Monday, September 18, 2017

QUESTION OF THE DAY—Available Now!

What questions do you want answered?
Although Hell Becomes Her is not yet available, here is a book that was released on the stated due date! Shamelessly stolen (and mildly edited) from Scott McGlasson’s post:

Beyond a simple anthology, QUESTION OF THE DAY is a tribute to one of our own. Andre Polk was a member of the Space Opera and Space Opera: Writers Facebook group and was working on his first scifi novel. He loved to ask the group interesting questions about plot, tech, characters, etc., and would start these posts by tagging them QOTD, his acronym for Question of the Day.

Earlier this year, Andre passed away, removing his positivity, his curiosity, and his wit from our world forever. The members of Space Opera: Writers group have put together an anthology of poems and stories of a decidedly positive spin, shot through with some of Andre’s own Questions. A special thanks to Johnathan Clayborn (Clayborn Press) and Tom Evans (editor), whose pro bono work showed that they have poured their hearts and souls into getting this book published.

From a purely scifi angle, I believe you will enjoy the wonderful talent showcased in this book, but more importantly, all net proceeds from the sales of QUESTION OF THE DAY: THE ANDRE POLK MEMORIAL ANTHOLOGY will be given to his family.

The anthology is available in both ebook and printed copies, so please do your part. Buy a copy and leave a review. My scifi short, Visions of A.R.E.S. is available in this anthology.  It’s a bit of a departure from my normal urban and steampunk fantasy

BONUS: If you buy the book and send me a picture of you reading/holding it, I’ll tell you what A.R.E.S. stands for. Hint: It’s not in the story!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Situation Normal . . .

Need some fast movers?
Sometimes, a SNAFU occurs and results in a FUBAR.  That was my Friday.

Due to circumstances outside of my control, the release of Hell Becomes Her has been delayed.  I apologize to anyone who tried to make a purchase on Friday for the second book.  I’m as disappointed as you are.  I heard from a few of you over the weekend, and I am truly sorry that I couldn’t offer more.

This is a “bad news” and “good news” situation.

The bad news: I’m uncertain when Hell Becomes Her will actually release.  The delay could be as short as a few days, or as much as a week.  Hopefully, somewhere inside those two timeframes.

The good news: The delay shouldn’t (fingers and toes crossed) be more than a week. This time next weekend, you should be able to purchase the book and curl up with it.

Again, I apologize for the delay.  I only found out about it 24 hours ago, and wasn’t in much of a position to get this news out.


Thank you so much for your continued support and patience.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

International Read an eBook Day/Weekend

When 
Tomorrow’s the day!

Hell Becomes Her re-releases in ebook and print formats.  In celebration of this and also International Read An EBook Day, you can get BOTH Tears of Heaven and Hell Becomes Her at 30% OFF from Zumaya Publications, along with many, many other fine books.

To receive your 30%, go to Zumaya Publications, fill up your shopping card with books you like, then use the Coupon Code: 2017IEBD.


That’s it.  You’ll get Tears of Heaven and Hell Becomes Her at a whopping 30% off the normal price.  You’ll be well prepared for the release of the third and final book Company of the Damned.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Knockaround Fans

How many fans can you trust with your fandom?
Forty years.

That's the number I figured when I was a kid. Forty years of fandom, and you could consider yourself a legitimate fan. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin when naysayers start their neighing. When actors start to phone it in, or they get to direct The Final Frontier as part of their contract so they’ll appear in the vastly superior The Voyage Home.

So, I got started.

Movies and TV shows filled my eyes and ears and, sometimes, blew my mind apart with the creativeness and exploration of the human condition.  Bladerunner still has me asking questions, despite what Ridley Scott has claimed. Star Trek: The Next Generation at first appeared to stumble, but then started firing on all dilithium crystals, and BAM we get episodes like “The Inner Light” which played prettier than a Ressiken flute!

What are we gonna do now, man? What are we gonna do!?
Of course, along the way you stop thinking about being a fan and you just enjoy what you’re being shown. The world—the universe—is wide open.  The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Tron, and The Terminator, and Aliens.  Those are just the big names.  Forbidden Planet, Metropolis, and The Day the Earth Stood Still and Dark City still resonate, and in some cases hold up incredibly well.

That’s when you hear: “Lucas is going to write and direct the prequels!” That kid who started out wanting to be a fan, he totally buys into the hype, the advertising. After all, you saw Star Wars in 1977 in theaters (because your parents ROCK), and you remember when Lucas said there would be no more movies. But, here he is, changing his mind.  So, you do your Happy Dance with wild abandon.

