Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog

i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.

WINDS OF DUNE in Afghanistan

| December 31, 2010

Brian and I just received this letter from a Marine stationed in the desert.  Perhaps not as unpleasant a place as fictional Arrakis, but still a tough place to do pleasure reading: “Hi, I am a U.S. Marine over in Afghanistan right now and since I joined the Marines I haven’t read a book in […]

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Writing Productivity Tip #3—WORK ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME

| November 28, 2010

A series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time. This one works best for people with ADD, or low boredom thresholds!  (And it doesn’t work for everybody.) Each writing project has many phases: research, plotting, writing the first draft, doing the […]

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Writing Productivity Podcast & Catching Up

| November 15, 2010

There’s always a price tag on a trip. After returning from our 7-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and the Sharjah Book Fair, we had to make up for the lost work time.  We had delivered the manuscript for Star Challengers: Space Station Crisis from the hotel room in Sharjah, but now we had […]

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Writing Productivity Podcast & Catching Up

| November 15, 2010

There’s always a price tag on a trip. After returning from our 7-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and the Sharjah Book Fair, we had to make up for the lost work time.  We had delivered the manuscript for Star Challengers: Space Station Crisis from the hotel room in Sharjah, but now we had […]

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More Miles on the Trail, More Chapters

| October 20, 2010

Catching up on last month’s trip.  In late September, the weather was turning cold and crisp, and we knew that the hiking season would soon draw to a close.  Time enough, though, for one last overnight expedition to hike a section in the Colorado Trail.  I was nearly finished with dictating my chapters in The […]

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Happy Birthday, Frank Herbert

| October 8, 2010

Today, October 8, is Frank Herbert’s birthday.  He would have turned 90 years old. photo provided by Byron Merritt Though he is best known for the Dune Chronicles (and, in my opinion, the novel Dune is the greatest SF novel ever written), Frank Herbert left a legacy of many seminal novels, excellent works that bear […]

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St Louis—ARCHON

| October 3, 2010

This past weekend, Rebecca and I were guests of honor at Archon in St Louis.  The final panels and parties have just finished, we’ve packed up our books and suitcases, and are winding down for the evening (and a departure at 6:15 AM tomorrow). I have been to St Louis only once before, during the […]

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US Cover for HELLHOLE (Tor Books)

| September 29, 2010

This February, Brian Herbert and I will introduce our first non-Dune novel, Hellhole, the start of a new epic SF trilogy to be published by Tor Books.  We just received the final US cover, with a painting by Stephen Youll. The following text will appear on the book’s dust jacket: Hellhole—an epic original science fiction […]

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Writing on the Colorado Trail

| August 9, 2010

Last week I found myself faced with an avalanche of deadlines.  I wrapped up all the pieces, contracts, permissions, copyright listing, contents, bios, and intros for the next Nebula Awards Showcase, which I’m editing.  Brian Herbert and I wrapped up the back-and-forth expansion of our chapter outline for The Sisterhood of Dune; we’ve found that […]

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German WINDS OF DUNE

| July 27, 2010

Our German publisher Heyne has just released their translation of The Winds of Dune.  Heyne has always produced very nice-looking editions.

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