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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.

The View From Monday - May 20, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay

and

Mischief and Mayhem (Faerlands Chronicles 1) by S. D. Nicholson.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Queenslayer (Spellslinger 5) by Sebastien de Castell;

Warlock Holmes - The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning;

and

Starship Repo by Patrick S. Tomlinson.

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The View From Monday - May 20, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - May 20, 2019



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

May 20, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
End Transmission (e) Robyn Bachar SFR - The Galactic Cold War 3
Throwback (e) Lynn Hortel H



May 21, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Scent Keeper Erica Bauermeister CW/FL/CoA/MR
Pimp My Airship Maurice Broaddus SP/SF - A Naptwon Airship Novel 1
Gather the Fortunes Bryan Camp CF - A Crescent City Novel 2
Triumphant Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 3
Queenslayer Sebastien de Castell F/HU/CoA - Spellslinger 5
The Long Way Home (e) Richard Chizmar SS/H - Collection
Warlock Holmes - The Sign of Nine G. S. Denning Cr/F/HU
Broken Shadow Jaine Fenn F/AP/PA - Shadowlands 2
Year of the Orphan (D) Daniel Findlay Dys
An Illusion of Thieves Cate Glass F - Chimera 1
The Summoning Heather Graham PNR/GH/SupTh - Krewe of Hunters 27
Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water Vylar Kaftan SF/CyP
Shadowblade Anna Kashina F/FR
Winchester Undead: Winchester Storm (Book Five) and Winchester Triumph (Book Six)Dave Lund SF/AP/PA - Winchester Undead 5 and 6
The Clockmaker's Daughter (h2tp) Kate MortonLF
VesselLisa A. Nichols SFTh
The Empire of Ashes (h2tp)Anthony Ryan F/DF - The Draconis Memoria 3
Second Stage Lensmen (ri)E.E. 'Doc' Smith SF/SO/SE/AC - Golden Age Masterworks
The Heads of Cerberus Francis Stevens SF/TT/Dys - Modern Library Torchbearers
Starship RepoPatrick S. Tomlinson SF/AC/HU



May 24, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mischief and Mayhem (D) S. D. Nicholson HistF - Faerlands Chronicles 1


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
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
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)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary & Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - June 25, 2018


Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley;

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse;

and

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg.

The View From Monday - June 25, 2018 The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Killing Is My Business (Ray Electromatic Mysteries 2) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker is out in Trade Paperback;

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson is out in Trade Paperback;

Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

All the Nations of the Sky (Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 11) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers 1) by Alex White.

The View From Monday - June 25, 2018 The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
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The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 25, 2018



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

June 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Entangled: The Homecoming (e) Barbara Bretton PNR - The Sugar Maple Chronicles 6



