"Dark Leader" is the Shadow Unit story that should have been going up on Sunday. Um. Chances are it won't be. Sorry. There was this book that wanted a hundred extra pages. 0.0
I'm on it. It's all good.
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It's Book day, busting out all over!
Of course, today is US launch day* for my own Shattered Pillars, second in the Eternal Sky trilogy. Shattered Pillars is a novel of crumblimg empire, necromancy, Rukhs, Djinni, ghulim, Wizards, tiger-warriors, martial monks, and magic ponies set in a fantasy realm inspired by the cultures, sweep, and breadth of our own world's Silk Road and the Asian steppe. Thrills, chills, buildering, war crimes, and did I mention magic ponies?
You can read an excerpt here, at Tor.com. You can read Brit Mandelo's review here, also at Tor.com. And you can read Marissa Lingen's review here at her livejournal.
Shattered Pillars received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times. (details here)
Range of Ghosts, first in the series, is a Tiptree Honor Book, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award nominee for Best Epic Fantasy, and the first printing sold out in under a week.
To order Shattered Pillars online:
It is, of course, available where ever fine pixels are pushed--or, for that matter, pages.
But wait! That's not all!
It's also launch day for the Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling edited Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, a Gaslamp Fantasy anthology with an amazing Table of Contents:
Speaking of that ToC, here it is:
Introduction: Fantasy, Magic, and
Fairyland in Nineteenth-Century England Terri Windling
“Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” Delia Sherman
“The Fairy Enterprise”
“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion
of the Uncanny and Marvelous,
Scheduled for Premiere at the
Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” Genevieve Valentine
“The Memory Book”
“La Reine d’Enfer”
“For the Briar Rose”
“The Unwanted Women of Surrey” Kaaron Warren
“Charged” Leanna Renee Hieber
“Phosphorus” Veronica Schanoes
“We Without Us Were Shadows” Catherynne M. Valente
“The Vital Importance of the Superficial” Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” Jane Yolen
“A Few Twigs He Left Behind” Gregory Maguire
“Their Monstrous Minds” Tanith Lee
“Estella Saves the Village” Theodora Goss
...So I'm in an anthology with Jane Yolen, Tanith Lee, and Ellen Kushner. How did this get to be my life again?
*UK launch day is April 15. We Apologize For The Inconvenience.
I'm beyond thrilled to be involved in Jonathan Strahan's all-original hard-SF adventure story anthology, Edge of Infinity. This anthology collects stories set in a settled, explored, but pre-starflight solar system.
My novelette, "The Deeps of the Sky." is a fable of the perils and pitfalls of sky-mining gas giants... but not only that.
The table of contents is kind of amazing--well, you know? I'll show you.
Tooling along on the next commitment--a Boojumverse short with truepenny, the title of which is "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward." I got a little over four thousand words today and like them a lot, for first draft values of like. Now the ball's in Sarah's court.
Tomorrow, we'll see what happens. It might be time to start trying to find the opening sentence to The Steles of the Sky.
Now it's time to go start dinner. Food is necessary to all writers, great and small.
THE BULL DANCERS by Jay Lake
WATER TO WINE by Mary Robinette Kowal
BYWAYS by Tobias S. Buckell
CONFESSOR by Elizabeth Bear
DEODAND by Karl Schroeder
A SYMMETRY OF SERPENTS AND DOVES by Ken Scholes
As the mid-21st Century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed -- politically, economically, and ecologically -- into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.
My story, "Confessor," is about a good cop and a bad cop, trying to trace an endangered-animal smuggling ring on the slopes of Mount Rainier. It deals with distributed policing, illegal cloning, and international smuggling.
Meanwhile, the cover and TOC for an Ellen Datlow anthology, Naked City, have been announced:
How the Pooka Came To New York City Delia Sherman
On the Slide
The Duke of Riverside
Oblivion by Calvin Klein Christopher Fowler
Picking up the Pieces
Priced To Sell
The Bricks of Gelecek Matthew Kressel
The Projected Girl
The Way Station
Guns for the Dead
And Go Like This
Daddy Long Legs of the Evening Jeffrey Ford
The Skinny Girl
The Colliers’ Venus
King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree Elizabeth Bear
La Datlow has confirmed the TOCs of two forthcoming anthologies, both of which will contain stories from me:
Blood & Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow; Tor 2011
All You Can Do is Breathe by Kaaron Warren
Needles by Elizabeth Bear
Baskerville’s Midgets by Reggie Oliver
Blood Yesterday, Blood Tomorrow by Richard Bowes
X For Demetrious by Steve Duffy
Keeping Corky by Melanie Tem
Shelf-Life by Lisa Tuttle
Caius by Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini
Sweet Sorrow by Barbara Roden
First Breath by Nicole J. LeBoeuf
Toujours by Kathe Koja
Miri by Steve Rasnic Tem
Mrs. Jones by Carol Emshwiller
Bread and Water by Michael Cisco
Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan
The Third Always Beside You by John Langan
The Siphon by Laird Barron
Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow; Dark Horse 2011
The Dingus by Gregory Frost
The Getaway by Paul G. Tremblay
Mortal Bait by Richard Bowes
Little Shit by Melanie Tem
Ditch Witch by Lucius Shepard
The Last Triangle by Jeffrey Ford
The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
The Romance by Elizabeth Bear
Dead Sister by Joe R. Lansdale
Comfortable in Her Skin by Lee Thomas
But For Scars by Tom Piccirilli
The Blisters on My Heart by Nate Southard
The Absent Eye by Brian Evenson
The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Dreamer of the Day by Nick Mamatas
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan