Another “Best of the Year” List for Hollow World

Sarah Chorn has a great recurring column at SF SIGNAL: Special Needs in Strange Worlds where she highlights books focusing on and celebrating disabilities in science fiction and fantasy. What a great idea! Yesterday, she came out with the best books in 2014 and I’m thrilled to find Hollow World on it.  That’s the twelfth time my little science fiction project has made a “best of” or “most anticipated list.”

Sarah asked Mieneke van der Salm and Paul Weimer to help her come up with the final list of 13 titles:

  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  • Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Binary by Stephanie Saulter
  • Premonitions by Jamie Schultz
  • War Dogs by Greg Bear
  • Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
  • Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  • We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
  • Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

So if you like characters who are slightly off the norm, then check out some of these books…and tune in for Sarah’s ongoing column where she reviews books and interviews author’s. I’ve found some very entertaining reads through the column.


Hollow World & Good Reads Choice Award & a Giveaway

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted here.  I really need to get my three separate sites combined to one…but that’s a topic for another day.  For now, I wanted to post some recent events concerning Hollow World.

First, I was honored to have Hollow World nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award!

It didn’t win, and congratulations to Andy Weir who did. Truly it was an honor just to be included.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that because of its inclusion I started a goodreads giveaway for two copies of the book.  You can find it here. So, if you don’t have a print copy, or just want one to give to a friend, why not sign up?

Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll be stopping back soonish, to answer some questions I’ve been getting regarding the book.

A nice email to find

Yesterday I mentioned (on my Riyria blogsite) that audible added Hollow World to their Spring Preview 2014: The Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy. That in and of itself is a great honor and enough to make me walking around on a high all day.  My email tends to be a bit of an excavation site and as such I miss some emails, so when I found this in my inbox, the news got even better because Hollow World got even more exposure.




It’s somewhat ironic, as when I wrote Hollow World my mindset was very much in the category of, “If no one ever reads this, I’ll still be happy, as I love the book and I’m satisfied simply by the journey I took writing it.” I still feel this way, but the irony comes from the fact that this book seems to be getting so much attention – which I never counted on. The reviews have been outstanding, and already more than 50 people have left reviews on Amazon. Writing a book is done in so much isolation, and it’s easy to forget about the whole new dimension it takes on when it’s let lose in the wild.  So as much as I enjoyed writing Hollow World, I’m also ecstatic about the reception it is getting. Creating stories is the best job in the world, but stories are best when shared with others, especially those who love them as much as you do.

Hollow World Cover Reveal

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mainly because I’ve been very busy. But I should note that everything is on schedule for the April 15th release. The printed books are on the press and the full cover is show here:


I also announced a pre-order campaign that will, among other things, get people copies of the book a month before its official release.  Here is a full list of perks for those that pre-order:

  • Free ebook for those that pre-order a print or audio version
  • ebook delivered March 15th, one month early
  • Early shipping of print books when ordered through my webpage
  • Signed bookmarks and bookplates
  • A free short story
  • A chance to win a Hollow World Poster

For those who want more details on the pre-order campaign and want to get in on these perks, full details can be found here.

Three months and counting…

It’s now exactly three months until Hollow World will be officially released.  How can time travel so fast and so so slow simultaneously? And yes and that was my lame attempt at time-travel humor…given Hollow World’s premise it seemed lie that was worth going for.

A lot is going on.  

  • Early reviews continue to come in from both bloggers and readers.  If you are one of the people who got Hollow World early, please consider leaving a review on Amazon  or Goodreads.  All I ask is that you are honest about your feelings on the book.
  • The narrator has been selected for the audio version.  More on this in an upcoming post.
  • We’ve finally standardized on the cover design. For awhile there were a few variations running around some that featured Marc’s excellent artwork, others that utilized Pax.  Tachyon has determined which way they want to go and I’m going to have the audio book and ebook follow that – so I’ll announce that “official” cover soon.
  • The final interior layout is done, and I’m reviewing it now. This was another one of those things that we went round and round about…I can be a picky sob. But Tachyon has been very accommodating, as usual, and I think it’s looking wonderful.
  • People are pre-ordering!!  So thanks so much for that. In a few weeks I’ll be announcing a pre-order campaign where those that pre-order can get some free stuff (bookmarks, book plates, a free short story, and even a one-on-one conversation with me)

So yeah, a lot of “stay tuned” but also a lot of movement.  It won’t be too much longer!

Hollow World pre-orders putting it on the Time Travel Bestseller List

Well it looks like we finally got Amazon fixed and you can now once again pre-order Hollow World.  The broken page with the old ISBN is gone, and I’m hoping the pre-orders to the  old version has (or will) move over to it.  When checking out the page it was nice to see that the book is making the Time Travel Bestseller list:


It looks nice sitting next to Ian TreGillis’s books:

I took the screen shots as I expect it to disappear from this list pretty quickly…but hopefully it will come back when the book goes into actual release.  Tachyon is working on the final production version of the book, and that will mean a change to the cover but the page count is now accurate and some nice reviews are coming in from the advance readers.  If you are thinking of getting the book, please do consider pre-ordering. It helps the publisher determine the print run and amount of marketing dollars the book will receive, and it also gets the book on these lists which helps with discoverability. Even if  you don’t want to order it now, consider putting it on our wish list (as that also adds some visibility, for instance, right now Hollow World is: #51 on the Time Travel Wish List).

A few things to keep in mind for those considering pre-ordering:

  • All paperback and audio orders will receive DRM free copies of ebook (in as many formats as you desire)
  • Those that pre-order will receive the ebook in mid March – a full month before the official release
  • I’ll provide signed bookmarks and book plates for those that pre-order (more about this soon)
  • Current pre-order discount is 24% off.  That’s just $12.12.
  • If the price goes down before the release, you’ll get the lower price
  • Links to pre-order from a number of sites can be found here.
  • I offer pre-orders from my own website (both print and ebook). I’ll even sign and dedicate them if you wish. Even with the 15% discount I give, I still receive more money per book as buying direct cuts out the distributor’s share.  Tachyon still gets their full payment (as I buy the books wholesale from them). Here is a link.

11 hours Left for Hollow World Limited Edition Hardcover Giveaway

It’s still 131 days until the release of Hollow World, but four lucky people will be mailed signed limited-edition hardcovers tomorrow. This means you have a chance to join the nearly one thousand people who are already reading the novel (because they participated in the Kickstarter). The Kickstarter backers paid $75 for these editions, and as there are only 250 of them in existence, the books will become collector items. Here’s a bit of information for those just being introduced to the book.

The future is coming…for some sooner than others

coverEllis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but faced with a terminal illness he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.

“This is a clever and thought-provoking story, with loads of interesting ideas, some adrenalin-pumping action and plenty of humor”  — Pauline M. Ross, Fantasy Review Barn

There are two ways to enter:

If you live in a place where you can enter in both…feel free to do so.  For those outside the specified countries, you’ll actually have two ballots entered in my drawing  (the software that takes the poll will determine what country you are from). This way everyone will have two chances to win.

Even if you’ve read
Hollow World, or have your own print copy, I encourage you to enter. The books will arrive in time for holiday gift giving so you might just get a nice present for a friend or loved one.

Problems with pre-ordering

I’ve received some emails from people who are trying to pre-order Hollow World and having difficulty doing so. When going to the page on Amazon they are presented with:


First off, thanks so much for pre-ordering as this will really help with the launch of the product. Secondly, there has been a glitch that has required a change in the ISBN – as such the old pages are being replaced with new ones.  It’s going to take awhile to populate the pages throughout, but I’ll be back and update you soon.  For those that previously purchased, I’m not sure whether you’ll have to cancel your prior order and re-order or not. I’m waiting to hear more from Tachyon Publications, so stay tuned.

Rest assured the distributor, Tachyon Publications, and I are working to get a fix as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I’ve added both the ebook and the print book to the Michael J. Sullivan store, so that you can pre-order them from there.  Print books can be signed/dedicated and will include free copies of ebooks in whatever format you wish. (An email will be sent after ordering to choose your preferred format(s).  Any book that is pre-ordered from my site will be shipped as soon as I get my copies from Tachyon, which I anticipate will be ahead of the official release date.

