The On Submission of this manuscript is being written.
First Draft –
I’m writing the first words of the book. Shh – I’m thinking good thoughts.
Second Draft –
This is what I’d call my Alpha phase. I’ve written what I meant to write, testing it with a few key people and making updates based on their responses.
Third Draft –
This is what I’d call my Beta phase. I’m usually pretty happy with what I’ve got so far, but testing it with a wider audience to see if there’s anything I missed.
On Submission –
The manuscript is in the editor’s hands at a publisher. This is the last stage that I track. Sometime after it goes into the publisher’s hands, some editing back and forth between me and the publisher – and once the dust settles, the book goes into a pre-orderable phase. This is usually when I breathe a sigh of relief and the machine takes over. You’ll typically see the book go from “On Submission” to appearing under my released book area on the site.
I’m keeping this under wraps for the most part, but let’s just say this is a hard SF Thriller novel that I’m fairly excited about. A strong mix of drama, military, science, and the imminent threat that might wipe the world from existence.
I do have several professional blurbs on it:
“With Primordial Threat, Michael Rothman puts the OMG back in Science Fiction! Fascinating characters, an Asimov-sized plot, and lots of intrigue. Michael Rothman delivers. Chilling Science Fiction from a new Arthur C. Clarke. Movie-ready SF from a new master!”
– William C. Dietz, New York Times bestselling author
“Michael Rothman’s PRIMORDIAL THREAT is a big disaster novel — maybe the biggest, with the end of the solar system in play. There goes the neighborhood! Filled with innovative science and big-scale action, it shows humanity in crisis, and humanity at its best.”
– Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of BLOOD OF THE COSMOS
“It has been a long time since I’ve seen a novel with big mind-blowing hard SF ideas like this. It reminds me very much of Asimov, and that is very welcome indeed.”
– David Farland, New York Times Bestselling, Award-winning Author
“Michael A. Rothman’s PRIMORDIAL THREAT leverages real technical expertise to find the human drama in a plausible near-future extinction scenario. This is gripping reading, one part Larry Niven and one part Michael Crichton!”
– D.J. Butler, author of WITCHY EYE and THE KIDNAP PLOT
“Michael A. Rothman’s PRIMORDIAL THREAT is a beautifully-conceived hard science adventure, with totally believable characters and events, and a truly satisfying conclusion.”
– Mike Resnick, 4-time Hugo Award Winning author
“The Primordial Threat is the Next Level in Extinction Event thrillers. Rothman deftly navigates actual science with a taut edge-of-your-seat tension that will scare you to death. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t already gaming Worst Case Scenarios for the White House.”
– Nick Cole, author of The Old Man and the Wasteland (Amazon #1 in SciFi) and Soda Pop Soldier (Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review)
“Who says hard science fiction is dead? The field is safe and sound in the hands of Michael Rothman. Real science from a real scientist — and a thrilling page-turner, to boot. What more could one ask?”
– Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“Written by one who really knows the science, PRIMORDIAL THREAT zips along–a hard sf treat.”
– Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling author of TIMESCAPE.
“M.A. Rothman has combined the high-frontier space realism of Kim Stanley Robinson, with the big ideas and cosmic scope of Larry Niven, and paced it all like a Michael Crichton adventure. A terrific roller coaster ride, which hits the reader on several levels. Highly recommended.”
– Brad R. Torgersen, Multi-award winning Hard S.F. author