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Staying In Touch

Scuttlebutt has it that old @Jack is up to his usual tricks these days.  The House Un-Twitter Activities Committee is hard at work preparing yet another purge list for their latest pogrom.  For a site dedicated to helping people communicate, they sure do love to make it harder to reach people.  As a well known associate of such crimethinkers as Vox Day, Mike Cernovich, the Gamergate crowd, and now the ComicsGate crowd – to say nothing of a crimethinker in his own right – it’s a safe bet I’ll be swept up in the night of the Long Mutes.

To that end, I’m adding an email list/newsletter to JonMollison.com.  There’s a form over there to the right of the words you’re reading now, or you can subscribe here:

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Don’t worry, this list will only be used a few times each year to make the big announcements about new releases, upcoming signings, and those rare occasions where I want to reach my select fans for information too time sensitive or too personal to warrant a blog post.  I’ll send out a free e-novella to anyone who signs up over the next week, so don’t wait too long or you’ll miss out on the fun.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past year – next year is going to be even better than this one!

The PulpRev Sampler

Maybe you’ve been sitting on the fence, not sure whether these loud mouthed PulpRev guys really can back up their pulp talk with a little pulp walk.  No doubt, the crowd has an online swagger and confidence about their understanding of the pulp works and how to recreate the excitement and fun of the original pulps.  But can they really deliver?  You might not want to risk your hard earned cash on a full survey of the PulpRev works.  Maybe you’re already sold on the idea, but you don’t know where to start.  Either way, Jesse Abraham Lucas has your back.

Despite the lack of his name anywhere on the product – for shame! – he remains the central driver behind this tour de force walk through seventeen of the most exciting authors working today.  Generally independent, but universally fun and exciting, this anthology consists of seventeen short stories, each less than 2,500 words in length.  For less than a dollar on Amazon or for free when you sign up for the PulpRev newsletter, you can take these authors for a test drive.  But honestly, having read the book myself, I can tell you that this book won’t solve your problem.  Instead of wondering where to start, you’ll have a hard time choosing who to read next.  Because what each story lacks in length, it makes up for in punch!

From the otherworldy elven tournament on offer from N.A. Roberts to Jesse Abraham Lucas’ own tale of the lives of enchanted weapons to the weird alien-fantasy unlike any you’ve read elsewhere by Dominika Lein, you just can’t go wrong with any of these stories.  Give them a shot, even if they aren’t all your cup of tea, you’ll find a few gems and a few new authors to add to your won library.

Space Princess

Space Princess: Available for pre-order now!

Those Sunday night projects always take longer than you think.  A simple clogged drain turns into the adventure of a lifetime when a regular dad from the suburbs stumbles across three cold and hungry homeless children late one Sunday night.  The youngest, a baby they nickname Angel, turns out to be the last surviving heir to the throne that stands between galactic Christendom and the genocidal inter-stellar cult known as the Slaves of the Mad God.

But delivering the princess to safety proves to be only half of the project.  The star systems protected for centuries by Angel’s fallen father have grown complacent and no longer fear the Slaves of the Mad God.  So it’s up to a regular Joe from Holy Terra to find a way to unite the fractious systems of Christendom in time to resist the genocidal cult’s impending attack.  And he has to do it all while keeping his family, and the space princess herself, safe from the agents and assassins of the Slaves of the Mad God!

This space opera tale features fast action, a dry wit, and the virtuous heroism you’ve come to expect from my writing.  The book  drops on October 8, so order today and get your copy just in time for a light Sunday read!

New Release: Corrosion Audio Book

The year’s most controversial science-fiction novel is now available in a format suitable for those times when your hands are too busy to hold a book.  The Corroding Empire, The Audio Book is perfect for keeping you company during long drives, yard work, and late night miniature wargame figure painting.  Voiced by none other than your humble host, it’s over seven hours of fun!

Galactic society is ruled by algorithms. From interstellar travel and planetary terraforming to artificial intelligence and agriculture, every human endeavor has become completely dependent upon the hypercomplex equations that optimize the activities making life possible across hundreds of inhabited worlds. Throughout the galaxy, Man has become dependent upon the reliable operation of ten million different automated systems.

And when things begin to go wrong and mysterious accidents begin to happen no one has any idea what is happening, except for a sentient medical drone and the First Technocrat of Continox. But their ability to even begin to try fixing the unthinkably complicated problem of galaxy-wide algorithmic decay is made considerably more difficult by the fact the former is an outlaw and the latter is facing a death sentence.

Space Princess – Sneak Peek

My next novel, Space Princess, is less than two weeks away from the market.  Just to whet your appetite a bit, have a peek at a corner of the cover.  Space Princess represents a return to the fast and fun sci-fi space operas that once dominated the genre.  This novel has too much adventure, too much heroism, and too much unabashed masculine virtue to pass muster with the sacred guardians of the modern day publishing houses.  The Church does not serve as a straw filled punching bag for modern secularist gobbledygook arguments.  The villainous empire acts as villains should, is thoroughly vile, and their murderous leader threatens to place the chains of slavery upon the shoulders of good men across the galaxy.  The hero gets the girl – two girls, in fact!  (Though neither in the traditional manner.)

It’s everything you love about science-fiction and haven’t been able to find on the shelves of the box stores for far too long.  If you don’t believe the hype, maybe you’ll believe your own eyes.  Behold!  A brief preview of Space Princess: Continue reading

The Reviews Are In

Adventure Constant is pretty darn fun reading.

From Rawle Nyanzi:

As I read this, I realized something about the tale: it forced me to evaluate settings in a new way and break out of staid thought patterns.

