Hurleyverse Happenings, the Hugos, & the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

Hugo voting is open! Stories are being written! I have another book due in six weeks! OMFG!

Hey Hero,

It’s tough to wrap my head around the fact that in my last newsletter, just a few months ago, I had a new book out! The Broken Heavens wrapped up my Worldbreaker Saga (after many years of wrestling with the story to get it JUST right). Overall reactions have been super positive, so thanks again for all your patience!

If you wonder how I’ve been spending my quarantine since then, this is a live video from my living room:

Get Your Hugo On

After a long spring, the summer has been zipping by at super warp-speed (it’s 100 degrees and humid here today and I feel like I’m living on the surface of Venus), and it’s already Hugo voting time!

Thank you to everyone who voted for The Light Brigade for the Hugo shortlist. Now is the chance to see how far it can go! It’s an incredible short list this year.

If you are Hugo-inclined, but sure to vote!

VOTE HERE

Writing Like a Very Soft Wind

In other Hurleyverse news, my next novel, Losing Gravity, is due to my editor in September, which is strange because I remember that deadline be a LOT further away??? Time dilation is a bear these days.

The last month or so, I’ve managed to get back into the habit of working on this one after a very long cogntive logjam caused by sickness, quarantine, and dumpster fires of all sorts, and I am enjoying where it’s taking me.

Been spending a lot of gardening time commiserating with my dogs and working through scenes in my head. As one does.

Most of my other work these days has been happening on Patreon. Like many of you, I have had trouble concentrating the last few months as the world seethes. However, I’ve been able to write a few flash fiction pieces there every month, as well as creating the behind-the-scenes and real-time writing videos, and the monthly Q&A.

You can check out some of these ungated videos on my updated website.

Offworld Gardening

Here in Ohio, I’ve been spending a good deal of time gardening, engaged in a heated battle with the fucking squash vine borer moths and their grubby children.

Be sure to check out the garden progress on instagram! We should be rocking in the new pond next week when the temperature drops from a deadly 100+ degrees to a merely balmy 85 degrees.

Books and Sundry

Media I have enjoyed recently:

  • Shirley, on Hulu, is based on a fictional novel about Shirley Jackson, the horror writer. It is so painfully honest and complex and Elisabeth Moss is so deeply incredible that I’ve already watched it twice now.

  • Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon has been out for a bit, but I’ve just now gotten to it. A wonderful, raw, passionate, funny, and cathartic journey that links one generation of women in horror film to the next. Absolutely delightful framing.

  • Motherland, also on Hulu, explores an alternate United States where witches make a pact with American revolutionaries and become the militant shaping force of power in America. Riveting worldbuilding.

  • The Space Between Worlds, by Micaiah Johnson, is the first book I’ve blurbed this year! I finished it in a day and bawled like a baby at the end. Here’s what I said about it: "A gritty, riveting, and ultimately hopeful novel about the people, choices, and relationships who make us who we are - in this world, and in those we can only imagine."

  • Finally, don’t forget that Kate Elliott’s genderbent Alexander the Great in Space, Unconquerable Sun, is out now!

The World is Always Ending

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about how the world is always ending for someone. Change happens. The wheel of time turns. All we have to decide, as Gandalf would say, is what to do with the time we are given.

I hope you are making the most of all the time you have.

All the best,

Hurley

Worlds Will End...

The World Breaker Saga is now complete!

Hey Hero,

It’s been a long road, eh?

The Mirror Empire dropped in 2014, with Empire Ascendant coming soon after in 2015. Due to some contractual nonsense we weren’t able to sign a contract for the third and final book in the Worldbreaker Saga - The Broken Heavens - until early 2016.

Then there was that whole election thing, a three month period of mostly drunkenness, 90,000 words of a book that was… just not very good, and a commitment to change gears and finish some other stuff before I tackled this very beefy final book in a complex fantasy epic with a LOT of moving parts.

There were some dark days. More than once, I considered just paying back the advance and running away to the woods.

But I persevered. My agent kicked my ass and made me rewrite the book twice. My editor made me rewrite the first half yet again.

And we shipped the fucking thing.

Star Magic | Sentient Plants | Parallel Universes

Today, you can complete the trilogy, or binge read all three at once!

