Newsletter 2022-12-16: season’s blues (flu), free audio book, book tip and music tip

Newsletter 2022-12-16: season’s blues (flu), free audio book, book tip and music tip

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Close-up of the moon's surfaceI got nothing

Literally. I’m just coming out of a three-day flu-induced stupor, which messed up all plans I had for this week, including this newsletter.

I was going to wax lyrically about humanity’s return to the moon, with NASA’s Artemis mission in full swing. It has me excited, I was born just too late to witness the first moon landings, so looking forward to another chance.

This bout of non-covid illness has put a dent in my revision schedule for The Ein Particle, my upcoming novel. I’ve processed a few chapters worth of feedback from my editor, but there’s so much more and that’s before I even scratch the surface of the more structural changes I’m going to want to make. Ah well, the holidays are coming up, so I’ve taken two weeks off from the day job to retreat back into my writer’s den and edit hard.

This is my final newsletter this year. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who signed up this year and all of you who signed up before but decided not to unsubscribe. It means a lot to me!

Have a jolly good time, if that’s your thing, or enjoy the absence of distractions while you get some work done. In any case, see you next year!

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Forced to be Free audio book

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce the general availability of the audio book version of Forced to be Free.

You can find it on a whole bunch of sites and I expect it will become available on a whole bunch more. It’s not expensive, but to my loyal newsletter subscribers it’s of no cost at all! You can grab your copy directly from my site. Use the email address you used to sign up to this newsletter as the username. Your password is uopl129ac.

Let me know what you think. Do you prefer audio books over print or ebooks? What do you think of the narration on this audio book? It’s been a first for both me and Maja, the narrator, so we’re eager to hear your feedback!

Download the audio book.

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Alexis Lantgen

What kind of life will we find in the depths of Europa’s oceans? What kind of life will we allow an AI with human level intelligence? The ten stories in Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories explore these questions and many more.

In the near future, humanity builds a colony on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. They tunnel into the ice to explore the dark oceans beneath the moon’s surface, searching for signs of extraterrestrial life. What they find will change them forever, setting humanity on a path to the stars. But the old conflicts and hatreds of Earth are not so easily escaped. Will human colonists on distant planets and moons create a paradise or a horrifying dystopia?

Get book!

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SomaFM Christmas Lounge

Chilled holiday grooves and classic winter lounge tracks. (Kid and Parent safe!”

This digital radio station is the perfect sound track for a relaxed Christmas. None of the commercial songs you were sick to death with a month ago already, but an eclectic mix of vintage and modern tracks inspired on the classics. Groovy, jazzy, it’s just what you need to chill with some chocolate and a steaming mug of whatever hot beverage you prefer.

Tune in to a groovy Christmas now.


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