You Want This. You Need This.

Those of you who have bought and read a copy of The Core War and Other Stories may have noticed the reference to Kerbal Space Program in the acknowledgements…

(Those of you who haven’t – go buy a copy! Right now! Seriously – I’ll wait for you. Got it? Okay.)

…specifically “which taught me everything I know about orbital mechanics”.

Well, the beta is over and the first release version, 1.0, just shipped today. And so I’m here to suggest to you that you get a copy, too. It’s an invaluable resource for the SF writer, because it’s far easier to learn orbital mechanics from – specifically including developing an intuitive feel for them – than doing so from textbooks. And when you’re trying to do something complex enough that you need to go back to the textbooks, it makes it a lot easier to understand them. (And the fun needn’t stop there – it has a very active modding community whose add-ons let you simulate everything from life support to heat radiators, from exotic ISRU fuels to Orion drives…)

And it’s an invaluable resource for SF readers, too, at least if you like your SF relatively hard and want to have some idea how real spacecraft actually maneuver. (Fair warning: you may suffer somewhat from this if you have a problem with Science Ruining Everything, but, hey, knowledge has a price. Read better books!)

And best of all, it’s 25% off right now for launch day, so hie yourself over to the Kerbal Space Program web site and get yourself a copy. I personally guarantee that you won’t regret it.

Discounts!

As an additional celebration of the release of my new book, the e-book of my first book, Vignettes of the Star Empire, will be on sale at $0.99 on Amazon.com for the next week (April 9 – April 16), a two-thirds discount. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, this would be a great time to!

(A similar sale will be in effect on Amazon.co.uk from tomorrow through the 20th.)

So book. Much sale. Wow.

So, I’ve been having fun with dogecoin recently, the cryptocurrency, which has a really awesome community vibe to it, and I’d like to do something to help it along.  And, of course, I’ve no objection at all to “doing well by doing good”.  So here’s what I’m going to do – a special sale for this week, ending Sunday 19th. My first book usually costs $2.99 on Amazon Kindle – but if you pay in DOGE, I’m going to offer it to you at 1/3rd off – which at the time of writing, and for the duration of this sale, I’m going to say is 10,000 DOGE.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, here’s what to do:

  1. E-mail me with the e-mail address you want the book to go to, and the dogecoin address that you’re sending payment from, so that I know it’s you;
  2. Send the 10,000 DOGE to DKoZtfVXT6BAJMU1RwgpxLbQ2snL6VRfcG ;
  3. I’ll send you the .mobi e-book file within 24 hours of confirmed payment.

To the moon!

Around the Worlds on ¤1,000 per Sol

If you recall my mention of a first commercial sale

Here it is! (direct link)

But don’t just chase the direct link.  It’s part of “Miscellanea: a transdimensional library” at Eggplant Literary Productions, so do take a browse through the index of everyone else’s writing while you’re at it.

(I guess I can put “Professional liar for money” on my business cards, now?)