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The View From Monday - October 12, 2020

 
Happy Monday! After more than a week off just because, we are back.

There are 2 debuts this week;

Whiteland(The Whiteland Novels 1) by Rosie Cranie-Higgs;

and

White Trash Warlock(Adam Binder Novels 1) by David R. Slayton.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Raven Lady (Faery Rehistory 2) by Sharon Lynn Fisher;

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow;

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk;

Black Sun (Between the Earth and Sky 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse;

and

In the Black by Patrick S. Tomlinson.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 12, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

October 13, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Non-Stop (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
Recipes from the World of Tolkien: Inspired by the Legends Robert Tuesley Anderson Cooking/History
The Divers' Game (h2tp) Jesse Ball LF
Perish L. C. Barlow SF - Jack Harper Trilogy 2
To Lose the Earth Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
My Favorites: A Collection of Short Stories Ben Bova SF/SS
The Sensation Amanda Bridgeman WS/CrTh/SF/AP/PA - The Salvation 2
Pirate of the Prophecy Jack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 1
Explorer of the Endless Sea Jack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 2
Fate of the Free Lands Jack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 3
Ring Shout P. Djèlí Clark DF/HistF/H
Rendezvous with Rama (ri) Arthur C. Clarke SF/AC
Radio Free Albemuth (ri) Philip K. Dick SF/AC
Attack Surface Cory Doctorow SF/AP/PA/HSF/TechTh
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 4 James D. Jenkins (Ed)
Ryan Cagle (Ed)
H - Anthology
We Will All Go Down Together (ri) Gemma Files H
Experimental Film (ri) Gemma Files H
The Hexslinger Series: A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones (e)(ri) Gemma Files H
A Book of Tongues (ri) Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 1
A Rope of Thorns (ri) Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 2
A Tree of Bones (ri) Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 3
The Worm in Every Heart: Stories (e)(ri) Gemma Files H - SS
Kissing Carrion: Stories (e)(ri) Gemma Files H - SS
The Raven Lady Sharon Lynn Fisher F - Faery Rehistory 2
Trinity Sight (h2tp) Jennifer Givhan MR/LF
Forgotten Work Jason Guriel LF/Satire/CyP/Dys
Flesh and Steel Guy Haley SF/CM - Warhammer 40,000 0
The Once and Future Witches Alix E. Harrow AH/Occ/Sup/FL/HistF
Dune: The Duke of Caladan Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF/SO - The Caladan Trilogy 1
The Children of Tomorrow (e) Paul Antony Jones
Robert Greenberger
SF - This Alien Earth 3
Tindalos Asset Caitlin R. Kiernan DF/SF/H - Tinfoil Dossier 3
Changing Planes: Stories (ri) Ursula K. Le Guin SF
The Land Thomas Maltman STR/Gothic/Psy
Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense (h2tp) Lisa Morton (Ed)
Leslie S Klinger(Ed)
H - Anthology
The Midnight Bargain C. L. Polk HistF/RF/CW
Black Sun Rebecca Roanhorse F - Between Earth and Sky 1
The Emperor's Wolves Michelle Sagara F - The Wolves of Elantra 1
Vigil (ri) Angela Slatter UF/P/Cr - Verity Fassbinder 1
White Trash Warlock (D) David R. Slayton CF - Adam Binder Novels 1
Earth Abides (ri) George R Stewart SF/AP/PA
In the Black Patrick S. Tomlinson SF
The Age of Anxiety (h2tp) Pete Townshend Psy/CoA/LF/VM
Elegy for the Undead: A Novella Matthew Vesely H/SF/AP/PA
Night Terrors Tim Waggoner F/H/Cr - Shadow Watch
Video Palace: In Search of the Eyeless Man: Collected Stories Dr Maynard Wills H
Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick David Wong SF/Th/HU - Zoey Ashe 2
The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of the Spark James Wyatt The Art of Magic: The Gathering 8



October 14, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Placed into Abyss (Mise en Abyse): A Tor.com Original (e) Rachel Swirsky SF/TT



October 15, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Whiteland Rosie Cranie-Higgs H/DF - The Whiteland Novels 1



October 16, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Kitty's Mix-Tape Carrie Vaughn UF/P/DF/SS



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2020 Debut Author Challenge - October 2020 Debuts


2020 Debut Author Challenge - October 2020 Debuts


There are 11 debuts for October 2020.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The October debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite October cover for the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on or about October 15, 2020.





Whiteland
The Whiteland Novels 1
BHC Press, October 15, 2020
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 328 pages
In a lonely Swiss mountain village, Kira’s holiday erupts. It’s winter, it’s eerie, and out in the woods something imbeds its claws into her sister.

When Romy returns, she’s different. She’s violent, inhuman, and by rights, should be dead. Even though things aren’t normal, all their parents care about is that she’s still alive.

In the otherworldly forest, Kira starts to pry, but secrets like to be kept. With the help of Callum, a sarcastic Scotsman, Kira stumbles upon the folkloric world of Whiteland, eating all she knows.

If Kira runs away, she’ll be safe. If she doesn’t, her family might not survive. In the end, there’s no mercy in revenge.






Shadows of the Short Days
Titan Books, October 20, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
For fans of China Mieville and Neil Gaiman. A tale of revolution in a Reykjavik fuelled by industrialised magic, populated by humans, dimensional exiles, otherworldly creatures, psychoactive graffiti and demonic familiars.

A tale of revolution in a Reykjavik fuelled by industrialised magic, populated by humans, dimensional exiles, otherworldly creatures, psychoactive graffiti and demonic familiars.

HERE LIES A CITY…

FUELLED BY INDUSTRIALISED MAGIC. RULED BY A DESPOTIC CROWN. DEMANDING REVOLUTION.

WELCOME TO REYKJAVIK

Rebels and revolutionaries disappear into the infamous prison, the Nine, never to be heard from again. Masked police roam the streets, dark magic lurks in the shadows, and the implacable flying fortress casts its baleful eye over all below.

Sæmundur, addict and sorcerer, has been cast out from university, and forbidden to study magic. Dissident artist, Garún, is desperate for a just society and will do anything to achieve it. Both seek revolution in their own ways. Both seek power.

Together, they will change Reykjavik forever.






Plain Bad Heroines
William Morrow, October 20, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages
“Full of Victorian sapphic romance, metafictional horror, biting misandrist humor, Hollywood intrigue, and multiple timeliness—all replete with evocative illustrations that are icing on a deviously delicious cake.” –O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

“Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief. Brilliant.” — SARAH WATERS

Named a Most Anticipated Book by O, The Oprah Magazine • Vulture • Parade • Popsugar • Bustle • GoodReads • Autostraddle • Literary Hub • and more!

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit

Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, oppo­site B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern her­oines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period-inspired illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.






The Mirror Man
MIRA, October 20, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Meet Jeremiah Adams. There are two of him.

The offer is too tempting: be part of a scientific breakthrough, step out of his life for a year, and be paid hugely for it. When ViMed Pharmaceutical asks Jeremiah to be part of an illegal cloning experiment, he sees it as a break from an existence he feels disconnected from. No one will know he’s been replaced—not the son who ignores him, not his increasingly distant wife—since a revolutionary drug called Meld can transfer his consciousness and memories to his copy.

