Renata Black is entertained by the traffic snarl caused by a rogue self-driving house ― until she spots the Org’s Tiffany Teal paint marking the house’s windowsill.
In 2022, GMOs were banned after a biopharmed drug caused the Catastrophe: worldwide economic collapse, agricultural standstill, and personal tragedy for a lawyer and her son. Ten years later, Renata, a.k.a. Caroline Denton, is an operative of the Org, an underground group that could save the world from itself. Their illegal research is performed and protected by splinter cells, which are hunted by the feds.
Now a mole is in the Org. Who would put the entire Org in jeopardy? Renata is the only one who can find out ― and she will need to go to her clients in the Quinault Nation for answers.
Nancy Kress (Beggars in Spain, Yesterday’s Kin) once again delivers a smart, mesmerizing bio-thriller, with a hard, nuanced look at the perils and promise of technology.
Scott Nicholson is an American author, who has written novels, short stories, comics series and screenplays. He's also a freelance editor and journalist.
Scott Nicholson's Transparent Lovers was published by PS Publishing.
Scott Nicholson's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF SCOTT NICHOLSON'S TRANSPARENT LOVERS
Joe R. Lansdale is an American author who has written novels and stories in several different genres.
Joe R. Lansdale's Christmas with the Dead is a novella, which was published by PS Publishing.
Joe R. Lansdale's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF JOE R. LANSDALE'S CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD
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 and two Stargate Atlantis novels (Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement). She has also written short stories and non-fiction articles.
Martha Wells' new book, The Cloud Roads, will be published in March/April 2011 by Night Shade Books.
Here's the official description of The Cloud Roads from the publisher's website:
"The new novel from the author of The Death of the Necromancer
Moon has spent his life hiding what he is – a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again discovered and cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.
What this stranger doesn't tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power... that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony's survival... and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell.
Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save himself... and his newfound kin."
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF MARTHA WELLS' THE CLOUD ROADS
Livia Llewellyn is a new dark fantasy and horror author whose debut collection, Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, will be published in March 2011 by Lethe Press.
Livia Llewellyn's official website can be found here.
Here's the official description of Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors:
Death and pleasure. Freud's Todestrieb, his statement that ''libido has the task of making the destroying instinct innocuous, and it fulfils the task by diverting that instinct to a great extent outwards... The instinct is then called the destructive instinct, the instinct for mastery, or the will to power.'' Few authors have spun stories of Thanatos and Eros as skillfully and powerfully as Livia Llewellyn.
In his introduction to this volume, Laird Barron writes ''Scant difference exists between exquisite pleasure and pain.'' An orphan girl with a mind for anthracite falls into the hands of a cult worshipping an entombed god. In the Pacific Northwest, evergreens lull prepubescent girls into their trunks to serve as wombs. A suburban housewife troubled by her present encounters the sixteen year-old girl she ached to touch in her dreams. These ten stories promise to indulge a reader's sensibilities, their fears and desires.
Here's the review of this collection:
A REVIEW OF LIVIA LLEWELLYN'S ENGINES OF DESIRE: TALES OF LOVE & OTHER HORRORS
Blake Charlton is a new American fantasy author, who is working to establish a dual career in fiction and medicine. He is the author of Spellwright, which is the first book of The Spellwright Trilogy.
Here's a short description of Spellwright from the author's official website:
Imagine a world in which you could peel written words off a page and make them physically real. You might pick your teeth with a sentence fragment, protect yourself with defensive paragraphs, or thrust a sharply-worded sentence at an enemy’s throat.
Such a world is home to Nicodemus Weal, an apprentice at the wizardly academy of Starhaven. Because of how fast he can forge the magical runes that create spells, Nicodemus was thought to be the Halcyon, a powerful spellwright prophesied to prevent an event called the War of Disjunction, which would destroy all human language. There was only one problem: Nicodemus couldn’t spell.
Runes must be placed in the correct order to create a spell. Deviation results in a "misspell" – a flawed text that behaves in an erratic, sometimes lethal, manner. And Nicodemus has a disability that causes him to misspell texts simply by touching them.
Now twenty-five, Nicodemus lives in the aftermath of failing to fulfill prophecy. He finds solace only in reading knightly romances and in the teachings of Magister Shannon, an old blind wizard who’s left academic politics to care for Starhaven’s disabled students.
But when a powerful wizard is murdered with a misspell, Shannon and Nicodemus becomes the primary suspects. Proving their innocence becomes harder when the murderer begins killing male cacographers one by one... and all evidence suggests that Nicodemus will be next. Hunted by both investigators and a hidden killer, Shannon and Nicodemus must race to discover the truth about the murders, the nature of magic, and themselves.
Click here to visit Blake Charlton's official website.
Click here to read Risingshadow.net's review of Spellwright.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Blake Charlton. You can read the interview here:
AN INTERVIEW WITH BLAKE CHARLTON