles across a recently sunken freighter that has dozens of bodies chained up in its hold and clear evidence that it has been fired upon by an INS ship.

Patricia’s evidence of a rogue operation within the INS brings her together with Thomas Beckett, a government investigator assigned to the case. Romance blossoms while they pursue and are pursued by the killers, into the heart of the conspiracy.

 

It was released last month at Audible.Com.

 

WARNING: THE AUDIO SAMPLE AT BOTH AUDIBLE AND AMAZON IS FOR A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOK WHEN LAST I CHECKED.  Fixed!

 

Wildside was published sixteen years ago, my second novel, and today Audible.com released it for the first time in audio. I know what I’m listening to when I drive to Texas later this month.

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…and Some More Reviews.

From Brian over at Goodreads:

Fans of Jumper will love this book!!

I should not have started a Gould book at 11:30 at night. I finished right around 4:30am. I love the Jumper series. As a bookseller getting Fantasy people to try SF, I would give them Ender’s Game followed by Jumper. Impulse is a wonderful continuation of the Jumper & Reflex storyline. Just to follow the characters 15 years later and get to see back into their lives, and what they have done with their abilities, and how they try to raise a child on the run.

Brian
Sci Fi Guy
Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Publishers Weekly:

 Fans of the series will enjoy meeting the next generation, but other readers may just feel lost.

And I counter with another Goodreads Review:

I admit that my prior knowledge of this world consisted of having seeing the movie “Jumper” a few times. As such, I enjoyed this book. A lot. A great read that I finished in a hurry because it became a real page-turner.

 

It starts with:

The third of a well-regarded series (that inspired a poorly regarded film) is essentially Teleporting: The Next Generation, as Davy and Millie Rice’s daughter Cent discovers that she, too, can “jump.”

And ends with:

Readers will cheer for sympathetic Cent, but she’s a bit too perfect; despite her extraordinarily isolated upbringing and claims of social awkwardness, her insightfulness about people is incredibly high, and she’s unreasonably able at negotiating the dating scene. Ultimately, though, this is a great romp with a little social conscience–raising mixed in.

Mr. Gould, please write faster.

I am content.

I have an interview with Catherine Schaff-Stump (who I first met when she was a student at Viable Paradise XIII.) I talk about my process. I’ve always hated that phrase, as it calls up images of pretentious people who often inhabit the role of artist without inhabiting the activity of art.

Nonetheless, process, in an industrial sense, is about how one does something, from assembling automobiles to distilling fractions of petrochemicals. So, try to imagine I’m talking more about how I do it and less about my delusions of artistry.

Steven Gould, new book coming out early next year, was kind enough to talk to us about his writing process. Another unique style, Steven writes and revises AT THE SAME TIME!

Read the interview.

Read some of IMPULSE

Tor.Com has put up two chapters (one is very short)  from the beginning of Impulse.  I love the tag line they used on twitter to announce it:

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It’s totally unfair if your parents can teleport and you can’t. Check out @StevenGould’s IMPULSE: http://t.co/kH992Jq2
11/30/12 12:09 PM

Check it out!

Goodreads First Reads: Impulse by Steven Gould 

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents’ arms. She’s teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she’s never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

Enter for a chance to win here!

Thanks to Tor Books for this contest!

Room With A View

I already posted this picture on Twitter but I’m staying in this building and this is my view.

And this is the view at night:

In the above quote, Abu Hayyan al-Tawdihi, 10th century philosopher, is talking about arabic calligraphy particularly as used to convey the word of Allah, but I love the quote as it refers to the work of the intellect in general.  I saw the quote at this place:

This is the National Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.  It was designed by I. M. Pei, one of the most famous architects in the world. (Think the pyramid at the Musee de Lourve, or the John F. Kennedy Library, or the Jacob Davits Convention Center, or just go look here.)

The collection is worth hundreds of words but the building itself is one of the amazing things I’ve seen.

I’m staying in a building that is barely visible across the bay in this picture.

Fun fact: I.M. Pei, when deciding to choose between an education in England and one in America chose America because he’d always been fond of the movies of Bing Crosby.

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