Rajan Khanna's Blog
February 18, 2015
Just a reminder that tomorrow is my Reddit AMA starting at 7PM EST. For those who don’t know, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything and that’s what I’ll be doing. If you want to ask me something, just log onto the site and ask away. The site address is:http://www.reddit.com/r/books
Of course the question I’ve been asked most since the release of Falling Sky happens to be, “Will there be a sequel?” Now that contracts have been signed, I can say definitively that yes, there will be a sequel. Pyr has bo...
February 5, 2015
In two weeks, on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 PM, I will be doing a Reddit AMA. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the AMA, it stands for Ask Me Anything. I’ll answer questions on any topic, but probably mostly about Falling Sky, writing, writing a first novel, airships, post-apocalypses, beer, writing groups, workshops and more. I hope you’ll tune in and ask me a question. Anything. It’s right there in the title. Do it.
January 24, 2015
As much as I hate doing this, the nominations are currently open for the Hugo Nominations. Members of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Worldcons (voting members) are eligible to nominate works published in 2014 (more details here).
I don’t have a lot of eligible works from 2014 as I was mostly working on Falling Sky but Falling Sky is eligible in the novel category.
Additionally, my short story, “Second Hand”, which appeared in the Dead Man’s Hand anthology is also eligible in the short story category....
January 8, 2015
It’s a new year and yet I was remiss in not posting about some things that happened last year, particularly related to Falling Sky:
I appeared on the Functional Nerds podcast with John Anealio and Patrick Hester in December. If you missed it, check it out here. We talk a bit about holiday movies, but hopefully that won’t bother you seeing as it’s after the holidays.
I also read at the KGB Bar in December as part of the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series along with Steven Gould. Pictures can b...
October 13, 2014
If you’re in or near New York City tomorrow night, I hope you’ll come join me for the Falling Sky Launch Party. It will be held at Professor Thom’s in the East Village from 7-10. A bookseller from Word bookstore in Greenpoint will be on hand to sell copies of the book. Come have a drink, say hello, and help me celebrate the release of the book.
Hope to see you there.
September 22, 2014
I don’t know if two reviews qualify as a roundup, but I was pleased with the reviews for Falling Sky from both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal.
From Publisher’s Weekly:
This solid and memorable debut is set in a world where a disease has turned most people into quasi-zombies called Ferals…Khanna’s vision of a ruined world, populated by human monsters on the surface and desperate survivors in the air, is bleak but compelling. Ben is a flawed, selfish hero in the spirit of Han Solo, always...
August 27, 2014
In an effort to free up some more space and to raise some necessary funds, I am having a book sale for some of my unneeded books. Some of these are books I’ve read, others I’ve reviewed. Some I just have duplicates of. I’m pricing them fairly broadly – new/like-new hardcovers are $10, used HCs are $7, as are new trade paperbacks. Used trades and new paperbacks are $5 and used paperbacks are $3. I will ship by the cheapest option available unless told otherwise. New or like-new means it could...
August 17, 2014
Let me state first that there are no zombies in Falling Sky.
In the blurbs I received, E. C. Myers references The Walking Dead and Tad Williams’ blurb mentions zombies outright.
See, the thing is that when I started writing the short story that inspired Falling Sky, the idea was that people were living in the air because something horrible was on the ground, something so dangerous that to even spend a short amount of time there could risk your life. Originally I had envisioned some...
August 12, 2014
Anyone who knows me reasonably well knows that I have a thing for airships. I don’t know if I can explain it — it’s just one of those weird obsessions that lodges somewhere in the mind and never shakes loose. And so it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are airships in Falling Sky. In fact, when I was trying to think about how to describe it I came up with the term “post-airpocalyptic”. This has led many people to assume that the novel is steampunk and yet…it’s not.
The genesis was airship...
August 7, 2014
I was happy to see that Library Journal mentioned Falling Sky in an article about diverse subgenres in Science Fiction. It’s mentioned under the “zombie” section, despite the fact that there are no actual zombies in the book. Nevertheless, that was one of the influences that went into its conception. Falling Sky blends elements of several subgenres together in what I hope will be a refreshing take on some of the familiar tropes.
The post-apocalyptic genre has been on my mind lately, partly due...