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

Two bits of news and an irony (in the Alanis Morrisette I-don’t-think-that’s-what-the-word-means way)

10.16.12
by Daniel Abraham

First big news:  Check this out.

Book Three of The Expanse and the covers still rock

So once again, our eternal gratitude to Daniel Dociu.  Seriously, that guy’s great.

Second big news:  Han Solo

So far, I am only allowed to confirm that James SA Corey will be writing a Star Wars novel focusing on Han Solo and set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  So with that in mind, I will now present the same information in two slightly different formats.

Translation One:  Ty and I will be writing a book about the coolest character during the most dynamic and transitional time in one of the (if not *the*) biggest science fiction milieus ever.

Translation Two:  Woo hoo!

And with the news of the day aside, I was thinking as I blearily brewed my morning tea that there’s an essential disconnect between the experience of writing and the experience of reading that I think may explain why comedy almost never gets literary awards.  Light, fun books are easy to read, and so they come across as easy to write.  My experience is actually just the opposite.  Dark, brooding, punishing stories are actually much easier to write than fun ones. Moving someone to tears is easier than moving them to laughter.  Inspiring disgust is a breeze.  Pleasure is tricky.

I’m very much hoping that, before I die, I can really get the hang of writing pleasurable stories. I’ think I’m doing okay so far, and I’m definitely still learning.

11 Responses »

  1. Can’t wait for Abbadon! Great artwork too. Are you still targeting summer 2013 for publishing?

    Still need to pick up Gods of Risk.

  2. New cover looks great. Daniel Dociu’s style has been really consistent in a fantastic way.

    I’m looking forward to the new book! Hopefully IO9.com’s quote becomes a reality and somebody pens a really kick-ass screenplay.

  3. Just wondering how come this book’s cover quote is about LW? CW’s cover quotes were also all about LW. CW was so good and I’ll bet AG will be just as good. Why not praise CW or AG or maybe a quote about The Expanse as a whole. Its turning into so much more than just an awesome opening novel :)

    • I agree. Why not have actually famous science-fiction people (GRRM, Warren Ellis, Richard Morgan, Charles Stross, Greg Bear, whatnot) blurb the actual third book?

  4. Man, Dociu kills it again…great stuff!

  5. Awesome news! Really can’t wait for whatever you guys do next, really.

  6. Wow, excellent, I think that’s the best cover yet! I can’t wait until this comes out, the first two Expanse novels really scratched an itch that nothing else could.

  7. Man, I cannot wait for Abaddon’s Gate; Leviathan’s Wake and Caliban’s War are two of the best novels I’ve read in recent memory… the only downside is having to wait until May 2013… The new cover is an excellent appetizer, though. Thanks!

  8. Does the sale of Lucasfilm in anyway affect the Han Solo novel?

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