Germany Gets Fuzzy

Over in Germany, Fuzzy Nation is undergoing a name change to Der Wilde Planet, which I think even those of you without facility for that language can guess means “the wild planet.” It’s actually not an inappropriate title for the book, all things considered. And of course, this being Germany, the cover of the book features a space ship shooting laser beams. One day I will write a novel called Space Ships and Laser Beams, just to see what Heyne, my German publisher will do with that cover. Then again, Germany is my largest market outside the US, so I’m content to let Heyne do what they want, cover-wise. They know more than me about their audience. Besides, I think this cover looks kind of spiffy.

Those of you in Germany who are wondering when you’ll get this book, it’ll be in September, 2011. Hang in there until then, folks.

We Pause This Blog For a Moment of Unmanly Squee

So, Audible just sent me copies of the audio versions of Agent to the Stars and The Android’s Dream, read by Wil Wheaton, which will be out on December 9. And naturally I had to stop everything I was doing and listen to Wil read the first chapter of The Android’s Dream. And here’s what I think:

ZOMFG you guys it is so totally excellent.

No. Seriously. No. I’m so not just saying that.

You have to imagine my hands waving excitedly here. Like fluttery birds.

All right. Manning up again.

In all seriousness, however: If you’re an audiobook fan, you have something to look forward to in two weeks.

And now I’m off to listen to a little of Agent to the Stars as well.

Please feel free to return to your normal programming.

Reminder About the Signed Books for the Holidays Thing

Hey! Remember that I’m signing books for your holiday gift-giving needs. Details here.

I figure I’d remind you before you all went crazy with the Black Friday retail madness, and also because I’m probably going in this weekend to sign the first batch of books. Anyway, books make a perfect holiday gift, and when you buy these signed books you’re also supporting my local book store, and that’s good for your karma. It really is, trust me.

My Annual “I’m Awake For a Sunrise” Picture

Here you go.

You can thank the dryer repairman for this, since I had to be awake, out of bed and dressed when he arrived, which was five minutes ago. Otherwise, man, I would so very be asleep right now.

A Science Fictional Thanksgiving Prayer

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US, and so for my column this week, I thought it appropriate to offer up a prayer, suitable for a Thanksgiving meal, offering up our humble gratitude for heath, happiness, good food, and the fact that we have yet to be invaded by alien armadas, among other topics of a science fictional nature. Go check it out, and if tomorrow, you are asked to lead the table in grace, you’ll know exactly what to say. You’re welcome.

(And no, I don’t know what Hannah and Her Sisters, pictured above, has to do with science fiction. Hey, it pictures a holiday meal. Just go with it, man.)