THE INFINITE is out today!!!

Cover of the book "The Infinite" by Ada Hoffmann. The cover art shows a small human figure reaching out to make contact with a very large, tentacled, flying creature with glowing eyes.

Time is running out for the planet Jai. The artificially intelligent Gods who rule the galaxy have withdrawn their protection from the chaos-ravaged world, just as their most ancient enemy closes in. For Yasira Shien, who has devoted herself to the fragile planet’s nascent rebellion, it’s time to do or die – and the odds are overwhelming…

The thrilling conclusion to the neurodivergent, queer, cosmic-horror-flavored space opera of the Outside trilogy is finally here!

You can get it direct from the publisher or see other purchase options (including audio format).

Here’s what one reviewer has to say about THE INFINITE:

Hoffman doesn’t deliver on all her promises – she goes light-years BEYOND them, gives us so much more than I ever expected, more than my wildest dreams for this series; tying together every heart-pounding theme that’s been woven through these books with even more fantastic gloriousness…

The kind of epic you feel reverberating through your bones; that makes you want to sing and scream because you just can’t CONTAIN it all!

I CAN’T OKAY? I CANNOT CONTAIN IT ALL.

SO YOU SHOULD READ IT TOO. SO YOU CAN HELP. WITH THE CONTAINING. YES?

There’s been a delay with both the official launch events (virtual and in-person) but details will be announced soon! Until then, the book itself is finally here for you to enjoy.

THE INFINITE Advent Calendar, Week 7: Playlist

I love making playlists and I make a point of creating one for every book I write. My book playlists aren’t music I listen to while actually writing – I prefer silence for that – but they’re songs I listen to at quiet moments in the day, like on the bus or while doing housework. They make me think of my book and smile, and maybe even get inspired a little about what should happen.

I’ve been working on keeping my playlists cohesive in terms of genre and feel. It’s not always an easy task, since I listen to everything from bouncy pop music to metal to classical and my books tend to involve a lot of different feelings. But I’m getting better at it, and THE INFINITE’s playlist turned out very consistent with itself. Get ready to raise your horns and bang your head as we finish off this trilogy with a FITE.

Listen on Spotify

Listen on YouTube

Below, I’m going to share a little bit about why I picked each song and what part of the book it represents to me – keeping things as spoiler-light as I can!

(Read the full post on Substack)

Tickboxes

Every once in a while I see someone complaining that the representation in a certain book, or a certain film or other media, feels shallow and cynical – that the author is merely “ticking boxes” of what kind of people to include, rather than engaging more deeply with marginalized readers’ concerns.

This kind of complaint isn’t always on the mark – sometimes it assumes things about the author’s motivations that aren’t correct. But it is possible to just tick boxes – even from a position of good intent – when you could be doing something more.

In fact – dramatic confession time – I used to approach representation this way myself.

(Read the full post on Substack)

THE INFINITE Advent Calendar, Week 6: Pinterest

Only two more weeks until THE INFINITE drops into bookstores!

Today’s Advent Calendar goodie is a Pinterest board – or really, it’s that I updated the Pinterest board I use for the whole series. All the original pins for THE OUTSIDE and THE FALLEN are still there, plus I’ve added three new sections just for THE INFINITE:

  • Cover references. (I adore the cover art by Fred Gambino for this book – it depicts a very special scene from near the end of the book and I won’t spoil the context or what it means! But I can share these reference pictures I assembled while we were puzzling out what to put on the cover – they’re early examples of just what kind of cosmic horror entity we’re encountering here.)
  • NEMESIS-1. There are flashbacks in this book to the origin of the Gods, and this section assembles some aesthetics and vibes for those sections – both the supercomputer labs where the actual God-assembly is happening, and the dire climactic conditions outside.
  • Battle of Jai. We all know a big battle is coming in this book! Here’s some of the coolest suitable battle art that I could find – including big orbital warships, things crashing and blowing up, and even Outside-style monsters flying through the skies.

Many of the earlier sections of the Pinterest board (such as “Characters” and “Ruins of the Chaos Zone”) are all still quite relevant to THE INFINITE.

Enjoy!


Meanwhile:

ICYMI: The Best of Everything Is True

I love to do yearly retrospectives / top 10s and this year I’ve done one using my own proprietary formula! (Not all that proprietary, really. Substack has its own idea of which are the “top posts,” but it strongly favors paywalled posts, doesn’t integrate with WordPress – necessary when my Autistic Book Party posts, for backwards compatibility reasons, are still posted there – and doesn’t automatically separate the posts by year, so I just ran my own numbers for the visible stats on each of my 2022 posts and guessed wildly at how to weight things like hits vs comments vs likes.)

So what were the best posts on Everything Is True this past year? Let’s count them down!

(Read the full post on Substack)

The Midjourney Mess, part 2: Turing problems

I’m thinking more about image- and text-generating AI, and one point I want to make is that this current mess isn’t just a failure of ethics – it’s a failure of evaluation more broadly. It’s not just that the tech industry didn’t think carefully enough about whether producing this kind of AI would be harmful; it’s also that the other questions we asked ourselves – whether a creative AI was effective, whether it was “really” creative, and so on – were the wrong questions.

(Read the full post on Substack)

Cool Story, Bro: My Favorite Books I Read This Year

I’m not going to do an award eligibility post this year, because the only new thing I published in 2022 was the poem “Google Glasses.” (A LOT of big things planned for 2023 though, so stay tuned! Sometimes writing careers are like this, just unpredictable cycles of boom and bust.)

I would very much like, though – as we move into award nomination season – to share with you some of my favorite things I read. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so we’ll do books this week, and short stories / poetry in the new year.

(Read the full post on Substack)

THE INFINITE Advent Calendar, Week 3: Content Warnings

This week is maybe a little less light-hearted than other weeks, but I know it’s something some readers really need! I’ve finished a list of content warnings for THE INFINITE, which is now up on my official website. (I also realized that my official website… did not actually have a page for THE INFINITE yet. Whoops! That’s fixed now.)

The list of content warnings comes in two versions – a short list of topics, and a longer list explaining what happens that involves each of these topics. The longer list may, of course, have spoilers. You can choose whichever list suits your needs better.