Protect the Innocent. Punish the Guilty.
Seth the Ice Lion, now an Apprentice in the Jalora Legion, reluctantly travels aboard ship with his new battalion. Western Beta’s mission seems a dull assignment. Guarding miles of bogs and old ruins should be a simple task, but Seth soon learns nothing is easy for the Bearer of the Lion Ring. The Jalora is the embodiment of Good and the source of Seth’s power. It commands he search North Marsh for a relic capable of saving his homeland from the ravenous appetite of the Jackal invaders. Surrounded by deadly bogs and savage beasts, he must find the relic before the Lion Spirit inside of him takes control of their shared body.
Invaders from across the sea hold a firm grip on Valdeon, but their thirst for blood remains unsated. They lust for the riches of Andara. Using fear and greed as weapons, the Jackal enlist aid from the continent’s unscrupulous mercenaries to prepare for a larger invasion. They build a stronghold – Stone Fang Fortress - in the Bloodtooth Mountains of the north. It is here they prepare to conquer the free world.
Will Seth find this powerful relic before the Jackal swarm invades Andara? Or will his people be enslaved under the iron fist of the Jackal Lord? Seth’s answers hide in the deadly bogs of North Marsh...
Best Novel: (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Ramsey Campbell for The Grin of The Dark (PS Publishing)
Best Short Fiction: Joel Lane for “My Stone Desire” (Black Static #1, TTA Press)
Best Novella: Conrad Williams for The Scalding Rooms (PS Publishing)
The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Scott Lynch
Warner Bros. suprisely announced that they have moved back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from Nov. 11 to July 17, 2009.
Warner president Alan Horn said:
"Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of," he said. "We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer."
The studio still has a plan to release the first part of final book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows', as planned on November 19, 2009.
Winners of this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced in Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.
Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal
More winners can be found from Locus Online News.
Black Man by Richard Morgan is the winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award. The announcement was made at the award’s official ceremony held in London on the evening of Wednesday 30th April.
"Richard Morgan's Black Man (Gollancz) is a complex and passionate exploration of prejudice and identity, it is bold and risk-taking yet compelling and coherent and a proud addition to the winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award" – Chair of the Judges Paul Billinger
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The winner receives a prize of £2008 and a commemorative engraved bookend.