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Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams


Next month, Saga Press will publish Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies edited by John Joseph Adams. Check out the Table of Contents below and the gorgeous cover art by Chris Foss.


Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies
Saga Press, April 18, 2017
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams
A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.

Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

And the winners are...


Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - Ended March 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  What is/are your favorite book(s), movie(s) or TV show(s) about natural disasters

Barbara E. who said...

I liked the movie Twister, as well as Night of the Comet.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm (2 copies) - Ended March 8, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Favorite mystery writer? or Favorite myth?

1) Stephanie who said...

My favorite mystery writer is Agatha Christie.

and

2) Lesley D who said...

My favorite classic mystery writer is Sir Authur Conan Doyle, but my favorite urban fantasy/mystery writer is Jim Butcher. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds right up my alley. :)


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Fated (Alex Verus 1) by Benedict Jacka - Ended March 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Which do you prefer - the UK or US covers?

Aisling who said...

This is one of the rare occasions I prefer the US covers. I MUST read Fated. I only wish I had some of Alex's magic to increase my reading time.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


I Dream of Genies (Bottled Magic 1) and Genie Knows Best (Bottled Magic 2) by Judi Fennell - Ended March 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite genie? OR Make a wish!

Kristina Parmenter who said...

My wish is.............................

To have sun and warmth all year round...oh and kids that listen and don't interupt when i am reading...lol


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


On the Prowl - Ended March 13, 2012 - Read the review here. US ONLY

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite werewolf or werewolves in books or film?

Di who said...

I haven't red a book about a werewolf in a long time, but I do like Alcide from True Blood.


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig - Ended March 14, 2012 - Read the interview here. Please note that Blackbirds will not be released until April 24 in the US. The winner will receive the novel after it is published.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Share one thing that it on your bucket list (that list of things you'd like to do before you die)?

B. Edge who said...

Travel is definitely part of my bucket list. The big one for me is Australia or New Zealand; I'd love to get to know such unique places!


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


Black Howl (Black Wings 3) eBook for international/US winner or Mass Market Paperback for US winner only - Ended March 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite angel(s) or fallen angel(s) from novels, short stories, etc.?

pamerd who said

Hi

I love this series!

I have a couple of favorites - Dmitri of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade and since I have read Black Wings (and have Black Night in a TBR stack) I would also include Gabriel Angeloscuro.

Thanks for the chance.
Pam


Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with Tobias S. Buckell and Giveaway - February 29, 2012

Please welcome Tobias S. Buckell to The Qwillery. Tobias' latest novel is Arctic Rising, which was published yesterday.


TQ:  What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Tobias:  I guess it's that I'm a pretty hard core night owl and get my most creative work and planning done after midnight. I have no particular pen that I like. No special paper. I'm sorta boring!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tobias:  I'm a little bit of both. I like to have a rough skeleton so that I know what I'm working toward, and I have lots of pieces of research that I've saved that are pertinent to the whole piece that need to be slotted in by chapter relevance. But at the same time I build a lot of the structure as I go along in better detail. It works for me, but it means I really don't have a strong feeling about one or the other, as I steal elements of both as I need.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Tobias:  The same thing as many others: building my life around the time to write. It's very easy for life to knock me out of the groove and allow me to fall behind, and then you start drowning a bit.

TQ:  Describe the Arctic Rising in 140 characters or less.

Tobias:  Anika Duncan, a UNPG airship pilot, has just been shot of the sky and into the no-longer frozen Arctic Ocean. She sets out to find out why.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Arctic Rising?

Tobias:  I've always been fascinated about the Arctic North, and the attempts that ended in such failure to cross the Northwest Passage by ship. Now shipping companies are looking into shipping over the Northwest Passage. It's quite clear something is fundamentally changing. In some ways that will be a good thing (cheaper shipping, more resources uncovered as the ice leaves) and in many other cases, not so good (drought in some areas, too much snow due to rain fall in others due to disrupted cycles, and overall more chaos). Conflict powers books, and this a pretty interesting potential conflict.

In some cases, if we do figure out how to fix and halt global warming through some clever human trick, it'll be like having written a novel about acid rain; it'll seem less compelling. On the other hand, we seem to have passed our moment to halt it with using anything like the cap and trade system that really blunted acid rain so effectively. So it looks very likely we'll have to deal with this fallout. And since looking at future extrapolation is what I love about being an SF/F author, I really wanted to explore all that.