June 26, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Fall of Lucifer (ri) Wendy Alec F - Chronicles of Brothers, Time Before Time 1
The First Judgement (ri) Wendy Alec F - Chronicles of Brothers, Time Before Time 2
Iron and Magic (e) Ilona Andrews PNR - The Iron Covenant 1
Yarrick: The Omnibus David Annandale SF - Yarrick
The Girl in the Tower (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF - Winternight Trilogy 2
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury (h2tp) Jay Bonansinga H/SupTh/MTI - The Walking Dead 8
The Hospital Ahmed Bouanani
Lara Vergnaud (Tr)
LF
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Six Diane Carey
John Shirley
MTI/SF/AC/H
Killing Is My Business (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF/PI/Noir - Ray Electromatic Mysteries 2
Paradox Bound (h2tp) Peter Clines SF/H/TT
The Day After Gettysburg (h2mm) Robert Conroy
J.R. Dunn
AH
Outside the Fire Boyd Craven SF/AP/PA - An Economic Collapse Story
The Master of Mankind (tp2mm) Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Horus Heresy 41
Dark Challenge (ri) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 5
The Darkest Time of Night (D) Jeremy Finley Sus/SF/AC
The Gods of Sagittarius Eric Flint
Mike Resnick
SF
HALO: Bad Blood Matt Forbeck SF - Halo
Red Waters Rising Laura Anne Gilman HistF - The Devil's West 3
The Map of Moments Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF/CF - Hidden Cities 2
Spoonbenders (h2tp) Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The Half-Drowned King (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuyker Saga - The Golden Wolf Saga 1
A Plague of Giants (h2mm) Kevin Hearne F/P
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels (h2tp) Joe Hill H- Collection
The Rules of Magic (h2tp) Alice Hoffman LF - The Practical Magic Series 1
The Book of the Unwinding (h2tp) J.D. Horn CF - Witches of New Orleans 2
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (h2tp) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Devil Sharks Chris Jameson H/Sus
Damnation Valley William W. Johnstone
J.A. Johnstone
W/F/Hist - The Frontiersman 4
War of Secrets Phil Kelly SF - Space Marine Conquests 3
Jade City (h2tp) Fonda Lee F/Cr/Saga - The Green Bone Saga 1
Drop by Drop Morgan Llywelyn SF/AP/PA/TechTh - Step by Step 1
What Blooms from Dust James Markert Hist/Rel/MR/LF
The Dinosaur Princess (h2mm) Victor Milan F - The Dinosaur Lords 3
Awakened James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
H
Summerland Hannu Rajaniemi SF/AH
Trail of Lightning (D) Rebecca Roanhorse Dys - The Sixth World 1
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington Charles Rosenberg AH/HistTh/LegalTh
Confessions of the Fox (D) Jordy Rosenberg LF/Hist
The Round-Dance of Water Kuznetsov Sergey
Valeriya Yermishova (Tr)
LF/MU/MR - Russian Literature Series
The Darkest Warrior Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 14
Head Full of Joy Ognjen Spahic LF/Dys
Gate Crashers Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/AC
The Dark Blood of Poppies (ri) Freda Warrington F/DF/CF
The Risen Empire Scott Westerfeld SF/SO - Succession 1
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - The Salvagers 1
The Clockwork Dynasty (h2tp) Daniel H. Wilson SF/Th/AH



June 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All the Nations of the Sky (e) Michael Underwood F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 11



June 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rough Justice Kelley Armstrong F
Mira's Last Dance Lois McMaster Bujold F
Blood's a Rover Harlan Ellison SF
University Bentley Little H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson


Patrick S. Tomlinson announced yesterday that Tor Books has bought three novels in a new series set in "The Breach" universe. The first novel, Gate Crashers, comes out in June 2018, followed by Starship Repo in 2019. Book three will follow in 2020. Patrick is the author of the Children of a Dead Earth Trilogy published by Angry Robot.

You can find Patrick online at his website: www.patrickstomlinson.com, on Twitter @stealthygeek and on Facebook.



Gate Crashers
The Breach 1
Tor Books, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson
During humanity's furthest trip into the greater galaxy, the exploration vessel Magellan, or as she prefers "Maggie,"discovers an alien artifact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Maggie's Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home.

Meanwhile, at mission control, the government struggles to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and everyone else who wants a piece of the science that could skyrocket humanity into a new technological golden age.

Little does everyone involved know that the bumbling of a few dozen highly evolved apes hasn't gone unnoticed and the people of Earth have put themselves on a collision course with a far wider, and potentially hostile, galaxy.





Children of a Dead Earth Trilogy

Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson
The Ark
Children of a Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A murder mystery set on a generation ship months from reaching Humanity’s new home.

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]



Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson
Trident's Forge
Children of a Dead Earth 2
Angry Robot, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

New planet. New life. Same old S#*@.

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery.

Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

File Under: Science Fiction [ First Contact | Last Massacre | Truth and Lies | Welcome to Our Planet ]



Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson
Children of the Divide
Children of a Dead Earth 3
Angry Robot, August 1, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

No matter how far humanity comes, it can’t escape its own worst impulses, in this far-future science fiction thriller from the author of The Ark.

A new generation comes of age eighteen years after humanity arrived on the colony planet Gaia. Now threats from both within and outside their Trident threaten everything they’ve built.

The discovery of an alien installation inside Gaia’s moon, terrorist attacks and the kidnap of a man’s daughter stretch the community to breaking point, but only two men stand a chance of solving all three mysteries before the makeshift planetary government shuts everything down.

File Under: Science Fiction


Children of a Dead Earth - New Novel and New Covers


Children of the Divide, the 3rd novel in the Children of a Dead Earth series by Patrick S. Tomlinson, will be be published by Angry Robot in August 2017. Angry Robot has redone the covers for the series in celebration of the upcoming 3rd novel. I love the new covers by Lee Gibbons which means I'll have to buy the first 2 in the series again.