Then you watch each prequel film, in succession, and the disappointment starts.  No, not all at once, and not instantly, to be sure. A Phantom Menace has some really cool lightsaber action. Darth Maul!?  Wow! But the rest? Anakin is a toddler!?  Sure, it lines up with what Obi-wan told Luke, but it doesn’t gel! It’s like Lucas moved the headstones to build his shiny, new vision, but he didn’t move the bodies.

HE DIDN’T MOVE THE BODIES.
Did you hear who they got to DIRECT!?

So, the doubt creeps in, messes with your world view. By the time you’re watching Revenge of the Sith you realize Lucas was a BIG IDEA guy, but he couldn’t really deliver on the execution. Once he made his name, his fortune, he could take his hands off the wheel, and others—stronger, faster, more creative—made it awesome.  You can see that A New Hope was really a mess, and if it hadn’t been riffing on so many other, better concepts, it probably would have been a disaster. Empire, that’s the real genius, where Lucas had the pull to bring in Kasdan, Brackett and Kershner. 

Being a fan stops being the point.

Being entertained, that’s the thing.

Whaddya mean only Rob remember who I am?
Fandom discussion boards and chatrooms and Facebook groups start to pop up.  You “meet” like-minded people, share interests, and make friends (and enemies).  Then, you find the trolls. Folk who are there not for the joy of the thing, but to drag down anyone who finds even the remotest connection to a film or a TV series.  Sometimes they don't even know they're trolls, so lost in their own troll-dom.  Studios and writers and directors and actors and remakes are announced and are quickly shot down by “fans”. Boycotts are called and mud is slung in every direction.  There’s no chance you can stay clean. You get embroiled in the smallest points of discussion, and have every aspect of your character called into question because you liked something long, long ago in what feels like a galaxy far, far away.

Forty years.

You get past the silliness of it all. J.J. Abrams is tapped for Star Trek and then for The Force Awakens. He delivers. It may not have been YOUR VISION of the franchises, but Abrams opens the door and lets everyone run inside and play around with glitter and glee.  Yeah, it's a rehash of A New Hope, but A New Hope was itself a rehash.  The fun, the magic, the Force is with him. He renews interest in these 40+ year old concept pieces.

Forty years as a fan.

But then, after, you realize that's what you are. You’re a bona fide, legitimate fan.

You’re going to sit in that theater when the credits roll for Episode IX and you’re going to smile.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Star Wars, Brains and Books

And then . . . Aliens!
Brain: You should post something.

Me: Why?

Brain: You have a book re-releasing this week.

Me: They already know that.

Brain: Some of them may have forgotten.

Me: If they did, it’s because they already bought the book.

Brain: Or they found out JJ Abrams is going to write and direct Episode IX.

Me: . . .

Me: . . .

Brain: You didn’t know?

Me: LENS FLARES FOR EVERYONE!

Brain: I’ll be over here.


Thank everyone!  Hell Becomes Her drops in all fine ebook and paperback retailers Friday, September 15th.  Get yours before they’re all gone, and they have to make more electronics . . . or something!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Baker's Drive-Thru Parking Lot

Yep! I hand-graffitied it MYSELF!
Yesterday, as I was driving to the high school to teach the kiddies how to argue and speak publicly, I went through the Baker’s Drive-Thru, as one does.  Baker’s is right on the way to the school, and if I don’t pick up something for dinner, then I won’t get anything until 8 to 9pm, depending on how late the practice runs.  I’ve been doing this for about six years now, and it works reasonably well.

Unfortunately, this particular Baker’s is somewhat slow.  I’ve learned that if there are two or three vehicles in the drive-thru, I might as well go on down to the other fast-food restaurants, as it will actually save me time and frustration.

Last night sorta took the cake.  I risked the two cars already in the drive-thru, so I was braced for waiting—and man, did I!—but when the server asked if I wanted to “power size”, I said, “HELL YEAH!”  I love me a big Dr Pepper, and always want the largest.

Except . . . damned if what I was handed wasn’t their medium.  I didn’t realize it at that exact moment, as I needed to get out of the drive-thru and on with my life.  When it registered, I pulled back into the parking lot and popped in with my receipt where it said “Power Size” right on it.  I was sure that it was just a minor error. 

Guess what?  It wasn’t!

Nope.  “Power Size” to Baker’s is the medium.  To get the large, you actually have to say “large” which apparently is even more money than the $3 fountain drink I’d already paid for.

