I've been waiting for A Turn of Light to release since mentioned it in her McNally Robinson interview in 2008. After over a dozen science fiction novels, Czerneda is trying her hand at fantasy. I had the pleasure of hearing the author read from her fantasy debut at the World Fantasy Convention held in Toronto last year, and it only whet my appetite for more.
Enjoy a taste of A Turn of Light:
By night, Marrowdell posted sentries. Massive toads lined the road. Their eyes were perfect disks of moonlight, like so many silver coins tossed in his path. They weren't toads. Or rather they were something else as well. Like the road, silvered by moonlight also had an amber hue, and the sky, which was mostly dark and star-filled but was also shot through with vivid colours for which he needed names. When he looked closely, the toads' loose folds of skin became coats of fine mail and their warts, rich gems. No idle gauds, he judged those, but medals of some kind. Accomplished toads. He hoped for their favourable opinion.
You can read the first chapter on Julie's website.Categories: Staff Pick, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book of the Day
After a trio of thrillers featuring rogue warrior Jen Blaylock (Crown Fire, Kornukopia and The Valedictorians), Winnipeg's David Annandale fulfilled his hankering to publish dark tales that make your skin crawl with the release last August of his first full-length horror novel Gethsemane Hall. The reviews say it all. Quill & Quire called it "that rarest of books: a genuinely chilling horror novel. And a fresh take on the hoary old haunted house novel," while The Winnipeg Review called it "a cerebral sort of horror...(that) plays tricks on the mind."
Annandale returns with a new novel that walks the line between science fiction and horror: The Death of Antagonis. Set in the forty-first millennium, in the vast fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the story finds the world of Antagonis engulfed in a plague of undeath. Summoned to combat the plague, the Black Dragons ally themselves with Inquisitor Werner Lettinger and the Sisters of Battle in an effort to save the souls of the Imperial citizens who have succumbed to the contagion. But there is more than mere infection at play. The dread forces of Chaos lie behind the outbreak, and the Black Dragons stand in the way of the Dark Gods' victory.Categories: Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter
Robert J. Sawyer
From the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, comes a noir mystery on a colonized Mars where stuff is cheap and life is even cheaper.
In Red Planet Blues, Alex Lomax is a P.I. working the mean streets of New Klondike, the domed Martian city that sprang to life in the wake of the booming fossil market. Roughly forty years ago, Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered evidence of ancient life on Mars, and Martian fossils quickly became sought-after antiquities for collectors on Earth. Wannabe treasure hunters arrived to take part in "the Great Martian Fossil Rush." Lomax plies his trade among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and "transfers" (folks wealthy enough to upload their consciousness into near-immortal android bodies) trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world. The motherlode of all cold cases lands in his lap - the murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly decades ago - and God only knows what he may dig up.
Guy Gavriel Kay
In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Kay told a powerful story inspired by China's Tang Dynasty. With his remarkable gift for working the textures of historic settings - he is two-time winner of the Aurora Award and winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel - Kay revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic novel about a woman battling in her own way to find a new place in the glittering and decadent world of the Song Dynasty.
My life was indisputably improved because those before me decided to put those libraries there. It would be stupid and selfish and shortsighted of me to declare, after having wrung all I could from them, that they serve no further purpose, or that the times have changed so much that they are obsolete.
John Scalzi is the current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the multi-award winning author of more than a dozen books, including Old Man's War, Zoe's Tale, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts.Categories: Discussions, Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Author and editor, recently added publisher to his job description. Since assuming control over Canadian SF&F publishing house, Bundoran Press, Trenholm has taken to the crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo to fund his forthcoming anthology, Strange Bedfellows. To be published in 2014, the anthology gets its title from the saying 'politics makes strange bedfellows' and will seek short fiction from the best writers in the field. As a long-time political analyst and advisor and an award winning SF writer and editor, Hayden Trenholm is the perfect man to bring this project to life.
He's also no stranger to McNally Robinson. We did a launch for his novel Defining Diana and have interviewed him on our website. Trenholm has a number of fans on our staff, so we're looking forward to having this anthology on the shelves.Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News
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