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Hobb, Kadrey at Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY – June 29th – July 1st

Robin Hobb and Richard Kadrey are in Louisville this weekend as Guests of Honor at Fandom Fest. Pop in and see them if you’re in the area.

Galt House Hotel

140 North 4th St

Louisville, KY 40202

ROBIN HOBB

Friday, June 29, 2012

7:00 PM - Panel: Exploring Genres – Fantasy

An open panel discussion looking at the Fantasy genre as a whole, past, present, and future, with an emphasis on the current writing/publishing trends in fantasy at the moment.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: Michael Williams, D.A. Adams, Laura Resnick, Jim C. Hines, and Carol Malcolm.


Saturday, June 30, 2012

11:30 AM – Panel: Exploring Genres – Epic Fantasy

This one will take a close look at Epic Fantasy, with a little more time spent on defining what Epic Fantasy is, highlighting some premium examples, and speculating on where Epic Fantasy appears to be headed.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: Carol Malcolm, H. David Blalock, Terry W. Ervin, Gail Z Martin, and Laura Resnick.

 

4:00 PM – Spotlight on Robin Hobb

Location: Jones Room
Moderator: Lee Martindale (writer/editor who serves on the Board of Directors at
SFWA)

 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

12:00 PM – Guest of Honor Signing

Location: Expo Area/Joseph-Beth Booth (signing)

 


RICHARD KADREY

Saturday, June 30, 2012

11:30 AM – Spotlight on Richard Kadrey

This session will focus on Richard’s writing and career, what he has done, what is going on with him now, and what lies ahead. There will be some time for fielding questions from the audience.

Location: Jones Room

Moderator: John Horner Jacobs

 

2:00 PM – Guest of Honor Signing

Location: Expo Area/Joseph-Beth Booth

 

4:30 PM - Panel: Exploring Genres – Urban Fantasy

A look at Urban Fantasy, what it is, where it is right now in the publishing
world, and what lies just ahead.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: James Tuck, Kimberly Richardson, Angie Fox, Carol Malcolm, and Rachel Smith

 

 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

1:00 PMPanel: The Big 6 & Traditional Press’s Place

This panel features a number of major press authors discussing the place of traditional
publishing within the modern publishing climate, in light of all the changes that have been taking place in the industry.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: James Tuck, Shirley Damsgaard, Laura Resnick, and Michael Williams.

 

 

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Richard Kadrey on Sandman Slim and his fantastic urban fantasy series

Sandman Slim started out as two lines in two different notebooks. One was, “Hitman from Hell.” The other was, “Character: Sandman Slim. What does name mean?” That’s it. The whole series, four books so far, came from that.

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, is a magician. Not a guy in Vegas who saws housewives in half and plays kid parties with a disappearing cabinet and an alcoholic rabbit. No, Stark can perform real magic but he refuses call himself a wizard. Harry Potter is a wizard. Stark is a magician. And he’s spent a little time in Hell. Not that he wanted to. Another magician tricked him there. And after eleven years of fighting in Hell’s arenas James Stark slowly transformed from a clever guy who can do some slick magic to Sandman Slim, a deadly guy who’s very good at killing people.

While that’s a lot of fantastic elements, I never really thought of Sandman Slim as urban fantasy. I intended it more as a noir crime novel in the mold of Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard, with a supernatural background. Crime writer Richard Stark inspired Stark’s name. As a teenager, I’d read a few of his Parker novels. Stark’s cool, hard prose and characterization immediately made me wonder if you could get away with something similar in science fiction or fantasy. Twenty years later I finally got around to trying it with Sandman Slim.

Of course, I’ve been inspired by a lot of fantasy writers too. Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker are two contemporary examples, while Lovecraft comes on strong for the old school. Seventies British science fiction from New Worlds magazine was also a big influence, especially writers such as J.G. Ballard and Michael Moorcock.

There’s one other big and unlikely inspiration for the Sandman Slim series and that’s George W. Bush and the fundamentalist horde he bought with him to Washington. I wanted to understand the evangelicals so I started reading Christian history, none of which seemed to have very much to do with what Bush and his boys were selling. Still, I have to thank him. Reading church history led me to the heretical Christian books and those led me to studying the history of Hell and Lucifer. That’s also where Sandman Slim came from. Right from the Devil’s rumpus room. I’m pretty sure that’s not what George intended but the truth is he owns a little piece of Sandman Slim and he has to learn to live with that.

 Sandman Slim is already available in hardback. Kill the Dead is being published today and Aloha From Hell will be published in the first week of July. Buy them via the links below and anywhere books are sold:

Sandman Slim

Kill the Dead

Aloha Fom Hell

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Voyager Authors cleanup at Australian Awards!

Congratulations to the fabulous Anita Bell and the late, great Sara Douglass, who are the joint winners of the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The award is for excellence in the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. Anita won for her novel Hindsight and Sara for The Devil’s Diadem.  This is the second time Anita has won: Diamond Eyes, the first book in her trilogy, won last year, so this is an outstanding achievement by her. And while we’re still saddened by the loss of Sara Douglass, we’re also extremely happy to see her amazing work continue to be recognised.

