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The View From Monday - May 11, 2020


It is another Monday.

There are 3 debuts this week:

Stealing Thunder by Alina Boyden;

My Mother's House by Francesca Momplaisir;

and

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas.

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



From formerly feature DAC Authors:

Benjamin 2073: A Tor.com Original by Rjurik Davidson;

and

Aleph Extraction (Intergalactic Cold War 2) by Dan Moren is out in digital format; the Trade Paperback was published on April 3, 2020.

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



The View From Monday - May 11, 2020



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

May 12, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stealing Thunder (D) Alina Boyden F
Endland Tim Etchells LF/Dys/SS/BlHu
Unreconciled W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan  4
Queen of the Unwanted Jenna Glass F - The Women's War 2
Armageddon House Michael Griffin Dys/H
The Porpoise (h2tp) Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR -  Contemporaries
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (h2tp) Alix E. Harrow MR/CoA/HistF/RF
Vaults Of Obsidian Darius Hinks SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
T.I.M.E Stories: The Heiden File (e) Christophe Lambert SF/TT/MTI
Even the Dogs (ri) Jon McGregor MR/GH/STR/LF
My Mother's House (D) Francesca Momplaisir MR/CH/LF
Shakespeare For Squirrels Christopher Moore F/HU
Aleph Extraction (e) Dan Moren SF/SO/HSF - Intergalactic Cold War 2
The Anthill Julianne Pachico LF/H
Firewalkers Adrian Tchaikovsky SF
Catherine House (D) Elisabeth Thomas LF
Sky of Water Stacey L. Tucker F/RF/CW/MR/VisM - Equal Night Trilogy 3
Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds Thibaud Villanova
Maxime Léonard
Cooking/MTI/SF/F/H
Empire of Grass (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard  2



May 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Benjamin 2073: A Tor.com Original (e) Rjurik Davidson SF
Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (ri) P. D. Ouspensky VisM/Occ/Sup/Phil



May 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Time of Changes (ri) Robert Silverberg SF - Masterworks



May 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (h2tp) Christy Tidwell (Ed)
Bridgette Barclay (Ed)
PopCul/SF/HC - Ecocritical Theory and Practice
The Cold Last Swim Junior Burke Noir/AH
Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television Brian E. Crim Holocaust/LC/PerfArts/SF/F/H/Sup



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
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
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Rjurik Davidson (2014)

Benjamin 2073
A Tor.com Original
Tor Book, May 13, 2020
eBook, 32 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Tor.com Original, Benjamin 2073 is a near future sci-fi story from award-winning author Rjurik Davidson

In the year 2073, humanity is making progress toward restoring the environment and fixing the mistakes of the past.

Ellie has spent the last ten years going even further by working to resurrect the thylacine, extinct since 1936. But with no results and increasingly impatient bureaucrats threatening to pull their funding, the thylacine’s future—and Ellie’s—is in danger of reaching the point of no return.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.





David Demchuck (2017)

The Bone Mother
Proving Ground Press, May 26, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 220 pages
(reissue edition)

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
WINNER OF THE 2018 SUNBURST AWARD

NOMINATED FOR THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD, AMAZON FIRST NOVEL AWARD, AND SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

For two hundred years, the Grazyn porcelain factory built its reputation on its magnificent thimbles. It is said that even the Czarina Anastasia Romanova had received one in her trousseau. The workers come from the three neighboring villages on the border of Romania and Ukraine. Nourished, dressed and educated, they are the envy of all at a time when a famine programmed by Stalin sweeps the countryside and cannibalism rages from city to town to farm. But what is the secret of this factory and why does the Grazyn family protect its employees so scrupulously?

The Bone Mother revives the great figures of Slavic mythology on the eve of the Second World War, from rusalka and Baba Yaga--The Bone Mother herself--to the golem. The existence of mortals is intimately linked to that of witches and vampires, in a universe where strigois rub shoulders with mermaids, ghosts and seers...and all are in peril from the Nichni Politsiyi, the Night Police, which wish to eradicate them.

'A master of bowel-loosening terror' The Globe and Mail

'Demchuk gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'This is a book that bends genres, using the monsters of imagination as a back door to understanding the monsters of the real.' Nino Ricci

Award-winning author David Demchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto. He has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. The Bone Mother is his first novel.