I mean, how could I ignore the fact that some in the US Navy are worried about the budget implications of adding an entire new ocean to their patrol area already? Finding out the the US military is the largest investor in green technology and attempts to reduce its reliance on fuel because it's one of the larger consumers of oil, well that's fascinating.

TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for the novel?

Tobias:  I read some freely available commentary and articles by the US military, fascinated by what I'd just mentioned above. A lot of books about the Arctic North. My favorite gem was a geological survey the Canadian government had detailing the resources up there, which led me to the story of the currently shut down Bent Horn refinery.

TQ:  Which character in Arctic Rising was the most difficult for you to write and why? Easiest and why?

Tobias:  Well, there's only one point of view character, which is Anika. One of the things I wanted to show was that she came from Nigeria, one with the scars of modern day Nigeria, but that after the forty or so years that have passed, one that has participated in the same transformations that seem to be going on in many African nations right now, which is a burst of GDP growth, a fall in number of births per woman. Africa is one of the more ignored growth areas during this current recessions.

I often show Westerners pictures of an East African skyscraper skyline, and ask them where they think it is, and they're always shocked when I say Africa. Africa has skyscrapers. It has a rapidly building middle class in some areas. Sometimes tipping points are hit and things change rapidly, like India or China's rise. So trying to depict that in a few brushes led to a lot me second-guessing how readers would interpret what I drew. It isn't a big piece of the novel, but the idea that Lago was a world city was important, even if I hinted that other parts of Africa were still having some issues.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Arctic Rising?

Tobias:  My favorite scenes take place on Roo's little live aboard catamaran yacht. I want to live on it. I actually used a catamaran I found online that I just adored and used it as a reference. I grew up on a yacht in the Caribbean, so I became very homesick, but loved writing it.

TQ:  What's next?

Tobias:  My novel Apocalypse Ocean is being written directly for fans of the Xenowealth series, if you're interested in seeing some far future science fiction adventure, there are details on how to pre-order the book on my website!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tobias:  Thanks for having me over!


About Arctic Rising

Arctic Rising
Tor Books, February 28, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages

Interview with Tobias S. Buckell and Giveaway - February 29, 2012
Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.

Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.


About Tobias

Interview with Tobias S. Buckell and Giveaway - February 29, 2012
Photo by Jan Hilty
TOBIAS S. BUCKELL is a Caribbean-born writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Halo®: The Cole Protocol.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a coy of Arctic Rising from Tor Books!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is/are your favorite book(s), movie(s) or TV show(s) about natural disasters?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

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3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Review - Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - 4 Qwills

Arctic Rising
Author:  Tobias S. Buckell
Format: Hardcover,  304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (February 28, 2012)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  9780765319210
Review Copy: eArc provided by Tor Books

Review - Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - 4 Qwills
Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.

Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.

My thoughts

Arctic Rising is a near-future SciFi thriller set against the back-drop of global climate change. In the novel, global warming has claimed most of the Arctic Circle as well changed the entire planet. Anika Duncan, has left her life in Africa behind for a calm job working for U.N. Polar Guard. Things are going smoothly for her until someone smuggles a nuclear weapon into the Arctic Circle area.

Arctic Rising presents a possible future should global warming be unchecked. The world has changed. Some countries are damaged, some are gone and some are better off. The balance of power has shifted. We learn a lot about this world via the characters and their lives. The action in the novel takes place in area surrounding and what's left of the Arctic Circle, and I found Mr. Buckell's future Arctic fascinating.

Anika Duncan is a wonderful main character. She's tough and determined. Her back story is incredibly interesting. Her life before the UNPG has given her the ability and skills to kick ass when she has to. She's also a thinker who has just the right amount of vulnerability to make her believable. She has some tough decisions to make. While Annika is the main character, Mr. Buckell also has created a wonderfully diverse and well written supporting cast.

Arctic Rising is action-packed with explosions, gun battles and a frightening superweapon. It's a fast-paced thrill ride. It's also thought provoking without being a screed about global warming. The bottom line is that Arctic Rising will keep you on the edge of your seat as Anika races to find the nuclear bomb and possibly save the world.