From a luxurious apartment, he watches the clone navigate his day-to-day life. But soon Jeremiah discovers that examining himself from an outsider’s perspective isn’t what he thought it would be, and he watches in horror as “his” life spirals out of control. ViMed needs the experiment to succeed—they won’t call it off, and are prepared to remove any obstacle. With his family in danger, Jeremiah needs to finally find the courage to face himself head-on.






Consensual Hex
Grand Central Publishing, October 6, 2020
Hardcover and ebook, 320 pages
The Craft for the #MeToo era, this debut unfolds a riveting psychological drama shot through with sharp humor and dark magic for readers of Ninth House and The Power.

When Lee, a first year at Smith, is raped under eerie circumstances during orientation week by an Amherst frat boy, she's quickly disillusioned by her lack of recourse. As her trauma boils within her, Lee is selected for an exclusive seminar on Gender, Power, and Witchcraft, where she meets Luna (an alluring Brooklyn hipster), Gabi (who has a laundry list of phobias), and Charlotte (a waifish, chill international student). Granted a charter for a coven and suddenly in possession of real magic, the four girls are tasked by their aloof Professor with covertly retrieving a grimoire that an Amherst fraternity has gotten their hands on. But when the witches realize the frat brothers are using magic to commit and cover up sexual assault all over Northampton, their exploits escalate into vigilante justice. As Lee's thirst for revenge on her rapist grows, things spiral out of control, pitting witch against witch as they must wrestle with how far one is willing to go to heal.

Consensual Hex is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of a young woman coming of age, uncovering the ways in which love and obsession and looking to fit in can go hand in hand. Lee, an outstanding, magical anti-heroine, refuses to be pigeonholed as a model victim or a horrific example. Instead, her caustic voice demands our attention, clawing out from every page, equally vicious and vulnerable as she lures us, then dares us, to transgress. Dark, biting, and archly camp, Consensual Hex announces Harlowe as a significant talent.







Northern Wrath
The Hanged God Trilogy 1
Solaris, October 27, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
"Packs a punch worthy of the Thunderer himself. It rocks!" -- Joanne Harris, author of The Gospel of Loki

“Holdt wows in her Norse mythology–inspired debut…an electrifying adventure” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods. A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim. A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken.

The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief's wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

Following in the steps of Neil Gaiman & Joanne Harris, the author expertly weaves Norse myths and compelling characters into this fierce, magical epic fantasy.

"Ferocious, compelling, fiercely beautiful. Fantasy at its very best." -- Anna Smith Spark, author of the Empires of Dust series

“This is fantasy as it should be written: savage, liminal, full of wonder and magic.” -- Gavin G. Smith, author of The Bastard Legion series

“A promising start for a series that will gratify lovers of epic tales.” -- Aurealis






Once Again
Alcove Press, October 6, 2020
Hardcover and eBook 
An imaginative, emotional debut novel for fans of Ann Patchett about one woman’s fight to save her daughter from repeating a deadly fate.

What if you had one chance to save someone you lost?

Isolated in the aftermath of tragedy, Erin Fullarton has felt barely alive since the loss of her young daughter, Korrie. She tries to mark the milestones her therapist suggests–like today, the 500th day without Korrie–but moving through grief is like swimming against a dark current.

Her estranged husband, Zac, a brilliant astrophysicist, seems to be coping better. Lost in his work, he’s perfecting his model of a stunning cosmological phenomenon, one he predicts will occur today–an event so rare, it keeps him from being able to acknowledge Erin’s coinciding milestone.

But when Erin receives a phone call from her daughter’s school, the same call she received five hundred days earlier when Korrie was still alive, Erin realizes something is happening. Or happening again. Struggling to understand the sudden shifts in time, she pieces together that the phenomenon Zac is tracking may have presented her with the gift of a lifetime: the chance to save her daughter.

Unable to reach Zac or convince the authorities of what is happening, Erin is forced to find the answer on her own. Erin must battle to keep the past from repeating–or risk losing her daughter for good.





Kevin Lambert
David Winkler (Translator)

You Will Love What You Have Killed
Biblioasis, October 6, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 186 pages
Faldistoire’s grandfather thinks he’s a ghost. Sylvie’s mother reads tarot and summons stormclouds to mete her witch’s justice. Behind his Dad of the Year demeanour, Sébastien’s father hides dark designs. It’s Croustine’s grandfather who makes the boy a pair of slippers from the dead family dog, but it’s his father, the cannily-named Kevin Lambert, who always seems to be nearby when tragedy strikes, and in the cemetery, under the baleful eyes of toads, small graves are dug one after the other: Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a dangerous place for children. But these young victims of rape, arbitrary violence, and senseless murder keep coming back from the dead. They return to school, explore their sexualities, keep tabs on grown-up sins—and plot their apocalyptic retribution.

Surreal and darkly comic, this debut novel by Kevin Lambert, one of the most celebrated and controversial writers to come out of Quebec in recent memory, takes the adult world to task—and then takes revenge.






The Night Will Find Us
Keylight Books, October 20, 2020
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
They say never go into the woods at night…

School’s out for summer and that means one thing to Parker, Chloe, and their four friends: a well-deserved camping trip in the Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest deep in the heart of New Jersey. But when old grudges erupt, an argument escalates into the unthinkable, leaving one of them dead and the killer missing. As darkness descends and those left alive try to determine a course of action, the forest around them begins to change…

In the morning, more of the group has vanished and the path that led them into the woods is gone―as if consumed by the forest itself. Lost and hungry, the remaining friends set out to find help, only to realize that the forest seems to have other plans―a darker, ancient horror lies dead and dreaming in a lake in the center of the woods. And it’s calling to them.

Meanwhile, deep in the trees, the killer is still at large, and one of the group’s own has started to transform and warp into something other. Something inhuman. Something that wants to feast.

Banding together to survive, the friends soon begin to understand the true nature of the horror waiting for them in the Pine Barrens―and that not all of them will make it out alive.






The Witch Hunter
Berkley, October 27, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
A shocking murder in an affluent Helsinki suburb has ties to witchcraft and the occult in this thrilling U.S. debut from Finnish author Max Seeck.

A bestselling author’s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of an empty dining table. Her most chilling feature—her face is frozen in a ghastly smile.

At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from the Witch Hunt trilogy, bestsellers written by the victim’s husband. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she’s not looking for a single killer but rather for dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft who know her every move and are always one step ahead.

As the bodies start piling up, Jessica knows they won’t stop until they get what they want. And when her dark past comes to light, Jessica finds herself battling her own demons while desperately trying to catch a coven of killers before they claim their next victim.






White Trash Warlock
The Adam Binder Novels 1
Blackstone Publishing, October 13, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Not all magicians go to schools of magic.

Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage.

Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby’s wife.

It isn’t long before Adam becomes the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, save his sister-in-law, and learn the truth about his father, Adam will have to risk bargaining with very dangerous beings … including his first love.


October 2020 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in October  2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.


