WIP Blog Tour!

J.S. Collyer nominated me to take part in the WIP Blog Tour, and just at the right time, too! My current work-in-progress is Emergence, a sequel to my sci-fi thriller debut, Convergence.

Collyer and I both made our big debuts in 2014, she with the publication of Zero, a wonderful space pirate story with a whole lot of action and suspense. Terrific stuff, so do be sure to give it a read! She’s currently working on Haven, the follow-up to Zero, which you can learn more about at her WIP post. I really dug her debut, and expect great things from this series. If you haven’t read it yet, get to it ASAP!

Now, before we dive into my end of this tour, here’s the gist of how this blog tour (supposedly) works:

The work-in-progress blog tour rules (which we all know are made to be bent or broken):
  1.  Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
  2.  Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
  3.  Nominate some other writers to do the same.

About Emergence

Emergence is going through the final round of edits, and then will be shipped off to the proofreader by the end of this month. After that, it’s on to cover design and formatting. I don’t have a release date nailed down just yet, but I’m aiming for a spring release.

Here’s the current description (and I’m going to issue a spoiler warning for Convergence, just in case):

Still recovering from the events that befell her in Los Angeles, Mesa Everitt is learning how to rebuild her life.

The murder of a memorialist enclave changes all of that and sets into motion a series of violence that forces her into hiding.

Hunted by a squad of corporate mercenaries, with the lives of her friends and family in danger, Mesa has no one to turn to, but she holds a dark secret inside her skull. She has no knowledge of that secret, but it is worth killing for.

The ghosts of her haunted, forgotten past are about to emerge.

Stay tuned for more details soon!

The Excerpts (Or, Breaking Rule #2):

Chapter One

Sex and death flowed freely, amped up across the nightclub’s bio-fi. The emotions and sensations were intoxicating. The music was loud; the bodies, sweaty. Strangers ground against one another, riding the waves of euphoria.

Chapter Two

Coffee was the lifeblood of a memorialist, Mesa thought.

Chapter Three

Her underwear missed the hamper. Mesa bent down to pick them up, heard the glassine pop, and felt plaster fall against her wet hair. She dropped flat to the floor, quickly crawling away from the point of attack. She glanced up and saw the bullet hole in the wall, exactly where she would have been standing if she hadn’t gotten clumsy.

Soft thumping noises peppered the mattress, sending puffs of foam into the air. They were trying to draw her out, get her to panic and run.

She cursed Jonah’s paranoia—only because he’d been right.

And the WIP Blog Tour nominations are:

Seeing as how J.S. Collyer and I are both contributors to the upcoming anthology, No Way Home (releasing March 2!), I thought I’d tag some of our fellow writers from that collection:

Headshot-140117-0001Lucas Bale writes the sort of intense, gripping science-fiction thrillers which make you miss your train. Stories which dig into what makes us human and scrape at the darkness which hides inside every one of us.

His debut novel, THE HERETIC, is the gateway to the BEYOND THE WALL series, an epic hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.

He wasn’t always a writer. He was a criminal lawyer for fifteen years before he discovered crime doesn’t pay and turned to something which actually pays even less. No one ever said he was smart, but at least he’s happy. He blushes when people mention him in the same sentence as Iain M. Banks or George R. R. Martin, bless him.

If you’d like to hear about new releases before everyone else, get advance review copies of those new releases and every short story he ever writes for free then subscribe to INSIDE, his semi-regular newsletter, here: http://www.lucasbale.com/inside

If twitter is your thing, you’ll find him at @balespen

Web: http://www.lucasbale.com

Writing ShotS. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic fiction, often infused with a variety of outside elements. He is a lover of beer, baseball, and science fiction.

His stories are about outlaws, outsiders, and the others.

To find out more:

Web: http://selliotbrandis.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/selliotbrandis
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/PsmMv
email: s.elliot.brandis@gmail.com

SWFairbrotherS.W. Fairbrother is an avid reader whose love of stories couldn’t help but spill over into writing them. I read almost every genre, but have a special love of fantasy and science fiction. My debut novel, The Secret Dead, was published on 11 April 2014.

If you’ve read my book and are popping by to stalk me, please say hello. Us writers thrive on feedback.

I’m also on:


WIP Blog Tour!

‘Hannibal’ season 3 first trailer — exclusive

Michael Patrick Hicks:

EW has the first trailer for Hannibal season 3. And hot damn, it is exquisite. I think I’m in desperate need of a series rewatch.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2015/01/22/Hannibal.jpg” credit=”” align=”none”]Ready for an amuse-bouche from Hannibal season three?

