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Blurb for Rjurik Davidson’s forthcoming ‘Caeli-Amur’

Thanks to John Jarrold I’ve got some more info about Rjurik Davidson’s novels; Tor US gave him a 2-Book deal (click here for info) and now here’s something to whet your appetite – a blurb, of sorts, of the world that Caeli-Amur is set in:

Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

Sounds pretty interesting, what with the different factions and the city itself sounding like a character; I’ll definitely be keeping a close watch on this. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to get a taste of Caeli-Amur, check out Rjurik’s collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, available from PS Publishing – some of the stories in the collection are set in the city.

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Posted by on September 6, 2010 in John Jarrold's Corner

 

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John Jarrold’s Corner: 2-Book Tor US Deal for Rjurik Davidson

I see this news has already been making the rounds (via Twitter) but I thought that I would post it anyway, since it’s awesome news! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to John Jarrold for informing me!

James Frenkel, Senior Editor at Tor Books in New York, has concluded a two-book world rights deal for Australian SF author Rjurik Davidson, for a good five-figure sum in US dollars. The agent was John Jarrold.

The first of these books will be Davidsonโ€™s debut novel. It is presently titled CAELI-AMUR after the city in which it and its sequel take place.

James Frenkel said of Rjurik Davidson, โ€œHe’s a unique talent, with a fabulously imagined world that is both enticing and strange, the sort of place that makes one at the same time afraid and excited, thrilling to discover as its many secrets are revealed. Peopled with engaging characters who seem entirely real, it’s a world with a rich, deep history and a strange, compelling destiny.โ€

โ€œRjurikโ€™s writing is wonderful,โ€ said John Jarrold. โ€œIโ€™m very happy that this marks my first direct deal with a major US publisher. I know that Jim has admired his short fiction for several years.โ€

Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and Associate Editor of Overland magazine. He has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His short collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, was recently released by PS Publishing. His work 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. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2005.

Great news, and as I let John know, I like the title – it’s definitely evocative and easy to pronounce, even though it’s not English. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing the cover! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in John Jarrold's Corner

 

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