10 Apr

Stealing the Sun, Book 5!

I’m terribly pleased to note that Starbound, the fifth book of the Stealing the Sun series, is now available at online retailers near you. This is a story near to my heart right now because, quite honestly, it wasn’t going to exist at all until the thing rose its hand up and pretty much demanded to come to life on its own. I love it when that happens, of course, though it would be easier to deal with if it didn’t wait to do it until I was smack-dab in the middle of working on a release cycle.

The life of a skiffy writer on a deadline is a wondrous thing, right? I mean, cry me a river.

Regardless, I love this book–which is technically a long novella (hence the reduced price from the rest of the series). I hope you love it, too.

Here are the details, including a handy button you can use to grab it.


Interested in starting with Book 1?



An arms race across the galaxy

Reeling from war, the United Government’s Interstellar Command wants control. In constant fear of discovery, Universe Three wants revenge.

Amid a changing starscape of intrigue Torrance Black-hero turned science ambassador-gets one more chance to find intelligent life outside the Solar System: convince the most prominent scientists alive to spend one of their precious Star Drive missions on a trip to Alpha Centauri A.

Win and he saves an alien species. Lose and his career is done. How far is Torrance willing to go?

How far will he have to go?

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25 Mar

STARBOUND Cover Reveal (and preorder info!)

Life is moving quickly along, and for me that meas we’re getting ready for the publication of Starbound, Book 5 of the Stealing the Sun series.  It also means that today I get to give you two pieces of news–first, that the book is now available for pre-order, and second that the cover is pretty danged cool if I do say so myself.

Don’t believe me? Check it out.

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14 Mar

Starclash is published!

It’s always fun to see a project move along, isn’t it? Yes, that means it’s that time again: publication week!

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I’m so excited to be able to announce that Starclash, book 4 of my SF series Stealing the Sun is now available! You can pick up a copy at pretty much any of your fave online book outlets by doing the clicky thing on this button:
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The wonders of modern technology never cease, am I right?

This volume begins to tie a few things together for our several of our main characters. Of course, in the process, things changed and I broke the volume into two pieces…meaning there will be a “new” book 5 and that my original plans for a five-book series has morphed itself into five books and a hefty novella (Starbound, which should be published at reduced price in April).

If you haven’t started this series, you can check out Starflight, which of course is book 1!

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13 Jan

STARFALL: Book 3 is Published!

The calendar is whooshing along isn’t it? I’m so pleased to note…



The third book of Stealing the Sun, a space based Science Fiction series from frequent Analog contributor and bestselling Amazon Dark Fantasy author Ron Collins.

Available from Skyfox Publishing at:



A streak of light across a clouded sky

A distant planet. A harsh and desolate surface shrouded in layers of poisonous clouds. A sentient species formed by generations fighting both themselves and the planet they live on.

A blinding light burns through the sky before crashing into the farthest reaches of the desert lands.

Families want to own it. Priests want to turn it to their favor. But Jafred E’Lar, his clan’s representative to the Council, holds a terrible secret and another agenda altogether.

“Ron Collins covers the spectrum with clear prose, compelling characters and settings, and a bright imagination.”

Kevin J. Anderson
New York Times bestselling author of ETERNITY’S MIND


If you’re interested in the whole series, you can start with STARFLIGHT or even book 2, STARBURST. This is because I’ve configured the series to allow any of the first three books to act as “entry points.” If you like it, you will probably need to read all three before you get to what will eventually be book 4 (STARCLASH, due in March!).

Here are some handy-dandy links and all that:

Buy it here

“Ron Collins is one of our best hard science fiction writers. A novel from him is a major event. Enjoy!”

Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-Winning Author of Quantum Night

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“Great characters I cared about, a kick-ass plot with surprising twists, great techie details, and a powerful story. Pick up Starburst. I guarantee you won’t set it down until you’ve read every last word.”

