Space Weevils: Cooking the Books with David D. Levine

Award-winning author, David D. Levine‘s first novel, Arabella of Mars, is a science-fantasy that takes you to the stars! Here’s the publisher’s lead:

Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine, offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!

We’re thrilled David could join us to talk about Arabella of Mars, scurvy, space weevils, gravity, and more!

This month’s Cooking the Books Podcast, #025: Space Weevils – Cooking the Books with David D. Levine contains:

  • 100% less gravity
  • Space weevils (you were warned, they get big in a vacuum)
  • Hardtack
  • Lime juice
  • no powdered sugar
  • A Baggywrinkles shout out!
  • Napoleons in Spaaaaace (not the general)
  • Soup
  • a big ball of boiling water

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Podcast #025: Space Weevils – Cooking the Books with David D. Levine

Plus, David’s Recipe …
(excerpted from : Leslie Bulion, “Tall Ships Fun”)
  • – 2 cups of flour
  • – 1⁄4 cup of water
  • – 1 tsp. of salt
  • – Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  • – In a large bowl, mix together your flour and salt. Add your water and mix with your fingers until you have a lump of dough.
  • – On a floured surface, knead the dough for two minutes (pushing it with the heels of your hands and pulling it back with your fingers). Roll the dough flat with your rolling pin so that it is 1⁄2 inch thick.
  • – Cut the dough into cracker-sized pieces and prick with a fork. Place the pieces on your baking pan and back at 400° for 20 minutes. Turn the oven down to 200°, turn the pieces over (careful, they are hot!), and bake for another 25 minutes.
  • – Allow to cool.

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF,, multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. You can find him on Twitter:, Facebook:, and at

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