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Oct 01, 2014 07:57AM

4170 Ann Leckie cites C.J. Cherryh as an influence rather than Iain M. Banks, so I'd probably point you at Cherryh.

And if you're looking for something equivalently boundary-pushing in Fantasy, I can't help but shill The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley.
Aug 04, 2014 10:38AM

4170 SHIELD AND CROCUS is the Kindle Daily Deal for just $1.99.

You can also add on the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels for just $.99 more.

http://www.amazon.com/Shield-Crocus-M...
Jun 10, 2014 08:41PM

4170 Today is the launch day for Shield and Crocus, available now in print, ebook, and audio.

Conveniently, today is also the day that my interview with the fabulous Veronica and Tom is live in the newest ep of S&L! It's like they planned it or something. :)

http://swordandlaser.com/home/2014/6/...
Jun 05, 2014 08:02AM

May 13, 2014 05:25PM

4170 Hi folks,

You might know me as the author of the Ree Reyes series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy).

I've got a new book coming in June called Shield and Crocus, which combines the New Weird (ala China Mieville's Perdido Street Station) with the Superhero genre.

Right now, my publisher has a Goodreads giveaway going on, with 20 copies available.
Apr 10, 2014 05:38AM

4170 And if you're an audio reader, the audiobook version (narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal) is now available:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fant...
Apr 07, 2014 11:49AM

4170 Hello, Swords and Lasers! Some folks have been interested in the previous books in the series (Geekomancy and Celebromancy, so I wanted to share the news that Attack the Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest is now available world-wide on all ebook platforms.

Blurb:
A side quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series--when D&D style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!

Ree Reyes, urban fantasy heroine of Geekomancy, is working her regular barista/drink-slinger shift at Grognard's when it all goes wrong. Everything.

As with Geekomancy (pop culture magic!) and its sequel Celebromancy (celebrity magic!), Attack of the Geek is perfect for anyone who wants to visit a world "where all the books and shows and movies and games [that you] love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, but in practical, villain-pounding ones" (Marie Brennan, award-winning author of A Natural History of Dragons).

Link:
http://michaelrunderwood.com/books/at...
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Mar 31, 2014 04:21PM

4170 Lots of Angry Robot books forthcoming (and a couple from me at the end):

Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres (April 29th)
Morningside Fall by Jay Posey (April 29th)
Company Town by Madeline Ashby (September 30th)
The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1 by Kameron Hurley (August 26th)
The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore (June 24th)
The Buried Life by Carrie Patel (July 29th)
Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner (May 27th)
The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick (June 24th)
The White Towers by Andy Remic (June 17th)

Attack the Geek by Michael R. Underwood (April 7th)
Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood (June 10th)
The Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood (December 15th)
Jan 24, 2014 06:46AM

4170 Hi all!

I wanted to pop back in and make sure folks knew that CELEBROMANCY is a Kindle Daily Deal today. You can get all of the geek-tastic-ness for just $1.99

http://www.amazon.com/Celebromancy-Mi...

And if you do, the audiobook (narrated excellently by Hugo Award Winner Mary Robinette Kowal) is only $1.99 as well! http://www.amazon.com/Celebromancy-Re...

And because two deals isn't enough, GEEKOMANCY, the first book in the series, is still $1.99 as a Kindle Big Deal. http://www.amazon.com/Geekomancy-Mich...

So you could get all three for the price of a burger or a fancy latte.
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Nov 19, 2013 06:24AM

4170 I'm really happy to see more honest-to-goodness Science Fiction on Network TV in the USA. I only hope that the ratings justify the (likely substantial) special effects budget.
4170 I listened to Rachel Aaron when she was on a podcast, and then picked up the ebook (2K to 10K). I've been using some of her suggestions, including tracking writing productivity/time, and in outlining more.

This year has been a success in increasing my production rate, for sure. I've had the most success when I'm able to summon a high degree of focus, shutting out the whole world, and knowing enough of what's coming ahead to not have to stop and plot as I go.
Oct 24, 2013 07:48PM

4170 I'd love an extra excuse to read Ancillary Justice. I picked it up on Kobo the week it came out. All review buzz is extremely positive.
4170 You have my sword...and laser.
Oct 01, 2013 11:46AM

4170 1) What's your process like for developing the interconnected civilizations of your fantasy worlds? Any tips for other writers looking to do sophisticated worldbuilding inspired by real history?

2) What one thing does every fiction writer considering doing a Kickstarter to support their work need to know?

3) What has podcasting taught you about being a writer and/or publishing professional?
Jul 23, 2013 09:51AM

4170 I took the challenge of seeking out and reading 50 books by authors of color as soon as possible - always making sure to consider a work by an author of color when deciding what to read next. It's already encouraged me to pick up books I might have ignored otherwise, and as a reader, I've found it has brought me several breaths of fresh air.
Jul 22, 2013 09:47AM

4170 Turbo's pie is based on my favorite deep dish pizza toppings, and goes for pies in the tradition of Lou Malnati's, though I make my own deep dish pies.

Burger Bin is inspired by Shake Shack, a chain in NYC and elsewhere on the east coast.

And the crack fries are based on a dish served at Farm Bloomington in Bloomington, IN. You can find the recipe for Crack fries in Farmfood: Green Living with Chef Daniel Orr.
Jul 22, 2013 07:44AM

4170 I've not played Lords of Waterdeep, but I've heard very good things, so I'll have to give it a shot sometime!

More games for everyone. :)
Jul 21, 2013 08:29PM

4170 You can enter to win one of two copies of Celebromancy here:
http://www.talkingsupe.com/2013/07/br...
Jul 15, 2013 06:39PM

4170 Hi Sandi - glad you're enjoying the audiobook.

There's no paper edition right now, since the books are being published by Pocket Star, which is a digital-first imprint. There may yet be a paperback edition if the book sells well enough.
Jul 15, 2013 06:51AM

4170 Celebromancy is now available on all ebook formats and in audiobook (narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal).

This post on my blog has all the buy links and more: http://michaelrunderwood.com/2013/07/...
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