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Check out my route!

6993 nautical miles
12951 kilometers
13 hours 58 minutes

My arms are gonna be WASTED!

I’m at the airport tightly clenching my passport and a visa document in Arabic that I can’t read. I’m going here:

This is Doha, Qatar, a peninsula sticking out of Saudi Arabia into the Persian Gulf.  It is the richest country (per capita) in the world.

I’m going to talk to students at the Texas A&M Qatar Campus at Education City as well as a local American High School.

I hope to blog daily with pictures. I took the good camera though the picture above is not mine, hopefully, all the rest will.

Just got back from two weeks in New England. Most of that was my annual stint teaching with the other great instructors at Viable Paradise which is held every fall on Martha’s Vineyard.  Here’s this year’s class with instructors.


Shortly after this picture they administered the VP OATH!!!!

There are some great accounts (by the students) of their experiences. If you are one of them, please link to your account in the comments!


Arun Jiwa’s Account

At the end of it all though, I can’t help but feel that the instructors have turned us all into Things with our new and secret knowledge of the writing process.

Gary Henderson’s write-up.

Eric Gern’s posts.

Theresa Bazelli’s blog.

Lauren Roy’s Thoughts.

Dawn Bonnano’s reflections.

Casey Blair’s Horror.

Nicole Lisa’s Post VP

Aliza Greenblatt’s Gift for the Reader

Chris Bauer on all the books he has to read

“Rust With Wings”

I have a story that is set in the early days of the bug infestation in my book 7th Sigma. It’s coming out in the anthology After, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling.

The book is out in October but they are giving away 20 copies over at Goodreads so go sign up!

Here’s a bit from my story:

Jeremy lay flat on his stomach in the backyard grass watching three bugs crawl across a flattened soda can. They were larger than June bugs, with that beetle shape. One was copper-colored, one was silver, and one rusty. Every so often their wing cases would lift slightly and reveal iridescent crystal blue beneath. The rusty one was almost twice as long as the others, with extra legs and a junction point where the new head would be after it split. Everywhere the bugs crawled, holes appeared in the metal.

Jeremy’s dad rounded the corner and said, “Get your butt in the car right now. We’re outta here!”

Jeremy scrambled up, brushing off his jeans. Ever since the power went off three days before, Dad’s temper went from easy-going to better-watch-out and he wasn’t going to do anything that might trigger it.

When they rounded the house, Mom and Laurie were putting laundry baskets full of clothes into the trunk. Laurie was saying, “But why can’t I go over to Sarah’s instead? You said I could last week!”

Dad and Mom exchanged glances. Dad’s eyes narrowed and he opened his mouth and Mom said quickly, “You’re going to have to trust me on this one, honey. Sometimes plans change.”

Dad shut his mouth and moved to the driver’s door. He muttered, “We should’ve left last week.” He paused and took a look at the house, head tilted back. Jeremy swiveled to see what he was looking at but Dad barked, “In the car. Now!”

Jeremy got in the back and tried to look up through the rear window. He couldn’t tell what Dad had been looking at but he didn’t get a good look ‘cause Dad peeled out of the driveway and he was thrown across the seat and into Laurie.

She shrieked and shoved Jeremy back. “Put your seatbelt on, idiot!”

He did, his eyes wide. The few times Dad’s ever driven like that, Mom screamed at him and made him stop the car, but now she was just looking back at Jeremy, to make sure he got the seat belt fastened.

The tires screeched as they made the left at the subdivision entrance and Jeremy felt himself sink into the seat back as Dad accelerated toward the interstate.


I’m giving away 5 Advance Reading Copies Impulse the third book in the Jumper series which won’t be out until January of 2013.  Tweet a link to this post with the hashtag #ImpulseGiveaway.   (Or retweet my announcement on Twitter which does the same thing.)  I will be capturing all those tweets after midnight September 30th and announcing 5 winners on October first. For more information on Impulse, look here. If you don’t have a twitter account, I will also accept entries in the comments section to this post (with a contact email.)

I can haz 3.14159

This morning I got up early and picked all the apples off the tree in the front yard, cut out the wormy bits and made…


That is all.

More on IMPULSE and…

I previously said that Impulse (the sequel to Jumper and Reflex) would be published on 8 Jan 2013 but my source, Amazon, has changed it to 15 Jan 2013, a week later.  I also obtained a higher resolution image of the cover, at the bottom of this post.

What I haven’t previously said is that we have just concluded a deal for Exo, the sequel to Impulse, to be delivered in the middle of 2013.

