For fans of Blake Crouch and Chuck Wendig, THE MIRROR MAN is a near-future suspense in which a man agrees to be replaced by a clone, only to have his life spiral out of control, and everything he values put at risk.
They put a perfect clone into his imperfect life.
The offer is too tempting: be part of a scientific breakthrough, step out of your own life for a year, and be paid hugely for it. Jeremiah Adams is a middle aged man with a failing marriage, a teenage son who barely acknowledges him, and a job he no longer believes in. When the opportunity to take part in an illegal cloning experiment is brought to him by his employer, ViGen Pharmaceuticals, Jeremiah sees it as a chance to take a much-needed break from an existence that he feels increasingly disconnected from. No one will know he’s been replaced, since a revolutionary drug called Meld can transfer consciousness and memories to his copy.
From a luxurious apartment, he watches the clone navigate his day-to-day. But soon Jeremiah discovers that examining himself from an outsider’s perspective isn’t what he thought it would be. As “his” life spirals out of control, he finds that he’s more captive lab rat than collaborator. ViGen needs the experiment to succeed and will go to any lengths to remove obstacles. With his family in danger, Jeremiah will need to escape and finally find the courage to face himself head-on.
Beth Bernobich is a new fantasy and science fiction writer. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Subterranean Press, among other places. Her first novel, Passion Play, will be published in October 2010 by Tor. A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories is her first short story collection and it will be published in June 2010 by Lethe Press.
Beth Bernobich's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF BETH BERNOBICH'S A HANDFUL OF PEARLS & OTHER STORIES
Ken Scholes is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He is the author of The Psalms of Isaak. His official website can be found here.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Ken Scholes.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KEN SCHOLES
Cinda Williams Chima is an American author. She has written the Heir series and now she's working on The Seven Realms Trilogy. Her official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA'S THE DEMON KING
What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman will be published in early 2010 by PS Publishing. This collection contains the complete zombie stories of Scott Edelman.
Scott Edelman is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer and editor. His website can be found here.
Here's a description of What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman from the publisher's website:
During the three decades Scott Edelman has dedicated himself to the short story, his fiction has been called "darkly hopeful," "deep, disturbing, and emotionally draining," and "unnerving work that peers into the darkest corner of the human soul and makes one fear what lurks at the bottom of that abyss – but also makes it impossible to look away."
In these nine tales, you'll also discover that long before the current craze of mashing up mindless shamblers with the literary classics, Edelman was remixing zombies with "Romeo and Juliet," "Our Town," and other famous fictional worlds.
In the Stoker Award finalist "A Plague on Both Your Houses," you'll visit a post-apocalyptic Manhattan that reads like a fever dream created by George Romero collaborating with William Shakespeare, in which the living son of the mayor of New York City falls in love with the daughter of the zombie king.
In "Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man," another Stoker nominee, you'll lock yourself in a library as a writer struggles to keep his sanity by making sense of the zombie uprising the only way he knows how.
And in "What Will Come After," original to this volume, you'll learn what happens to Scott Edelman himself when he faces his own inevitable end.
Gathering his complete zombie fiction to date, Almost the Last Stories proves that the undead can be more than just rampaging braineaters – though you'll find plenty of gory gorging in these pages as well – but also a lens through which we can see that the living and the living dead are not so very different after all.
A REVIEW OF WHAT WILL COME AFTER: THE COMPLETE ZOMBIE STORIES OF SCOTT EDELMAN
The nominees for the 2009 Nebula Awards are:
Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela, Saladin Ahmed
I Remember the Future, Michael A. Burstein
Non-Zero Probabilities, N. K. Jemisin
Spar, Kij Johnson
Going Deep, James Patrick Kelly
Bridesicle, Will McIntosh
The Gambler, Paolo Bacigalupi
Vinegar Peace, or the Wrong-Way Used-Adult Orphanage, Michael Bishop
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said, Richard Bowes
Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast, Eugie Foster
Divining Light, Ted Kosmatka
A Memory of Wind, Rachel Swirsky
The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker
Arkfall, Carolyn Ives Gilman
Act One, Nancy Kress
Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow
Sublimation Angels, Jason Sanford
The God Engines, John Scalzi
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak
Flesh and Fire, Laura Anne Gilman
The City & The City, China Miéville
Boneshaker, Cherie Priest
Finch, Jeff VanderMeer