New releases for 2014

I’m excited to announce (for the first time in the same space) my 2014 list of new releases: one new short fiction collection, my first novel, and my collaboration with none other than Larry Niven!

Racers of the Night will be my second short fiction collection from WordFire Press. As with my first WFP release, Lights in the Deep, the new collection will showcase some of my best and most recent short science fiction pieces. Including stories which have appeared previously in the pages of Analog magazine, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Galaxy’s Edge magazine. Also included — by popular demand — will be two connected original novelettes in my Emancipated Worlds universe. You may remember that project from 2010? I’m getting it back on the road with these two stories: “The Ash Diggers” and “Seed of Liberty.” Both of which will be seeing print for the very first time in Racers of the Night. UPDATE: Unfortunately the EW stories weren’t quite where I wanted them to be by the time August 1 rolled around, so I’ve had to push those out again, and I am sorry to anyone who was looking forward to seeing them in the new collection.

The Chaplain’s War is my novel I built from the bones of two short stories which previously appeared in Analog magazine: “The Chaplain’s Assistant” and “The Chaplain’s Legacy.” Both stories also saw print in my first collection, Lights in the Deep, and “The Chaplain’s Legacy” not only won the Analog AnLab readers’ choice award, it was a 2014 Hugo award nominee for Best Novella. The Chaplain’s War is scheduled for an October 2014 release from Baen books, and is the story of a lonely prisoner of war (POW) marooned far behind enemy lines. A mere chaplain’s assistant, he despairs of ever seeing home again — and stumbles across something that may be the key to not only stopping the war, but stopping the wholesale extermination of mankind. Ostensibly military in flavor, The Chaplain’s War also dwells on the purpose and value of religion in a post-religious high-tech society. It’s also a tale of human/alien contact, wherein opposed minds come together to discover that both humanoid and insectoid have far more in common with each other than anyone ever suspected possible. Including the desire for redemption.

Red Tide is a three-way effort spearheaded by bestseller and Hugo award winner Larry Niven, with help from myself, and also Matthew Joseph Harrington. For those not familiar with Phoenix Pick, this imprint is an outgrowth of Arc Manor, and pairs up-and-coming science fiction and fantasy writers with established professionals. Larry is a personal hero of mine, and it was both an honor and a delight to work with him on this project, which revives one of his older universes focusing on a potentially revolutionary technology that might plausibly be just over the horizon. How this innovation changes society — the advantages, and especially the drawbacks — gets examined through the eyes of a newstaper: a man whose livelyhood depends on him being an eye witness to all the news that’s fit to record. Only, when events get bigger and meaner than our protagonist could ever imagine possible, he’s suddenly racing the clock to not only clear his name, but change the way America uses this new tool; lest future disasters strike.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Author - Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell award nominee
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21 Responses to New releases for 2014

  1. Looking forward to all of these.

  2. This is great news! Looking forward to them all!

  3. Congrats! I just finished “Lights in the Deep,” and it was fantastic. Can’t wait to pick these up, too!

  4. alauda says:

    Jeez, when’s the last time Niven actually wrote something tolerable?

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  6. Wyldkat says:

    Just having read “The Chaplain’s Assistant” and “The Chaplain’s Legacy”in Lights in the Deep, I am looking forward to Chaplain’s War.

  7. alauda: I could better answer your question if I knew which of Niven’s works you did consider tolerable?

  8. alauda says:

    Ringworld, I guess, though the sequels were garbage.

    … hmm, I guess the answer to my question is almost 45 years.

  9. Well, taste is taste, and I am suspecting Niven is not to your taste. My personal opinion is that The Ringworld Engineers is the strongest book in that four-book series. But Niven did remarkable work above and beyond the Ringworld line. I’ve mentioned The Integral Trees and The Smoke Ring before. Both of which are part of Niven’s larger State universe, which also contains the rather mind-blowing A World Out of Time. Much of Niven’s recent work has been collaborative — he’s old, and has health problems — but he’s also done originals that are much more recent than Ringworld. Consider Destiny’s Road which is connected to the Legacy of Hearot universe without being set on the planet Avalon per se. The only two writers I’ve seen come close to Niven, in terms of rendering compelling and engaging stories with compelling and engaging characters, all while rigorously adhering to hard science, are Kim Stanley Robinson and Vernor Vinge. What’s your opinion of their works, yay or nay?

  10. alauda says:

    Robinson is amazing. I like Joan D. Vinge but can’t be arsed to read anything by Vernor.

  11. Matthew Townsend says:

    Brad do me a favor, please thank Larry Niven, for he was important in a lonely time of my life. For his visions and the hope and joy they continue to bring. Thank you screams the teenager in me. Be well!

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