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    Time for a Truly Epic (Fantasy) StoryBundle!

    Posted By on May 27, 2015

    You know how much I love epic adventure of the fantastical sort, which is why I’m so pleased to announce a new Truly Epic Fantasy StoryBundle! This one will include the first volume of my role-playing game trilogy, Gamearth, where self-aware fantasy game characters engage their own players in a fight for control and survival. AND it includes as a free bonus the standalone steampunk fantasy story The Bookseller’s Tale, a sneak preview from my upcoming novel Clockwork Lives with Neil Peart from Rush.

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    As always, StoryBundle lets you name your own price to get a whole bunch of epic and excellent titles. A minimum bid of $5 gets you the basic set of six books:

    • The Magic Touch, by Jody Lynn Nye
    • Gamearth, by Kevin J. Anderson
    • The Crown and the Dragon, by John Payne
    • One Horn to Rule Them All, edited by Lisa Mangum
    • Invisible Moon, by James A. Owen
    • Beasts of Tabat, by Cat Rambo

    Even better, if you pay $15 or higher, you unlock a bonus set of incredible books.

    • A Stranger to Command, by Sherwood Smith
    • Hard Times in Dragon City, by Matt Forbeck
    • The Alchemist, by Paolo Bacigalupi
    • The Executioness, by Tobias Buckell—two great companion works!
    • The Ghosts of the Conquered, by Matthew Caine
    • Glamour of the God-Touched, by Ron Collins

    The Truly Epic Fantasy Storybundle will be available for only three weeks, and then it’s gone. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to charity—in this case, the Challenger Learning Centers.

    Last year’s Truly Epic Fantasy Storybundle broke all Storybundle records. Let’s see if we can do it again. Help us spread the word so we can all go on some epic adventures together!

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    WordFire Press Books to Appear in Australia Through Satalyte Publishing

    Posted By on April 28, 2015

    Some news to share about our publishing company, WordFire Press. This way we’ll be ready for Supanova in Sidney and Perth in June!

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    In a major deal, WordFire Press—owned by international bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta—signed an agreement with Australia’s Satalyte Publishing to print and distribute their novels in Australia. The first titles will be available at Supanova Sydney June 20–21, where Anderson and Moesta are the two featured author guests.

    WordFire Press books are available in electronic form worldwide, but shipping and long-distance printing issues have made it problematic and prohibitively expensive to distribute their print editions in Australia. The partnership with Australia’s Satalyte Publishing, however, will smooth the way. WordFire publisher Kevin J. Anderson says, “We’ve been discussing the possibilities with Satalyte for some time, but our upcoming appearance at Supanova is an opportunity we just can’t pass up. This partnership gets our books out to Australian and New Zealand readers, with Satalyte operating as our contact there.”

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    Satalyte publisher Stephen Ormsby says “That is a great arrangement for us. Supanova will see some never seen before titles in Australia by these Supastars, and WordFire has a back catalogue that features many of my favourite authors, and to be bringing them out to Australia in print is a thrill.”

    WordFire Press publishes over 200 titles by bestselling and award-winning authors, including well-known works by both Anderson and Moesta, as well as books by science fiction legends Frank Herbert (author of Dune), Jody Lynn Nye, Tracy Hickman, David Farland, Mike Resnick, as well as hot new writers. Specifically for release at Supanova, Satalyte will produce books featuring Anderson’s popular humorous zombie PI, Dan Shamble, as well as Anderson and Moesta’s “Crystal Doors” fantasy trilogy.

    In an ongoing arrangement, Satalyte Publishing will continue to roll out print editions of selected WordFire titles for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

     

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    Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award Ceremony 2015: Always an Inspiring Event

    Posted By on April 22, 2015

    Rebecca and I just got back from the Writers and Illustrators of the Future weekend. This event never fails to fill me with huge hope, seeing so many talented people being honored for their amazing work and setting the standard for the next generation of science fiction and fantasy writers and artists.