Below is a teaser trailer with the first batch of footage from the third season of NBC’s acclaimed, cult-favorite thriller. The trailer shows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) obsessively hunting Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in what we assume is Florence, Italy.

Expect the new season to mine elements from Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels, including Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon. According to showrunner Bryan Fuller, the series will mash up elements from the books in a unique way—including revealing a very different origin story for the good doctor.

Though you’re going to have to wait until summer for the main course, this video should at least give a little taste: 

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2014 in review

I touched on this topic a bit yesterday, but here’s a nicely automated report on the state of this blog at year’s end. Take it away, WordPress…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2014 in review

The Immortality Game and Convergence Review

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Anthony Vicino shares his thoughts on my book, Convergence, as well as the recently released The Immortality Game by Ted Cross. It’s a very entertaining read! I’m hoping to crack open Ted’s book sometime after the New Year, and this review certainly has me amped to get started on it. Many thanks, Anthony!

Originally posted on One Lazy Robot:

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Here’s a two-fer!

Boy, this has been a great month for Indie Cyberpunk. For me, atleast. I’ve had this deep rooted affection for cyberpunk since reading William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash. That love is nestled in my loins next to my affinity for peanut butter and cereal.
Though, not necessarily together. Unless we’re talking about Cap’n Crunch, but we’re not. We’re talking about awesome successors to the genre from a couple of debut authors.

One of my gripes in recent history is that cyberpunk kinda stalled out in the early 2000’s. Not sure why, but there was a glut of interesting concepts. Perhaps technology was growing too quickly for our imaginations to keep pace. Maybe cyberpunk died alongside zubaz and I just didn’t notice until decades later the carcasses started to stink the joint up.

Oh, god...the colors! Oh, god…the colors!

Anyways, great news everybody! Cyberpunk ain’t dead, it just found…

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Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering as he still has limited control over the arms but the future is bright for amputees.

Human-controlled robotic arms are getting better and better (check out the video below of a woman controlling an arm with her brain), and the hardware needed to drive a usable arm is improving yearly. It won’t be long before we can expect to see amputees like the gentlemen in the video regain use of their limbs. The future, as they say, is here. It’s just not evenly distributed.

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Year-End Top 10

Earlier this week, Chuck Wendig asked his readers to post their Top Ten of the Year. I hastily responded, and am reposting my picks here, in it’s very own blog, with some slight revisions… My updates, notes, or second-thoughts are in italics.

1) Favorite novel of the year? ELEANOR by Jason Gurley

I’m standing by this one wholeheartedly. This book has really stuck with me throughout the year, and you can find my review on it here.

2) Favorite non-fiction book of the year? Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye

I didn’t get through as many non-fiction titles as I would have liked to this year, but UNDENIABLE is totally tops. Science deniers will hate it, but I found it to be a terrific and enjoyable exploration of the natural world and the process of evolution. [my review]

3) Favorite short story of the year? BLACKOUT by Tim Curran

As soon as I finished BLACKOUT, back in August, I was ready to name it the best DarkFuse novella of the year. That hasn’t changed. [my review]

4) Favorite movie of the year? Didn’t see many, so I’ll go with X-Men: Days Of Future Past

You know what, I really slipped on this one. Yeah, I loved the new X-Men flick, but I had a bit of a brain fart. I’m knocking this one down a peg or two for one simple reason that I somehow, stupidly, forgot about. And that reason is…. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

5) Favorite TV show of the year? Hannibal

‘Nuff said. This series is absolutely terrific. And that season finale?!?!? It has now officially been too long of a wait for season three, and I think the upcoming holiday break may be a good time to rewatch seasons one and two. I just seriously love the heck out of this show.

6) Favorite song of the year? Don’t have one…

7) Favorite album? See above.

8) Favorite video game? Really wish I had more time and a bigger budget, but Dragon Age: Inquisition wins for me.

9) Favorite app? Godus

I love this game a ridiculous amount, and have really dug what 22Cans brought to the table with the expansion/update that launched a second bit of land to explore and develop. You can read my review of it over here, but I also want to take a brief second to plug THREES, which I discovered this past Wednesday night. Totally addictive and well worth the $2.

10) Favorite [something else] of the year?  I jumped on the Funko Pop! bandwagon, and will thus vote for my Funko Batman figure/statuette.


Yeah, seriously. I’m letting my geek flag fly with this one. And, actually, I’m a bit torn, to be honest. I recently bought my first couple Funko Pop! vinyl figures, and am debating which one I love more. I’m sticking with Batman, though. Very close second is this zombie from their line-up of The Walking Dead figures:

twdfunkowave1rvwalkerAll right. What’s ranking in your Top 10 for 2014? Sound off below!

Year-End Top 10