Good morning! It’s Tuesday once again, and that means the latest installment of The Human Division, which has a title alumni of Dartmouth will be pleased about. Here’s the description blurb for this episode:
Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is?
I had fun writing this one, because Birnbaum is a fun character to get into the head of. This is also the first time in the Old Man’s War universe that we spend any time on Earth other than in John Perry’s hometown — this is the Washington, DC of the future, which one will find has resonances with the Washington of today, one, because of the nature of what’s up with the Earth in the Old Man’s War series, and two, because people are still the same, even a couple three hundred years into the future.
Also, people might be beginning to see a pattern, which is that there are some episodes that are “main story” and some that go further afield, exploring other areas of the universe. This is one of the things I actually love about the episodic nature of this novel. It’s exciting for me as a writer, and I think interesting for the folks who want to see more of the lay of the land.
As always, there will be a discussion about this episode on Tor.com; I’ll post it when it goes live (update: Here’s the link!). And if you like the episode (and you, know, even if you don’t), feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads and such.
Remember to tune in next week as Harry Wilson returns to confront a mystery… and he’s not the only one confronting it.