Kirkus said: “A gritty thriller that puts the downside of superpowers into bracingly relatable terms. “
Read the Publishers Weekly review of Velocity Blues (available in June) here:
Spoiler – they liked it!
There’s an interview with me about writing in general and about Velocity Blues specifically available at: https://vernacularbooks.com/2021/03/03/exclusive-interview-clifford-royal-johns-author-of-velocity-blues/
Velocity Blues is available for pre-order from the usual book supply suspects. If you want to see what it’s all about you can go to Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Velocity-Blues-Clifford-Royal-Johns/dp/1952283124
or find it where you like to buy books. Pre-orders available for eBook and print formats.
Here is the new cover for Velocity Blues from Vernacular books due out in June, but pre-orders will be available soon.
I’ve sold my next book, “Velocity Blues,” to Vernacular books. It should be out in June, 2021 More on this later.
I will be conducting a writing workshop on writing in first person (Feb 15, 2:30PM) at the Capricon science fiction convention (Feb 13-16, 2020).
I will also be a panelist at the convention on the following panels:
– Detectives in the Wild – Thu 5:00 PM
– Nonfiction for Fiction Writers – Fri 10:00 AM
– Lessons I Learned as a First-Time Novelist – Fri 8:30 PM
– How Not to Kill Yourself over a Deadline – Sat 5:30 PM
– A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Publisher – Sat 8:30 PM
So if you’re in the area, like science fiction and fantasy in any form (books, movies, anime, etc.) and feel like hanging out with some other people who also like this stuff, consider attending. You can check it out at capricon.org.
I will be attending Windycon (Nov 15-17) this year. My schedule (for those of you who might go) is as follows:
Panel: Commerce in Space Opera – Friday, 11-15-2019 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Mueller Grand Ballroom G
Panel: Ask a Scientist – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Lilac C
Chicago-SF Book discussion: Ringworld, by Larry Niven – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – ISFiC Suite – Room 1612
Writers Workshop – Sunday – Sunday, 11-17-2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – ISFiC Suite – Room 1612
Panel: Memorable Space Opera Settings – Sunday, 11-17-2019 – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Mueller Grand Ballroom H
I will be on the following panels:
Indistinguishable from Magic: SF or Fantasy?
Fri 1:00 PM
Hero’s Quest and Other Story Structures
Fri 2:30 PM
Writing Optimism in a Dark Age
Fri 7:00 PM
Authors Who Read
Sat 10:00 AM
Chicago-SF Book Club – We’re discussing European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, another of Theodora Goss’s delightful romps through Victorian gothic literature.
Sat 2:30 PM