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Croatian Rights for Rod Rees and Totally Tor News

Got some news for you from John Jarrold and news from Irene Gallo. 🙂

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John Jarrold’s Corner: PRESS RELEASE – CROATIAN RIGHTS DEAL FOR ROD REES

Following last week’s deals with Jota in the Czech Republic and Infodar in Bulgaria Flora McMichael, Rights Manager at Quercus, has sold Croatian rights in the four-novel DEMI-MONDE series by UK novelist Rod Rees to Fraktura, after receiving offers from two houses.

World rights in Rod’s series were acquired pre-emptively by Quercus (who publish the first volume in January 2011) from agent John Jarrold for a major advance in 2009. Rights have now been sold in eight territories, also including the US, Germany, Russia, Poland and Italy.

THE DEMI-MONDE is set in a wonderfully imagined virtual world – the Demi-Monde of the title. Originally conceived by the US military as a training ground for their troops in the twenty-first century facing street fighting and enemies who use guerrilla tactics, rather than modern technology-based armies, the Demi-Monde was created by the world’s first quantum computer. Young singer Ella Thomas is sent there to rescue a VIP (she ticks all the boxes to blend into the world, which has a late-Victorian technology base) and discovers the world and its thirty million inhabitants, or ‘avatars’, are all too real. Especially those who run the world’s city-states, based on famous human monsters such as Reinhard Heydrich, Shaka Zulu, Empress Wu, Godfrey de Bouillon, Selim the Grim and Lavrentii Beria, with whom the world was seeded to make it more of a test…and that is only the beginning. There is already a fascinating website at www.thedemi-monde.com

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Seems like Rod is well on the way to taking over Europe! Let’s hope there’ll be more announcements soon. 🙂 Congrats to Rod and all the SFF readers in Croatia!

Next up, Totally Tor:

Tor.com released an excerpt of Orson Scott Card‘s latest Fantasy novel, The Lost Gate (read it here), here’s the press release for you:

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From The LOST GATE editor, Beth Meacham:

One of the delights of my working life is watching writers like Orson Scott Card create a new world and new characters to populate it. So when I first saw the synopsis for this new series, The Mither Mages, I was thrilled. And as the first of the trilogy, THE LOST GATE, emerged from Card’s mind and word processor, I was enthralled. Card is creating not one magical world for this series, but two – an Earth where the exiles of Westil have lived in isolation for almost 1500 years, and Westil itself, also cut off from the power of the Great Gates, dwindling but holding the memory of a time when greater magic was possible. For this first book, the two worlds remain separate – but there is a promise implicit in the birth or rebirth of a gatemage in each world. It starts small, one boy in the hills of Virginia. It won’t stay that way.

Danny North thought he was drekka, a child of the Families of Westil who has no magical talent. Even though he was the son of Odin, the current chief of the North Family, he showed no ability at all – he formed no clant , he worked no stone, he had no affinity for beast or plant. All he could do was run and hide, and try to stay out of the way of his grandfather, who thought that drekka should be culled from the family. But Danny is not drekka. He is something far more dangerous…dangerous to himself, and dangerous to his family. Danny is a gatemage, the forbidden talent. All the Families are sworn to kill any child who proves to be a gatemage, as part of the treaty that ended the wars between them hundreds of years ago. Danny’s discovery of his talent has doomed him to death, more surely than any lack of talent ever could have….

From the Press Release:

Orson Scott Card needs no introduction . . . One of the true stars of science fiction and fantasy writing, Card is an international bestselling author best known for the beloved classic Ender’s Game, which was widely read by millions of adults and young readers.

Card’s work has won multiple awards. His novel Ender’s Game (1985) and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (1986), both won the coveted Hugo and the Nebula Awards—making Card the only author to win both of America’s science fiction’s top prizes in consecutive years. He’s also won four Locus Awards and a Hugo for the short story “Eye for An Eye.” And now the award-winning New York Times bestselling author launches the first book in a new fantasy series with THE LOST GATE (A Tor Hardcover; January 4, 2011; $24.99).

All of this is why I’m thrilled to reveal Tor.com’s exclusive first excerpt, along with a note from the editor Beth Meacham, which goes live NOVEMBER 30th at noon! With free registration, Tor.com users will have first access to Chapter 2. To view this early, special preview of THE LOST GATE, please click on the following link: http://www.tor.com/lostgate/register. There will be lots more to come between now and January 4th – additional excerpts, blog posts, tour dates and other exciting materials – but for now this should whet a few appetites for this amazing original fantasy epic.

