The Palladium Wars continues with the next book of the epic science fiction series that George R. R. Martin calls “engrossing”...
There is a personal price to pay for having aligned with the wrong side in a reckless war. For Aden Jansen it’s the need to adopt a new identity while keeping his past hidden. Now he’s integrated himself aboard the Zephyr, a merchant ship smuggling critical goods through dangerous space. But danger is imminent on planet Gretia, as well. Under occupation, torn between postwar reformers and loyalists, it’s a polestar for civil unrest.
Meanwhile an occupation forces officer is pulled right back into the fray when the battle alarm is raised, an ambitious heiress is entangled in a subversive political conspiracy, and an Allied captain is about to meet the enemy head-on.
As Aden discovers, the insurgents on Gretia — and in space — are connected, organized, and ready to break into full-scale rebellion. History is threatening to repeat itself. It’s time that Aden rediscovers who he is, whom he can trust, and what he must fight for now.
In this guest post fantasy author Martha Wells tells about the different settings and cultures of The Cloud Roads.
Here's information about Martha Wells:
Martha Wells is the author of five Ile-Rien novels (The Element of Fire, The Death of the Necromancer, The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods), City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, The Cloud Roads and two Stargate Atlantis novels (Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement). Her next book, The Serpent Sea (a sequel to The Cloud Roads), will be published next year. She has also written short stories and non-fiction articles.
And here's the guest post:
GUEST POST: Martha Wells tells about the different settings and cultures of The Cloud Roads
Laird Barron's novella, The Light is the Darkness, will be published in August 2011 by Infernal House (Bloodletting Press). It will contain illustrations by David Ho. Each copy will be signed by Laird Barron and the illustrator David Ho. This edition is limited to only 174 copies.
Laird Barron is the author of two short story collections (The Imago Sequence and Occultation).
Here's an official description of The Light is the Darkness:
Conrad Navarro is a champion of the Pageant, a gruesome modern day gladiatorial exhibition held in secret arenas across the globe. Indentured by a cabal of ultra-rich patrons, his world is one of blood and mayhem, an existence where savagery reigns supreme while mercy leads to annihilation.
Conrad’s sister has vanished while traveling in Mexico. Imogene, a decorated special agent for the FBI, was hot on the trail of a legendary scientist whose vile eugenics experiments landed him on an international most-wanted list. Imogene left behind a sequence of bizarre clues that indicate she uncovered evidence of a Byzantine occult conspiracy against civilization itself – a threat so vast and terrible, its ultimate fruition would herald an event more inimical to all terrestrial life than mere extinction.
Now, Conrad is on the hunt, searching for his missing sister while malign forces seek to manipulate and destroy him by turns. It is an odyssey that will send this man of war from the lush jungles of South America, to the debauched court of an Aegean Prince, to the blasted moonscape of the American desert as he becomes inexorably enmeshed within a web of primordial evil that stretches back unto prehistory. All the while struggling to maintain a vestige of humanity; for Conrad has gazed into an abyss where the light is the darkness, and he has begun the metamorphosis into something more than human...
Here's the review:
A REVIEW OF LAIRD BARRON'S THE LIGHT IS THE DARKNESS
The winners of the 2011 Locus Awards have been announced:
Best Science Fiction Novel
Best Fantasy Novel
Best First Novel
Best Young Adult Book
Clifford Chase's Winkie was published in 2006 by Grove Press (it was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton).
Clifford Chase is an American novelist. He is currently a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University.
More information about Clifford Chase can be found here.
Here's a short review of Winkie:
A SHORT REVIEW OF CLIFFORD CHASE'S WINKIE
Brendan Connell's novella Dr. Black and the Guerrillia was published by Grafitisk in 2005.
Brendan Connell's fiction has been published in several places. He is the author of The Translation of Father Torturo (2005), Dr. Black and the Guerrillia (2005), Metrophilias (2010), Unpleasant Tales (2010) and The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children (2011).
More information about Brendan Connell can be found on his official website.
Here's a review of Dr. Black and the Guerrillia:
A REVIEW OF BRENDAN CONNELL'S DR. BLACK AND THE GUERRILLIA