Category Archives: Illuminae

OBSIDIO Casualty List Contest

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.

Droogs!

The time has come! The title is here! The hour of your death is nigh!

As ILLUMINAE FILES fans will know, we ran a competition last year, giving readers the opportunity to get their names listed among the dead in GEMINA. Well, we’re doing it again with OBSIDIO! Hurrah for murder! What in god’s name is wrong with you people?

In fact, we’re running the biggest deathlist competition the series has ever seen! So now you, your family members, your pets (I’m joking, we’re not killing your pets) have the opportunity to be horribly slaughtered in final book of the series.

So, if you would like the chance to suffer a particularly painful death in the cold belly of space, read on.

REPEAT: THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. BRITONS. AUSTRALIANS. AMERICANS. MARTIANS. WE GIVE NO TOSSES ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE FROM.

Things you must do to win this contest:

  1. Pre-order a copy of OBSIDIO. It does not matter where you do this. Online. Local bookstore. Seedy back alley. Yes, we’re aware some sites don’t have pre-order buttons up yet, just be patient. πŸ™‚ 

    USA
    Barnes and Noble
    AmazonΒ  [yes we know the HB isn’t up there yet 😦 ]
    Book Depository
    Indibound
    Powells

    UK

    Amazon
    Waterstones 

    Australia
    Booktopia
    Dymocks
    Readings

  2. Send proof of purchase (scan, photograph) to: theilluminaefiles@gmail.com.The next step is VERY IMPORTANT
  3. Along with your proof of purchase you must provide:
    a) Your name. Not a twitter handle. Not a cute nickname. Not a forum avi.
    First name.
    Surname.
    Done.
    b) You must also include the following declaration within the body of your email:

My name is [insert your name here]. I confirm I am freely agreeing to the use of my name in the series The Illuminae Files. This permission is for all rights and uses, in perpetuity, and I agree I will receive no compensation for the use of my name. I agree the authors and publishers are not obligated to make any corrections or changes to my name in reprints.

The really, really important bit:

YOU MUST DO THIS BY NOON, PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, MAY 1, 2017.

That gives you three weeks to save up, rob a liquor store or concoct a complicated confidence scheme in order to get the cash for the pre-order.

We’re kidding. Don’t rob anyone. Ask for it as a birthday present or something, I dunno.

HOT DAMN, CHUMS, IT’S THE BONUS ROUND

As an added incentive, if you spread the word about this contest, you go into the running to win loot. Just tweet or FB the following:

Want to get your name on the #OBSIDIO casualty list? Make with the clickies. THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY:

jaykristoff.com

You can also include this dandy graphic if you feel the need:

By doing so, you go into the running to win a signed copies of the ILLUMINAE and GEMINA audiobooks. Behold:

Yes, they’ll be signed. Relax.

That’s it! Thanks in advance to all you beautiful people who spread the word!

J&A


ILLUMINAE TOUR VID AND ILL2 FAQ

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 12.01.57 PMHello Droogs!

Been a long time between posts, I know. but I’m sure you’d rather me write books than blog posts. I mean, who the smeg reads blog posts anymore πŸ˜›

ILLUMINAE has been on the NYT bestseller List for 8 weeks running now, which is all kinds of awesome! Thanks to everyone spreading the word about our strange little bookthing!

SO, in case you missed it, we put together a video of our ILLUMINAE tour through Oz and the States, and you can find it here. As an added bonus, at the end of the video, you’ll find the name of the second book in the ILLUMINAE series. If you tweet about it under the hashtag #illuminae2, you’ll be in the running to win a signed copy of the (amazing) ILLUMINAE audiobook. Cast of 20. Amazing effects. The guys at Listening Library did an amazing job.

Competition will run until Jan 17.

SO, now that the name of ILL2 is out in the world, we can start to answer a few questions about it.

BE WARNED – SOME SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ ILLUMINAE YET, YOU MAY WISH TO GO MAKE SOME KIND OF DELICIOUS SANDWICH OR MAINLINE THE FIRST SERIES OF DAREDEVIL (it’s really good) INSTEAD.

So here we go:

Is ILLUMINAE2 a sequel or companion novel to ILLUMINAE?

