David Walton's Blog
September 19, 2019
A few years ago, my novel Superposition was published in Turkey, where it became a runaway bestseller (that Turkish translator must have written a great book!). This month, the sequel, Supersymmetry, hits the bookstores of Istanbul and Ankara, to a hopefully enthusiastic reception! Here’s the cover art for the new book, which I think is fantastic.
August 12, 2019
Ben Shapiro is a conservative political commentator with a very popular podcast. Today he told his millions of listeners that they should read THREE LAWS LETHAL, which he called a “fascinating book that raises serious questions about AI.” This is huge exposure for the book, which I’m really thrilled about!
You can hear what he said from this link, starting at 49:33.
June 11, 2019
Today, at long last, THREE LAWS LETHAL is released into the world! It’s available in any format, wherever you like to buy books. It’s about self-driving cars, about artificial intelligence, about corporate espionage and legal battles and friendship and heartbreak and revenge. I’ve been waiting a long time to get this one into your hands, and I’m excited you will all now have a chance to read it!
“If Asimov had lived for another fifty years, his worldview might have evolved enough to write something like Three Laws Lethal, but he couldn’t have done it better than David Walton did. Recommended for those who like character-driven science fiction, hard science fiction, fans of Asimov’s Robot series, and anyone who has ever used a car sharing app.”
—Future SF Magazine
“David Walton’s Three Laws Lethal gives the reader exciting insights into the threats and the promises that are coming our way.”
—Vernor Vinge, multiple Hugo award-winning author of A Deepness in the Sky
June 7, 2019
I appear on Civilian Reader today to tell you how my daughter reacted when I made her a main character in my new book, THREE LAWS LETHAL.
May 28, 2019
My quantum physics murder mystery SUPERPOSITION is on sale today for only $1.99! The sale only goes until Thursday, so if you haven’t given it a try yet, now’s a great opportunity. You’ve got to read something while you wait for THREE LAWS LETHAL, right?
May 21, 2019
Only three weeks left until THREE LAWS LETHAL hits bookstores and all of your favorite Internet book outlets! I can’t wait for all of you to get a chance to read it. Preorder it now!
May 11, 2019
April 1, 2019
March 20, 2019
Late last year, my publisher, Pyr Books, was sold by its parent publisher, thus switching the distribution of my books from Penguin Random House to Simon and Schuster. Unfortunately, during the changeover in distribution, there was a glitch that meant all of the preorders for Three Laws Lethal (coming June 11!) were wiped out. If you preordered before about February 20, then the book gremlins have most likely forgotten about your order. If this is you, please check your account. And if this is not you… what are you waiting for? Preorder now!
I’m not the only author impacted by this. If you preordered books from K.V Johansen, K.D. Edwards, Richard A. Knaak, or Tracy Townsend, you might want to check your account and make sure that your order still exists.
As you may or may not know, preorders are a really important part of a book’s first wobbly steps into the real world; they can affect how much push a new release gets from publishers and bookstores, among other things — and ours were all erased.
Here are the five forthcoming Pyr books affected by the preorder gremlin:
K.D. Edwards – The Hanged Man: The Tarot Sequence Book Two
The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured past.
The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man.
K.V. Johansen – The Last Road: Gods of the Caravan Road Book Five
When even the gods are dying, the hope of the world may lie in its most feared enemies.
A new god proclaimed as the All-Holy has arisen in the west and leads an army eastward, devouring the gods and goddesses of the lands between, forcibly converting their folk and binding their souls to himself. Even the great city of Marakand seems powerless to resist, though the devils Moth and Yeh-Lin and the assassin Ahjvar, undying consort of the god of distant Nabban, have come to stand with it.
Richard A. Knaak – Black City Dragon
A historical urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago, which combines action, mystery, and romance against a backdrop of gangland wars and the threat of supernatural horror.
For sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has guarded the gate between our world and Feirie, preventing the Wyld—the darkest Feirie of all—from coming into Chicago to find human prey. But since he defeated Oberon, more and more Wyld have been slipping through. Nick and his Feirie companion, the shapeshifter, Fetch, have been busy hunting them down.
Tracy Townsend – The Fall: Thieves of Fate Book Two
An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know—secrets that could destroy humanity.
Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.
David Walton – Three Laws Lethal
A science fiction thriller in which fleets of self-driving cars make life-and-death choices.
In a near-future New York City, where self-driving cars roam the city streets, rival entrepreneurs Brandon and Tyler compete to produce the smartest AIs, training them in a virtual game world to anticipate traffic and potential customers better than the competition. The result? Intelligent computers that excel at using all available data to determine which humans should live, and which should die.
November 19, 2018
I was on a panel at Philcon this weekend called “The Robot Other,” which asked why we are so attracted to stories written about sympathetic AI characters, especially those written from the AI’s perspective. A question from someone in the audience prompted what I thought was the best insight from the conversation: In our cultural dialogue, we are moving more and more toward the consensus that humans are essentially machines — evolved biological machines that execute our programming on the data that comes in through our senses. The logical conclusion, if we are nothing more than material bodies, is that our sense of conscious agency is an illusion. After all, each neuron in our brains that fires was directly caused by a previous neuron that fired, which was caused by another, or by some external stimulus. It’s all deterministic, or at least probabilistic at the quantum level. This belief creates a certain amount of angst, however, because it flies in the face of our most basic human experience — that we make real choices that matter. To come to grips with this unsettling notion that we are nothing but machines, we eagerly devour stories about AIs — machines that we suddenly fear we have a lot more in common with that we might previously have thought.