I mean, none of this is Earth-shattering and certainly a First World problem.  I generally don’t bother to make a formal complaint, because meh.  But the labeling by Baker’s is misleading.  Who hears “Power Size” and thinks, “Yeah, that’s gotta be a medium for sure!”

So, I went on Baker’s site and filled out their comment/complaint form.  I hit send and got: Failed to send your message.  I figured I did something wrong and tried again.

Failed to send your message.

Baker's: Now Failing at Taking your Complaints!
Right.

So here’s the message, friends and Baker’s.

I'm afraid that I have two complaints—one about this particular location, and the other about your current labeling.

This particular location, at Blaine Street, is incredibly slow.  I've spent up to fifteen minutes sitting in the drive-thru with only one or two cars ahead of me.  This is not a rare occurrence.  I often go to this particular restaurant on my way to the high school, and if there are more than two cars in the drive-thru, I will pass and go to the Carl's Jr. That drive-thru is a further drive, but it's simply not worth the wait.  The store has been like this for several years, so clearly there is something wrong with the management or training here.

Second, the "power size" option on your menu.  This makes it sound like I'm getting the largest available options.  However, it was explained to me that "large" is actually the largest, while "power size" is something like medium.  This is very confusing and frustrating.  Your labeling should be intuitive by your customers.  "Power size" is an unreasonable labeling for a medium option.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Editing, Releasing and More Releasing

If only I was a tenth this awesome.
Apparently, it’s been a couple weeks.  That’s what happens when you put your head down and get to some serious editing.  Company of the Damned is coming along nicely, and getting close to complete (from my side).

A few more Beta reviews, and it’ll be good to go to the publisher—where we start the editing process again!

So fun!

In other news, Hell Becomes Her—which you can preview here—is getting ready to release on September 15th, just in time for Fall!  Nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm fire, and a good book.  Or, failing that, a glass of absinthe and Hell Becomes Her.

In addition, Question of the Day: The Andre Polk Memorial Anthology will be releasing with many, many excellent authors, and—for some reason—me.


For now, that’s all the news that’s fit to print.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Free! Free! Free!

What could possibly go wrong?
The giveaway for Tears of Heaven is still in effect.  Entering the giveaway is easy! Just follow me on twitter, @RobRoyMcCandles, and tag me in a comment with your favorite villain from fantasy or science fiction. I’m giving away three digital copies of Tears of Heaven.


The giveaway is only open until September 2nd, so be sure to enter right away!

If you’re less of a risk-taker, or don’t have/like/want Twitter, you can always just buy the book.  It's available in paperback and digital versions from all the finest ebook retailers.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Blame Enough to Go Around—Nazis Be Damned

Bald-faced politics here.
SPOILER ALERT—POLITICAL DISCUSSION AHEAD.  ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE.

"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens' Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace, which is the absence of tension, to a positive peace, which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action...'"
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail


I’ve been struggling for days over the events of Charlottesville and the subsequent fallout.  Political agendas, rife with King’s sentiment of “negative peace” were everywhere, and I was at a loss the reasons why.  Why were otherwise good, respectable, likable individuals railing against the counter-protest, and making the fallacy of generalization, lumping all those who were standing up against Nazis—GODDAMN NAZIS—in with Antifa and its agenda of meeting violence with violence?

Then, this morning, a friend asked me to read this article from CNN, which included the above quote.  It shook me to the core.  King’s quote especially wraps it up.

It's everyone's fault.

There is no moral high-ground to be had.

The problem goes all the way back to the framers of the Constitution who, in their mad desire to create a just and equitable system not just for the rich or the “well-born” but for all, said that freedom of speech—the ability to say almost anything about anything without the fear of government reprisal—must be protected.

And here I join "Those who say 'yes, but...'" from the article—Yes, but . . . that's exactly what democracy and freedom and all the values that we claim to hold dear, are all about. Evelyn Beatrice Hall, translating Voltaire's response to the burning of a book and the beating and exile of its author, encapsulated our belief, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”*

And there we have it.

Tacit approval of an ideology that, at our very core, we should abhor and decry and fight and rage against at every turn.  If we allow for freedom of speech, then we must defend in equal measure freedom of expression and the right to hold an opinion—any opinion—no matter how dangerous.  The Germans, post WWII, looked at the fascist ideology and said, “Never again.”  Fascism is built on abuse and genocide.  The ideology is based on a nationalist agenda, and immediately sets up one group/race as “superior” to all others.  Whether stated or implied, purity of race/nation is the cornerstone of fascism.  All injustices against those deemed "inferior" who fail to meet the arbitrary standards of "purity", up to and including genocide, are not just acceptable, but justified and approved.