Yoon Ha Lee (2016)

Beyond the Dragons Gate
A Tor.com Original
Tor Books, May 20, 2020
eBook, 32 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Former Academician Anna Kim’s research into AI cost her everything. Now, years later, the military has need of her expertise in order to prevent the destruction of their AI-powered fleet.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

May 2020 Releases


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



May 2020 Releases



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

May 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Girl From Nowhere James Maxwell SF/SE - Firewall Trilogy 1
The Best of Both Worlds S. P. Miskowski H



May 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Westside Saints W.M. Akers HistF - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
Soul Chasers: The Decomposition Comedy Rachel Armstrong F/HU
The Human Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Penric's Travels Lois McMaster Bujold F
Rotherweird (h2tp) Andrew Caldecott HistF/P/CF - Rotherweird 1
Call It Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 7
House of Secrets Darcy Coates H/F/Occ/Sup - House of Shadows
House of Shadows Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/Gothic - House of Shadows
The Folcroft Ghosts Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Shadow Flight Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 5
The Shaman of Karres Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF - Witches of Karres 4
Magic for Liars (h2tp) Sarah Gailey CF/Sus
An Easy Death (h2tp) Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 1
The Down Days (D) Ilze Hugo SF/AP/PA/CF/WS
A Brightness Long Ago (h2tp) Guy Gavriel Kay Hist/LF
Lake of Darkness Scott Kenemore SF
Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World Lisa King SF/AP/PA/LF/Dys
The Eleventh Gate Nancy Kress SF/SO
Steel Crow Saga (h2tp) Paul Krueger F
Goldilocks Laura Lam SF/SE/Dys/AP/PA
The Kingdom of Liars (e) Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Strange Hotel Eimear McBride LF/CW/VisM
Driving the Deep Suzanne Palmer SF/SO/AC - The Finder Chronicles 2
Orange World and Other Stories (h2tp) Karen Russell LF/SS/VisM
Lock Every Door (h2tp) Riley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
Psy/LF/VisM
Light from Other Stars (h2tp) Erika Swyler CoA/FL/LF/SF/SE
A Fire Upon The Deep (ri) Vernor Vinge SF/HSF/SE/AC - Zones of Thought 1
Network Effect Martha Wells SF/HSF - Murderbot Diaries 5



May 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original (e) Marko Kloos SH/SF - Wild Cards
Dark Angels Rising Ian Whates SO/SF - Dark Angels 3



May 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Command Performance: the Amazing Conroy Omnibus Edition Lawrence M. Schoen Satire/SF



May 12, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stealing Thunder (D) Alina Boyden F
Bone Harvest (e) James Brogden H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Endland Tim Etchells LF/Dys/SS/BlHu
In/Half (h2tp) Jasmin B. Frelih SF
Unreconciled W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan  4
Queen of the Unwanted Jenna Glass F - The Women's War 2
Armageddon House Michael Griffin Dys/H
The Porpoise (h2tp) Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR -  Contemporaries
Ten Thousand Doors of January (h2tp) Alix E. Harrow MR/CoA/HistF/RF
Vaults Of Obsidian Darius Hinks SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
T.I.M.E Stories: The Heiden File (e) Christophe Lambert SF/TT/MTI
Even the Dogs Jon McGregor MR/GH/STR/LF
My Mother's House (D) Francesca Momplaisir MR/CH/LF
Shakespeare For Squirrels Christopher Moore F/HU
Aleph Extraction (e) Dan Moren SF/SO/HSF
The Anthill Julianne Pachico LF/H
Firewalkers Adrian Tchaikovsky SF
Catherine House (D) Elisabeth Thomas LF
Sky of Water Stacey L. Tucker F/RF/CW/MR/VisM - Equal Night Trilogy 3
Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds Thibaud Villanova
Maxime Léonard
Cooking/MTI/SF/F/H
Empire of Grass (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard  2



May 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Benjamin 2073: A Tor.com Original (e) Rjurik Davidson SF
Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (ri) P. D. Ouspensky VisM/Occ/Sup/Phil



May 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Time of Changes (ri) Robert Silverberg SF



May 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (h2tp) Christy Tidwell (Ed)
Bridgette Barclay (Ed)
PopCul/SF/HC - Ecocritical Theory and Practice
The Cold Last Swim Junior Burke Noir/AH
Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television Brian E. Crim Holocaust/LC/PerfArts/SF/F/H/Sup
In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) JY Neon Yang
Kai Ashante Wilson
Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
F



May 19, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People Andrea D. Lobel (Ed)
Mark Shainblum (Ed)
AH/Anthology
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg SS/LF/SF
Gather the Fortunes (h2tp) Bryan Camp CF - A Crescent City Novel
Maker's Curse Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 4
The Andromeda Evolution (h2mm) Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here Nancy Wayson Dinan LF/MR/STR
Seeing Darkness Heather Graham Sus/SupTh/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 30
The Humours of Grub Street Kate Heartfield HistF/DF
Boys of Alabama (D) Genevieve Hudson Gay/CoA/MR
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (h2tp) Michael David Lukas Hist/LF/MR
Selkie Summer (e) Ken MacLeod CF
Chaos Reigning Jessie Mihalik SF/SO - Consortium Rebellion 3
Rule Rowenna Miller F/RF - Unraveled Kingdom 3
Debt of Honor Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 1
From Divergent Suns Sam Peters SF/CM - From Darkest Skies3
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky Barbara Stevenson SS/F
Latitudes of Longing (D) Shubhangi Swarup LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Impurity Larry Tremblay
Sheila Fischman (Tr)
LF/CF/PsyTh
Wanderers (h2tp) Chuck Wendig Sus/SF/AP/PA



