Unheralded Doomsday Prophets: 2012 Books of the Apocalypse by Debut Authors
Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:23 AM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:42 AM
Some of you have heard me rhapsodising about John Gwynne’s magnificent epic fantasy debut SO DEEP A MALICE, coming from Tor UK towards the end of this year (world rights are available from Tor in London). It remains the book I would recommend to fans of A GAME OF THRONES above anything published since that. I can now announce that the title has changed to MALICE, and that Tor UK will publish in hardback on December 6. Reviewers should look out for (or request) bookproofs…
Once again, cool title changed into a shitty one. What gives? Color me deeply disappointed
Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:57 AM
James Smythe's The Explorer will be published in January by Harper Voyager.
But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
Waking from hypersleep, Cormac and the crew discover the captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. Back on Earth, Ground Control tells them there is no turning back. No matter what happens, the mission must continue.
But the captain’s mysterious death is only the beginning of the paranoia. As the body count rises, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death . . . unless he can find a way to stop it.
James Smythe has created a gripping, darkly atmospheric psychological thriller full of paranoia and terror, set in the near future, within the cramped confines of a spaceship destined for disaster. Written with the piercing insight and wondrous sense of possibility embodied in the greatest science fiction, his tense, twisty, and fantastically imaginative ride examines the complexities of human relationships—and what it means to be human.
Mark Barnes's Garden of Stones is coming out in spring 2013.
When civil war breaks out in Shrīan, the ancient rivalries of the Great Houses threaten even further conflict. Indris, a knight of the Sēq Order of Scholars, returns against his instincts to a city he had foresworn to level the balance of power. In a world of created races, baroque magic, political assassination and arcane science, the author has created a rich setting, never to be forgotten.
‘I believe this is one of the best and most commercial fantasies I have seen in fifteen years,’ said John Jarrold. ‘There are echoes of both Macbeth and Dune. Mark’s writing, storytelling, invention and characterisation are remarkable. It’s a fascinating time in publishing, and I’m delighted to have done this first deal with David Pomerico in his new home at Amazon. We worked together when he was at Random House and I hold him in the highest regard.’
Mark is a graduate of the Clarion South Writer’s Workshop. Amongst his tutors were Scott Westerfeld, Michael Swanwick, Ian Irvine and Sean Williams. His previous publications have been short fiction.
Edited by Jussi, 03 July 2012 - 07:14 AM.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:24 AM
Exile by Betsy Dornbusch
Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.
Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .
Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.
The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez
I’m taking that concept somewhat more literally.
The Daedalus Incident, my debut novel, begins in 2132 at a backwater mining colony on Mars. Earthquakes (well, Marsquakes) and other strange occurrences plague the outpost, and soon they’re faced with the possibility that the past may be trying to push into the future…
And what a past! In this alternate history, sailing ships ply the Void between the planets in our solar system. and due to the schemes of a mad alchemist, this strange universe now threatens our future.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:04 AM
It wasn't fantasy and I think it was kind of weird or very twisted historical fiction set in Russia or something like that. The few things I remember about the synopsis were quite absurd.
While looking around I thought it could have been about this book: http://en.wikipedia....e_(Dukaj_novel)
Which sounds EXCEPTIONAL. But I don't think it's this one since I can't find a similar announce by the publisher to the one I described, and because the rights for this book have been lost and, I think, never officially announced.
So can anyone remember if there was a new author announced in the last year mentioning these bid wars, that led to a rather big advance, set in Russia and planned for 2012 or 13?
I eventually found it: http://www.gollancz....but-at-auction/
Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:33 AM
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
Gallow: the Crimson Shield by Nathan Hawke
Son of the Morning by Mark Alder:
The Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson
A Stranger In Olondria by Sofia Samatar
Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:18 AM
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:46 AM
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
Amazon (UK) - 25 Oct 2012
Same date on publisher and author website -
Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:25 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:25 AM
Also, So Deep a Malice by John Gwynne which had an interesting synopsis appears to come out in December, as per John Jarrold.
Well,the first mini review is out at FBC and it's not good,i had high hopes for this one -
The beginning which has a bargain with the evil, sealed by blood obtained by cutting the throat of a prisoner and ended by the villain asking timidly "what do you want for your help?" and the big booboo answering ominously "I want you!" was ominous indeed but at least I still had some hopes.
Only to be completely dashed in the next few pages which are pure juvenile writing; I then skimmed the book just in case and came upon pearls like:
"I am a warrior Hal, not a nursemaid"
Yuck... A drop and never to hear of this series again.
Note - these are comments based on a browse through of the book, not an end to end read, but life is too short for wasting even a fast read on it; Malice may actually be awesome in the pages I skipped but somehow I doubt it...
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:43 AM
There was however another mini-review at sffworld, which was also not glowing.