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The Courier nominated for Best Novel for the Aurora Awards

I’ve been sitting on this information for weeks, and its been painful not being able to talk about.

The Courier is on the ballot for the Aurora Awards, Canada’s premier non-juried award in the speculative fiction field. What a thrill and an honor.

If you would have asked me what my chances were when The Courier first came out, I would have told you it was near 0%. I was, and still am, a small fish in a very, very big pond. To be recognized as one of the top six speculative fiction novels in Canada in 2016 is a feeling that is difficult to put into words… which is a strange thing for a writer to admit.

The Best Novel category is typically a who’s who list of Canadian speculative fiction authors, and the last thing I expected was to be included amongst them.

This years Best Novel ballot is:

  • Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
  • Company Town – Madeline Ashby (Tor Books)
  • The Courier – Gerald Brandt (DAW Books)
  • The Nature of a Pirate – A.M. Dellamonica (Tor Books)
  • Quantum Night – Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
  • Stars Like Cold Fire – Brent Nichols (Bundoran Press)

What a fantastic list to be part of. Thank you to everyone that nominated The Courier.

Any Canadian can vote for the Aurora Awards. There is a $10.00 fee to become a member, but as an incentive, most of the novels, short stories, etc, will be made available as a voters package at no cost. You’ll be able to read almost every story on the list. You’ll also be enter to win a Kobo e-reader. For more information, go here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/

My Keycon 2017 Schedule

I’ll be at KeyCon in Winnipeg May 19th to 22nd. Here’s my panel list:

 Friday 9-10 PM    Reading - I'll be reading from The Operative BoardRoom
 Saturday 12-1 PM Suspension of Disbelief                       Ambassador C
 Saturday 2-3 PM  Autograph Session                             Ambassador B
 Saturday 5-6 PM  Point of View                                 Ambassador D
 Sunday 10-11 AM  What Makes a Good Story                       Ambassador C
 Sunday 3-4 PM    How Do Writers Read Books?                    Ambassador H

Canadian Blood Services will be in the Dealers Room with a raffle of attending author’s books. I’ve donated hardcovers of THE COURIER and THE OPERATIVE. If you win, find me, I’ll sign them for you.

Book Reading in Boardroom with Gerald Brandt and Ronald Hore: Gerald Brandt reads from The Operative, and Ronald Hore reads from his fantasy detective series, “The Housetrap Chronicles.”. A question and answer session follows the readings. Stay until the end to receive a free ticket for a chance to win $40.00 in Dealers Room Dollars. One ticket, per person, per Reading Session. Draw to be held Sunday at noon.

Suspension of Disbelief in Ambassador C with Gerald Brandt and Craig Russell; All things are possible if you can imagine it, but how do you keep it plausible when writing it? Is writing near future and urban fantasy easier than far future and high fantasy? What are some things that break the suspension of disbelief?

Suspension of Disbelief in Ambassador C with Gerald Brandt and Craig Russell; All things are possible if you can imagine it, but how do you keep it plausible when writing it? Is writing near future and urban fantasy easier than far future and high fantasy? What are some things that break the suspension of disbelief?

What Makes a Good Story in Ambassador C with Gerald Brandt and M.C. Joudrey: What matters most in written storytelling? Style? Pacing? Does it need to be character driven or full of action and adventure? Just what goes into making a really good story?

How Do Writers Read Books? in Ambassador H With Kelley Armstrong, Gerald Brandt, Timothy Gwyn and Den Valdron: Can a writer read a book for pure enjoyment without critiquing the writing? Can genre writers read books within their own field without being overly influenced by those books? What books do writers read? What books do writers recommend aspiring writers to read?

 

Nebula Recommended Reading List and Locus Bestsellers List

I’ve had a couple of good news items in the past month. The first was that The Courier made the Nebula Awards recommended reading list.

The Nebula Awards annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States during the previous year. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers.

The suggested reading list isn’t an official nomination for the award – rather it’s a curated list of best SF/F stories from the year. Please check out the whole list here and happy reading to all! I’m not sure if you’ll be able to follow this link if you are not an SFWA member, but here it is Nebula Suggested Reading List.

The second item that came just this week was the Locus Bestsellers List. Locus Magazine has been covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968. Locus publishes news of the Science Fiction publishing field with extensive reviews and listings of new science fiction books and magazines.

The Courier hit the Locus list back in June for the hardcover edition. It has made the list again at #4 for mass market paperback.

The Operative made the hardcover list at #8.

In both cases, I am the second science fiction novel on the lists. Woohoo! The February 2017 issue covers the data period of November 2016.

Both The Courier and The Operative hit the McNally Robertson Bestsellers List at position #2. The Courier made that list twice.

