Today is the birthday of the first volume in my space opera trilogy. In honor of The Dangerous Type, I’ll give away a copy of the book (as paperback, ebook, or audiobook), if you’ll answer the question below.
A book birthday is such a strange milestone. This time last year, I was leveled by pneumonia brought on by working really hard to write the third book in the trilogy in four months while simultaneously contending with the editorial changes on the second book and trying to do the advance promotion on the first book. I had finally reached the place I had always wanted to be and it came close to killing me.
It took my body months to recover from the pneumonia. Because I was sick and weak all summer, I didn’t really take time to enjoy the triumph of getting books out in July, September, and November of the same year. I couldn’t look up from my computer screen, pounding out the next guest blog post.
Looking back, it was an amazing year. The trilogy turned out to be just as challenging and dark as I’d envisioned, as centered around the characters and their broken galaxy as I hoped. I got to explore what being chaotic neutral is all about. I am immensely proud of how things turned out.
And The Dangerous Type drew some nice attention:
- Barnes & Noble chose it as one of their space operas to read while you were waiting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy to come out.
- io9’s put it on their Must-Read Science Fiction for July.
- Geek Dad wrote a glowing review.
- Publisher’s Weekly accused me of bringing grimdark to space opera.
- I got to do my first book signing at my local Barnes & Noble in Michigan.
- The Dangerous Type came out as my first audiobook in September on Audible.
- I got to rave about my experiments with persona on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog.
- I read The Dangerous Type at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, and Borderlands Bookstore in San Francisco.
- Charlie Jane Anders invited me to read at my first Writers With Drinks and told the audience my book “fucking rocks.”
In honor of The Dangerous Type‘s birthday, I’d like to give away a copy of the novel, either as a paperback, ebook, or audiobook. Tell me, in the comments below, what your favorite science fiction novel is.