The end of Atlantipedia

It’s been a long run. Over the last 10 years we’ve collected masses of data and discovered some really intriguing theories, but reluctantly I have decided to bring Atlantipedia to a close. The sheer effort and time has been eating away at both my writing time, and family life, and that wasn’t what this project was intended to do.

I hope the site has been of use to people interested in researching Atlantis. It is a huge field, and wading through the sheer volumes of crazy in order to reach the serious scholarly discussions is an undertaking in and of itself.

I am working on the first of a series of papers on the subject and this will be published in due course. In the meantime, good luck. Atlantipedia out.

Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War honored by the Junior Library Guild!

I got an email on Wednesday from my editor at HarperCollins (hi Jess!), that came as such a surprise I literally wrote back asking if there had been some kind of mistake. I was assured there was not. Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War has been given the honor of being a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2017! Thank you Junior Library Guild!

To paraphrase Ron Burgandy, this is kind of a big deal. Not just because I get a gold pin and something to hang on my wall, but because of just how rigorous their selection process is. To give you an idea, here is what the JLG says on their website:

The JLG editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. We’ve developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews. And, according to statistics provided by Collection HQ, from 2013 to 2014 JLG Selections circulated 81% more than other books published for children and teens.


Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War will be released November 7 (you can pre-order it now from just about everywhere). In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the book, visit, and sign up for the mailing list.

We’re also going to be having a competition or two in the coming months for Advanced Reader Copies of the book. One of them will be through Goodreads, so if you want to be notified of when that happens, add Daniel to your to-read list as soon as possible!

First Public Reading of Daniel Coldstar!

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A Love Note to Ted Chiang

Everyone approaches science fiction differently. My love of it is grounded in unabashed pulp sensibilities—if it’s not going pew-pew-pew, I’m less likely to be interested. That’s just who I am. I grew up watching Flash Gordon serials on BBC2, my great loves were Wilma Deering on Buck Rogers and Dale Arden from the Flash Gordon movie. My passions were Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, and Star Wars. My favorite Heinlein stories were his juveniles. Douglas Adams informed my world view. So called “serious” science fiction often left me cold. That’s why Ted Chiang’s ability to move me is so unusual, and why simply, he is a writer of supreme genius.

I’d only vaguely become aware of Chiang’s work over the last couple of years. Mentions of it here and there appeared on my radar only once in a while, that is until the adaptation of one of his stories became the movie Arrival, and I was forced to ask myself whether this was all motion picture hype or if I was missing out on something genuinely interesting. 

Having been truly impressed by Arrival, a few weeks ago I decided to read Chiang’s collection Stories of Your Life and Others. It was, quite simply, an astonishing read. Chiang has a thoughtful prose style that is crisp and clear. He addresses his themes from just about every angle. His stories unfold with the precision of a Swiss watch. There are layers and hidden chambers, which you sense are there and you delight in when they are opened. Chiang deals with human emotion, needs, and wants with a deft maturity. But perhaps, the most surprising element for me was what was not there, and how its absence didn’t hinder my enjoyment one bit. Chiang appears to have absolutely no sense of humor. Usually such earnestness comes across as overblown self-importance, but not so with Chiang. His logic is so impeccable, his dissecting of his themes so immaculate, that it’s easy to get swept up in his storytelling and share the questioning wonder of his protagonists. To step inside a Ted Chiang story is to be in the presence of genius. I will never be this kind of writer. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Which is perhaps why I’m so excited to see what he comes up with next.