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And here’s the cover:

The novel will be released on the 11th of January and you can pre-order your copies here.

Next up, Tor.com will be posting Ellen Kushner‘s The Man with Knives – that should be up soon, so keep an eye on the site. 🙂 Here’s the artwork, from Tom Canty:

Tor.com are also running a giveaway for ARCs of John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation on Facebook and Twitter; I know I’m taking my chances and entering! 🙂

And finally, next week Wednesday Tor.com will be posting an original story by Abby Mei Ottis titled ‘Sweetheart’; I’ll have an excerpt from ‘Sweetheart’ for you later this week. 🙂 Here’s the cover by Greg Ruth:

Until next time,

Be EPIC!

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Totally Tor:Songs of the Dying Earth

Got some more news for you from Irene Gallo about the going’s on over at Tor.com. 🙂

First off, I’d love to get my hands on this! (Yes, that’s a hint! 😉 )

The book will be available on the 7th of December (Pre-order from Amazon US here), and Tor is hosting a very special story from the anthology: Kage Baker’s ‘The Green Bird’

Here’s an excerpt of the story for you:

It amused Justice Rhabdion of Kaiin to dispose of malefactors by dropping them down a certain chasm located at the edge of his palace gardens.

Deep and steep-sided the chasm was, bottomed with soft sand, so that more often than not the objects of Justice Rhabdion’s displeasure survived the fall. This was all to the good, as far as Rhabdion was concerned, since it provided him with further subject for mirth. On claret-colored summer afternoons, he used to have his Chair of Office moved out on the balcony that overlooked his garden pleasaunce, and which, incidentally, gave him an excellent view into the chasm as well. There he would smile to watch the antics of the enchasmates, as they fruitlessly sought to escape or quarreled with one another.

Read the full story here.

I really need to read Kage’s work. 😦

On December 1st, Tor.com will be posting Ellen Kushner’s, “The Man with Knives”, which continues on from the events in her novel, Swordpoint.

That’s all for now, hope you all have an awesome day!

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Totally Tor

 

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Totally Tor: Steampunk Fortnight Continues & More!

Hey Huys and Girls, got some more info and news for you straight from Irene Gallo. 🙂 Let’s launch into it, shall we?

First up, Steampunk Fortnight is still happening, and by now there’s plenty to catch up on if you’ve missed anything. Check out the link for the low-down!

Also, on Wednesday a new story was posted – Felix Gilman’s Lightbringer’s and Rainmakers (click the link to read it), set in the same world as his The Half-Made World.

Here’s the cover for you to enjoy (the work of the excellent Jon Foster):

Last week saw the release of Cat Rambo‘s story, Clockwork Fairies, and here’s a taste of the story for you:

Mary the Irish girl let me in when I knocked at the door in my Sunday best, smelling of incense and evening fog. Gaslight flickered over the narrow hall. The mahogany banister’s curve gleamed with beeswax polish, and a rosewood hat rack and umbrella stand squatted to my left.

I nodded to Mary, taking off my top hat. Snuff and baking butter mingled with my own pomade to battle the smell of steel and sulfur from below.

“Don’t be startled, Mr. Claude, sir.”

Before I could speak further, a whir of creatures surrounded me.
At first I thought them hummingbirds or large dragonflies. One hung poised before my eyes in a flutter of metallic skin and isinglass wings. Delicate gears spun in the wrist of a pinioned hand holding a needle-sharp sword. Desiree had created another marvel. Clockwork fairies, bee-winged, glittering like tinsel. Who would have dreamed such things, let alone made them real? Only Desiree.

Mary chattered, “They’re hers. They won’t harm ye. Only burglars and the like.”

She swatted at one hovering too close, its hair floating like candy floss in the air. Mary had been with the Southland household for three years now and was inured to scientific marvels. “I’ll tell her ladyship yer here.”
She left. I eyed the fairies that hung in the air around me. Despite Mary’s assurance, I did not know what they would do if I stepped forward. I had never witnessed clockwork creations so capable of independent movement.

Footsteps sounded downstairs, coming closer. Desiree appeared in the doorway that led to her basement workshop. A pair of protective lenses dangled around her neck and she wore gloves. Not the dainty kidskin gloves of fashionable women, but thick pig leather, to shield her clever brown fingers from sparks. One hand clutched a brass oval studded with tiny buttons.

