Gerald Brandt & Julie E. Czerneda Online EventWednesday Mar 10 2021 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Zoom, Virtual
Two of today’s most innovative science fiction authors in conversation. Join international bestselling author Gerald Brandt and award-winning author Julie E. Czerneda at this virtual event on March 10th at 7pm CT.
Gerald Brandt’s newest near-future series launched just this year with Threader: Origins – a science fiction thriller in which string theory science just might end the universe as we know it. Julie E. Czerneda’s Webshifter Library series from DAW Books marries cutting-edge biology with one of the best, most curious, alien protagonists in fiction.
Gerald Brandt is the author of the cyberpunk San Angeles sci-fi trilogy: The Courier, The Operative, and The Rebel. The first of the trilogy was a finalist for the Aurora Award for Best Novel. His short story "Storm" appeared in the 2013 Prix Aurora Award-winning anthology Blood & Water.
Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction and fantasy has received international acclaim, awards, and bestselling status. Author of over twenty novels from DAW Books, April sees the release of Mirage and Spectrum, latest entries in her Web Shifter Library series.
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This first book of a new sci-fi series introduces an alternate earth where powerful Threads have the power to alter reality as we know it.
Pulled from his world by an experiment gone wrong, Darwin Lloyd is one of the few that can see the Threads--quantum strings that can be manipulated to change or control reality. On an alternate Earth ravaged by war, Darwin is torn between the Qabal and SafeHaven, his only goal to find a way back home and stop the same fate from happening in his time line.
Threads--thought of as a gift from the machine he helped his father create--and Threaders are both loved and hated, treated as gods by some and as criminals by others. Out of his element, Darwin must learn how to control the Threads and possibly join the hated Qabal to find the path back to his dad.
But Thread use comes at a price. Follow the possibilities and probabilities too far and the human mind shatters, leaving the Threader a mindless, drooling husk. Yet the Thread's pull is almost irresistible, and a constant battle for those that can see them.
In this strange new world, Darwin discovers what he could never find on his own: friends, family, love, a mother he lost years before, and a younger sister he never had.
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The second book in the Web Shifter's Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe.
Relationships get complicated when you don't know who--or what--you really are. Esen must find a way to rescue a hapless group of chimeras, beings who are a new and unique blend of species she knows, when she can't become one herself. When Evan Gooseberry tries to help, he is shattered to learn he himself isn't entirely Human and begins to suspect his new friend Esen isn't what she seems.
Complicating matters, a mysterious contagion has killed the crew of the ship that brought the chimeras--and Evan--to Botharis. Everyone's been quarantined inside the All Species' Library of Linguistics and Culture, including over a hundred disgruntled alien scholars.
The risks climb as Skalet and Lionel continue their quest to solve the disappearance of Paul's mother's ship, the Sidereal Pathfinder, only to find themselves caught in a tangle of loyalties as Skalet is betrayed by her own Kraal affiliates, who infiltrate the Library.
All of which would be quite enough for one Web-being's day, but Paul Ragem hopes to rekindle the romance of his first love. A shame Esen hasn't told him who's hiding in their greenhouse.
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The third book in the Web Shifter's Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe.
Here Be Monsters
Something malevolent lurks in deep space, something able to pluck starships from their course and cause their crews to vanish.
It has a purpose: to use those ships to mark an unmistakable boundary. A warning.
It has an interest: Botharis, the planet where Esen and Paul have established the All Species' Library of Linguistics and Culture. Home to Veya Ragem, whose ship was the first to trespass.
Esen and Paul will need every resource, every friend and even foes, if they're to discover who--or what is behind this before more are lost. Once they do, Esen plans to use her abilities to comprehend and reason with this new species. What she doesn't know? There truly are monsters. And they wait for you in the dark.
Just ask Evan Gooseberry.