    We were well-taken care of by the Galaxy Press and Authors Services team, who brought us in from the airport and made sure we had our schedule laid out. The writer and artist winners got a full week of workshops and presentations, teaching them how to grow their talents and careers in the years to come. Rebecca and I arrived Friday to give our two-hour talk on being professional writers, and we handed out a bunch of free books from our Million Dollar Writing series to the winners.

    In-between everything, I managed to grab lunch with Doug Beason and Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry. And, in light of my Hugo nomination, I got approached by Jerry Pournelle, who clapped me on the shoulder and said, “Congratulations on the Hugo Nomination. And it’s ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!”

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    with Dr. Jerry Pournelle

    I was especially pleased that my publisher Tom Doherty, of Tor Books, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognition well deserved for the man who did a tremendous amount to make my career what it is today.

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    with Tom and Tanya Doherty

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    WordFire Press on the red carpet, with Peter J. Wacks, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Alexi Vandenberg, Josh Vogt

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    Setting up for the big show

    Then it was time for the ceremony itself. Past and current judges (including Rebecca and myself), include: Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Hal Clement, Eric Flint, Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Dr. Yoji Kondo, Nancy Kress, Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey, C. L. Moore, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Frederik Pohl, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Dr. Charles Sheffield, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, K. D. Wentworth, Sean Williams, Jack Williamson, Dave Wolverton, Roger Zelazny, Edd Cartier, Robert Castillo, Vincent Di Fate, Leo and Diane Dillon, H. R. Van Dongen, Dave Dorman, Bob Eggleton, Wil Eisner, Larry Elmore, Frank Frazetta, Laura Brodian Freas, Frank Kelly Freas, Stephen Hickman, Jack Kirby, Paul Lehr, Ron and Val Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Gary Meyer, Judith Miller, Cliff Nielsen, Sergey Poyarkov, Shaun Tan, and Stephen Youll.

    It was a glitzy, packed event as always, with wonderful performances, tear-jerking award speeches, and a great deal of satisfaction all around. I am so happy Rebecca and I are judges for this contest.

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    me presenting the award (along with artist judge Sergey Poyarkov) to Daniel Pantazis

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    Rebecca and Illustrators of the Future Judge Dave Dorman (and our Young Jedi Knights cover artist!) to Tim Napper

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    And here’s the official list of the 2015 winners and finalists:

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    Kary English, Michael T. Banker, Amy Hughes, Daniel J. Davis, Zach Chapman, Krystal Claxton, Steve Pantazis, Sharon Joss, Scott R. Parkin, Martin Shoemaker, Auston Habershaw, Tim Napper, and Samantha Murray.

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    Tung Chi Lee, Michelle Lockamy, Emily Siu, Shuangjian Liu, Taylor Payton, Amit Dutta, Alex Brock, Quinlan Septer, Choong Nyung Yoon, Nyung Yoon, Megen Nelson, Megan Kelchner, and Daniel Tyka.

    The Golden Pen Award went to Sharon Joss while the Golden Brush Award went to Michelle Lockamy. And the whole book was edited by Dave Wolverton.

    Congratulations to one and all!

    If you missed the live stream of the event, you can still catch every spectacular moment online here:

    Well, the weekend is over, but the work is never done. Time to get back to writing and editing, including editing the first draft for Navigators of Dune!

    And if you’re a writer or artist of any sort, take the advice many of the winners echoed: Keep on submitting to the contest. Submit, and submit, and SUBMIT until you’re the next one up on that stage.

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    Yes, WonderCon was full of wonder!

    Posted By on April 18, 2015

    What a con! First off, how can a con weekend not go well when it starts with a visit to Disneyland? Our hotel was literally across the street from the theme park in Anaheim, CA, and Rebecca and I enjoyed a little “stroll,” getting back in touch with our inner children (yes, they’re still there).

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    Then I got to enjoy being a special guest for WonderCon. By the time I got to the convention center, the WordFire Press booth was standing tall and proud. We were all ready to conquer the con once the doors opened and the crowd rushed in.

