Steven Gould's Blog, page 13
July 6, 2011
From SQT at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews
I almost decided not to do this giveaway because this book looks too cool not to keep. But you know what? I'm so swamped that I think it's only fair to give this away while it's new and I'll buy a copy when I'm ready to read it myself.
Very nice review over at Blogcritics.
7th Sigma does what any classic adventure tale does: it describes a very scary and dangerous world in believable detail, while simultaneously making the reader wish they could go adventuring there themselves. Although I would have preferred a little more focus on the deeper science fictional aspects of his world and a little less on the narrative connection to Kim, I can't deny the inherent readability of this book. It's much lighter in tone and content than Gould's other works, and may not stick as much with you after you put it down, but I defy you not to devour the whole thing in a weekend.
Edited to add:
Cool! Just learned from Cassie at Tor that this review was also at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer site.
July 5, 2011
It's no secret that Cory liked 7th SIGMA, there is a blurb from on the front AND back cover. But he also posted a lovely full length review at BoingBoing.
Steven Gould's latest novel 7th Sigma is his best since Jumper, and while it shares Jumper's excellent pace and likable characters, it is otherwise as totally unlike Jumper as it could be, except in the field of overall awesomeness, which it has in spades.
Feel like Donkey from Shrek. "Awesomeness! He said it had awesomeness!" Lots more at BoingBoing.
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I was pleased to hear that 7th Sigma is not just out in hardback and ebook today, but the Audible.com audio book is also available.
But I was flabbergasted to see that, in addition, the new audio editions of Jumper and Reflex are also out. (News to me. I hope I'm going to get my own copies!)
Reflex has had an audio book edition in the past, but that publisher, PaperbackDigital, went out of business, so this is a new version.
However, this is the first time that Jumper has made it to audiobook and people have been asking for over a decade.
So, finally, here they are over at audible.
John Scalzi highlights (as in let's author's blather on) about the ideas and influences of their latest work in his The Big Idea series at his blog, Whatever. Today, on the release date of 7th Sigma, he let's me do it. He says:
What do the adventures of a young man in a classic of 19th century colonial literature have to do with the adventures of another, entirely different person in the fictional American Southwest of the mid-21st century? If you ask Steven Gould, he'll say: quite a bit, actually. Steve's here to explain why, and how it informs 7th Sigma, his latest — and very cool — science fiction novel.
Read what I have to say about Rudyard Kipling's Kim and how it relates to 7th Sigma over at The Big Idea.
July 4, 2011
I received an email.
I just got a notice from Amazon that my copy of 7th Sigma has shipped. Looking forward to it! Yay!
I will not go look at the Amazon Sales Ranking.
I will not go look at the Amazon Sales Ranking.
I will not go look at the Amazon…
June 29, 2011
Recently did an interview for my umptycoming book 7th Sigma and they asked me what I was reading now.
What is Steven Gould reading:
At this point, (in the last quarter of writing a novel–currently writing the next Jumper novel, Impulse.) I am usually rereading. Often I'm looking for a vibe, or tone, or feeling. Lately, it's been nearly everything written by Martha Wells. In particularly, I'm rereading her latest book The Cloud Roads.
She is a fantasy writer but there is something science fictional about her world building. Cloud Roads has this cool multi-race (and by race, I suppose I mean multi-species world ranging from variety of humanoids forms to bug-like hive creatures and primarily two races that shift from "groundling" to a flying form. All of these species are sentient and the cultural interactions are fascinating. (There are non-sentient species around, too.)
I've also recently reread her trilogy, The Fall of Il'Rien (The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods.) It's a real pity these three books didn't come out before the current steampunk craze, but fans of steampunk should seek them out now. This trilogy is set in the same world as her first novel The Element of Fire and her nebula award nominated novel The Death of the Necromancer, but where Element is a cavalier period novel, and Necromancer is Victorian, I'd call Fall World War I/Edwardian in historical setting (when it isn't something completely else–they travel between dimensions.)
So that's what I'm reading. What are you reading?
June 21, 2011
June 15, 2011
I did an interview on Farland's Authors' Advisory Conference Calls, an interesting venue that uses free phone conferencing to host talks by writers about writing for writers. (Lotta writers/writing stuff.) Mine was on consequences in fiction and you can listen to the recording here. David Farland (aka Dave Wolverton) sponsor's this series but it is hosted by Make Shaffer and Robin Weeks.
Definitely contains me rambling on about my pet peeves in fiction: when people set up one thing and do the opposite.