Great night. And keep an eye on The Strypes, a group of 18-19 year-olds from Cavan, Ireland. They played a blistering set, and are destined for big, big things. Wow were they good.
I was happy to see the WSJ's profile on me in Friday's Feb 7th print edition. When I think back on all the obstacles overcome to get to this point in my career, I'm filled with gratitude to my readers -- especially to a core group of early supporters who breathed life into my books and made the impossible possible. Thank you! I will strive to always be worthy of your support. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304428004579355032961096594 #ThankYou
Found out they were coming to Sacramento, headlining their own tour. And because we're on their fan mailing list, got a chance to buy VIP tickets to the show - which included a private acoustic set on their tour bus before the concert with 7 other people. In the album is a clip of them on the tour bus (Shakerleg on clipboard/keyring percussion), couple shots on stage - including Isaac rocking the didgeridoo! - and a clip of them when they took to the club floor to play a few songs.
(The 10 year-old in the tour bus video is named Gibson. His parents brought him to his first rock concert last night. He's ruined for life: it doesn't get much better than a private set with the band on their tour bus.)
More on The Kin here: http://www.thekin.com/ See them if they come near you, you won't be disappointed.
Though Influx appears to be set a bit more in the future than his prior books, it's a different theme entirely that really resonated for me. From a very novel point of view, Dan asks us to contemplate what happens when government shifts from providing for the common defense and moves to protecting society from itself.
If this sounds timely to you, it did to me too. How does he do that?! I know he was working on this well before last year's Snowden revelations, but the undercurrent to the book is downright unnerving. Even more unsettling, Dan makes it clear how this happens: how some well-meaning public servants start to believe that left to its own devices, society is doomed. That we can't be allowed to know just how bad things are – that we just need to trust them to protect us, no matter the cost.
There's plenty of sci-fi thriller fodder in the book too. In particular, I can't wait to see how they translate one of the book's central inventions to the big screen, but I'll let you figure out which one I'm referring to once the book comes out!
This has big potential to be a landmark sci-fi thriller. Fun to watch, exciting to experience, and with plenty to make us think hard about what's most important to us. Can. Not. Wait.
(Full disclosure: very fortunate to call Dan and his wife Michelle friends of mine.)
I'm very pleased to announce that the film rights to my upcoming sci-fi thriller, Influx, have been picked up by 20th Century Fox in a direct studio deal. Thanks to Jason Young and Chris Goldberg at Fox -- I'm excited to be working with you both. And thanks also to Josie Freedman, my agent at ICM Partners, for bringing everyone together.
And for my readers who are still waiting on a film or TV adaptation of Daemon & Freedom™ -- do not despair! This deal only increases the likelihood for a green light on that front, too. :)
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