Both. Chronologically, it picks up about 5 minutes after ILLUMINAE ends. The book continues the story of the invasion of Kerenza IV, and many of the important questions asked in ILL are answered in ILL2, ie “The Hypatia was sending distress calls all through Illuminae, why did help never arrive?” and “Can there possibly be a dude in the universe hotter than Ezra Mason?

This is important: how do I pronounce the title?

Soft G. Like so: JEM-ih-nuh.

Is ILLUMINAE2 still set aboard the Hypatia?

ILL2 is primarily set on Jump Station Heimdall, the space station that Battlecarrier Alexander and Science Vessel Hypatia were trying to get to for most of ILLUMINAE. Heimdall, incidentally, is the name of the god who guarded Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge, which connected Midgard and Asgard in Norse mythology.

Yeah, yeah, that’s great. But I love Kady. Is she in ILL2?

Yes.

I mean really in it? Not just a cameo?

Yes. She’s in it. Sassier than ever.

And what about the rest of the ILL gang?

Well, as you know, ILL has a pretty high death toll, and we don’t want to issue any potential spoilers at this point. So all we’ll say is that the folks who survive book one will be seen again in book two.

But the book is primarily focused on two new characters?

Correctamundo. Our heroine this time is Hanna Donnelly, the daughter of Jump Station Heimdall‘s commander. She kinda looks like this gal. Our “hero” is Nik Malikov, a reluctant member of a criminal syndicate operating out of Heimdall station. He’s kinda like this guy. You can thank us later, ladies.

Hey, doesn’t Kady’s dad work on Heimdall station?

Bingo.

So what’s ILLUMINAE2 about?

Official jacket copy will be released in early 2016. Until then, we can say we pitched the book to our publishers as DIE HARD meets ALIEN. Use your imagination πŸ™‚

Is ILLUMINAE2 going to be the same format as ILLUMINAE?

Yes. Just like ILLUMINAE, ILL2 is a collection of documents, such as emails, IMs, security camera footage (and yes, Security Camera Footage guy is back in this book, too). But in the interests of making things bigger and better for the sequel, we also have a couple of new document styles in ILLUMINAE 2. One of which is going to BLOW YOUR GODDAMN MINDS. But we can’t talk about that one yet.

Where do babies come from?

Uh uh. Spoilers.

 

OKAY, that’s it from me. Hope you all have awesome holidays and a brill new year. Thanks for all your support this year – 2015 was one of the most amazing years of my life, and you guys were a HUGE part of that.

Stay amazing, be safe, see you in 2016!


A Thing

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So my partner in crime and I are busy zooming around the US of A on the ILLUMINAE tour, and in-between meeting awesome people and visiting amazing bookstores and exploring this incredible country, we don’t have much time for bloggery and other sorts of sillybuggery.

BUT, I figure I should take the time to commemorate the fact that ILLUMINAE is, holy fucking shit, #5 on The List this week, and, should I ever be stricken with an attack of utter wankerdom, I can now officially introduce myself as a New York Times Bestselling Author at all the swanky dinner parties I never get invited to.

Because, you know, it’s a Thing.

So, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this absurd little dream of mine come true. All the bloggers, vloggers, Twitterers, Facebookers, Instagrammers and Tumblrers. All the booksellers and librarians. All the bookstore owners and sales reps. All the publicists and marketing crew, the designers and copy editors, the mail roomers and coffee makers. Everyone who has told a friend about this book, spoken online about this book, recommended this book. YOU made this happen, and both Amie and I owe you the world.

Right. back to the road.

If we’re headed to your town on tour, we’d love to see you!

 


Launch Party

Hello droogs!

Friday October 23, we launched ILLUMINAE in Melbourne at one of our favorite local bookstores, Dymocks on Collins St. The number of people who showed up was amazing – one of the biggest the store had ever seen. We did the speechy thing, signed a dumptruck full of books and wound up at a karaoke bar at 4am, which is always the measure of a successful launch imo.

Thanks for everyone who came out to welcome our strange little bookthing into the world!

America, we’ll see you on tour!

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Booooooks

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That’s a lot of peeps πŸ˜›

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Speeching

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OMGing at the speeching

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Huuuuuuuuugs

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Ames & her mum πŸ™‚

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Say whaaaat?

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“I think this is the bit where they killed me . . . “

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Cheeeeeeeese

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The line!

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Peeps!