The Ark
Children of a Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Children of a Dead Earth - New Novel and New Covers
A murder mystery set on a generation ship months from reaching Humanity’s new home.

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]




Trident's Forge
Children of a Dead Earth 2
Angry Robot, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Children of a Dead Earth - New Novel and New Covers
New planet. New life. Same old S#*@.

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery.

Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

File Under: Science Fiction [ First Contact | Last Massacre | Truth and Lies | Welcome to Our Planet ]




Children of the Divide
Children of a Dead Earth 3
Angry Robot, August 1, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Children of a Dead Earth - New Novel and New Covers
No matter how far humanity comes, it can’t escape its own worst impulses, in this far-future science fiction thriller from the author of The Ark.

A new generation comes of age eighteen years after humanity arrived on the colony planet Gaia. Now threats from both within and outside their Trident threaten everything they’ve built.

The discovery of an alien installation inside Gaia’s moon, terrorist attacks and the kidnap of a man’s daughter stretch the community to breaking point, but only two men stand a chance of solving all three mysteries before the makeshift planetary government shuts everything down.

File Under: Science Fiction

The View From Monday - April 4, 2016


Happy first Monday in April!  There are 2 debuts this week:

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings;

and

Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles 1) by Jadah McCoy.

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Click on each cover to go to Amazon.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

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Click on the each cover to go Amazon.

Jericho by Alex Gordon;

Spira Mirabilis (The Wave Trilogy 3) by Aidan Harte;

Burned (An Alex Verus Novel 7) by Benedict Jacka;

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James;

Trident's Forge (Children of a Dead Earth 2) by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

and

There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (Genrenauts) by Michael R. Underwood.



The View From Monday - April 4, 2016



April 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop (h2tp) Andrew Klavan Occ/Sup/Th
Artificial (D) Jadah McCoy CyberP/SFR - The Kepler Chronicles 1



April 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Breach of Crust Ellery Adams PM - A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 5
Asteroid Made of Dragons G. Derek Adams SF/Hu
The Plague Dogs (ri) Richard Adams LF
Clockwork Phoenix 5 Mike Allen (Ed) Anthology - F
Eva Luna (ri) Isabel Allende LF/MR
The Stories of Eva Luna Isabel Allende LF/MR
Surviving Home (tp2mm) A. American Dys - Survivalist 2
Blood of the Cosmos (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO -Saga of Shadows 2
White Tiger Jennifer Ashley Shifter's Unbound 8
Tales of the Time Scouts 2 Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF
The Water Knife (h2tp) Paolo Bacigalupi LF/AP/PA/Th/Tech
The Broken Hours: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft Jacqueline Baker SF
Ultima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF/AC - Proxima 2
Underwater Fistfight Matt Betts SF/H
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent Marie Brennan F - A Natural History of Dragons 4
Blazing Earth Terri Brisbin FR - A Novel of the Stone Circles 3
Mirror Sight (tp2mm) Kristen Britain DF - Green Rider 5
Fellside M. R. Carey Th/Sup
I Dream of Dragons Ashlyn Chase PNR - Boston Dragons 1
Visitor C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 17
Tracker (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 16
Dominion John Connolly
Jennifer Ridyard
SF - The Chronicles of the Invaders 3
Timeless Desire (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Flirting with Forever (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Of Treasons Born J. L. Doty SF/SO - Treasons Cycle
An Unhappy Medium Dawn Eastman PM - A Family Fortune Mystery 4
Wicked Charms (h2mm) Janet Evanovich
Phoef Sutton
PM - A Lizzy and Diesel Novel 3
The Mountain (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF/Th - Event Group Thrillers 10
Jericho Alex Gordon CF
Smoke and Fire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 9
Smoke and Fire: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Spira Mirabilis Aidan Harte F - The Wave Trilogy 3
Her Werewolf Hero Michele Hauf PNR
The Pitchfork of Destiny (e) Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/ LM - Charming Tales 2
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 10
Burned Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 7
Lost Among the Living Simone St. James Hist/GO/GH
Arena (D) Holly Jennings SF/Dys/SFR - Arena 1
Dragonbane (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
Silence Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
SF/UF - Serrated Edge 9
Septimania Jonathan Levi MR
Replica (e) Shannon Mayer
Denise Grover Swank
H - Blood Borne 2
Down to Zero (e) Jon McGoran Th - Carrick & Watkins Short Story
Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire CF
Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 32
Blood Sacrifices Brian Moreland H - Collection
The War Against the Assholes (h2tp) Sam Munson CF
Trial of Intentions (h2mm) Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 2
Sever Brian Parker H/PA - Washington, Dead City 3
The Kasari Nexus Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 1
The Worm Returns J.R. Rain
Piers Anthony
F/W
Kharn: Eater of Worlds Anthony Reynolds SF - Space Marines
Zero State Cam Rogers SF - Quantum Break 1
Maestro R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 2
Total War: Lord of Chaos Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Alight Scott Sigler SF - The Generations Trilogy 2
The Demonists Thomas E. Sniegoski UF/DF - Demonists 1
Shooting the Rift Alex Stewart SF/SO
Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller Whitley Strieber Th - Alien Hunter Series 3
Spiral Koji Suzuki H/SupTh - Ring Trilogy
Immortal Redeemed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Doom of the Elves: The Curse of Khaine / Deathblade Gav Thorpe
C L Werner
SF - The End Times 2
The Story of Kullervo J.R.R. Tolkien F
Trident's Forge Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/SO - Children of a Dead Earth 2
Almost Dark Letitia Trent UF
Persona (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine SF - Persona Sequence1
Wolf on a Mission N. J. Walters
The Beast J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
The Edge of Worlds Martha Wells F - A Novel of the Raksura 4
A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh M - Plague Times Trilogy 1
Dead Letters Anthology Conrad Williams (Ed) H - Anthology
Total War: The Emperor's Armies Chris Wraight F - Warhammer



