I just posted another video on my You Tube channel, this one devoted to answering questions from readers.
I just posted another video on my You Tube channel, this one devoted to answering questions from readers.
The Westercon68 folks have finally provided me with the list of events in which I am a participant. The times are start and end, PDT. The names are of the panelists or participants. “Pacific 3,” “Sunset,” etc. are the names of the rooms in which the event takes place at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
The text in brackets is my commentary; the rest is from the official document. I’m sure it’s going to be posted on the westercon68 dot com before long.
Characterization: Pushing Fictional People Beyond Their Limits
Steven Brust, Tera Lynn Childs, H. Paul Honsinger, John Oliver, Peter Clines
[Since I put my people in a situation where the survival of the whole human race is at stake, I think this is something I can talk about.]
We worry about endangered species—but 80% of the world’s languages will be dead by the century’s end, often with no fossil remains. Should we be concerned? What could be done? H. Paul Honsinger, Katherine B. Kerr, Will Morton, Jason Vanhee, Heather Rose
[A little family history here–my mother is Cajun French. Her maiden name is Arceneaux, her mother’s was LeBlanc. English was not the cradle tongue of either of her parents, and all four of her grandparents primarily spoke Cajun French. She was the first generation in her family to grow up speaking English, even though her family had been in Louisiana since 1755. I’ve watched Cajun French nearly die out. I understand a little but do not speak it. So, I know something about this subject from experience..]
Drones: Technological possibilities.
Drones in war. Drones as delivery vehicles. Drones as camera platforms. I guess we can truly say the sky is the limit. – Amy Sterling Casil, Vernor Vinge, H. Paul Honsinger, Matt Pallamary,Mike Shepard Moscoe, Gordon Permann
[I could tell you how I know about this stuff, but I would have to kill you. Just trust that I know it, OK?]
David Brin, Peter Clines, Vernor Vinge; H. Paul Honsinger
[Me? Signing autographs? And in the same room as David Brin? Pinch me. I’m a real admirer of his work. Never heard of those other guys, but then again (for all I know, they’re big deals, but I’m a writer, not a fan), I’m pretty sure none of them have ever heard of me. I can just see people wandering into the room to get David Brin to autograph their books and wondering who the hell the fat guy is in the corner. Maybe enough people will see the pretty covers on my books and wander over, so I don’t have to haul all those books back home with me. Seriously, I’ll be selling autographed copies of all 3 of my books (limited quantities only) for $20 a piece (cash only). The cover price is $14.95 so it’s a decent deal.]
Meeting of the Mindless
A panel of such experts as “Mr Know-It-All” and Baron Munchhausen answer all your questions about, well, everything. – H. Paul Honsinger, Calvin Johnson, James Hay, David Levine; Jefferson Swycaffer
[This is improv comedy, as you can tell. I don’t know what “expert” I will be portraying, or even whether we get to pick our own expert. If I can’t be Sarek of Vulcan, I want to be Saruman the Wise. “No, you know as well as I do that all the Palentiri are lost. That’s just a crystal croquet ball. It’s purely decorative.” Oh, I know . . . Master Po from the David Carridine King Fu series. I can answer in riddle-like Koans of wisdom.]
My esteemed publisher, 47North, has agreed to provide me with a limited number of books to give away at Westercon68. I get to choose which volume to be supplied with and I really don’t know. I solicit your input. Whatever books I wind up with, I will be giving away autographed copies to fans on a first come, first served basis. The number will be small, so you will want to track me down early.
There is still no word regarding what I will actually be doing at this shindig, but I will update you guys as soon as I know something. I will also try to post the panels I am on as events on my Amazon web page, time permitting.
The publisher is not picking up any of my expenses for this excursion, so I am open to being bribed. I’ve never been bribed before, so it might be fun. If a nice fan wants to take me to dinner someplace reasonably decent (I’m pretty easily pleased), I’m willing to be sure he/she gets an autographed book and will sign anything else they like (so long as it isn’t some kind of contract). I’ll even abase myself by posing for pictures with your spouse, children, dog, pet woolly marmoset, etc. Actually, I don’t mind pictures. I’m not one of those touchy, temperamental, reclusive writers who shies away from publicity. I kind of like the limelight, in fact.
So, see you in San Diego!
By invitation of the convention organizers, I will be attending and “participating in programming” at the West Coast Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to be held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California, July 2-5, 2015. The organizers are still developing the convention programming and figuring out which participant goes in what slot, so I can’t yet give you a schedule of events in which I will be involved.
When the organizers provide me with such a schedule, assuming I get it far enough in advance, I will post it here. Otherwise, you might need to check the convention’s web site:
To many writers, convention invitations are no big deal, but this is my first and it is a HUGE deal for me. It doesn’t hurt that my third book will have been released on June 30, so I will have a brand new, fresh book to promote. In fact, I’ve never been to any Science Fiction convention, ever. So, this is going to be a totally new experience for me.
