Welcome to the fifth issue of my mailing list newsletter for 2007, intended to provide you with information about my work, my website www.walterhunt.com, and my activities and appearances.
It’s been a very busy autumn, and it’s starting to look like winter up here in the northeastern United States. I’ve held off sending out a newsletter because of things in transition, but the last few weeks have brought some exciting news.
The Dark Wing is now in its fourth printing in paperback.
The Dark Wing is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Die Dunkle Schwinge”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.
The Dark Path is now in its second printing in paperback.
The Dark Path is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Pfad”, and can be preordered from amazon.de.
The Dark Ascent is now out in mass-market paperback.
The Dark Ascent is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Stern”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.
According to amazon.de: “Walter H. Hunt zählt neben John Ringo und David Weber zu den bekanntesten Military-SF-Autoren in den USA.” (”Walter H. Hunt ranks beside John Ringo and David Weber as one of the best known military SF authors in the USA.” Well, that’s good to know!)
The Dark Crusade is now out in mass-market paperback.
The Dark Crusade is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Kreuzzug”. It can be ordered from amazon.de.
The biggest news, however, is that my next two books will be completely new. See the header “New Writing Projects” below.
Stone of Remembrance
My weblog at is going strong. You don’t need to register to offer comment, but due to recent spamming I’ve enabled moderation on the blog, so all comments must be approved before they appear. I cordially invite all of you to join, comment, and participate.
I’m looking into the possibility of releasing a podcast version of Sword and Sun, but that project is in a preliminary stage. I’ll keep you informed of progress through the newsletter and on the blog.
My blog also shows the current top ten games in my Boardgamegeek collection; I’ve gone through the process of entering it into the Geek – process of entering it into the Geek – and with over 500 games entered we’re still way short.
Since the last newsletter I’ve posted some support material for the new book; see “New Writing Projects” below.
Projects in the Dark Wing Universe
We’re still on hiatus, and my creative energies have been focused elsewhere. Still, I appreciate the mail I receive – especially when folks say, “where’s the next book?” I have to answer that it’s in the hands of Tor Books to decide, but that I’ve not abandoned it. Thank you for all of your support and input.
New Writing Projects
I’m pleased to announce that my novel “A Song In Stone” will be published as a part of the Wizards of the Coast Discoveries imprint in November of 2008. It came about during a moment of insight while visiting Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland in 2005. It is completely unrelated to the Dark Wing Universe; while in Scotland I expected to be doing some on-site observation and research for my 18th century novel, but fate intervened.
“A Song In Stone” begins with a premise that was suggested by the guide who showed me Rosslyn Chapel. This structure, a confection of sculpture and artistry, is an unfinished part of a larger church originally built in the fifteenth century. It has fascinated historians and mystics for centuries; it is even the final location in “The DaVinci Code”. When my guide showed it to me, he pointed to a part of the interior and told me that the sculpture there was a complex, undecoded piece of music. The light went on . . . and now it’s a novel. The majority of the book is set in Middle Ages France and Spain, and (among other things) reveals the linkage between Gothic architecture and polyphonic music. The blurb hasn’t been written and the editing for publication hasn’t begun, but I believe that it is a significant piece of writing for me, worthy of my readers.
I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did, and that it will find a place on your shelf with my other work. I’ve been putting support material on the blog under the title “A Song In Stone”.
Also . . .
I will also be writing a shared-world work for hire for WotC to be published in 2009. This book is a Gothic horror novel set in Paris in 1885 and will be lots of fun to write. I changed the setting to 1885 because I’m using Jean-Martin Charcot, and in 1885 his asylum, the Salpêtrière, had accepted a scholarship student from Vienna – the 29-year-old Sigmund Freud.
I’ve written about 10,000 words on this project and it’s getting much more interesting as I write it. Here are a few interesting keywords: “The Harmony”, zoism, praxiniscope, Mohenjo Daro. Intrigued? Hope so.
The Colonial Project
Currently on hiatus. More when I know it.
The last few weeks have brought some exciting news. I’m going to be busy during 2008 (and 2009); this is my tentative schedule:
In connection with a Masonic trip to the Toronto area, I’ll be at Chapters in Ajax, Ontario on Saturday, December 8, 2007. I hope to sell some of my fine paperbacks to holiday shoppers.
