Iată câţiva dintre autorii ale căror cărţi au apărut sau vor apărea în această toamnă: Kim Stanley Robinson, Stephen Baxter, Stephen King, Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, Martin & Dozois, Dan Simmons, Scott Lynch, Lavie Tidhar, Mark Charan Newton, Mira Grant, Greg Egan, Peter Watts, Caitlin Kiernan, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Robert Charles Wilson sau Gene Wolfe. Nu-mi amintesc ca vreun alt sfârşit de an să fi fost atât de bogat în apariţii editoriale la fel de interesante ca acest 2013!
2 octombrie: Nnedi Okorafor – Kabu, Kabu (Prime Books)
Prima culegere de proză scurtă a câştigătoarei premiului World Fantasy (pentru Who Fears Death) este cu siguranţă una dintre cele mai importante şi mai aşteptate apariţii editoriale ale anului.
Kabu Kabu – unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis – generally get you where you need to go, but Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations.
This debut short story collection by award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor includes notable previously-published short work, a new novella co-written with New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, and a brief forward by Whoopi Goldberg.
8 octombrie: George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (editori) – Old Mars (Bantam)
Pentru că încă putem să visăm, Martin şi Dozois editează o antologie pentru cei care, ca şi mine, au crescut cu O prinţesă marţiană sau cu Cronicile marţiene.
Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars. Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein’s Red Planet. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction’s greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own—a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky . . . and in our imaginations.
This new anthology of fifteen all-original science fiction stories, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilizations—by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-class star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars. Join such seminal contributors as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others in this brilliant retro anthology that turns its back on the cold, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and instead embraces an older, more welcoming, more exotic Mars: a planet of ancient canals cutting through red deserts studded with the ruined cities of dying races.
10 octombrie: Dan Simmons – The Abominable (Sphere)
Înrudit cu The Terror, The Abominable se anunţa ca fiind o abordare a mitului omului zăpezii. Se pare că nu este chiar aşa şi că muntele este personajul principal, ceea ce mine nu poate decât să mă încânte. Dacă Simmons va reveni la forma care l-a consacrat, acest roman are şanse să fie unul dintre cele mai bune ale anului.
June 1924. On the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest, famous adventurers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanish into the snow-whipped night. Daredevil explorer Richard Deacon devises a plan to follow in the men’s footsteps, accompanied only by two friends. Off piste and with no support team, the three men strike for Everest’s peak and the most vicious climate on earth. As the winds rise and the temperature and oxygen levels drop, Deacon and his companions hear howls in the distance. Some dark creature is tracking them up the mountain, sending them scrabbling blindly into Everest’s dangerous heights to escape it. Soon they will discover what happened to Mallory’s crew – but can they escape the same hideous fate? A gripping thriller by a master of the genre, The Abominable blends historical fact with spine-tingling drama – this is one of the most chilling and unforgettable novels you will ever read.
10 octombrie: Mark Charan Newton – Drakenfeld (Tor)
Deşi Newton a scris – după părerea mea – cea mai reuşită serie epic fantasy din ultimii ani, nu a reuşit să pătrundă în rândul scriitorilor de succes. Să sperăm că această nouă serie, inspirată de Roma Antică, îi va asigura popularitatea bine meritată.
“I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it …”
The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years with treaties and laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, a long harmony has existed, nations have flourished, and civil wars are a thing of the past. But corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive… Upon receiving news of his father’s death and recalled to his home city of Tryum, Drakenfeld is soon embroiled in a mystifying case. King Licintius’ sister, Lacanta, has been found brutally murdered during a night of festivities – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. Despite hundreds of revellers, no one saw anything. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld soon has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty. With his assistant, Leana, he embarks on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, revisiting the ancient streets of his past, tracking down leads, interviewing suspects and making new enemies in his search for the truth. His determination to find the killer soon makes him a target, as the underworld of Tryum focuses on this new threat to their power…
10 octombrie: Scott Lynch – The Republic of Thieves (Ballantine Del Rey)
Pentru unii e cea mai importantă carte a anului, pentru alţii e romanul prin care Lynch va putea scăpa în sfârşit de această serie care, deşi i-a adus consacrarea, a ajuns în ultimii ani un blestem şi o corvoadă.
Having pulled off the greatest heist of their career, Locke and his trusted partner in thievery, Jean, have escaped with a tidy fortune. But Locke’s body is paying the price. Poisoned by an enemy from his past, he is slowly dying. And no physiker or alchemist can help him. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmagi offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him – or finish him off once and for all. Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body – though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring – and the Bondsmagi’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past . . . Sabetha. The love of his life. His equal in skill and wit. And now his greatest rival.
Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow-orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha – or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.
15 octombrie: Jeff VanderMeer – Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Image)
Un experiment mai mult decât interesant.
Wonderbook will be the definitive guide to writing fantasy. This innovative book will take a completely novel approach on a writing guide, fully exploiting the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, visualisations and exercises that will result in a spectacularly beautiful package that is more than just a guide, but also an inspiring object. Through an accessible, example rich approach that emphasises the importance of playfulness and pragmatism, Wonderbook will energise and motivate while also providing practical, nuts and bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Throughout the book, author Jeff VanderMeer will apply examples from his own fiction in both draft and revised versions, as well as reference his teaching experience. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level authors, this book is geared toward both teens and adults and stands out in the genre through its bold, full-colour, inventive approach to stimulating creative writing.
24 octombrie: Lavie Tidhar – The Violent Century (Hodder & Stoughton)
Tânărul câştigător al premiului World Fantasy Awards pentru Osama, ne oferă cea mai interesantă şi neconvenţională carte a lunii octombrie. Cei care au citit-o deja spun că este cu uşurinţă una dintre cele mai bune cărţi ale anului, ceea ce nu e surprinzător având în vedere calitatea romanelor, dar mai ales a prozei scurte scrisă de scriitorul de origine israeliană în ultimii ani.
For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.
Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism, – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?
29 octombrie: Mira Grant – Parasite (Orbit)
Am fost foarte tentat de Parasite până când am aflat că este identică cu Feed, în afara zombilor, care sunt înlocuiţi cu viermi. Dar de fapt eu nu am citit Feed, aşa că s-ar putea să-i dau o şansă, mai ales că eu prefer să citesc 10 cărţi cu viermi intestinali decât una cu morţi vii.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.
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