I’ve mentioned this before in various venues, but it’s past time for the official announcement…

My first full-length novel, Kismet, will be published by Argyll Productions in late January 2017. (The tentative release date is the 24th, although print copies will be on sale at Further Confusion.)

The River: a hodgepodge of arcologies and platforms in a band around Ceres full of dreamers, utopians, corporatists—and transformed humans, from those with simple biomods to the exotic alien xenos and the totemics, remade with animal aspects. Gail Simmons, an itinerant salvor living aboard her ship Kismet, has docked everywhere totemics like her are welcome…and a few places they’re not.

But when she’s accused of stealing a databox from a mysterious wreck, Gail lands in the crosshairs of corporations, governments and anti-totemic terrorists. Finding the real thieves is the easy part. To get her life back, Gail will have to confront a past she’s desperate not to face—and what’s at stake may be more than just her future.

Kismet takes place about ten years after the short story “Tow” and shares the same protagonist. While I aimed for a hard science fiction feel, it’s a character-driven story about identity, transhumanism and what defines home. It came out of the CSSF Novel Writers Workshop, a residential workshop at the University of Kansas led by Kij Johnson. So it has a pretty good pedigree.

The fantastic cover art and design is by Teagan Gavet. (There’s a variant cover design featuring Gail up close that I’ll have soon.)

I’m planning to serialize the first four chapters as a preview starting later this month—definitely on Coyote Prints, and possibly a few other places.