May 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Dragon's Gate: A Tor.com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF



May 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City Among the Stars Francis Carsac
Judith Sullivan (Tr)
M. Schiff (Tr)
SF/SO/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
Tomb of Gods Brian Moreland HistF/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Until Summer Comes Around Glenn Rolfe SupTh/Occ/Sup - Fiction Without Frontiers



May 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sea Change Nancy Kress SF/GenEng/Esp/Dys/AP/PA



May 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Weight of the Heart Susana Aikin Sagas/CW/MR
Doctor Who: Scratchman (h2tp) Tom Baker SF
The Order Mark Barber F
Witchy Kingdom (h2mm) D. J. Butler HistF
The Bone Mother (ri) David Demchuk DF
To Clear Away the Shadows (h2mm) David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Out of Body Jeffrey Ford DF/H
Marque of Caine (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 5
Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the First David Guymer SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs
The Notch Tom Holland H
Feeling Less Wrong Kolin Jordan MR/SS
The Winter Sea (ri) Susanna Kearsley TTR/Hist/MR
The Fiery Crown Jeffe Kennedy FR - Forgotten Empires 2
Ballistic Marko Kloos SF/SO - Palladium Wars 2
Unraveling (h2tp) Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Sunshield Emily B. Martin F
Elves Graham McNeill F - Warhammer Chronicles
Predator: Stalking Shadows James A. Moore MTI/SF/AC
Quichotte (h2tp) Salman Rushdie LF/Sagas/MR
Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution P. W. Singer
August Cole
TechTh
Night of the Billionaire Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 3
Wolf Under Fire Paige Tyler PNR - STAT 1
Age of Empyre Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 6
War (h2mm) Michelle West F/FR - House War 8



May 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Tourist: A Tor.com Original (e) Alex Sherman SF/SE



May 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bells (Ke) Lisa Quigley Occ/H - Rewind or Die 8
The Kelping (Ke) Jan Stinchcomb DF/H - Rewind or Die 9



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
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
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Interview with Rjurik Davidson


Please welcome Rjurik Davidson to The Qwillery. The Stars Askew, the 2nd novel in the Caeli-Amur series, was published in July by Tor.



Interview with Rjurik Davidson




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur 2), was published on July 12th. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Unwrapped Sky (Caeli-Amur 1) to The Stars Askew? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Rjurik:  A writing process is one of the most important things for a writer to get worked out. It took me years to get on top of it. Recently I’ve been writing with another local Melbourne writer Morgan Grant Buchanan. Morgan is a co-writer with Claudia Christian and they’ve got a book out at the moment called Wolf’s Empire – worth checking out. Morgan and I usually meet at 7am and write for an hour. No talking allowed! Then we have a ten-minute break and begin again. We try to do 7-8 hours a day. There’s is no doubt that without the discipline and the presence of another we’d spend out time at home writing snatches in between checking the fridge, “What is there to eat, I wonder? I though I saw a muffin in here.”



TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Unwrapped Sky came out that you know now?

Rjurik:  There’s nothing quite so instructive as having a book published and reviewed. I understand now that there are really two sorts of readers (and fans of anything really). There are the aficionados, who know and understand the history, who appreciate the in-jokes and references, who like the new. Then there are the mass audience, who don’t think about such things but “just like X or Y.” Writers who aim to do something new will likely appeal to the first category of readers but not the second. If you attempt to write for the second, you risk boring the first (for good reason!) To appeal to both is fairly difficult.



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

Rjurik:  There’s a gay relationship between two of the characters. I won’t say which ones.



TQWhich character in the Caeli-Amur series (so far) has surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Rjurik:  The character of Maximilian, the thaumaturgist, has surprised me. At the beginning of The Stars Askew, he awakes with the god Aya lodged in his head. His loss of self-confidence, his crisis of faith – these surprised me. He started out thinking he was “the one”, destined to lead the people to liberation. But he realises that his was just ego. So where to from there? What place is there for him in the world?

For me, the easiest characters are the one’s who are significantly different in attitude to me. That means Armand in this one, who escapes Caeli-Amur and heads for the city of Varenis, there to raise an army and return and crush the rebellion.



