22
Jul
mulhollandbooks:

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!
Greg Rucka’s new novel, Bravo, follows two women: one, an American agent emerging from deep cover, is still coming to grips with what her “real” life really is. The other is an avid instrument of death, who will stop at nothing to execute her lover’s plans. Jad Bell, who saved the country once in Alpha, is going to have his hands full with these two.
Click here to read more about Bravo.

So, let’s talk about this a little bit.
My new novel comes out today. It’s available in all of the tasty electronic formats that you’d expect, as well as in a snazzy, cloth-covered hardback that feels quite nice in your hand. It is full of words, some 90,000 of them or so, with almost all of them put in a coherent order by yours truly. Sometimes, I managed to put them into an order that, when you read them, you feel an emotional response. Sometimes, I managed to put them in an order that, when you read them, you may laugh out loud, or smile to yourself, or wince, or cringe, or get that look we humans get when we are worried for someone and empathize with them and are hopeful that things will work out for the best.
I am not — believe it or not — good at self-promotion. I think I rather stink at it. I have not the social media wizardry of warrenellis, nor the both-barrels-brilliance of a kellysue, nor the glee and wit of a brianmichaelbendis or mattfractionblog. My tumblr, it has been noted, is not something one should follow if one is prone to depression, as I am somewhat unrelenting in my reportage of a world heading to hell in a handbasket.
The day the book enters the world is always a little melancholy for me, to tell the truth. It’s a day where this work that has been so intimately tied to my life for so long is released to sink or swim, into an environment that is, frankly, hostile to it — there are those of us who love books, love reading, but our numbers, I fear, continue to dwindle.
It is going to sound remarkably sappy to say this, but I want my book to be happy.
(Yes, the analogy to parenting is strong, yes, I know, look, I’m not MAKING you read this, okay?)
I want it to find an audience. I want it to find people who will enjoy it, maybe one or two people who will fall in love with it. I want it to make people think, perhaps, just a little bit. I want them to have fun with it.
All this to say, world, here is my new book. It’s name is BRAVO, and it’s about a somewhat broken man trying to do his duty, and a somewhat broken woman trying to recover what she’s lost in doing hers.
To those of you who pick it up, who give it a try, my thanks. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

mulhollandbooks:

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

Greg Rucka’s new novel, Bravo, follows two women: one, an American agent emerging from deep cover, is still coming to grips with what her “real” life really is. The other is an avid instrument of death, who will stop at nothing to execute her lover’s plans. Jad Bell, who saved the country once in Alpha, is going to have his hands full with these two.

Click here to read more about Bravo.

So, let’s talk about this a little bit.

My new novel comes out today. It’s available in all of the tasty electronic formats that you’d expect, as well as in a snazzy, cloth-covered hardback that feels quite nice in your hand. It is full of words, some 90,000 of them or so, with almost all of them put in a coherent order by yours truly. Sometimes, I managed to put them into an order that, when you read them, you feel an emotional response. Sometimes, I managed to put them in an order that, when you read them, you may laugh out loud, or smile to yourself, or wince, or cringe, or get that look we humans get when we are worried for someone and empathize with them and are hopeful that things will work out for the best.

I am not — believe it or not — good at self-promotion. I think I rather stink at it. I have not the social media wizardry of warrenellis, nor the both-barrels-brilliance of a kellysue, nor the glee and wit of a brianmichaelbendis or mattfractionblog. My tumblr, it has been noted, is not something one should follow if one is prone to depression, as I am somewhat unrelenting in my reportage of a world heading to hell in a handbasket.

The day the book enters the world is always a little melancholy for me, to tell the truth. It’s a day where this work that has been so intimately tied to my life for so long is released to sink or swim, into an environment that is, frankly, hostile to it — there are those of us who love books, love reading, but our numbers, I fear, continue to dwindle.

It is going to sound remarkably sappy to say this, but I want my book to be happy.

(Yes, the analogy to parenting is strong, yes, I know, look, I’m not MAKING you read this, okay?)

I want it to find an audience. I want it to find people who will enjoy it, maybe one or two people who will fall in love with it. I want it to make people think, perhaps, just a little bit. I want them to have fun with it.

All this to say, world, here is my new book. It’s name is BRAVO, and it’s about a somewhat broken man trying to do his duty, and a somewhat broken woman trying to recover what she’s lost in doing hers.

