Guest Post: A Message from Author Bill DeSmedt / by J.C. Hutchins


Hey, everybody! During my new media travels over the past five years, I've met a lot of terrifically talented and kindhearted folk ... but few are as classy and clever as author Bill DeSmedt. I've known him since 2006, when we were both releasing our science fiction novels as free serialized audiobooks over at Bill has some terrific news to share about his book Singularity, and I've given him the stage to tell you all about it. I hope you're as delighted by this news as I am. Take it away, Bill!


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Thanks very much, Hutch, for the virtual soapbox. And thanks as well to all you Beta-clones for lending a virtual ear to what I hope is some exciting news.


But first, perhaps an introduction is in order -- an introduction not to me, but to my book. Some of you who first encountered Hutch's 7th Son on the Podiobooks website may have lingered to give a listen to the podcast of Singularity by yours truly. But in case you missed it there, Singularity is an award-winning science thriller that kicks off with the most violent cosmic collision in recorded history -- and keeps right on building suspense with what Kevin J. Anderson calls "convincing research and locomotive pacing."

The collision in question was the Tunguska Event of 1908 -- a multi-megaton explosion that flash-incinerated a swath of Siberian forest twice the size of Greater New York in a blast felt a thousand miles away, yet left behind no crater, no fragments, not a shred of hard evidence as to what might have caused it.

Of all the explanations offered in the century or so since the Event, surely one of the weirdest is that the culprit was a submicroscopic primordial black hole -- smaller than an atom, heavier than a mountain, older than the stars.

Cool, no? But there's just one little hitch: A black hole that small and that dense should have cut through the solid body of the earth like the sun through morning mist and rocketed out the other side of the globe, wreaking as much devastation on leaving as it did on arrival. The failure to find any sign of such an "exit event" tolled a death knell for the black hole impact theory...

...or did it? What if the damned thing went in -- and never came out? What if that fantastic object is still down there, hurtling round and round through the Earth's mantle, slowly consuming the planet itself? What if you could capture it, and harness its awesome continuum-warping power to transform the world -- or end it?

That’s how Singularity starts out. As to finding out where it all ends up, that's where the good news I mentioned at the outset comes in.

Because as of today Singularity is available as an ebook, right here.

I hope you'll take a moment to check out what Larry Niven has called "a wonderful, intricate story, wonderfully well told."