Today is the US/Canada release-date for Attack Surface, the third Little Brother book. It’s been a long time coming (Homeland, the second book, came out in 2013)!
It’s the fourth book I’ve published in 2020, and it’s my last book of the year.
When the lockdown hit in March, I started thinking about what I’d do if my US/Canada/UK/India events were all canceled, but I still treated it as a distant contingency. But well, here we are!
My US publisher, Tor Books, has put together a series of 8 ticketed events, each with a pair of brilliant, fascinating guests, to break down all the themes in the book. Each is sponsored by a different bookstore and each comes with a copy of the book.
We kick off the series TONIGHT at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern with “Politics and Protest,” sponsored by The Strand NYC, with guests Eva Galperin (EFF Threat Lab) and Ron Deibert (U of T Citizen Lab).
There will be video releases of these events eventually, but if you want to attend more than one and don’t need more than one copy of the book, you can donate your copy to a school, prison, library, etc. Here’s a list of institutions seeking copies:
And if you are affiliated with an organization or institution that would like to put your name down for a freebie, here’s the form. I’m checking it several times/day and adding new entries to the list:
I got a fantastic surprise this morning: a review by Paul Di Filippo in the Washington Post:
He starts by calling me “among the best of the current practitioners of near-future sf,” and, incredibly, the review only gets better after that!
Di Filippo says the book is a “political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance,” whose hero, Masha, is “a protagonist worth rooting for, whose inner conflicts and cognitive dissonances propel her to surprising, heroic actions.”
He closes by saying that my work “charts the universal currents of the human heart and soul with precision.”
I mean, wow.
If you’d prefer an audiobook of Attack Surface; you’re in luck! I produced my own audio edition of the book, with Amber Benson narrating, and it’s amazing!
Those of you who backed the audio on Kickstarter will be getting your emails from BackerKit shortly (I’ve got an email in to them and will post an update to the KS as soon as they get back to me.
If you missed the presale, you can still get the audio, everywhere EXCEPT Audible, who refuse to carry my work as it’s DRM-free (that’s why I had to fund the audiobook; publishers aren’t interested in the rights to audio that can’t be sold on the dominant platform).
Here’s some of the stores carrying the book today:
Supporting Cast (Audiobooks from Slate):
I expect that both Downpour and Google Play should have copies for sale any minute now (both have the book in their systems but haven’t made it live yet).
And of course, you can get it direct from me, along with all my other ebooks and audiobooks: