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Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Archive for April 2012

A Dribble of Historical Accuracy ‘n’ stuff

04.23.12
by Daniel Abraham

If y’all are interested in it, I have a post up on A Dribble of Ink about historical accuracy and epic fantasy.  I am, at best, skeptical.

Hardcovers

04.13.12
by Ty Franck

Publishing is changing.  It used to be that the normal publication cycle was a hardcover release, followed by a mass market paperback.  Our publisher is Orbit, for the Expanse series and Daniel’s Dagger and Coin.  In the US, they do a simultaneous release of trade paperbacks and ebooks, with no hardcover release.   Ebooks are killing the mass market paperback, as they take the role of the disposable book.  Trade paperbacks don’t suffer from the frankly stupid stripping returns rules that […]

The Dogs Project: Two More Critiques (and a final status update)

04.13.12
by Daniel Abraham

What is the Dog’s Project? Okay, a couple more critiques have rolled in, which I will share with you now. First, from New York Times bestelling urban fantasy author Carrie Vaughn: ————————————————————————————– I read your blogs posts, but not the story as you were posting it, any more than a skim-through.  I also skimmed the two critiques that went up, but only after I read the story myself.  So I know what you said you were doing with this, and […]

Found in the Daily Find

04.11.12
by Daniel Abraham

It’s a short-time sale, but your friends and mine at Barnes and Noble are making the ebook version of Dragon’s Path their Daily Find today.  That means you can get the book for a big $2.99 AND it’s got a copy of the Hugo nominated Leviathan Wakes along with it as an extra. Or if you’re a Kindle aficionado, you can grab it at the same price from Amazon. Thing is, it’s a one-day sale.  So tell your friends and […]

Well, Here’s A Thing That Happened

04.07.12
by Daniel Abraham

So funny thing.  The Hugo nominations for best novel?  Yeah, take a look: A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin Embassytown by China Mieville Among Others by Jo Walton Deadline by Mira Grant Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey So yeah.  This is where I normally say something sort of glib and understated, but even though I’ve known about this for a while, the truth is, I’m still a little gobsmacked.  I’m pleased and humbled to be nominated, […]

Countdown to The King’s Blood

04.03.12
by Daniel Abraham

Every age had left its mark here, every generation growing on the ruins of the old until the earth below the dark-​cobbled streets was not soil, but the wreckage of what had come before. It was a city of black and gold, of wealth and desperate poverty. Its walls rose around it like a boast of invulnerability, and its noble quarters displayed great mansions and towers and temples casually, as if the grandeur was trivial, normal, and mundane. Had Camnipol […]

Daniel’s First Clarkesworld Article: Reading as Performance

04.02.12
by Daniel Abraham

So I’ve scored a bi-monthly column with your friends and mine at Hugo-winning semiprozine Clarkesworld under the title Another Word.  The first one has gone live. I came to the same conclusion that all authors reach: the reviewers who liked me are intelligent, deep-souled bastions of wisdom, and the ones who didn’t are a bunch of weak-brained punks. Mystery solved. But here’s the thing. Once the initial emotional rush plays out and my amygdala calms back down to its natural state, […]