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    During the event, Rebecca got a spotlight panel to talk about her career while I presented on The Secret Origin of Good Readers, Working in the Star Wars Universe, and my popular talk: Building My First Lightsaber! Packed rooms during all of those, I’m happy to say.

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    As usual, we had an incredible team at the WordFire Press booth, including Rebecca (and a few of her nephews), Quincy J. Allen, Lissa Jensen, Darin Calhoun, Eva Eldridge, Peter Wacks, Michelle Corsillo, and Josh Vogt. Some of the Galaxy Press folks also came over and got involved in engaging the crowd and selling books—they said they had a great time, so we have to believe them!

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    Author Greg Van Eekhout also joined us for most of the weekend. His books—California Bones and Pacific Fire—sold out quickly, and we loved having his smiling face there.

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    Alongside all that, we hosted space for a new charity, Stories for Students, a nonprofit working to get more books and ebooks into classrooms, libraries, and more. We gave away a bunch of fun steampunk-styled, illustrated stories and coloring books while signing up teachers, librarian, and others in the education system for future charity newsletters.

    I often run into tons of people I know, and this weekend was no exception. I saw Bill Morrison, of Simpsons and Futurama fame, Sergio Aragones, Patricia Tallman, and also met a dazzling duo, the Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna.

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    I’m very pleased by the honor, and we’re already making plans to be out at Sasquan for Worldcon in August 19-23. Hope to see many of you there, plus at all the other cons we’ve got planned along the way.

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    First Hugo Award Nomination

    Posted By on April 10, 2015

    Politics aside, please.

    I am very pleased to announce that the first book in my Saga of Shadows space opera epic, The Dark Between the Stars (Tor Books, June 2014) is a finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award to be presented at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention.  Over the course of my career I’ve published over 120 books and I’ve won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and others, but never the Hugo Award.

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    I grew up in science fiction and I’ve pretty much spent my entire life and career in the field. When I was a kid in a small town in Wisconsin, making regular trips to the science fiction section in the local library, the “Hugo Award Winner” label was synonymous with “You Must Read This”—the big deal, Academy Award in the field. Starship Troopers, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune, Lord of Light, The Left Hand of Darkness, Ringworld, Rendezvous with Rama, The Forever War...

    My Saga of Seven Suns universe is my love letter to the genre, a big canvas that allows me to play with all the beautiful shiny objects that captured my imagination. Galactic empires, alien races, deserted cities, space battles, killer robots, romance, politics, and a sweeping cast of characters cutting across all races, genders, and social station. I have commuted to work there in my imagination for the past eleven years, and I couldn’t be more pleased that The Dark Between the Stars is the book put up for consideration.

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    I’m up against some excellent competition, and I look forward to reading them all:  Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos, and Skin Game by Jim Butcher. If you are interested in attending Sasquan, or buying a supporting membership to vote on the awards, see their website at http://sasquan.org.  And if you do vote, I very much hope you will read all the candidates before you make your choice.

    In the meantime, if you want a much shorter introduction to the Seven Suns universe, I’ve written a prequel novella, Veiled Alliances, published by WordFire Press. It’s available in print and in all eBook formats.

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    Veiled Alliances is now featured as part of a science fiction bundle from Humble Bundle, seventeen books all DRM free, pay what you want, including titles by myself, Mike Resnick, Cat Rambo, Jody Lynn Nye, Brian Herbert. Doug Beason, Neil Peart, Peter J. Wacks, James A. Owen, Michael A. Stackpole, Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom, Mike Baron, David Farland, and Rhiannon Paille.  Only six days left before it gets taken down.  A portion of the proceeds goes to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

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    Nothing Humble About This!

    Posted By on April 3, 2015

    Humble Bundle, the biggest of all the book bundling sites, is giving me and my publishing company WordFire Press a huge show of support by launching a new bundle composed entirely of WFP titles.  This is really cool, and we’re thrilled to have such a big spotlight.

