What’s On Tap for 2014

You ask: So, John, what’s the plan for 2014? Well, since you’ve asked (“you” in this case being “the stand-in for actual people who lives inside my head”):


Lock In, my eleventh novel, will be out on August 26 in US/Canada and 28 August in the UK/Commonwealth.

* Midnight Star, the video game I helped create, is currently in beta-testing and on schedule to be released in 2014, probably in the first half of the year.

* Just before Midnight Star is released, its accompanying graphic novel Midnight Rises, which I wrote (and which is illustrated by Mike Choi), will also be out.

So: A novel, a graphic novel and a video game, all out in 2014. Not a bad schedule of releases.


* I will be writing the follow up to The Human Division, very likely in the same episodic format as that novel. THD2 (which will not be the title, obviously) will be released in 2015; no specific dates yet.

* I’ll be recording a song with Paul & Storm for their album of cover songs called Extra Balls, as part of their Kickstarter commitment. We haven’t decided on the song, nor do we have a specific recording date set yet. I don’t know their release schedule, but I assume it will be in 2014.

* Also, as another part of the P&S Kickstarter thing, I’ll be writing a short story based on one of their songs. This will likely be a short-short. It will also likely be a funny piece. Also probably 2014.


* Appearances that I have definitely committed to are covered in my Scheduled Appearances page and include Detroit (twice), Seattle and San Francisco.

* Appearances that are sort of penciled in but not entirely confirmed yet include Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and London. There are a few others that are possibles but still tenuous enough I won’t mention them by name. If/when these get confirmed I’ll note them here and put them on the Scheduled Appearances page.

* I’m talking to Tor about a tour for Lock In. At this point it’s just talk. If we do it, I’ll note it here and let you know what the itinerary is (please note that we’re not taking requests at this time).


* I have at least one. Obviously, I can’t tell you about it/them. That’s why they’re called “seekrit projects.” I will announce them when they are announceable, promise.


* A science fiction-oriented novella.

* A dark fantasy novella.

(Don’t rush to the e-mail, editors: If I do these, they already have homes.)

* A non-sf/f YA novel I’ve been thinking about for a while.

(This one you can rush to the e-mail for, editors.)

* A graphic novel adaptation of one of my existing works (“The God Engines” is what I’m leaning toward).

* A new book on writing.

Everything in this list is theoretical, and contingent on a number of factors. I will note that there are things not on this list I can see myself doing in 2014, but I don’t note them here in no small part because they would be contingent on other people, and I have no control over any of that. This is the stuff I do have control over, i.e., all it takes for most of these is me deciding to write.


* Do a better job organizing my time, with particular emphasis on Internet management, because, damn, the Internet, you know?

* Maybe exercise a little more because I’m a middle-aged dude, which means entropy is having its way with me more than I would like.

* Learn to play my guitar better.

* See friends more and do a little more family stuff.

* Take more and better naps.

So that’s 2014, in theory. Let’s see how it works in practice.

37 Comments on “What’s On Tap for 2014”

  1. Ocean Bream – I am a tragedy waiting to happen, and a bottle of fireflies just before they are let loose. There is very little that fazes me, yet I am an emotional waterfall. I like people, watching people, talking to people, hearing people and generally avoiding them. I have left my teens behind me very recently and am embarking solemnly, determinedly on the uphill hike that is adulthood. So far I have discovered that life requires one's full attention at all times. My trials include getting rid of the podge that has surrounded my middle, my hair and the redemption of my soul. I will also attempt to tackle the intricate complexity that is writing, the neverending cascade of words in the literary world, and to make something of myself in the time that I am alive (and also hopefully after I am dead). My Muse is Twig Blackadder. You might see flashes of him darting through the pages of this blog. Welcome, and hello to you, dear visitor. Tell me about who you are. What are your dreams and aspirations? What is something significant that makes you stand out from the masses of other human beings on this earth?

    I would very much like to go by your example and aim to do half the things you have done and want to do by the end of this year!

  2. Make sure one of the cats critiques your naps – how else are you going to make them better without an expert opinion on your technique?

  3. Woooh Detroit! (sorry, I can’t pass up a chance to fist-pump for for ConFusion. It is awesome and everyone should go. I’m also pretty confident DetCon1/NASFiC is going to rock too).

    Lock In sounds pretty scary and I have a low tolerance for scary stuff, but between brand loyalty and the pretty cover, I am likely to give it a try anyway.

