Archive for September, 2008

Fandomania: The thinking fan’s podcast

September 29, 2008

I talked with Fandomania reporter Kelly Melcher at DragonCon in Atlanta earlier this month, about writing, the Jason Wander books and what’s new in Jason’s world.

Listen to Kelly and me on Fandomania’s podcast, “The One,” at


Give it up for the Paleozoic!

September 24, 2008

SF wallows in the Mesozoic Era (T. rex?  Gasp! You have a T. rex?)  The Cenozoic Era gets its due from mammoths, cave bears, and Neanderthals. 

But the Paleozoic Era gets scant love.  Of course not, you say.  Clams, frogs, the rise of the ferns.  You would sooner read the legislative history of the Glass-Steagall Act.  If you know an SF novel about the Paleozoic, it’s probably Robert Silverberg’s 1968 Hawksbill Station.  The Paleozoic was so boring that Silverberg exiled future politcal prisoners to it.

Now, as a former invertebrate paleontologist, this literary slight wounds me.  What libido fantasizeth not about a pyritized brachiopod with a well-turned lophophore (look it up)?  No matter that I, myself, fled paleo for law, rather than catalogue blastoids for six years.  Okay, Duhig v Peavey Moore Lumber was no page-turner, either.  But lawyering did put shoes on the kids.

Anyway, on October 28, 2008 the Paleozoic earns its moment in the SF sun.  Jason Wander, high school dropout, accidental Major General, terminal wise ass and reluctant hero returns in Jason Wander 4, Orphan’s Alliance.  Alliance continues as military science fiction with a healthy disdain for the military’s foibles and a deep respect for those who endure them.  But, like book 3, Orphan’s Journey, Alliance will take you and Jason somewhere military SF doesn’t generally go.

Greenman Review on Orphan’s Journey

September 21, 2008

Greenman Review’s Elizabeth Vail says about Orphan’s Journey and the Jason Wander Series: 

“Thanks to an easy-going, relatable writing style and an engagingly down-to-earth protagonist, readers who are new to the series and just picking up this book should still be able jump right into the story and enjoy it immensely…Gifting the novel with a strong human centre, Orphan’s Journey serves as both a testament to the courage of troops and an admittance of the horrors of war, along with providing wicked cool sci-fi weaponry.”  Her full review:

Secrets of the Jason Wander series.

September 18, 2008

If you would like to know more about why and how I wrote Orphanage and the other Jason Wander books, take a look at my interview with Gary Reynolds, which appears today, at the UK Ezine Concept Sci-fi, .

Orphanage: “a deeply emotional and adventure-filled novel of particularly high quality”

September 12, 2008

Perceptive book reviewers typically rely mostly on reading the book (not entirely necessary – see my high school English grades).

But at Grasping for the Wind,  reviewer John Ottinger went the extra mile (vertically – my reading at DragonCon earlier this month took place in a fuhrer bunker conference room deep within the Atlanta Hyatt) to visit with me in preparing his review of Orphanage, which is new today at,