I need 'Revenge of the Star Survivors' news. Is there any?

Why, yes, thank you for asking! 

First, though, let's get caught up on the past few months. They were busy. 

I'm gonna go way back to February, when Corpus Christi's Teen Bookfest by Bay celebrated "Revenge of the Star Survivors" and a bunch of other really fine books.

I felt right at home for a couple of reasons: First, authors are just fun people, and you can learn stuff from them, like which 1980s bands are surprisingly difficult to play in your Austin '80s cover band. (Duran Duran. Who knew?) Also, the bookfest treated us really well, including a dinner at a very fancy sounding restaurant called the Executive Surf Club, and I am really glad they did not give me time to run back to the hotel and get a suit and tie because it turns out it is just a really good burger joint, with the emphasis on "surf" instead of executive. 

Finally, the Corpus Christi boardwalk has a couple of things that would have really appealed to the characters of "Star Survivors." One is a giant aircraft carrier, which I did not get to go on but it was still pretty cool from afar.
 

 We might have been singing "Under the Boardwalk" as we tried to take this picture of the book with the aircraft carrier in the background. 

We might have been singing "Under the Boardwalk" as we tried to take this picture of the book with the aircraft carrier in the background. 

The one thing I did get to see was their scale model of the solar system, which is one of those things where they mark the spot where the sun would be, and then you take a couple of steps and you have covered Mercury, Venus and Earth, and another couple of steps and you hit Mars, and then you walk for like a mile before you cover the whole solar system. 

So I paused to take photos of the book and Uranus. Because I had to.

I did that for educational purposes. Really.

Anyhow, it was a really nice time, and everyone should go to Corpus Christi next time they have a book festival there. 

 This was what was behind me as I signed books in Corpus Christi. To my left was the incredibly popular and friendly author Julie Murphy, but I somehow was not smart enough to get a photo with her. 

This was what was behind me as I signed books in Corpus Christi. To my left was the incredibly popular and friendly author Julie Murphy, but I somehow was not smart enough to get a photo with her. 

About the same time as the Corpus Christi festival, I got to speak at the esteemed Highland Park Literary Festival. It was my first time speaking to an actual classroom of people who were expecting me to, like, teach them something and not just talk about my book. And I suspect they all said – we could tell. But this is what happens when you give nerds lecterns. I had a good time, and nobody actually fell asleep, that I could tell, although maybe I was not looking very hard. 

Anyhow, it was totally worth it because I got to hear the insightful and accommodating author Adam Johnson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Orphan Master's Son" (see the photo of people buying his book right next to mine) and also saw something in the Highland Park High School Library that might seem familiar to "Revenge of the Star Survivors" readers. 

 

That was also the month I got to fly to my hometown of Denver and see, for the first time, a copy of "Revenge of the Star Survivors" in the library that gave me my first library card. OK, technically, the library I knew has been torn down and turned into a movie  theater. But this is the one that replaced it. And seeing the book there still made me happy. (I guess I would be happier if it were checked out -- but it's there, Jefferson County residents! It's there!)

 

 Would Clark and Anne get along? Discuss. 

Would Clark and Anne get along? Discuss. 

I'll leave it at that for now. Watch for additional updates soon, I hope! And if you have questions, feel free to drop by the Facebook page, or send an email

Michael Merschel