Register for WorldCon! The Deadline Looms!

If you want to nominate things for the Hugo Awards ballot, you need to be a registered member of the World Science Fiction Convention by January 31st, 2015. Register at sasquan.org, then grab the voter PIN stuff here
 

If you're wondering which of my works might be eligible for your nomination slots, there's a list over here on my blog

 

Gemini Cell, by Myke Cole

Myke Cole burst into my reading queue when I met him at Lunacon in 2012. I devoured his debut novel, then waited patiently for the follow-ups, which I consumed with aplomb.

Gemini Cell is Myke's fourth foray into the 21st century's "Great Reawakening," a setting in which magic has come back into our world, and the military's best and brightest have blended it with modern warfare to create squads, platoons, companies, and entire battalions of trained, disciplined, and sorcerous soldiers. Which is good, because their enemies are every bit as well equipped. It's a compelling setting, but this time around we're seeing it differently.

In Gemini Cell we get to see the beginning of it all. Our protagonist is a SEAL at the top of his game, but it's a completely non-magical game, and he has no idea that his current operation will cross paths with a magical supply line.

The story is a powerful one, and to my eye it takes some oft-maligned tropes of military adventure fiction and shows us how those things are supposed to be done, especially the "prequel" trope. That might technically be what Gemini Cell is, but it stands quite well on its own, inviting an immediate sequel or two while leaving plenty of room for the extant Shadow Ops series.

Gemini Cell releases on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

(cross-posted from howardtayler.com)

Over Budget and Overbooked

I just put together my project budget for 2015. It's a big spreadsheet that describes how I'll spend my time during the year. It includes things like the events I'm attending (each of which chews up a bunch of work time, just like actual work would) and "steady-state" stuff like making 52 weeks of comics (except I need to make 54, because the buffer's a little thin.)

Good news! I know how to budget! Bad news... I'm 9 weeks over budget. So I guess I'll just have to shoehorn an additional nine work- weeks into 2015, because obviously I'm not going to stop doing any of these cool things we've got planned.

(cross-posted from howardtayler.com)

ConFusion this Weekend

I'll be ghosting at ConFusion this coming weekend. I'm not exhibiting, I'm not on panels, and I'm not even slotted into the Author D&D thing. It's just an excuse for me to get out of the house, really. 

I'm going to bring some work with me, so you may see me drawing strips in the restaurant overflow area. Feel free to say hello! 

With apologies to Dr. Seuss

Over on Facebook I mentioned that the visual inspirations for the Schlockiverse are The Jetsons and Dr. Seuss. Christopher Wright replied with a bit of Seussian rhyme, which inspired me to create the following:

Oh the places you'll go! Oh the things you will eat! There's an amorph who's walking without any feet! 

There's a Unioc staring with one giant eye, and a plasgun for sharing with those soon to die.

Lo, see the annie-plants gravying guns, and viewingless funerals spelled without "funs."

Here's a cannon that might bring swift death to a star. (Okay, maybe you won't get especially far.)

Happy New Year, everyone. 

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