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It's about a million degrees here and I'm working on the third book set in the Wars of Revolution and wishing it were in fact already fall as it is in the book, or at least wishing for fall temperatures! Also, the old mailbag is empty. So ask me something! It can be about the Numinous World books, about the Stargate books, about the upcoming Fortune's Wheel, about writing, about research, about my mother in law.... Whatever pops into your head!


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Jul. 21st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Are you in any of the Numinous Worlds?
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yes. Absolutely. :)
Jul. 21st, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
If you were a super hero, what would your super hero name be? And what would your super secret identity costume look like?
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
My favorite super hero is actually a supervillain! I would love to be Mystique in X Men, and not just since X Men First Class. I'm a longtime Mystique fan. So, no costume at all. :) Or rather, the guise of whoever I was being!
Katy Peppel Holder
Jul. 22nd, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
11 year old new to Sci-Fi
I read Scifi and fantasy and my 11 year old is starting to get into Scifi. I have an issue though. He just bought his very first Star Wars (adult) book and loves it and wants more of the same. After he's finished with the bazillions of Star Wars books or if he just needs a breather what would you recommend? He's smart and thinks he knows everything-so just like most 11 year olds! lol. Thanks.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: 11 year old new to Sci-Fi
That's about the age I found Robert Heinlein's YA books (Space Cadet, Tunnel in the Sky, Time for the Stars, etc.) He might like those. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinlein_juveniles ). Beware of Heinlein's other books, unless your son is ready for some sex education. If he's not going to be put off by a female lead character, David Weber's Honor Harrington books are quite good. So are Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: 11 year old new to Sci-Fi
*g* Oh what a wonderful voyage of discovery! When I was 11 I was so into the first Star Wars books, Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy. I still love them to death!

Let's see, in the same vein.... I then got into a bunch of the Star Trek novels. Diane Duane's Rihannsu series of Star Trek novels are really good and totally age appropriate. My Enemy My Ally is the first one. I loved Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series. I went from there to Mary Stewart's Merlin series.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: 11 year old new to Sci-Fi
The Dark is Rising are some of my fave books ever, though I weep every time I think what they did to it when that film was made. And Mary Stewart's Merlin series is without doubt the best retell of that legend bar none!

On that note, Philip Pullman, writes brilliant stories, as does Garth Nix - The Old Kingdom series is some of the best fantasy I've ever read. I, Robot is a great place to start for hard SciFi, and James Blish is marvellous stuff too - Cities in Flight is what I'm thinking of. How about the Narnia series, The Hobbit; though some of this may not be easily accessible for an 11 year old, and it's rather dependent on his reading age?
Katy Peppel Holder
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: 11 year old new to Sci-Fi
Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate all the suggestions-we're hitting the used bookstore in the morning.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm a newcomer to your work - I picked up Hand of Isis about 2 months ago, so forgive me if you've already answered this a million times.

What sparked the idea for the Numinous World books? I mean the whole big, sweeping arc, not any one of the individual stories.

Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hand of Isis!

That's a good question, and no, it hasn't been asked.

I'm afraid I don't know. The story has always been there. I first started trying to write it when I was sixteen, with stories that prefigured The Ravens of Falkenau (the title story in the anthology) and the upcoming Fortune's Wheel. I find new pieces of it, bits that fit into the story and I say, "Oh, that's what that was!" with a wonderful sense of discovery, but I can't say that I ever consciously decide to make a piece. Over the past twenty five years and more I've gained the skill to tell the stories that crowded in when I was a child. I started trying to tell the story of Hand of Isis with stuffed animals when I was five! I had a duck named Ptolemy, according to my father, "because he looked like Ptolemy." So I don't know where the story came from. It's always been with me.
Jul. 24th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Did Ptolemy survive your teenage years/adulthood? And if so, did he actually look like his namesake? Well, apart from being a duck.
Jul. 31st, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Alas, Ptolemy did not survive. At least I don't think so. He may be in some dusty corner of my mom's house and will turn up. I don't think he really looked much like Ptolemy, except perhaps for his expression....
Nissa Moore
Jul. 22nd, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Two questions
1. In the legacy series will Chuck ever return to Atlantis?
2. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Chuck might! If so, it will be in The Inheritors. We've talked about it.

Hummm. The best piece of advice.... When I was getting ready to go to college, my minister advised me to never be afraid to try new ideas or to challenge the things I had been taught, the things that I believed, because if the things I believed were right and true greater experience of life would only confirm that, and if they were wrong then hadn't I better find that out? And yes, that's what Jauffre says in The Ravens of Falkenau!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
I've mentioned your "forthcoming historical novel" on Ney's mistress on radio!!! Als, no podcast, but one listener called the station to ask me to spell your name!

...now to get you a French translation...
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I appreciate that a lot! (And I hope you'll beat me over the head for any egregious errors before it hits print!)
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