Desiree’s skin color made her almost as much an oddity in upper London society as the fairies. My intended. I smiled at her.

“Claude,” she said with evident pleasure.

She clicked the device in her hand and the fairies swirled away, disappearing to God knows where. “I’m almost done. I’ll meet you in the parlor in a few minutes. Go ahead and ring for tea.”

Read the rest of it here. 🙂

Eileen Gunn’s got a ‘ quartet of steampunk pastiches’ coming up soon, so keep an eye out for that: A Different Engine, Day After the Cooters, The Perdito Project, and Internal Devices.

What else is happening on Tor? Plenty, as always!

Jo Walton is covering the Hugo Nominations, starting from 1953 and going up to 2000; you can find the introduction here, and the first post here. Definitely a series I’ll be following – it’ll be interesting to see how the Hugo’s have changed over the years and decades.

Also, set your reminders for November 3rd: Tor will be posting a story by Fantasy author Peter Orullian (check out this link to get the low-down on him and what he’ll be bringing us), and here’s the cover for you:

Awesome artwork by Kekai Kotaki.

Oh, and are you guys ready?

Thanks to Irene Gallo for the for the info; check out The Art Department blog here, and follow Irene on Twitter here. 🙂

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Announcements, Totally Tor

 

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Totally Tor: News and Info from Irene Gallo

Hey everyone, this’ll be the start of a new feature on the blog which I’ve named, as you saw above, Totally Tor. 🙂

A couple of weeks ago Irene Gallo called for bloggers to help spread the news of what would be happening on Tor’s website, and I answered the call. 🙂 Without further a-do, let’s get into it:

Steampunk Fortnight starts tomorrow!

Curated by Tor’s amazing Liz Gorinsky, the next two weeks will feature:

Musings on the genre from a host of esteemed guest bloggers, including Tim Akers, Jared Axelrod, S. J. Chambers, Amal El-Mohtar, G. D. Falksen, Fábio Fernandes, Chris Garcia, Jaymee Goh, Theodora Goss, Clay and Susan Griffith, Mark Hodder, Stephen Hunt, Evelyn Kriete, Dexter Palmer, Mike Perschon, Diana Pho, Mike Resnick, Nisi Shawl, and Diana Vick.

Original steampunk fiction from Felix Gilman, Eileen Gunn, and Cat Rambo.

Tor.com exclusive wallpaper by Sydney Padua (http://sydneypadua.com) of “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” (http://2dgoggles.com) fame.

Coverage of the steampunk events such as Webster Hall’s The Anachronism.

Process posts from steampunk writers, artists, designers, costumers, and tinkerers.

An absurd amount of giveaways, including books, costume elements, gadgets, and HMS Stubbington dirigible tattoos.

Here’s the cover for Cat Rambo‘s Clockwork Fairies, which will be appearing on Tor on the 27th (artwork by Greg Manchess):

Also coming on the 27th is this, by Felix Gilman (cover by Jon Foster):

There’s also more steampunk stuff coming up:

Flash-fiction stories from Eileen Gunn, Dates not finalized yet.

Original Comic:
Clockwork Cowboy, title and date not finalized;
A new comic from Teetering Bulb (it will be awesome!)

We’ll also be hosting giveaways from various steampunk craftsmen.

Non-steampunk stuff on Tor:

Matheson, Storyteller:
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/09/richard-matheson-storyteller
We’ve started a series of posts exploring the work of Richard Matheson through various media. Hosted by Mathew Bradley. We will publish a reprint story from him in the next 4-6 weeks. Details when they are nailed down.

Jo Walton recently started a re-read of the entire Patrick O’Brian Aubrey/Maturin series.
Not science fiction but certainly a “related subject.”
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/re-reading-patrick-obrians-aubrey-maturin-series

Star Trek rewatch will continue next Thursday, the with two Star Trek novelists: David Mack and Dayton Ward. They will kick off season three with the anticipated/dreaded “Spock’s Brain”

We’ll be starting a smaller celebration of Ringworld at 40 soon. Details as I get them.

And finally, here’s a quick look at November:

Original fiction by:
Peter Orullian
Kij Johnson
Mathew Sandborn Smith.
…and more

That’s it for this week! Irene’ll have more news for us soon!

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Announcements, Totally Tor

 

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