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Hugo Award–winning author of the Diving Universe


Praise for STARFLIGHT: (From Amazon Reviews)

“This is truly GOOD stuff if you’re a fan of old-school science fiction; it’s like stumbling on some undiscovered Larry Niven, or something from Andre Norton, or Orson Scott Card, or even Asimov himself . it’s that good.”

“Ron Collins takes complex scientific concepts and makes them accessible to everyone.”

“If you’re looking for a great read with strong characters, Starflight should be on the top of your list.”

“If you love science fiction, you NEED to read this book!”

“I’ve been following Ron Collins’s writing for some time now, and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger.”


15 Dec

STARBURST is available!

Yep…publication day #2 is here. Always an exciting day. Since this is already a long and scrolly post, I’ll leave my commentary brief today–except to note below that STARFLIGHT Book 1 is now available at 40% off list price (until Dec 20) at both Kobo and Amazon! But rest assured I’m quite pleased!



STARBURST


The second book of Stealing the Sun, a space based Science Fiction series from frequent Analog contributor and bestselling Amazon Dark Fantasy author Ron Collins.

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Faster-than-light travel changes everything

Casmir Francis commands Universe Three agents hidden across the Solar System. Together they stay a step ahead of the United Government.

The game changes when the UG achieves faster-than-light travel and the ability to control the galaxy. To remain free Casmir’s web of operatives must pull off the most audacious operation ever undertaken.

Failure means Universe Three will be destroyed and Casmir will lose his family, his life, and the world of his dreams.

Success could be worse.

“Great characters I cared about, a kick-ass plot with surprising twists, great techie details, and a powerful story. Pick up Starburst. I guarantee you won’t set it down until you’ve read every last word.”

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Hugo Award-winning author of the Diving Universe


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STARFLIGHT


The first book of Stealing the Sun, a space based Science Fiction series from frequent Analog contributor and bestselling Amazon Dark Fantasy author Ron Collins.

Available Now!


Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Everguard‘s mission: Establish a multidimensional gate inside Alpha Centauri A for Interstellar Command to fuel their new faster-than-light spaceships.

Lieutenant Commander Torrance Black, career already on shaky grounds, finds himself facing questions.

Did they just contact sentient life in the Centauri system?

Will humankind sacrifice an entire alien species in their quest for the stars?

“Ron Collins is one of our best hard science fiction writers. A novel from him is a major event. Enjoy!”

Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-Winning Author of Quantum Night


Praise for STARFLIGHT: (From Amazon Reviews)

“This is truly GOOD stuff if you’re a fan of old-school science fiction; it’s like stumbling on some undiscovered Larry Niven, or something from Andre Norton, or Orson Scott Card, or even Asimov himself . it’s that good.”

“Ron Collins takes complex scientific concepts and makes them accessible to everyone.”

“If you’re looking for a great read with strong characters, Starflight should be on the top of your list.”

“If you love science fiction, you NEED to read this book!”

“I’ve been following Ron Collins’s writing for some time now, and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger.”


30 Nov

Publication day, election returns of a different sort

idea-write-releaseIt strikes me that the day a book launches is a lot like an election day. When the stores open, you get this feeling of relief. All the pre-work is done. All the toil of the campaign—the effort of getting the product together–is finished. You’ve stuffed the production line. The book is on all the sites, and man does it look good. It looks brilliant.

Yes, all the meat grindery stuff is done, and there’s that thrill of having created something fun and valuable and something that is truly yours—something no one else could have done, because even if they tried, they are not you. It would be different.

So, for a few minutes you look at what you’ve done and you feel totally brilliant. Totally full of hope. In many ways, this is the best moment of all. The world is full of hope for this book. It’s destiny is on the horizon.

That entire day is spent waiting for the turnout, which comes in fits and drabs. Numbers come in for a bit and you raise your hands up and think things are fantastic. Then there’s dry stage, and you think “is that all there is?” You worry that all the work you did in advance is out the window. Then the lines queue up again. Yes! The people are coming!

