My debut novel Unforgettable now has a release date: January 5, 2016. Not only that, you can now pre-order Unforgettable on Amazon.
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I’ll be at Life, the Universe & Everything later this week. Here’s my schedule:
Thursday, February 12
Friday, February 13
Saturday, February 14
Since I reviewed this trilogy over on the blog of the Association for Mormon Letters a few months back, I’ll just copy what I said over there to here:
When I interviewed Larry Correia a couple of months ago, I had read some of his Monster Hunter International books, but I had not read any of the Grimnoir Chronicles series. I didn’t know much about the series, but based on the cover of the first book, Hard Magic, I guessed it was a 1930s hard-boiled detective novel, plus magic, and that didn’t really pique my interest. But since I’ve recently been listening to audiobooks at a rate of more than one per week, and the first two books in the series had won Audie awards, I decided to give the first one a try.
I’m glad I did. I listened to the entire trilogy in short order, and I loved the Grimnoir Chronicles even more than the MHI series. It’s part fantasy, part science fiction, part alternate history, part superhero — and completely awesome.
The books take place in the 1930s, but in a timeline in which people (referred to as Actives) started gaining magical powers in the 1800s. They follow the adventures of Jake Sullivan, an unjustly imprisoned war-hero/private-eye with the power to manipulate gravity; Faye Vierra, a whip-smart teenage refugee from the Dust Bowl with the power to teleport; and various other characters with magical powers who make up the Grimnoir Society, which is dedicated to protecting Actives from regular humans and vice versa.
I thought all the major characters were distinctive and memorable (in part due to Bronson Pinchot’s excellent narration — there’s a reason the audiobooks have won awards), and I enjoyed spotting the names of some people I know in more minor roles. The explanation for why magic exists in this world is fascinating, with major plot implications for the course of the trilogy. The books are filled with humor and action, but also have some interesting things to say about free will, among other philosophical issues.
Although A Deepness in the Sky was published in 1999, I didn’t get around to reading it until recently. Vernor Vinge deservedly won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for it. The novel includes one of my favorite portrayals of an alien society, and also portrays a fascinating interstellar human culture. (It is a prequel to the novel A Fire Upon the Deep, but it doesn’t really matter which order you read the two.)
I have previously recommended Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories, which are like Jane Austen with magic. Ironskin, by Tina Connolly, is Jane Eyre with magic. I enjoyed reading it perhaps even a little more than I enjoyed reading Jane Eyre.
I’ve known about EMP weapons for at least a couple of decades. But reading the novel One Second After by William R. Forstchen really brought home to me how vulnerable our society is to such weapons (or even just a major solar storm). Frankly, after reading this book, I favor increasing government spending to harden our infrastructure against such events.
I was the head editor for the November 2014 issue of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. Head on over and check out the stories I selected.
My story “A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas” is now available in A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories, edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Keith J. Olexa. Publishers Weekly gave the anthology a starred review, saying “This often amusing and frequently compelling collection features Christmas-themed short stories from some of fantasy and science fiction’s brightest stars.” They even mentioned my story: “Eric James Stone’s ‘A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas,’ in which computers communicating with a child learn their own Christmas moral, is particularly touching.”
In order to whet your appetite, here’s the beginning of the story:
The Martian, by Andy Weir, is the best standalone novel I’ve listened to so far this year. Here’s the one-sentence summary: A MacGyver-like astronaut stranded alone on Mars has to figure out how to survive until rescue can come.
I first heard of the novel from Daniel Burton’s stellar review at Attack of the Books, and was so intrigued I bought it immediately. The story is so gripping, I stayed up way past my bedtime listening. If you want to read a more thorough review, read Daniel’s. (The one thing I’ll add to his review is that I’m not sure if the novel is eligible for a Hugo next because the audio publication and a self-published version appeared before 2014. But if it is eligible, I’ll probably be nominating it.)
The book is available in print and ebook from Amazon, and in audio from Audible (click the banner below).
It’s been a long process, but today I signed a contract with Baen Books to publish my debut novel, Unforgettable. I’m very excited to have my novel come out from the same publishing house that publishes some of my favorite authors, including David Weber, Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Correia, Elizabeth Moon, and Brad R. Torgersen. I don’t yet know when it will be available — I’m guessing sometime next year.