October 2020 Releases



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

October 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I Am DustLouise Beech PsyTh
Devoted (ri)
Dean Koontz Sus/SupTh/H
The Haunting of H. G. WellsRobert Masello HistTh/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Evil in TechnicolorJoe M. McDermott (Ed)
H - Anthology
From the Wreck (h2tp)
Jane Rawson LF
The Midnight CircusJane Yolen FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF/SS



October 2, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Monsterland: (A Hulu Series)Nathan Ballingrud SS/H/CF/SF



October 5, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Halloween SeasonLucy A. Snyder DF/SS



October 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mother of Kings (e)(ri)
Poul Anderson F
Genesis (e)(ri)Poul Anderson SF
War of the Gods (e)(ri)Poul Anderson F
Two Novels of Far-Future Apocalypse: The Winter of the World and Twilight World (e)(ri)Poul Anderson SF
Curse of HonorDavid Annandale F - Legend of the Five Rings 
Over the Woodward WallA. Deborah Baker DF
The Case of the Twisted TruthsLucy Banks PCM/GH/Sus - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 4
The Luna Missile Crisis (h2tp)Rhett C. Bruno
Jaime Castle
AH/SF
Daughter of Black LakeCathy Marie Buchanan Hist/F/LF
Imaginary Friend (h2tp)Stephen Chbosky H/SupTh/PsyTh/STR/GH
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: TyphoonWesley Chu H
Silence in the ShadowsDarcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/SF/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - A Black Winter Novel 2
The Enchanted (ri)Rene Denfeld LF - Harper Perennial Olive Editions
Nightmare Flower (Monster, She Wrote)Elizabeth Engstrom SS/H
Future Home of the Living God (ri)Louise Erdrich F/CW - Harper Perennial Olive Editions
The Companions (h2tp)Katie M. Flynn Dys
The Archive of the ForgottenA. J. Hackwith F/CF/HU - A Novel from Hell's Library 2
Consensual Hex (D)Amanda Harlowe LF/MR/Occ/Sup/CW
The Return (h2tp)Rachel Harrison H/Occ/Sup
Weird World War IIISean Patrick Hazlett (Ed)SF - Anthology
Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical MagicAlice Hoffman LF
A New History of the Future in 100 Objects: A FictionAdrian Hon SF/HSF/AH
Once Again (D)Catherine Wallace Hope Sus/FL/CW
The Queen of the Tearling (ri)Erika Johansen F - Harper Perennial Olive Editions
The Eye of the World (ri)Robert Jordan F - The Wheel of Time 1
The BladeboneAusma Zehanat Khan F - Khorasan Archives 4
The Hollow PlacesT. Kingfisher H
Elsewhere (Illustrated Edition)Dean Koontz TechTh/Sus/CM
The Rib from Which I Remake the World (ri)Ed Kurtz H
You Will Love What You Have Killed (D - English)Kevin Lambert
Donald Winkler (Tr)
LF/H - Biblioasis International Translation Series
Ursula K. Le Guin: Annals of the Western Shore: Gifts / Voices / PowersUrsula K. Le Guin F/CoA/LF - Library of America Ursula K. Le Guin Edition 5
The Hobbit SketchbookAlan Lee F
A Wild Winter SwanGregory Maguire FairyT/FolkT/LM
Sassinak (ri)Anne McCaffrey
Elizabeth Moon
SF/SO
The Autobiography of Kathryn JanewayUna Mccormack SF/AC/Biography
EarthlingsSayaka Murata
Ginny Tapley Takemori (Tr)
CoA/LF/MR
Cardiff, by the Sea: Four Novellas of SuspenseJoyce Carol Oates PsyTh/H
Who Fears Death (ri)Nnedi Okorafor SF/AP/PA/DF/CulH
Night TrainDavid Quantick H/BHU
Aurora RisingAlastair Reynolds SF/CM/GenEng/HSF/SO - The Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies 1
The Rise of Magicks (h2tp)Nora Roberts P/PNR/SupTh/SF/AP/PA/Dys - Chronicles of The One 3
The Ministry for the FutureKim Stanley Robinson SF/AP/PA/LF/GW&CC/HSF
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueV. E. Schwab HistF/LF
Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, GlimpsesLynne Sharon Schwartz SS
The Last CampaignMartin L. Shoemaker SF/CM/HSF - Near-Earth Mysteries 2
The History of Middle-earth Boxed SetChristopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
F - History of Middle-earth
The History of Middle-earth, Part OneChristopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
F - History of Middle-earth 1
The History of Middle-earth, Part TwoChristopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
F - History of Middle-earth 2
The History of Middle-earth, Part ThreeChristopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
F - History of Middle-earth Series 3
The Devil and the Dark WaterStuart Turton HistTh/LF/Occ/Sup
The Valkyrie ProtocolDavid Weber
Jacob Holo
SF/TT - Gordian Division 2
The Golem and the Jinni (ri)Helene Wecker Hist - Harper Perennial Olive Editions



October 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Non-Stop (e)(ri)Brian W. Aldiss SF
Recipes from the World of Tolkien: Inspired by the LegendsRobert Tuesley Anderson Cooking/History
The Divers' Game (h2tp)Jesse Ball LF
PerishL. C. Barlow SF - Jack Harper Trilogy 2
To Lose the EarthKirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
My Favorites: A Collection of Short StoriesBen Bova SF/SS
The SensationAmanda Bridgeman WS/CrTh/SF/AP/PA - The Salvation 2
Pirate of the ProphecyJack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 1
Explorer of the Endless SeaJack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 2
Fate of the Free LandsJack Campbell F - Empress of the Endless Sea 3
Ring ShoutP. Djèlí Clark DF/HistF/H
Rendezvous with Rama (ri)Arthur C. Clarke SF/AC
Radio Free Albemuth (ri)Philip K. Dick SF/AC
Attack SurfaceCory Doctorow SF/AP/PA/HSF/TechTh
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 4James D. Jenkins (Ed)
Ryan Cagle (Ed)
H - Anthology
We Will All Go Down Together (ri)Gemma Files H
Experimental Film (ri)Gemma Files H
The Hexslinger Series: A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones (e)(ri)Gemma Files H
A Book of Tongues (ri)Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 1
A Rope of Thorns (ri)Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 2
A Tree of Bones (ri)Gemma Files H - Hexslinger 3
The Worm in Every Heart: Stories (e)(ri)Gemma Files H - SS
Kissing Carrion: Stories (e)(ri)Gemma Files H - SS
The Raven LadySharon Lynn Fisher F - Faery Rehistory 2
Trinity Sight (h2tp)Jennifer Givhan MR/LF
Forgotten WorkJason Guriel LF/Satire/CyP/Dys
Flesh and SteelGuy Haley SF/CM - Warhammer 40,000 0
The Once and Future WitchesAlix E. Harrow AH/Occ/Sup/FL/HistF
Dune: The Duke of CaladanBrian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF/SO - The Caladan Trilogy 1
The Children of Tomorrow (e)Paul Antony Jones
Robert Greenberger
SF - This Alien Earth 3
Tindalos AssetCaitlin R. Kiernan DF/SF/H - Tinfoil Dossier 3
Changing Planes: Stories (ri)Ursula K. Le Guin SF
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the StapletonsJames Lovegrove MD/Hist/Occ/Sup
The LandThomas Maltman STR/Gothic/Psy
Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense (h2tp)Lisa Morton (Ed)
Leslie S Klinger(Ed)
H - Anthology
Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic FictionMark Payne SF/LC/HC
The Midnight BargainC. L. Polk HistF/RF/CW
Black SunRebecca Roanhorse F - Between Earth and Sky 1
Barnabas Collins versus the Warlock (ri)Marylin Ross Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Library 11
The Emperor's WolvesMichelle Sagara F - The Wolves of Elantra 1
Vigil (ri)Angela Slatter UF/P/Cr - Verity Fassbinder 1
White Trash Warlock (D)David R. Slayton CF - Adam Binder Novels 1
Earth Abides (ri)George R Stewart SF/AP/PA
In the BlackPatrick S. Tomlinson SF
The Age of Anxiety (h2tp)Pete Townshend Psy/CoA/LF/VM
Elegy for the Undead: A NovellaMatthew Vesely H/SF/AP/PA
Night TerrorsTim Waggoner F/H/Cr - Shadow Watch
Video Palace: In Search of the Eyeless Man: Collected StoriesDr Maynard Wills H
Zoey Punches the Future in the DickDavid Wong SF/Th/HU - Zoey Ashe 2
The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of the SparkJames Wyatt The Art of Magic: The Gathering 8



October 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Placed into Abyss (Mise en Abyse): A Tor.com Original (e)Rachel Swirsky SF/TT



October 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
WhitelandRosie Cranie-Higgs H/DF - The Whiteland Novels 1



October 16, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Kitty's Mix-TapeCarrie Vaughn UF/P/DF/SS



October 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (ri)John Joseph Adams (Ed)MD - Anthology
RubyNina Allan SF/F/LF
Ninth House (h2tp)Leigh Bardugo SupTh/P/Occ/Sup
MachineElizabeth Bear SF/SO - White Space 2
The Last DruidTerry Brooks F - Fall of Shannara 4
Reviving the Hawthorn SistersEmily Carpenter Gothic/CW/Southern
Plain Bad Heroines (D-Adult)Emily M. Danforth Gothic
The Best Horror of the Year Volume TwelveEllen Datlow (Ed)H - Anthology
Halo: Shadows of Reach: A Master Chief StoryTroy Denning SF - Halo 27
Voodoo HeartJohn Everson H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected FictionNeil Gaiman SS
The Mirror Man (D)Jane Gilmartin SF/HSF/Sus/GenEng/Th
World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans: The Illustrated NovelsChristie Golden F
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume OnePaula Guran (Ed)DF/H - Anthology
A Shadow on the LensSam Hurcom HistTh/Cr/Gothic
The Shirley Jackson CollectionShirley Jackson
Joyce Carol Oates (Ed)
Ruth Franklin (Ed)
LF/PsyTh/Classics
Shirley Jackson: Four Novels of the 1940s & 50s: The Road Through the Wall / Hangsaman / The Bird's Nest / The SundialShirley Jackson
Ruth Franklin (Ed)
Psy/PsyTh/Classics
The PortalRussell James H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction AnthologyMur Lafferty (Ed)
S. B. Divya (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Greyfriars ReformatoryFrazer Lee H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Phoenix ExtravagantYoon Ha Lee F
To Hold Up the SkyCixin Liu SF - Collection
Knight of StarsTom Lloyd F - God Fragments
The Night Will Find Us (D)Matthew Lyons H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Sabbath (h2tp)Nick Mamatas SupTh/DF
The Dark LibraryCyrille Martinez
Joseph Patrick Stancil (Tr)
AB/MR/LF
Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children, Volumes 1-3: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar SkySeanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children
After SundownMark Morris (Ed)H - Anthology - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Don't MoveJames S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
H
In the Forest (ri)Edna O'Brien LF
The Necessary Beggar (ri)Susan Palwick SF/HSF/PA/AP
Wild Fell: A Ghost Story (e)(ri)Michael Rowe H
October (e)(ri)Michael Rowe H
Enter, Night (e)(ri)Michael Rowe H
The Sun Down Motel (h2tp)Simone St. James SupTh/H/CW
An Argumentation of HistoriansJodi Taylor HistF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 9
Unfinished Tales Illustrated EditionJ.R.R. TolkienF
Fourth IslandSarah Tolmie HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
BoyBrent van Staalduinen LF/CoA/MR
Shadows of the Short Days (D - US)Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson CF/Pol/AB
Mean MachineAleksandr Voinov Dys/Sports
The Ghost Stories Of Edith WhartonEdith Wharton Classics/GH/SS - VMC Designer Collection,Virago Modern Classics Series
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd StreetKaren White CW/GH - Tradd Street Series 6
Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative FictionJoshua Whitehead (Ed)LGBT/Native American & Aboriginal/SF - Anthology
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (ri)Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 1



October 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat: A Tor.com Original (e)Usman T. Malik F



October 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hammer and the Eagle: The Icons of the Warhammer WorldsDan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000 0
Gamechanger (h2tp)L. X. Beckett SF/AC/CyP
Interference (h2tp)Sue Burke SF/AC/HSF - Semiosis Duology 2
Madeleine Is Sleeping (ri)Sarah Shun-lien Bynum LF/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Best of Jerry PournelleJohn F. Carr (Ed)SF/SS
The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded EditionRae Carson SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume FiveNeil Clarke (Ed)SF - Anthology
Bane's ChoiceAlyssa Day PNR
How the Multiverse Got Its RevengeK. Eason SF/SO/HU - The Thorne Chronicles 2
48 Hours (tp2mm)William R. Forstchen TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Love in the Time of Cholera (Illustrated Edition)Gabriel García Márquez MR/LF/Classics - Vintage International
Till Sudden Death Do Us Part (h2tp)Simon R. Green SupM/DF - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 7
Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the FirstDavid Guymer SF/SO - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs/td>
Dune: House Atreides (ri)Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune 1
Dune: House Harkonnen (ri)Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune Series 2
Dune: House Corrino (ri)Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune Series 3
Northern Wrath (D)Thilde Kold Holdt The Hanged God Trilogy 1
Critical Point (h2mm)S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 3
Syn & SalvationBeth Kander SF/GenEng/AP/PA/Dys/TechTh - Original Syn Trilogy 3
SinderKathleen Kaufman Occ/Sup/Horror - Diabhal 2
Accepting the LanceSharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe® 22
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon (h2tp)James Lovegrove Occ/Sup/HistM
People of the CityMarshall Ryan Maresca UF/F - Maradaine Elite 3
Antediluvian (h2mm)Wil McCarthy SF/HSF
The Twelve Strange Days of ChristmasSyd Moore Cr/SS/H - An Essex Witch Museum Mystery Collection
Nexus & Other StoriesThomas Parrott SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume OneTerry Pratchett F
Chicory Up (e)(ri)Irene Radford F - Pixie Chronicles 2
Life and Limb (h2tp)Jennifer Roberson F/UF/DF - Blood and Bone 1
The Peril of Barnabas CollinsMarylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 12
Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious GhostMarylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 13
Song of the Risen God: A Tale of the Coven (h2mm)R. A. Salvatore F/DF - Coven 3
The Tower of FoolsAndrzej Sapkowski
David French (Tr)
F/HistF - Hussite Trilogy 1
The Witch Hunter (D- US)Max Seeck PP/Occ/Sup
Seduced by the WolfTerry Spear PNR/P - Heart of the Wolf
Dead Before Dark (ri)Wendy Corsi Staub Sus/H/WS
Dead Lies DreamingCharles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 10
Lord of Secrets (ri)Breanna Teintze F/HU/RF - The Empty Gods 1
The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody (ri)Michael Teitelbaum HU
The Very Thirsty Vampire: A Parody (ri)Michael Teitelbaum HU
Sacrosanct & Other StoriesC L Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
London Centric: Tales of Future LondonIan Whates (Ed)SF - Anthology



October 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Little Witch: A Tor.com Original (e)M. Rickert DF



October 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Stitch in TimeKelley Armstrong Sup/Sus - A Stitch in Time 1
Seven of InfinitiesAliette de Bodard SF
Dying With Her Cheer Pants On: Stories of the Fighting PumpkinsSeanan McGuire F - SS



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Interview with Kevin Hearne


Please welcome Kevin Hearne to The Qwillery. Ink & Sigil, a novel From the World of the Iron Druid Chronciles, was published by Del Rey on August 25, 2020.



