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And the winners are…

Contest Winners for

Power Surge by Ben Bova

Power Surge_coverMy lovely wife, Norma Jean, drew the two winning entries tonight, and here they are!

Susan V. from NM

Rose W. from MI

I have sent your names and mailing address to Laura Etzkorn, a Publicity Assistant at Tor/Forge Books. Thank you Laura for letting me host this Giveaway.

#giveaway for #PowerSurge by #BillBova ends tonight!

LAST CHANCE to WIN!

Go to this page to enter!

The contest will end October 8th at 11PM EDT!

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova (US and Canada Only)

2 (maybe 3) chances to win! Contest ends 10/8

Power Surge_coverTOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of POWER SURGE, a new political thriller at the forefront of science and technology written by six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach and the debate over sustainable energy continues to heat up, this new fiction presents an all-too-real political landscape that I think would really intrigue you. Booklist says “those with both a passion for climate science and the politics surrounding it will find POWER SURGE meticulously fashioned out of all their hopes and fears.”

#Giveaway for #PowerSurge by #BenBova extended until Oct. 8th!

My email account was spammed!

Yesterday afternoon I received a TON of spam emails. It filled my mailbox. So I am extending the contest for TWO days. If you tried to enter the contest, please enter again so that your entry will be included.

The contest will end October 8th at 11PM EDT!

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova (US and Canada Only)

2 (maybe 3) chances to win! Contest ends 10/8

Power Surge_coverTOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of POWER SURGE, a new political thriller at the forefront of science and technology written by six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach and the debate over sustainable energy continues to heat up, this new fiction presents an all-too-real political landscape that I think would really intrigue you. Booklist says “those with both a passion for climate science and the politics surrounding it will find POWER SURGE meticulously fashioned out of all their hopes and fears.”; details about the book are below.

Contest Details

UPDATE Oct 1st. If I get 20 more entries, I will send someone the copy that the publisher sent me.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Power Surge“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Tuesday October 8th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The TWO Lucky winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on Oct 9th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

Book Description

POWER SURGE (ISBN 978-0-7653-3497-8; $24.99; August 11, 2015) follows Dr. Jack Ross, the science advisor to a freshman senator in Washington, D.C. He’s introduced a comprehensive energy plan employing cutting-edge technology that would not only establish America as the world leader in energy production, but boost the economy and protect the environment. Yet, despite being an expert in facts and data, he isn’t quite up to speed on the workings of Washington, and his plan is dismissed by well-funded lobbyists, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politicians, and one very powerful U.S. Senator. Ross won’t accept defeat that easily, and becomes more resolved to implement his plan of action – even if it kills him.

About the Author

Ed Chappell
Ed Chappell

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova (US and Canada Only)

2 (maybe 3) chances to win! Contest ends 10/8

Power Surge_coverTOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of POWER SURGE, a new political thriller at the forefront of science and technology written by six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach and the debate over sustainable energy continues to heat up, this new fiction presents an all-too-real political landscape that I think would really intrigue you. Booklist says “those with both a passion for climate science and the politics surrounding it will find POWER SURGE meticulously fashioned out of all their hopes and fears.”; details about the book are below.

Contest Details

UPDATE Oct 1st. If I get 20 more entries, I will send someone the copy that the publisher sent me.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Power Surge“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Tuesday October 8th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The TWO Lucky winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on Oct 9th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

Book Description

POWER SURGE (ISBN 978-0-7653-3497-8; $24.99; August 11, 2015) follows Dr. Jack Ross, the science advisor to a freshman senator in Washington, D.C. He’s introduced a comprehensive energy plan employing cutting-edge technology that would not only establish America as the world leader in energy production, but boost the economy and protect the environment. Yet, despite being an expert in facts and data, he isn’t quite up to speed on the workings of Washington, and his plan is dismissed by well-funded lobbyists, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politicians, and one very powerful U.S. Senator. Ross won’t accept defeat that easily, and becomes more resolved to implement his plan of action – even if it kills him.

About the Author

Ed Chappell
Ed Chappell

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova Starting Friday!

Here is an excerpt from Power Surge by Ben Bova

 

Senator Tomlinson’s Office

The room smelled new. Jacob Ross hesitated at the door to the senator’s inner office and looked around at the light walnut paneling, the wall-to-wall carpeting, the pearl gray drapes on the long windows. Not standard government issue, he realized. The senator had spent his own money on his office’s décor.

Why not? Jake thought. He’s got plenty to spend.

Outside the private office, the senator’s suite was almost empty; hardly anyone had shown up yet. And Jake was almost an hour late for this meeting. Washington was blanketed with three inches of snow from the first storm of the new year. In his home state of Montana, nobody would even notice a paltry three inches, but here in DC the city was practically paralyzed. It had taken Jake more than an hour to drive from his newfound apartment to the Hart Senate Office Building, crawling through skidding, slow-moving traffic and stalled cars. He had narrowly missed being sideswiped by a city bus.

“You made it, Jake!” called the senator, from behind his impressive wide desk. “We were beginning to worry about you.”

Power Surge_coverAnother man was sitting in one of the bottle green leather chairs in front of the desk. Jake stepped across the office and took the empty chair. He saw a gleaming new nameplate on the desk: SEN. B. FRANKLIN TOMLINSON, in gold letters, no less.

Tomlinson glowed with the kind of youthful vigor that comes with family money. In his shirtsleeves and fire-engine red suspenders, he was smiling handsomely.

“Jake, I want you to meet my chief of staff, Kevin O’Donnell. Kevin, this is Dr. Jacob Ross, my science advisor.”

Jake was one of the few people that Tomlinson had brought to Washington with him from Montana. Most of the office staff were local talent, knowledgeable Beltway insiders who had stayed home because of the snow.

The senator’s chief of staff was thin, edgy-looking. Suspicious dark eyes peering out of a pinched face. His light brown hair was thinning badly, and he had it combed in an obvious flop-over that accentuated his incipient baldness more than hid it.

O’Donnell put out his hand. “Hello, Dr. Ross,” he said, in a reedy, sharp voice. “Jake,” said Jake as he took the proffered hand. O’Donnell’s grip was surprisingly strong.

Beaming and relaxed, Senator Tomlinson leaned back in his swivel chair and said, “Jake is putting together the energy plan I told you about, Kevin.”

O’Donnell muttered, “Energy plan.”

“I’ve gotten onto the energy committee,” Tomlinson said, “and I want to make an impression.”

Smiling knowingly, O’Donnell warned, “New senators usually keep pretty quiet until they learn the procedures, make a few friends, get accustomed to the Senate.”

Brushing that aside with a wave of his hand, Tomlinson repeated, “I want to make an impression. I got elected to help make new energy technology boost my state’s economy. I don’t want to waste any time.”

The staff chief’s smile turned wary. “You want to make a name for yourself.”

“Damned right.”

“That could be dangerous, Senator. You don’t want to be too pushy right off the bat. You don’t want to get known as a glory hog.”

“Me?” Tomlinson looked surprised, almost hurt.

O’Donnell fell silent, but the expression on his face was cautious, guarded.

Jake took up the slack. “Energy is a key issue, Mr. O’Donnell.”

“Kevin.”

“Okay, Kevin. Energy is important to everything we do. It affects our economy, our balance of payments overseas, it impacts the global climate-”

“Hold it right there,” O’Donnell said, raising a hand in a stop signal. “You’re one of these guys who thinks he’s going to change the world, make everything better. Well, it just doesn’t work that way.”

“But it should,” Jake snapped.

Turning back to the senator again, O’Donnell explained, “A brand-new senator can’t go barging into this town trying to change everything. It’s political suicide.”

“We’re not trying to change everything,” Jake countered. “We just want to put the nation’s energy policy on a solid, sustainable, comprehensive basis.”

“Why do we need a comprehensive energy plan? We don’t have an energy crisis anymore. We’re doing pretty well these days.”

Softly, Tomlinson asked, “For how long, Kevin? How long will it be before we fall into another disaster?”

Shaking his head, O’Donnell said, “Look, Senator, I can understand that you want to push the energy issue for your constituents back home. What’s your new technology called? MHD, isn’t it?”

“Magnetohydrodynamic power generation,” Jake said, feeling some resentment at the chief of staff’s obtuseness. “MHD power generators can burn the coal we can’t use now because of its high sulfur content, without polluting the atmosphere.”

“Fine.”

“And MHD generators are more than twice as efficient as today’s power generators. We can lower people’s electricity bills.”

“That’s wonderful,” said O’Donnell, without a trace of enthusiasm. “Stick to that and you might be able to get it through.”

Senator Tomlinson shook his head. “No, Kevin. I’m not going to allow myself to appear as a man who’s only pushing for some pork-barrel legislation for his home state. I want to push for a comprehensive energy plan that can make the United States the world’s leader in energy production and in new energy technology, as well.”

Frowning, O’Donnell asked, “That’s what you want?”

“That’s what I want,” Tomlinson replied.

With a reluctant sigh, the staff chief said, “Okay, you’re the boss. But take it slow. And don’t go making any public pronouncements until you’ve talked to me about it. I’m here to protect you, you know.”

Tomlinson broke into a bright, easy smile. “Fine. No problem. Jake, you coordinate everything you do with Kevin.”

“Okay,” said Jake, warily. “Okay,” said Kevin O’Donnell, equally unenthusiastic.

They chatted on for more than half an hour. Then, when Jake left the senator’s office and headed for his own, his cell phone buzzed.

Pulling it out of his pocket, he saw that the caller was from back home in Montana. But he didn’t recognize the name.

“Dr. Ross?” a woman’s strained voice asked.

“Yes,” said Jake.

“This is Amanda Yañez, at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Leverett Caldwell has been admitted here, with a cerebral ischemia.”

“A what?”

“A stroke. We found your name-”

“A stroke? How bad is it?”

A hesitation. Then, “He probably won’t last the night.”

Copyright © 2015 by Ben Bova

Did that grab you? Come back Friday for a chance to win a copy of Power Surge by Ben Bova!

And the Winner Is …

Quicksand: A Nora Khalil Novel by Carolyn Baugh

Quicksand - Carolyn BaughMy lovely wife, Norma Jean, drew the  winning entry last night, and here it is!

Sheila K. from FL

I have sent your name and mailing address to Desirae May Friesen, a Publicist at Tor/Forge Books. Thanks Desirae for letting me host this Giveaway.

 

If you didn’t win this time, make sure to check back this Friday. I am hosting another GiveAway!

Just a hint about Friday’s giveaway

The author has written more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times.