I will be at Arisia in Cambridge, MA, January 18-21, 2008. Laura Anne Gilman will be the author guest of honor. Arisia has elected to go to four days over the MLK weekend for the first time.
I will be at Boskone in Boston, MA, February 15-17, 2008. David Weber will be the author guest of honor.
I will be in Minnesota to participate in a week-long seminar at a local high school, concentrating on alternate history (and learning to write well!) and will thus be in attendance at Marscon in Bloomington, MN, February 29 – March 2, 2008. This is my fifth visit to this very fun con. Naomi Kritzer will be the author guest of honor.
I have been invited to the following conventions:
I have not confirmed attendance at any of them – it depends in part on my writing commitments.
Denver has won the right to host the 2008 Worldcon. It will take place August 6-10, 2008 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver. We’ve bought our memberships already and look forward to our first visit to Colorado.
Now the excitement. I will be the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia in January 2009. This is my home town convention, and I’ve had this information in hand for a few months with orders to keep it quiet; but it’s been announced now, so I can mention it myself. This will be right after the release of Song In Stone, so it should be a fun convention.
I will be the International Guest of Honor at Dortcon in Dortmund, Germany in March 2009. This invitation was something of a surprise, but since my books are out in German (and I speak the language), it should be a good con for me. Hope some of my German fans (which I do seem to have!) will come.
Montréal has won the 2009 bid during the Worldcon in Yokahama. We will be in attendance, as we presupported the bid.
I need to sell a lot of books to be able to attend the proposed Australia Worldcon in 2010, but would really like to go. After the 2007 Worldcon this bid will step it up, and there’ll be some competition on planet. We’ll see.
According to Chaz Baden’s page there’s only one announced bid for 2011 – Seattle – and only one for 2012, Chicago (as I reported on my blog a couple of months ago.) At LA Con I recall seeing a table for a Worldcon in Washington, DC for 2010 or later, but can’t find any information on it.
I had a great time at ConText in Columbus, Ohio, September 28-30, 2007. Tim Powers was the Author Guest of Honor and I was invited as a special guest. Tim is one of my favorite writers, and his Anubis Gates is one of my all-time favorite books.
In November I attended Philcon in Philadelphia and enjoyed participating in a very literate programming track. My last panel was a two-person with the artist guest of honor, Sue Dawe, who provided a very amusing sniglet to describe the artistic style that is associated with Victorian-era steampunk. “Look,” she said, “it’s Art Nemo!” Got to remember that.
The Stamford Writer’s Fair in Stamford, Connecticut has been pushed back indefinitely; it didn’t happen in November.
We have recently given the site a facelift, including new links to our Amazon-listed books. The guestbook is back online, and there’s been some reorganization of the various departments.
Once “A Song In Stone” passes into copyedit, I’ll put up an excerpt.
Yahoo Mailing List
Some local fans have set up a <a href="http://
groups.yahoo.com/group/WalterHunt/” target=”_blank”>Yahoo mailing list for my writing. As I say at public appearances – you can ask any question you like (just be prepared for me to answer as I please.) I hope you’ll join the list and be a part of an interactive discussion.
What I’m Reading
I read the Economist, a weekly news magazine. You should too.
I recently read a very entertaining book: Sin in the Second City, about the Everleigh Club – the most famous upscale house of delights in Chicago, its rise and eventual disappearance. A wonderful, quick read.
In fiction, I enjoyed James Lee Burke’s Last Car to Elysian Fields, a Dave Robicheaux novel. While the average book in this series consists of: the seamy underside of New Orleans; random acts of violence; soliloquies on the principal character’s dead wife, his lost youth, and his alcoholism . . . Burke’s ability to evoke the setting and scene reveals his brilliance as a writer. I can’t put his books down.
I also (finally) read Pullman’s The Golden Compass (the trilogy is available at Amazon). I’ve been told that the two sequels are disappointing and haven’t gotten to them yet; the first one was interesting. It beats Harry Potter.
Thanks to everyone for their continued encouragement and support. Having a chance to write professionally means I get to do what I truly love, and I hope you will always feel that your confidence in me is well-placed. Keep reading, and keep in touch.
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Content © 2007, Walter H. Hunt.