» Language, Progress report, Travels
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First of all, dear family, friends, and fans, sorry for not updating the blog for quite a while. I will try my best to keep you in the loop for the future. Yes, I’m back in China, after four years away. And this time I’m putting some real effort into learning the language once and for all. I signed up for a nine month course at EF Beijing. It’s very intensive, and I’m learning a lot. In a few months I should be speaking and reading Mandarin like a pro. Well, maybe not like a local, but at least I will be able to communicate and continue learning without going to school every day.
So, I’ve been busy studying now for three months. And so far I’ve only been to Beijing (obviously) and Tianjin, which is a rather large city half an hour outside Beijing (on the fast train). I’ve also been to the great wall, north of Beijing (the photo). However, Christmas is fast approaching, and with that a three week vacation from school. My girlfriend and I are going to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Tokyo—in that order. Of course, I’ve been to Shenzhen before, but never to the other two cities. Read more »
» Book List, Contemplation, Movies, Travels, TV
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2012 is officially history, and as tradition calls, I will serve some personal statistics and reflections from the year left behind. (You may laugh, but I just love statistics, and I’ll always be a fan of lists. Sometimes it’s also very useful to keep track of things.) Read more »
» Progress report, Science Fiction
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The rollercoaster ride that is 2012 is finally drawing to a conclusion. It’s been a crazy ride of ups and downs, but of course we persevere to write another day. Most unfortunately I lost my father, and then my editor quit her job at Schibsted Forlag, in the middle of the process of finishing Skyggespinneren. I have complete faith in my publisher, but losing your editor in the middle of the process is bad news indeed. What happens if the new editor disagrees with the old? Do I start all over again? I don’t think I will.
The good news is that the chief editor seems to like the third draft, with only minor adjustments suggested. That is fine by me. My side project Tidevann is also done in its first draft, but no conclusion has been drawn to it. Recently I have begun working on the sequel to Skyggespinneren, while also adding to the timeline of the series. There’s still some work to be done there.
As of right now I’m still waiting for a new editor. I’m hoping there will be no more delays. Fingers crossed.
» Book List
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2011 was a good year for books. Not only did my own novel Prometheus, later renamed Skyggespinneren, win an award and become slated for publishing by one of the large Norwegian publishers, I also read through 24 books by 13 different authors, with a total of 9,274 pages. That’s a 44 % increase compared to 2010.
Many of these books were very good, and choosing one winner was difficult. Surprisingly no book reached the top score (10), but three books scored a 9. The winner is Neal Asher with The Line of Polity. And my reasoning for this is:
In this hard sci-fi novel Asher takes the term mad scientist to a whole new level, at the same time introducing a very fascinating planet (Masada), and the Polity dreadnought Occam Razor. The action is riveting and the thrills just keep coming. This book kept my interest the whole way and was almost unputdownable.
The other niners are: Slaughterhouse-Five and Empire of Silver.
My own novel—Skyggespinneren—will be released in hardcover here in Norway this spring. The English title will be The Shadowmaker. It’s the first book in a series written for young adults and adults with imagination.
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Sorry about the long wait, good people, but finally I found time to update the blog. Having said that—you should follow me on Twitter—for regular updates. Anyway, I’m most def alive. In Vegas right now, as a matter of fact, doing some of the things I love the most: traveling, shopping, discovering (and buying) gadgets, and just soaking up that good Vegas feeling.
Yes, good people, of course I’m visiting the famous 2012 International CES. Gotta love those gadgets! My first time in Vegas was in 2006. That was back when the HME still existed, Home Media Expo. (I won’t even bother looking for the website. The recession killed that show dead after 2008.) Twice I visited that show in Sin City, and before that back in LA when they still called it the VSDA. Now I’m at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for the fourth time. Yes, Sherlock, that means this is my sixth time in Vegas, and I never stay at the same hotel twice. Read more »