To those of you who pick it up, who give it a try, my thanks. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

21
Jul
fleshcoatedtechnology:

FDA Approves First Prosthesis Controlled by Muscle Electrical Signals

Dean Kamen’s DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It’s controlled by electrical signals from the wearer’s muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prostheticapproved by the FDA for sale to the general public.
In the FDA study, 90% of test subjects were able to quickly adapt to using the DEKA Arm for tasks that were impossible with traditional arm prosthetics, like brushing hair and using keys and zippers.
This is a cyborg we can all support.
[FDA; DARPA via Engadget / Gizmodo]

fleshcoatedtechnology:

FDA Approves First Prosthesis Controlled by Muscle Electrical Signals

Dean Kamen’s DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It’s controlled by electrical signals from the wearer’s muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prostheticapproved by the FDA for sale to the general public.

In the FDA study, 90% of test subjects were able to quickly adapt to using the DEKA Arm for tasks that were impossible with traditional arm prosthetics, like brushing hair and using keys and zippers.

This is a cyborg we can all support.

[FDADARPA via Engadget / Gizmodo]

(via jenvanmeter)

21
Jul
On August 2nd I’ll be at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop from noon until I’m done to sign copies of  BRAVO and anything else folks might happen to want signed.

Now:

IF YOU WANT A COPY OF BRAVO and you cannot make it to the signing, for reasons of, say, oh, I dunno, geography, we can help you out!

The staff at Seattle Mystery are awesome. If you call or email (staff@seattlemystery.com), they will be more than happy to not only sell you a copy of my new, and frankly, very dashing and handsome-looking-on-a-bookshelf novel, they will make certain it is personalized as per your request.

You cannot ask for a better store to support, or better folks to rely upon here, people. Seriously.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, please swing by. It’s a lovely store, and they make me sit in a great big Nero Wolfe chair and I bring all my fountain pens and JB teases me about how I need to write another Kodiak novel and how much he misses Bridgett.

Worth the price of admission alone (and admission is free, so… you get it, right?).

On August 2nd I’ll be at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop from noon until I’m done to sign copies of BRAVO and anything else folks might happen to want signed.

Now:

IF YOU WANT A COPY OF BRAVO and you cannot make it to the signing, for reasons of, say, oh, I dunno, geography, we can help you out!

The staff at Seattle Mystery are awesome. If you call or email (staff@seattlemystery.com), they will be more than happy to not only sell you a copy of my new, and frankly, very dashing and handsome-looking-on-a-bookshelf novel, they will make certain it is personalized as per your request.

You cannot ask for a better store to support, or better folks to rely upon here, people. Seriously.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, please swing by. It’s a lovely store, and they make me sit in a great big Nero Wolfe chair and I bring all my fountain pens and JB teases me about how I need to write another Kodiak novel and how much he misses Bridgett.

Worth the price of admission alone (and admission is free, so… you get it, right?).

21
Jul
Do you have hope for a good Queen & Country movie? (I'll admit that I love Q&C, which is what got me into reading the rest of your work.)
thelonelyskeptic

I have great hopes for the Q&C movie — everyone involved, everyone I’ve spoken to, are precisely the kind of people I had always hoped would be on the project. It’s a long way from “wants to make a movie” to “movie is released,” we all know that, so my fingers are crossed. But yes, I am very encouraged.

21
Jul
I'm going to be mean now, so feel free to ignore this :D From your Reading Room interview: "I am not going to write a how-to manual on the best way to murder someone." Did you read Ellis' Dead Pig Collector? If so, did you like it?
matabichomental

Hah! You misunderstand me, sir, and you’re reading far more into that interview than is warranted. I’m not indicting Warren. Understanding the difference between fiction and non is only the start — what the reader does with the text is beyond the author’s control.

Writers lie professionally. Never forget that ;)

21
Jul

AR-K is now available on Steam for both PC and Mac at the low-low price of $7.99. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s old school, and it most definitely sets up things to come.

I’ve been working with the folks at Gato for over a year now, helping edit and rewrite the original chapters and moving forward on the new one. There’s a genuine glee to this game, and a quiet humor that contrasts with its more over-the-top aspects. And Alicia, our protagonist, is wonderful, and wonderfully voiced by the amazing Ash Sroka.

Hope you enjoy it!

20
Jul
Dear Greg, I hope you don't take this the wrong wat but are you proud of the Whiteout movie? I know it wasn't a succes with critics and box office but I really enjoyed it. Yes the comic was better but the movie wasn't terrible in my opinion. I hope that my opinion matters to you and I really hope that Whiteout Melt will one day happen.
— Anonymous

No, I’m not. I think there’s some good stuff in it, and some very good performances by a couple of the cast, but on the whole, I think the film absolutely failed to honor the source material, and, most crucially, I think the film chickened out about Carrie and turned her into just another cliché.

That was their right, however, and they paid Steve and me good money to do just that, so I really can’t complain. It’s not something I lose sleep over ;)