TQWhy Minotaurs?

Rjurik:  Everyone loves Minotaurs! Everyone! Their immensity, their inky eyes, their explosive emotions – they’re the most attractive creatures in the books.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Stars Askew? What method do you use to keep the 'facts' straight about Caeil-Amur?

Rjurik:  A lot of the novel occurs outside Caeli-Amur in the wilderness. So there were lots of things like “how far can a horse travel in one day?” I’ve a massive document breaking down Caeli-Amur, it’s geography, its locations, its people. It’s still a bit of a mess, but it’s all there. One day I’ll have to reorganise it so it makes more sense.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Stars Askew?

Rjurik:  Stephen King once said something like: if you’re going to spend a year writing a book it really should be about something. In my case, I wanted to write about a revolution in a fantasy world. Revolutions are about different ways of seeing the world, about clashing hopes and dreams. They’re also about different classes in society: elites and the poor. It’s quite different from most fantasies, which are about the clashes of “kings” i.e. between societies rather than within them.



TQWhich question about The Stars Askew or Caeli-Amur do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Rjurik:  Who should read The Stars Askew? Why should they make it a priority?

The Stars Askew is for people who want to think about the world. Are you interested in things like the “Arab Spring” or dramatic historical moments like the Paris Commune? Do you like to think about gender and politics? Do you like to consider what’s morally acceptable to do? Is it a case, as Malcolm X once said, of “By Any Means Necessary?” and what means actually get you to that goal? And it’s all wrapped up in a dramatic story featuring prison camps, murder machines a bit like the guillotine called “the bolt”, lost towers in the wilderness, Alien Gods, strange diseases and assassins, Minotaurs and Gorgons. What more could you want?



TQ Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Stars Askew.

Rjurik:  Here’s a little passage from a prison camp that features in the middle of the novel:
... He noticed 3329 standing alone near the gate. As 3329 coughed out his incoherent ramblings, bursts of crimson liquid and scarlet dust came with them, though he seemed unaware. When the gates were opened, the prisoners marched toward the mines. But the bloodstone-affected man was allowed to wander across the land outside. Prisoner 3329 now radiated an uncanny red, as if he were lit from the inside. His body was unnervingly plastic: it lost its structure, recomposed itself.
          3329 shuffled out alone, a man caught in some feverish nightmare. When he found a place away from the path, he collapsed in on himself, as if sucking all his energy in. His body hardened, as melted wax congeals as it cools, resting in a twisted stance: widened at its base, narrower as it spiraled upward, his frozen face turned to the sky as if he could see nightmare creatures flying overhead. There he would live with the other statues in that strange bloodstone world, each thinking their metallic thoughts, dreaming their crystalline dreams.


TQWhat's next?

Rjurik:  I’ve a collection called Dark Tides coming out with the wonderful Twelfth Planet Press next year. It will showcase my science fiction, my surrealist stories, some of my more experimental stories, and even some essays.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rjurik:  Thanks for having me again!





The Stars Askew
Caeli-Amur 2
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook,  416 pages

Interview with Rjurik Davidson
The Stars Askew is the highly anticipated sequel to the New Weird adventure begun by talented young author Rjurik Davidson. With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.

When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until Armand is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone.

Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max's brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power.

It seems the seditionists' hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but if they can escape with their lives.





Previously

Nighttime in Caeli-Amur
A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, January 15, 2014
eBook, 32 pages

Interview with Rjurik Davidson
Caeli-Amur is a city-state where magic and technology are interchangeable; where minotaurs and sirens are real; where philosopher-assassins and seditionists are not the most dangerous elements in a city alive with threat. During the day, the ordinary citizens do what they must to get along. But at night, the spirit of the ancient city comes alive, to haunt the old places.

“Nighttime in Caeli-Amur” is not about minotaurs or sirens, but about a family whose lives in this place are fated in the ways of families everywhere . . . only not quite the same.



Unwrapped Sky
Caeli-Amur 1
Tor Science Fiction, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 15, 2014

Interview with Rjurik Davidson
A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city's survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original debut by Rjurik Davidson, a young master of the New Weird.





About Rjurik

Interview with Rjurik Davidson
Photo by Leena Kärkkäinen
Rjurik Davidson, a young Australian author who won the Aurealis Award for Best Newcomer some years ago, has been writing about the city of Caeli-Amur for nearly a decade. His debut novel, Unwrapped Sky is set in this city-state where magic and technology are interchangeable; where minotaurs and sirens are real; where philosopher-assassins and seditionists are not the most dangerous elements in a city alive with threat. During the day, the ordinary citizens do what they must to get along. But at night, the spirit of the ancient city comes alive, to haunt the old places . . .