April 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freedom is Space for the Spirit: A Tor.Com Original (e) Glen Hirshberg UF
There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/PA - Genrenauts



April 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements Rikke Schubart (Ed) HC


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
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
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37


This is the thirty-seventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

The Flux
'Mancer 2
Angry Robot, October 6, 2015
     (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Angry Robot, October 1, 2015 (UK Print)
Cover art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Love something enough, and your obsession will punch holes through the laws of physics. That devotion creates unique magics: videogamemancers. Origamimancers. Culinomancers.

But when ‘mancers battle, cities tremble…

ALIYAH TSABO-DAWSON: The world’s most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist’s magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She’s furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother – and her temper tantrums can kill.

PAUL TSABO: Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father. He’s gone toe-to-toe with the government’s conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he’ll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands – whether Aliyah likes it or not.

THE KING OF NEW YORK: The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal ‘mancers.

Paul’s family is the key to keep the King’s crumbling empire afloat. But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah’s deadly rebellious streak…

File Under: Urban Fantasy


Fix
('Mancer 3)
Angry Robot, September 1, 2016
     (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Angry Robot, September 6, 2016 (UK Print)

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America’s long sent its best SMASH agents overseas to deal with the European crisis. As of today, they decided dismantling your operation was more important than containing the Bastogne Broach. Now you’re dealing with the real professionals.

Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Political activist. Loving father. His efforts to decriminalize magic have made him the government’s #1 enemy – and his fugitive existence has robbed his daughter of a normal life.

Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: Videogamemancer. Gifted unearthly powers by a terrorist’s magic. Raised by a family of magicians, she’s the world’s loneliest teenager – because her powers might kill anyone she befriends.

The Unimancers: Brain-burned zombies. Former ‘mancers, tortured into becoming agents of the government’s anti-‘mancer squad. An unstoppable hive-mind.

When Paul accidentally opens up the first unsealed dimensional broach on American soil, the Unimancers lead his family in a cat-and-mouse pursuit all the way to the demon-haunted ruins of Europe – where Aliyah is slowly corrupted by the siren call of the Unimancers…

File Under: Urban Fantasy




Paul Tassi (2015)

The Exiled Earthborn
The Earthborn Trilogy Book 2
Talos Press, November 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 420 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
In this thrilling second book of the Earthborn trilogy, Lucas and Asha have survived the decimation of Earth at the hands of the invading Xalans and seek safe haven with their enemy’s true foes, the Sorans. They find a lush planet inhabited by a civilization far more advanced than their own, waging a seemingly endless war against a constantly evolving enemy.

The Sorans call the pair of them the “Earthborn” and they’re welcomed as heroes, almost as gods. To an audience of billions, they swear an oath to avenge their fallen planet by aiding the Sorans in their war against Xala. But soon Lucas and Asha find Sora just as dangerous as apocalyptic Earth when they’re targeted by the Fourth Order, a rebel collective who decries them as false prophets and harbingers of further bloodshed.