We are also thrilled to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the Ditmar Award for Best Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle. It’s another wonderful win for this fantastic novel that was also named Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards.

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Stephen Baxter Guest Blogs on Writing THE LONG EARTH with Terry Pratchett

The Long Earth: A Neat Idea

Terry Pratchett came up with the idea that was the seed of our Long Earth project as long ago as the early 1980s. This was before we even met.

Terry describes a chance sighting of a man trying to lead a horse through the door into a pub …! From that vision came the basic notion of a gateway into another world, somehow contained inside the pub – a world presumably with space for the horse to run around in. Terry developed the idea further into the basic scheme of the first of our books. Our world is one of a whole set of parallel worlds, which are like Earth but empty of humans, and all you have to do is step into the world next door and help yourself to land, resources, whatever. Soon the neighbouring worlds are being colonised, and expeditions are probing the further reaches of the many Earths …

Terry had written a couple of hard-sf novels already. But as Discworld took off, Terry parked this latest idea in the trunk, and concentrated on fantasy.

Over the next couple of decades we got to know each other, as authors do, our paths crossing at cons, publishers’ events and the like. Terry always remained a reader of hard sf, and in particular of my books. Then, a couple of years back, we were chatting at a dinner party and Terry described how he’d come across his fragmentary sketches while sorting through old material for a short fiction collection. And it struck him as a good idea. As we kicked it around that evening (until we got thrown out in the small hours by our long-suffering hostess) it struck me as a good idea too.

Often, the best sf ideas are those you can express simply, in a few words, but with manifold consequences. In the case of the Long Earth, given the basic notion of the easy-access parallel worlds, you can develop stories from the personal (what kid wouldn’t go exploring?) to the economic (what impact would all those free resources have on our straining economy?) to the political (what about terrorists popping back and forth between the worlds? how do nations survive when their populations are free to wander off?) and the mind-blowing scientific (what kind of quantum / relativistic magic produced the multiple Earths in the first place?). At the heart of it however is an old, fundamental dream of an unbounded frontier, and a basic question of what becomes of human society, and indeed humanity, given unbounded resources … Despite the years Terry has spent in the desolate wilderness of fantasy writing, I’ve found he thinks about this material as a good hard-sf writer should. He frets, for instance, about how currencies are going to work, across the multiple worlds.

The resulting book is half mine but the basic idea is all Terry’s, and I feel I can big up that idea without being immodest. How neat an idea is it? Bigger-than-a-single-volume neat, that’s for sure; as Book 1 hits the stores, we’re already working on Book 2 … Watch this space.

The Long Earth goes on sale Tuesday, June 19th. Click here to pre-order a copy.

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The Final Excerpt from THE TAKEN by Vicki Pettersson! On Sale Now!

With THE TAKEN, New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson begins a sexy, supernatural noir mystery series featuring a fallen angel and a reporter.

You can read Chapter 1, Chapter 2Chapter 3  and now Chapter 4, and have a look at some of the extraordinary praise THE TAKEN has already received:

“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seamlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages. I can’t wait for the sequel.”
— Kim Harrison

“A stylish, atmospheric mash-up of rockabilly and angelic affairs quickly reveals itself to be so much more: THE TAKEN proves that Pettersson is not afraid to explore the darkest corners of the human heart – and that her gift for redemption is unsurpassed.”
— Sophie Littlefield

“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.”
— Kelley Armstrong

“Pettersson hits every note in the familiar duet of a “reticent, complicated, darkly sexy man” and a luscious, plucky “girl reporter”…. The resulting irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A sure bet for urban-fantasy readers of all types, but especially fans of Carrie Vaughn, Jim Butcher, and P. N. Elrod.”
— Booklist

“Intriguing mix of paranormal, romance and mystery with just enough suspense!”
— Suspense

“Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read.”
— RT Book Reviews (top pick)

 

THE TAKEN is on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12th.

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Sandman Slim has arrived in the UK

Here at Voyager UK we have just released our Sandman Slim hardback and will be releasing Kill the Dead and Aloha from Hell in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 To celebrate the release of this fantastic series over here in the UK we’re giving you the chance to win signed editions via our brand-new Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/HarperVoyagerUK

Just click the link and like the page!

 

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness. He lived in Los Angeles.

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2005, Bradbury published a book of essays titled Bradbury Speaks, in which he wrote: “In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.”

He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren. His wife, Marguerite, predeceased him in 2003, after fifty-seven years of marriage.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, “Live forever!” Bradbury later said, “I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”

– Jennifer Brehl

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Robin Hobb E-book bundle!

For the first time, read the entire Soldier Son trilogy as one E-book … at a special price!

In Book One, Shaman’s Crossing, Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King’s Cavella Academy—and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates—before joining the King of Gernia’s brutal campaign of territorial expansion.

And it continues in the next two novels, Forest Mage and Renegade’s Magic.

