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Thank you for signing up for ~Phil Stamper’s Official Author Newsletter~ at some point over the last few months. In early 2020, THE GRAVITY OF US will be on bookshelves at a store near you. That’s… a long time from now, but as I finish up edits before we pass it to the production team, I wanted to send over a quick update on all of my upcoming projects, some podcasts and interviews I’ve recently been featured in, and of course, some nerdy rambling about space-related things.
- Digital Visual Novel – Rights deal! In case you missed it, I’m pleased to announce the digital visual rights for my two Wattpad novels—my YA dystopian story, CROWDED, and my teen storm chaser story, CHASING HOME—have sold to Crazy Maple Studios for their interactive stories app. In the next year, you’ll be able to play through the first two novels I ever wrote by downloading the Chapters: Interactive Stories app. Follow Chapters on Facebook (and keep an eye on your inbox…) and you’ll be the first to know when it’s available!
- Book Expo | May 29 – 31, 2019 Mark your calendars! I’ll be at Book Expo this year, and rumor is there might be something ARC-shaped for me to sign while I’m there. 👀 I have no other information about my schedule just yet, but I expect to know more early next year!
Contrary to popular belief, THE GRAVITY OF US is not set in space. I realize having an entire newsletter section on Space Stuff will not help that assumption. Oops.
Last month we got to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 7 launch and landing. It’s an often overlooked launch—Apollo 11 landed us on the moon, Apollo 13’s near-disaster showed the brilliance behind the NASA scientists and astronauts as they made a safe return after an early explosion—but none of it would have been possible without the first crewed Apollo mission, Apollo 7. You can learn more about the flight here.
One thing I find cool about Apollo 7 is the fact that the time in orbit really showed the mental strain put on the astronauts, resulting in space mutiny. There were a lot of factors at play, but Wally Schirra developed a severe head cold in space (none of them felt particularly well) and refused to make the crew put their helmets on, so they could equalize the pressure as it increased during reentry… pinching their noses and blowing, kind of like what we do on airplanes, but with a looooot more pressure.
Anyway, the crew was punished for their space mutiny and Eisele and Cunningham were banned from flying any future missions. Schirra—the only pilot who flew in the Mercury, Gemini, andApollo missions—had already announced retirement, so not much could be done to him. But mutiny or not, their heroics paved the way for the future of the space program, and helped get us to the moon in 1969.
News & Podcasts:
Diesel’s New “Faggot” Jacket Caused Fervent Backlash. Does the Context of Why They Made it Matter? | Mic
“’I don’t think Diesel gets to ‘reclaim’ this term for our community,’ queer author Phil Stampersaid. ‘It’s still pretty divisive, and brings up a lot of trauma for queer people.’”
Episode Eight: Phil Stamper & The Not So Secret Zelda Fan Fic | Write or Die Podcast
“Join me and this week’s guest Phil Stamper as we talk Zelda fan fic, leaving your first agent, taking down Lani Sarem and his upcoming debut THE GRAVITY OF US!”
Spitefully Outed (Ep. 169 – So You Think You Can Dance) | The Sewers of Paris Podcast
“My guest this week is Phil Stamper, whose book The Gravity of Us tells the story of two young men who fall in love amidst the drama of a mission to Mars.”
I hope to shout out other newsletters I love, especially those by other queer authors, in my emails. First up, I wanted to make sure you have signed up for Ryan La Sala’s monthly newsletter. He’s the author of REVERIE, an amazing queer YA fantasy (with a drag queen sorceress villain!!!) coming out soon from Sourcebooks Fire. Check back next time for another great recommendation.
Thanks for reading!
Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog. THE GRAVITY OF US is his first novel, but he’s no stranger to writing. His self-insert Legend of Zelda fanfiction came with a disclaimer from the 14-year old author: “Please if you write a review don’t criticize my work.” He has since become more open to critique… sort of.
His debut YA novel THE GRAVITY OF US will be out Winter 2020 from Bloomsbury Teen.