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).

“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.