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New paperbacks for Stephen Hunt – Master of Steampunk

It’s always exciting when new, shiny books land on my desk, and today I was thrilled to find the b-format paperback of From the Deep of the Dark by Stephen Hunt awaiting me when I came back from a meeting. This is the sixth and final tale of high adventure and derring-do from the undisputed master of steampunk literature. Although this fantastic novel can easily standalone from the rest of the series, we strongly recommend that you read them all, starting with The Court of the Air.

From the Deep of the Dark is available in b-format paperback on 13 September 2012.

‘Hunt’s imagination is probably visible from space … Hold on to your hat and let yourself get carried away’ SFX

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A daring underwater chase ends in a battle for the Kingdom itself…

The streets of Middlesteel are under attack by an unseen enemy, leaving bloodless corpses in its trail. The newssheets scream vampire, but the truth is even more deadly than anyone knows.

Charlotte Shades, Mistress of Mesmerism, is a thief – and a darned good one at that. When two mysterious men ask her to steal King Jude’s Sceptre from the Parliament vaults, the challenge (and reward) is too great to pass up. After all, Charlotte’s natural charm and the magic of the gem she wears – the mysterious Eye of Fate – have never failed her before.

Only consulting detective Jethro Daunt and his steamman companion Boxiron know there’s more to these two men than meets the eye. Yet even as they rescue Charlotte from a fate worse than death, they are thrown into a plot thicker than even they realize. They escape beneath the waves in an ancient submarine led by Commodore Jethro Black, where they encounter stiff resistance from the strange people who inhabit the vast underwater kingdoms. But man, woman, seanore and gillneck alike must band together if they are to defeat a danger that might not even be from this world…

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Voyager UK hosts a party at the Tower of London

It’s certainly been a week to remember for HarperVoyager UK. Having the great George R.R. Martin in town means that we have been able to toast his great success and to celebrate all the other fantastic authors and team members that have made Voyager the UK’s number one science fiction and fantasy publisher.

From L-R: Jon Courtney Grimwood, Sam Baker, Abdel Bakrim, George R.R. Martin, and two guests from HBO

Last night was literally the ‘crowning’ event, a party celebrating Voyager held at the infamous White Tower at the Tower of London, with George as the guest of honour. Invitees were treated to a private tour of the crown jewels (we really could have done with the royal punch bowl to fill with 100 bottles of wine) and the armoury, before heading up to the second floor of the White Tower to mingle with our guest of honour and his lovely wife Parris; fellow Voyager authors Stacia Kane, James Smythe and Stephen Hunt; and Game of Thrones cast members John Bradley West and Gethin Anthony.

George R.R. Martin with the two Waterstones competition winners

Voyager publishing director Jane Johnson and deputy publishing director Emma Coode gave a joint speech, with a well-deserved thank you to Laura Mell, publicity maven extraordinaire who organized the event as well as the rest of George’s packed schedule.

Then the rest of the evening was dedicated to champagne, canapés and ogling Henry VIII’s codpiece (who did he think he was kidding?). George, Parris and all the Voyager authors were then whisked away to witness the Ceremony of the Keys – the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, an event that has happened every night, without fail, for 700 years.

And may all our Voyager books last that long!

The tower at night - no tourists to be seen... spooky

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EasterCon – Eat, Drink and talk SFF!

This weekend was Eastercon – and the Voyager team was there in full force! It was one of the biggest Eastercons to date, with over 1400 people in attendance! Two of our authors were there as Guests of Honour: George R.R. Martin and Cory Doctorow.

For those who have never attended a convention or are curious about them, Eastercon is a great place to start. As was well documented in this Guardian article [http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/09/eastercon-sf-fantasy-convention?INTCMP=SRCH], Eastercon feels like one of the most inclusive genre events – and it is one of the biggest too, as the UK’s annual national SF convention.

This year, there was a noticeable shift of focus onto fantasy fiction as the UK’s biggest selling author of second half of 2011 (that’s the entirety of the UK book market, not just genre!), George R.R. Martin, took to the stage. He thrilled audiences by reading the first two chapters of The Winds of Winter (currently the viewpoint characters Victarion and Tyrion, but that is certainly subject to change) and answering some questions from the audience. He was also on several panels, including ‘How Pseudo do you like your Medieval?’ and ‘Nature of Heroism’. Even a few of the cast members from Game of Thrones turned up at Eastercon to enjoy the festivities, including Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), John Bradley West (Samwell Tarly), and  Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel).