    Also Jon Meltzer‘s prediction reminds me– when is Shadow War of the Night Dragons getting optioned for TV? Because kids these days do not have Pirates of Dark Water to look forward to on Saturday mornings, and Shadow War is the perfect property to plug that bleeding wound in the fantasy cartoon lineup.

  4. God Engines is probably your work best suited to a graphic novel. The only real loss is the sexual ambiguity of one of the characters, but in terms of length and visuals it should look pretty good.

    The real question for 2014, though, is which of the seekrit project or THD2 involves things to do with goats?

  5. While I am excited for Locked In, I have to admit to being very intrigued by the thought of your non-SF YA novel.

    Also, seconding the advice to take napping lessons from your pets.

  6. Looks like you will be plenty busy in 2014, I guess that is a good thing for you and for all your readers ;). Would definitely love to see a God Engines graphic novel adaptation.

  7. For those of us who will most definitely be buying Locked In, probably a couple of times, is there a secret handshake or something (bribes, even) that could get us an early peek?

    Because August is far away!

  8. I’m happy to see the possible graphic novel adaptation of God Engine. I think it would do great in that format; in fact I often imagined it that way as I read the story.

  9. Whatever happened to High Castle? I know you have mentioned it before, but all I can find right now is the 2008 list which says you will be writing it now that Zoe’s Tale is finished.

  10. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!
    Shawn T

    @Jerome. What I do do get an early-for-Ohio,-USA look at a Pratchett book is buy it through amazon.co.uk. So what you’ll need to do is live in, like, New Zealand and buy the book from some USA bookseller. Hope that helps. ;p
    Unneeded for most explain: Pratchett is in England or Britain or The UK or whatever is PC this month and his books are available months earlier there than here.

  11. John, I remember reading a couple chapters of a sci-fi YA novel with bright kids of a female ambassador in your archives; think you’ll ever return to that? I was reminded of it when starting THD, though of course that didn’t last long.

  12. @Shawn T: While I understand the reasons that English-language books are released at different times in the various English-speaking countries, it seems kind of silly in the “digital age”. Large industries are slow to change, alas.

    Scalzi, I am saddened to not see a “Shadow War of the Night Dragons” youtube puppet show on your agenda. I can only assume this was a grievous oversight.

  13. I think the idea of graphic novels of several of your books would sell like hotcakes (or churros, if you prefer.) These include Old Man’s War (at least the first one), Agent to the Stars, and of course, The Android’s Dream. AD would be especially wonderful.

  14. Adam Scott – Olympia, WA – “One day you will tell a story about your life. Every decision you make today will determine the story you tell tomorrow. Live a story that’s worth telling.” ~Jason Heilpern Owner of Geek and Gamer Fitness, personal trainer, speaker, author, lover of coffee, dog owner, Gamer, & Geek
    Jason Heilpern

    Hey John, if you are serious about wanting to work out a little more let me know. I run my own gym called Geek and Gamer Fitness and have several online training programs. Otherwise good luck on all your 2014 goals!

  15. “Appearances that are sort of penciled in but not entirely confirmed yet include Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and London.”

    No Melbourne? :(

  16. On the topic of learning how to play your guitar better:

    I attended my first Delfest Academy here in Cumberland, MD a few years back. I was very much a novice, and I got a lot of time in playing with some great musicians and learning from some excellent bluegrass players, including the Del McCoury band. I’ve never seen you mention bluegrass, so I know this is probably off the beaten path for you. I’ve gone every year since, and have gotten much, much better at playing guitar.

    Just a thought.

  17. shelleyhemphill2013 – alabama – Doing God's Work/Praying 4 God to Open a Door to help me get a website/build a Church/become fulltime Ministry Woman PREACHEST Leader (YES I AM A PREACHEST NOT PREACHER)/ TO ENTER PERSONALLY IN THE LIVING ROOMS OF THE POOR/BROKEN/NEEDYwomenandchildren that are just like me praying 4 someone to knock on my door offering a WAY HOME FOR ETERNITY,and temporary help until we all reach our destination "HOME ETERNITY"(this will be my outreach ministry NAME)/Asking anyone and everyone to pray 4 me that God has already set in Motion all I need to make earth more like Heaven!

    Reblogged this on Girl4God and commented:
    I read that you are accepting Grant request for a person that is homeless, poor, has nothing (literally) but one friend that has allowed me to stay and offered a cell phone that was an extra one until God open’s the Door for me in order to pursue my dreams and goals of becoming a writer, preachest, author, Leader of a New built Church of Christ called “From The GROUND-UP”,Leader in ministry for those just like me but i will actually enter the living rooms by knocking on doors and inviting them to a Company called”Home Eternity”, which is an outreach to those just like me that had no HOPE but will receive the hope through God Almighty and Jesus Christ our Saviour and by providing jobs and a church to attend and finding where they belong in the body of Christ here on earth until we reach our final destination “Home Eternity”, I also have two websites started but is very difficult for me at this time because I have no computer of my own, no printer, no cell phone, no transportation, no home, no church, no family, but I do have the Lord that will not give up on me so I will keep on keeping on with the goal and purpose set before me by God and I will accomplish my purpose with a will to stay in the fight for the long haul. I will not be a quitter so I will receive my reward by the One who created me in my mother’s womb and placed me here, just as I am, where I am, that being at total surrender to my God in Heaven and Thanks to My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ truly never forsaking me in my time of need and always opening doors of opportunity and giving me a determination to keep on seeking, searching, studying, reaching for the Star that once was promised long ago to my Father Abraham that I would be included in the inheritance of God, Yes, ME, Shelley, a nobody to this world but the World to my heavenly Father in heaven that promised me to I would be included in the promise of descendants of Abraham”as numerous of all the stars in heaven”, I stand in AWE that I am One of those stars, and though forgotten here on this temporary earth(thank the Good Lord) I have not been forgotten by the Only one who matters the most and Loves me with His Whole Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul and for Him I will always be Thankful, Grateful, Humble, and Serve Only One God and no other. That is my True Vow to God, my maker! How wonderfully my heart overflows with joyful music knowing this fact and being content with what I have wherever I am knowing that He is caring and protecting me, His daughter, and hidden all His words in my heart, so I might not sin against Him that saves my soul and watches over me day and night! Before October 12, 2003 I had no father, no mother, no person that cared who or where I was, then, on that Glorious night around Nine O’clock, I was saved and adopted into His Home for Eternity and He became My father and promised me a forever home with no more tears and pain that has wounded my spirit and left scars for eternity but was healed by One Man that Is my true Beloved and I have fallen completely and totally and forever in love with Jesus Christ and wait with excitement for the day He returns for me and carries me home where I will be loved, surrounded completely by love, the one thing on earth that I never got but rejoice for now on His Soon Arrival to take me away from a little space on this earth to a Huge Mansion on a Hill prepared especially for me, Hallelujah, Glory be to Our God, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, I will rejoice and be glad in it, because this is THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT FOREVER, IN JESUS NAME (IJN) AMEN.

  18. ….So, Is that trolling , or a bot, or someone having a legit religious freakout in the comments section? ^ Cause man, I CANNOT figure out what might have triggered a sermon in a “Things I’m doing” post.

  19. I’ll double up on the Bluegrass recommendations for getting better at guitar. I’m working on a full decade of Wintergrass this year, and it has been nothing except pure, unadulterated fun, along with a great excuse to play music with people light years beyond my capability.

    So go!

  20. Side note in regards to Pratchett. Until the most recent book, the US release was within a month of the UK release. The reason Steam has been out in the UK for a couple of months but won’t be out in the US until March is that Pratchett has a new publisher in the US.

    Trying to understand publisher release schedules is not an easy task.

  21. “Take more and better naps.” Good one to add to my list of new year’s resolutions. I’ve got three cats whom I can go to for pointers.

  22. Lumi? Lee?
    Yeah, and fuck’em.
    They are using the business model that worked fine when it took the pony express months to swim a book from Ohio USA to the UK’s London, or the other direction.

    Brendan vis shelleyhemphill2013: I’m so glad that I don’t have a website for which I need to mallet things.
    It’s still showing up here and is from a very new site that has one post, so I’m very glad that the decision is not mine.
    BTW, computerwise, Shelley’s site is safe in my really locked down FF.

  23. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!

    Oh, Lee? vis the side note in regards to Pratchett. I won’t remember things that I’ve just done once. I’ve been buying TP books from his country from before “Nation” for the half year earlier.

  24. Possibly the delay in the Pratchett release is trying to get a decent US cover this time around… ;)

    Oh and John, if you did by some miracle manage to trek out to Melbourne I would happily fly all the way down from Sydney to buy you a Coke Zero. Melbourne’s coffee is generally said to be quite remarkable, not sure if there’s anything special about their Coke. (Please note also that I am managing to refrain from making the derogatory remarks about Melbourne traditionally required given my place of residence. It is not without effort!)

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