Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net


Recommended Links and an Update

August 14th, 2017

Links
If you were interested in the technology and ethical questions behind The Last Good Man, you might enjoy this article by Andrew Apostolou, which presents a good real-world overview of these topics: “Get Ready for the Silicon Military”.

And because mercenaries are part of The Last Good Man, I’ll also recommend David A. Graham’s piece “Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?” (Hint: the answer is almost certainly “no.”)

And on an entirely different subject, Alastair Reynolds fans should head on over to Audible where you can download a free interview with him, wherein he talks about his novel Revenger. And if haven’t read Revenger I highly recommend it. I loved the world building in this one.

An Update
As for me, I’ve been making progress on a novel, and am itching to work on a couple of other projects as soon as I can get myself organized enough to juggle more than one project at a time.

There’s not much new to report on The Last Good Man. I had hoped to get a couple more professional reviews, but those didn’t materialize. I’m not sure what I can do for more publicity at this point, though I’m always looking for opportunities. Honestly, I’m spending too much time worrying over publicity when I should be focused on writing. It does get frustrating though. I always feel like I should be doing more to promote the book. Sales have been better than any indie book I’ve published before, but not good enough yet to call it a success.

That said, reader reviews have generally been terrific. THANK YOU to everyone who’s posted a review at Amazon. It’s really appreciated. If you’re wondering if additional reader reviews are needed, my answer is “Yes!” and not just for The Last Good Man. If you enjoyed the books in the Red trilogy, those could use some new reviews too.

Giveaways Upcoming
If you haven’t done so already, do signup for my newsletter. I’m going to be holding giveaways for audiobook codes for The Last Good Man and paperback sets of the Red trilogy — starting very soon!

October by China Mieville

August 10th, 2017

I decided I needed to read some China Mieville–or more accurately, listen to some China Mieville–so I looked over the offerings at Audible and ended up with a new NON-fiction book: OCTOBER: The Story of the Russian Revolution.

The narration was excellent and I found the history fascinating, although it did include a lot of names I couldn’t always keep track of. Despite this, OCTOBER feels like it captures a good sense of the times, and serves as a great introduction for those of us unfamiliar with the history. Find it at Audible.

Since I’m too lazy to acquire a cover image, I’ll just post this tweet: 😉

Friday News Roundup

July 21st, 2017

Podcast!
Over at New Books Network, I talk to Gabrielle Mathieu about The Last Good Man.

Also, don’t miss the podcast with The Three Hoarsemen that posted a couple of weeks ago.

Review:
The Verge is a popular technology and science magazine. Last week editor Andrew Liptak reviewed The Last Good Man calling it “a fantastic, lightning-fast thriller that hits all the right notes: an engaging story set in an all-too-plausible future, advanced technology, plenty of action, and fantastic, well-rounded characters.” Read the full review here.

Goodreads Giveaway:
This is my second Goodreads Giveaway for The Last Good Man. You have until July 31 to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man

by Linda Nagata

Giveaway ends July 31, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

New Story: “The Martian Obelisk”

July 19th, 2017

“The Martian Obelisk” is my first story for Tor.com and it’s just up today. Find it here online.

This was a story I originally wrote a few years ago, but I wasn’t happy with it. It struck me as just too grim for the times.

Since then, we have entered a much grimmer age.

Last fall I pulled the story out of a file folder, re-read it, and decided to spend a little more time working on it. After putting it through another revision, I asked Tor.com editor Ellen Datlow if she would like to see it. She agreed to take a look, and to my surprise and delight, she accepted it.

As grim as it is, “The Martian Obelisk” is also a sentimental story. On Twitter, Aimee Ogden described it as “starkly hopeful.” I think that’s right.

Illustration by Victor Mosquera.

A Few More Discounted Nanotech Print Books

July 14th, 2017

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’m trying to clear my shelves, so I’ve been offering print copies of my books at highly discounted prices, plus postage. Full sets of the Nanotech Succession are sold out, but I still have:

2 sets 1 set of Deception Well and Vast
I can sell the pair for $12.50. Both will fit in a single padded Priority Mail envelope, which costs $7.20 in postage in the USA. So it would be a total of $19.70 for the two books — signed — if you’re in the USA. Unfortunately, postage is vastly more outside of America.

• a single copy of Vast –sold
$7 for the book + $7.20 postage in the USA, so $14.20 for a signed copy. Again, postage will be much more outside of the USA.

• a single copy of my middle-grade/YA novel Skye Object 3270a
Set at Deception Well, this is appropriate for younger but skilled readers. (Eleven, twelve, and thirteen year olds maybe?) This one is small enough that I can send it First Class instead of Priority Mail. So, $4.25 for the book, $4.29 (estimated) for postage. We can round it so the total is $8.50.

You can pay via PayPal or via a check drawn on a US bank.