Cover of Impulse by Steven Gould

Release Date 15 Jan 2013

Off to Denver


Have a signing at Broadway Bookmall with Carrie Vaughn and mystery writer Rebecca Hale on Sunday at 3pm in Denver. Come say hi if you’re in the area.  I’ll be signing anything I can get my hands on. Okay, not those.



IMPULSE Cover and Synopsis

Seen at SF Signal who got it from Amazon.

They also spotted a synopsis over at Goodreads:

Cent is the teenaged daughter of two very special people, Davy and Millie, the world’s only teleports, but her life is far from ideal. Kept in isolation to protect her from her parents’ enemies, she wants a normal life, a life with friends and, perhaps, romance. She wants to go to school like any other normal child.

If only she were normal…


Edited: As it says at Amazon, pub date is 8 Jan 2013.


Recently attended Conquest in Kansas City. At just a little over half-way there, my sister has an off-the-grid ranch in Western Oklahoma.  On the way I helped install some solar panels and on the way back I helped install an 800 watt wind generator. Oh the fun!

You have unit June 15th to submit to the one week genre writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard. If you don’t know why you should go, read this.



At that book place. On my way to my agent’s.

Currently in Manhattan. About to go to breakfast with Ellen Datlow. Later to Tor Books and tonight to a book launch for Alethea Kontis‘s Enchanted. Ah, the exciting life of a SF author.

Now where the heck did I put my limo?  You take your eye off the entourage for one minute and everything goes to heck.

Avatars Dance Audio Books

Laura J. Mixon’s 3 book series Avatars Dance has just been released in Audio (20 years after the first book appeared in 1992.)

Disclaimer: I am married to the woman, but these books have not diminished in power or skill. Well worth a listen.  Go try the samples at audible.com.


Mass Market 7th SIGMA

Here’s the adjusted cover for the mass market paperback edition of 7th Sigma which will be available from discerning stores June 26th, 2012.  I hope to arrange some signings in July and August.

So far, I am definitely signing in Denver on August 12th (3 pm) at the Broadway Book Mall (200 S. Broadway) with:

Carrie VaughnKitty Steals the Show, her latest Kitty Norville urban fantasy novel

Rebecca HaleAdrift on St. John, the start of a new mystery series; author of the popular series which includes How to Wash a Catand Nine Lives Last Forever.

Ian Tregillis will be here from New Mexico to discuss and sign his latest novel, The Coldest War, as well as the paperback edition of author of Seed.

Oddly enough, I had just finished SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY by Mary Robinette Kowal in time for its sequel GLAMOUR IN GLASS (which comes out TOMORROW,) when I heard that she’d lost her first sentence!

More than that, actually. After the final corrected edit left the editor’s hands and before it hit the printer, it lost the first sentence and several pages of corrections.

Fortunately you can read the first sentence at her web site. Also you can take a quiz trying to identify great works by their second sentences.

I haven’t read GLAMOUR, yet, but the first book in the series is Loverly.


I’ve been correcting some minor errors in the ebook editions of Jumper, Reflex, Wildside, and Helm.

Many, many thanks to the readers who used the email address in the front of the books (errata@digitalnoir.com) to report errors!

A little bit more about it over at digitalNoir publishing.

I have mentioned before that I have a story in Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling’s original anthology, After, which comes out in October of 2012 from Hyperion.  They’ve published part of their afterword for the book at The Night Bazaar website.

But other people point out that this is nothing new; every generation has its disasters and apocalyptic fears. The two of us grew up, for example, with “duck-and-cover” drills in elementary school to “prepare” us for nuclear attack…while our parents lived through childhoods shaped by the ravages and aftershocks of World War II. For as long as dystopian books have existed, generations of readers have been devouring them.

Read the entire post.

Last Fall I got to read RA MacAvoy’s latest book four months ahead of publication and then interview her. (I’d last met and talked with her in the early eighties.)  It was published in this months Lightspeed Magazine.

R.A. MacAvoy’s first novel won the Locus Poll’s First Novel Award and hooked her the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Tea With the Black Dragon (1983, Bantam) is a contemporary fantasy, a hard-boiled detective mystery, and a love story. Its protagonists are a middle-aged musician and a centuries-old dragon now in human form. Tea was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Awards and received a special citation from the Philip K. Dick jury. It was selected for David Pringle’s Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels, An English-Language Selection, 1946-1987.

In this genre, that is what’s known as a “good start.”

Interview: R.A. MacAvoy by Steven Gould | Lightspeed Magazine.

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