Monthly Archives: April 2007

Notice to Folks With Gmail Accounts

Someone’s trying to comment spam the hell out of me with “*@gmail.com” in their address field; I’ve keyword listed “gmail” into the moderation queue until it’s done. On the chance you have your “gmail” account listed in the e-mail field, you might want to swap it out for right now if you intend to comment […]

Read More

Also

To everyone who has to get into San Francisco today from the East Bay: You have my sympathies.

Read More

Single Word Open Thread #1

Today is going to be a busy day: Got a flight, an interview in the afternoon and a reading tonight (Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ, 7pm; I’ll be the fellow wearing the white carnation), so not a whole lot of time to play with all y’all. So lieu of actually being interesting, I thought I […]

Read More

Lessons Learned, Also, a Moment of Agogness

To self-pimp just a little bit, today’s Book Tour Diary talks about the things I’ve learned about book touring after one week in. Check it out if you like; here’s a link to the whole collection of the Book Tour Diary entries if you need to catch up. Also, something I mentioned in the Google […]

Read More

Having an Amazon Dork Moment

Here’s why: At this very moment I have three books with an Amazon ranking under (or over, I guess, depending on how you want to look at these things) the 1,000 mark, each in a different format: The Last Colony at #297 in hardcover, The Ghost Brigades at #258 in mass market paperback, and Old […]

Read More

LA Says Hi

Here’s the crowd today at the LA Times Festival of Books panel on science fiction, waving hello to you. Well, part of it, at least; more came in later. The panel was excellent, but then, how could it not be, when there was Harry Turtledove, Kage Baker and Cory Doctorow on it? (Also, I was […]

Read More

My Google Appearance, Live and On YouTube

Here you go. In it I talk about the online world, copyright, eBooks and regular books, and, of course, about that whole BaconCat incident. It’s about an hour long. You can tell I’m caffeinated. Also, here’s the YouTube page itself. Enjoy!

Read More

Somebody Answer Me This

What the hell is it with hotels and pillows these days? My hotel bed came with eight pillows on it, including one tubular thing that stretches across the whole bed, which means that it’s actually taller than I am. I mean, that’s just freakish. And then I have to throw the majority of them off […]

Read More

Berkeley Says Hi

Since you asked, I’ll tell you what was so cool about the Berkeley stop of the tour: It had the highest proportion of people who are actually my friends in it. In the middle of this picture you see three examples: Susan, Jen and Mo, all of whom I have known for years and who […]

Read More

What’s Happening?

So, in fact, I have been largely avoiding the news — actually not so much avoiding news as it is not having a whole bunch of time to read it. What I’m trying to say is I have no clue what is going on out there in the rest of the universe. So: Anything you […]

Read More

San Francisco Says Hi

I noted earlier that I was looking forward to coming to Borderlands Books, and I’m happy to say I was not in the least disappointed; it was a great crowd, which included my sister and brother-in-law, as well as one of my best friends from high school (no pressure there), and of course Borderlands Books […]

Read More

The Last Colony Review at The Agony Column

And it’s a nice one, playing off the fact that The Last Colony is a Sci-Fi Channel Essential book for May: I deem this book essential not just because every other star in the science fiction universe says it’s great (it is), but rather because I think essential is a good description of the reason […]

Read More

Half Moon Bay Says Hi

I have to tell you, the Half Moon Bay appearance was something of a question mark for me; I didn’t know much about Bay Books, and I didn’t know if I knew anyone in that area. But you know what, The staff Bay Books did an awesome job of promoting the event, because the store […]

Read More

I Am Not a Hobbit

It’s just that Duane Wilkins of the University Bookstore is so damn tall. I wanted to make sure I gave a shoutout to Duane and all the folks at University Bookstore for such a great event. If you’re an author, I can’t imagine a better place to come ’round for a visit. Incidentally, I do […]

Read More

I Get Cool Stuff On Tour

Seriously, people, how cool is this stuff: First, artist James Stowe’s interpretation of the Consu from the Old Man’s War series. The Consu, you may recall, are the mysterious hyper-advanced race of aliens who may or may not be messing with everyone’s heads in that creepy alien way of theirs. Stowe’s interpretation of what the […]

Read More

Seattle Says Hello

Here’s the crowd for the first night of the tour, at the University Book Store in Seattle. They were full of awesome. And, as a bonus, I think the reading and the signing went really well. It got the tour off on a good foot, to which I can only say: Thank you, Seattle. Everyone […]

Read More

The Boy in the Bubble

Here’s an interesting question for all y’all; As you know, my day over the next three weeks will be filled with traveling, sitting in hotel rooms, going to tour events and (hopefully) seeing friends and depressurizing. I’ve been so busy doing each of these today, for example, that I actually haven’t the slightest idea of […]

Read More

In Seattle

And to celebrate, here’s a picture of the muzzled dog that I can see from the window of my hotel room. Poor doggie. Although, who knows maybe it is a biter. Off to dinner with friends. See you all tomorrow.

Read More

Sitting in the Airport

Waiting for my plane. And it’s on time, so far. Being at the airport means I have officially started my tour. Very exciting. Will be in Seattle in, oh, eight hours or so. I’ll check in then.

Read More

Your International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day Gift: The Durant Chronicles

Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day! This is the day when all of us Webscabs celebrate our undermining of the dominant paradigm by giving away free reading to the lot of you. Because it just feels good. Tingly, kind of. Like a nine-volt to the upper lip. And what am I giving away today? How about […]

Read More