    If you’ve never looked at a bundle before, please check it out at the WordFire Press Humble Bundle.  Fifteen books by me, Neil Peart, Doug Beason, Mike Resnick, David Farland, Rhiannon Paille, Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert, Peter J. Wacks, Cat Rambo, James Artimus Owen, Michael A. Stackpole, Eytan Kollin and Dani Kollin, and Jody Lynn Nye.

    Pay what you want, and a good chunk of the money goes to support two worthy charities, the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund and the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.  The bundle is only live for two weeks–ends April 15.

    And while you’re at it, try some Time Traveling, too—I curated another bundle that’s running now at Storybundle.  13 books on traveling forward, backward, and sideways in time. Name your own price.  This one will be over in only SIX DAYS.

    Here’s the HUMBLE BUNDLE press release:

    HUMBLE BUNDLE AND WORDFIRE PRESS LAUNCH SCI-FI BOOK BUNDLE

    NYT bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta’s publishing company bundles books

    San Francisco, Calif. – April 1, 2015 – Humble Bundle has teamed with WordFire Press to offer fans a sci-fi book bundle featuring the works of some of today’s best science fiction writers. Notably, this bundle features the debut novel of Cat Rambo, the VP of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), which releases the same day as the launch of the bundle. This bundle also features a story coauthored with prog rock legend Neil Peart as well as such acclaimed novelists as Michael A. Stackpole, Sarah A. Hoyt, James A. Owen, Doug Beason, Jody Lynn Nye, Frank Herbert, Mike Resnick, Peter J. Wacks, as well as publisher Kevin J. Anderson himself.

    “This is a fantastic way to showcase our range of titles,” said publisher and bestseller Anderson. “I have always been a big advocate of bundles as an exciting new model to get exposure for a lot of titles—and Humble Bundle lets WordFire Press show off some of our best books.”

    Customers can name their price for The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future, The Golden Queen, The Ferryman & the Flame 1: Surrender, Lifeline, Ocean, and Second Paradigm. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Nebula-Award nominee Assemblers of Infinity, Dan Shamble, Zombie PI collection Working Stiff, military SF collection Five By Five 3: Target Zone, Mythworld: The Festival of Bones, Mythology 101, and the Frank Herbert (Dune) classic, The Godmakers. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus Cat Rambo’s Beasts of Tabat, Drumbeats coauthored by Rush drummer Neil Peart, and Veiled Alliances, a prequel Kevin J. Anderson’s international bestselling epic The Saga of Seven Suns. That’s just for starters with more books to be added mid-promotion.

    As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Sci-Fi Book Bundle 2 presented by WordFire Press supports Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund.

    The Humble Sci-Fi Book Bundle 2 presented by WordFire Press runs for only two weeks and ends Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

    About Humble Bundle

    Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $48 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com

    About WordFire Press

    WordFire Press, a publishing company owned by New York Times bestsellers Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, seeks to publish quality works of fiction and nonfiction, while pioneering new models of cooperation and profitability among authors, readers, booksellers, and the publisher.

    WordFire Press publishes works from such notable authors as Allen Drury, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart, David Farland, James A. Owen, Rhiannon Paille, Mike Baron, Doug Beason, Mike Resnick, Brad Torgersen, Victoria Leigh, Mario Acevedo, Bill Ransom, Steven L. Sears, Rebecca Moesta, June Scobee Rodgers, Mario Acevedo, Bruce Taylor, Jay Lake, Ken Scholes, Peter J. Wacks, Mark Ryan, Jessica Brawner, Steven Savile, David Sakmyster, Colum Sanson-Regan, Brooks Wachtel, Jeff Mariotte, David Boop, Quincy Allen, and others.

    About Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education

    Challenger Center for Space Science Education offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to students around the world. These programs equip students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills that will help better our national social and economic well-being.

    Our unique and proven teaching model – Challenger Learning Centers – gives students the chance to become astronauts and engineers and solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery on missions through the Solar System. Using space simulation and role-playing strategies, students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for future success. Learning Centers reach into communities around the globe, engaging more than 400,000 middle school-age students and 40,000 educators each year.