Their friend and turncoat Xalan scientist Alpha believes he’s located someone who can help them turn the tide of the war for good, stranded on a conquered colony planet. But landing on the new world, Lucas and Asha find themselves hunted by a violent, mysterious beast, known only as the Desecrator, let loose by the Xalans.

Escaping Earth was only the beginning. As Lucas and Asha quickly learn, the universe has worlds and creatures far more dangerous than anything their home planet could have offered, and their continued survival hinges on gaining new allies they never could have imagined.


The Sons of Sora
The Earthborn Trilogy Book 3
Talos Press, January 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Set sixteen years after the events of The Exiled Earthborn, this explosive conclusion of the Earthborn trilogy tells the story of two brothers, the sons of Lucas and Asha, tasked with surviving the Xalan war to ensure the continued existence of the human race.

Noah, an orphan from Earth’s last days who, as a child, was smuggled to safety across the stars, is now nearly a man and a leader to the young enclave of Earthborn who reside on Sora. When the tranquility of their settlement is shattered by a shocking assassination attempt, Noah turns to his combative younger brother Erik, Lucas and Asha’s only child by blood, for aid. Their journey takes them to the remnants of a dead planet, an outlaw-infested space station, and back to Sora, whose inhabitants are bracing for a final showdown with the bloodthirsty Xalans.

They find themselves facing a new evil: the omnipotent Archon, who is somehow controlling the whole of the Xalan horde, and his bloodthirsty lieutenant, the Black Corsair, who has an unmatched taste for brutality. The Archon, so-called God of the Shadows, has unearthed knowledge that could wipe both Sorans and humans alike from the face of existence. The descendants of the Earthborn must uncover the true nature of the Archon and the Xalans before he burns everything they know and love to ashes.




Patrick S. Tomlinson (2015)

Trident's Forge
Children of a Dead Earth Book Two
Angry Robot, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Cover Art: Larry Rostant, Artist Partners

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
They’ve made it this far. If only that increased humanity’s chances on this new planet…

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery.

Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

File Under: Science Fiction




Tom Toner (2015)

The Promise of the Child
Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum
Night Shade Books, July 5, 2016, Ship Date: June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 22, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
It is the 147th century.

In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man.

In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and dangerous, an invention is born that will become the Firmament’s most closely kept secret.

Lycaste, a lovesick recluse outcast for an unspeakable crime, must journey through the Provinces, braving the grotesques of an ancient, decadent world to find his salvation.

Sotiris, grieving the loss of his sister and awaiting the madness of old age, must relive his twelve thousand years of life to stop the man determined to become Emperor.

Ghaldezuel, knight of the stars, must plunder the rarest treasure in the Firmament—the object the Pretender will stop at nothing to obtain.

From medieval Prague to a lonely Mediterranean cove, and eventually far into the strange vastness of distant worlds, The Promise of the Child is a debut novel of gripping action and astounding ambition unfolding over hundreds of thousands of years, marking the arrival of a brilliant new talent in science fiction.




Marc Turner (2015)

When the Heavens Fall
The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One
Tor Fantasy, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 736 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 19, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall is an emerging new voice in epic fantasy, now in mass market

If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.


Dragon Hunters
The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two
Tor Books, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37

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Red Tide (The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three) is slated for publication in September 2016. (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound)



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket Photograph by Larry Rostant
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Art by Torstein Nordstrand





2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by M.S. Corley




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover by Larry Rostant at Artist Partners


Interview with Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of The Ark


Please welcome Patrick S. Tomlinson to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Ark was published on November 3rd by Angry Robot Books.



Interview with Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of The Ark




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Patrick:  I wish to say upfront that I’m only answering these questions because unnamed persons at The Qwillery are holding my dachshund hostage. I started writing in 2009 when I was horrified to discover just how much time each day I was spending not being rich and famous.



TQAre you a plotter or a pantser?

Patrick:  We really need another word for a writer who doesn’t use an outline. “Pantser” sounds just a little too indecent exposure-y. Anyway, I started out writing on instinct, but as I’ve come along, an outline has become an increasingly important tool for me. A good outline gives me direction, lets me spot problems in the plot before they force a big rewrite, and drastically increases my daily word count. But at the same time, I’m not a slave to them. Typically, my outlines run about ten chapters ahead of wherever I’m at in the WIP at any given time. Fewer than that and I pause to push it out a few more chapters to keep the story on course. THE ARK is the first book I wrote this way, and I finished the rough draft in six months, which was months faster than the other two novel length works I’d completed previously.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Patrick:  Watching the success of my friends and colleagues. Gods, how I loathe them.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Patrick:  It’s a long list. Douglas Adams is why I started writing. My first novel began life as Hitchhiker’s Guide fanfic, because I was so upset over how the last book ended that I sat down to write a sixth. That one has since been massively rewritten and is now in the hands of my agent. Additionally, the satirical brilliance of Terry Pratchett has provided a nice warm little home for my sense of humor for many years. I can’t stop reading David Weber’s Honorverse books for military sci-fi. I think that Walter John Williams’ Praxis trilogy is the best space opera written in the last twenty years, with apologies to Ann Leckie’s excellent Ancillary cycle. Ramez Naam’s Nexus trilogy has been hugely impactful on the way I think about near-term futurism. I’m also a big fan of John Scalzi’s breezy character building and his plot pacing. I eat those books up.



TQDescribe The Ark in 140 characters or less.

Patrick:  THE ARK is a murder mystery set on a generation ship one month from reaching its destination. A “Sealed Airlock” thriller, to coin a phrase.



TQTell us something about The Ark that is not found in the book description.

Patrick:  The people living onboard are part of the most invasive and controlling surveillance state ever conceived. Their every movement is logged and tracked. Everything they consume and recycle is relentlessly monitored. Yet inside the modules, they are self-governing. The surveillance state exists with their full knowledge and consent, and is generally viewed as critical for both survival and basic fairness. Which, in a very real sense inside the delicate balance of an artificial environment, it is.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Ark?  What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Patrick:  I’ve always been fascinated by the idea and the promise of generation ships. Realistically, if we’re going to send actual meat-bag humans to other star systems, generation ships are how we’ll do it. I was watching a show on Discovery channel, (I’m pretty sure) about all the hurdles to building one. But then I started thinking about what could motivate mankind to actually do it. Then what happens during the trip to change the nature of the society aboard. Then what happened on the other side. A story emerged quickly after that. Then I started making doodles of what the ship would look like and it was all over.

Science Fiction holds a special appeal for me because it requires so many different disciplines of story-telling. Not only do you have to create believable characters, but the entire world and society that they inhabit. And unlike pure fantasy, it has to have a level of internal consistency and scientific plausibility, which requires a whole other base of knowledge. Writing sci-fi forces us to walk on this weird tightrope of imaginative freedom and scientific constrictions. It’s fun finding the balance and trying to do it with narrative flare.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Ark?

Patrick:  All kinds. From a plausible propulsion system based on existing technology, to acreage requirements for food production, to a safe number of people to ensure genetic diversity. The size and design of the Ark itself was entirely driven by the scientific requirements of moving fifty-thousand people twelve lightyears. The story and characters were then placed inside that artificial environment and allowed to develop organically.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Patrick:  There’s one character in particular, the museum curator, Devorah Feynman. She’s this tiny old lady, but is an absolute holy terror with a one-track mind and a sharp wit. I loved writing her. She’s just the star of every scene she’s in.

The hardest was definitely the main character’s love interest, Theresa Alexopoulos. I had real trouble trying to balance her role as Bryan Benson’s secret girlfriend and subordinate, while making her the strong and independent character I’d envisioned her to be. However, she’s promoted to a POV character in the next book in the series, TRIDENT’S FORGE, and I feel like she gets the attention and development there she deserves.



TQWhich question about The Ark do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Patrick:

Q) Could we really make a giant starship that moves by pooping out atomic bombs?

A) Yes! We really could! Indeed, the idea has existed since the 1950’s. A variety of different organizations pursued the technology under the label Project Orion, including the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and even the British. We even built a technology demonstrator that used conventional explosives. You can find the clip on YouTube. We only abandoned the concept as a result of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was some hippie crap about not detonating thermonuclear weapons in the atmosphere. Boo, hippies, boooooo!

