Today, April 30, is the official on-sale date for my newest novel, Star Trek: The Folded World.
If everybody in the United States would go out today and buy a copy, the publisher would have printed far more copies than I expected, but I could quit my day job (a year from now, when the royalty check shows up) and be a wealthy gentleman-rancher.
If just one million of you go out today and buy a copy, the publisher would still have printed far more than anticipated. But if the stores run out they'll order more, and the publisher will reprint it in a hurry to fill the demand, and I'll still get a nice royalty check sometime in 2014.
But if you--just you--go out and buy a copy, and you tell two friends and they go out and buy copies, and they tell two friends, and so on, then the internet will have been a force for good, word of mouth will work like it's supposed to, the economy will come roaring back, we'll reach full employment, and that brother-in law who's been living in your basement eating Cheetos and playing WoW will move out.
So Americans, don't let your nation down. Buy your copy today. If you want a signed one, I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego on May 11, so place your order and I'll sign it when I'm there.
Here's what the back cover copy says:
En route to a diplomatic mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a distress call from the U.S.S. McRaven. As the Enterprise approaches the area where the McRaven appears to be, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew encounter an anomaly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Space itself seems inconsistent here . . . warping, changing appearance. But during the brief periods of calm, the McRaven is located, along with other ships of various origins--all dead in space and devoid of any life forms, all tightly surrounding and being held in place by an enormous unidentified vessel that appears to have been drifint for a millennnium. As incredible and impossible as it seems, this anomaly is something that can only be described as a dimensional fold, a place where the various dimensions that science has identified--and ones it cannot yet name--have folded in on one another, and the normal rules of time and space no longer apply...