But Germany said, “Never again!” and they’ve stuck to that.  No easy task.  The Strafgesetzbuch (German penal code) section 86a forbids the use of symbols and propaganda of groups deemed "unconstitutional" except outside of art, science, education or research.  They’ve recently added the Daesh/ISIS/ISIL flag to that list of symbols.

Here enters the slippery slope argument.

Provided the government deems a symbol, a slogan, a chant an "anything" unconstitutional, then it is.  That could include Mickey Mouse, the Rainbow Flag, or Monster Energy drinks. It doesn't matter if it's 14 words of hate, or the Gettysburg Address—if so ordered, that's how it would be.  Of course, getting a true democratically elected body of government to agree on such is difficult at best, and it's clear the Germans have avoided such a totalitarian slide admirably over the past 70+ years.  But the argument—fallacy that it is—is there, and it's easy to see.

The fear of failure, the myth of persecution, is there and writ large.

So, here we are, freedom-loving, law-abiding, virtue-extolling Americans granting permits to actual, literal, nightmares-become-real Nazis, whose stated agenda is to take power and start subjugating all those "inferior" races as quickly as possible, including murdering them right off the face of the Earth.  Actual advocacy for nothing less than genocide based solely on “racial purity” lines, and we're giving tacit approval to these beliefs.  We allow the President of the United States, the "leader of the free world" to wink and nod and smile, to the point that white power supremacists take his message as open agreement.

Why?  Because we hold freedom of speech higher than the right to life?

I’m at a complete loss as to what role a reasonable citizen should play.  Advocacy of violence is antithetical.  Counter-protesters are maligned, attacked, even killed.  The actions of Nazis are "justified" because . . . I don't know.  They had a permit.  I'm no closer to answer on this, so if you happen to have one, please, feel free.  Comments are below.



* Yes, I assure you, it was not Patrick Henry either who made the statement.  Although the sentiment is certainly wrapped up in his “Give me liberty, or give me death,” never did he utter those words.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Interview with Paul Corcoran

Describe your hero, or heroes.
That’s a relatively easy start, my mum and dad. I’m pretty sure most people come out with a load of stuff about some great historical character or modern-day scientist or tech guy. Not me.

Let me explain why. For all the time, I was lucky enough to spend with my parents I never really knew them until a lot later in their lives than I wished. As a young man, 17 ½ and more a child than a man, I joined the British Army and that was the last time I really spent at home. It was only years later because of the jobs I was doing that I had to undergo what was called at the time ‘vetting’. They dig into you and your family’s past to ensure that there is nothing hidden there which could possibly have a bearing on your security clearance. And what they found out surprised me.

My father had originally been an officer in the Irish Army prior to the outbreak of World War Two. He resigned his commission, left his family in safe and neutral Ireland, to join the RAF to fight with the British against the Nazi’s because he thought it was the right thing to do. During his service, he met my mother and therein lies another story.

My mother had been a nurse with the air ambulance. She served in the western desert where, on one occasion, the pilot of the plane carrying her and a load of wounded got lost, was low on fuel and was forced to set down at a German airfield. Rather than fling them all in a POW camp the Germans treated the wounded, refueled the plane, and sent them on their way. She also somehow took part in Operation Market Garden, the abortive allied attempt to secure the Rhine bridges.

You couldn’t write this stuff! All the time I was growing up my parents never mentioned any of this. When I asked them about it they just told me they thought it was the right thing to do so they did it.

Tell us about your main character.
In my latest novel, ‘The K’Tai War, Book One, Invasion’, there is more than one central character but the main story circulates around the Carter family, Dave and Sue, the parents, and Chris and Jodee, teenagers who are rapidly nearing adulthood.

The planet they live on is invaded by an alien race called the K’Tai, the family becomes separated during the initial invasion and in their struggle to become reunited we learn more about them and the K’Tai.

Without spoiling the story, it quickly becomes evident that Dave and Sue are not the clean-cut family types that they pretend to be, displaying martial skills that only highly trained combat troops would have. In reality, they are… Oh no sorry you are just going to have to read the book to find out.