Indeed, the reason the Ark was designed as a Project Orion ship is because it’s the only proposal to facilitate interstellar travel we have that could realistically be scaled up with existing or near term technology. Since the disaster that convinces humankind to build the ship is discovered less than a hundred years from now, I didn’t want it using some far-future tech like an Alcubierre drive that might be possible someday. I wanted something that, if our backs were against the wall, we could start building today. And we have all these nukes lying around not doing anything…



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines/paragraph from The Ark.

Patrick:  [Bryan Benson and curator Devorah Feynman viewing the gun that killed Arch Duke Ferdinand in Sarajevo]

“Is it dangerous?”
“Are you kidding? The last time some idiot got his hands on it, sixteen million people died. Then they did it all over again a couple decades later and thirty million people died. This gun shaped world affairs for an entire century.”
“Can I hold it?”
“Don’t press your luck, detective.”



TQWhat's next?

Patrick:  Well, next up immediately is another round of rewrites for the second book in the series, TRIDENT’S FORGE. It’s a very different book from THE ARK, less murder mystery and more action- adventure with some frontier survival thrown in for good measure. I’m already happy with it, but there are some spots that need to be fleshed out so readers have an easier time accessing what was in my head while it was being written.

But after that, the real fun starts. In addition to writing sci-fi full time, I’m also busy developing my career as a stand-up comedian. The very first novel I wrote, which I mentioned earlier, was a sci-fi comedy in the tradition of Adams and Pratchett. I’ve just finished rewriting it after four years away and have submitted it to my agent. If that thing gets the green light, look out. I’ve got synopses ready for the next five books in that series.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Patrick:  Whatever. I did your damned interview. Now give me back my dog, you monsters.



Note from unnamed persons at The Qwillery: No dog or author was harmed in the making of this interview though it was touch and go about the author for a while.





The Ark
Children of the Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
     (North American Print and eBook)
November 5, 2015 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of The Ark
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]





About Patrick

Interview with Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of The Ark
Patrick S. Tomlinson is the son of an ex-hippie psychologist and an ex-cowboy electrician. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Ford Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders.


When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for performing stand-up comedy.


You can find Patrick online at his website: www.patrickstomlinson.com, on Twitter @stealthygeek and on Facebook.

The View From Monday - November 2, 2015


Happy 1st Monday in November! There are 8 debuts this week:

Here and There by Joshua V. Scher from 47North;

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson from Talos Press;

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors 1) by Asa Maria Bradley from Sourcebooks Casablanca;

Mystic by Jason Denzel from Tor Books;

The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk from Black Cat;

Here Brother's Keeper by Mike Kupari from Baen;

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak from Roc;

The Ark (Children of a Dead Earth 1) by Patrick S. Tomlinson from Angry Robot.

You may read more about each of these debuts here: 2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson (Kindle eBook);

Made to Kill (L.A. Trilogy 1) by Adam Christopher;

Without Light or Guide (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

and

My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart by Martin Rose.



The View From Monday - November 2, 2015



November 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming the Shifter (e) Lisa Childs PNR
Clearwater (e) Megan Hart SF
The Ghosts of Sleath (ri) James Herbert H - David Ash 2
Here & There (D) Joshua V. Scher SF
Lover's Bite (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 2
Billionaire Wolf (e) Karen Whiddon PNR



November 2, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fangs for the Memories (e) Molly Harper PNR - Half-Moon Hollow 4.5
Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans (Ke) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans



