The first novel in an exciting new series, Every Sky a Grave is a thrilling space epic following a powerful woman who can destroy planets with a single word and who is suddenly faced with an adversary that threatens the entire known universe.
Mankind has conquered the galaxy. Since decoding the language of the universe 8,000 years ago, they have reached the very edges of their known galaxy and built a near-utopia across thousands of worlds, united by a common language and a powerful organization known as the Ascendance. The peaceful stability of their society relies solely on this Language.
As the Ascendance prepares for the next stage of human evolution — making the leap from one galaxy to the next — they send Elyth, a female agent trained in the art of a math-encoded language that allows humans to travel to the edges of the galaxy, on a clandestine mission to suppress an uprising before it begins. While doing reconnaissance, she follows the trail of a unique speech pattern thought to be extinguished long ago and comes face-to-face with a man who should no longer exist — Varen Fedic, the First Speaker and one of the Ascendance’s most dangerous adversaries.
Varen’s understanding of the deep Language is thorough, so much so that Elyth soon learns that the disciples whom she mistook for followers are actually his captors. Forcing Varen to teach them his ways, they plan to use his powers against an unknown force that is stopping humanity from leaving the galaxy. And now Elyth and Varen face something truly alien — an unknown species for which the Language has no name.
Every Sky a Grave is the beginning of an expansive and ambitious space opera about the power of words and identity from the author of “thrilling, action-packed science fiction that grabs and doesn’t let go” (Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author).
The Very Best of Gene Wolfe is a new short story collection by Gene Wolfe. It will be published by PS Publishing during the summer of 2009. This book was originally published by Tor Books as The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction. This limited edition contains one additional story, "Christmas Inn".
Risingshadow.net has had an opportunity to read The Very Best of Gene Wolfe in advance before its publication, so here's our review.
A REVIEW OF THE VERY BEST OF GENE WOLFE
Alex Irvine's Mystery Hill is a science fiction novella from PS Publishing. Risingshadow.net has had an opportunity to read this novella, so we'll publish our review here.
A REVIEW OF ALEX IRVINE'S MYSTERY HILL
Lynn Flewelling is an American fantasy author, who has written two successful fantasy series, Nightrunner series and The Tamír Triad.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Lynn Flewelling.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LYNN FLEWELLING
2008 Nebula Awards
Best Novel: Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Novella: "The Spacetime Pool" by Catherine Asaro
Best Novelette: "Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel
Best Short Story: "Trophy Wives" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Script: WALL-E Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
Andre Norton Award: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Solstice Award: Kate Wilhelm, A.J. Budrys and Martin H. Greenberg.
SFWA Service Award: Victoria Strauss
Bradbury Award: Joss Whedon
Grand Master Award: Harry Harrison
Author Emerita: M.J. Engh
Source: The Nebula Awards.
Martha Wells in an American fantasy and science fiction author. She's written several fantasy books and one of her books, The Death of the Necromancer, was nominated for a Nebula award.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Martha Wells.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARTHA WELLS