Interview with Kevin Hearne




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery! We last chatted in 2011. Since then you have completed The Iron Druid Chronicles, started new series, and now have returned the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles. How has your writing process changed since Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) was published? 

Kevin:  Hounded was completely pantsed, as they say, with no outline whatsoever. I stopped to research as needed as I figured things out. Now I write outlines and then skip around the book nonlinearly to make sure I'm productive every day and don't get stuck on an early chapter when a really fun chapter is waiting to be written. It allows me to draft much quicker than writing from beginning to end with no idea of how it will turn out. 



TQ:  Why have you returned to the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles with Ink & Sigil? 

Kevin:  I love the world, basically, where all religions, all pantheons are real, the gods and monsters just out of our sight, and we have our modern accoutrements to distract us from what's really going on. 



TQ:  How does this new series fit in with The Iron Druid Chronicles? 

Kevin:  Al MacBharrais is a sigil agent, and they write and enforce magical contracts that have to do with the rights of gods and monsters to visit our world. The Iron Druid would occasionally do this work—kick demons back to hell or what have you—but there was a lot more work to be done than what a single Druid could handle, so Brighid made sigil agents to pick up the slack. 


TQ:  Describe Ink & Sigil using only 5 words. 

Kevin:  Whisky, magic, and wizard vans! 



TQ:  Tell us something about Ink & Sigil that is not found in the book description. 

Kevin:  Its very serious subject regards human trafficking, though it is primarily viewed through the lens of Fae trafficking. 



TQ:  Does Ink & Sigil touch on any social issues? 

Kevin:  It does. It tackles the widespread issue of human trafficking, and research for that was pretty harrowing. 



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Ink & Sigil. 

Kevin:  

"A toast! Tae inks and sigils and straight razors, tae good bosses and wizards on lizards, tae outsmarting evil when ye can and kicking its arse when ye cannae do that, and tae distillers of fine spirits everywhere. Sláinte!"



TQ:  Thank you for joining us again at The Qwillery!





Ink & Sigil
From the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles
Del Rey, August 25, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Kevin Hearne
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns to the world of his beloved Iron Druid Chronicles in a spin-off series about an eccentric master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in Scotland. 

“Ink & Sigil is escape reading, and I loved every word.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of A Longer Fall 

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails—and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae. 

But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse. 

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective—while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if he’s to survive.





About Kevin

Interview with Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne
hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of The Seven Kennings series and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles, and co-author of The Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.


Twitter @Kevin Hearne


Photo © Kimberly Hearne

The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 29, 2020

 
It is the last Tuesday in September.

There is one debut this week:

Bestiary by K-Ming Chan.
 
The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 29, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.




From formerly featured DAC Authors:
 
The True Bastards (The Lot Lands 2) is out in Trade Paperback;
 
A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings 1) by Keven Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;
 
and
 
The Kraken's Tooth (The Seven Swords 2) by Anthony Ryan.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 29, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.
 
September 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tricky Treats: Halloween Delights for Appetizers, Snacks, Dinner, and Dessert! Vincent Amiel Cooking
God of War - The Official Novelization (tp2mm) J.M. Barlog MTI/F
A Witch to Remember Heather Blake PCM - A Wishcraft Mystery 9
The Cabin on Souder Hill Lonnie Busch Th
Battle Ground Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files17
The Cunning Man D.J. Butler
Aaron Michael Ritchey
UF
Bestiary (D) K-Ming Chang LF/MR/Asian American
The Nesting C. J. Cooke SupTh/H/CW
Target Rich Environment, Volume 2 (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Collection
The Gossamer Mage (h2tp) Julie E. Czerneda F/DF
Lethal Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan R/PNR - GhostWalker 16
The Constant Rabbit Jasper Fforde CF/HU/F
1636: The China Venture (h2mm) Eric Flint
Iver P. Cooper
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 27
Uprising Denny Flowers SF/AP/PA - Necromunda
The Dragon Waiting John M. Ford AH/F
The True Bastards (h2tp) Jonathan French F/DF - The Lot Lands 2
Dreaming Death Heather Graham SupTh/Sus/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 32
Forgotten Work Jason Guriel LF/Satire/CyP/Dys
The Midnight Library Matt Haig CW/SF/TT/LF
A Discovery of Witches (ri) Deborah Harkness Occ/Sup/R/Th - All Souls 1
A Blight of Blackwings (h2mm) Kevin Hearne F/P - Seven Kennings 2
Burning Roses S. L. Huang F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Null Set (h2mm) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh/HU - Cas Russell 2
The Loop Jeremy Robert Johnson SupTh
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Stephen King H
The Case of the Spellbound Child (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF/Gaslamp - Elemental Masters 14
Snakeskins (tp2mm) Tim Major SF/TechTh
Mutation Michael McBride SupTh/AC - A Unit 51 Novel
Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope (h2tp) Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Picard
A Deadly Education Naomi Novik F/CF/CoA - The Scholomance 1
Blue Planet Jane O'Reilly SF/SO/AC/SFR - Second Species Trilogy 3
Night Train (e) David Quantick H/SF/BHU
House of Suns (ri) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Pushing Ice (ri) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Sleep Donation Karen Russell LF/H/VM - Vintage Contemporaries
Clerk Guillermo Saccomanno
Andrea G. Labinger (Tr)
LF/SF/Noir/Psy
Immortal Angel Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 31
Fantastic Tales Iginio Ugo Tarchetti
Lawrence Venuti (Tr)
Gothic/SS/HistF
Last Chancers: Armageddon Saint Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Sinner (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 18
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past Traci Wilton PCM - A Salem B&B Mystery 3



September 30, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Edited By Ellen Datlow (Ed) H/SF/SF - Anthology
Dancers in the Dark & Layla Steps Up: The Layla Collection Charlaine Harris UF
The Kraken's Tooth Anthony Ryan F - The Seven Swords 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

 
Here are some of the upcoming October 2020 works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Lucy Banks (2017)

The Case of the Twisted Truths
Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 4
Amberjack Publishing, October 6, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Kester and Ribero’s team of inept supernatural investigators are back again. But this time, the stakes have been raised. Hrschni, a powerful daemon, together with the rest of the Thelemites, are hellbent on bringing spirits back to the world of the humans...at any cost. Kester needs to gain control of his unique abilities, while coming to terms with the fact that his mother had more secrets than he realized. He must also decide where his allegiances really lie. As the twisted truths keep coming out, he finds it increasingly hard to know who to trust.






Ausma Zehanat Khan(2017)

The Bladebone
Korasan Archives 4
Harper Voyager, October 6, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
A powerful band of women warriors must face off against an oppressive enemy in one final showdown that will determine their survival and the fate of their world in this concluding volume in Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful fantasy series—an epic of magic, bravery, adventure, and the fight for freedom that lies "somewhere between N. K. Jemisin and George R. R. Martin" (Saladin Ahmed).

Armed with the powerful sorcery of the Bloodprint and supported by the Talisman, the oppressive One-Eyed Preacher is on the verge of conquering Ashfall, the Black Khan’s capital in the west. Yet not all is lost for Arian, Sinnia and the Council of Hira. If these brave female warriors can uncover the secrets of an ancient magic weapon known as the Bladebone, they can defeat the Preacher and crush his cruel regime.

Neither Arian and Sinnia, nor their allies, the Mages of Khorasan, know the Bladebone’s whereabouts, and not all may survive the search to uncover it. Pursued by a nefarious enemy aligned with the Preacher, they become separated, each following a different path. Then, in their darkest hour, unexpected help appears. But is the Khanum of Black Aura a friend or foe? Arian may discover the answer too late.

When the secret of the Bladebone is finally revealed, the knowledge comes at a devastating price for Arian. As the capital falls, only Hira, home of the Companions, stands in the way of the Preacher’s victory. While the Companions rise to defend their Citadel from enemies outside and within, Arian must face off in a cataclysmic battle with the Preacher that pits the powers of the Bloodprint against the Sana Codex.

For those who survive, Khorasan will never be the same.






Yoon Ha Lee (2018)

Phoenix Extravagant
Solaris Books, October 20, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The new blockbuster original fantasy work from Nebula, Hugo and Clarke award nominated author Yoon Ha Lee!  
“An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee’s masterful storytelling is sure to wow.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review 

Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. 

One day they’re jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers. 

But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government’s horrifying crimes—and the awful source of the magical pigments they use—they find they can no longer stay out of politics. 

What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry’s mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight… 

"Phoenix Extravagant is a book containing ruminations on imperialism, the function and sanctity of art, acculturation, and the morality of love. It also contains a bloody big and unexpectedly adorable mechanical dragon." - Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal books 

"The emphasis on art and painting gives the writing a poetic quality, added to by the elements of magic and mythology, which shows the depth of Lee’s research with a deft hand." -- The Nerd Daily 

"An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident." -- Locus

Interview with Signe Pike, author of The Lost Queen Trilogy

 
Please welcome Signe Pike to The Qwillery. The Lost Kingdom, the 2nd novel in The Lost Queen Trilogy, was published on September 15th by Atria Books.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen 2), was published on September 15th. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote The Lost Queen (2018) to The Forgotten Kingdom?
 
Signe:  Thanks for having me back! With this second book I’ve had the chance to experiment with some new writing elements that I found very exciting – writing from multiple perspectives being one. The Forgotten Kingdom also taught me new lessons about trusting my instincts, and listening to my inner voice that brought some magical results. 
 
 
 
TQ:  In our last interview you stated that the most challenging thing about writing for you is "Drowning out the voice of my inner critic and keeping my mind focused on the task at hand." Have your challenges changed? 
 
Signe:  The challenge with this book was trusting, and time. I had to give enough slack on the rope and hope the story would take me where I wanted to end up. And it did! With this book, I felt much more confident about writing fiction, and I knew and loved my characters so well, the inner critic isn’t quite as loud. 
 
 
 
TQ:  What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when The Lost Queen came out that you know now? 
 
Signe:  Honestly, there’s nothing in my perception of publishing that has changed. It’s a beautiful, resilient creature, book sales are up 12% this year across the industry, even as we’ve experienced such tremendous difficulty as a country. People need stories now more than ever, myself included. They are sacrosanct. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Tell us something about The Forgotten Kingdom that is not in the book description. 
 
Signe:  This book might make you cry. If it doesn’t, you might not be human. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Which character in the The Lost Queen series (so far) surprised you the most? Do you have a favorite character (we won't tell the others)?
 
Signe:  I love all my protagonists, but in The Forgotten Kingdom, I developed a particular fondness for some of the new characters who showed up. Muirenn, Talorcan, and especially Diarmid. I love his ornery sense of humor.
 
 
 
TQ:  Please give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Forgotten Kingdom. 
 
Signe:  “I do not know whether I fear him or am calling him as I stand upon the boulder, high above the iron salt waters, looking out over the winter hills. I stand upon the boulder and wait for Rhydderch and his men. I wait. I watch. And I remember.” I’d been stuck trying to figure out how to begin The Forgotten Kingdom, waiting for Lailoken to come close. When he finally strode onto the page, this was what I heard. I built the book around these words. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Is there anything that you can share about the TV series? 
 
Signe:  Nothing in TV or film is ever certain, but there is such an incredible team behind these books, and so far, things are still in the works. 
 
 
 
TQ:  What's next? 
 
Signe:  I’m looking forward to settling back into my office and diving into the research again as I start thinking about the third book in the trilogy. The research is what gets me excited. I find something that it seems no one else has discovered or written about, and it makes my pulse skip a beat. When I come across something and think, “How does no one know about this?” That usually means it’s an element that will surface in the book. I love piecing historical clues back together. That feels like my purpose. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery. 
 
Signe:  I hope I’ll “see you” again for book three! In the meantime, I’ll be working away…. 
 
 
 
 
 
The Forgotten Kingdom
The Lost Queen 2
Atria Books, September 15, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages
From the author of The Lost Queen, hailed as “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, author of Things We Say in the Dark) and “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” (Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Golden Wolf), a new novel in which a forgotten queen of sixth century Scotland claims her throne as her family is torn apart and war looms.

AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to wage war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history scatters its survivors to the wind, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her and follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.

In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the Christians and the pagans together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”

Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.
 
 
 
 
Previously
 
The Lost Queen
The Lost Queen 1
Atria Books, June 4, 2019
Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 4, 2018

Interview with Signe Pike, author of The Lost Queen Trilogy
Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers) in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a powerful and, until now, tragically forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legendary character of Merlin.

Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever.

Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch's wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear.

“Moving, thrilling, and ultimately spellbinding” (BookPage), The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of the most enduring legends of all time. “Moving, thrilling, and ultimately spellbinding, The Lost Queen is perfect for readers of historical fiction like The Clan of the Cave Bear and Wolf Hall, and for lovers of fantasy like Outlander and The Mists of Avalon” (BookPage).
 
 
 
 
 
About Signe
 
Photograph by Tiffany Mizzell
 
Signe Pike is the author of The Lost Queen, The Forgotten Kingdom, and the travel memoir Faery Tale, and has researched and written about Celtic history and folklore for more than a decade. Visit her at SignePike.com.
 
 
 
 
 
Twitter @SignePike
 
 
 
Photograph by Tiffany Mizzell

Interview with Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

Please welcome Andrea Stewart to The Qwillery as part of the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Bone Shard Daughter was published on September 8, 2020 by Orbit.



Interview with Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing? 

Andrea:  The first fiction piece I remember writing was in response to a creative writing prompt in fifth grade. The prompt was to choose an item made of clay and to write about it coming to life. I wrote about the statue of a peregrine falcon coming to life and flying me away to a magical land where I got to meet other clay creatures that had come to life. My teacher loved it and encouraged me to continue writing, and that's how I started down this whole road! 
 
 
 
TQ:  Are you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid? 
 
Andrea:  I'm definitely a plotter. I like to have a road map of where I'm going, and it feels like I get there faster when I have one. I start with a pitch that outlines the main conflict, then I write a couple chapters to get a feel for the world and the voices, then I do a chapter-by-chapter outline. Once I have that nailed down to my satisfaction, I start drafting from beginning to end. That said, things often change a little while I write! 
 
 
 
TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? 
 
Andrea:  my writing. I really want people to feel like they have that sense of place when they're reading. The news, history, my personal experiences—all are things that end up coloring my work. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Describe The Bone Shard Daughter using only 5 words. 
 
Andrea:  Revolution, identity, magic, islands, and keys. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Tell us something about The Bone Shard Daughter that is not found in the book description. 
 
Andrea:  I know this has surprised some people, so even though the description focuses on Lin's point of view, there are actually several point-of-view characters in the book. It follows Lin, Jovis, Ranami and Phalue, and Sand. Each character has their part to play in the overall story. 
 
 
 
TQ:  What inspired you to write The Bone Shard Daughter? What appeals to you about writing Epic Fantasy? 
 
Andrea:  The seed of inspiration started for me at the San Antonio WorldCon, when I went to lunch at the food court with my friends. My friend Marina Lostetter (who has since had a SF trilogy out and has a fantasy trilogy from Tor on the way) nearly choked on a piece of bone in her lunch. It started me thinking about using shards of bone as a source of magic. Of course, the idea evolved and grew a lot from there, and I added a lot of elements I enjoy seeing in books. It stewed in my brain for a while as I was working on other things. Once the ideas felt ready to me, I sat down and wrote the book! 

There's a lot that appeals to me about writing epic fantasy. I love the high stakes of it all—the clash of power and influence, the magic, the world-changing revelations. The scope allows for grand storytelling as well as allowing you to tie events to smaller, more intimate moments. And there's that sense of wonder that always seems to accompany epic fantasy. You can transport a reader to an utterly strange and new landscape, plus give them a sense of sweeping history, all from the comfort of their couch. 
 
 
 
TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Bone Shard Daughter? 
 
Andrea:  I checked out a lot of books from the library and read a lot of Wikipedia articles. I don't take a lot of notes when I research. I'm generally not trying to capture a particular time period or a particular place, but reading about historical events and specific places does help me pick out threads and patterns of what I want to see in my world. I also like to read travel guides and sometimes to watch some travel videos. The little details are important to me, and just looking at the photos and the things in the background can sometimes provide me with inspiration on what things I should include when writing. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Please tell us about the cover for The Bone Shard Daughter.
 
Andrea:  The art was done by Sasha Vinogradova and the design by Lauren Panepinto. The cover is less a direct representation of a scene in the novel and more representative of the elements in the novel as a whole. I love it so much! It pulls together so many important elements—the city buildings, the waves, the ships, and the key. And if you look closely, you'll notice a little creature in the bow of the key... 
 
 
TQ:  In The Bone Shard Daughter who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? 
 
Andrea:  I think in some ways Jovis was the easiest to write. He's got my silly sense of humor, and often feels exasperated with himself—something I deeply relate to. He's a fair bit grumpier than I am, but I also found it fun to write in that aspect of his personality. Sand was probably the most difficult to write. She starts, in some ways, much like a blank slate. Her circumstances are the most mysterious of all the characters, and she's figuring out what they mean as the story progresses. It's difficult to write a character like that in an engaging way, I think!
 
 
 
TQ:  Does The Bone Shard Daughter touch on any social issues?
 
Andrea:  I definitely tried to touch on some social issues. Ranami and Phalue's storyline is centered around their differences of privilege—they both love one another but are coming from two very different places in society. If they can't find a way to bridge that gap between them, their relationship falls apart and their whole island suffers for it. Lin is the daughter of the Emperor, trying to reclaim her place as heir. Although she focuses on this, she eventually has to decide if she wants to be the sort of leader her father has been or if she wants to take a different, less oppressive path. And Jovis is on a personal mission, one that ends up clashing with the greater purpose of the brewing revolution. He has to decide how much responsibility he has to others and to society, and whether that takes precedence over his personal needs. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Which question about The Bone Shard Daughter do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it! 
 
Andrea:  “Did you think The Bone Shard Daughter would be published when you were writing it?” 
 
I did not! When it went out on submission, I immediately started working on a new, completely different book so I wouldn't feel as bad if no one wanted to buy it. I'd had two prior books go out on submission to publishers that didn't sell, so the realistic part of me thought I'd just keep on to the next thing—I hadn't the best track record! I did feel like it was the best thing I'd written so far, but I always felt that way. I do try to improve with each book. 
 
 
 
TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Bone Shard Daughter. 
 
Andrea:  I think my favorite is: "I was Lin. I was the Emperor's daughter. And I would show him that even broken daughters could wield power." It just marks a big turning point for her and ties back to the very beginning. 
 
 
 
TQ:  What's next?
 
Andrea:  Next up are the next two books in The Drowning Empire trilogy, probably a sci-fi with time bubbles I've been fiddling with, and more epic fantasy in strange new worlds! I've got so many ideas and so many places I want to show people! 
 
 
 
TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Bone Shard Daughter
The Drowning Empire 1
Orbit, September 8, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
Introducing a major new voice in epic fantasy: in an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor, will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne.

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.






About Andrea 

Interview with Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

Andrea Stewart is the daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. Her parents always emphasized science and education, so she spent her childhood immersed in Star Trek and odd-smelling library books. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn’t pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California, and in addition to writing, can be found herding cats, looking at birds, and falling down research rabbit holes. 






Website ~ Twitter @AndreaGStewart

The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 22, 2020

It's Tuesday! 

There are 3 debuts this week: 

Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian (Adult Debut); 

The Peace Machine by Özgür Mumcu (English Debut); 

and 

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

From formerly featured DAC Authors: 

The Girl with No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles 2) by M. H. Boroson is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky; 

and

The Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen 2) by K. S. Villoso.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 22, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

September 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dead Man in a Ditch Luke Arnold F/UF - Fetch Phillips Archives 2
Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity (ri) Neal Asher SF/SP
Dracula's Child J.S. Barnes H/Occ/Sup/HistM
The Girl with No Face (h2mm) M. H. Boroson UF - The Daoshi Chronicles 2
Daughters of the Wild (D - Adult) Natalka Burian CoA/FL/MR/CW
The Peace Machine (D - English) Özgür Mumcu
Mark David Myers (Tr)
SF/SP/VM/Pol
Sweet Harmony (e) Claire North P/Sus
Seventh Perfection Daniel Polansky F
The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez Rudy Ruiz MR
The Doors of Eden Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/GenEng
And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America Harry Turtledove
James Morrow
Cat Rambo
AH/Satire/SF - Anthology
Fauna Christiane Vadnais
Pablo Strauss (Tr)
Dys/SF/AP/PA
Rolling Thunder (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 3
The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction (e)(ri) John Varley SF - Collection
Mammoth (e)(ri) John Varley SF/TT/Sus
Red Lightning (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 2
Red Thunder (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 1
The Thunder and Lightning Series (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning
The Ikessar Falcon K. S. Villoso F - Chronicles of the Bitch Queen 2
Hench (D) Natalie Zina Walschots Fiction
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy Martha Wells SF - Murderbot Diaries
The Immortal Words Jeff Wheeler F - Grave Kingdom 3
Shapers of Worlds: Science fiction & fantasy by authors featured on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers (e) Edward Willett (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