November 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow of Empire Jay Allan SF - Far Star Trilogy 1
Mystic Warrior Alex Archer FairyT/FolkT/L&M - Rogue Angel 57
Devil's Vortex James Axler SF - Deathlands 125
Apocalypse Unseen James Axler SF - Outlanders 75
Halo: Cryptum Greg Bear SF/AA - Forerunner Saga 1
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (D) M. H. Boroson UF
Viking Warrior Rising (D) Asa Maria Bradley PNR - Viking Warriors 1
Plot Boiler Ali Brandon PCM - A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 5
Shards of Honor (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 2
The Shock of Night Patrick W. Carr F - The Darkwater Saga 1
Bathing the Lion (h2tp) Jonathan Carroll LF/Surreal
Reap the Wind Karen Chance UF - Cassie Palmer 7
Made to Kill Adam Christopher SF - L.A. Trilogy 1
Hunter's Moon (ri) Cathy Clamp
C. T. Adams
PNR - Tales of the Sazi 1
Scratch (e) Michael Clary Dys/PA - The Guardian Interviews 4
The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes (ri) James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse 1
Hunter Sacrificed (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Wild Hunt 1
This Gulf of Time and Stars Julie E. Czerneda SF - Reunification 1
A Play of Shadow (tp2mm) Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 2
Mystic (D) Jason Denzel F - Mystic 1
Styx Bavo Dhooge Th/Crime/Z
Blood's Shadow Cecilia Dominic PNR - Lycanthropy Files 3
Air and Darkness David Drake F - The Books of the Elements 4
Wolf Winter (h2tp) Cecilia Ekbäck Gothic
Black Wolves Kate Elliott F - The Black Wolves Trilogy 1
Battlefront: Twilight Company Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
Dreamseeker C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker 2
Without Light or Guide (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Dead Ringers Christopher Golden H
Weighing Shadows Lisa Goldstein HistF/TT
Passion Ignites Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
7
Passion Ignites: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Geomancer Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
F/P/PNR/SP - Vampire Empire: Gareth and Adele 1
Scarlet Tides (h2mm) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Stories (h2tp) Charlaine Harris F - Sookie Stackhouse
Greasepaint (e) David C. Hayes H
Shivaree J.D. Horn Gothic
The Quartered Sea (e) Tanya Huff F - Quarters Series 4
The Future Falls (h2mm) Tanya Huff CF - The Enchantment Emporium 3
Kill Baxter Charlie Human DF/Occ/Sup
Wolf Land (e) Jonathan Janz H
Genesis Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series Robert Jordan
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Maria Simmons
F - Wheel of Time
Born of Betrayal Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - The League: Nemesis Rising 8
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories Stephen King Th/Sus - Collection
The Man Who Spoke Snakish (Debut - English) Andrus Kivirähk
Christopher Moseley (trans)
LF/F
Saint Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz Th/Sus/P - Odd Thomas 8
Her Brother's Keeper (D - Solo) Mike Kupari SF
Sentinels Matt Manochio H/Occ
Tower of Thorns Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 2
Dreamer's Pool (h2tp) Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 1
From the Torment of Dreams (e) Iain Mckinnon SF
Solar Express L. E. Modesitt SF
Heritage of Cyador (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Saga of Recluce 18
City of Wonders James A. Moore F - Seven Forges 3
Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow James Morrow SF - Collection
Going Dark Linda Nagata SF - Red Trilogy 3
Biting Cold (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 6
Planetfall Emma Newman SF/Psy
Heart Legacy Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 14
Lost Souls: A Thriller Seth Patrick Th/H - Reviver Trilogy 2
Inherit the Stars (D) Tony Peak SF
The Builders Daniel Polansky F
King of Assassins (h2mm) Jenna Rhodes F - The Elven Ways 3
Stars of Fortune Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 1
Green Earth Kim Stanley Robinson SF/Th/TechTh - Omnibus
My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart Martin Rose H
Sunfail Steven Savile Dys/Th
The Lazarus War: Redemption: A Lazarus War Novella (e) Jamie Sawyer Artefact
Mission: Tomorrow Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed) SF - Anthology
1
Jeweled Fire Sharon Shinn F - Elemental Blessings 3
Convalescence (e) Maynard Sims H/GH
Dangerous Match (e) Alyssa Stevens PNR
The Flame in the Maze Caitlin Sweet F - The Door in the Mountain 2
The Ark (D) Patrick S. Tomlinson SF - Children of a Dead Earth 1
The Immortals of Meluha (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - Shiva Trilogy 1
Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel George R. R. Martin (ed)
Melinda M. Snodgrass (ed)
SH - Wild Cards
Onyx Javelin Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 3
Mind Magic Eileen Wilks PNR/UF - Lupi 12
Lafcadio Hearn's "The Faceless Ghost" and Other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel Sean Michael Wilson Michiru Morikawa (Illus) GH/GN - Stories
Null-A Continuum (e) John C. Wright SF



November 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Iron Defiance Kelly L Lee FR - Four Realms 3
Points of Origin: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF



November 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Family Blood Craig Gallant SP/ AH - Wild West Exodus





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


AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legends and Mythology
LF - Literary Fiction
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
The View From Monday - October 12, 2020The View From Monday - May 20, 2019The View From Monday - June 25, 2018Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. TomlinsonChildren of a Dead Earth - New Novel and New CoversThe View From Monday - April 4, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 372015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November DebutsInterview with Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of The ArkThe View From Monday - November 2, 2015

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