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The View From Monday - June 26, 2017

Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Waking Land by Callie Bates;

Soul of the World by David Mealing;

and

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch;

The Race by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is out in Trade Paperback;

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 3) by R. S. Belcher

The Bones of the Earth (Bound Gods 2) by Rachel Dunne;

Escape Velocity (The Dire Earth Cycle 5) by Jason M. Hough;

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan.

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June 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Race (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/AP/PA
The Bear and the Nightingale (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF
Twelve Days Steven Barnes SF/SupTh
The Waking Land (D) Callie Bates F
The Queen of Swords R. S. Belcher HistF/WW - Golgotha 3
A Ghostly Light Juliet Blackwell PM - Haunted Home Renovation 7
HALO: Envoy (tp2mm) Tobias S. Buckell SF - HALO
Blackmail Rick Campbell TechTh
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 1
Mash Up (tp2mm) Gardner Dozois (Ed) MU -Anthology
The Bones of the Earth Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 2
Reach for You Pat Esden FR/Gothic - Dark Heart 3
Flashmob Christopher Farnsworth Th- John Smith 2
The Spawn of Lilith Dana Fredsti UF/DF
The Sweetest Burn Jeaniene Frost PNR - Broken Destiny 2
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF - Outlander
Eye of Terra (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 35
Spoonbenders Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The House of Memory Carolyn Haines PM - Pluto's Snitch 2
The Weaver's Lament (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 9
Eterna and Omega (h2mm) Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
Escape Velocity Jason M. Hough SF/Th - The Dire Earth Cycle 5
The Fatal Gate Ian Irvine F - The Gates of Good and Evil 2
The Fate of the Tearling (ri) Erika Johansen LF/F - Queen of the Tearling 3
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Legacies (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles 1
Unholy Blue Darby Kaye FR - Bannerman Boru 2
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (mm) Stephen King DF/MTI - The Dark Tower 1
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (ri) Stephen King Occ/Sup
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H/GH/Th
Enigma Tales Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Soul of the World (D) David Mealing F - The Ascension Cycle 1
Hunted Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians Novella
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices Yvonne Navarro MTI/DF/P - Supernatural
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Four Yvonne Navarro
S. D. Perry
MTI/SF - Aliens
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It Rose Pressey PM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 5
The Legion of Flame Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 2
Galactic Games (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Extinction Edge Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 2
The Court of Broken Knives (e) Anna Smith Spark F - Empires of Dust 1
Lawless and the Flowers of Sin (tp2mm) William Sutton HistM/HistTh - Lawless
Amatka (D) Karin Tidbeck LF/SF/VisMeta
Smoke (h2tp) Dan Vyleta LF/AH/HistF
A Dance in Blood Velvet Freda Warrington
The Witchwood Crown Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
StarCraft: Evolution (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/MTI - Starcraft



June 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Myths and Legends (e) Richard Dinnick SF- Doctor Who



June 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furthest Station Ben Aaronovitch UF - PC Grant Novella
Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe Lorna Jowett HC
Mightier than the Sword K. J. Parker F



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

The View From Monday - May 29, 2017


Happy last Monday in May!

There is one debut this week:

The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro.

The View From Monday - May 29, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Injection Burn (Dire Earth Cycle) by Jason M. Hough;

False Hearts by Laura Lam is out in Trade Paperback;

Arabella of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1) by David D. Levine in out in Mass Market Paperback (Arabella of Mars just won a Nebula Award - the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.);

Escapology by Ren Warom is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Invasive by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback. (Like ants? You might not after reading Invasive. Scared of ants? Then this is the stuff of nightmares.).

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

May 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gena Showalter Atlantis Series Complete Collection: Heart of the Dragon\Jewel of Atlantis\The Nymph King\The Vampire's Bride\The Amazon's Curse (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis



May 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lost Lake (tp2mm) Sarah Addison Allen CW/MR
White Hot Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 2
Cherished (e) Christina Bauer DF - Beholder 3
Lightning in the Blood Marie Brennan F - Varekai 2
Ghosts of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 2
Protected Lauren Dane PNR - Diablo Lake 2
Burn For Me Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 1
Shadow Reaper Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 2
The Damned Trilogy: A Call to Arms, The False Mirror, and The Spoils of War (e) Alan Dean Foster SF/GenEng
The Traveler (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
Dying Breath Heather Graham PNR - Krewe of Hunters 21
Blaze: A Dragon Romance Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 11
Blaze: Volume 4: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Feedback (h2mm) Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
Injection Burn Jason M. Hough SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series (h2tp) Robert Jordan
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Maria Simons
LC/SF/F - Wheel of Time
Skeleton Crew: Stories (tp2mm) Stephen King Sus
The Hidden Icon Jillian Kuhlmann F - Book of Icons 1
The Dread Goddess Jillian Kuhlmann F - Book of Icons 2
False Hearts (h2tp) Laura Lam SF/Th/GenEng
Arabella of Mars (h2mm) David D. Levine AH/HistF/F - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
The White Road Sarah Lotz Th
Nymphs Sari Luhtanen
Miikko Oikkonen
FR
The Dinosaur Knights (h2mm) Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Bones of the Past (D) Craig A. Munro F/DF
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices (e) Yvonne Navarro DF/P - Supernatural
Desperate Fire Christopher G. Nuttall SF - Angel in the Whirlwind 4
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz (tp2mm) Kerryn Offord
Rick Boatright
AH - Ring of Fire 21
Mormama Kit Reed P/Sup/Gothic
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (h2tp) Anne Rice Occ/Sup/Th - Vampire Chronicles 12
Black Tide Rising (h2mm) John Ringo
Gary Poole
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 5
Lily and the Octopus (h2tp) Steven Rowley LF
Extinction Horizon Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 1
The High Ground (tp2mm) Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials Saga 1
Dark Moon Rising (ri) James M. Thompson H
Fallout: The Hot War (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 2
Spectacle Rachel Vincent LF/CF - The Menagerie Series 2
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn Chris Vola H/SupTh
Hearts and Minds Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Escapology (tp2mm) Ren Warom SF/CyP
Invasive (h2mm) Chuck Wendig TechTh



May 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Gates of Antares: Open Signal Brandon Rospond (Ed) SF - Beyond Antares
The Dispatcher John Scalzi SF



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017


Happy Monday! Happy Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere)!


There is one debut this week - Christopher Mari's solo debut - The Beachhead.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



There are several books from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project 2) by Mishell Baker;

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher is out in Trade Paperback;

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough (former DAC author) and K. C. Alexander;

Ashes to Fire (Creatures of Light 2) by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi is out in Trade Paperback.

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



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March 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Heart of the Dragon (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis Series 1
The Memoirist Neil Williamson SF



March 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flames of Rebellion Jay Allan SF - Flames of Rebellion 1
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
Phantom Pains Mishell Baker UF - The Arcadia Project 2
The Brotherhood of the Wheel (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF/CF
Fellside (h2tp) M. R. Carey SupTh
Star's End Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Chalk Paul Cornell CF/DF
Bound Together Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 6
Orbital Cloud Taiyo Fujii SF - Orbital Cloud 1
Dante Guy Haley SF - Blood Angels
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction David G. Hartwell  (Ed)
Glenn Grant (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising Jason M. Hough
K. C. Alexander
SF/SO - Mass Effect: Andromeda
Gods of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 3
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
Relics Tim Lebbon DF/H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Shrike George Mann SF - Space Marine Legends 3
The Beachhead (D - Solo) Christopher Mari SF/AP/PA
Ashes to Fire Emily B. Martin F - Creatures of Light 2
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (h2tp) Iain Reid LF
The Collapsing Empire John Scalzi SF/SO
Follow Me Down Sherri Smith PsyTh/Sus/CW
Immortal Blood (ri) James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 3
Join (h2tp) Steve Toutonghi SF/F
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 139
Spymaster Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 1
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (h2tp) Glen Weldon PopCul



March 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ecdysis: A Tor.com Original (e) Julianna Baggott F
Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987): A Tor.com Original (e) A.C. Wise H



March 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
The Picture of Dorian Gray (e)(ri) Oscar Wilde Occ/Sup - Macmillan Collector's Library



March 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Immortal Progeny (e) Philippa Ballantine F - Fragile Gods 1
The Holocaust Averted: An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967 (h2tp) Jeffrey S. Gurock AH



March 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
There is Darkness in Every Room (Ke) Brian Fatah Steele AF/AC



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38


This is the thirty-eighth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Madeline Ashby (2012)

vN
The Machine Dynasty 1
Angry Robot, January 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, July 31, 2012

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

File Under: Science Fiction [Von Neumann Sisters | Fail Safe Fail | The Squid & the Swarm | Robot Nation]


iD
The Machine Dynasty 2
Angry Robot, March 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback
Trade Paperback and eBook, June 25, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.

Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.

File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]


ReV
The Machine Dynasty 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38
In the third and final installment of the Machine Dynasty, the rapture for which the self-replicating humanoid vN were engineered finally comes to pass. Now that the failsafe that once kept vN from harming humans has been hacked, all vN are discovering the promise – and the peril – of free will.
Her consciousness unleashed across computer systems all across the world, the vicious vN Portia stands poised to finally achieve her lifelong dream of bringing humanity to its knees. The old battle between her and her grand-daughter Amy comes to its epic conclusion in the war for the very systems that keep the planet running.