    Challenger Center’s teaching model is an effective approach to strengthen knowledge and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The McLain 2011 report examined two decades of evaluations from students who experienced a Challenger Learning Center mission, and the findings indicate overall positive gains by students. The study also recognized the psychological nature of career-choice, decision-making embedded in Challenger Center’s model. It found the hands-on simulation experiences are important contributors to that process, perhaps more than any other single experience that might be remembered as extraordinary in a young person’s exposure to STEM.

    A not-for-profit (501(c)(3) education organization, Challenger Center helps students and educators experience the thrills, challenges, and rewards of discovery.

    About Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

    Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members.SFWA activities include informing science fiction and fantasy writers on professional matters, protecting their interests and helping them deal effectively with agents, editors, anthologists, and producers in print and non-print media; encouraging public interest in and appreciation for science fiction and fantasy literature; sponsoring, editing, and disseminating writings, papers, books, pamphlets, and other publications which exemplify science fiction and fantasy literature of high quality; conducting conferences, public discussion groups, forums, lectures, and seminar programs; and furnishing services connected with this stated purpose. http://www.sfwa.org/

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    TRAVELING IN TIME—ALL IN A BUNDLE

    Posted By on March 18, 2015

    Everybody loves time travel stories. As a little kid I remember my parents taking me to the movie theater to see THE TIME MACHINE, starring Rod Taylor, based on the HG Wells novel. It was fascinating to watch the machine spin forward in time as the sun and moon whirled over head. Then the time traveler arriving in the far future to fight against the (let’s face it, REALLY SCARY Morlocks), before racing back to the present (well, 1890s, actually).  The novel THE TIME MACHINE was the very first “grown up” book I ever read, when I was about eight years old.

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    Would you travel forward in time, as HG Wells’s intrepid adventurer did, or go back in time to change (or at least witness) history? Maybe back to World War II to prevent the first atomic bomb? Or back to the 1960s Summer of Love? Or the Kennedy assassination?  Or would you go sideways in time to see alternate timelines where the world is shifted into a new reality?

    I just put together a new Time Travel Bundle for Storybundle.com, 13 books exploring all facets of time travel. You can get the whole batch for as little as $14, or the basic group of six books for just $5.  Name your own price, either at the minimum or as much as you feel they’re worth.

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    I’m very proud of this bundle. I put together great stories by bestselling and award-winning authors as well as the best new indie writers.  If you want bestselling authors, you’ll get THE ROCK by Bob Mayer, TIME’S MISTRESS by Steven Savile, ALTERNITECH by Kevin J. Anderson, SNIPERS by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and THE EDWARDS MANSION by Dean Wesley Smith, and THE TRINITY PARADOX by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason. And you’ll also get SUMMER OF LOVE by Lisa Mason, PARALLELLOGRAM by Robin Brande, ANSIBLE, by Stant Litore, and two amazing anthologies of the best time-travel short fiction, FICTION RIVER: TIME STREAMS edited by Dean Wesley Smith and TIME TRAVELED TALES edited by Jean Rabe, which contain stories by Michael A. Stackpole, Aaron Allston, Timothy Zahn, Mike Resnick, Scott William Carter and many more.  As a special bonus, you get two complete issues of LIGHTSPEED magazine in the full bundle.

    But time is ticking away.  This bundle will be live for only three weeks.  Fill up your reading device and take all the time you need to read them all.  Download them all at http://storybundle.com

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    Remembering Louis Moesta

    Posted By on March 17, 2015

    Yesterday we laid Rebecca’s father Louis Moesta to rest in Ft Logan National Cemetery in Denver.  He was 89 years old and I was honored to know him for 25 of those years. He was my father-in-law, but I never had any problem at all calling him “Dad.”  You will see his name in the acknowledgments page of many of my books, and on the dedication page of several.