This is when you realize that there just isn’t any way to really predict this kind of future—that all your early polling (beta reading) is completely useless for any kind of real projection. All your exit polls are suspect.

The analogy fades on Day 2, though.

Yes, you’re waiting for reviews (which is maybe a form of the networks calling the race, eh?), but mostly you realize that a book’s success or failure is a long haul, and pretty much no matter how successful the previous day might have been, you’re still no different from before—you still look at the numbers, and you still wonder what will happen to it tomorrow, and the following day, and the following day.

Then you turn to your next manuscript and you realize that, no, the work isn’t done.

Publication is, in the end, not an election.

The work is never done.

Nor is the fun.

The next book has a destiny, too, after all. And it’s time to start making it happen.

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Improve STARFLIGHT’s returns here!

19 Nov

Starflight goes on preorder

I’m pleased to announce that Starflight, Book 1 of Stealing the Sun, is now available for preorder through Skyfox Publishing at Kobo, iBooks, and other locations through Draft2Digital’s universal links. The book will be available through Amazon, Nook, and CreateSpace (print) on November 29—which is coming up fast!

If you’re a member of my newsletter you saw the cover some time ago, but for almost everyone else this notice is the first time you’ve been able to take it in. Among the things I’ve already enjoyed about this cover is that one of the first people who looked at it in person said they really liked it. When I asked why, she stared at it for just a moment and then said “I’m tired of all the negative stories out there. This looks hopeful.”

That makes me smile.

We’ll see if the stories fulfill that promise, but, yes, I remain hopeful. [grin]

If you want to be the among the first to see these new covers (and, grab a free copy of Glamour of the God-Touched–volume 1 of my series of dark fantasy novellas), just follow the links here or below to join my uber-exclusive newsletter.


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The first book of Stealing the Sun, a space based Science Fiction series from frequent Analog contributor and bestselling Amazon Dark Fantasy author Ron Collins.

Available for Preorder Now at:

Coming to Amazon and Nook November 29!


Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Everguard’s mission: Establish a multidimensional gate inside Alpha Centauri A for Interstellar Command to fuel their new faster-than-light spaceships.

Lieutenant Commander Torrance Black, career already on shaky grounds, finds himself facing questions.

Did they just contact sentient life in the Centauri system?

Will humankind sacrifice an entire alien species in their quest for the stars?

“Ron Collins is one of our best hard science fiction writers—a novel from him is a major event. Enjoy!”

Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-Winning Author of Quantum Night


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14 Nov

So much to do and the Spanish Inquisition, just for…uh…laughs?

The super moon hits its peak tonight at 8:52 EST. Cool, eh?

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So I’m back from TusCon43, which was a great time, and where I met lots of great people. The panels I was part of presenting or sat in on were full of vigorous conversation. I signed a few books, and got to talk about story structure and basically just wallow in the fun and weird and nerdy environment that is fandom. So, yeah, the southwest was quite welcoming to this mid-western kid.

Now I’m trying to circle the wagons (to use a western metaphor) and figure out if there is any chance in hell I can get back on schedule. I’m figuring not, but I shall plow on and see what happens. Hang with me and I’ll soon be dropping exciting information about Stealing the Sun my new SF series, and about The Knight Deception the first book in what could be an episodic series that I’m planning to publish through Skyfox in February or so.

Super, super busy.

I’m pushing book one into early publication cycles now. Final proofing of book 2 is just complete. Book three proofing needed to start a week ago. Book four’s manuscript is nearly finished, but there’s a long path after that. And now book 5 will have to happen in conjunction with a major workshop workload.

So, yeah…sigh.

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I was tired last night, so rather than do much heavy lifting, I went back and watched the Trump interview that CBS did on Saturday.

Amazing.

It just struck me a minute ago that it was kind of like a Monty Python sketch, but without the overt winks and nods, and without the laugh track.