Our very own Cory Doctorow was also on hand as a guest of honour – he had a fabulous interview with his US editor Patrick Nielsen-Hayden and continued to blow everyone’s minds on panels like ‘Death of the Internet’, ‘Dystopian YA’ and ‘The Future of Ebooks’. Other Voyager authors in attendance included Stephen Hunt and Janet Edwards – great to have such a stronger Voyager contingent out in force!

The best thing about Eastercon is the chance to meet and chat in person with all the authors that you admire. You could probably miss out all of the panels and just sit at the bar, and still have a fabulous time (OK, we admit it; there was quite a lot of bar sitting time for the Voyager team too!)

If you were sad to miss out, a few of the panels and interviews were recorded online.  Check the videos out here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/2012—olympus

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From the Deep of the Dark by Stephen Hunt – OUT TODAY!

Continuing with the release of Stephen Hunt’s fantastic series, From the Deep of the Dark is the sixth marvellous tale of high adventure and derring-do from the master of steampunk literature, set in the world of The Court of the Air.

A daring underwater chase ends in a battle for the Kingdom itself…

The streets of Middlesteel are under attack by an unseen enemy, leaving bloodless corpses in its trail. The newssheets scream vampire, but the truth is even more deadly than anyone knows.

Charlotte Shades, Mistress of Mesmerism, is a thief – and a darned good one at that. When two mysterious men ask her to steal King Jude’s sceptre from the Parliament vaults, the challenge (and reward) is too great to pass up. After all, Charlotte’s natural charm and the magic of the gem she wears – the mysterious Eye of Fate – have never failed her before.

Only consulting detective Jethro Daunt and his steamman companion Boxiron know there’s more to these two men than meets the eye. Yet even as they rescue Charlotte from a fate worse than death, they are thrown into a plot thicker than even they realize. They escape beneath the waves in an ancient submarine led by Commodore Jethro Black, where they encounter stiff resistance from the strange people who inhabit the vast underwater kingdoms. But man, woman, seanore and gill-neck alike must band together if they are to defeat a danger that might not even be from this world…

OUT TODAY IN TPB!

Author website: http://stephenhunt.net/

Author blog: http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/index.php

Voyager UK |

Jack Cloudie by Stephen Hunt – OUT TODAY in paperback!

A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea.

Thanks to his father’s gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket, desperate to graft enough coins to keep him and his two younger brothers fed.

Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to the most useless airship in the fleet, serving under a captain who is most probably mad, Jack seems to be bound for almost certain death in the far-away deserts of Cassarabia.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Omar ibn Barir, the slave of a rich merchant lord finds his life turned upside down when his master’s religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he survives the destruction of his home to enter into the service of the Caliph’s military forces – just as war is brewing.

Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a senseless field of war. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack’s true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph’s court? A cult that hides the deadly secret to the origins of the gas being used to float Cassarabia’s new aerial navy.

If Jack and his shipmates can discover what Cassarabia’s aggressive new regime is trying to conceal, he might survive the most horrific of wars and clear his family’s name. If not…

OUT TODAY IN PAPERBACK!

Author website: http://stephenhunt.net/

Author blog: http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/index.php

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Steampunk: Essential Kit

 The cover from "The Deep of the Dark" by Stephen Hunt   The UK cover for Jack Cloudie by Stephen Hunt

To celebrate the imminent publication of Jack Cloudie (PB) and From the Deep and the Dark (TPB), by Stephen Hunt, here are some suggestions so that you can make sure you have all of the essential Steampunk kit that you need…

 

 

 

1. Goggles

 

A must-have accessory in any self-respecting Steampunk aficionado’s wardrobe! This smart bronze pair with turquoise glass are perfect for commanding your own airship – or just looking stylish. The author calls them a ‘Time Travel Crazy Scientist’s Oculo-Vision Tool’ - we heartily agree! 

 
2. Jewellery
 
There’s so awesome jewellery – look at this ring!! I wonder if it comes with the hand? Anyway! Don’t be seen without the bling. On the nautical theme, how about an octopus necklace?
Octopus necklace

 
3. Weapons
 
The Kingdom of Jackals is a dangerous place – be sure to arm yourself with this awesome steampunked ‘Maverick’ Nerf Gun – complete with steam vents and flashlight. The blurb assures us that it is the same gun ‘used by our dear friend professor Friedrich Von Kreuzenberg , TIME TRAVEL specialist’ and that it will certainly ‘provide you safe journey to another dimension.’ Which can only be a good thing.
 
4. Gadgets
Every Steampunk musician needs the gadgets to go with their gizmos. How about your own Steampunk Guitar Amp. Custom built for that celebratory guitar solo when ‘You have just created something that goes against the very nature of the order of the cosmos in your laboratory deep in the bowels of your castle.’