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This person obvs has excellent taste

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Moar peeps

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

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Signing in full swing

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The line continues

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The aftermath!

 


Launch Day

WE HAVE LIFTOFF BITCHESSo here we are.

Two and a half years is a long time. Two and half years is the blink of an eye.

In February 2013, I said “yes” to an idea I’d never really have considered if left to my own devices – try to write a book with someone else.

It wasn’t the way Things Were Done in my head. The suggestion was scary when I really thought about it, and as with all scary suggestions, my first instinct was to say “no”. I’m not sure why I didn’t. Maybe I had an inkling then of what I know now – that no matter what you create, art or music or film or interpretive mime, you have to challenge yourself as a creator every day. It’s in the scary places you find the cool stuff. It’s in the scary places you have the most fun.

I hope someone asks you a question as scary as the one Amie asked me two and a half years ago. I hope you at least consider saying yes, no matter how scary the thought. And I hope something amazing happens because of it.

Two and a half years of 2am rambles and crazy ideas and coolest creative partnership I’ve ever had. Two years of working with the most awesome crew authors could ask for. Two years of trying to come to grips with the idea that this book, as utterly insane as it was, might actually get put on a bookshelf one day.

And that day is today.

Happy birthday, ILLUMINAE, you insane little bookthing, you. I have no idea how we managed to pull you off, but I’m very glad we did.

Folks, you can find our bookthing here:

Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository

Of course, you can also buy it in your local store, and they’d love it if you did!

If you’re in the neighborhood, it’d be awesome to see you on tour.

If you’ve been cheerleading for us, helping to spread the word, blogging, vlogging, tweeting, screaming at random strangers in the street about our book – thank you. Amie and I know who you are. We see what you do. We appreciate your passion and you energy and your time. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. You are 100% awesome. If you see our bookthing out in the wild, say hello for us πŸ™‚

I shall leave you with some choice words from some very cool peeps, some of our favorite lines from the book, and of course, big scary hugs.

marie

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ILLUMINAE – the blog tour

Illuminae Ray V6FrontOnlyA2A_V3.inddHello droogs!

Well, it’s 17 days until ILLUMINAE hits bookshelves all over the English-speaking world, and I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, as some old crusty bastard who wasn’t my grandfather no doubt used to say.

BUT, today is the kick off of the ILLUMINAE blog tour! Over the next month, you’ll be able to find Amie and I pimping our warez all over the web, talking about the creation of ILLUMINAE, the production process, our inspirations, plans for the series, a bunch of behind the scenes stuff, and of course, GIVEAWAYS.

Click the links below for as much ILLUMINAE goodness as you can possibly stomach in a single lunar cycle, and much love to all the awesome bloggers helping to spread the word!

Oct 1The Fandom. Interview and giveaway

Oct 1Compulsive Reader. Review and giveaway

Oct 1Uppercase Box. Audiobook clip and giveaway.

