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August 27, 2015

I’m late in getting the word out, but I will be reading on September 8 at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series along with a young upstart named Michael Swanwick. The reading will take place at The Commons in Brooklyn and will start at 7:00 PM. This will be my second NYRSF reading and the first to feature Rising Tide, my novel which will be out on October 6. If you’re local, please come out.

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Published on August 27, 2015 19:19

July 22, 2015

Anyone who knows me at all probably knows that I’m enthusiastic about beer. In fact my enthusiasm made it into Falling Sky in one chapter that’s essentially an ode to beer.

What I didn’t realize until after the book was out, was that there is a Falling Sky Brewery in Eugene, Oregon. I briefly thought about setting up a reading there when I was supposed to be heading out west.

While working on Rising Tide, I discovered that there’s also a Rising Tide Brewery in Portland, Maine. It’s a common...

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Published on July 22, 2015 18:39 • 12 views

June 28, 2015

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I haven’t seen it, but I got word this weekend that Wired magazine featured Lightspeed Magazine’s podcast as the Staff Pick for science fiction podcasts in their July issue. As part of that they picked a standout episodeand the one they picked wasmy story, “Second Hand.” Lightspeed publishes so many great stories that I’m really chuffed that Wired singled out my story. Thanks to the folks at Brilliance Audio for putting together the narration. If you’d like to check out the podcast, you can...

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Published on June 28, 2015 17:43 • 6 views

June 23, 2015

And apparently it’s been 4 months since I last posted. What’s been going on? Well, I’ve been hard at work on Rising Tide. I turned the manuscript in last week and am already on to copyedits. It was a hard slog at times, but such a great learning experience. I feel like I leveled up as a result. I’m hoping this is the start of the next phase of writing for me.

Speaking of coming out from under, I didn’t get a chance to post the cover of Rising Tide. Yet another amazing Chris McGrath masterpiec...

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Published on June 23, 2015 16:27 • 8 views

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...

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Published on February 18, 2015 09:45 • 27 views

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.


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Published on February 05, 2015 19:34 • 22 views

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....

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Published on January 24, 2015 11:28 • 21 views

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...
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Published on January 08, 2015 19:29 • 16 views

October 13, 2014

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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.

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Published on October 13, 2014 07:33 • 27 views

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...

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Published on September 22, 2014 08:33 • 17 views