The intriguing futuristic dystopian story begun with The Lost Puzzler continues in this expansive speculative science fiction adventure.
There is nothing out of the ordinary in waking up... unless you’re dead.
Sent on a dangerous mission with little hope of succeeding, the man known as “Twinkle Eyes” has beaten the odds and found the key that could save civilization: Rafik, a teenage boy with the power to unlock the invaluable Tarakan technology that can restart their world. But the world might not be ready for what is unleashed, and now Twinkle Eyes must find a needle in a haystack in order to save himself... and perhaps the world.
This time, though, he will not go it alone. And while his companions — from the fiery Vincha to the laconic Galinak — have their own motivations, each will be vital in solving the last grand puzzle. One that could bring prosperity and progress to the world or destroy humanity’s last hope for ascension.
Now, a lone assassin from another era, two old friends, a dead man, a ruthless rogue mercenary, and a vicious warlord are all hunting for the ultimate prize. But what will happen when the final secret is unlocked, and technology long since buried once again finds its way into the hands of mankind?
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.