Can Amy get her family to the stars before Portia destroys every opportunity for escape and freedom?
File Under: Science Fiction





Jason Hough (2013)

Injection Burn
The Dire Earth Duology 1
Del Rey, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38
Part one of a thrilling action-adventure sci-fi duology featuring indomitable characters, incredible worlds, and plenty of rip-roaring action and thrills!

Rescue operation—or suicide mission?

Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships known as the Swarm Blockade. No human ships have ever made it past this impenetrable wall, and Skyler knows not what to anticipate when they reach their destination.

Safe to say that the last thing he expects to find there is a second human ship led by the tough-as-nails captain, Gloria Tsandi. These two crews—and their respective captains—initially clash, but they will have to learn to work together when their mutual foe closes in around them and begins the outright destruction of their vessels—along with any hope of a return to Earth.


Escape Velocity
The Dire Earth Duology 2
Del Rey, June 27, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 38
Part two of a thrilling action-adventure sci-fi duology featuring indomitable characters, incredible worlds, and plenty of rip-roaring action and thrills!

Search, destroy, survive!

Captains Skyler Luiken and Gloria Tsandi (and their respective crews) have smashed through the deadly Swarm Blockade but now find themselves scattered around the planet Carthage and the space stations she holds in her orbit. Their mission is now twofold: destroy the military compounds of a race of nefarious alien overlords and find a way back home to Earth.
 
Standing in their way are a race of horrifying, technologically advanced aliens armed with incredible weapons. Low on supplies and with their ability to communicate compromised, the surviving humans must rely on all their cunning, strength, and plain old good luck to turn the tables and overcome their foes.

The Dire Earth Duology begins with Injection Burn

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Mitchell Hogan (2011)

At the Sign of the Crow and Moon
A Sorcery Ascendant Prequel Novella
Mitchell Hogan, July 4, 2016
Kindle eBook, 81 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
A fast-paced fantasy adventure in the world of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, from Aurealis Award winning author Mitchell Hogan.

Ten years before A Crucible of Souls…

In the bustling capital city of the Mahruse Empire, Felicienne Shyrise spends her days as a talented investigator, taking on stolen goods and missing person cases, and the occasional murder the city guard are too incompetent, or too lazy, to resolve.

During nights, she hones her skills playing Dominion, a board game almost as complicated as life itself. She dreams of making a name for herself, and becoming the richest woman in the Empire.

But when she’s roped into a murky investigation by a First Adjudicator to the immortal Emperor himself, her life is thrown into disarray. Will this be the perfect opportunity to showcase her skills and make valuable connections, or will her future now be in the hands of political powers that can never be denied?

Working against her will, and afraid of the consequences of refusing the commission, she uncovers evidence that points to an attempt on the Emperor’s life. Felicienne rapidly finds herself a target, and must use her considerable wits to uncover the plot of an unseen enemy who always seems to be one step ahead of the game.

This is a standalone novella of 25,000 words. No prior knowledge of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence is required to enjoy it, which means it's a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Sorcery Ascendant veterans to spend a little more time with Felicienne Shyrise.


A Shattered Empire
Sorcery Ascendant Sequence 3
Harper Voyager, September 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 592 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked, and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice.

Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side.

And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: to save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power.

Failure will doom the world.

Success will doom Caldan.





Jon Hollins (Jonathan Wood) (2011)

Fool's Gold
The Dragon Lords 1
Orbit, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.

No one said they were smart.


False Idols
The Dragon Lords 2
Orbit, May 23, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

[cover not yet revealed]
Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure series.

The Dragons who once ruled over the land are dead.

The motley crew that stumbled through that revolution are rich and praised as saviors.

Everyone gets to live happily ever after, right?

Right?

Well, it might have worked out that way if the dragons in Kondorra had been the only ones. If they hadn't been just the tip of the spear about to fall upon the whole world...





Chris Holm (2012)

The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 15, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

- Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
- Nominated for the Lefty Award for Best World Mystery Novel
- Nominated for the Best Thriller Barry Award
- Nominated for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.


The Approach
Mulholland Books, August 9, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Hitman with a heart of gold Michael Hendricks is back in this digital-exclusive short story.

When a strip-club mogul puts out a hit on a dancer who won't give him off-the-clock attention, Hendricks takes a detour to Las Vegas to stop the job in its tracks. With tech genius Lester in his ear and a fake identity as cover, Hendricks has only one problem: he has no idea what the target looks like. Against the scorching heat of the city's desert outskirts, a case of mistaken identity nearly turns fatal, but our principled hitman has a few tricks of his own up his sleeve.


Red Right Hand
Mulholland Books, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
If the good guys can't save you, call a bad guy.

When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.

FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied; the FBI's sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again. So Charlie calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks.

Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen... or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie's witness--the Council--caught wind and targeted the people he loves. Teaming up with a young but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job.

Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when the competition's shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them. And now Hendricks is determined to take the Council down, even if that means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.





Jason M. Hough (2013)

Zero World
Del Rey, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.

Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.

Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator.


Injection Burn
The Dire Earth Duology 1
Del Rey, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

[cover not yet revealed]
Skyler Luiken, the daring hero of the Dire Earth Cycle, returns in the first book of a standalone action/sci-fi duology pitting a team of tenacious postapocalyptic survivalists against an incredible alien foe.


Escape Velocity
The Dire Earth Duology 2
Del Rey, June 27, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

[cover not yet revealed]
In the second book of the action/sci-fi duology that began with Injection Burn, Skyler Luiken’s elite team of space-faring adventurers must defeat a violent, technologically superior foe if they wish to ever return to Earth.





Sylvia Izzo Hunter (2014)

A Season of Spells
A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Ace, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
In the latest novel from the author of Lady of Magick, Sophie and Gray Marshall must save the Kingdom of Britain from a tide of dark magic…

Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Alas, sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance seems to be on shaky ground.

Sophie tries to spark a connection between Roland and Lucia by enlisting them both in her latest scheme: reopening the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. Though a vocal contingent believes that educating women spells ruin, Sophie and her friends dream of rebuilding the college for a new generation of women scholars.

But the future of the college—and of the kingdom—are imperiled when the men who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison and vanish without a trace. Sophie and Gray will need all their strength and ingenuity—and the help of friends both present and long past—to thwart the enemy at Britain’s gates.

The View from Monday on Tuesday! - May 31, 2016


Happy Tuesday! Here are today's releases. Look for the full June release list tomorrow.

Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green


There is one debut today - Devour by Kurt Anderson.

The View from Monday on Tuesday! - May 31, 2016


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) by Kelley Grant;

Zero World (h2mm) by Jason M. Hough is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley;

The Dirt on the Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson 9) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback

The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War 2) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Lazarus War: Legion (The Lazarus War 2) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback.


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May 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devour (D) Kurt Anderson Th
The Aftermath Ben Bova SF - Asteroid Wars 4
Penric's Demon Lois McMaster Bujold F - World of Five Gods 3.5
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (h2mm) W. Bruce Cameron Hu/M - Ruddy McCann 1
The Forgotten Room (h2mm) Lincoln Child SupTh/TechTh - Dr. Jeremy Logan 4
Virtues of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 1
Dancer's Lament Ian C. Esslemont F - Path to Ascendancy 1
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (ri) Diana Gabaldon HistF/TT/R - Outlander 8
The World Weavers Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 3
Extinction Biome: Invasion Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome
The Angel Wore Fangs Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 7
Beauty & the Beast: Fire at Sea Nancy Holder PNR /F - Beauty & the Beast 3
Zero World (h2mm) Jason M. Hough SF/Th
The Geek Feminist Revolution Kameron Hurley SocSci/Feminism
Blood Lust Alexandra Ivy PNR - The Sentinels 3
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 9
The Devouring God (e) James Kendley PTh - Tohru Takuda 2
Born of Betrayal (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - The League: Nemesis Rising 8
Insomnia (ri) Stephen King SupTh
Christine (ri) Stephen King SupTh
Force and Motion Jeffrey Lang SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Shadow Of Tyr Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 2
The Liar's Key (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 2
Ghost Road Blues (ri) Jonathan Maberry H/Th - A Pine Deep Novel 1
The Joe Ledger Series, Thus Far (e) Jonathan Maberry H/Th - Joe Ledger
Freedom of the Mask Robert McCammon HistTh - Matthew Corbett 6
The Dinosaur Lords (h2tp) Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 1
Leviathan's Blood Ben Peek F - Children Trilogy 2
A Shadow in the Deep (e) Anthony Pryor DF - The Shepherd 3
Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek Manu Saadia SocSci/Economics
The Lazarus War: Legion Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 2
The End of All Things (h2mm) John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War 6
Vicky Peterwald: Rebel Mike Shepherd SF - A Vicky Peterwald Novel 3
The Darkest Torment Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 12
Zeroes (h2mm) Chuck Wendig SF/CyberP
The Thief's Daughter Jeff Wheeler HistF - The Kingfountain Series 2
The Iron Jackal (tp2mm) Chris Wooding SP - Tale of  Ketty Jay 3



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
GoR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
PTh - Paranormal Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
V - Visionary

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases. 

Review: Zero World by Jason M. Hough


Zero World
Author:  Jason M. Hough
Publisher:  Del Rey, August 18, 2015
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
List Price:  $27.00 (print); $12.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780553391268 (print);  9780553391275 (eBook)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Zero World by Jason M. Hough
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.

Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.

Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator.



