Lunacon Schedule

Wow, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been working hard on Raining Fire and only just got the proofs off to the publisher.

However, I wanted to say that I will be attending Lunacon this weekend, in Tarrytown, NY. My schedule is:

Sat 1PM – The Allure of Sherlock Holmes – Grand Ballroom G
Sat 4PM – World Building Interactive vs Narrative – Grand Ballroom G
Sun 10:30 AM – Humans and Machines – Grand Ballroom G
Sun 11:30 AM – Reading – Dutchess
Sun 2:30 PM – Writers Groups, Degrees, Programs Oh My! – Dutchess

Hope to see you there!

My World Fantasy Schedule

In just a matter of days, I will be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH. I know there was some problems with the programming this year, but thanks to Ellen Datlow I’m happy to be part of some interesting discussions. My schedule is below:

Thursday, October 27

5 PM – Reading: I think I’m going to read from an unpublished story that fits with the theme of the convention (Flights of Fantasy)

Friday, October 28

5PM – A Golden Age of Contemporary Asian Fantasy: There are some fantastic people on this panel including Brenda Clough, Mary Soon Lee, Amal El-Mohtar, Don Pizarro, and Mimi Mondal

Saturday, October 29

4PM – An Aviary of Beasties: w/ Auston Habershaw, Dan Koboldt, E. J. Stevens, and Susan Shell Winston

If you’re going, I hope to see you there!

Beginnings and Ends

I’m a little late in announcing this here, but I’m happy to say that there will be a third book in the series that started with Falling Sky and Rising Tide. The third book, currently titled Raining Fire, will be out from Pyr next year. I’m looking forward to putting an end to Ben’s story and bringing the series to a close (if only because all stories should have endings). I’m working on the novel now and all I can say is that it’s fun to continue to put Ben through his paces, especially after hitting rock bottom.

That being said, if you’re on the fence about the series or always wanted to pick it up but didn’t get around to it, or have friends you might be interested, Barnes and Noble is having a Start a Series sale and Falling Sky is one of the books featured. That means that the ebook version is selling for only $2.99 — not just at BarnesandNoble.com but everywhere that ebooks are sold. So grab it if you want, or tell your friends, or hell, even your enemies. And if you do read it, I’d appreciate it if you could leave a review wherever you got it from. Whatever you think. Links below:

Falling Sky at Barnes & Noble

Falling Sky at Amazon

Falling Sky at Kobo

Ringworld

As mentioned, I’ve been trying to catch up on old, classic science fiction, and after Rendezvous with Rama, I set my sites on Ringworld by Larry Niven, a book I have also been hearing about since I was a kid. Like Rama, Ringworld involves an alien artifact and a crew that visits it. But unlike Rama, I kind of hated it.

Ringworld centers on Louis Wu, a roughly 200 year old human who seizes upon the opportunity to visit the mysterious Ringworld along with a crew consisting of two aliens and a human woman. The journey uncovers secrets about the Ringworld and about each other, culminating in a massive revelation about one of the crew members in particular.

To be fair, the Ringworld concept is cool, a variation on a Dyson sphere, and I wish the novel had spent even more time there, but it takes far too long to get there. The novel felt bloated and meandering and far too obsessed with unimportant personal interactions.

But far more egregious, I thought, was the way the novel treats women. There are two of note — one is an actual space whore (once they find out that she was on a space ship, it seems like the only profession she could be) and the other one is a literal plot device. In fact much of what Louis Wu does is mansplain to his companion, Teela. Of course Louis also has lots of sex with both women. Both women felt underdeveloped to me, whereas Louis, and the similarly male Speaker-to-Animals, have perhaps the most fully realized relationship in the whole novel.

I had other problems with the book — it feels overly sentimental without earning it, its sexism almost seems to border on misogyny in parts, and don’t get me started on the idea of evolved luck. I questioned Niven’s understanding of biology and evolution after reading Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex, and there seems to be more of that suspect thinking here.

Ringworld won the Hugo, the Nebula and the Locus Awards, which puts it in a very small group. To be honest, I don’t see its appeal. Disappointing, but at least I can move on to the next book.

If you read Ringworld, though, and liked it, please let me know why in the comments. I’d love to hear from people with different viewpoints than mine.

Rendezvous with Rama

Elisabeth’s been delving into science fiction lately and that got me keen to start picking up some old science fiction classics that I had somehow never gotten around to reading.

The first of these was Rendezvous with Rama, a book I feel like I’ve been hearing about since the early 80s. And yet, I never picked it up. So recently, on my commute, I listened to the audiobook.

I really enjoyed it. In fact, I think it’s fair to say I loved it. Firmly in that old school hard sci-fi realm, and yet still very relevant if you ignore some of the outdated science (though that was remarkably minimal). It didn’t even bother me that Clarke’s characterization is minimal. I was pretty much riveted throughout. It helps that it’s a SF mystery. But honestly, I’m just a sucker for alien artifact stories.

I also saw how it could be adapted (pretty easily, I think) into a film, which is apparently something Morgan Freeman has been trying to do. You’d just have to consolidate some characters. But the structure is there. And I think it would be relatable (Hollywood, call me).

I’m definitely up for reading more Clarke. Obviously 2001 and its sequels are some of the best known, but let me know if you recommend any others in the comments.

 

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Rising Tide -Out now!


Rising Tide, the sequel to Falling Sky, was released on October 6, 2015. Publisher's Weekly said, "Khanna crafts a terrifyingly dismal picture of the future, raising the stakes by gradually stripping Ben of friends and support while throwing him into increasingly dire situations. His worldbuilding remains solid and unsettling, and he never loses sight of the human element. The cliffhanger ending is sure to leave readers on the edges of their seats, panting for resolution."

Falling Sky – Out now!


Falling Sky, my first novel, came out October 7, 2014 from Pyr. It's an adventure story set in a post-apocalyptic future with airships. Publisher's Weekly called it a "solid and memorable debut" while Library Journal gave it a starred review and named it Debut of the Month. For more information, please click here.

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