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Lietas drøm

27-11-2016 » Bokprosjekter, Litteratur, Science Fiction » 0 kommentarer

img_6563Julen nærmer seg, og det er på tide å fylle handlekurven med gaver. Hva er vel bedre enn å gi en bok i julegave? Kanskje to? Min nyeste roman er å finne i bokhandelen og på nett. Bare spør eller søk etter Lietas drøm av Erik Martenson, så er de gavene i boks! Førsteboken Skyggespinneren er selvsagt også i salg.

«Stjerneskipet Talos har endelig nådd sitt mål, Etai Kalan, og koloniseringen går sin gang. Men på hjemplaneten Terra blir gutten Finn vitne til et angrep på presidenten som skal få ringvirkninger ingen kunne forutse …»

Lietas drøm har blitt svært godt mottatt og er av mange omtalt som enda bedre enn Skyggespinneren. Ikke gå glipp av den!

Vennlig hilsen fra forfatteren, og lykke til med juleforberedelsene!

2014 in numbers: Books

01-01-2015 » Book List, Litteratur, Science Fiction » 2 kommentarer

 

Dear fellow book lKillDecision_pprbk_cvrovers!

Another year has been filed away into the great expanse we solemnly call history, and it’s due time to commemorate and talk about the books we did read. Please feel free to add your thoughts and links to your own lists. I’m doing this blog post in English because I read many books in English, and I will like a lot more people to be able to participate.

I started last year (as I did this year) with a King novel. January 1st 2014 I kicked off with Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining (1977). Throughout the next twelve months I finished another 19 books, and signed off 2014 with Peter F. Hamilton’s brilliant sci-fi/fantasy fusion epic The Abyss Beyond Dreams. Here are some numbers in list form:

 

 

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Boksignering

18-12-2014 » Progress report, Science Fiction » 0 kommentarer

IMG_2869Skyggespinneren ble lansert mens jeg fortsatt hadde tilhørighet i Beijing (som bildet viser), og derfor ble det ingen boksignering på det tidspunktet, men hva er vel bedre enn å signere romanen tett før jul?

Lørdag 20. desember fra klokken 15 til 16 signerer jeg min roman hos Bokhuset Libris på Jekta Storsenter i Tromsø. Håper å se mange kjente og nye fjes der, og at boken blir å finne under mange juletrær i år, for til neste år kommer bok nummer to ut i serien om Den siste Navigatør.

Arbeidet med oppfølgeren – arbeidstittel Lietas drøm – går meget bra, og førsteutkastet er snart klart for innsending. Antydet lansering høst 2015. Forvent mye spenning, nye avsløringer om den enigmatiske rasen Skyggespinnerne, og en liten dose Steampunk. I andreboken introduseres også en tredje fortellerstemme, som sier litt om livet på Jorden i min fremtidsfabel.

Om vi ikke ses på Libris, ønsker jeg alle en riktig gledelig jul og et godt nytt år!

Skyggespinneren i media

26-06-2014 » Science Fiction, Travels, Work in progress » 0 kommentarer

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 22.51.03Jeg har blitt intervjuet to ganger den siste måneden, først av Verdens Gang, deretter av Ubok. I tillegg fikk jeg et to siders intervju trykket i papir-VG, samt en positiv anmeldelse av boken på neste side. Godt fornøyd, med andre ord.

I tillegg kan jeg skryte av at Kulturrådet har tatt opp Skyggespinneren i innkjøpsordningen for barne- og ungdomsbøker, hvilket betyr 1550 eksemplarer til landets biblioteker. Stjerneskipet Talos har derfor god vind i seilene nå.

Arbeidet med oppfølgeren går også meget godt. Kan avsløre at arbeidstittelen er Lietas drøm, og at vi satser på utgivelse i 2015. Så langt har jeg skrevet 12.000 ord, og det går unna et par sider om dagen.

Jeg er nå i Kina. Shenzhen for å være nøyaktig. Snart går turen til Shanghai, og deretter til Hong Kong. Signaturhungrige bokhester kan forvente meg tilbake i moderlandet litt lenger utpå sommeren. Følg

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med på Facebook, og ikke glem å like Skyggespinnerens Facebook-side, samt følge meg på Twitter (@kaarvok).

Skyggespinneren

30-04-2014 » Science Fiction » 6 kommentarer

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butikker har ikke fått den ennå, men ifølge Libris i Tromsø, skal den være på vei. Jeg har dette fra sikre kilder i min hjemby.

My apologies to my English readers, but this post is about the Norwegian release of my novel. Please see the Bibliography section for a description in English. I promise to blog in English as soon as the International release is available. Maybe also in Chinese. (Not kidding.)

En stor takk til forlaget for uvurderlig støtte og oppmuntring helt siden jeg sendte inn manus til konkurransen i 2011. Ingen nevnt, ingen glemt. Les mer »

Status

13-12-2012 » Progress report, Science Fiction » 0 kommentarer

The rollercoaster ride that is 2012 is finally drawing to a conclusion. It’s been a crazy ride of ups and downs, but of course we persevere to write another day. Most unfortunately I lost my father, and then my editor quit her job at Schibsted Forlag, in the middle of the process of finishing Skyggespinneren. I have complete faith in my publisher, but losing your editor in the middle of

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the process is bad news indeed. What happens if the new editor disagrees with the old? Do I start all over again? I don’t think I will.