Oct 2YAReads. Review

Oct 2Books With Bite. Review

Oct 3Addicted 2 Novels. Giveaway

Oct 4Brittany’s Book Rambles. Review and giveaway

Oct 5Icey Books. Review

Oct 5Fantastic Flying Book Club. Review and giveaway

Oct 6Ex Libris. Review and giveaway

Oct 7My Friends are Fiction. Review and giveaway

Oct 7Cuddlebuggery. Guest post

Oct 8YA Interrobang. Interview and giveaway

Oct 8JessaBella Reads. Interview and giveaway

Oct 9A Reader of Fiction. Review and giveaway

Oct 9The Ravenous Reader. Giveaway

Oct 10Good Books & Good Wine. Review and giveaway

Oct 10The Reader Bee. Review and giveaway

Oct 11The Reading Nook Review. Review

Oct 11The Eater of Books! Giveaway

Oct 12Novel Heartbeat. Review and giveaway

Oct 12Two Chicks on Books. Interview

Oct 13A Dream Within A Dream. Review and giveaway

Oct 14The Starry-Eyed Revue. Guest post

Oct 15Supernatural Snark. Interview

Oct 15Unofficial Addiction Book. Review

Oct 16Xpresso Reads. Guest post and giveaway

Oct 16Rainy Day Ramblings. Review and giveaway

Oct 17Effortlessly Reading. Review and giveaway

Oct 17Page Turners. Interview

Oct 18Mundie Moms Books Review. Review

Oct 18SFF World. Guest post

Oct 19Chapter By Chapter. Review

Oct 19Confessions of a Vi3tbabe. Review and giveaway

Oct 20Novel Novice. Review

Oct 20Nightly Reading. Review

Oct 21Live to Read. Review and giveaway

Oct 21My Bookish Ways. Interview and giveaway

Oct 22SF Signal. Guest post

Oct 22SciFiChick. Review and giveaway

Note: Some of these later dates are a little up in the air atm, so check back later in the month for final confirmation. but as you can see, we’re giving away a veritable ass-ton of books so chances are no matter where or when you lob up, there will be goodies for you to grab.

Enjoy!


Drive

2015-09-07 15.47.18Inquiry: Who has two thumbs and two boxes full of ILLUMINAE author copies?

Conclusion: This little black duck. That’s who.

It’s a strange thing, to hold two and half years of your life in the palm of your hand. I look down at this thing with my name on the cover, next to the name of one of my dearest friends in the world, and it trips me out. I’ve done this four times now and the dissonance never goes away. Opening a box and finding a Thing you spent years of your life making. It’s like opening a time capsule, maybe. You can’t help but think about who you were when you started making it. How your life has changed.

No book I’ve ever written has changed my life the way ILLUMINAE has.

Amie and I started writing this book for fun. I’m not going to say we had no illusions about it actually getting published, because neither of us are the sort to spend months working on a project that has NO chance of flying. But we knew the odds were long. The ideas we were coming up with were too weird. The alt-format thing would be too scary for a publisher to pick up. But most of all, we kept getting told that “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

So we wrote it for fun. Because it was so much fun to write. Every draft we sent back and forth was titled with a pun on the word “ILL”. License to ILL. Scott ILLgrim vs the World. ILL your darlings. No idea was too outlandish. There was no budget, no brief, no constraints. Just pedal to the metal, headlights off, drive motherfucker, drive.

Let’s see where this road takes us.

We wrote it on our lunchbreaks and in stolen minutes on weekends and at 1 and 2am. We wrote it for ourselves, because we thought no house would buy it. We wrote it trying to break the idea of what a book could be. Destroying and creating. Because fuck it, no one will ever see it. And a part of my mind was whispering the whole time “Wouldn’t it be cool if it actually did get made? Because jesus, this feels like it could be awesome” but no, shut up Jay. It’s never gonna get made because “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

We sent 130 pages out on submission in late October, 2013. We had four major houses sniffing within a week. By the end of that week, the trilogy had been pre-empted by Random House in a major deal. They pulled their entire crew in over the weekend to get the ducks in a row. Fairy tale stuff. Like winning the lottery. My whole life changed that weekend. I think I slept about three hours total.

So many people worked so hard on this book. So many hours, so much faith and sweat invested in this thing we wrote in stolen minutes thinking no-one would ever read it, headlights off, drive, motherfucker, drive. We’ve been so incredibly lucky to land with an editor and house that believes in us so whole-heartedly. Hundreds, thousands of hours work. Everyone firing on all cylinders. Bringing their A-game, nose to the stone, balls to the wall. All of it just amazing fun. I remember working on artwork with our designer as my wife and I booted around Europe on our 10th wedding anniversary trip. Sitting on a boat watching the Mediterranean ocean float past, trying to figure out the best way to make our readers turn the book 360 degrees during a space dogfight sequence, or illustrating a nuclear explosion at an atomic level, all the while thinking “Fuck, how did this become my life?“.

How did this become my life?

Because this is two and half years of it, sitting here in the palm of my hand. This book my friend and I wrote, because we chose not to listen to the people who told us we shouldn’t. And I’m so fucking proud of it. It’s like no book I’ve ever read. We’ve done things in these pages nobody’s ever done. Because we wrote it like no one was watching. Because “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

Until they do.

This life is full of people who will tell you can’t. That you won’t. That you shouldn’t even try. Doubt it not, my friends, these people are your enemies. They are the death of your hope and creativity. They are walking misery, seeking your company. Don’t spare them a second, or a breath. Leave them to their “can’t'” and “won’t'” and “shouldn’t'”. Leave them choking in your dust. Standing still as you speed at your horizon.

Pedal to the metal.

Headlights off.

Just drive, motherfucker.

Drive.