Guest Post: Author L. Jagi Lamplighter

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How to Avoid Being Flattened By the Steamroller of Progress
by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Recently, a friend sent me an ad for virtual keyboards. If you haven’t seen one, it’s a rather nifty device. You put it on your desk, and it casts a red light image of a keyboard on your desk. Then you type on it, as if it were a keyboard, and letters appear on your screen.

Rather cool.

Only, to my friend, the existence of this device was a bit of an embarrassment. He’s a science fiction writer, and five or ten years ago, he wrote a book where he predicted virtual keyboards. He made them up.

Back then. They were science fiction.

Today, they are fact.

Where does that leave him?

How, he wondered, do science fiction writers stay ahead of science fact?

No Escape for the Scientifically-Challenged

I felt for him. I had kind of been there.

I myself am a fantasy writer. You would think I would not have this problem. Alas, even we fantasy writers are plagued with being outrun by the march of progress.

When I first started the Prospero’s Daughter series in 1992, I wanted to make my main character, the five hundred year old Miranda, daughter of Prospero from Shakespeare’s Tempest, seem rich and capable, so I gave her a whole pile of nifty tech devices—not anything as wild as a James Bond gadget, but fancy, hard-to-get stuff that was extremely cutting edge.

By the time the book was published in 2009—I owned all but one of those devices.

I also had a scene where I wanted to show that she was very busy and very capable. So, back in 1992, I gave her many computers, all working at once.

Then, multi-tasking came along. Nobody bothered using more than one computer anymore.

Okay…I updated. I gave her a lot of printers all clacking away. Clacking, mind you, because back then, we were talking about dot-matrix printers. They made a lot of noise.

Couple of years later, I went back to revise the book, and printers weren’t so loud any more.

In the long run, I threw up my hands. I got rid of her high-tech office entirely and gave her an old fashion office with a huge desk and geese honking as they flew by outside.

I wasn’t even inventing the technology, and I couldn’t keep up.

Fighting Back

So, what does an author do to actually stay ahead of the invention curve?

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Received in November

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in November for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Dimensions
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Ace:
Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole

Aurum Press:
Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin

Berkley:
Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace

Blink:
Doon by Carey Corp

Daw:
Touch by Michelle Sagara
The Misfortune Cookie by Laura Resnick

Harper Teen:
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
The Lure by Lynne Ewing
Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker
The Book of Love by Lynn Weingarten
Fugitive X by Gregg Rosenblum

Harper Voyager:
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Kickstarter:
Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce

Paizo:
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 by Jason Bulmahn

Palomino Press:
The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Penguin Teen / Dial / Viking Juvenile:
Half Bad by Sally Green
The Slanted Worlds by Catherine Fisher

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack

Roc:
Iron Night: A Generation V Novel by M.L. Brennan

Scholastic:
Defy by Sara B. Larson

Shadow Mountain:
Adventurers Wanted: Sands of Nezza by M. L. Forman
Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

Steam Press:
The Wind City by Summer Wigmore

Tor:
Allegiance by Beth Bernobich
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction by David G. Hartwell
Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson
Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao
To Dance with the Devil by Cat Adams
Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest
Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis
Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin

Tor Teen / Seven Seas:
Laddertop by Orson Scott Card
Resistance by Jenna Black

William Morrow:
The Collection by Shannon Stoker

Kicking It Blog Tour – Giveaway and Excerpt!

KICKING IT
Edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna
Releases: December 3, 2013

Featuring stories by FAITH HUNTER * KALAYNA PRICE * RACHEL CAINE * CHLOE NEILL * ROB THURMAN * SHANNON K. BUTCHER * LUCIENNE DIVER * CHRIS MARIE GREEN * CHRISTINA HENRY

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.

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Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft novels and the Novels of Haven. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire.

Find Kalayna online on:
Website: www.kalayna.com
goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2803627.Kalayna_Price
twitter: https://twitter.com/kalayna
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalaynaPrice

KICKING IT excerpt:

Ruby Red

I shucked my singed jacket and dropped it on the cheap hotel carpet. Ruined. Damn. My pants weren’t any better. The acrid scent of scorched leather engulfed me. Wrinkling my nose, I considered stripping and hitting the shower without acknowledging the man sitting in the obligatory armchair found in every hotel room across the country. The blinds were open behind him, which allowed him to read the document in his lap with the final rays of evening sun.

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