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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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.