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SF & F News January 23, 2008

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Lot’s of Orbit news today. The publishing house has a few of my favourite authors including Marianne de Pierres, Iain M Banks, Sean Williams, etc.

  • Sean Williams’ Saturn Returns has been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. Fantastic space opera, read my review.
  • Iain M Banks’ new culture novel Matter is due out in February, you can read an extract here. The extract didn’t really grab me, I’ll wait for the complete book.
  • Karen Miller apparently shot to the top of the UK charts for The Innocent Mage in 2007. This is a great series, looking forward to more from this author. I’ll be posting a review of the series shortly.
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best of 2007 January 17, 2008

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A quick round up of 2007, from my perspective…

best sci fi author

neal asher (narrowly beat marianne de pierres and sean williams)

neal asher was a new discovery in 2007. He wins my best sci fi author of the year, for having a great style, galaxy and a multitude of stories to read.

best fantasy author

naomi novik

naomi blew me away this year with the Temeraire series. Enthralling medieval fantasy writing, each book has its own complete story. It’s a great alternate history earth with fantastic dragons I’d like to jump on. Plus muskets, ships and battles. What more could you want? I’m looking forward to the new release due later in 2008.

I also hope Peter Jackson gets on and does the movies! Read the article.

biggest disappointment

william gibson, pattern recognition

This book was an ordinary mystery. I was expecting some sci fi blow your mind stuff. It’s not to be. I think the biggest disapointment was being recommended this book by so many esteemed friends and colleagues. Boo. 

Also, as a marketer and generall ‘spread the word-er’, the brand and ‘cool hunter’ aspects were weak in my opinion.

(william gibson narrowly beat out trudi carnarvon for the black magician series).

Aurealis Awards January 10, 2008

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The nominees for the Aurealis Awards (Australian sci fi and fasntasy writing awards) were announced back in December. If you’re looking for a reading list then this is a good one to start with.

The winners will be announced on 26 January.

A few of my fave books for 2007 were on there including Dark Space and Saturn Returns.

-David says- Hey Taryn, good to see you’re back. I’ve listed my own favourite books read here: http://icantstopreading.blogspot.com/

Marianne de Pierres – Dark Space January 9, 2008

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This is a fabulous book by a great author – Marianne de Pierres. If you like any of the Parrish Plessis novels you will enjoy this one. It’s very different from the Parrish Plessis world, but like those novels rich in its details, its culture and technology.

This is a riverting space opera with an italian edge. Capisce! Politics, action, masses of strange aliens and a good dose of sci-fi theory make it a fast-paced and intelligent read.

Amazon’s synopsis is not bad:

“While drifting in space, lost, due to navigational failure, a mineral scout discovers God. When word gets out, academics from the studiums across Orion scramble to gain the Entity’s favour. However, not all the sentients of Orion hold this ‘god’ in awe – some, like the philosophers of Scolar and the Transhuman’s of Extropy are deeply suspicious. Onto the grand stage of inter-planetary academic politics, intellectual conceit and dubious theology walks Baronessa Mira Fedor. Her planet has been torn apart by the invasion of a race of giant tardigrades. Only the Orion League of Sentient Species can lend aid, but OLOSS are preoccupied with communicating with god. Mira, together with the larrikin, misogynist Jo-Jo Rasterovich, is left to her own resources to find help. In doing so she unmasks a galaxy-size intrigue. But will she live long enough to tell anyone…? ”

She’s done an interesting trailer for Dark Space. But, it doesn’t really give any teasers for the book’s plot at all…

She also has a very cool website, great illustrated design.