The Autumn Republic, by Brian McClellan

The Autumn Republic, by Brian McClellan, hits the streets on February 10th. I expect it to leave a mark. 

In a good way.

I read a late draft last summer, and The Autumn Republic ties up the Powder Mage trilogy with the surprising inevitability I've come to crave in the genre fiction I read. It was exciting, heart-breaking, and eminently satisfying.

I'm so sold on this series I accepted the offer to host the fifth one-chapter excerpt his publisher is providing. Here is Chapter 5 of The Autumn Republic, but I recommend reading chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 first, if you haven't already.)

The Autumn Republic is available for pre-order from Books a MillionBarnes & Noble, iBooks, and Powell's, and I've been led to understand that you can get a signed copy directly from Brian McClellan himself.

It's also available from Amazon, finally. 

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, 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

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.

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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! 

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