I’m looking forward to it. I would love to meet as many of my readers as I can when I am there, so please try to attend if possible.
UPDATE: A partial list of participants is up on the web site and I note that one of them is David Brin, whose writing I really admire. I also note that my name is NOT yet on the partial list, which is causing a 10,000 cubic meter per hour hydrogen leak from my Hindenburg-like ego. Those of you who live in the southwestern United States can probably hear the faint hissing even as you read this. If you want to see who, besides me, is going to be participating, here is a direct link to the page which, perhaps, at some point between now and the opening of the convention, may contain my name:
UPDATE #2: As of 07:30 Zulu Hours, 30 May 2015, the Westercon68 website appears to be down. So, if you get a “page not found” error, it’s not my fault. Really. I can prove it. Don’t blame me!!!!
UPDATE #3: As of 18:34 Zulu Hours 30 May 2015, the site is back up. It is still gravely deficient however, in that the participant list still does not include the brilliant and scintillating H. Paul Honsinger. Don’t these people know that this is a name that will spur the enthusiasm of hordes of wildly cheering fans (a “horde” in this case consisting of at least two fans and, perhaps, as many as five!)? I suppose not. They will learn, my friends. [Evil chuckle.]
UPDATE #4: As of 17:13 Zulu Hours, 1 June 2015, my name is now listed among the program participants for this Conference (technically it’s a “Conference” and not a “Convention”). Because they spelled my last name right on the first attempt, I’m not even slightly perturbed by the listing omitting the “H.” in “H. Paul Honsinger.” I’ve always been “Paul” to my friends and most other folks, so I can get by without the “H.” that I use for formal purposes.
I know the updates have been a bit thin on the ground lately, but I’m one of those writers who believes that his readers would rather be more focused on finishing the next book than on blogging. Here’s where we are on Book III of the “Man of War” Trilogy, Brothers in Valor (or “BIV”). A few days ago, I finished the rewrite based on editor Mike Shohl’s “conceptual edit” of the original manuscript. Mike liked it a lot (or, perhaps, spared my feelings by telling me that he did), shot me back a few more suggestions that I pulled an all-nighter to implement in 20 hours of straight work, and shot back to him. He approved it and forwarded it to the publisher, 47North.
The “Editorial Lead,” Jason Kirk (whom I generally refer to as the “Uber Editor,” mainly because I haven’t a clue what an “Editorial Lead” does) says that a publication date will be announced in a few weeks. Naturally, I will proclaim, promulgate, and shout it forth here as soon as the publisher notifies me.
A few notes on what you are going to be getting in this book. First, it is action heavy–space battles, a two chapter long boarding action, lots of “fun with nuclear weapons.” Without any identifiable decision to do so, I seem to be moving from a “Patrick O’Brian Model” more to an “Early Heinlein Model.” This book contains a lot less of Max and Bram sitting in Max’s Day Cabin drinking Wortham-Biggs Four Planet Community Coffee and eating Cajun/Southern food and a lot more shooting and blowing things up. Second, this novel is a bit shorter than the first two, but has more battle and action sequences than they do, so I don’t think that anyone is getting shortchanged. Third, the “early Max” flashback that I mentioned a few times didn’t make it into the final version. Expect it to appear in a later book, in a separately issued novella, or some other place. I’m environmentally friendly and throw nothing away.
Fourth, the ending is a shocker. Big time.
Now, back to work. The story continues in what is tentatively titled the “Brothers of the Black Sky” trilogy, consisting of To Stations My Lads, Our Courage Defiant, and Hearts of Steel (titles tentative, your mileage may vary, not available in all states, check local laws, written near a kitchen where wheat products are in use).
Let’s see if I can get this one done a lot (A LOT) faster than the last book.
Now, where’s that map of the galaxy . . . .
In comments, some readers have been asking for some kind of forum where people who are enthusiastic about my humble forays into the world of Military Science Fiction can discuss my work. After some poking around, and after consulting with a few people I know who are savvy about such things (do people still say “savvy”?), I have decided to set up (actually modify a pre-existing) Discussion Group on Goodreads dot com. Folks can navigate to this site: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/125889-h-paul-honsinger-s-man-of-war-series, become members, and discuss to their hearts’ content. Please abide by the group rules, which I consider entirely reasonable (as I wrote them, I suppose I would). So, if you are so disposed, go, join, and discuss. Have fun.
While sales of To Honor You Call Us continue to be encouraging, we are only ten days out from release of the second book in the “Man of War” saga, For Honor We Stand. Of course, you don’t have to wait–you can pre-order the paperback, Kindle eBook, CD audiobook, or Audible.com download on Amazon.com right now, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile progress continues to be rapid on the third book, Brothers in Valor which appears to be shaping up for a September 2014 release. Ideas are churning away, as well, for future books in the series. People who are interested in getting into a long, action-packed, testosterone-soaked, rip roaring Military Science Fiction series could do a lot worse than to pick up these books.