In the celebratory 200th episode of the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, Shaun played an old intro sound bite from their Chris Roberson interview, “You should never start a creative endeavor that you’re not a little worried might be impossible” (AISFP 75 – Chris Roberson). He commented about how people would rip on that jazz intro music, but I loved hearing that quote from Chris. It was around that time that I began work on my novel, Kaimerus, and was in great need of encouragement to create the impossible. Continue reading
It’s good to be back. Two qualifications for guests in Season Two of audioTim: I enjoy their book and am excited about the conversation. Both were true of Ramez Naam and his debut fiction novel, Nexus, to be released December 18th from Angry Robot Books. I’m editing my Science Fiction novel, and loved Ramez’s book because of how much he showed me about the future of nanotechnology, mindmapping, scientific telepathy and other sciences I had no idea could exist. Not only does his book have that, but the story is very compelling as well. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finished this book a few months ago, but have been sitting on this review because I have such mixed feelings about it. I settled on 4 stars because it is written just as well as the other books in the series, but where this one fell short for me was in the likability of the main character.
Stan Resnick is a Special Forces operative in a war that has brought Big Brother out into the open across the world as nations fight tooth and nail for the last natural resources and best military technology. After his wife gives him one of the rawest of deals, all he has left is his job as a mercenary out in the jungle, where Big Brother can’t watch his every move. His best friend is the A.I. in his specially designed suit and the guy he has to work with is a product of Big Brother. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nexus is the most in depth I’ve read about how to utilize nanotechnology in linking minds. As an author who is exploring this futuristic technology in my own stories, it was a tremendous discovery to find someone so learned in this area. While he has a non-fiction book on this topic—one which I definitely plan to read—I really enjoyed being able to get the bullet points of how this technology works in genre fiction. While there is a lot of scientific ground to cover for a layperson to understand what’s going on, I think he did a great job keeping it interesting without affecting the flow of the story. Continue reading
Justin Macumber, the host of one of my favorite writing podcasts, the Dead Robots’ Society, comes on to discuss his debut novel, Haywire, along with his publisher, David Wood, from Gryphonwood Press. Justin is a modest guy, so it was good to have his publisher on to brag a little on this wonderful new addition to the Science Fiction catalog. We also get great insight from David about how they worked together to make Justin’s book shine. They did a great job, too. I’ve read it and reviewed it (here). The episode is a little long, but is full of interesting information on story development, author branding, story scope, etc. Don’t sleep on it, because at the 65 minute mark, I pull out some helpful reasons from Justin on why he chose this route as opposed to self-publishing or submitting to a larger publishing house. We also talk a little about cover design and his plan for audio rights. There was a little problem with our Skype connection, but the glitches were sparse, and if you think of it like Justin being infected by the Hezrin’s virus from his book, then it’s kind of funny. Watch out, Justin is an infected Titan! Ahhhhh!
You can listen or download from the player above, or head over to my iTunes page. I don’t think I have any reviews yet, so if you’d be so kind, an honest review would be most appreciated. If you like the show and would like a promo to play in your show, or just for great advice, this promo has one minute of writing advice from my interview with Michael J. Sullivan, episode 16. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Justin’s debut book is as exciting as it is emotionally satisfying. I only needed to read one page from Justin’s sample off his website to see this was a book I had to read. The action mixes well with emotional attachment to the characters and his SciFi tropes are used well. The Titans are fierce soldiers with awesome fight scenes I’ll remember for a long time. His use of nanotechnology is creative and integral to the story. Shawn, the main character, starts off as a young man more interested in his band and seeing his girlfriend than visiting his mom. I enjoyed the process of his feelings changing towards his mom and him growing up fast into the hero humanity needed to survive the Titan invasion. The ending is clever, satisfying my desire for capable enemies that thwart the good guys’ plan time and time again. Continue reading