Go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy it today!

 

 

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Vicki Pettersson tour for THE TAKEN

THE TAKEN goes on-sale 6/12, and Vicki Pettersson’s hitting the road!  Come see her in Texas, Southern California, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and NYC!

Read the first two chapters of THE TAKEN here.

June 9, 2012 – 1-5 p.m.
DALLAS, TX – DFW Tea Readers Group/Boas & Tiaras; Chocolate Angel, 4709 West Parker Road, Plano, TX

June 12, 2012 – 7 p.m.
DALLAS, TX – Barnes&Noble; 7700 West Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX

June 13, 2012 – 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Dark Delicacies; 3512 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank, California 91505

June 14, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
REDONDO BEACH, CA – Mysterious Galaxy; 2810 Artesia Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA 90278

June 15, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
SAN DIEGO, CA – Mysterious Galaxy; 7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard San Diego, CA 92111

June 16, 2012 – 4:30 p.m.
HOUSTON, TX – Murder By the Book; 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005

June 18, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
WAXAHACHIE, TX – Hastingshttp://local.yahoo.com/info-18682723-hastings-books-waxahachie

June 19, 2012 –7:00 p.m.
FAIRVIEW, TX - A Real Bookstore; 113 Prarie Rd., Fairview, TX

June 20, 2012 –7:00 p.m.
CINCINNATI, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers; 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills, KY

June 21, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
LAS VEGAS, NV – Clark County Library; 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119

July 12, 2012 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. NEW YORK, NY – THRILLERFEST

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No Zombies Allowed!, Nick Cole

Out now is our digital edition of Nick Cole’s fabulous post-apocalyptic novel, THE OLD MAN AND THE WASTELAND.

To celebrate, here is the second of three blogs from the author about dystopia and post-apocalyptia:

No Zombies Allowed!

No disrespect intended.  World War Z, fine novel.  Day by Day Armageddon, fun read.  Even original recipe Night of the Living Dead on the local cable access station at midnight still grabs me.  But when it comes to Post-Apocalyptia of the nuclear variety, I prefer my crumbling city, bent and broken highway, and wasteland desert, free of Zekes.  Vampires too for that matter.  In fact, all the undead and lycanthropes to boot.  There’s just no room for them, what with all this global destruction and humanity gone nuts.

Having said that, I’ll add that there is a case to be made for the logical extension of each of these denizens to be justified in the post one-hundred megaton blast zone.  Radiation sickness, and the long term effects coupled with the resiliency we find in the human body and lifeforms of all kinds, lends itself to a plausible explanation for lycanthropes, even zombies.  A little nano-based bio modification and we’ve got vampires.  But once you start down this path, you’re departing from the essence of the Post-Apocalyptic novel.  The vintage ‘what happens after?’ uncorked and allowed to breathe, has just been jug-a-lugged with a Zima chaser by a college co-ed.  Bio Modified Vampires, Nano Infused Genetically Modified Werewolves, and Radiation Sick Zombies can occur now.  Your PA Novel has turned into something else.  This is just my opinion.  I enjoy my zombies, but there’s no reason not to infuse everything from cyberpunk to steampunk with such creations.  For me, writing about what happens in the forty years after a large scale exchange of nuclear weapons and an invasion of the North American Continent by external forces, I chose to leave out the zombies.  And werewolves and vampires.

 

Approaching the end of the world as a milieu, I found there was more than enough in humanity to provide the monsters I’d need to menace the protagonist, an old man who has only one book to read throughout the forty years he spends living in a salvager camp in the American Southwest.  Humans and a few animals make great antagonists for a man with the simple mission of trying to find something useful for his village in the hard years after the fall of the United States.  These worst of humanity’s antagonists, armed with their parking meter clubs and large heavy rocks, are the Post-Apocalyptic Fiction versions of what it takes to make it through the end of the world as present day sees it, and into the wasteland of the other side.  No longer are the survivors concerned with how to make the next million or cheat on their taxes.  Now they have to survive in a day-to-day existence that starts with a two year nuclear winter.  And all they’ve got are their lack of morals and whatever they can steal, rob or raid from others is the in this Broken New World.  In short, what we find in the way of villainy in The Old Man and the Wasteland, is the distilled essence of the worst.  The worst that managed to survive.  The worst of the worst that survived the bombs, and the winter.

Life after a nuclear war would be pretty hard.  The laws we knew, the systems, the largesse would all be gone.  Some might find it a paradise, unrestricted in the fulfillment of their every desire.  These people, at the end of the forty years and the beginning of the novel, are the distilled essence of the worst.

So, remember that angry redneck with the obscene tattoo and trouble in his eyes when you stopped at that late-night gas station to ask for directions, and when you got back in your car and drove away, you realized how dangerous that had been?  Good.  In Post-Apocalyptia, he’s got nothing to stop him from doing whatever he wants, now that the world as we knew it has gone up in flames.  Zombies, werewolves, vampires.  They wouldn’t make it in the Wasteland.  Not against that guy.  They’re too delicate.