Adventure Constant is a story that cares so much about building a fun world that it completely junks wonkish world-building logic in favor of what sounds cool. No explanation is given for why counterparts to familiar Earth nations sprang up, you do not question why the existence of Carthage, the continued rule of the Pharaohs, and the failed colonization of Africa gave rise to similar historical events, and you do not care to hear about economic minutiae or extensive national backstories. You’re given just enough information to orient you, and the characters get back to the plot. It is yet more proof of a key tenet about fantastical tales: Worldbuilding does not matter.

Those last four are strong words that I don’t entirely agree with.  World building does matter, but only in so far as it advances the plot.  The setting should serve to enhance the story, and care must be taken to maintain a certain level of verisimilitude lest the reader’s background processing trip a circuit breaker or two.  You need at least enough consistency within the setting to keep reader’s focused on the action, but otherwise Rawle is spot on.

Authors should focus on the reader, not the setting.  Anything that builds up the setting at the expense of the tale needs to be mercilessly jettisoned.  At least for those of us who write adventure stories instead of travelogues.

Oh hey, but what did he think about the book?

I happily recommend Adventure Constant to anyone who likes an adventurous tale, well told.

Trust the Nyanzi, for he is wise in the ways of fiction.

If you want to see for yourself, take a gander at this free preview:

 

And if you have been keeping up with the Mollison Library, you’ll want to read it soon.  My next novel will be released the first week of October.

Adventure Constant: Exuberant Adventure

Somebody gets it:

The explanation of the title of this exuberant adventure comes about three-fourths of the way into the book, and is so original and droll—well, and so outlandish—that when I came to it I laughed out loud. By that point, our hero, Jack Dashing, has been in, oh, a half-dozen fights, several chases, a couple rescues, and put a roomful of pompous asses in their place…always acquitting himself honorably and well.

Thus begins Justin Tarquin’s review of my latest novel, Adventure Constant.  It’s no surprise Justin enjoyed this book – he’s one of the people for whom I wrote it.  Perhaps not specifically by name, but definitely by association.  Justin has been an active part of the #PulpRev bad kids table for a long time and clearly knows his pulp style fun.  As one of the dozens of likeminded readers and writers, his insights into fiction have played a role in my approach to the same.  His approval carries a lot of weight in my book.  It means that my work succeeded in all the right ways.

That opening line in particular warms the cockles of my Conan-loving heart and reminds me of the hardest part about being a writer – the suspense.  Adventure Constant is jam packed with all sorts of hidden treasures and surprises for those paying attention, and every time one came to me I wanted to jump on social media and tell everyone about it.  As with the central conceit of the book, that would ruin part of the fun for paying customers, so I’ve stayed mum about them.   But since Justin mentions it first, here’s another of my favorite parts of this particular book:

But this book is more about action and adventure and the panoramic setting of Mollison’s parallel Earth: a globe divided into the Red Collective, the Shogunate of the Red Dawn, the Machine Empire of Europe, the Allied States, the Hashishim Moonies, and undoubtedly more not yet mentioned (hopefully there will be sequels). The world’s history resembles our own just enough to be vaguely familiar, but as if it had been conceived by a Martian counterpart of Edgar Rice Burroughs creating a setting for tales of exotic derring-do on the Blue Planet.

That’s a great way to put it – and not just because he compares me to a Martian counterpart to the greatest science-fiction author in history.  The reason the world of Jack Dashing works the way it does is tied directly to the first quoted paragraph, and it will make you laugh out loud, too.

But you’ll have to read the book to find out why.  For those who already know, rest assured that Jack Dashing’s adventures have only just begun…

Adventure Constant

For those of you who pre-ordered my latest written book, my eternal thanks.  For those of you who have yet to order, today is the day you can one-click the digital version and start reading within moments.  Here, let me help you with that:

New Release: Adventure Constant

Available for pre-order now at Amazon.com, Adventure Constant: A Tale of the Planetary RomanticClear your calendar for the August 1 release date, because you’re not going to want to put this one down until you hit the last page.

Jack Dashing thought being a rocket test pilot was the most exciting career his world had to offer.  He was right, but he had no idea it would also open the door to a world where action and adventure always lay just around the corner.  Within 24 hours of crashing the experimental FYN-X drive, Jack finds himself swept up in a race across the Pacific Ocean to rescue a kidnapped princess from the hands of the Red Collective’s most dangerous agent.  So begins a world spanning voyage across two oceans in a world a lot like ours – but one where daring rescues, thrilling chases, and secret plots aren’t just the stuff of novels, they are a part of everyday life. 

Particularly for a man of action like Jack Dashing, the Planetary Romantic.


Forbidden Thoughts

Per Vox Popoli:

You are not supposed to read this book. You are not supposed to think about reading this book. In fact, just plain thinking at all is unacceptable. You have been warned… From hilarious to horrifying to dangerously insightful, a selection of stories that must not be told, for they slaughter the sacred cows of our age. Do you dare read them?

Stories by Nick Cole, John C. Wright, Sarah A. Hoyt, Brad R. Torgersen, Vox Day and more, with non-fiction articles by Tom Kratman and Larry Correia, with a foreword by Milo Yiannopoulos.

10 hours and 18 minutes. Narrated by yours truly.

Look at that list of names.  I’ve been doing this voice talent thing for a while now, and the feeling of awe that I get to share stories by some of the best writers working today has yet to fade.  If you have half as much fun listening to these stories as I had reading them to you, then the audio version of this collection will still be a bargain at twice the price.