SF SIGNAL calls The Gathering of the Lost by Helen Lowe “entertaining” with “all the best Epic Fantasy elements present; strong character-driven story, high adventure and magic, beautiful prose.”
As Christmas quickly approaches, we’d like to remind you that the book is selling for just 99 cents for three more days!
It’s been over two months since the manuscript submission period closed, and we received over 4500 submissions from all over the world, which is amazing! Thank you all for submitting.
We had originally set a January 15, 2013 deadline for responses to potential projects. We’re reading as quickly as we can–and in fact have our eyes on a few submissions already–but we will not make the 1/15/13 response date . And we do not want to keep you hanging if we have read it and it is not right for us.
So, we are changing our policy and will indeed be responding to each and every submission. The first wave of responses will go out in January.
If you do not hear anything via email, your submission is still being considered, and is still in consideration until you receive a response. We will also do an update in mid January to let you know how far along we are in the process.
Our sincere thanks for your patience in the meantime, and all best wishes for the holidays and for a wonderful new year.
ETA: If you would like to pull your submission given the longer time for us to read and respond, it is of course your right to do so. Simply email us and we will delete the submission.
ETA: We’ve started sending responses, both status reports for those manuscripts still under consideration and and beginning to respond to those that do not work for our list (sorry). If the wires get crossed and you received a rejection followed by a status report/conflicting email, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com. We are trying to prevent any confusion, but if we do, we will clarify, and our apologies.
Kylie Chan has just created this gorgeous new trailer for her graphic novel Small Shen! Check it out:
Happy Holidays! To celebrate, we are dropping ebook prices on some wonderful titles–all below $1.99! This will remain until early January 2013.
Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison–includes an excerpt from her upcoming novel EVER AFTER!
Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
Star Strike by Ian Douglas
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo
Trey Garrison, author of The Spear of Destiny is stopping by the Harper Voyager blog to give us all a lesson in alternate history, steampunk versus dieselpunk, and more! Black Sun Reich: Part 1 of The Spear of Destiny goes on sale wherever e-books are sold today (12/18/12). Look out for parts 2 and 3 in January!
I want to start by asking your indulgence that I reference movies and TV as much as books. I think it’s likely people have more of a shared cultural experience from movies than books, even those of us who are voracious readers.
I first conceived The Spear of Destiny after watching one of the Bourne Identity movies. I loved the realistic, gritty and intelligent take on the spy genre, but when I walked out of the theater I felt like I’d been beaten. What I felt like adventure stories have been lacking is a sense of unapologetic wonder and fun. I recalled how when I was a kid I walked out of Raiders of the Lost Ark bursting with energy and ready to take on the world.
I can appreciate the gritty anti-hero so popular in adventure books and movies, but there’s also a place for the old-fashioned hero in literature. Not every hero has to be motivated by some grim backstory or horrible incident. Heroes can be larger than life and still believable if they’re written right. Joss Whedon’s Avengers (and his series Firefly) showed that you can have stories that are intelligent, nuanced and fantastic, and still retain a sense of fun. Some of my favorite books and authors have done this in works that, quite frankly, inspired this tale and the way I told it. Chief among them are Mike Resnick, John Ringo, Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, and S.M. Stirling. Other authors showed me that you could have a nuanced discussion of political philosophy within the boundary of a great adventure tale, without it becoming a preachy message work. I’m thinking of Poul Anderson’s whole Technic series, especially the collections “Trader to the Stars” and “The Van Rijn Method,” as well as James P. Hogan’s “Voyage from Yesteryear” and F. Paul Wilson’s “Enemy of the State.”
The primary hero in The Spear of Destiny, Sean “Fox” Rucker, is larger than life, but he’s still human and while he doesn’t always live up to his ideals, he certainly tries to. The other primary hero, Dr. Kurt von Deitel, is inspired to rise above his limits by the example Rucker sets, even if he and Rucker don’t get along at all. People think writers like to make their hero an idealized version of themselves. That may be true in that Rucker is the kind of man I’d like to be, but I see as much of myself in Deitel – his insecurities, his pessimism, and his foibles. If anything Deitel is the primary hero in that he undergoes the greatest change and most growth in the book.
