New Wayfarers short story & Goodreads Choice Awards

I’m currently working on the next Wayfarers book, but since it’s going to be a while until that hits shelves (early 2021, provided I write words on time), here’s a little something to tide you over: A brand new short story! It’s called “A Good Heretic,” and it’s part of the Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers space opera anthology. The story’s about Mas, the Sianat Solitary we briefly meet in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It’s the first time I’ve visited the Sianat homeworld and delved into the ritual of Pairing, so if you’re curious about this secretive species and their viral culture (oh ho, a pun!), I think you’ll dig this. You might want to bundle up, though. There’s a reason Sianats have fur.

Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers is available now in the US, and will be out on November 26 in the UK.

Also, if you’ll allow me to abruptly shift universes: the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is open, and To Be Taught, If Fortunate is up for Best Science Fiction! While I certainly wouldn’t say no to anybody who wants to give the crew of the Merian your vote, I’m sharing the list with friends and other very talented authors. It’s been an incredible year for sci-fi, and honestly, the best thing you could do is check out all of these folks and give a click to the one who took your brain on the coolest trip. 

Worldcon schedule 2019

It’s here! It will be fun!


  • Panel: So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish
    11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
    Point Square: Odeon 2

    Like the dolphins of Hitchhiker’s Guide, nonhuman life can communicate with humans in numerous ways, including non-verbal interactions, signalling, and even parasitism. Panelists from diverse fields of research discuss the oddness of life and the strange ways the natural world talks to us.


  • Reading
    1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    CCD: Liffey Room-2

  • Autographs
    3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
    CCD: Level 4 Foyer


  • Panel: Artemis - Apollo’s Big Sister
    11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
    CCD: Liffey-B (Second Stage)
    Recently NASA selected three lunar landers for taking scientific instruments to the Moon. This is the start of many steps towards the goal of returning to the Moon in 2024. What needs to be done, what is planned, and how does this compare with initiatives from other countries?


  • Panel: What I read when I was young
    10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    CCD: Liffey-B (Second Stage)
    The books we read in childhood often have a lasting influence. In this panel, finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Novel discuss the books that had a profound effect on the people they became. How did these works change them? Was this influence a good or a bad one? Is there a book they think everyone should read at least once in their life?

  • Kaffeeklatsch
    3:00 PM - 3:50 PM (group size limited, sign up in advance!)
    CCD: Level 3 Foyer

UK residents! Behold: a giveaway!

It’s somehow the middle of summer already, and that means I’m coming up fast on the launch of my new standalone novella, To Be Taught, If Fortunate. It’s a love letter to science and space travel, told through a crew of astronauts conducting an ecological survey of a planetary system fourteen light years from Earth. It’s full of beautiful things and troubling things and big questions and little wonders. This pint-size book is the closest thing I’ve ever written to home, in terms of distance, time, and...well, me. I hope you’ll check it out. (And as for the biggest Big Question in there: yeah, I really do want to know your answer.)

If you like free stuff and are a UK resident over the age of 16, the team at Hodder & Stoughton has cooked up something pretty cool. Use this link right here to pre-order by August 7, and they’ll send you a travel journal to document your scientific travels through the Zhenyi system.

Neat, right?

For everybody who is not a resident of the UK, pre-order links for the respective US and UK editions can be found right here.

Launch dates for To Be Taught, If Fortunate

My new novella will be out soon! Soon-ish, anyway! The launch dates differ depending on which side of the pond you’re on, so:

If you’d like to pre-order, click the links above! I’m very excited for this one to head out into the wild, and if it sounds like your jam, I hope you’ll check it out.


Oh, it has been so hard biting my tongue about this. I’m explodingly excited to announce that my work is up for two Hugo Awards: Record of a Spaceborn Few for Best Novel, and the extant Wayfarers books for Best Series.

The ballot this year is tremendous, and I’m deeply honored to be part of it. To all the voters, and to everybody who’s supported these books over the years, thank you. I wish I could tell you how much it means to me, but cliché of clichés: I don’t have the words.

A fresh coat of paint

Welcome to the new site! I can’t move the old news posts over, but since they’re things that have all already happened anyway, might as well start fresh for 2019. I’ve got a lot to announce in the next week, so stay tuned.