I give Arctic Rising 4 Qwills.

Review - Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - 4 Qwills

The View From Monday - February 27, 2012

Happy Last Monday in February. Don't fret. We get a bonus day in February this year.  It's going to be yet another busy week at The Qwillery.

Monday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Cat Johnson.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Elspeth Cooper. Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday -  Interview with Tobias S. Buckell. Arctic Rising will be published on February 28, 2012.

Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Chris F. Holm. Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Friday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Benedict Jacka. Fated (Alex Verus 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Saturday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Judi Fennell.

Sunday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with BA Tortuga.


There are a lot of books out this week! A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


February 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Know No Fear
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Dan Abnett F - Horus Heresy 19
Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - Omnibus
Into the Darkness
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
V.C. Andrews H
How to be Death
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Amber Benson UF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 4
Burn Me Deadly (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alex Bledsoe EF/M - Eddie LaCrosse 2
The Ruined City
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Paula Brandon F - Veiled Isles Trilogy 2
Arctic Rising
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Tobias S. Buckell SF
The Gravity Pilot (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
M.M. Buckner SF
Overkill
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 1
Path of the Renegade
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer
Spellbound Falls
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Janet Chapman R w/ PE - Spellbound Falls 1
Songs of the Earth (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Elspeth Cooper F - The Wild Hunt 1
The Helios Conspiracy
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jim DeFelice Th/SF
The Flood
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
William C. Dietz SF - Halo
Singularity
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 3
The Scar
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Sergey Dyachenko
Marina Dyachenko
F
By a Thread
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 6
A Kingdom Besieged (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Raymond E. Feist EF - Chaoswar Saga 1
Carpathia
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Matt Forbeck F/AH
Jane Vows Vengeance
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Michael Thomas Ford PNR - Jane Bites 3
Joe Golem and the Copper Girl: A Short Story (e)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Mike Mignola
Christopher Golden
SF
Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Molly Harper PNR - Jane Jameson 4
Black Howl
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 3
Dead Harvest (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Chris F. Holm UFN - Collector 1
The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
William Irwin Philosophy
My Lord Vampire
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alexandra Ivy PNR - Immortal Rogues 1
Fated (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 1
Night Games
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Crystal Jordan PS
Curses! A F**ked-Up Fairy Tale (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
J.A. Kazimer F/Humor
Kings of Morning
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Paul Kearney EF - Macht 3
The Amazon Legion (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Tom Kratman SF - Desert Called Peace 4
Witchful Thinking
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 3
The Medusa Amulet (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Masello Th w/ PE
Iron Warriors: The Omnibus
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Graham McNeill SF- Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines
A Sliver of Shadow
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair 2
Shadow Chaser (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alexey Pehov EF - Chronicles of Siala 2
Touchstone
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 1
The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Andy Remic EF - Clockwork Vampire Omnibus
Don't Kill the Messenger (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Eileen Rendahl PNR - Messenger 1
The Man from Primrose Lane (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
James Renner H
Knight of the Blazing Sun
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Josh Reynolds EF - Warhammer
Red Harvest (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Joe Schreiber SF - Star Wars
The Darkest Seduction
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 11
Angels' Flight
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter Novellas
A Distant Tomorrow
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Bertrice Small HFR - World of Hetar 2
Hybrids (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Whitley Strieber SF
Fever (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Joan Swan RS w/ PE - Phoenix Rising 1
Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jack Vance SF
That Which Divides
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek
Vortex (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Charles Wilson SF - Spin 3



March 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ivey and the Airship
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Cheryl Ammeter F/PNR - Aether's Edge 1
Darkness Bound
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Stella Cameron PNR - Chimney Rock1
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Grace L Dillon (ed) SF - Anthology Sun Tracks 69
The Kingdoms of Dust
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Amanda Downum F - Necromancer Chronicles3
Exogene
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
T.C. McCarthy SF - Subterrene War 2
The Ruby Kiss
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Helen Scott Taylor PNR - Magic Knot Fairies 3
A Light on the Veranda (ri)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Ciji Ware TTR



d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HFR - Historical Fantasy Romance
M - Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir
Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph AdamsWinners x 8 - March 17, 2012Interview with Tobias S. Buckell and Giveaway - February 29, 2012Review - Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - 4 QwillsThe View From Monday - February 27, 2012

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