Website  ~  Twitter @RjurikDavidson

The View From Monday - July 11, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts out this week -

The Devourers by Indra Das

Arabella of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1) by David D. Levine

and

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

New:

Time Siege (Time Salvager 2) by Wesley Chu;

The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur 2) by Rjurik Davidson;

Outlaw (On the Bones of Gods 2) by K. Eason;

The Returned (An American Faerie Tale 3) by Bishop O'Connell is out in digital format;

Life Debt: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 2) by Chuck Wendig.

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


Format Change:

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands 1) by Bradley Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

Sorcerer to the Crown (A Sorcerer Royal Novel 1) by Zen Cho is out in Trade Paperback;

Shadow of the Void (Sundered World Trilogy 2) by Nathan Garrison is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1) by Allison Pang is reissued in Trade Paperback.

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



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July 12, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Razing of Prospero Dan Abnett
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Guy Haley
Graham McNeill
Chris Wraight
SF - Horus Heresy Omnibus
Deceptions (h2tp) Kelley Armstrong CF/M/Occ/Sup - Cainsville 1
The Great Ordeal R. Scott Bakker F - The Aspect-Emperor Trilogy 3
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (h2tp) Bradley Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 1
The Time Train Eric M. Bosarge SF/TT
The Hauntings of Hood Canal Jack Cady SupTh
Sorcerer to the Crown (h2tp) Zen Cho HistF/RR - A Sorcerer Royal Novel 1
Time Siege Wesley Chu SF/TT - Time Salvager 2
The Devourers (D) Indra Das DF/HistF
The Stars Askew Rjurik Davidson F - Caeli-Amur 2
The Real Peter Pan: J. M. Barrie and the Boy Who Inspired Him Piers Dudgeon Biography
Outlaw K. Eason F - On the Bones of Gods 2
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (e)(ri) Harlan Ellison SF
A Boy and His Dog (e)(ri) Harlan Ellison SF
Path of Honor (e)(ri) Diana Pharaoh Francis F - Path Trilogy 2
Path of Blood (e)(ri) Diana Pharaoh Francis F - Path Trilogy 3
Path of Fate (e)(ri) Diana Pharaoh Francis F - Path Trilogy 1
Shadow of the Void Nathan Garrison F - Sundered World Trilogy 2
The Iron Assassin (h2tp) Ed Greenwood SP
The Ghoul King Guy Haley F - The Dreaming Cities 2
Red Queen Christina Henry DF/HistF - Chronicles of Alice 2
Buried and Shadowed Alexandra Ivy
Carrie Ann Ryan
PNR - Branded Packs 2
Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell Paul Kane H
The Captive Condition Kevin P. Keating LF/Cr/H
The Devouring God James Kendley F/P - Tohru Takuda 2
Deserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Modern War Douglas Lain (Ed) SF - Anthology
Arabella of Mars (D) David D. Levine AH - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
It Happened One Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF
1995 D.A. MacQuin Sup/Occ/UF - 1995 Book 1
The Drifter Stephen A. North SF
The Returned (e) Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale 3
The Last One (D) Alexandra Oliva LF/Sus/SF/AP/PA
Spirit Animals E. E. Richardson UF - Ritual Crime Unit 3
The Hundred Names of Darkness Nilanjana Roy LF/F - The Wildings 2
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (h2tp) Salman Rushdie MR
Drowned Worlds Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF - Anthology
Lawless and the Flowers of Sin William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 2
A Symphony of Echoes Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 2
The Big Book of Science Fiction Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Eds) SF - Anthology
Necessity Jo Walton F - Thessaly 3
Life Debt: Aftermath Chuck Wendig SF/SO - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 2



July 13, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Once More Into The Abyss: A Tor.Com Original (e) Dennis Danvers SF - Stan 3



July 16, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Brush of Darkness (ri) Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair 1
The Clockwork Wolf (ri) Lynn Viehl SP- Disenchanted & Co. 2



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23


This is the twenty-third 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.



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 herePart 19 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here



Rachel Cantor (2014)

Good on Paper
Melville House, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
The highly anticipated second novel from a writer Emily St. John Mandel calls “sharp, witty, and immensely entertaining”

Is a new life possible? Because Shira Greene’s life hasn’t quite turned out at planned. Shira is a permanent temp with a few short stories published in minor literary magazines and a PhD on Dante’s Vita Nuova that she abandoned halfway.

Her life has some happy certainties, though: she lives with her friend Ahmad, and her daughter, Andi, on the Upper West Side. They’re an unconventional family, but a real one, with Friday night dinner rituals, private jokes, and the shared joys and strains of any other family.

