Wednesday, February 06, 2019

I am happy to announce the release of my latest novel


Glassing the Orgachine is the second book in my sci-fi series Upon This Rock. The series is an epic new saga about faith, family, and alien invasion in the bush of Alaska. The second book attempts to answer the question: What do reverse cyborgs want? Follow the continuing mis-adventures of the Prophecy family on Stubborn Mountain, the park service ranger who loves/hates them, and the celestial visitor (whatever it turns out to be). Read all about it on my website. Available on Amazon and at all major booksellers.


But if you haven't read Book 1 yet, no worries. Upon This Rock: Compilation joins both books in one stunning ebook. Get it at Amazon, Apple Books, Nook, or Kobo.

As for myself, I'm in my writer's cabin slinging words at Book 3.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Enter to win a copy of UPON THIS ROCK

I'm giving away three copies of my Alaska science fiction novel on Goodreads.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Upon This Rock by David Marusek

Upon This Rock

by David Marusek

Giveaway ends October 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Upon This Rock now available!

Today I launch my latest novel, Upon This Rock: Book 1--First Contact. It's available everywhere in ebook format. It's available in paperback at Amazon now, and in about a week you'll be able to order the paperback at any bookstore.


Here's what it's about:
An epic new science fiction series about faith, family, and alien invasion in the wilds of Alaska.

When a shooting star plunges through the atmosphere and touches down in the Alaska wilderness, only two earthlings are present to witness the event. But they perceive two utterly different realities. What park ranger Jace Kuliak sees is a UFO and the arrival of a dangerous alien species from beyond the solar system. What Poppy Prophecy sees is the star called Wormwood, as recorded in Scripture, and the arrival of an archangel of the Apocalypse.

The thing is — they’re both sorta right.

Poppy Prophecy is the despotic patriarch of a large End-Times prepper family that is busily converting a depleted copper mine into its own private doomsday bunker. Their copper mine is a century-old relic from territorial days when East Coast robber barons ruled Alaska and plundered its mineral wealth. Today the abandoned mine sits in the middle of the largest, wildest, most majestic national park in the United States. But Poppy isn’t impressed by mere earthly beauty, and he doesn’t mind bulldozing federal land when it suits his purposes.

Backcountry Ranger Jace Kuliak does mind, and he and fellow rangers confront the fundamentalist family in an armed standoff over the construction of an illegal airstrip. It doesn’t help matters when Ranger Kuliak falls hopelessly in love with Poppy’s second daughter, the lovely, innocent, and totally clueless Deuteronomy.

An uneasy truce between the Prophecys and the park service is shattered when the falling star lands in their backyard and is claimed by both sides. What is it? Who is it? Better yet, of all the pit stops on all the planets in all the galaxies, why did the Visitor choose this particular rock to screw with?

Hope you enjoy it. If you want advance word on Book 2 in the series, please sign up for my Novel Update list.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Book Release


I am pleased to announce the release of my new science fiction novel, Upon This Rock. It's the first in a series of books about an alien invasion in Alaska. It'll be released on June 29, just a couple of weeks from today. The ebooks are already up for pre-order on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Apple. I'm hustling to get the paperback editions up by then as well. I do hope you check it out. Here's the jacket blurb:

An epic new science fiction series about family, faith, and alien invasion in the wilds of Alaska.

When a shooting star plunges through the atmosphere and touches down in the Alaska wilderness, only two earthlings are present to witness the event. But they perceive two utterly different realities. What park ranger Jace Kuliak sees is a UFO and the arrival of a dangerous alien species from beyond the solar system. What Poppy Prophecy sees is the star called Wormwood, as recorded in Scripture, and the arrival of an archangel of the Apocalypse.

The thing is — they’re both sorta right.

Poppy Prophecy is the despotic patriarch of a large End-Times prepper family that is busily converting a depleted copper mine into its own private doomsday bunker. Their copper mine is a century-old relic from territorial days when East Coast robber barons ruled Alaska and plundered its mineral wealth. Today the abandoned mine sits in the middle of the largest, wildest, most majestic national park in the United States. But Poppy isn’t impressed by mere earthly beauty, and he doesn’t mind bulldozing federal land when it suits his purposes.

Backcountry Ranger Jace Kuliak does mind, and he and fellow rangers confront the fundamentalist family in an armed standoff over the construction of an illegal airstrip. It doesn’t help matters when Ranger Kuliak falls hopelessly in love with Poppy’s second daughter, the lovely, innocent, and totally clueless Deuteronomy.