 

My When Words Collide 2016 Schedule

I’ll be at When Words Collide again this year. This is my schedule:

Friday @ 2 PM in Parkland – Blending Genres
Friday @ 5 PM in Kananaskis 2 – Time Management or Hat Juggling for Authors
Saturday @ 4PM in Fireside – Science Fiction Book Social with Robert J. Sawyer
Saturday @ 8PM in Parkland – Autograph Session
Sunday @ 1PM in Banavista – Writing Trilogies

Blending Genres
We all know that authors like to hop from one genre to the next, but what about taking said passion for various genres and turning them into a veritable
smoothie of genre tropes? Come talk about blending genres together, and the challenges these kinds of endeavours (might) face.

Time Management or Hat Juggling for Authors
To succeed, authors have to treat their writing like a business, even if they don’t want to or feel they aren’t suited for it. With more work and less time,
everyone wants to know how to do it well and still make time for writing.

Writing Trilogies
Writing a trilogy is the writing equivalent of running a marathon. What are the pros and cons of embarking on such a creative endeavour? Four writers discuss
their experiences, focusing on the challenges and benefits from creative, timely, and business perspectives.

I’ll be around the convention all weekend, feel free to say ‘hi’!

** NOTE – All times and places subject change! Check the cons Program Guide.

The Courier makes the Locus Bestsellers Lists

Locus Magazine has covered the Science Fiction and Fantasy field since 1968, and is the industries trade magazine. They do extensive reviews, interviews, and listings of new books and magazines every month, putting out a wonderful 8 1/2 x 11″ magazine.

This month, I was super stoked to be on their bestsellers list, and to share that list with some wonderful books and authors.

locus-bestseller

Ad Astra 2016 Schedule

This is the first time I’ll be attending Ad Astra, and they’ve done a great job! I’ve already got my programming schedule. I’m really looking forward to meeting people I’ve only seen on Facebook and Twitter!

When I’m not wandering the halls, this is where you’ll find me:

 

Saturday 11:00 AM – Science Fiction Reading (OakRidge)
Andrew Barton, Gerald Brandt, JD Deluzio, MJ Moores

Saturday 1:00 PM – Finding a Literary Agent (Newmarket)
Amanda Sun, Andrew Barton, Gerald Brandt, Mary Fan, Matt Bin

Saturday 6:00 PM – Does Diversity Sell (Markham B)
Cathy Hird, Gerald Brandt, James Alan Gardner, Mary Fan

Sunday 1:00 PM – NaNoWriMo 101 (Richmond B)
Gerald Brandt, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church, Vanessa Ricci-Thode

April 2016 Goals

The last time I posted goals was in January 2016. This is how I did on those:

  • (100%) two more revision passes on The Operative.
  • (100%) incorporate beta reader feedback into The Operative.
  • (100%) complete convention schedule

The Operative was handed in. I’m still waiting for editorial feedback, but that’ll come.

For April, this is what I want to get done:

  • Complete outline for The Rebel and start writing the darn thing.
  • Attend Ad Astra at the end of the month

There’s a lot of work in point 1, but I gotta get ‘er done.

 

Release Day for THE COURIER

Today is when North America gets to see THE COURIER in all of its glory. Some of the larger chains put it out last week, a tad early, but it gave me the opportunity to grab a picture or two. This sighting was unexpected, so I’m a little shabby looking, but there’s no hiding my smile. As you can see, thanks to my last name, I have prime real estate been Ray Bradbury and David Brin.
signed

A motorcycle courier is caught in a web of corporate espionage
in this gritty near-future techno-thriller… Brandt’s debut offers
intriguing possibilities for later books in the series.
– Publishers Weekly 

The Courier brings cyberpunk roaring back to life.
– Barnes & Noble

Starting today, THE COURIER is available in hard cover and ebook. The audio version is coming soon. You should be able to find THE COURIER almost anywhere. If your favorite bookstore doesn’t have at, just ask and they’ll bring it in for you.

Canada:
McNally Robinson
Amazon.ca
Bakka Phoenix
Chapters/Indigo
Kobo

US:
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Books-a-Million
Indie Bound
Mysterious Galaxy
Powells

 

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Convention Appearances 2016

It looks like I have to leave the cozy warmth of my home and travel into the wide wide world.

These are the conferences I’ll be at in 2016. I’ll try to keep this list up-to-date as things change. You can also look at my calendar here.

Minicon 51 (Minneapolis, MN)  March 25th – 27th
Ad Astra (Toronto, ON) April 29th – May 1st
KeyCon 33 (Winnipeg, MB) May 20th – 22nd
When Words Collide (Calgary, AB) August 12th – 14th
World Fantasy (Columbus, OH) October 27th – 30th

The Courier – Final Cover Design

I did a ‘cover reveal’ for The Courier a few months back. Since then, there have been some changes, including the addition of a series name. This image is the final cover design.

  • The title has been shifted up to include the series name.
  • The title has a lot more color in it.
  • The text has been moved from mid-page to the top.
  • My name is now in color instead of gray.

 

What do you think?

The Courier final front cover