Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Republic of Thieves by Scott LynchThough overshadowed by delays from Patrick Rothfuss and George R.R. Martin, Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves, the third volume in The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, has fallen off the radar as of late, but remains no less anticipated because of it.

Recently, though, Lynch has returned to the world of the, erm… living and has been seen posting on twitter and, more importantly, has released an excerpt from The Republic of Thieves on his web site!

You asked politely. You asked impolitely. You sent death threats. You hired mercenaries. Well, they made their point very clear! Enjoy the prologue to The Republic of Thieves, and lay eyes on Sabetha Belacoros for the very first time.

Now, don’t go getting your panties in a twist. It’s obviously a good sign that Lynch and his publisher are comfortable releasing this excerpt, but don’t forget that both Martin and Rothfuss have had excerpts from their respective novels out there for years. The only official word is that it looks like a 2010 date is likely.

In other words, don’t take this as any sort of confirmation that the novel is done, or soon to be released, but do go ahead and enjoy reading it!

You can download an RTF HERE or a PDF (that I created) HERE.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel, The Windup Girl, was recently released by Nightshade Books, and has been met with positive buzz from fans, authors reviewers alike.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko…

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism’s genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of “The Calorie Man” ( Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and “Yellow Card Man” (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.

Bacigalupi also released a collection of his short fiction, Pump Six, which contains a prequel to The Windup Girl called The Calorie Man, and it’s been garnering some strong recommendations:

Paolo Bacigalupi is the best short-fiction writer to emerge in the past decade; he’s the Ted Chiang of the new millennium. He combines beautiful prose, startling imagery, and shocking ideas in unforgettable ways.
– Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

[These stories] are extrapolative – some rigorously so and some more whimsical. They can be visceral and violent. Viewed toward questions of prose and storytelling, they are well-written. But most importantly, they refuse to flinch from addressing today’s issues. They take today’s scientific, technological, economic, and especially environmental trends and examine them for what they might mean today and into the future.
The Fix

Thanks to Free Speculative Fiction Online, Bacigalupi’s Hugo nominated short story, The Calorie Man (along with a couple of other short fiction pieces from Bacigalupi), is available as a free download HERE.

You can find Bacigalupi’s website HERE.

I stumbled across the blog of artist Seamas Gallagher, and found some pretty neat artwork based on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. It turns out that Seamas is involved with the Dabel Bros. and is behind some of the cover variants for their upcoming comic book adaptation of The Wheel of Time. You can click on each of the pictures to see a larger version.

Ran al'Thor from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.Mat Cauthon from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher. Perring Aybara from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.Padan Fain from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher. Thom Merrilin from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.Logain Ablar from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher. Balthamel from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.Sammael from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.
Trollocs from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, painted by Seamas Gallagher.

I’ve always been a fan of the over-exaggerated, comic-booky style used here, so these immediately appealed to me, even if they don’t exactly match the images in my head. I suppose they won’t be for everyone, though. Seamas has a ton of art on his blog and online portfolio, including more Wheel of Time artwork. He seems to have portraits done of most of the major characters in the series, so if I left out your favourite, give his blog a look and you’re sure to find it.

Alex Bledsoe released the cover art for his upcoming novel, Burn Me Deadly, painted by Jean-Sebastien Rossbach:

Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe

Bledsoe, and his first novel in the Eddie LaCrosse series, The Sword Edged-Blonde, popped onto my radar a few weeks ago after a couple of positive reviews from Graeme and Jeff, two bloggers whose tastes run similar to my own.

The artwork for both his novels appeals to me in that pulpy, mid-nineties kinda way. I dunno about the typography, though. The placement of the title sure makes everything a little lopsided. What do you think?

A few weeks ago, I posted the beautiful cover art for the North American edition of David Anthony Durham‘s The Other Lands, sequel to his successful Acacia: The War with the Mein, and now I’ve got a look at the UK edition.

The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

It’s a known fact that UK covers are generally miles beyond their NA counterpart in terms of quality, but I’d say this is one exception to the rule. I appreciate the granduer of the NA cover, which suggests how mysterious and epic these ‘Other Lands’ are, whereas the UK cover has a nice sense of adventure and tension, but seems to lack focus. Still, either way, Durham’s got to be pretty happy with how the covers of his novels have been handled.

On top of this, Durham is hosting a giveaway for an ARC of The Other Lands. I’ll certainly be entering!