What type of setting did you place your story in?
The main part of the story takes place on the planet Agate. Once thought to be nothing more than a farming world on the edge of human controlled space bordering the ancient K’Tai Imperium, with the discovery of the rare mineral Redlazore, a key component in the construction of the only known star drive, Agate quickly becomes a major mining colony becoming humanities key source of Redlazore.
The K’Tai Imperium is having its own internal problems and civil war is brewing just beneath the surface and the leaders of the Imperium see the seizing of Agate as an opportunity to slap down the upstart humans and deal a decisive blow in their own war against the secessionists.

What inspired your story?
Having written the Saiph Series, my previous science fiction series, I noticed that it had been almost exclusively concerned with the military and political side of conflict, huge space armada’s blowing the crap out of each other while ignoring the effect war had on the normal guy in the street.

With ‘The K’Tai War’ series I’m trying to tell the story of not only those massive armored combatants but those that are stuck in the middle just trying to keep their family safe during it all until they inevitably get sucked into the conflict.

Is your story a part of a broader work or series?
‘Invasion’ is Book One in ‘The K’Tai War’ series. A series of three planned novels made up by ‘Invasion’, ‘Resistance’, and ‘Secession’.
‘Resistance’ should be out around Christmas with ‘Secession’ out before Easter ’18.

In four lines, tell us about your story.
On the ground, Dave, Sue, Chris and Jodee Carter get caught up in the whirlwind of violence that is the K’Tai invasion of their homeworld. Separated they must each fight to survive and reach safety.
In space, the K’Tai forces easily vanquish the much smaller human forces of the League. What they had assumed would be an easy victory and a short, sharp conflict rapidly turns into a war of attrition they cannot afford.

Who is your favorite author or book series?
Well I read a lot of alternative history as well as science fiction so if I could indulge you with two authors.

Firstly, General Sir John Hackets ‘The Third World War’. A book which I read while serving in Germany shortly after the Berlin Wall came down. The book is a terrifyingly realistic telling of how easily it would have been for the world to descend into a Third World War and how that war could have been thought. For a young man sitting only a few miles from what was a couple of years before the Inner German Border and the overwhelming forces of the Warsaw Pact it had an impact on my outlook on life and politics.

The second book, a series really, was one which most probably inspired me to begin writing my own military science fiction. The Starfire Series by David Weber and Steve White.

What can I say, outstanding military science fiction by two of the biggest names in the game. An enemy we all love to hate and fear in equal measure. A mix of races who come together to fight a common enemy because if they don’t it’s the end of the line for all of them. A war that rages from one side of the galaxy to the other. Yeah it does not get any better!


What are you working on now?

Busy, busy. I am working on the fourth book in the Saiph Series, ‘Legacy of the Saiph’, due out mid-October. The second K’Tai War book, ‘Resistance’, due out before Christmas. An untitled work in another successful author’s universe which I hope to be able to tell you all about in the near future but for now my lips must remain firmly sealed. And last but not least the first book from my own small publishing press, Matthew Williams ‘The Cronian Incident’, which will be released in mid-September.

About the Author

Author of the Amazon bestselling Saiph Series, PP Corcoran writes fast-paced military science fiction because he gets to mix his two loves; shoot em ups and science. A 22-year-veteran of the British Army, Paul began his writing career in 2014. After serving all round the world, this native of Scotland now lives in Northern Ireland and writes epic space opera for a living; he recently ranked #10 in Amazon's Sci-Fi Authors.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Authors Show - Part III

Here it is, the interview with The Author’s Show.  It’s available for only 24 hours.  Should there be more demand, I’ll look into buying the interview for further review.

It came off exactly as I was advised, very professional sounding.  It’s about fifteen minutes long, and all the “umms,” and “uhhs” and silences were removed.


Proves once again that I have a voice made for newsprint!

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Is there anything better than free!?
Free, to a good home—Enter to win a copy of TEARS OF HEAVEN today!  Click here for details!

A child of angels and humans, Del is a sarcastic, fast-talking, dangerous, and unpredictable demon hunter. She and her partner Marrin take their orders directly from the angel Ahadiel. They obey, or they’ll be destroyed. It’s not the job Del wants, but it’s the job she has.

Normally, banishing a rogue demon back to Hell wouldn’t be a problem. Del and Marrin have a few centuries of experience. It’s all part of the job description. But when Ahadiel orders them to take down three demons at the once the job goes from bad to worse. The demons, with supernatural powers and their own agenda, have kidnapped children for their own nefarious ends.

With angels breathing down her neck, children to save, and demons gunning for her blood, Del is running out of time.

That’s exactly where she wants to be.

Book 1 of the Flames of Perdition series.