Qwill's Thoughts

With Zero World, Jason M. Hough shows that he is at the top of his game. The majority of the novel is set on Earth's twin which is startling in both its similarities to and differences from our Earth. From language differences to cultural and geopolitical differences Hough has captured in great detail how someone from our Earth would feel when being dropped in the deep end on Earth's twin. Peter Caswell is learning on the fly while hunting down a crew member missing from a spaceship in our solar system that had disappeared years before. He's a spy in a familiar yet strange land.

Peter Caswell is an incredible character - a clever spy with personal technology that helps him be faster and stronger among other things. However, even without the technology, Caswell is formidable. He's resourceful, smart and dangerous. He ends up having to rely on the help of a local, Melni Tavan. Melni is not just the 'Bond girl'. She's a fully developed and strong character who is an excellent match for Caswell. Melni helps him even though she has doubts about him. Melni is also full of surprises and has more of an ethical compass than Caswell.

There are unexpected twists, turns and revelations in Zero World that deepen the story. The world building and speculative science is well done and impressive. The pacing is breathtakingly fast and the writing crisp.

To say that I absolutely loved Zero World would be an understatement. Zero World combines everything I like about smart Science Fiction and edge-of-your-seat espionage thrillers with great characters and a genuinely engaging story. I hope that we will see more of Peter Caswell in our near future.

The View From Monday - August 17, 2015


Happy Monday! I spent most of the weekend at ComiConn which, after this weekend, has been renamed TerrifiCon.  Overall I was really impressed with this Con. I'll write more about this later this week, but here is a picture of Groot and friends:

The View From Monday - August 17, 2015


This a big week for Pathfinder Tales fans as the first 26 novels in the series are out in digital format from Tor Books.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Nightwise by R.S. Belcher;

Zero World by Jason M. Hough;

Across the Long Sea (Malachi and Avani 2) by Sarah Remy;

and

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig.



The View From Monday - August 17, 2015



August 17, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Darkness Torn Asunder (e) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin Novella
Twilight Hunger (e) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 5



August 18, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sabbat Crusade Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts 14
Tangling with the Tiger Vivi Andrews PNR - Lone Pine Pride 5
The Death of Antagonis David Annandale SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Deceptions Kelley Armstrong CF - Cainsville 3
Nightwise R. S. Belcher UF - Nightwise 1
The House of Shattered Wings Aliette de Bodard F/PA
Called to Darkness (e) Richard Lee Byers F - Pathfinder Tales 12
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (e) Becky Chambers SF/SO
Forbidden Cathy Clamp UF/Th
Forged by Love Lynne Connolly PHR - Even Gods Fall in Love 4
Winter Witch (e) Elaine Cunningham F - Pathfinder Tales 2
Irona 700 Dave Duncan HistF
Architect of Fate Christian Dunn (ed) SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
The Paradox Charlie Fletcher HistF - Oversight Trilogy 2
The Wizard's Mask (e) Ed Greenwood F - Pathfinder Tales 15
King of Chaos (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 16
Master of Devils (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 5
Prince of Wolves (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 1
Queen of Thorns (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 11
From Russia With Claws Molly Harper writing as Gia Corona and Jacey Conrad PNR
The Hunt for Voldorius Andy Hoare SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Zero World Jason M. Hough SF
Pirate's Honor (e) Chris A. Jackson F - Pathfinder Tales 14
Pirate's Promise (e) Chris A. Jackson F - Pathfinder Tales 24
Plague of Shadows (e) Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 3
Stalking the Beast (e) Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 17
The Lady In Pink (e) J.A. Kazimer PM - Deadly Ever After 2
Shade of Pale (e)(ri) Greg Kihn M/F
Firesoul (e) Gary Kloster F - Pathfinder Tales 25
Blood of the City (e) Robin D. Laws F - Pathfinder Tales 10
The Worldwound Gambit (e) Robin D. Laws F - Pathfinder Tales 4
Hallow Point Ari Marmell UF - Mick Oberon Job 2
Song of the Serpent (e) Hugh Matthews F - Pathfinder Tales 7
Blood and Water and Other Stories (ri) Patrick McGrath GO - Collection
Nightblade (e) Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 23
Nightglass (e) Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 9
The Trials Linda Nagata SF - Red Trilogy 2
The Two of Swords: Part Seven (e) K.J. Parker HistF - The Two of Swords
City of the Fallen Sky (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 8
Liar's Blade (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 13
Reign of Stars (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 22
Across the Long Sea (e) Sarah Remy F - Malachi and Avani 2
Damage Report (e) Mandy M. Roth PNR - Immortal Outcasts 2
An Alpha's Choice (e) Carrie Ann Ryan PNR - Talon Pack 2
The Crusader Road (e) Michael A. Stackpole F - Pathfinder Tales 21
Death's Heretic (e) James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales 6
The Redemption Engine (e) James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales 20
Blood Angels: The Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000: Blood Angels
Blood Angels: The Second Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000: Blood Angels
Forge of Ashes (e) Josh Vogt F - Pathfinder Tales 26
Skinwalkers (e) Wendy N. Wagner F - Pathfinder Tales 19
The Broken Eye (h2tp) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 3
Zer0es Chuck Wendig SF/Tech
The Banished of Muirwood Jeff Wheeler F - Covenant of Muirwood 1
Human Nature Eileen Wilks UF - Novella of the Lupi 1
The Dagger of Trust (e) Chris Willrich F - Pathfinder Tales 18