So when she gets the call from Romei, the winner of last year’s Nobel Prize and the irascible idol of grad students everywhere, and he tells her he wants her to translate his new book, Shira is happy . . . but stunned. Suddenly, Shira sees a new life beckoning: academic glory, a career as a literary translator, and even love (with a part-time rabbi and owner of the neighborhood indie bookstore). That is, until Romei starts sending her pages of the manuscript and she realizes that something odd is going on: his book may in fact be untranslatable.

A deft, funny, and big-hearted novel about second chances, Good on Paper is a grand novel of family, friendship, and possibility.



Beth Cato (2014)

Wings of Sorrow and BoneA Clockwork Dagger Novella
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 10, 2015
eBook, 149 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
From the author of The Clockwork Dagger comes an exciting novella set in the same world…

After being rescued by Octavia Leander from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But it’s hard for a blossoming machinist like herself to fit in with proper society, and she’d much rather be tinkering with her tools than at a hoity-toity party any day.

When Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors. The innocent creatures will end up hurt, or worse, if Rivka doesn’t find a way to stop Mr. Cody. And to do that means she will have to rely on some unexpected new friends.


Final Flight (A Clockwork Dagger Story) will be published on April 26, 2016 by Harper Voyager Impulse (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Books-A-Million : Google Play : iBooks : Kobo)


Breath of Earth
Harper Voyager, August 23, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 362 pages

[cover not yet available]
After the Earth’s power is suddenly left unprotected, a young geomancer must rely on her unique magical powers to survive in in this fresh fantasy standalone from the author of acclaimed The Clockwork Dagger.

In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation—the Unified Pacific—in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer Wardens who have no idea of the depth of her power—or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.

When assassins kill the Wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic. But the pair is far from safe. Without its full force of guardian geomancers, the city is on the brink of a cataclysmic earthquake that will expose Earth’s powers to masterminds determined to control the energy for their own dark ends. The danger escalates when Chinese refugees, preparing to fight the encroaching American and Japanese, fracture the uneasy alliance between the Pacific allies, transforming the city into a veritable powder keg. And the slightest tremor will set it off. . . .

Forced on the run, Ingrid makes some shocking discoveries about herself. Her powerful magic has grown even more fearsome . . . and she may be the fulcrum on which the balance of world power rests.

[description from the author's website]




Sebastien de Castell (2014)

Traitor's Blade
Greatcoats 1
Jo Fletcher Books, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 15, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
With swashbuckling action that recall Dumas' Three Musketeers Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fantasy series. In Traitor's Blade a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening.

Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats, they'll have to do it with nothing but the tattered coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug, and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor's blade.


Knight's Shadow
Greatcoats 2
Jo Fletcher Books, June 2, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
Following his beloved debut, Traitor's Blade, Sebastien de Castell returns with volume two of his fast-paced fantasy adventure series, inspired by the swashbuckling action and witty banter of The Three Musketeers. Knight's Shadow continues the series with a thrilling and dark tale of heroism and betrayal in a country crushed under the weight of its rulers' corruption.

A few days after the horrifying murder of a duke and his family, Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats, begins a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.




Rjurik Davidson (2014)

The Stars Askew
Caeli-Amur 2
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook,  416 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
The Stars Askew is the highly anticipated sequel to the New Weird adventure begun by talented young author Rjurik Davidson. With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.

When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until Armand is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone.

Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max's brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power.

It seems the seditionists' hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but if they can escape with their lives.




Tom Doyle (2014)

The Left-Hand Way
American Craft 2
Tor Books, August 11, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 23
Poe's Red Death returns, more powerful than ever. Can anyone stop him before he summons an apocalyptic nightmare even worse than himself?

In The Left-Hand Way, the second book of Tom Doyle's contemporary fantasy series, the American craftsmen are scattered like bait overseas. What starts as an ordinary liaison mission to London for Major Michael Endicott becomes a desperate chase across Europe, where Endicott is both hunted and hunter. Reluctantly joining him is his minder from MI13, Commander Grace Marlow, one of Her Majesty's most lethal magician soldiers, whose family has centuries of justified hostility to the Endicotts.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul and Tokyo, Endicott's comrades, Scherie Rezvani and Dale Morton, are caught in their own battles for survival against hired assassins and a ghost-powered doomsday machine. And in Kiev, Roderick Morton, the spider at the center of a global web, plots their destruction and his ultimate apotheosis. After centuries of imprisonment, nothing less than godlike power will satisfy Roderick, whatever the dreadful cost.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13


This is the thirteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here
See Part 10 here
See Part 11 here
See Part 12 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13



James L. Cambias

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
A Darkling Sea
Tor Books, February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, January 2014

