Honor Harrington meets The Expanse in book two of Richard Baker's intense new military SF series with vivid space battles and elements of politics and cultural heritage
Richard Baker continues the adventures of Sikander North in his new military science fiction series, Breaker of Empires.
Having narrowly avoided being court-martialed, Lieutenant Sikander North finds himself assigned to a remote outpost in the crumbling, alien Tzoru Empire, stuck where the navy sends troublemakers to be forgotten. Sikander finds himself in the middle of an alien uprising. Once again, he must do the impossible: smuggle an alien ambassador off world, break a siege, and fight the irrational prejudice of his superior officers. The odds are against his success, and his choices could mean disgrace — or redemption.
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Maurice Broaddus.
About Maurice Broaddus:
Maurice Broaddus is an exotic dancer, trained in several forms of martial arts – often referred to as “the ghetto ninja” – and was voted the Indianapolis Dalai Lama. He’s an award winning haberdasher and coined the word “acerbic”. He graduated college at age 14 and high school at age 16. Not only is he credited with inventing the question mark, he unsuccessfully tried to launch a new number between seven and eight.
When not editing or writing, he is a champion curler and often impersonates Jack Bauer, but only in a French accent. He raises free range jackalopes with his wife and two sons ... when they are not solving murder mysteries.
He really likes to make up stories. A lot. Especially about himself.
He has a new story in the Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology.
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About Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology:
Outland Entertainment is proud to bring you Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology. Featuring fourteen brand new tales of scheming anti-heroes and dark protagonists from the wrong side of the palace gates, Knaves brings together some of the finest fantasy authors in the industry in a book that will make readers wonder, “What is the ‘right side,’ anyway?” Authors include Mercedes Lackey, Anna Smith Spark, Kenny Soward, Cullen Bunn, Maurice Broaddus, Anton Strout, Walidah Imarisha, Cat Rambo, Lian Hearn, and more! Edited by Melanie R. Meadors and Alana Joli Abbott
GUEST POST: The Secret Origin of “Daughter of Sorrow” by Maurice Broaddus
Luis de Miranda's Who Killed the Poet? was published by Snuggly Books in October 2017.
Information about Luis de Miranda:
Luis de Miranda, a novelist and philosopher, was born in 1971, in Portugal, and was raised and has spent most of his life in Paris. He is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, which have won him critical praise in France.
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Information about Who Killed the Poet?:
When Bardo, an architect and poet, dies, his twin brother's first thought is to suspect the intriguing red-haired Ophelia, Bardo's love, who has vanished. A chase across northern Europe commences, which is an elevating initiation to a dimension and understanding the brother narrator ignored. Through the voyage, the past reveals its real visage, while a mysterious child guides the characters to an unexpected climax.
Under the guise of a flawless whodunit thriller, Who Killed the Poet? puts forward an original take on crucial themes, such as generational transmission, the politics of self-determination, and what it is to see life as it truly is, without undermining its complexity, diversity and poetry. A fictional manifesto for the 21st century, and a breathtaking translation of the seventh novel of an author at the peak of his art.
REVIEW: WHO KILLED THE POET? BY LUIS DE MIRANDA
Berit Ellingsen's Now We Can See the Moon was published by Snuggly Books in May 2018.
Information about Berit Ellingsen:
Berit Ellingsen’s novel Not Dark Yet was published by Two Dollar Radio in November 2015. She is the author of the short story collections Beneath the Liquid Skin and Vessel & Solsvart, and the novel Une Ville Vide (PublieMonde). Her work has appeared in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, SmokeLong Quarterly, Unstuck, Litro, Up Here - The North at the Center of the World, and other places, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the British Science Fiction Award. Berit divides her time between Norway and Svalbard in the Arctic.
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Information about Now We Can See the Moon:
A coastline razed and inundated by a hurricane. A traveler journeying towards the flood instead of away from it. A team of rescue workers without anyone to rescue, but who for various reasons can’t leave the drowned city. It has been said that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword, but what about those whose job it is to save others? When the storehouse and everything in it has burned down, will we finally be able to see the moon?
REVIEW: NOW WE CAN SEE THE MOON BY BERIT ELLINGSEN
Roger Levy's The Rig was published by Titan Books in May 2018.
Information about Roger Levy:
Roger Levy is a British science fiction writer. He is the author of Reckless Sleep, Dark Heavens and Icarus, published by Gollancz. He works as a dentist when not writing fiction, and was described as the ‘heir to Philip K. Dick’ by Strange Horizons.
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Information about The Rig:
On a desert planet, two boys meet, sparking a friendship that will change human society forever.
On the windswept world of Bleak, a string of murders lead a writer to a story with unbelievable ramifications.
One man survives the vicious attacks, but is left with a morbid fascination with death; the perfect candidate for the perilous job of working on a rig.
Welcome to the System. Here the concept of a god has been abandoned, and a new faith pervades: AfterLife, a social media platform that allows subscribers a chance at resurrection, based on the votes of other users.
So many Lives, forever interlinked, and one structure at the centre of it all: the rig.
REVIEW: THE RIG BY ROGER LEVY
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Steve Rodgers.
Information about Steve Rodgers:
At seventeen, Steve Rodgers built his first world using colored pens and poster paper as part of a D&D game, complete with intricate geography, long treatises on magic, and attended by players with scruffy beards and ponytails. Steve also began writing at that time—though in a completely different world than D&D, because the Players Handbook rules seemed too limiting for a novel.
Steve’s been writing all his life, but didn’t restart the novel until much later. He scrapped every word written at seventeen, keeping only some of the high level concepts to write the uber-novel “Morphat”. Morphat was then broken into two books—“City of Shards” and “In the Claws of the Indigen”, the first two novels of the Spellgiver series. These were passed through armies of beta readers, then honed until they finally, at long last, said what he wanted them to say.
Steve put down the books unpublished, and began writing SFF short stories, selling them to magazines like Compelling Science Fiction, Metaphorosis, Perihelion, and many others. After two years, Steve returned to the novels, passing them through a last caravan of beta readers, and then release: “City of Shards” came out on April 1, and “In the Claws of the Indigen” came out on May 1. He is currently working Spellgiver book 3, “Secrets of the Land.”
You can find out more about Steve’s short stories and books at his website here: www.steverodgersauthor.com
Information about City of Shards:
In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought him grief from every neighborhood thug. Protected from the worst beatings by his drug-addicted warrior-uncle, Larin’s life is one of loneliness, trapped in his uncle’s four block safe zone where no gang member dares tread. But when he learns his words have marked him as servant to Lord of Demons, things go from bad to worse. For that phrase has shoved him into the middle of an ancient war between his Master and the Six-Legged gods, both of whom regard humanity as mere playthings.
With his home facing threats from every direction, Larin will have to tread the narrow path between two evils, his only allies his drug-addicted uncle, a permanently drunk priestess, and a high-born wizardress who must hold her nose and work with the street rabble she despises. For as bad as Larin's Master is, refusing to follow him will only plunge his empire into a greater darkness—an abyss so deep, it will turn mankind’s soul to ash.
GUEST POST: World-Building by Steve Rodgers