August 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wolf Alma Alexander UF - Were Chronicles 2


e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

F - Fantasy
GO - Gothic
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Space Opera
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy




Cover Reveal: Zero World by Jason M. Hough

Over the weekend, Jason M. Hough treated his newsletter subscribers to the reveal of the cover for his next novel, Zero World. This is the first novel in Jason's Conduit series and will be published by Del Rey on September 15th in North America. Jason is the author of the fabulous Dire Earth Cycle novels (3 novels and 1 short). So without further ado, Zero World:



Zero World
Conduit 1
Del Rey, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Jacket design: David G. Stevenson
Jacket photograph: © Gene Mollica

Cover Reveal: Zero World by Jason M. Hough
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike anything he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the very fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that appears to be Earth’s twin.

Peter quickly discovers that this mirrored world is indeed very different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But nothing can prepare him for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.





Cover Reveal: Zero World by Jason M. Hough
Photo by Nathan Hough
Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is the bestselling author of THE DARWIN ELEVATOR, THE EXODUS TOWERS, and THE PLAGUE FORGE. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal FatigueAliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has also worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning.

THE DARWIN ELEVATOR began in 2008 as a Nanowrimo project.  The book released on July 30th 2013 in the US and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week. DARWIN is Jason’s first published fiction.

The trilogy, collectively called THE DIRE EARTH CYCLE, was released in the summer of 2013. Jason's next book, ZERO WORLD, is due out in September 2015.

He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, two young sons, and a dog named Missbuster.

Website  ~  Twitter @JasonMHough  ~  Facebook  ~  Google+  ~  Blog  ~  Newsletter

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014


Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014


Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future
Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough

(I recently pulled fellow author Karina Sumner-Smith into a chat about dystopias, and whether or not we should be writing more hopeful futures. Transcript follows…- Jason)

Jason Hough: I guess we should begin at the beginning. How do you define a Dystopia? The dictionary says "the opposite of a Utopia" and I feel like that's a matter of perspective, from the characters POV’s.

Karina Sumner-Smith: Dystopias are, I think, very much about character perspective. A dystopia is an undesirable society or community, but “undesirable” means different things to different people – just as your vision of utopia could be very different from mine.

But given the popularity of dystopian YA fiction in recent years, I think that the word “dystopia” makes readers think of certain things. Totalitarian governments. Rebellion against the system. A rigid system that controls personal choice. I’d say these things are a reflection of our times – a sign of what our society thinks of as frightening. Probably, in no small part because those are things that we can see or imagine happening in our own lives. They’re the patterns of society taken to extremes.

Jason Hough: Maybe it's, at least in many cases, simply the antagonist's utopia. Or at least, on that trajectory.

Karina Sumner-Smith: That's a good point, the antagonist's utopia creating the main character's dystopia. Do you think that a dystopia needs to be paired with a utopian society to be successful? I note that we've both done something similar in our works.

Jason Hough: I'm not sure it needs to be, though it seems realistic that there's at least someone living the good life when everyone else is suffering. Otherwise it probably becomes a post-apocalyptic tale. You can see this with North Korea, where most everyone lives in terrible conditions, except those in power - they probably think it's a pretty good setup.

I've seen a lot of chatter lately that SF/F and YA are too focused on Dystopias, that it's depressing, that we have some kind of duty to write about happy futures. What's your reaction to that?

Karina Sumner-Smith: On a base level, I don't think writers have a duty to write about *anything*. There are no mandatory subjects! Of course, we are influenced by the dictates of the market – or, more importantly, what audiences are interested in reading.

But this idea that people are required to have happy stories to feel positive about the future is, frankly, frustrating. Not because I'm against positive or hopeful tales – anything but! – but because it implies something about the nature of story, and what those stories are supposed to do. Stories are to entertain. Stories need to connect with an audience, and to do that, we often reflect things that are concerning to us as authors and as citizens. Literature is a reflection of our times, focused through each author's unique lens.