If interested in any of these, email me: linda at mythicisland dot com

Also see this post if you are interested in a German-translation of The Red.

The Nanotech Succession — highly discounted!

July 10th, 2017

UPDATE 7/13/2017: The full sets are sold out. I have copies of some of the books though. I’ll post details soon.

$25 plus the cost of Priority Mail postage can get you print editions of all four books of the Nanotech Succession.

Gorgeous cover art by the amazing Bruce Jensen.

PLUS I’ll include a bonus copy of my related middle-grade novel, Skye Object 3270a. (If you have a middle-grade reader in your life, this could help hook them on science fiction!)

These are the Mythic Island Press trade paperback editions. Size is 5.5″ x 8.5″.

$25 is roughly what it cost me to print the four Nanotech books.

All five books will fit into a medium flat rate box. Postage on that is $13.60 in the USA. Sadly, it’s much more internationally.

You can pay via PayPal or via a check drawn on a US bank.

I will sign and date the books!

If interested, email me: linda at mythicisland dot com

I have at least three sets. Maybe four.

Check back for more books!
I am determined to clear off some shelves, so if you’re interested in signed copies of some of my older titles, check back here. In the coming weeks and months I’ll be offering more HIGHLY discounted print titles along with a few giveaways.

Audiobook of The Last Good Man is here!

July 8th, 2017

I’ve been waiting for the audiobook to release — I was hoping to include an announcement in a newsletter I sent out yesterday — but I’d had no word on the release date and when I last checked Audible it wasn’t there. I guess I missed it by a few hours, because in an email last night someone told me he had picked up the audiobook.

So it’s available! Narrated by Liisa Ivery. The sample sounds good and I’m looking forward to listening to the full story.

Click here to find it on Audible.

Click here to find it on Amazon.

Book Giveaway: German translation of The Red

July 3rd, 2017

Do you read in German?
I have four three extra copies of the German translation of The Red that I’d like to give away to readers who can appreciate them. The translation is by Helga Parmiter and was shortlisted for Best SF translation 2016 for the German equivalent of the Nebula awards.

The catch is, I will ask you to pay Priority Mail postage (via PayPal) to wherever you want the book sent. That’s $7.20 in the USA for the padded flat-rate envelope, $6.65 for the cardboard envelope. Much higher prices outside of America, sadly.

I will sign and date the books!

If interested, email me: linda at mythicisland dot com

Check back for more books!
I am determined to clear off some shelves, so if you’re interested in signed copies of some of my older titles, check back here. In the coming weeks and months I’ll be offering some HIGHLY discounted print titles along with a few more giveaways.

English-language too! 😉

Podcast!

June 30th, 2017

The Three HoarsemenLast weekend I spent a pleasant hour chatting with The Three Hoarsemen: Jeff Patterson, John Stevens and Fred Kiesche. We talked about a lot of different things including military fiction, self-publishing, and reinventing yourself (multiple times).

Our chat is now a podcast. Go listen if you’ve got a spare hour — or if you’ve got an hour’s worth of chores. I love to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while working in the garden, driving, cooking dinner, etc. Find the podcast here.

Still here…

June 29th, 2017

Yes, I’m still here.

I should probably be blogging more, given that my newest novel came out just last week, but I’ve been caught up in promotional tasks along with a major — although unexciting — backend project.

The print editions of many of my books are printed by a company called Lightning Source. There is some advantage to also having them printed by Createspace, an Amazon company. So I’ve been converting and updating the books for that purpose. It’s a task that requires detail work, and time, but I want to get it done as soon as I can so I won’t have to continue paying for a monthly subscription for the layout program I’ve been using.

Anyway!

What’s going on in the world of The Last Good Man?

Not enough, to be honest. The launch itself went well, and sales continued at a reasonable pace for the next few days, but have been dropping off alarmingly since then. I have a few small publicity ventures ongoing, and a few more in mind, but nothing major is on the horizon, so I’m concerned that sales will continue to lag. That’s what happened with The Red, despite the good reviews, so it’s starting to feel like “déjà vu all over again.”

On the positive side, y’all are fantastic! Reader reviews at both Amazon and Goodreads have been terrific! Thank you, and I’m so very pleased to know that so many of you have enjoyed The Last Good Man.

Of course, not everyone agrees. I did get a 1-star review at Amazon a few days ago, although the customer’s ire is directed at the price of the ebook’s kilobytes — one kilobyte being as good as another, I suppose — rather than at the story.

Two more online appearances since my last post:

Jeffrey A. Carver, author of The Chaos Chronicles along with many other novels, recently finished reading The Last Good Man and posted his thoughts on it. In short, his advice is, “Don’t miss this one.”

And over at Marie Brennan’s blog, I posted about the “Spark of Life” — that moment during the writing of The Last Good Man when the story felt as if it finally came alive. TL;DR — a technical change, likely of interest only to other writers, is what made the difference for me.

Onward.