Egil and Nix Move to Del Rey

November 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Books, Fantasy, News, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Del Rey has acquired the next two Tales of Egil and Nix stories: A Conversation in Blood and a yet to be named book Paul S. Kemp is calling Ass Kicking Sword and Sorcery IV: This Time it’s Personal. Interesting to note that Rey editor Frank Parisi made the acquisition. Paul of course had some fun things to say about the announcement.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold two more Egil and Nix novels, A Conversation in Blood andAss Kicking Sword and Sorcery IV: This Time it’s Personal (not the actual title; but really, shouldn’t it be?) to Del Rey. Here’s the link to the announcement.  As you can see, I’ll be working with the most excellent Frank Parisi, with whom I’ve had several gun duels and two whiskey-drinking contests.  Oh, and he also edited my Old Republic Star Wars novel, Deceived.

Continue Reading Egil and Nix Move to Del Rey…

Tentative Release Date for Episode VII

November 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Good morning fans!! I received some interesting news from Twitter this morning in regards to Episode VII!!  Dennis Barbie, the Director Retail and D2C The Walt Disney Company The Netherlands, saw some first features/plans for Episode VII today.  He said that the movie is planned for the end of 2015, so I asked him about it.  Right now the film is slated for the end of CY15, but being the entertainment industry that could change. Here’s the full conversation:


  1. #StarWars,Saw today some awsome first features/plans of new StarWars 7 movie coming end 2015. #Disney studio role out.

  2. @Barbieguitar so is it looking like a December release then?

  3. @Corax78 at this moment it is planned for end of CY15 but in the entertainment business you will never know. Might be some changes there.


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Our Death Star Interview with Ryder Windham

November 5, 2013 at 11:32 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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To dive deeper into the release of the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual, we interviewed author Ryder Windham who shared some of the work and considerations that went into the project.

Did you find yourself not going into the same material that you covered in the Falcon? Instead of going and covering that same material again, maybe doing something different or covering it on a bigger scale?

Ryder Windham: It was definitely on a bigger scale. The thing that was really different about the approach on both books was that with the Falcon book it was written as if here’s a book the Corellian Engineering would have produced this manual. And with the Death Star it’s not as if we could say, “Oh, this is a book published by the Empire about how to own and operate your Death Star.”

Click here to read our full interview.

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‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’ Review

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The wait is finally over. Now you can add the ultimate manual to your Star Wars library. Click here to check out our review of the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual.

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New Release: ‘Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual’

November 5, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Today the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual is out. Written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff, this hardcover guide to the Death Star will fill readers in on all the details of the Empire’s greatest superweapon.

Conceived as the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star battle station is equipped with a planet-shattering superlaser. The station is heavily shielded, defended by TIE starfighters and laser cannons, and invested with firepower greater than that of half the Imperial fleet. The Empire’s diabolical leaders have every reason to believe that their technological terror will induce fear across the galaxy. But the Death Star has one flaw.

This Haynes Manual traces the origins of the Death Star, from concept to a top-secret project that begins before the foundation of the Empire, which draws design inspiration from the Trade Federation’s spherical warships. In this manual, the Death Star’s onboard systems and controls are explained in detail, and are illustrated with an astonishing range of computer-generated artwork, floor plans, cutaways, and exploded diagrams, all newly created by artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas—the same creative team behind theMillennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. Text is by their Falcon colleague Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books.

Covering history, development and prototyping, superstructure, energy and propulsion, weapons and defensive systems, hangar bays, security, service and technical sectors, crew facilities, and with information about the Death Star II and its planetary shield generator, this is the most thorough technical guide to the Death Star available.

This Haynes Manual is fully authorized and approved by Lucasfilm.

Click here to check our Random House’s product page for a preview of the book and links to all participating retailers.

New Release: ‘Contagion’ by Tim Lebbon

November 5, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Tim Lebbon, author of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, has a new book out today in his Toxic City series.

Jack and his friends are in a race against time to save the remaining inhabitants of a postapocalyptic London from a nuclear bomb.
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the rest of the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers) while the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But that’s not true. Jack and his friends know that the truth is very different–and incredible: the few remaining survivors in London are changing; developing strange, fantastic powers; evolving. And the Chopper force guarding London is treating the ruined city as its own experimental ground.

Now, Jack’s powers are growing. His friend Lucy-Anne’s powers are developing too, and Nomad–that mysterious woman who started it all–is close by. But the Choppers have initiated their final safeguard–a huge nuclear bomb that will wipe out London, and everyone still within its boundaries. Jack and his friends must spread the news of the bomb and save everyone they can. Before that can happen, Jack must face his father, the deadly Reaper, in their final showdown.

You can check out Pyr’s product page for more info and retailer links for Contagion.

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New Release: ‘Twinmaker’ by Sean Williams

November 5, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Star Wars author Sean Williams has a new non-Star Wars book out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this teen debut from #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, who also coauthors the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix.

When a coded note promises improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful—Clair thinks it’s too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, falls into a deadly trap.

With the help of the school freak and a mysterious stranger, Clair races against the clock and around the world to save Libby, even as every step draws her deeper into a deadly world of cover-ups and conspiracies.

Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.

Click here to check out Harper Collins’ product page for more info on Twinmaker including retailer links.

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