No surprise: I'm a big fan of space opera.
I grew up watching Star Wars, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek. Firefly was the best, cancelled before its time, and Serenity is one of my all-time favorite movies. I enjoy the action, the swashbuckling adventure, and the quick-witted characters. The genre doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither do I as a writer.
Captain Bartholomew Quasar is my own space opera hero, but unlike Han Solo, Buck, or Kirk, things hardly ever go his way. He thinks a lot of himself, though, and he knows there will be a statue made of him someday. Somewhere.
The new space opera anthology Raygun Chronicles includes my award-winning tale "Captain Quasar and the Insurmountable Barrier of Space Junk" along with a couple dozen stories by much better-known authors in the genre. Kirkus Reviews lists it as one of this month's best bets in Science Fiction, and while Publishers Weekly posted a less favorable review, they did mention me and my story. So hey, that's a first!
Quasar and I are truly honored to appear in this stellar collection, and we hope it sells millions of copies. My novel Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum is scheduled to be released by the same publisher next year, so the timing couldn't be better. Hopefully Raygun Chronicles will leave readers wanting a whole lot more space opera adventure from the likes of Captain Quasar and his very hairy sidekick, Hank.
In other news, the first week of 'Tis More Blessed went even better than I'd hoped, with 20 authors (including yours truly) raffling off books. If you missed it, fear not. Many of the giveaways are still in full-swing, and you can find them here. You're also welcome to subscribe, and each Friday's list of freebies will be magically delivered straight to your inbox.
Until next time, may your magnitude be effervescent. Or something like that.