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    He was a former English teacher, a stickler for details, a science fiction fan (he let his little daughter Rebecca watch Star Trek with him when it was originally on TV), and he worked for me as a trusted test reader and proofer on my novels for about 18 years.  In that time, I think he worked on about forty of my novels, as well as Rebecca’s, and he also proofed many titles for WordFire Press. He edited all of my Dune and Hellhole novels with Brian Herbert, as well as my Saga of Seven Suns books. During our group discussions of my manuscript drafts, he always had great insights, digging down to the core of what was wrong with a scene or a section and offering excellent suggestions on how to make the book better.  He went through life with a surplus of commas, I think, because he never met a sentence that couldn’t use an extra comma or two.  He insisted that everyone in real life should speak with proper grammar even in everyday conversation, and he never stopped trying (even when I usually vetoed him) to make even my most deadbeat characters speak with the proper usage of “who” or “whom,” not to split infinitives, and to know the difference of “between” and “among.”

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    On August 12, 1998, I took Louis to climb his first Fourteener, 14,036-ft Mount Sherman. He made it all the way to the summit—he was 72 years old.  We took Louis and his wife Louise on cruises to the Mediterranean—Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Greece—and the Panama Canal, and Alaska. He loved to travel and went to six of the seven continents.  He was a cook in the Army in World War II, and I just learned yesterday that he joined up going into pre-med so he could be a battlefield surgeon, but was transferred to pilot school, but when the Army learned he was color blind, they transferred him to being a cook. He loved playing card games.

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    For Rush fans, Louis had a very small part in Rush history, in that when Neil Peart arrived at our house in ~2004, bedraggled and distraught because he’d lost one of his motorcycle saddlebags containing many items, including all his clean clothes (as he described in ROADSHOW), Rebecca’s dad was the only one in the family with pants that could fit Neil. So, Neil played the following night’s concert at Red Rocks wearing Louis’s pants. Without him, Neil might have had a commando performance.

    Last July Louis edited his final book for me, the massive 830-page manuscript for BLOOD OF THE COSMOS. He was just a few months shy of his 89th birthday.

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    Just before Rebecca and I left on a trip to Oregon to teach a writing workshop, Louis had us sit with him, and he made a point of talking with me about my books to be sure that everything was going well, and he wanted to be reassured that Rebecca’s health was well after all her spinal surgery last year (it was). I only had an inkling then that he was saying goodbye. He passed away at home a few days later surrounded by loving family. We will all miss him tremendously, but he also gave us a tremendous legacy.  Thank you for so many years of love and support.

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    Cover reveal: CLOCKWORK LIVES by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart

    Posted By on March 5, 2015

    This book is going to be as beautiful as CLOCKWORK ANGELS! A new novel in the fantastic Clockwork universe, with all-new adventures of pirates and airships, the Watchmaker, the Anarchist, lost cities, sea monsters, and a woman’s quest to collect a book full of lives before she can have her own life back.

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    The cover art was created by Nick Robles, with design input from Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, and hearkens back to an age of beautiful book making: each copy of the trade hardcover will have an oxblood leatherette cover with embossed gold stamping of gears and alchemy symbols.

    Nick Robles also created striking new line drawings to illustrate the featured “tales” in the book, so that this will be a remarkable and innovative volume to be placed proudly on any mantelpiece.

    ECW Press will release CLOCKWORK LIVES in September. Copies available for preorder now at  amazon or direct from ECW Press or at your favorite bookseller.

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    A Frog Kiss for a Belated Valentine

    Posted By on February 21, 2015

    When we were first dating, Rebecca diligently read most of my stories. After she’d finished quite a few, she gave me a near-impossible challenge: “I want you to write a story that has a happy ending.”  So I did.  This was her Valentine’s Day present—which we’ve just put up in a new e-story edition. 

    A humorous fantasy tale. An evil wizard has turned the entire royal family into frogs and set them loose in the marshes, and only a kiss can restore them to their natural forms . . . but there are so many frogs, and so much swamp, who is willing to kiss them all?

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