Piracy Goes High Tech, And the Next Big Thing. And some UF, too.
There’s been a few interesting tidbits crossing my desk lately. Here’s a couple of them.
First up, there’s been a rash of AI-adjusted pirated books appearing on the bookstores. There’s a video that explains it on Twitter (and you don’t need a Twitter account to watch it) here. The gist is, the AI writing tools like Chat GPT are being re-tooled to rewrite books that are already available. Then the pirates throw them up on the bookstores with bad AI covers.
The problem is the AI tools are not good writers of anything yet, and their adaptations are thin and obvious.
If you find yourself reading a book that sounds more than passingly familiar, don’t ignore the sensation. If you recognize the source book, contact the author and let them know they’ve been pirated. Only the author can deal with the bookstores to have the book bought down.
The second tidbit was a post by Hugh Howey, who writes SF, but we’ll forgive him for that. He wrote “The Next Big Thing” which applies to all fiction, and not just the TV shows and movies he was talking about.
And the third tidbit today is The Rivers Ran Red. If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you can now pre-order a copy on any of the retail stores, including mine at Stories Rule Press.
The book will be released in two weeks on all retail stores, and in one week’s time on SRP.
Magorian and Jones have one chance left to save the world, if only they can find a way to work together.
Michael Jones, MD, left Toledo months ago to avoid Jamie, the woman he loves but cannot have, for she is with his best friend, the world’s first modern wizard, Benjamin Magorian. Michael hides in Wales, burying himself in the work generated by a health system in crisis, as Britain deals with the fallout from multiple volcanic eruptions in Scotland…until Magorian finds him there.
They’re down to the wire in their efforts to save the fractured world of humans and Old Ones from Aurelius’ scheme to summon the old gods and avoid the destruction the gods would hail down upon every mortal, no matter what their race. They must find a way to permanently halt Aurelius, and Magorian thinks he might know how.
The only problem? Magorian brought Jamie with him…
The Rivers Ran Red is part of the urban fantasy series, Magorian & Jones, by Taylen Carver.
The Magorian & Jones series:
1.0: The Memory of Water
2.0: The Triumph of Felix
3.0: The Shield of Agrona
3.5: The Wizard Must Be Stopped
4.0: The Rivers Ran Red
5.0: The Divine and Deadly
…and more to come.
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