Here’s hoping things go rocketing to greatness.

But, seriously…

28 Aug

It’s a wild, wild, wild, wild, fun, fun, fun, fun mess

I’m at that stage in the Stealing the Sun project where everything feels like it’s this big hodge-podge mess of brambles and mud held together by muckety-mucky, and it’s all started to roll down hill in the middle of a rainstorm full of wind.

Got it?

If you’re doing indie publishing (or any other kind of publishing, I suppose), and working in series, you know what I mean. Five books all coming together in five different time frames, but all interconnected. And then, yeah, there’s that sixth book that’s gonna happen in there somewhere. It’s kind of like the chain saw that someone throws into the juggler’s act at the last minute just to see if h e’s which attention.

Bring it on, I say. Bring it on.

Details? You want details?

Let’s see…book 1, Starflight… the thing is complete through copy edit and updates. In other words, the manuscript is done. And today, for the first time I saw it in the base template it’ll be in when it becomes a physical book. It’s complete with interstitials and everything…though still needs touch-up and a few bits of book design flare that’s on its way. This is always a real thrill because now it seems more than real. And the cover is probably a day away. I’ve been working on it in fits and starts, so the core is ready, but I’ll spend another day her pretty quick to put it into cement.

And, have I ever mentioned that writing back cover copy is the hardest 100+ words on the project? Well, I think it is, anyway. That part is now done for book 1, also, and in initial work for book 2…

Ah, book 2 … Starburst … I’ve just finished a fairly heavy second pass and now have it in final beta read and heading toward copy edit. The cover still has work to mess with…but it, too, is nearly finished. Book design and interstitials to come.

Which brings us to book 3:

I finished the composition of Book 3: Starborn earlier this month. It was the biggest bulk of “new” words I needed to write in the whole project, because it’s springing from a 10K novelette I had written earlier. Now it’s a 40K novel I’ll be going back to its shortly and suspect it will be about a 45K novel in another couple weeks…then it will be off to betas, and the whole five-book project will probably hit critical velocity as the final work on the book 4/5 manuscripts start to overlap with the end-games of Books 1, 2, and 3.

And this doesn’t even touch on the communications and marketing department.

So … mmm-humm … things are a little hectic right now.

How are you?

04 Aug

Book 3: Catching a wave

As I noted earlier, I’m working on a five book series that greatly expands on three stories Analog published some time back. It’s quite an interesting task. Very different from writing the God-Touched Mage series in that my goal here is to keep all the little bits of the story that were contained in the shorter works unchanged—at least in purpose and meaning. I think that’s the deal you make with a reader when you decide to build on top of short stories. The short works still have to be “true.” Yes, I’m making tweaks, but I don’t want readers who read and enjoyed the short works to read these books and go “hey! That changes everything!” and throw them against the metaphorical wall. That would suck.

Starflight, Book 1, is in the can now (and is on the desk of The Greatest Copy Editor of All Time!). Starburst, Book 2, is with a few early beta readers. And I’ve just finished the first pass of Starfall, which is, naturally, Book 3. Starfall is the most interesting so far of the three books in the fashion of how I’m working to weave in the preexisting work (“The Taranth Stone,” for those of you who have read it).

The bulk of the existing work falls toward the end of the book. I had originally envisioned expanding forward to add in history, and fiddle with a couple characters. And, yes, that’s what I’m doing. But having finished the first pass, I see a whole lot more here. I see that this can be a story about more than a character with a problem in a setting. “The Taranth Stone,” itself fits that idea quite well for the novelette it was, so this shouldn’t surprise me.

But it did.

Ultimately, I guess I’m saying that the story is speaking to me now. The planetary environment I’m playing with is feeling real and the species and their problems and their day-to-day lives are feeling more … substantial to me. I’m feeling the wave building below me.

So back in I go for a second pass—which will include all the real heavy lifting and the “art” of its creation (whatever level that might be).

Wish me luck.