On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don’t disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they’re free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
From the Author's website
Corsair
Tor Books, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself, and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating. Nearly ten years later, David is setting himself to become a billionaire by working in the shadows under a multiplicity of names for international thieves, and Elizabeth works in intelligence preventing international space piracy. With robotic mining in space becoming a lucrative part of Earth’s economy, shipments from space are dropped down the gravity well into the oceans. David and Elizabeth fight for dominance of the computer systems controlling ore drop placement in international waters. If David can nudge a shipment 500 miles off its target, his employers can get there first and claim it legally in the open sea. Each one intuits that the other is their real competition but can't prove it. And when Elizabeth loses a major shipment, she leaves government employ to work for a private space company to find a better way to protect shipments. But international piracy has very high stakes and some very evil players. And both Elizabeth and David end up in a world of trouble. Space pirates and computer hackers . . . James L. Cambias's Corsair is a thrilling near-future adventure!






Beth Cato

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
The Clockwork Crown
Clockwork Dagger 2
Harper Voyager, June 9, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Rich in atmosphere, imagination, and fun, the action-packed, magic-filled sequel to The Clockwork Dagger is an enchanting steampunk fantasy, evocative of the works of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.

Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers—and possibly his life—to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years?

The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power—the Lady’s Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren and uninhabitable by an evil spell, until a few hardy souls dared to return over the last century. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence—and they need Octavia’s powers to succeed.

Joined by unlikely allies, including a menagerie of gremlin companions, she must evade killers and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.





Rjurik Davidson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
Unwrapped Sky
Caeli-Amur 1
Tor Science Fiction, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, April 2014

A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city's survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original debut by Rjurik Davidson, a young master of the New Weird.
[Hardcover description]




The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur 2) will be published by Tor Books in October 2015.  Here is the cover (from the author's website):

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13





Rene Denfeld

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
The Enchanted
Harper Perennial, February 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

For the narrator locked inside an ancient prison, waiting for death, life is full of magic, from the golden horses that stampede underground to the tiny men who hammer away inside the stone walls. That the enchanted place is a death row matters less to him than the people he watches from the bars of his cage: the lady, an investigator hired to help the men escape execution; the fallen priest, brought by shame to work the row; and the kindly warden, who ushers men to death.

As the lady digs deep into the past of one of the men on the row, she finds secrets that ring chillingly familiar, and begins a journey that will bring all of them to unexpected salvation.

Guilt and innocence collide in this story of the beauty that can exist in the midst of despair. A luminous novel about redemption, the poetry that can be found in the unfathomable, and the human capacity to transcend even the most nightmarish reality, The Enchanted is a new classic.





John Dixon

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 13
Devil's Pocket
Gallery Books, August 4, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Phoenix Island, which reads like “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack) and inspired the CBS TV show Intelligence.

With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face…and possibly a way out.


Guest Blog by Rjurik Davidson - On Creating Wonderful Worlds - May 24, 2014


Please welcome Rjurik Davidson to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Unwrapped Sky was published on April 15, 2014 by Tor. You may read the 2014 DAC interview with Rjurik here.



Guest Blog by Rjurik Davidson - On Creating Wonderful Worlds - May 24, 2014




On Creating Wonderful Worlds
by Rjurik Davidson

As a writer, I’m best known for Caeli-Amur, the city in my novel, Unwrapped Sky, which seems to have captured the imagination of some readers. As a result, I’m often asked about world building. How does one go about building a wonderful world?
       Questions about world building tend to boil down into this one: how does one go about creating an original world, one that is fascinating and wonderful? For a SF writer, this question is of critical importance, because we’re always searching for what is known as the ‘sense of wonder.’ It’s part of the contract you enter into with the SF reader. They want their mind expanded; they want the thrill of the new and unexpected; they want what we don’t have in this mundane world of ours.
       This question is not far from the unfairly maligned, ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ Many writers respond to this with a groan, or in Harlan Ellison’s case, ‘From a story factory in Schenectady.’ But it’s actually a legitimate inquiry. The question is one about process: How do you go about constructing a story? What is your creative method?
       For me, world building is a process of combination. Let’s take Caeli-Amur as an example. In that city, I have combined several elements that are not usually united. The city has a classical feel, derived from ancient Greece and Rome. There is a ruined forum. There are mythical creatures: Minotaurs and Sirens. That’s all easily imaginable, but it’s not yet a wonderful city. Let’s give it a twist. Let’s combine it with something we usually wouldn’t think of: it’s also an industrial city, something like Turin in the 1920s. There are steam trams running along the streets, workers in overalls toiling in a factory quarter.
       Just by combining these two elements, cribbed from the real world, we create interesting contrasts. The imagination can go in several directions: ancient Minotaurs outlined against smoky factories; Sirens riding on steamboats. As simple as that, we have the sense of wonder. It’s not bad, but it’s not really rich yet.
       So Caeli-Amur has several more elements combined with these first two. What if these classical creatures came from a fallen classical world? So far so good, but let’s make it unexpected. What if that world was one of more-advanced technology, a kind of utopia? Here we’re blending in science fiction elements into what we already have. So we have lost technology, which no one understands anymore. Now we have a third unexpected dimension, and history to go along with the city.
       It’s important not to fill in all the blank areas though. World building should not be an encyclopedic process. You must give the reader a chance to fill in the empty spots with their imagination. There’s nothing scarier, for example, than a monster only half-described. There must be some information offered, so the reader has something to hold on to. But don’t describe it all. The reader will fill in the blanks from their own unconscious. They will provide what is scariest to them. This is an affect you can’t get anywhere near. Let them scare themselves. This is true of all world building. Combine unexpected elements, but leave space for the reader to fill in the blanks.
       Let’s try some now: the Vietnam war in which magic is real; China in the 1920s with a steampunk aesthetic; a bureaucratic society like the Soviet Union but set in a future alien world. Three combinations. Perhaps they have promise, perhaps not.
       What combinations interest you the most?





