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.
March 22 (Wednesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War."
March 23 (Thursday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War." [Facebook]
April 7 (Friday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Kessel for his first new novel in some time, The Moon and the Other forthcoming from Saga Press. "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." Kessel will also make appearances at NCSU's Caldwell Hall Lounge (March 29, 7:30 pm), Asheville's Malaprop's Books (April 15, 7 pm), and Durham's The Regulator (April 18, 7 pm).
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."
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: February 2013
M. David Blake, whom I know simply as Marc, has the deepest memory for fandom and sf of just about anyone I can think of. He keeps up with novels, with short fiction, and even the fanzines. And! He’s currently … Continue reading
Hopefully some of you were among the excellent crowds at the Cory Doctorow and Brandon Sanderson events this past week. Speaking of crowds, there’s sure to be quite a few people taking in both the Nevermore Horror Film Festival this … Continue reading
The Exploding Spaceship Reviews The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke and Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
Review of The Queen is Dead This is the second volume of Locke’s Immortal Empire series. The Spaceship reviewed the first volume, God Save the Queen, in our 2012 fantasy reads here: http://bullspec.com/2012/12/25/what-to-do-with-that-gift-card-part-1-fantasy-reads-for-2012/ . Xandra Vardan continues her adventures in … Continue reading
Calvin Powers, as he’s done for some previous events, has posted a video from Cory Doctorow’s talk on privacy and technology and other topics at Flyleaf Books yesterday. While I certainly have more to say about the excellent, interesting, and … Continue reading
Your Humble Reviewers took a roadtrip to Roanoke, Virginia the weekend of February 8-10 to attend Shevacon at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The hotel is a Doubletree hotel, which means you get chocolate chip cookies when you check … Continue reading
The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Ever After by Kim Harrison (and also takes a look at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, NC)
Rachel has to help Trent and Quen keep their family together when enemies threaten in Kim Harrison’s latest Hollows novel. Rachel’s demon nature becomes both a help and a hindrance as she, Trent and Quen try to get everyone safely … Continue reading
With two of the biggest events of the year in the next five days, it’s a fun time to be a speculative fiction fan in the Triangle. You can still help spread the word, either by inviting friends via the … Continue reading