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Who Reads my Books? Henry Wolfe

Who Reads my Books? Henry Wolfe

Hi Neal, I’ve been an avid reader of SF from a very young age, I can’t really remember what I first read but likely to have been Asimov or A C Clarke. As a kid I spent a lot of time in librarys looking for the yellow Gollancz book spines. From there, moved onto Harry Harrison and very much to Larry Niven’s works. Fast forwarding into the near past, I had been getting heavily into …

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A Pirate Captain Faces the Gallows in This Thrilling Excerpt From Crossbones

A Pirate Captain Faces the Gallows in This Thrilling Excerpt From Crossbones

If you’re a sucker for pirate stories—which we are—you’re going to want to check out Crossbones, an upcoming fantasy from Kimberly Vale that follows an array of seafaring characters as they battle for the island throne. Today, io9 has a peek at the cover, as well as a nail-biter of a first chapter. Yo ho ho! Read more…

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Nghi Vo Wins Crawford Award

Nghi Vo’s novel The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Tordotcom) is the winner of the 2021 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction. Other finalists were: Night Roll, Michael DeLuca (Stelliform) Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, Julian Jarboe (Lethe) Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Tordotcom) In Veritas, C.J. LaVigne (NeWest) Beneath …Read More

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Who Reads my Books? Aaron Spuler

Who Reads my Books? Aaron Spuler

  Joining the ranks of those that have submitted to Neal’s question of who reads his books.  Not sure what the relevancy is of the pattern, but there defintely seems to be a pattern of folks with beards featured here… I’ve been a fan of science fiction for as long as I can remember.  I am a voracious reader, averaging 40 – 60 books a year for over three decades. I’ve dipped my toes in …

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#Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi

#Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi

A series of interviews between a young, clean-cut journalist and an alternative, independent pichal pairi turns into an unexpected romance. But their relationship is tested when the entire world around them shuts down.     I met the pichal pairi by the Ravi’s bank at the mouth of a secret tunnel. She was sitting on rocks, massaging her backwards feet on pebbles from the riverbed. “My mother always said,” she sighed, “this is good for …

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New Books: 2 March 2021

Beaton, E.J.: The Councillor (DAW 978-0-7564-1699-7, $27.00, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 1, 2021) Machiavellian fantasy whcih follows a scholar’s quest to choose the next ruler of her nation amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination. Debut novel.   Boehme, Jillian: The Stolen Kingdom (Tor Teen 978-1-250-29882-9, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 2, 2021) Young-adult epic fantasy. A vintner’s daughter’s magical blood reveals her to be secret royalty, involving …Read More

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2021 Ray Bradbury Prize Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction were announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) Lakewood, Megan Giddings (Amistad) The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga) Where the Wild Ladies Are, Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton (Soft Skull) The prize is sponsored …Read More

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Excerpt: The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

Excerpt: The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, The House of Always is the fourth epic fantasy in Jenn Lyons’ Chorus of Dragons series that began with The Ruin of Kings. What if you were imprisoned for all eternity? In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed. The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin’s enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his …

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Who Reads my Books? Matthew Leigh

Who Reads my Books? Matthew Leigh

Hi Neal, I thought I should take my opportunity for a few moments of internet fame. I don’t remember exactly when I discovered your books but I do know it would have been in the Waterstones on Oxford street. I was working in a cocktail bar in the west end and the time spent on public transport reignited my joy in reading and I steadily worked my way through the sci-fi section. I think Cowl …

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