GET YOU ONE

Here’s how I fucking feel right now:

It’s been a wild journey, full of slings and arrows. Creating shit that isn’t the same as other shit and doesn’t take the easy way out takes a lot of time and brain work, especially when the world is quickly changing around you.

Thanks to all of you for your support, well-wishes and patience! I do hope you enjoy the final volume in my first completed epic.


Fresh Hurleyverse Adventures

If you’ve missed the last few stories that dropped for subscribers, here’s a recap:

"Leviathan" is the tale of a mom-and-daughter salvage crew that eek out a living hopping from one derelict to another - until the day mom makes a tragic mistake, and her daughter... a startling discovery.

Check it out

Nyx and her ragtag team of morally gray mercenaries get roped into retrieving a flesh-flaying monster from a tomb. Just another day in Nasheen.

Check it Out


As we charge forward into the raging 20’s, I’m glad to have you all here along for the ride. After all, the only way to change the future is to ensure that we’re here to shape it, right? Let’s go!

Best,

Kameron

MEET ME IN THE FUTURE

A missive from the Hurleyverse....

WELCOME

Hey, heroes!

Greetings from a new email provider - Substack! We’ve blown past 2k subscribers (thank you!) and are heading toward 3k, which meant I needed to switch things up if I wanted to keep this mailing affordable. Thanks for coming along for the ride. I appreciate your patience with any technical hiccups.

WHAT’S NEW

It’s launch day for MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, my first short story collection, which includes tales about a body-hopping mercenary who avenges his pet elephant, an orphan who falls in love with a sentient starship, fighters who ally to power a reality-bending engine, and a swamp-dwelling introvert who tries to save the world―from her plague-casting former wife.

Or, as folks on Twitter are pitching it: “SWAMP LESBIANS.”

I mean, that too.

I think it’s great. But don’t just take my word for it…

“One of the best story collections of the past few years.” ―*Booklist

“16 hard-edged pieces that gleam like gems in a mosaic.” ―*Publishers Weekly

“A visceral, unrelenting, and heart-filled exploration of what it means to be human in any future; Kameron Hurley is writing the science fiction our world needs.”—Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of Ascension

“Kameron Hurley is a badass. Her powerful stories will shred your preconceptions, and may leave you permanently off-kilter.”—Hugo Award-winning author Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous 

Now available from fine booksellers everywhere!

GET YOURS

WHAT’S NOTABLE

We’ve got a LOT of new fiction available via the Patreon! Catch up on what you’ve missed, and brace for “The Traitor Lords” coming August 31st.

Access 30+ Stories

Annnnd - you asked, and I delivered! You can now order Light Brigade patches directly from me via the Kameron Hurley Workshop (this is also a great place to get signed books and paintings).

WHAT’S NEXT

We’re working to get through this long dry spell between royalty payment periods. Once we do, I’ll have info in the next newsletter about the The Broken Heavens pre-launch swag giveaway.

Speaking of The Broken Heavens, I’ve turned in the copyedits on the manuscript! We have two proofing passes left to go, and then it’s off to the printing house. It’s FINALLY happening, fam. I really appreciate how patient and supportive you’ve all been as I wrestled with this book. There was a long stretch there where I considered paying back the advance and just cancelling it, so it’s a really big win for my mental health to see this one hit the streets. Out January 14, 2020!

I’m currently in the very early drafting stages of Losing Gravity, the book I pitched to Saga Press as “Killing Eve Meets Die Hard, in Space.” It’s been fun doing the research for this one, but I’m still working out character voices and narrative structure. That one’s on deck for early 2021.

My agent and I are also in the early stages of planning some additional short fiction collections, depending on how well Meet Me in the Future does (Apocalypse Nyx did well by smaller press standards, so that’s good!).

Finally, now that I’m done traveling for the year (aside from a family trip around Thanksgiving), my goal is to get back to producing regular episodes of my podcast, “Get to Work Hurley,” because people love it and I enjoy doing them. I do also want to have regular “hang and paint with Hurley” sessions once a month that are publicly streamed, just for fun.

I want to spend more time doing the shit that I love, basically, instead of being anxious and worried all the time. The world as we know it may be ending, but we can enjoy the time we have.

Let’s go make things, fam.

Best,

Kameron

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