Jason Kristopher

Gripping Storytelling in the Short Film “Bibo”

What would you do, if you were a robot that had outlived its creators, its intended purpose, and even the rest of the world?

New Release: “The Walker Chronicles: Tales from The Dying of the Light”

New Release: “The Walker Chronicles: Tales from The Dying of the Light”

Walker Chronicles, The [Cover, Kindle]It’s always been my intention to release The Walker Chronicles in a both a digital and print collection. I’ve always envisioned them as the ‘deleted scenes’ from the books — stories that are worthwhile and interesting, but didn’t really fit in the main books. Either they slowed the pacing down, or felt like they were shoehorned in, or for some other reason got cut… just like you see during…

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10 Things Every Writer Needs

10 Things Every Writer Needs

Everybody needs a toolbox, and while the sort of writer you are will determine exactly what you need in yours, this list can hopefully give you some ideas that can help you be a successful author.

It’s a good list, filled with useful stuff to have. Read the full post for the list.

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New Short Story: “Blood and Sand: A Walker Chronicle”

New Short Story: “Blood and Sand: A Walker Chronicle”

Blood and Sand [Cover, Kindle]

Get the brand-new 7,800 word short story FREE for a limited time.

In August of 1981, the United States Navy sent two aircraft carriers, the USS Forrestal and USS Nimitz, to run exercises off the coast of Libya. Commander John Barker, pilot of an American jet, was shot down over the Gulf of Sidra.

Rescued by a fishing trawler and given refuge in a small fishing village, Barker’s nightmare was…

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io9: 20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

io9: 20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

From io9:

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you’ll need to navigate our future.

Back in 2007 I put together a list of terms every self-respecting futurist should be familiar with. But now, some…

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Annnnnnd This is Why I Don’t Watch Horror Movies…

Annnnnnd This is Why I Don’t Watch Horror Movies…

… which is weird, I know, given the content of my books. Whatever.

Tickld ran a post yesterday that had some creepy kid sayings. I don’t usually read these, but for some reason I did today.

I may never sleep again. Here’s #3, the one that creeped me out the most.

“Go back to sleep, there isn’t anything under your bed.”

“He’s behind you now.”

Gah! Never. Sleeping. Again.

Read the full post: Tickld

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10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

From io9:

Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure — you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it’s also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you’re in books, comics, movies or television. Here are 10 things that every brand new science fiction creator ought to…

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Wool Omnibus [Cover]

From Amazon.com:

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: they are allowed outside.

Note: This review is from the Omnibus Edition, which includes Wool #1-5.

Quite simply, this is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read. And that’s saying something, from someone who owns nearly 2,000 books, most of them sci-fi.

It takes a lot to get 5 stars from me. The book has to be near-perfect in every conceivable way, and it has to make me want to read it again and again. I want to see 5-star books made into movies, because reading them makes me feel like a part of that world. The prose has to be spot-on, with few if any typos, the formatting has to be well done, and above all, I have to keep turning pages.

Hugh Howey has scored a perfect 10 for me with this book, and from the very first sentence: “The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.”

Speaking as an author and a publisher, that is one hell of a hook. And the story never lets up from there. I found myself staying up quite late to read just a little bit more, turning pages as though there were no tomorrow, wanting to see right now what was going to happen next. The imagery Howey uses in his storytelling is profound and descriptive without being overwrought and pedantic. The characters are unique and distinct, troubled and haunted by decisions they and their ancestors and their ancestors before them had made.

Wool is currently in development for a movie, with Ridley Scott attached to direct. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I normally very much enjoy Scott’s movies, and with Howey’s story… well, this is gonna be a good one.

I originally wrote this review way back on September 29th, 2012. Since then, I had the chance to not only meet Hugh Howey and get an autograph with him, but I actually got to have dinner with him and several other fans, including a few folks from Grey Gecko Press. This happened at WorldCon 2013 in San Antonio, Texas last October. It was a blast getting to talk to Hugh, and I highly recommend you follow his blogTons of great info, stories, and worthwhile content over there.

Review: “Wool” by Hugh Howey From Amazon.com: This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge.
Review: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson

Review: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson

Walk in the Woods, A [Cover]

From Amazon.com:

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the…

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The Rising Tide of Bad Self-Published Books

The Rising Tide of Bad Self-Published Books

Yes, I started out as a self-published author. The Dying of the Light: End was, in every single respect, a self-published book. And yes, things were a lot different back in The Beforetime (aka 2011). Of course, since then, I started Grey Gecko Press with some friends, and am officially published in every real sense that matters to me – even if it is a small press.

But, as my friend Ania Ahlbornsa…

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