My novel + album is coming out April 29! Celebrate with me on April 27

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I’ll be publishing my debut novel + album, The Mysticist, on April 29 via my publishing company FreemadeSF, and I plan on celebrating with a night of book readings and live music on April 27, 2014 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

There will be delicious food by Fiddlehead Supper Club and book readings with live score by Dominica PhetteplaceNick MamatasVylar KaftanTim PrattMike E. G.Mark Pantoja, and more! 

RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date as more details are announced.

FreemadeSF is at last ready to launch into outer space

FreemadeSF launch flyer_600pxAt long last, my publishing company, FreemadeSF, is launching into outer space and beyond.

We’ll be celebrating our launch and our inaugural publication, Other Possibilities by my good pal and Freemade co-founder Mark Pantoja, on March 11 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall here in San Francisco. The event is going to be awesome, as it will feature book readings with live musical scores by local sci fi authors Nick Mamatas, Tim Pratt, Mark Pantoja, and Cliff Winnig.

But before the readings, we will be having a delicious dinner by Fiddlehead Supper Club (tickets available HERE). The dinner starts at 7:00pm, followed by the book readings at 9:00pm (tickets will be available at the door, or you can pre-purchase a readings-only ticket HERE). RSVP on Facebook HERE.

Come out and help us celebrate, please.

FreemadeSF is alive!

I’m stoked to finally announce the launch of FreemadeSF, the publishing company I’m starting with my good buddy Mark Pantoja. Our first release will be Mark’s book of short stories, Other Possibilities, coming out early next year (most likely February). Check out FreemadeSF.com for updates.

We put together an audio book version of “Buck,” one of the stories from Other Possibilities, and commissioned a series of original illustrations by my pal Bryan Reyna. It will be available as a podcast and as a YouTube video, which will include the illustrations. (If you want audio only, go here).

Cloud Atlas concept art

I just read Cloud Atlas recently and was totally blown away. Easily the best book I’ve read in years. These are a couple pieces of concept art from the forthcoming movie based on the book. The second piece of art here is labeled “Seoul, 2144” so we know which of the stories in the novel it is for, but the first one is a bit of a mystery (though the cooler of the two images).

The only ships in the book are either back in the 19th century or in the post-Industrial collapse scenario set way in the future, so the city skyline you see isn’t really appropriate for either. Maybe this is just a mash-up, more of a promotional image than an actual concept for a set? 

All the same, here’s hoping the movie is even half as good as the book….

Via io9.com:

Behold the future, from the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed novelCloud Atlas. The massive movie — stuffed with a huge A-List cast including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, and Halle Berry — jumps across time, with each actor playing different characters in different time periods. It’s a massive undertaking that leaps all the way into the future, 2144 Seoul to be precise. And here is the first ever concept art for the future world of Cloud Atlas.

“Genre” fiction my ass

I think sci-fi is one of the most important literary forms around. It’s often pejoratively termed “genre” fiction, and thus lumped in with the likes of bodice-ripping romance novels (read: very low on the artistic merit scale). But to me, in this day and age, any work of art that helps us envision the future of mankind and the role of technology in that future is a service to humanity.

As proof that sci-fi is intellectually and scientifically valuable, witness: Nine Words You Might Think Came from Science but Which Are Really from Science Fiction

. From the Oxford University Press blog, no less. Some dude even wrote a book all about it, Brave New Words. You can check that out at the above link as well.