Thursday, September 18

Hey, gang. Sorry I haven't been around lately. I've been struggling through a pretty severe attack of Whatever the Fuck is Wrong With Me, and I've barely had the energy to write, let alone enough to spare for this space.

The good news is that one of the specialists I've been consulting sporadically for the last three or four years has had a sudden brainstorm. Test results should be arriving tomorrow or Monday, and with any luck at all they will finally give me a clue to WTFIWWM.

Meanwhile, thanks to all who still come here. When I'm feeling better, I'll probably have something to say about the US presidential campaign, as well as a hint or two of "The Big Idea of Caine Black Knife."

(Yeah, I checked out Scalzi's "Whatever," and now spend entirely too much of my time and attention reading Whatever he has to say. About anything. Those of you who haven't been there yet, you don't know what you're missing. Really.)

Anyway, this was just to let people know I'm still alive, and that I haven't entirely abandoned this place.

There will be updates.

25 comments:

Pizzope said...

Always good to hear that you're still alive and kicking ass Mr. Stover.

I've pre-ordered CBK, and I would be terribly dissapointed if you were to expire before then.

MWS said...

Thanks.

Me, too.

Chris said...

You're a legend, Stover! Live long and keep providing me with books.

(seriously, glad you're ok - I was just about to email you and figured I'd check here first. Hope the test results are good news.)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're still kickin' :)

~Angela

steve said...

Hope everything turns out alright, great to hear from you as always.

GameCreator said...

Thanks for the update and I wish you the best, as always.

I'm very excited that the book is less than a month away from release, by the way. I know it's gonna be awesome, which makes waiting that last month extra hard.

scott said...

hope they get that shit figured out for you and that you feel better soon, gotta be frustrating.

thanks for poppin' in, and dying to read cbk, btw.

Ron Dodson said...

Man, you have just GOT to explain the connection between Tolstoy and FN. Wow.

I mean, I could get existential Christianity via Kierkegaard, hence the Tolstoy...but Nietzsche?

Love your writing. Looking forward to the Luke story.

Ron
ronDOTdodsonATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of "Caine Black Knife" - I'm a library employee - and I'm thoroughly hooked.
Of course, that lead me to the other Caine novels, and I've enjoyed all of them a great deal.

Thank you very much for bringing a fascinating universe to us, Mr Stover!

MWS said...

You're welcome. And thank you.

And sign your posts.

Alex said...

Hopefully existence is as pleased to find you bound by it as much as I and will bend itself to keep it that way. In the event that existence and yourself have a falling out though, please tell me that there is some clause in your contract that will prevent your notes (if you have any) or whatever from being turned into a finished novel by someone eles, because that could lead to tragedy...



...and because I'd have to buy it, and it would only make me disheartened, instead of the usual feeling of enlightenment I get out of your work. Sorry for the tacky anthropomorphization.

Regards,

Alex

Anonymous said...

Matthew straight off thank you for Traitor, it was the best written Star Wars book I have ever read. I dont know how many times i've done it cover to cover in one sitting but even if I have something to eat I like to pick the book up at any chapter and have a little read... Like many people probroubly my favourate part is in the seedship, i'm sad they killed the charactor off I would have liked you to write another novel with him, but we'll always have traitor ;) David.

Anonymous said...

S'good to know that you're good, Matt. Send me an e-mail one of these days, wouldya? Same address as ever, for now. And give Robyn a hug for me.

Bob Urell

Anonymous said...

My apologies for not signing my earlier comment.

Going through your previous posts, I came across your brief eulogy for Solzhenitsyn. I too was a fan of his work since reading "Ivan Denisovich" when I was a lad; It solidfied my adolescent anti-communism.
He was brought to mind as I was reading "Blade of Tyshalle" (I'm about 2/3 through it) especially his quote, "You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power--he's free again."
It seems quite apt in relation to the events so far in "BoT".

mlknchzATyahooDOTcom

Dave-Brendon de Burgh said...

Great stuff, Matt, Hope I'm not the only fan from South Africa. :-)

Npgold1385 said...

Mr. Stover -

I know you hear this frequently, but I think you're an exceptional writer, and a definite influence on my writing style. Thank you.

I hope you're feeling better, and continue to bring us fine works of fiction and non-fiction (hell, I'd definitely love it if you took a crack at the new Fate of the Jedi series. There's an author there who I'm not terribly fond of).

AzrofD said...

Don't die. Or I'll find your grave and steal your brain.

AzrofD said...

Oh yeah. I finally got it. Cainism is an elaborate facade for a form of Zen. Or living in the moment. Or whatever you want to call it. It's called "Practicing being present."

Dude, Caine inspires "Enlightenment."

Rob Locke said...

I might be going out on a limb here, but in a way you could interprete the church of ma'elkoth as an anti-religion form of Christianity. Cainism is a form of satanism, godless, with a mantra of "do what thou wilst" similar to Aleister Crowley. If I remember correctly, Caine (or Duncan) has a Crowley book in their library.

Something to ponder.. hope thats not off-putting, as I'm definately not a satanist LOL

AzrofD said...

mmm, good point. I never thought God worship, or Anti-God worship was part of it. The characters themselves, after all, do not ignore the presence of Gods - they more "do as thou wilt."

Rob Locke said...

well i suppose its not aethism, because they do believe gods and godesses exist, but i guess a cainist wouldn't worship any deity, making them some sort of agnostic thiest. But then we're thinking too much.

WarlordGrego said...

Matt, good to hear from you.
I've not read Scalzi's blog, but I've read Old Man's War. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm looking forward to your hints about CBK, however I'm not looking forward to hearing any more about the election. I dislike both candidates, and have resigned myself to the fact that Obama will probably be elected. I know where you stand politically, and I tend to stray towards the conservative side of things.

I'm more moderate, and I think thats what I dislike about Obama...anyways I hate politics, but as alwasy, I value your insights.

- Greg (SC)

John said...

So how long until CBK drops?

caine said...

М.Стовер, Вы гениальный писатель! Быстрей беритесь за "Кейна - 4".
In English:
Long Live M/Stover. Don`t give up. We 9all Russia) are waiting for Caine 4 to be written by You.

Marcus said...

My favorite SW author: Matthew Stover, who single handedly brought me back into the EU fold after I'd totally left it for dust after Anakin Solo's death. Traitor was honestly a masterpiece or I suppose I would not have gone on reading SW EU at all. Of course, I had once again decided that I was completely finished with the EU after the disaster known as Legacy of the Force - where the rest of Han's male line was dusted like so much bantha poodoo. At least let the poor dude be a certified dark lord - but no, we merely get Jacen the wannabe. Oh well. I had given up as I say - but someone out there had the diabolical understanding that there was a way to suck in those who would give up the EU - have Stover write something - anything - and they are right of course. In a way it sucks that I am so vulnerable to sway by the pen of one author, but so be it. It doesn't matter what you write, or how - just that you do because it is also not "how" your mind works, but that it "works" at all - if you know what I mean. Sorry if I slamming your co-writing buddies, no offense to them, but I honestly feel that they are for the most part clueless (although Luceno I would too give a bit of quarter, even if he couldn't drag me back). Looking forward to the book which is on order and as usual that means I won't get it for a while...