Bloggers weighing in on Hollow World

Advanced reading copies have gone out to a number of reviewers and I couldn’t be happier with what they have been saying about the book.  What have they said?  Well here are some choice comments:

“I’m happy to report that not only does Hollow World establish Sullivan as a force to be reckoned with in any genre he chooses to ply his talent to, it also is a prime example of one of the reasons speculative fiction is so important.” — Matt Gilliard (52 Reviews)
“This book made me laugh. It also made me cry. And in the end, it made me think. I highly recommend Hollow World for anyone looking for a book that brushes on and plays out some political and social issues we face today.” — N.E. White (SFFWorld)
“This is a clever and thought-provoking story, with loads of interesting ideas, some adrenalin-pumping action and plenty of humour…overall an entertaining read with Pax being one of my favourite characters of the year.” — Pauline M. Ross (Fantasy Review Barn)
“Hollow World is an excellent and thought provoking novel that tackles big issues yet does so in such a way to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions once they reach the end of this thoughtful, entertaining and compelling science fiction murder mystery.” — Matt Gilliard (52 Reviews)
“The writing flowed easy, and with an edge of humor, Hollow World was a pleasure to read…In the writing, Mr. Sullivan decided to poke several hot buttons. This fact raised my opinion of the book greatly.” — Jake Elliot (Jake Elliot Fiction)
“Hollow World is one of those old style science fiction books I never really expected to see again…It harkens back to the spirit of authors like H.G Wells, in a time where the genre is mostly space opera and military sci-fi…Hollow World is the sort of big idea science fiction I enjoy reading.” — Christopher Mansell (A Writer’s Side Quest)
“Sullivan questions our assumptions about our society as a whole that makes this one of the best novels, I’ve read this year.” — Matt Gilliard (52 Reviews)
“Sullivan’s “Hollow World” is a nice piece of classic science fiction from the well regarded fantasy author. It has the classic feel of a book by Edgar R. Burroughs with a taste of the futurism of Asimov…I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get back to the classic feel of science fiction with a socially sensitive context.” — Jeremy Scofield (ReadMill)
“I’ve been enjoying Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria fantasy novels for a couple of years so I was very interested to see his take on Time Travel SF. Good news, his hand with character and emotion carry over quite well. A novel that begins with sorrow and regret becomes a story of wonder and discovery that is at turns compelling and intriguing. Hollow World is set in a future barely recognizable from the world Ellis Rogers hopes to leave behind when he pushes the button on his home-made time machine. Inherit in time travel stories is how nothing ever goes as expected, and even with that ‘expectation’ Sullivan manages to spin a new tale. This one is turning out to be a real keeper.” — Rob H. Bedford (SFFWorld)
“If you are a fan of novels that leave you thinking about the world you live in and your place in it, or just a fan of character driven stories that aren’t afraid to take chances, then this is a book for you.” — Matt Gilliard (52 Reviews)
“This is social science fiction that H.G. Wells or Isaac Asimov could have written, with the cultural touchstones of today. A modernized classic, Hollow World is the perfect novel for both new and nostalgic science fiction readers.” — Justin Landon (Staffer’s Book Review)

Oh, and I should mention…if you want a chance at free limited edition hardcover copies then there are contests still going on:

Missed the Kickstarter? Win Free Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition Hollow World Hardcovers

coverOne of the truly great things about doing the Kickstarter was getting hardcover copies. So far my books have only been released in trade paperbacks, and while I love the format, it’s just not as cool as hardcovers. Especially Limited Edition Hardcovers.

Not all of the 250 copies of the Hollow World hardcover were sold as part of the Kickstarter, so with Christmas coming I thought it made sense to do a giveaway. I’m having a raffle for 4 copies of these really beautiful books in two different contests:


You can enter one or both (to double your chances of winning).  You can even have your copy dedicated if you wish.  All copies will ship December 6, 2013 so you can have them in time for holiday gift giving, so even if you already participated in the Kickstarter you can get a copy to give to a loved one.  I’ll even gift wrap and mail directly to the recipient if that’s what you wish.

I’m really excited about the Hollow World Release, and it seems like April just won’t come fast enough, but for four lucky winners, they’ll get copies in December – which should make for a nice holiday.

(Cover by Marc Simonetti & Michael J. Sullivan)