Monthly Archives: June 2011


THE FRACTAL PRINCE by Hannu Rajaniemi

And, via Sensawunda, the blurb:

Jean le Flambeur, posthuman thief, is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts to Oortian warrior Mieli and her mysterious patron the pellegrini, he has to break into the mind of a living god. Planning the ultimate heist takes Jean and Mieli from the haunted city of Sirr on broken Earth to the many-layered virtual realms of the mighty Sobornost. But when the stakes of the pellegrini’s game are revealed, Jean has to decide how far he is willing to go to get the job done.

First off, the cover art is just wonderful. Kekai Kotaki impresses me at every turn and his work on The Fractal Prince will stand proudly beside the cover for The Quantum Thief. Great work from Kotaki and the Tor art team!

Second, I’ve not read The Quantum Thief yet, but ever glowing review I see sends me closer and closer to doing so. The blurb for The Fractal Prince sounds even more interesting to me than The Quantum Thief. It’s certainly a easy time to be excited about the future of Science Fiction.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS Release Date AnnouncedIn the wake of leaking copies of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, Voyager Books, Martin’s UK publisher, has issued a plea to fans to do their best to avoid reading and/or posting spoilers for the heavily embargoed novel. 180 people received early copies of the novel. Of course, the Internet being what it is, spoilers are already out there.

Dear UK George R.R. Martin fans,

We know that there are a lot of you out there.

We know that most of you, like us, have been waiting nigh on six years to crack open the cover of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and dive back into Westeros to relish the adventures of our old friends Jon, Daenerys, Arya and Tyrion et al.

The wait is almost over – just 14 days and counting. But due to reasons out of our control, the embargo in Europe has been broken and a few US copies have been delivered to customers in error by Only 180 copies have escaped the embargo, but already there are spoilers leaking out.

And so, Voyager is asking you – if you can bear it – to avoid your favourite GRRM-related sites (except for George’s official site, and the Voyager site of course, where we will be screening comments as always) to ensure that the latest instalment of this epic story is not spoiled for you. You’ve got a remarkable journey ahead of you, and some stunning surprises, and nothing should come between you and that experience. The embargo is now being thoroughly enforced by all accounts and customers around the world to ensure that no more copies are sold early.

And we would also issue a plea to those 180 fans who have managed to get hold of a copy, to please consider all the other fans around the world who have to wait for the official 12 July pub date and save your spoilers!


Jane, Emma and Amy
Voyager Editorial Team

Doubly interesting, neither Bantam Spectra (Martin’s US publisher) or Voyager are planning to lift the embargo on early reviews (which only the major, professional publications have had access to), likely put in place to avoid even the smallest of spoilers from leaking early. But, with the potential for the whole novel to be spoiled in detail by fans, why not go ahead and let the major professional venues post their reviews, a tactic that might lessen the flow of traffic to the major spoilers by intercepting those looking for early impressions of the novel?

So, will you bite on A Dance with Dragons spoilers? Or will you save your virgin eyes and fight tooth-and-nail to stay a maiden until July 12th?

Also, if you do have spoilers, I’d kindly ask that they’re kept out of the comments section here. If you want to discuss them, there’s a thread on NeoGAF.

So,, the German wing of the everything-selling giant, done messed up. Several posters on the westeros forums reported that their copies of A Dance with Dragons, the heavily anticipated (and even more heavily embargoed) fifth volume of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, was shipping out early. Martin’s publisher, Bantam Spectra, jumped on and corrected the mistake, but not before a handful of copies were actually shipped out to readers.

So, first, be aware that copies are out there and that spoilers are bound to start cropping up in the various corners of the web. Second, enjoy the updated map of The Free Cities, an area of Martin’s world that was first revealed (in map form) via the HBO rendition of the map. This version, which appears at the beginning of A Dance with Dragons, is more detailed and aesthetically similar to the previous maps in A Song of Ice and Fire.

*I suppose some small handful of people might consider a map of an area explored since early in the series a spoiler, so, um… if you’re one of those people, don’t scroll down.*

A map of The Free Cities from George R.R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

Oh, and before you ask, I don’t have a copy of A Dance with Dragons, though I wish I did. The map was found on the Internet.