The Weirdest Year

2016 may just go on record as the weirdest year I’ve seen. It started with the devastating losses of David Bowie and Prince, saw the serious candidacy of Donald Trump, and continues to have people of all ages and lifestyles walking around trying to catch Pokemon.

Just the other day I heard a story about the U.S. government approving a robot landing on the moon from a private company. It’s not entirely out of nowhere, but I keep having to remind myself that this is the world that we live in.

But that’s not as startling as the other story, about the National Institutes of Health lifting a moratorium on experiments involving human-animal hybrids. Without being alarmist about it, this is certainly a science-fictional world that we are living in.

Of course, a lot of these things call to mind science fiction stories of yesteryear. The last story calls to mind The Island of Doctor Moreau, for example. Some of these events even make the science fiction stories of the past resonate more. Octavia Butler eerily predicted Trump’s campaign slogan. And I can’t think of Trump’s candidacy without thinking of the Ray Bradbury story, A Sound of Thunder. 

I first encountered the story many years ago, when I was a kid, on an audiotape that my parents bought me at Waldenbooks. I loved the story the first time I heard it, but over the years, one of the hardest things for me to take in that story was the presidential race it depicted (spoilers for the story ahead):

Here’s what a character says early in the story:

We’re lucky. If Deutscher had gotten in, we’d have the worst kind of dictator- ship. There’s an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, anti- Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual. People called us up, you know, joking but not joking. Said if Deutscher became President they wanted to go live in 1492.

Sounds a little familiar to me. Then, at the end of the story (and here’s the real spoilery part, so please look away if you want to read the story — and you should if you never have):

His face was cold. His mouth trembled, asking: “Who— who won the presidential election yesterday?”

The man behind the desk laughed. “You joking? You know 460 very well. Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that fool weakling Keith. We got an iron man now, a man with guts!” The official stopped. “What’s wrong?”

Eckels, the main character, in going back to the past and stepping off the path and killing a butterfly causes the change that allows Deutscher to be elected.

I never bought that in the past. I don’t know if I thought that someone like Deutscher could never be a real contender for president or else doubted that the time ripple could effect that kind of change. But now, looking at the Trump candidacy, I stand corrected.

So to any time travelers out there, please don’t leave the path. Please don’t kill any butterflies. I don’t think we can live with the consequences.

 

Still here (with bonus modern airships)

In case anyone was wondering.

It’s been almost six months since I last posted (and then about Rising Tide coming out). Since then jobs have been worked, crises have been navigated, and my brain has been allowed to settle back into something resembling a creative state.

But I’ve started to emerge from my coccoon and I am greeted by this news:

Lockeheed Sells New Airships for $480M

The idea of modern airships is a key part of what helped shape the world of Falling Sky and Rising Tide, but I haven’t seen much movement of late, so this is exciting, particularly the heavier-than-light technology that allows them to hover (something I’ve used in the books, without necessarily explaining it).

Helps to invigorate me as I work on the last novel…

 

 

Rising Tide Release Day!

Today is the day! Rising Tide is out today. In bookstores both physical and digital. If you want a copy, go out and get one! And if you do get one, and read it, it would be great if you would consider leaving a review of the book somewhere where people can see it.

Publisher’s Weekly said of the book, “”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.”

Hope you’ll pick it up.

Rising Tide: The Details

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So the release of Rising Tide is almost here. Here are some things you may need to know about the novel.

  1. Rising Tide is the second in a series of novels. Falling Sky is the first. You’d probably be better off reading Falling Sky first, but I’m hoping that isn’t strictly necessary.
  2. The book should be available at your local bookstore but is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ABEBooks and pretty much any retailer. Hardcopy or eBook. If you want to pick up a copy buy it wherever makes you happy.
  3. If you do buy it, and read it, reviews are really helpful things for writers. If you write me one, I would be forever grateful.
  4. If you’re in the New York area (or will be), the launch party for Rising Tide will take place on October 8 at the Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary starting at 7PM. A limited amount of books will be for sale at the event.
Promo Season Begins in Earnest

I’ve been trying to sneak out promotional links a little at a time, but today I have a few that all came at once:

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Raining Fire – Coming July 18, 2017!


Raining Fire, the third and final book in the Ben Gold series, will be released on July 18, 2017. This book ties up the story begun in Falling Sky leading to an explosive conclusion. Available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble now.

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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