An uneasy truce between the Prophecys and the park service is shattered when the falling star lands in their backyard and is claimed by both sides. What is it? Who is it? Better yet, of all the pit stops on all the planets in all the galaxies, why did the Visitor choose this particular rock to screw with?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sign up for novel updates

It’s obvious to anyone looking at my posts on this blog--I stink at social media. Months or years go by without an update. I guess I’m just not that into being social. But I still want to keep my readers informed about my current novel in progress and other writing projects. So, I’m reviving a mailing list from the days of my first novel. If you’re a reader of mine, I encourage you to sign up. I’ll be sending out only a few Novel Updates a year. No spam, no fuss. Maybe a few free giveaways. Also, this is the way you can reach me if you want to start a conversation about my work.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Alaska Sampler 2014 is free for the taking!



This is a new ebook project I’ve started with fellow-Alaskan writer, Deb Vanasse. We put together writings from ten of Alaska’s finest authors to show off the place we love, without all the reality-TV-hype nonsense. Pieces range from Biography, Fiction, and Memoir to Adventure and Humor. Best of all, it’s free. Go here to download.

Now, back to my non-social mode.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Join My New Novel Update Email List

It’s obvious to anyone looking at my posts on this blog--I stink at social media. Months or years go by without an update. I guess I’m just not that into being social. But I still want to keep my readers informed about my current novel in progress and other writing projects. So, I’m reviving a mailing list from the days of my first novel. If you’re a reader of mine, I encourage you to sign up. I’ll be sending out only a few Novel Updates a year. No spam, no fuss. Maybe a few free giveaways.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Room for one more

The Science Fiction Apprenticeship I'm teaching in February through 49 Writers has room for one more writer. If you'd like me to work one-on-one with you on a short story of yours, this is your chance. No need to be an Alaskan resident.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Ebook Production Workshop

My six-hour UAF WINTERmester workshop in Ebook Production, which begins next week, still needs a couple of more students to sign up or it will probably be canceled. If you've been thinking about self-publishing your book on Amazon's Kindle or B&N's Nook but aren't sure how to go about it, this is the course for you. On the evenings of January 7, 9, and 11 we will cover the basics of ebook production: file conversion, cover design, proofing, and uploading to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Even if you think you’d prefer to hire a conversion service to do the conversion work for you, this course will be helpful. Your book can be fiction or non-fiction. Come with a manuscript and leave with a published ebook. Here's the course syllabus.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Two opportunities for writers

In the next couple of months I’ll be offering two diverse learning activities for writers, one for Fairbanks residents and one for anyone with Internet service.

The first is a six-hour workshop in ebook production, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks WINTERmester curriculum. Do you have a book you’ve been wanting to sell on the Kindle or Nook? On the evenings of January 7, 9, and 11 we will cover the basics of ebook production: file conversion, cover design, proofing, and uploading to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Even if you think you’d prefer to hire a conversion service to do the conversion work for you, this course will be helpful. Your book can be fiction or non-fiction. Come with a manuscript and leave with a published ebook.

Because the course takes place between UAF’s regular semesters, there will be no computer lab open in the evenings for our use. For this reason you’ll need to bring an Internet-ready laptop to class to make the best use of the instruction. (It’s actually better this way because you’ll have all the necessary software on your own computer.) Self-support course fee is $100. (And be sure to download the course syllabus.)

The second activity is part of the 49 Alaska Writing Center Spring course lineup. In February, I will be offering a one-on-one apprenticeship program for science fiction writers. Here’s the course description:

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.”—Theodore Sturgeon. While this characterization is certainly true, science fiction, like any genre, comes with certain built-in reader expectations that the writer must meet. These include muscular plotting, transformative vision, and freewheeling speculation. The Science Fiction Apprenticeship offers one-on-one guidance to writers working on a science fiction short story project, be it cyberpunk, space opera, hard sf, alternate history, or one of the many other flavors of the genre. You'll submit a manuscript of up to 7500 words for a critique by an award-winning science fiction author/mentor. The mentor will provide you feedback in the form of comments and a letter. After mulling these over, you will be encouraged to submit up to two revisions, each receiving additional feedback, as part of a conversation intended to guide both the work and the writer. We'll set goals for your writing and frame our conversation based on finding a path toward those goals, to include up to 60 minutes on the phone or in-person. The program is open to three participants. To apply, email up to five pages (typed, double-spaced) of your story, along with a short statement of goals for your work, to 49writers@gmail.com by January 25.

The Spring 2013 schedule will be up at 49 Writers in the next few days. Only three writers will be accepted for my apprenticeship program, and the cost is $350 (members)/$375 (non-members).

In other news, work on my upcoming novel, Camp Tribulation, goes well. Every day I wake up eager to push it forward another thousand words. It seems to be growing in depth and resonance (at least for my own quirky taste), and I’m constantly surprised at new developments and twists I had not foreseen.

However, despite my respectable progress, the fact of the matter is that there’s another couple of unpaid years ahead before I can bring it to market. Thus the writing gigs on offer above. In addition to them, I seem to be sliding back into my old day job of graphic design, this time with a different angle: I am specializing in book and cover design. I’ll write more about this later, but in the meantime, if you’re in need of a custom-made ebook cover design, drop me a line.