The Ghost Brigades: Officially Out!

It’s time: The Ghost Brigades is now officially released and should be available at your favorite online and real-world stores. As always, I encourage you to head over to your local bookstore and demand a copy, but as I can’t link to every single real-world bookstore, here are the links to TGB at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and Clarkesworld Books (the latter being an SF/F/H-focused online seller, the proprietor of which I met at Boskone). I’ll toss in a link to Borderlands Books here as well — they don’t have TGB listed yet, but I’m sure they will soon, and they’ve always been good to me. I’m sure if you ask them to get a copy for you, they will.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have TGB officially out in the world and making its way. I’m personally quite pleased with it, which is always a positive thing, and so far the reviews have been good and the feedback I’ve been getting back from folks who have read it is equally encouraging. And that’s good too. As you may imagine this all has been something of a relief; notwithstanding Agent to the Stars, which was written pre-Old Man’s War but published after, this is the first novel I’ve written since OMW that’s made it out into the stores. Its (so far) happy reception allows me to have hope for its fortunes going forward.

As the book debuts, I want to make sure to acknowledge the people other than me who have had a hand in getting this book out to the rest of you: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, whom I am fortunate to call my editor; Irene Gallo and John Harris, who have given the book its look; Rich Klin, whose copy-editing was key (as anyone who saw the pre-copy-edited ARC would be able to tell you); and Dot Lin, who has done a fabulous job as TGB’s publicist so far, and who I expect will continue in her fabulousness from here on out. And of course Tom Doherty for running the entire show from that office of his with the truly choice view. These are only the Tor folks I know had a hand in the book; there are others as well who I don’t know but wish I did so I could also thank them.

The point of the above paragraph is to drive home the fact that while as an author it’s my name on the cover of the book, the book itself wouldn’t get to the readers’ hands without an entire team of people behind it. These are the people you don’t normally hear about, which is not to say that what they do for the book is not worth hearing about. If you don’t think I’m absolutely grateful of everything they’ve done for the book (and by extension, for me), you’re totally high. So thank you Patrick, Irene, John, Rich, Dot, Tom and everyone else at Tor. I am honored to have worked with you. Whatever success this book has is yours as well as mine.

17 Comments on “The Ghost Brigades: Officially Out!”

  1. Hey John Congratulations!!!! I know you must be stoked!!! Can’t wait to read my copy. I am proud of you . Peace

  2. Congratulations on the book launch, John. How fortuitous is this, to find out your book is out when my interest in science fiction has just been stoked with the new Battlestar Galactica series, which I think is one of the best shows on the tube today.

    I’ve never been big on sci fi (the closest I’ve come is Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake), but I just might check your book out. Congrats again!


  3. It’s about time! And don’t forget to remind folks to also pick up this week such other Tor titles as Paul Levinson’s The Plot to Save Socrates (review up now) and Toby Buckell’s Crystal Rain (review up late Tuesday).

  4. Well, I gave Toby a shout-out when his book came out, so I think I’m square with him. I did pick up Paul’s book at Boskone — and even had him sign it for me — and I’ll probably chat about it after I’m done reading it. But today is for me. Me me mine me.

  5. Congrats! And just in time too. I’m almost done with my current book. The Amazon fairy (also known as the friendly neighborhood postal worker) can’t come soon enough!

  6. Super! Couldn’t be happier for you. And, regardless of all the gushing and reviews and whatnot, let me hammer home that the book is one of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read.

  7. Just ordered mine from Amazon-the only debate-do I chip in another $3.99 to have it tomorrow, or can I wait till Thurs? I waited, since I’m very busy-I don’t want to start the book till Thurs.

    Thanks John, can’t wait to read it.

  8. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait to pick up the book. Old Man’s War I read in two evenings, including staying up till 3am to finish it. I’m in the middle of a semester, and can’t run the risk that I’ll stay up all night reading a non-law book. It’s going to have to wait for summer vacation.

    But I’m definitely looking forward to it.


  9. Lovely. Just about to wrap up your pal Mr. Stross Singularity Sky and I was looking for something else tonight. Looks like TGB is the ticket and luckily, Barnes and Noble has it in stock.

    I love working two blocks from a book store.

  10. Long time lurker, first time commenting, obligatory introduction over.

    Wow. I must say I had quite a surprise when I went to a nearby Borders & Books today and was told that that they have no plans to stock the book, “at any time, now or in the future,” demands be damned. I guess it’s for me.

  11. I’ll be picking up two copies of the book when it hits the local store– and keeping one in the car for autograph purposes on the off chance I run into you at the gas station again. Hopefully I realize it’s you before you drive off.

  12. I was shocked when I rushed to Barnes and Noble after work to buy The Ghost Brigades and found that there was not a copy in stock. Apparently, it is not important to stock great sci-fi the day it comes out.

    Thankfully, there are plenty of online stores that I can order from. In the meantime, I will just read Old Man’s War again and mutter curses about Arkansas and the south in general.

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