on sale today: The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are


Back in 2017, I went for my third-degree black belt. Among the other folks alongside me who were also being promoted was Libby Copeland, who was testing for her first-degree black belt. The other folks in the dojo cover a wide range of occupations, but Libby is the only other one who writes for a living, though she’s exclusively journalism and nonfiction.

After years of writing articles, she was contracted to write her first book, and it goes on sale today. Inspired by an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2017, the book is called The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, a book on the rise of 23andMe and Ancestry and other places that will tell you stuff about your genetics, some of which may shock and amaze you.

The book has been reviewed by the New York Times, and can be found in bookstores or ordered online today. (You can get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indie Bound.)

Do check it out!


Across the Universe book launch!


Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles is now on sale from Fantastic Books!

To celebrate this occasion, we had a reading at Brooklyn Commons, which was this month’s New York Review of Science Fiction reading, hosted by Jim Freund and curated by the book’s co-editor Randee Dawn.

Publisher Ian Randal Strock was there selling books, and the readers included Sally Weiner Grotta (“The Truth Within”), Carol Gyzander (“Deal with the Devil”), Gordon Linzner (“The Hey Team”), Charles Barouch (“The Perfect Bridge”), me (“Used to Be”), Randee (who read from Matthew F. Amati’s story “Apocalypse Rock”), and Ian (who read from Spider Robinson’s “Rubber Soul”).

A wonderful time was had by all. The livestream of the event can be found on the Brooklyn Commons Facebook page (it’s in two parts, uploaded on 3 December 2019).

Here are some pictures, which are by me except where otherwise indicated…..


There was cake! Randee always does good cake….



Here are the authors, the co-editor, and the publisher with the cake! L.-r.: Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, Randee Dawn, Sally Weiner Grotta, and Keith R.A. DeCandido (that’s me). Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Carol Gyzander reading.



Charles Barouch reading.



Gordon Linzner reading.



Ian Randal Strock reading Spider Robinson.



Ian Randal Strock selling books. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Jim Freund introducing the event.



Me reading. Photo by Nick Kaufmann.



Randee Dawn hosting the event.



Randee Dawn reading Matthew F. Amati.



All the readers. L.-r.: Gordon Linzner, Carol Gyzander, Randee Dawn, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ian Randal Strock (being incredibly dignified), Charles Barouch, and Sally Weiner Grotta. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Sally Weiner Grotta reading.


happy book birthday to Alien: Isolation!


Today is the official on-sale date for Alien: Isolation! Taking place between Alien and Aliens, Isolation is the story of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter, a 25-year-old technician who is trying to find out what happened to her mother, who went missing on the Nostromo fifteen years earlier. A lead takes her to Sevastopol Station, but while the station holds Ripley’s secrets, it also holds a Xenomorph that is determined to kill everything in its path…

Based on the 2014 videogame, my novel also includes detailed backstory on both Ellen and Amanda Ripley, giving the background of one of the most compelling heroes of science fiction film.

The book is out in mass-market paperback and eBook, and it should be available at your local bookstore, and also online from the usual book purveyors: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Kobo, Powell’s, or Forbidden Planet. There is also an audiobook available for preorder — it’ll be released on the 13th of August. EDITED TO ADD: The audio is now available, too!

Happy book birthday to me!

happy book birthday to The Iron Codex


Today is the official release date for The Iron Codex, Book 2 of the Dark Arts series written by my brudda from anudda mudda, David Mack. Where Book 1, The Midnight Front, took place during World War II in the 1940s, this second volume takes place during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s. (Next year’s The Shadow Commission will take place in the 1960s.)

The Midnight Front was up to Dave’s expected high standards, full of excellent world building, visceral action, and strong characters, and The Iron Codex is very much in the same vein. You should check them both out!

You can get the book from your local bookstore, or online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indie Bound.