Wanna help make Schrodinger’s Gat a reality?

May 21, 2013 Rob 0

The Schrödinger’s Gat project is now live on Kickstarter! What does this mean to you? It means you can help me get this baby in front of readers, and get some really cool stuff in the process. Advance copies of the book, copies of my other books, posters, custom USB drives… all kinds of neat stuff (I will not be using the word “swag.” You’re welcome.) Check out the project on Kickstarter, and if you want to be part of the […]

Win a complete set of Mercury audiobooks!

May 16, 2013 Rob 2

  I’m giving away five complete sets of the Mercury trilogy on mp3 CD! To win, just go here and enter your email address. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your address. That’s all there is to it. I will pick five winners at random at noon PDT on Friday, May 24, 2013. Enter now! And Good luck!

Guest post: Helen Smith, author of Invitation to Die

May 14, 2013 Rob 0

Q) Your latest book is called Invitation to Die. Can you tell us a bit about that? Invitation to Die is the debut novel in my Emily Castles mystery series. It’s an entertaining British mystery featuring twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles. She teams up with eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to investigate a murder at a romance writers’ conference in London. Emily has already appeared in two novellas I have written, Three Sisters and Showstoppers. Thomas & Mercer asked me to write […]

The feds fall for a plastic gun

May 13, 2013 Rob 0

My latest piece for The Blaze deals with the federal government’s attempts to shut down Defense Distributed, the company offering plans for a printable gun: This isn’t the first time ITAR has been used to prevent the promulgation of information: until 1997, for example, strong cryptography could not be legally exported from the U.S. The strange thing about the invocation of ITAR in this case is that the information ostensibly being guarded is for relatively low tech weaponry. Other than […]

Kickstarting Schrodinger’s Gat

May 11, 2013 Rob 0

Recently I mentioned on Facebook that I was planning on doing a Kickstarter project to fund my nearly finished novel, Schrödinger’s Gat. Someone left a comment asking why I don’t just handle the release of Schrödinger’s Gat the same way I handled the publication of Mercury Falls. The short answer to that question is that essentially I am handling it the same way. For those who don’t know, Mercury Falls was my first novel. At the time I was writing it, […]

Dick, Dick, Lem

April 28, 2013 Rob 0

Time to catch up on my book reviews. Today: two books by Philip Dick and one by Stanislaw Lem. The Man in the High Castle is an early Dick book, and you can tell. It’s very different from most of his other works, particularly the loosely structured, paranoid, drug-inspired fantasies of his later years. Exhaustively researched and meticulously structured, this is a compelling work of alternate history. The book takes place in the western United States, after the Axis victory […]

Movie Review: Total Recall

April 24, 2013 Rob 3

When I heard there were plans to remake the 1990 Schwarzenegger sci-fi flick Total Recall, my reaction was the same as just about everyone else’s: WHY?!?! The main thing Total Recall had going for it, like most Schwarzenegger movies, was Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s not the most subtle thespian, but there’s no denying Arnold has charisma. Schwarzenegger’s enthusiasm to commit to even the most absurd roles is admirable, and his irrepressible Austrian-tinged delivery has immortalized many an otherwise forgettable line (some […]

The God Patent

April 23, 2013 Rob 0

My friend Ransom Stephens’ wonderful novel The God Patent is being (re-)released today. Originally self-published, Stephens’ riveting story of the interplay quantum physics and fundamentalist theology is now available from 47North (Amazon’s sci-fi imprint) in a longer, re-edited form, with a fancy new cover. I first ran across The God Patent when I was doing research on quantum physics for Mercury Rests. Quantum physics and theology are two of my areas of interest, and there aren’t a lot of novels […]

Movie Review: Oblivion

April 22, 2013 Rob 0

Oblivion, Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi vehicle, is a competent if not ground-breaking dystopian thriller. Imagine a big budget version of Duncan Jones’ Moon, starring Cruise instead of Sam Rockwell. (And if you haven’t seen Moon, what are you waiting for? It’s great.) It’s the year 2077. We’re told that the Earth has been invaded by aliens who blew up the moon, wreaking havoc and causing mass destruction on Earth. It isn’t really explained why they blew up the Moon. I […]

New website!

April 22, 2013 Rob 0

I never seem to be happy with my website. Part of the problem was that until this year I was a web developer, so I always wanted to tweak things to make them a little better. I even wrote my own blogging platform at one point, because I wasn’t happy with any of the available offerings. The end result was that things still didn’t work the way I wanted, and I was wasting a lot of time mucking around in […]

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