• Michael Hilton

The Weekly Geek 37

Happy New Year, nerds. Haven't talk to you guys all year. I've been using that joke all week at the office. It gets a laugh sometimes. Anyways, here's a short list of stuff I'm geeking out about:

  • What I'm reading: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, the first novel in The High Republic publishing campaign. The multimedia initiative sees a number of new Star Wars stories set 200 years before The Phantom Menace. Soule's Light of the Jedi kicks off the project's inciting incident known as The Great Disaster when a ships blows apart in hyperspace, threatening to destroy an entire system with shattered debris. Honestly, it's the best Star Wars book I've read in a long time. The writing does a good job sidestepping the dreaded info dumps commonly found in adult sci-fi literature and mostly filters lore through the characters' POVs. As the first book in a new era, it also serves as a great jumping-on point for new Star Wars readers.

  • What I'm listening to: This cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere." Sawyer's arrangement implements modern instrumentation while staying true to the classic composition. I suggest listening with headphones to appreciate all the subtle pop layers in the mix. It even made it onto my //Bobby+Jen playlist I use for inspiration while plotting certain scenes in Bobby Robot 3.0. Maybe I'll share it one day. Who knows.

  • What I'm watching: Games Done Quick. The 24 hours/day weeklong event occurs twice a year and sees speedrunners finish games as quickly as possible for charity. The runners explain their tricks and glitch exploits in real time, which makes it a lot of fun to watch them break some of my favorite games. They also have some really cool incentives for donating. It's all virtual this time around, so no live audience, but the chat still hypes the run, and it's a blast to watch.

  • What I'm hyped about: My new book! All Things Weird and Strange is a YA sci-fi/fantasy anthology. My story "Swap" features as one of the six short stories in the collection. It's only $0.99 to preorder on Amazon right now. Humble request time: My fellow authors and I might have a shot at the USA Today Bestseller list if there are enough preorders, so it would mean a lot to me if you'd consider preordering a copy!

That's it for this week. If you like discovering awesome new stuff, consider sharing this blog with your friends. See you next time, you nerd.

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