Jason Hough: I agree. And I think if it's a trend recently it's for a complex set of reasons. Some highly successful books made it a market the publishers want to tap into, for starters. Real-world events, and not just Snowden's revelations about surveillance, pile in there, too. It makes sense to me that our fiction would reflect such things. The "hopeful" SF mostly came out of the space-race era, when everyone thought we'd be all over the solar system by now. Besides, these things are cyclical.

Karina Sumner-Smith: Personally, I find that darker stories create great opportunity for contrast. Characters finding hope and light in the most challenging situations is, for me, more rewarding.

Jason Hough: Yes, yes! That's very important. Drama is conflict, and a setting that starts out at rock bottom is definitely cued up for a lot of that.

Karina Sumner-Smith: Is that what drew you towards writing post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories, the potential for conflict?

Jason Hough: Exactly that. I had been thinking about a space elevator, and how, unlike launching rockets which can happen from just about anywhere, the elevator has a very specific geographic location. A spot that would be controlled, managed, and fought over. I loved the idea of having an apocalyptic event on the ground, leaving things wretched below and still very utopian up above, but everyone still reliant on one another. The funny thing is I never really saw it as dystopian until after it came out and people started saying it. My goal was to have characters act like complex human beings, instead of all banding together. Even in a desperate situation, there are still people who are power hungry, greedy, and petty.

Karina Sumner-Smith: I know that one of the things I love in such stories is seeing what's left behind – infrastructure, environment, and people. An apocalyptic or other drastic scenario is an interesting way to pry into both human nature and the workings of our society. Who are we when everything else has fallen into ruin?

Jason Hough: Yeah, it definitely strips us down to our core. I love apocalypse stories for that reason to. "All the power goes out" type settings are always fascinating, especially because they make us examine our own situation. As an aside, I think it’s funny that people do thought-experiments about how to deal with the apocalypse, but not a dystopia. I guess it's easier to wrap our minds around a single, horrible event rather than a slow crawl into some oppressive governance situation?

Karina Sumner-Smith: Easier, for sure. One is a sudden wrenching change from "normal", while the other lets normal life continue, with little incremental changes. Societal change towards a dystopia would, I think, be very much like the frog in boiling water.

I have to laugh because the book beside me is a non-fiction title, THE DISASTER DIARIES: ONE MAN'S QUEST TO LEARN EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE.

Jason Hough: That sounds interesting. Useful for research! I keep the SAS SURVIVAL GUIDE on the shelf near my desk for the same reason.

Karina Sumner-Smith: What about other works in the genre? If you say "dystopian," people think of HUNGER GAMES or DIVERGENT, but post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature have been part of SFF for years. Do you have any favorites on your shelf?

Jason Hough: 1984 is the classic, to me. What are your favorites?

Karina Sumner-Smith: I have piles. I’ve definitely drawn inspiration from one of my favorite authors, Sean Stewart, in that. He has a few novels about what happens after a magical apocalypse, GALVESTON and THE NIGHT WATCH being my favorites. There's also some excellent short fiction – Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” is a quintessential utopian/dystopian tale for me. For anthologies, Datlow/Windling’s AFTER and John Joseph Adams' WASTELANDS are two great ones that come to mind.

Jason Hough: Nice! In the apocalypse realm I'd have to go with Robert R. McCammon's SWAN SONG, and for post-apoc I really love Stephen King's DARK TOWER series.

Karina Sumner-Smith: Where do you think the dividing line is between those two sub-genres, dystopian and post-apocalyptic? Or is there one? Does any apocalypse story, with enough time/distance, necessarily become a dystopia?

Jason Hough: I'm not sure they're mutually exclusive. Post-apocalypse is about survival after an apocalyptic event. Dystopia, to me, really just describes a current state of living for the protagonist(s) as being a very undesirable situation – from the reader's perspective, not necessarily the character. The frog in boiling water analogy you mentioned is great, because in a post-apocalyptic story set well after whatever calamity brought us to that point, the people living in that time might not see it as necessarily terrible. It's what they're used to.

Karina Sumner-Smith: I think there's also something to be said about the scope of the story. One woman living out in the edge of nowhere, twenty years after the end of the world, would likely still have a post-apocalyptic style and tone, whereas a story about a community or attempts to rebuild 6 months after a disaster would likely trend towards dystopian.

Jason Hough: Definitely.

Karina Sumner-Smith: But lots of folks in a dystopian society also see their situation as normal. That sense of hopelessness or inevitability often weighs down many, whereas the main character might see things a little differently.

Jason Hough: What about hopeful SF? Any favorites? I'm kind of chuckling here because most of the ones I can think of are all about settling other worlds, which is sort of a cop-out in the hope department, really. Yeah, it's hopeful, but only because we left all of Earth's crap behind and are starting over!

Karina Sumner-Smith: I think that some of the most hopeful SF stories are, to me, not about the process of settling new worlds or making new discoveries, but those in which humanity is already spread across the stars and keeps expanding. I love a good space adventure, like Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels. I've also been eying James A. Corey's LEVIATHAN WAKES, which is sitting near the top of my to-read pile. I've heard great things ... though I can't say how hopeful it is.

Jason Hough: Ah, well Corey's is quite epic and has lots of different settings and situations. I'm on the second book of a planned nine, so I haven't reached the part yet where there's much hope.

Karina Sumner-Smith: I think that the challenge in writing really interesting hopeful fiction, is finding a conflict that feels true and real on a wide scale within that sort of society. Of course, SF doesn't always have to have such a huge scope – there are lots of smaller, interesting character stories that could be set against that background.

Jason Hough: Absolutely agree. Look at Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN. One guy on Mars, struggling to survive. It's both hopeful and intensely small in scope.

Karina Sumner-Smith: I want to read that one! So, Jason, what’s next for you? Are you staying in the realm of post-apocalyptic and dystopian SF?

Jason Hough: My next book has more of a Cold War vibe. So I suppose it's neither, but on the cusp of becoming one or both. How about you?

Karina Sumner-Smith: After finishing the Towers Trilogy, I'm hoping to write a very different kind of fantasy disaster novel, something quieter and more personal (though, of course, I love big explosions). SFF is so broad, there are lots of ideas and stories I'd like to explore – but I think there's something compelling in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction that will keep me coming back for more, even if it's just a short story or two.

Jason Hough: It is compelling. I'm not tired of it at all, despite the supposed saturation in the genre lately.

Karina Sumner-Smith: Like you said, everything is cyclical.

Jason Hough: Maybe the really scary future is when the Universe stops being so.





The Authors

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
Photo by Lindy Sumner-Smith
Karina Sumner-Smith is a fantasy author and freelance writer. Her debut novel, Radiant, was published by Talos/Skyhorse in September 2014, with the second and third books in the trilogy to follow in 2015. Prior to focusing on novel-length work, Karina published a range of fantasy, science fiction and horror short stories, including Nebula Award nominated story “An End to All Things,” and ultra-short story “When the Zombies Win,” which appeared in two Best of the Year anthologies. Visit her at karinasumnersmith.com.


Website  ~  Twitter @ksumnersmith  ~  Goodreads  ~  Pinterest



Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
Photo by Nathan Hough
Jason M. Hough is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator (Del Rey, 2013), and two more books in the Dire Earth Cycle. Before becoming a full-time writer he designed video games, did 3D modeling and animation, and worked on machine learning software that optimizes battery life for mobile phones. His latest release is The Dire Earth, a novella prequel to The Darwin Elevator. Visit him at jasonhough.com


Website  ~  Twitter @JasonMHough  ~  Facebook  ~  G+  ~  Blog






The Books

Radiant
Towers Trilogy 1
Talos, September 30, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.




The Dire Earth Cycle

The Darwin Elevator
The Dire Earth Cycle 1
Del Rey, July 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.


The Exodus Towers
The Dire Earth Cycle 2
Del Rey, August 27, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
The Exodus Towers features all the high-octane action and richly imagined characters of The Darwin Elevator—only the stakes have never been higher.

The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator’s base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders’ plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin—all while trying to solve the puzzle of the Builders’ master plan . . . before it’s too late for the last vestiges of humanity.


The Plague Forge
The Dire Earth Cycle 3
Del Rey, September 24, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
The Plague Forge delivers an unbeatable combination of knockout action and kick-ass characters as the secrets to the ultimate alien mystery from The Darwin Elevator and The Exodus Towers are about to be unraveled.

The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler’s team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics—and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals—all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?


The Dire Earth
The Dire Earth Novella
Del Rey, November 18, 2014
eNovella, 124 pages

Cross-interview: Dystopias and Hope for the Future with Karina Sumner-Smith and Jason M. Hough - December 18, 2014
Jason M. Hough goes back to the beginning with this eBook exclusive novella, the prequel to the New York Times bestseller The Darwin Elevator. An indispensable introduction to a trilogy wrought with action, imagination, and mystery, The Dire Earth is sure to thrill new readers and diehard fans alike.

In the middle of the twenty-third century, an inexplicable disease engulfs the globe, leaving a trail of madness and savagery in its wake. Dutch air force pilot Skyler Luiken discovers he is immune to the disease when he returns from a mission to find the world in chaos, but he soon realizes that he’s not the only one to have endured the apocalypse. Elsewhere, the roguish Skadz, the cunning Nigel, and the tough-as-nails Samantha each make their way toward the last remaining bastion of sanity: Darwin, Australia, home to a mysterious alien artifact that may hold the key to the survival of the human race.

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