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Amy J. Murphy

Author of the Allies and Enemies series.

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Recap: DragonCon 2018

DragonCon 2018 – Military SF

DragonCon is over. We must return to our normal lives. For some of us that means re-joining the muggle world and putting aside our alter-egos. I count myself among that number. (Though if the Fates are kind, it might not always be the way for me.)

I was fortunate to be tapped for four panels this year. The last of which I was honored/challenged with being in the only female in a group of military sci-fi luminaries (Jack Campbell, Marc Alan Edelheit, Doug Dandridge, John D. Ringo, David Weber — moderated by Baen’s David Afsharirad). (See photographic evidence above.) Intimidating wouldn’t even begin to cover it. I did my best. 

Additionally, I managed to make some great new friends that I hope will lead to mutually enriching experiences going forward. I’m still new to this whole “writer thing” and I get the sense that I’ll always feel that way. But it’s good to know that there are others out there willing to share their insights and advice. My hope is to someday be the same helping hand to other writers. 

Until then, it’s back to the “real life” stuff that pays the bills. 

#DragonCon2018, #SFWA

Countdown to DragonCon

See this tshirt? You can get a free ebook if you ask the person wearing it for one.

This week I’ll be joining about 90,000 of similarly minded folk for one of the East coast’s largest fan-run convention– DragonCon, baby!  It runs from 8/30 to 9/3. If you’ve never heard of it, you can check out the details here

Look for me in the crowd. (I’m the one cosplaying as “Mid-List Author”.) Be sure to say hello. I’ll be giving away limited edition FREE ebook promo cards.

I’ll be on four panels this year. Very exciting! Here’s the lineup:

Title: Military Sci-Fi Writers & Creators – Media Edition
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: A roundtable of Military Science Fiction writers & artists–whether in tie-ins or independent worlds–discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, & working within the complex worlds of Military Sci-Fi.

Title: Medical Technology in MSF: Life, Longevity, & the Pursuit of Healthiness
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: How would you choose to extend your health, life, and/or consciousness? A Sarcophagus, or Ascending? Re-gen pods? Resurrection ships? Choose your favorite sick bay! We’ll discuss medical technology in our MSFM shows, as well as real-world crossover.

Title: 200 Years of Women in SF
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 90 Min)
Description: In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Taking that as a starting point, our panelists will discuss women in SF, how they have fared, who they are, and how things have changed over the years. Presented in conjunction with the Diversity in SF track. 

Title: The Military Mind in SF
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Many military and ex-military authors write (gasp!) Military SF. Can someone with a non-military background do well at it? What does it take?

Do You DragonCon? Join me on these panels.

Guess what?

I’m guessing that as a visitor to my website that you might already be aware that I had the great honor to be a Dragon Award Finalist in 2016 and 2017 at DragonCon.

While regrettably that did not happen this year, I did manage to snag a spot on some very intriguing panels this year. (Let’s hope I stop fan-girling long enough to add some thoughtful commentary.)

So, if you’re at DragonCon this year, you should check them out. (Please note that these are tentative.):

  • Title: Military SciFi Writers and Creators – Media Edition
    Description: A roundtable with military science fiction writers and artists–whether in tie-ins or independent worlds–to discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, and working within the complex worlds of Military Sci-Fi.
    Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Georges Jeanty, Kacey Ezell, Amy J. Murphy)
  • Title: Medical Technology in MSF: Life, Longevity, and the Pursuit of Healthiness
    Description: How would you choose to extend your health, life, and/or consciousness? A Sarcophagus, or Ascending? Re-gen pods? Resurrection ships? Choose your favorite sickbay! We’ll discuss medical technology in our MSFM shows, as well as real-world crossover.
    Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Robert E. Hampson, Arthur M Doweyko, Amy J. Murphy)
  • Title: 200 Years of Women in SF Description: In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Taking that as a starting point, our panelists will discuss women in SF, how they have fared, who they are, and how things have changed over the years. Presented in conjunction with the Diversity in SF track. 90 minutes. Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler, Lee Martindale, L. M. Davis, Anya Martin, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Amy J. Murphy)
  • Title: The Military Mind in SF Description: Many military and ex-military authors write (gasp!) Military SF. Can someone with a non-military background do well at it? What does it take? Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour) (Tentative Panelists: David Afsharirad, Jack Campbell, Marc Alan Edelheit, Doug Dandridge, Amy J. Murphy, John D. Ringo, David Weber)

Cover update…

Have you seen the cover overhaul to the Allies and Enemies series? I partnered with a stellar designer to update the copy and taglines to the ebook covers. Check out the new artwork here:

This is all in preparation for the upcoming release of Allies and Enemies: Legacy. The fourth book in the series (and very likely not the last.) Stay tuned.

See you at DragonCon 2018!

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to Dragon Con 2018 as an attending professional. Hope to see you there!

Pre Order Now: At the Helm 4 – Sci Fi Bridge Anthology

I’m happy to be part of this talented crew in the At the Helm 4 – Sci Fi Bridge Anthology.

Pre order now for only 99cents. Book arrives on June 18th!

Have you heard? Allies and Enemies: Fallen is available on Audible!

Allies and Enemies: Fallen is now available as an audiobook!

Narrator Erin Bateman turns in an epic performance for the first book in my series.

So, even if you’re already read it, why not give a listen?

Allies and Enemies: Fallen (Volume 1) is availabe on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.  

Not a member of Audible? Want to give it a try AND get a free copy of my audiobbook? 

Click here >>>>  Allies and Enemies: Fallen

Who do you love to read?

Here’s your chance to win an audiobook copy of Allies and Enemies: Fallen the same day it releases.

Tell me your top 3 fave authors in the field of science fiction and/or fantasy. (No. I don’t count, but thanks!) Can’t remember the name? That’s cool. I’ve got one of those memories too. Try your best to spell it correctly. But let’s get real. It’ll look super fishy if all three are named “John Doe” or something.

Survey ends Sunday, May 20th @ 9pm EST. Drawing takes place on Monday, May 21st.

 

Allies and Enemies: Fallen – Special Price Promotion

While we await the release of the audiobook version of Allies and Enemies: Fallen, I thought I’d do a little price drop on the ebook. It’s newly revamped and updated as well.

It’s now released on multiple platforms like all the other books in the series. So if your flavor is iBooks, Kobo, GooglePlay or good old Kindle, chances are there’s a format for your ebook reader.

Because I’m SO helpful, here are links to all the retailers. (You’re welcome.)

Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble/Nook | iTunes | GooglePlay | Smashwords

Check back soon for updates on the audibook release and a chance to win a free copy!

The universe is expanding…

I’m happy to announce that the Allies and Enemies series is now available at all major online retailers. Now you can join the adventure on Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and even Smashwords. Visit the “Books” page for retailer links. [click here]

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