I still remember one of my favorite science fiction reads. I was home from college, working as a computer operator at government facility in town. Most of my colleagues were flunkies in their thirties or forties that had lost all ambition and were just soaking up a cozy, low-paying, low-stress job. These people had a lot of time on their hands. There were a lot of old paperbacks floating around, so I grabbed one and took it home. The guy that gave it to me, scraggly beard and a trace of alcohol on his breath, told me there was only one way to read this book. Start in the evening after dinner around 8:00 PM and keep going in one sitting until it’s done. Make sure you finish it alone and in the dark.
So that’s what I did. The book was called Aliens. I can still remember the opening sentence. Seven dreamers.
It was a great way to consume a science fiction book. For the several hours that I was reading, I was on that ship with the crew, scared that the creature would jump out and rip my face off. It was a delicious experience. I’ve always wanted to be able to write something that would give other readers that kind of experience. Not necessarily horror, but a book that would keep them glued to the page.
I’m hoping that’s the kind of experience readers will have with my new series of novels coming out this summer. The name of the series, four novels in all, is Stones. Expect to see the first volume out by the end of May, 2013. The other three volumes will follow in quick succession through the rest of 2013.
I’ll talk more about them as we approach the publication date. Expect to see the book cover soon.