Prince's Gambit: A Casual Vampire: The Masquerade Card Game by Justin Achilli, funding on Kickstarter through Thu, April 20 2017 11:59 AM EDT.
April 17 (Monday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for his new young adult science fiction novel Horizon. "He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible."
April 17 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Durham's The Regulator Bookshop hosts John Kessel for his new novel The Moon and the Other. "Welcome to the Moon of the 22nd century where politics, rival city—states, and a matriarchal society collide. Passions, both sexual and warlike, come to a boil as the players must decide what really matters to them."
May 5 (Friday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts Cory Doctorow for his new novel Walkaway. "Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his friends as Hubert, Etc—was too old to be at that Communist party. But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be—except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society—and walk away. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter—from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system. It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down."
May 30 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for hew new novel The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows forthcoming from Small Beer Press. "Kij Johnson has won the major awards for fantasy (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo). Now Johnson turns to the most elemental of fantasies – the fairy tale – as she lovingly re-creates Kenneth Grahame's world, and expands upon it."
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Monthly Archives: January 2013
Yup, it always happens. I click “send” on the newsletter and shortly thereafter find out about a long list of upcoming events. Here’s a quick roundup: FEBRUARY 2013 NEW-NEW: 2 (Saturday) 5 to 7 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts … Continue reading
Today (Thursday Jan 24) in the noon hour Eastern Time, WUNC’s The State of Things will have author Samuel R. Delany on in a taped phone interview segment. It will broadcast over the airwaves state-wide at noon, with a re-broadcast … Continue reading
After six books across two publishers in the world of her Chronicles of the Necromancer series, Charlotte author Gail Z. Martin‘s new book, Ice Forged (Orbit, January 2013) remains firmly in epic fantasy territory but otherwise starts an entirely new … Continue reading
Ice Forged By Gail Z. Martin out January 8, 2013 from Orbit Ice Forged is the story of what one man from Donderath, Blaine McFadden, will do to save his little sister Mari from harm. He gets sentenced to … Continue reading
Sunset of the Gods Out January 1, 2013 in trade paperback from Baen 2nd Volume in the Jason Thanou Series (1st volume was Blood of the Heroes and 3rd Volume will be Pirates of the Timestream) Jason and his three … Continue reading
Whew! Last weekend’s illogiCon was really fantastic; I’ve leave the con reports to others for now (Natania Barron rounds up a couple, including JL Hilton’s, here) but I do have some photos, and I’m working on transcribing the Tim Powers … Continue reading
Daniel M. Kimmel’s last book, a collection of sf film criticism entitled Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work; it also contained Kimmel’s review of … Continue reading
With registration opening at noon, and opening ceremonies and programming (and the dealer’s room) getting started at 3, illogiCon ii: Schrodington’s Revenge is finally here: There are readings, panels (I’m moderating one on “The Local Scene” at 5 pm) and … Continue reading
Here are some suggestions for what to spend your holiday gift cards on if you are a science fiction reader. First, a couple of caveats: in order to pare down the number of books we need to cover, we the … Continue reading