You can also buy TEARS OF HEAVEN from any fine book or ebook retailer including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Author Interview - Matthew Williams

The Cronin Incident by Matthew Williams
Describe your hero, or heroes.

For starters, Elon Musk. His ability to commit to ambitious plans and then make them happen has never ceased to amaze me. Jeff Bezos is another, since he too is a major innovator who is making change happen, especially where it counts (i.e. space exploration!) Last, but definitely not least, there’s Chris Hadfield. There is a man who really has done it all. In addition to being a pilot and the first Canadian to command an ISS mission, he has gone on to become an inspirational speaker and science communicator.

Tell us about your main character.

The main character of my story in Jeremiah Ward. He is a former, disgraced investigator whose struggles with addiction led to the tragic deaths of two witnesses. For his failure, he is now a convict laborer serving out a lengthy sentence on Mercury’s mining colony. He grew up on Mars, in an era characterized by post-scarcity, transhumanism, augmentation, and no limitations. After years of chasing down human traffickers, smugglers and assorted scum, he turned to the designer-drug Glo as a means of escape. What he craves now, however, is a shot at redemption.

What type of setting did you place your story in?

The story takes place in the late 23rd century, where humanity has colonized the Solar System. From Mercury to the Kuiper Belt, settlements exist on every planet, moons, major asteroid, and in rotating cylinders around the Sun’s Lagrange Points. But between the Inner Worlds of Venus, Earth and Mars and the Outer World (the moons of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus), a divide exists. Whereas the Inner Worlds are bastions of development and post-Singularity technology, life in the Outer Worlds is much more rugged and modest. There are those who fear that the line that exists between the “Extros” (highly-advanced people) and “Retros” (traditional people) could someday lead to open conflict.

What inspired your story?

The idea was largely inspired by my writing for Universe Today. After writing extensively about the Solar System, I began to contemplate what life on its various planets, moons and bodies would be like. At the same time, I had been thinking of writing a story about what human colonization efforts would look like, and what kinds of forces would drive it. In the end, I brought these two sources of inspiration together and The Cronian Incident was born!

Is your story a part of a broader work or series?

The novel is part of a planned trilogy which is named the Formist Series. The name refers to the faction in the story (the Formists) who are dedicated to terraforming Mars. As you may imagine, they are at the center of many intrigues in this series.

In four lines, tell us about your story.

Jeremiah Ward was just another convict serving out his sentence on the mining colony of Mercury. But when a member of a high-profile Martian faction goes missing on Saturn’s moon Titan, the disgraced investigator gets an offer he can’t refuse. In exchange for looking into the disappearance of this man, his sentence will be commuted and he will get a second shot at life. But the deeper Ward digs, the more he realizes that this is not just a missing’s person case. What he finds is a conspiracy that was centuries in the making, and a shot at redemption that could end up costing him his life.

More than four lines, sorry. That is the shortest description I could give ;)


Who is your favorite author or book series?

1984, by George Orwell
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Rainbow’s End, by Vernor Vinge
Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond
A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright
Rendezvous with Rama and 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson
The Sprawl Trilogy, by Williams Gibson
The Foundation series, by Isaac Asimov
Accelerando and Halting State, by Charles Stross
The Dune series, by Frank Herbert
The Revelation Space series, by Alastair Reynolds

What are you working on now?


At the moment, I am busy working on the sequel to The Cronian Incident. Titled The Jovian Manifesto, this book picks up where the first left off and should be available in the near future!

Matthew Williams
About the Author
Matthew S Williams is a professional writer and former educator who lives on Vancouver Island with his wife and family. His articles have been featured in Universe Today, HeroX, Popular Mechanics, Business Insider, Gizmodo and IO9, with topics ranging from astronomy and Earth sciences to technological innovation and environmental issues.

Follow Williams at:

storiesbywilliams.com
castrumpress.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Read Chapter 1 from TEARS OF HEAVEN and HELL BECOMES HER

Why aren't you buying Rob's books?
You may or may not be aware, but right now you can preview the first chapter for both Tears of Heaven and the sequel Hell Becomes Her from my website.

If you prefer direct links, here they are:


A preview chapter of Company of the Damned should be available sometime in September.  Also, a reminder of some dates:

Now—Listen to the interview on The Authors Stories Podcast
Next week, Tuesday, August 22ndThe Authors Show Broadcast (available 24 hours only)
Next month, Friday, September 15thHell Becomes Her RELEASES!
Later 2017/Early 2018—Company of the Damned, the final chapter for Del will release!


Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see or hear in the comments below.