The Book Event at Towne Book Center in Collegeville, Pennsylvania is set for this Saturday, April 5, at 3 p.m. Originally scheduled for early February, this Event had to get moved because of heavy snow. But now that the weather has improved from Utterly Horrid to Merely Unpleasant, the Event is back on! Come see me, Brian Staveley, and Ramona Wheeler talk about our books, sign copies, and read selections for the entertainment of good Pennsylvanians.
On Sunday, March 30, I'll join Brian Staveley and Ramona Wheeler for another joint Book Event at Flights of Fantasy Books and Games in Albany, New York. It all happens at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
If you haven't read enough interviews with me about A Darkling Sea, be sure to check out Andrew Liptak's piece for SF Signal, in which I reveal the Zeppelin Connection among other things. Because there's always a Zeppelin Connection.
I'll be a guest at Lunacon in Rye, New York this coming weekend (March 14-16). If you're in the area, come and hear me talk about games, time travel, and Gravity, among other topics. You can also hear some expert science discussion by Dr. Diane A. Kelly.
March 30 I'll join Brian Staveley and Ramona Wheeler at Flights of Fantasy in Albany, New York at 7 p.m. for readings, book signing, and questions.
If you still want to read more interviews about my book, here's one at the book 'blog My Bookish Ways.
Despite having written a guest blog post about who I'd like to see in a movie version of A Darkling Sea, I'm pretty certain that it's one book which will never be filmed. As I pointed out in the blog post, it's about the most unfilmable novel ever written. Most of it takes place in pitch darkness, and half the main characters are giant lobster-things.
But, as I was dropping off to sleep one night recently, it came to me that A Darkling Sea would make a pretty awesome stage musical.Seriously! You wouldn't even need much of a set. Most of it would be black, or maybe very faintly blue-lit, with spotlights on the characters. The Ilmatarans can be giant puppets, with spotlit singers doing their dialog and musical numbers, à la The Lion King.
Picture it: we start off with a big rousing showstopper for Henri Kerlerec, setting him up as the center of the story. We give Broadtail a song about how much he wants to be accepted by the company of scholars. Kill off Henri while the Ilmatarans sing a reprise of his own song.
Romantic duet for Rob and Alicia as she lures him out of his self-imposed isolation. Then the Sholen arrive, with another big number about how much they care about protecting Ilmatar. Comic montage of them interviewing the humans. Alicia shows Tizhos the glowing bacteria.
Broadtail has his fight and trial. We end the act with a split number as the Ilmatarans of Broadtail's community sentence him to exile while the Sholen tell the humans they have to evacuate . . .
Am I crazy for thinking this could be great? Would any theater audience actually sit through a full-length show about singing lobsters on another planet?
There is this to consider: musical fans and science fiction fans look more and more alike with each passing year. They tend to be obsessive about certain works, have their own vocabulary of in-jokes and quotes, and often dress up oddly. As far as I know, there aren't conventions for musical fans (yet), and the SF fans don't have to make pilgrimage to New York and shell out $100 for a seat. A good science-fiction musical could effect a fandom merger.
If any aspiring songwriters want to take a crack at this, get in touch with me. It'll be great: we can use the old barn, and everyone will come!
As part of the process of letting readers know about my new book, I've been doing a lot of guest blogging. It's been fun, and I trust the 'blog-reading public aren't getting sick of hearing from me. Here's my 'blog tour, so far:
That's all of them for now, though I've banged out one or two others yet to appear. I kind of like guest-blogging. Not only does it give me the chance to share my thoughts with a different audience, but I'm also discovering new 'blogs and writers I enjoy reading.
A Darkling Sea is in the stores, on the shelves — and in the clutches of reviewers. They have been quite positive, though. We've already heard from theBigThree, but now various bloggers and free-lance critics are weighing in.
So far, nobody's really had anything but praise, which is very gratifying. I suppose part of that is just the sheer volume of new books means reviewers don't have time to spend on the books they don't like — unless it's a bestseller or Big Book.
As always, the most important opinions are those of the readers.
The United Nations Interstellar Cooperation Agency has a new blog devoted to their Ilmatar interstellar mission. Check it out here. There's also a link to a site with some cool HENRI KERLEREC merchandise.