Nope, not a typo. An atrocious pun, I'll grant you. It all has to do with my recent silence -- due, in turn to a lot of reading.
Great Red Spot on Jupiter.
There's no way I can write four books in a year. Two is pushing it. But not all books make it through the publisher's pipeline on the same time line. And so, in 2010, I'll have four books come out:
Countdown to Armageddon / A Stranger in Paradise
InterstellarNet: New Order -- due out later this summer
Betrayer of Worlds (with Larry Niven) -- due out in October
Every new book entails proofreading editorial markups and typeset versions -- sometimes more than one round.
And my 2009 titles both reissue soon in paperback (Small Miracles [in August] and, again with Larry, Destroyer of Worlds [in November]). Mass market paperback reissues are re-typeset from the hardback edition.
So: I've been proofreading. And proofreading. And (wait for it) proofreading. All that proofreading really cuts into my time to choose what to read (and, perchance, to comment upon in a post).
And even writing new stuff involves a lot of rereading/editing. But that has been exciting.
I've made passing mention on the blog of a new novel in progress, Energized. As of yesterday, I have only one major section and an epilogue left to complete. That's well enough along that I'm ready to say some more about it. Like most of my solo novels, it's a near-future technothriller. Unlike most of my solos, parts of it are off-Earth.
conference about asteroid deflection. I attended a 10-day, NASA-funded astronomy workshop for authors. I toured the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV. I watched a shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center. It all goes into Energized.
So bear with me if I'm a bit less blogcentric for the summer. I'm really psyched to wrap up Energized. (And -- shudder -- I have typeset page proofs for Destroyer of Worlds in paperback to go read.)