Unwrapped Sky

Unwrapped Sky
Tor Books, April 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Guest Blog by Rjurik Davidson - On Creating Wonderful Worlds - May 24, 2014
A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city's survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original debut by Rjurik Davidson, a young master of the New Weird.



Nighttime in Caeli-Amur
A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, January 15, 2014
eBook, 32 pages

Guest Blog by Rjurik Davidson - On Creating Wonderful Worlds - May 24, 2014
Caeli-Amur is a city-state where magic and technology are interchangeable; where minotaurs and sirens are real; where philosopher-assassins and seditionists are not the most dangerous elements in a city alive with threat. During the day, the ordinary citizens do what they must to get along. But at night, the spirit of the ancient city comes alive, to haunt the old places.

“Nighttime in Caeli-Amur” is not about minotaurs or sirens, but about a family whose lives in this place are fated in the ways of families everywhere . . . only not quite the same.





About Rjurik

Guest Blog by Rjurik Davidson - On Creating Wonderful Worlds - May 24, 2014
Photo by Leena Kärkkäinen
Rjurik Davidson has been an Associate Editor of Overland magazine, as well as a writer of short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His fiction has been published in Postscripts, Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volumes One, Two and Four, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006, SciFiction, Aurealis, Borderlands and elsewhere. PS Publishing published a collection of short stories, The Library of Forgotten Books, in 2010. He has been short-listed and won a number of awards.

Website  ~  Blog  ~  Twitter @RjurikDavidson



The View From Monday - April 14, 2014


Happy Monday before the 15th of April (or as it's known in the US - tax day).



The View From Monday - April 14, 2014



It's another light release week, but this time with 3 debuts:

The Bend of the World by Jacob Bacharach;

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson;

and

Dämoren by Seth Skorkowsky.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Silver Skin (Cold Iron 2) by D. L. McDermott.




April 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bend of the World (D) Jacob Bacharach LF/F
Silver Skin (e) D. L. McDermott PNR - Cold Iron 2
Marked By Hades (e) Reese Monroe PNR - Bound by Hades 1
Dämoren (D) (e) Seth Skorkowsky UF



April 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Forbidden (e) Lori Adams PNR - Soulkeepers 1
The Line of Polity Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 2
Transhuman Ben Bova SF
The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Nightmare Ink (e) Marcella Burnard UF - Living Ink 1
Pack of Strays Dana Cameron UF - Fangborn 2
Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction (h2tp) Gerry Canavan (ed)
Kim Stanley Robinson (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Darkling (h2tp) R. B. Chesterton Go
Winds of Salem (h2tp) Melissa de la Cruz F - Witches of East End 3
Lovecraft's Monsters Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Unwrapped Sky (D) Rjurik Davidson F/New Weird
When We Fall (e) Peter Giglio H
Darkest Flame: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Purple Magic (e) Lisa Renee Jones PNR
What Mario Scietto Says: A Tor.Com Original (e) Emmy Laybourne SF - World of Monument 14
Northanger Abbey Val McDermid Mu/Th
Horus Heresy: Visions of Heresy Alan Merrett SF - Horus Heresy


April 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well Nancy Atherton PM - Aunt Dimity 19
Tithe of the Saviours A. J. Dalton F - Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
LF - Literary Fiction
Mu - Mash-up
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thirller
UF - Urban Fantasy



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