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Transforming landscapes and battling twins in Roger Zelazny

I decided to start 2015 by rereading the Roger Zelazny books I own. (Here’s why). Wikipedia can tell you about some of Zelazny’s characteristic themes: immortals, riffs on real-world mythologies, and the ‘absent father.’  Thanks to immersing myself in rereading, I noticed a couple of recurring themes I haven’t seen reported anywhere else. (Not even Josh W’s Roger Zelazny Drinking Game page).

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Mardi Gras dark fantasy

CARNIVAL IN SORGENBACH, by Raymund Eich

Imagine Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Carnival… "carnival in sorgenbach" cover

Imagine Mardi Gras on an empty stomach, under the eye of foreign occupiers, with most of your friends maimed or dead….

Imagine Mardi Gras, haunted not only by the horrors of the war just ended, but premonitions of an even more terrible war to come.

Electronic edition available for US$2.99 or equivalent from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and other sellers.

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New standalone short story

A Writers of the Future honorable mention

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A billion Third Worlders wanted to work in the United States.

As a lucky holder of a daypass, Chalo had the opportunity to teleport to his job, unless he overstayed his shift.

Or lost his daypass.

“Pase de un Día” is just US$2.99 at an ebook retailer near you, including Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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New historical dark fantasy story

My latest short story, an historical dark fantasy entitled “Carnival in Sorgenbach,” is now available in ebook editions from CV-2 Books.

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Hans returned from the Great War, haunted. Not only by the horrors of the trenches, but haunted by visions of a more terrifying war to come. Will the parties and parades of Carnival 1919 offer him love and hope? Or doom him and his country to the devastation he foresees?

Best of all, it’s only US$0.99 through December 1! Find out more, including links to ebook stores, at CV-2 Books’ website.

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Excerpt from The ALECS Quartet

Happy Halloween, everyone. If you’re looking for a good book to curl up with by the fire on a chilly evening, The ALECS Quartet has been out for a month. Join Darren Lee as he reunites with love, death, memory, and betrayal light-years from Earth, in the inhospitable desert of Elard. Scroll down for an excerpt to whet your appetite.

alecs-qtt-ebook-coverElectronic edition available for US$4.99 or equivalent from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and other sellers.

Trade paperback edition available for US $10.99 or equivalent from all better booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Quick note: this blog post may look familiar to my mailing list subscribers. It was one of those exclusive bonuses my mailing list subscribers received about The ALECS Quartet before anyone else.

You can get similar bonus content about my next books, as well as a free science fiction story, by subscribing now. Go to the orange box to the upper right, or raymundeich.com/mailing-list, follow the instructions, and you’ll be on your way!

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Elon Musk, the Fermi Paradox, & religious motivations for space settlement

Elon Musk, from aeon.co

From aeon.co

Long article about Elon Musk at Aeon. Musk, along with Peter Thiel, is one of the few modern capitalists who resembles the Heinlein hero D.D.Harriman (or one of Ayn Rand’s late-career male lead characters): an innovator who wants to remake the world of possibilities, expand the pie for everyone, and grab a big slice of it for himself. (Jobs at most wanted to do the first and last; Zuckerberg, the last only).

I of course was struck by Musk’s comments about the Fermi Paradox and his vision of establishing a self-sufficient Martian colony of a million people within a century.

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The ALECS Quartet, now available for preorder

I’m pleased to let you know that I have a new science fiction short novel coming out on September 25, 2014. It’s got intrigue, a love story, and an homage to Lawrence Durrell’s tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet, all wrapped up in my distinctive flavor of sf speculation. You can preorder the ebook now or buy the trade paperback at better booksellers on the release date.


 

The ALECS Quartet, by Raymund Eich

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He had a month to learn the planet’s secrets – and Juliette’s

His Cover Story
Return to Elard to dismantle his sect’s missionary work to the planet’s natives.

His True Mission
Investigate decades-old mysteries of love and death.

His Objective
Return to Earth with his discovery – if he can.


Electronic edition available for preorder for US$4.99 or equivalent from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and other sellers.

Trade paperback edition available for US $10.99 or equivalent from all better booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Audio edition coming soon.

Find out more at the publisher’s website, cv2books.com.

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Thank you, readers

I’m flattered to have such incredible fans of Operation Iago, the Confederated Worlds series, and all my science fiction stories and novels.
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That’s why I want to offer you a little something extra.

Some of you reading Operation Iago have already reached chapter 2. If that’s you, you might recognize the image below the fold.

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More about Operation Iago

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Operation Iago (The Confederated Worlds, Book 2) has been out four weeks now. If you haven’t picked it up yet, its focus is an exciting story about a likable character struggling to grow as both a leader and a man. But one of the joys of reading science fiction is the chance to explore strange new worlds. And Arden certainly is a strange one… Read the rest of this entry

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Novel Acorn: Operation Iago

Quick note: this blog post may look familiar to my mailing list subscribers. It was one of those exclusive, pre-release bonuses my mailing list subscribers received almost three weeks ago, and almost a week before Operation Iago became available.

You can get similar bonus content about my next books by subscribing now. Scroll down on the page to “Signed Paperbacks Giveaway” for a chance to win signed copies of both Take the Shilling and Operation Iago. Mailing list signup gives you your best chance to win!

Even though Operation Iago is my fifth science fiction novel, and the second book in the Confederated Worlds series, I still get a thrill when I swipe through the ebook edition or riffle the pages of the trade paperback and see a story of mine in print.

Part of the thrill for me comes from knowing how the story started life. Writers come up with all sorts of metaphors for the process of writing a novel. Running a marathon. Building a house. Giving birth.

797px-Quercus_englmannii_sillouette-Noah-Elhardt-Wikimedia-CommonsOne way I look at a novel is as an oak tree. A thick trunk, reaching deep into the earth, extending branches into the sky. Words like leaves, thousands of them working together, creating a shady spot for readers to pause and refresh.

670px-Quercus_rotundifolia_acorns_Croatia-Tony-Hisgett-Wikimedia-Commons-CC-by-2Yet large as it is, and long as it may take to grow, the oak tree starts as a single acorn. So too does a novel. An acorn of an idea, dropped on a fertile spot of the subconscious, and watered by new notions about characters, locales, and events, can grow into a novel.

The acorn from which Operation Iago grew

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