September 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. Howard Robert E. Howard H - Collection
The Perfection of Theresa Watkins: A Tor.com Original (e) Justin C. Key SF
The Chrysalids (e) John Wyndham SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Guest Blog by Tom Doyle - The Machine Stops: Avoiding the Singularity in My Science Fiction Novel

Please welcome Tom Doyle to The Qwillery. Tom is the author of the American Craft trilogy. Border Crosser, his most recent novel, will be published on October 1, 2020.






The Machine Stops: Avoiding the Singularity in My Science 
Fiction Novel 
         My new novel, Border Crosser, takes place centuries from now when humanity has spread out among the stars. But even in this distant future of miraculous technologies, the story’s secret agent heroine, Eris, has borderline personality disorder with a severe emotional amnesia component. This means that, though she remembers facts quite clearly, she has difficulty remembering how she felt previously about those facts, and thus can swing wildly from love to hate and back again.
         The persistence of untreated personality disorders isn’t the only incongruous feature of this far future. Humanity has banned human-like AI and has limited life-extension to two centuries. In other words, the progress of posthumanism and the technological singularity has in certain respects halted. 
         To explain why I’ve presented the future this way, I’m going to discuss the ways I and other science fiction authors deal with technological change in the far future. The bottom line is that, in one way or another, we all cheat, at least a little.
         In Border Crosser, the break in our use of posthuman technologies comes when we develop human-like artificial intelligences, setting off a hard singularity scenario. In typical science fiction fashion, the AIs attempt to take over. We prevail, but only by the skin of our teeth. 
         One of the ways the AIs exerted power was through very intimate and thorough psychological control of their human populations, so Eris’s nickname for this past conflict is “the Psych Wars.” When after these Wars humanity decides to ban a whole spectrum of posthuman technologies and psychological treatments, the so-called Psych Laws are born.
         My primary reason for this worldbuilding is that I wanted to tell a story in a space opera setting about borderline personality characters whose conditions remained untreated. But in doing that, I, like many authors before me, was dodging the singularity. 
         Some believe that there’s no choice for SF authors but to dodge it. The Wikipedia definition of the technological singularity is “a hypothetical point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization.” It’s the “unforeseeable” part that’s a particular problem. In many descriptions of the singularity, the period after that point of accelerating change is considered unimaginable to humans in the present day in the same way that an australopithecine couldn’t imagine our world. So, by definition, authors are inadequate to the task of writing about it, and many SF authors seem to focus on the near future for that reason. 
         This seems to me a cop out, but let’s say this version of the singularity is correct. Then perhaps the singularity isn’t going to happen? But that leads us to an implicit assumption in the definition above: a deterministic view of technological change. Even though the singularity supposedly marks a point no return, such a deterministic view means that our path toward that point is already inevitable. Any group that doesn’t adopt advanced technologies is put at an economic and military disadvantage to those that do, which eventually becomes a cultural survival disadvantage. Attempts at enforcement of any particular ban consistently break down in the face of these pressures. 
         One response to the apparent inevitability of posthumanism is to simply ignore it, as in the series bible for the original Star Trek:
         “But projecting the advanced capabilities of your starship, wouldn’t man at time have drastically altered such needs as food, physical love, sleep, etc.?
          Probably. But if we did it, it would be at the cost of so dehumanizing the STAR TREK characters that only a small fraction of the television audience would be interested, and the great percentage of viewers might even be repulsed.”
This strategy of ignoring the issue seems to work in a lot of popular entertainment in a way that wouldn’t, for example, in a hard SF short story. 
         But perhaps a deterministic view of technological change misses all the ways that culture both explicitly and unconsciously steers toward certain technologies and away from others. In Seveneves, Neal Stephenson refers to such cultural restraints as amishtics (after the Amish, who’ve decided not to use certain tech). Even minor differences in cultural preferences early could make large differences later.
         Finally, a frequent strategy for far-future writing is to have the singularity/posthuman point reached and go so seriously wrong that technological change is reversed (contrary to the definition of the singularity) and no one is going to let it happen again. The Dune books have this with the Butlerian Jihad. It’s part of the backstory to the alternative technologies in David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 trilogy. And even Star Trek has a nod to this with its Eugenics Wars. By adopting this strategy as well, I’m in good company. 
         Have I copped out? I’ve grumbled against other authors who’ve refused to imagine the far future because of the extent of change, so perhaps I should explore that horizon in some future book. But, as I said, the story I wanted to tell now was a combination of borderline personality and space opera. And most importantly, like much of SF it also has a lot to say about our present. Eris battles klept-oligarchs, theocrats, experts in genocide, human traffickers, and large-scale psychological manipulators. As much as I would’ve liked to imagine a world without such villains, it’s more important than ever for science fiction to also engage with the world as it is.





Border Crosser
1632, Inc., October 1, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 383 pages

Guest Blog by Tom Doyle - The Machine Stops: Avoiding the Singularity in My Science Fiction Novel
In a galaxy gone insane only a madwoman would fight for freedom.

Eris is a charismatic spy with a violent borderline personality and emotional amnesia--she doesn't remember her loyalties. This allows her to pass from world to world without mental scanners detecting her long-term intentions, making her a "border crosser."

The Asylum cabal has artificially amplified Eris's condition so that she'll cause interstellar chaos for the limited time she survives. When Eris discovers the Asylum's manipulation of her, she sets out to find its hidden leaders and destroy them.

From decadent old Earth to the frontier estates of Mars, Eris hunts her first quarry, the Asylum's architect of genocides. But when her chase leads her out to the stars, she discovers still deadlier dangers from humanity's past and her own. As she fights these galaxy-spanning nightmares, Eris must also struggle to recover her own mind.

As Eris would say, "The only thing necessary for interstellar evil to triumph is for brilliant and sexy killer me ever to stop, darling."





About Tom

Guest Blog by Tom Doyle - The Machine Stops: Avoiding the Singularity in My Science Fiction Novel

Tom Doyle’s latest novel, Border Crosser, tells the far-future adventures of Eris, a psychologically extreme secret agent whose shifting loyalties cause chaos wherever she goes in the galaxy. 

Tom is also the author of the contemporary fantasy American Craft trilogy from Tor Books. In the first novel, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way, the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of America's past. In the third book, War and Craft, it's Armageddon in Shangri-La, and the end of the world as we know it. 

Tom has survived Harvard, Stanford, and cancer, and he writes in a spooky turret in Washington, DC. He is an award-winning writer of short science fiction and fantasy, and you can find the text and audio of many of his stories on his website. 

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @tmdoyle2

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