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: March 2013
March 29, 2013, DURHAM, NC — Bull Spec is delighted to announce its third annual summer speculative fiction event, to be held Saturday August 3, 2013 at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC from 7 to 9 pm. … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Ursula Vernon tonight! Then: ConTemporal at UNC-TV, Jeaniene Frost, and Richard Case
Before I get to the imminently forthcoming events, I have to take a quick moment to thank Jaym Gates again for putting the April 23 World Book Night / NC Speculative Fiction Night / Bull Spec Launch Party extravaganza together. It’s … Continue reading
North Carolina Speculative Fiction Night Presented by Bull Spec Magazine Hosted by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Jaym Gates Celebrating World Book Night, North Carolina Authors, and Bull Spec Magazine Atomic Empire, 7pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3400 Westgate Drive, Suite 14B … Continue reading
Review of Mirage by Jenn Reese (Candlewick Press, March 5, 2013). Mirage is the second volume of the Above World middle grades science fiction series by Jenn Reese. Most middle grades books in the science fiction and fantasy area are fantasy; … Continue reading
Review of The Golden Age of Death by Amber Benson (Ace Feb 26, 2013) This is the fifth volume of Amber Benson’s stories about Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie), the daughter of the Grim Reaper. The Reaper himself is deceased, making Callie the … Continue reading
Friday quick updates: Big event announcements, The Court of Air, book groups, ConTemporal visits UNC-TV, and more
First, two major event announcements, in brief as we’re still working on the full write-ups for both. But, since beans are spilling left and right: Tuesday, April 23, 7 to 9 pm: Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics & … Continue reading
Review of The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell The Cadet of Tildor is a new Penguin teen fantasy book which came out January 10, 2013. This is a teen coming-of-age tale featuring a female military academy cadet named Renee de … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Kotecki/McHugh at Quail Ridge, new James Maxey audiobook, a new monthly sf reading group, and ConTemporal visits UNC-TV
Well, another Friday has come around, and while there’s “only” one event on my calendar this weekend (Nathan Kotecki and PT McHugh at Quail Ridge Books on Saturday at 3 pm) there’s some other things to report as well: James … Continue reading
Review of David Weber’s Shadow of Freedom This is the newest Honor Harrington book, but since this volume depicts events which are occurring simultaneously with those in A Rising Thunder (the previous volume), Honor herself is not present. The story … Continue reading
Even if you’re not heading over to StellarCon today (or Saturday, or Sunday) there’s enough to do in the Triangle this weekend to make a mini-con of it without straying too far from US-15/501. Meanwhile! Mur Lafferty’s superhero novel Playing … Continue reading