The good news is that the chief editor seems to like the third draft, with only minor adjustments suggested. That is fine by me. My side project Tidevann is also done in its first draft, but no conclusion has been drawn to it. Recently I have begun working on the sequel to Skyggespinneren, while also adding to the timeline of the series. There’s still some work to be done there.

As of right now I’m still waiting for a new editor. I’m hoping there will be no more delays. Fingers crossed.

Prometheus deconstructed

01-10-2011 » Progress report, Science Fiction » 9 kommentarer

Autumn is here, and the starship Prometheus has been launched on its long journey toward the bookstores. The path leads through uncharted territory, and like the colossal dreadnoughts of Neal Asher’s universe, it will change form along the way. The mission, however, will remain the same, but the title will change. E-mails have been flying through cyberspace between my editor and I, and we have agreed on some necessary changes.

The title will remain secret for a little while longer. I don’t want Ridley Scott or James Cameron to ruin this one!

As for the changes, some weight will be shed, and some chapters rearranged. The kids, Davi and Lieta, are moved up in the story to better accommodate young adult readers, as was my intention. Title in place, cover illustrations process initiated, synopsis and marketing teasers launched. All that remains is for me to rearrange all pages, to deconstruct and redeploy all the might of this galactic behemoth. Of course, that

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isn’t the end of it, but it’s a good beginning.

And yes, this is only the first book of a series.

Thanks for all the support, you guys! And don’t forget to follow my tweets for frequent updates.

Prometheus victorious

20-06-2011 » Progress report, Science Fiction » 2 kommentarer

The last few days have been a rollercoaster ride for me, and I mean that in a positive manner—as I love rollercoasters. Even when in the dumps, they are fun! Got a phonecall from Schibsted Forlag—a major Norwegian publishing house—telling me I was one of the finalists in their grand competition. So I went to Oslo on Sunday, June 12 and presented myself on Tuesday, June 14, at the publisher, talked to the press, and received the Special Award of the Jury (in Norwegian: Juryens spesialpris) for the novel Prometheus.

On that note, friends and followers, it’s as good as it gets. Prometheus will be published, on paper, and maybe later as an e-book, by the fourth largest publishing house in Norway. And the award? 50,000 NOK prepaid, not a fortune but a very decent start of things to come (I hope). Les mer »

2010 Highlights: Books

08-01-2011 » Book List, Science Fiction » 0 kommentarer

For some reason I didn’t read more than 14 books last year (2010), and that’s pretty low. I guess I must’ve been busy. 14 books compared to 33 the year before (2009). That’s 6,430 pages (2010) compared to 12,410 pages (2009). Average page count for 2010 is 459 pages per book. That’s pretty decent.

Let’s look at the stats for the long haul. Since I started chronicling my readings, way back in 1994, I’ve read 363 books. The page count is a dazzling 149,981. I’ve been as low as five books in a year (1999) and as high as 52 (2005). The record-breaking page count of 20,562 from that same year, still stands.

Why? You ask. Why read so much, and why keep score?

As Stephen King told us in his book On Writing: It’s important to read if you’re gonna write. For me, reading both collects and creates ideas. The books are my ammo cache. That’s where I go to refuel and better myself. As for keeping score: It’s mostly for fun. Les mer »

Happy New Year

01-01-2011 » Contemplation, Science Fiction » 3 kommentarer

On this eve of the new year—a brand new decade, in fact—I allow myself to look back and reflect on the past twelve months. And as I sip at the Quarter Cask Laphroaig in my crystal tumbler, while listening to Klaus Doldinger’s masterpiece, Das Boot, I look up at the mountains where a splendid fireworks display is outshining the city lights, and I think of the past, with gladness in my heart, and with hope for the future. Les mer »

Prometheus unveiled

31-10-2010 » Science Fiction, Work in progress » 1 kommentar

I’m happy to inform you all that there has been some progress regarding my upcoming novel Prometheus. It has been a work long overdue, and I can only apologize for the delay. The book is actually done. What I’m doing now is the final finish, the polish, so to speak. It’s not a major rewrite, but a few details have been changed or added. I’m putting more detail into the character development and I have added another subplot. My personal deadline is at the end of this year. In January I will be concentrating on my fantasy novel, which is written in English, while the publisher makes a decision on my novel. I have not decided on a publishing house yet. I have a few ideas, though. Les mer »

Dune

04-08-2008 » Book List, Litteratur, Science Fiction » 1 kommentar

Hva har Ann Arbor til felles med Tromsø?

Jo, de er begge studentbyer. Førstnevnte i Michigan, USA, sistnevnte i Troms fylke, Norge, men hva har denne amerikanske byen med Dune å gjøre? Les mer »