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A Very Successful Supanova: Sydney & Perth

Published June 27, 2011 in Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve just finished two weekends for the Supanova pop culture expo, in Sydney and Perth, both of which were the largest-ever runnings of the conventions in that area.

We met a lot of fans, signed a lot of books, gave talks, answered questions, and made plenty of new friends.

Rebecca with Barbara Eden

With Amy Acker (from Angel & Dollhouse)

With fellow writer Allison Goodman

James Masters, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1)

David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis)

With Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood) and his wife Gemma

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films)

Richard Norton looking very studious for a martial-arts action star

Voiceover artist Neil Kaplan and fiancee Sharon, with Tom Taylor and KJA

Sean Maher (Firefly & Serenity)

Sean Maher and Amy Acker

With Wolfgang Bylsma (Gestalt Comics) and Tom Taylor (comic writer and guy with cool hat)

Notable surreal experience, riding the bus filled with guest actors, writers, comic artists, voice-actors, con staff, and game designers—all singing (in very bad harmony) “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the bus stereo.

Supanova Big Boss Daniel Zachariou shows that the excitement can be infectious.

 

 

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A Very Successful Supanova: Sydney & Perth

Published June 27, 2011 in Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve just finished two weekends for the Supanova pop culture expo, in Sydney and Perth, both of which were the largest-ever runnings of the conventions in that area.

We met a lot of fans, signed a lot of books, gave talks, answered questions, and made plenty of new friends.

Rebecca with Barbara Eden

With Amy Acker (from Angel & Dollhouse)

With fellow writer Allison Goodman

James Masters, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1)

David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis)

With Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood) and his wife Gemma

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films)

Richard Norton looking very studious for a martial-arts action star

Voiceover artist Neil Kaplan and fiancee Sharon, with Tom Taylor and KJA

Sean Maher (Firefly & Serenity)

Sean Maher and Amy Acker

With Wolfgang Bylsma (Gestalt Comics) and Tom Taylor (comic writer and guy with cool hat)

Notable surreal experience, riding the bus filled with guest actors, writers, comic artists, voice-actors, con staff, and game designers—all singing (in very bad harmony) “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the bus stereo.

Supanova Big Boss Daniel Zachariou shows that the excitement can be infectious.

 

 

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Melbourne, Perth—and the last chapters in HELLHOLE AWAKENING

Published June 24, 2011 in Writing - 1 Comment

After the Supanova weekend, we spent an extra day in Sydney to do interviews, to meet everyone at Simon & Schuster Australia, and driving around the city to stop by bookshops, with our guardian angels Anabel and Laura. We had dinner with the S&S people, and then the next day—just as volcanic ash clouds threatened to shut down all air travel in the country, we flew off to Melbourne with Anabel.

Arriving in Melbourne, we had lunch, then were driven around the rainy city (slowly, as all traffic seemed to have ground to a halt, thanks to the weather), to a few bookshops, and then off to Dymocks, where I had an evening event, which was well attended by enthusiastic fans. Also in attendance were Lezli Robyn, a contributor to my BLOOD LITE anthologies, and this year’s Writers of the Future grand prize winner, Richard Johnson. After the signing, we all trooped over to a microbrewery restaurant and had a very nice dinner and beers.

Volcanic ash threatened our travel plans again the next day, when Anabel was due to go back to Sydney and Reb and I were off to Perth on the west coast of Australia for this weekend’s Supanova expo.  The flights opened up just in time, and we were able to board and take off, on schedule.  (I have to say that the Australian domestic air system is amazingly efficient, and passing through was a breeze, doing in minutes what the US takes hours to do.  Also, with the numerous flights cancelled and delayed, one would expect the airport to be in total chaos and panic, as it would be in the US, while the Aussies just fixed everything, got everyone on the next flight, and got everything back on schedule. It was very impressive.)

A free day in Perth, and we went with several other Supanova guests on a tour of the Swan River wineries, then a microbrewery, then a chocolate factory.

For dinner we met with our long-time friends Jonathan Strahan and Marianne Jablon, as well as Ben Mann, one of this year’s Writers of the Future Winners.

Today, Friday, was another light day as we prepped for the weekend’s expo. With only four chapters remaining in HELLHOLE AWAKENING, I was determined to get at least some of them done.  I got up early, had a quick breakfast, and took my notes and recorder along with a map, heading out to Kings Park—a gigantic and beautiful botanical park in the middle of the city on the headlands overlooking the Indian Ocean.

I got one chapter finished (three left to go!), before I had to get back to the hotel for a 10 AM interview with the Western Australian newspaper. Finished with the interview (and bolstered by another cup of coffee—“flat white”—I headed off again to Kings Park and spent two hours dictating two more chapters. Only one left, but I needed to get back for lunch with Rebecca.  We grabbed a sandwich at a café across the street, and then I trudged back to the park—and finished my final chapter in the novel. Quite a relief.

I had been trying to finish my half of the novel before the Australia trip, but missed it by seven chapters. I wrote three in Sydney, and now finished the rest in Perth. On to other projects, such as proofreading a few more eBooks to upload.

Tonight is the opening ceremony of the Perth Supanova, and the guests will come back to our room tonight to have a party and watch the last two episodes of GAME OF THRONES.

Saturday the big expo starts. We hope to see some of you there.

 

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More New Dune & Frank Herbert eBooks

Published June 21, 2011 in Writing - 1 Comment

Brian and I have compiled a new short collection, TALES OF DUNE, that includes two short stories set in the CHAPTERHOUSE DUNE era, “Sea Child” (which was written for ELEMENTAL: The Tsunami Relief Anthology) and “Treasure in the Sand” (published only briefly online before the release of SANDWORMS OF DUNE) as well as a new, never-published story “Wedding Silk,” a tale of young Paul Atreides and Duncan Idaho.  TALES OF DUNE is available in all eBook formats.

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We have also re-released the long out-of-print Frank Herbert book DIRECT DESCENT. Earth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge—esoterica of all types, history, science, politics—gathered by teams of “pack rats” who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information. Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon. As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the cadre of dedicated librarians is sworn to obey the lawful government . . . and use their wits to protect the treasure trove of knowledge they have collected over the millennia.

DIRECT DESCENT is available in all eBook formats for $2.99.

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We are currently working on producing the eBooks of Frank Herbert’s collaborations THE JESUS INCIDENT with Bill Ransom and MAN OF TWO WORLDS with Brian Herbert, as well as collecting Frank Herbert’s short stories, including never-published stories.  Those books should be available within two weeks.

 

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