As far as alternate history goes, it’s true that real life is stranger than fiction. Leaving aside the supernatural elements of the story, some of things that seem the most fantastic in my book are actually based on historical fact. I leave that to you to figure what is fact and what is fiction. And I’ve left more Easter eggs and love notes to my favorite authors, books and movies than I can remember at this point. It’s a book anyone looking for a good adventure tale and especially for genre fans.
My goal with The Spear of Destiny is just to tell a fun adventure yarn. I want it to bring a sense of wonder, of what if, and – yes – plain old fun. It combines zombies, cowboys, Nazis, robots, swashbuckling heroes, and elements of steampunk and deiselpunk, but it does so with a certain modern self-awareness of what it is. I am really hopeful people will see the wry sense of humor I’ve tried to imbue it with. When you get done with parts one, two and three, aside from wanting to read the sequel, I want you to feel energized and excited. I want you to feel like that kid again, ready to go swashbuckling and taking on evil.
Black Sun Reich: Part 1 of the Spear of Destiny on-sale 12/18/12 wherever e-books are sold
Death’s Head Legion: Part 2 of the Spear of Destiny on-sale 1/2/13 wherever e-books are sold
Shadows Will Fall: Part 3 of the Spear of Destiny on-sale 1/22/13 wherever e-books are sold
It’s here–a sneak preview of Kim Harrison’s latest Hollows novel EVER AFTER! Chapters two and three coming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more!
Congratulations Vicki Pettersson, Kim Harrison, and Richard Kadrey! Petterson’s THE TAKEN, Harrison’s A PERFECT BLOOD, and Kadrey’s DEVIL SAID BANG were included in the Best Paranormal Fantasy Releases of 2012 on Barnes and Noble’s Explorations Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog by the most wonderful Paul Goat Allen!
“This novel transcends genre categorization – yes, paranormal fantasy readers will LOVE [The Taken] but so too will hardcore mystery and romance fans and, most importantly of all, mainstream fiction fans. This is Vicki Pettersson’s coming out party – and we’re all invited.”
“Kim succeeds in not only entertaining readers but also affecting them as well. Reading these novels is like visiting with beloved family members… honestly, I’ll be heartsick when this series ends.”
”Kadrey’s Sandman Slim saga is one of the most original and outrageous series in all of genre fiction…”
In honor of the release of the first installment of Peter Jackson’s epic Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we’re highlighting some Hobbit-related titles from HarperCollins… perfect for the Tolkien fan in your life! Or even more perfect to keep for yourself (because, really, who is not a Tolkien fan?).
“In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus. (“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”)
Celebrate the occasion with Hobbitus Ille! Translated worldwide into more than 60 modern languages, now Tolkien’s masterpiece is finally published in Latin, and will be of interest to all those who are studying the language, whether at school or at a higher level. In the great tradition of publishing famous children’s books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides a deft translation, as well as notes and a glossary. The complete text, together with Latinized maps and illustrations make this perfect for schoolchildren and students learning Latin, but also fans who want to dip in and find favorite passages.
Re-live the film… and discover how it was created!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design is a sumptuous celebration of the creative vision of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The book is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision.
The Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast, presented by WIRED magazine, invited Lois McMaster Bujold on the air for their 75th episode.
Bujold, who is the author of the Vorkosigan Saga of space adventure stories, has won the prestigious Hugo novel four times, making her one of the most acclaimed science fiction authors around. Her latest novel, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, just became the first of her books to make the New York Times bestseller list.
Check out the interview on WIRED‘s website, and hear Bujold talk about cryogenics, gender, and, of course, book!
Happy Holidays! To celebrate, we have an ebook sale with something for everyone! Arthurian legend, stunning fantasy, and two works by the acclaimed Sheri S. Tepper, all available for low prices as part of our Big Holiday Deal.
Earth to Hell, Journey to Wudang: Book One by Kylie Chan
The Sharing Knife, Volume Three by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Serpent Bride, DarkGlass Mountain: Book One by Sara Douglass
The Gathering of the Lost: The Wall of Night Book Two by Helen Lowe
Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead