Forthcoming Works by SF Canada Members, November 2010

Forthcoming in October 2010 (plus some September)

Quite a few releases, through the rest of September and into October …

VCON 35, ongoing in Vancouver as I write, hosted a multi-book launch Friday (October 1) evening, celebrating new and recent releases.

The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation

bloodlight“Themes of transcendence and family love play out against backdrops of real and virtual worlds in Stanton’s slight neocyberpunk debut, the first speculative fiction title from Canadian indie ECW.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Grim and gritty, high-concept SF, with immortality on the line. Good stuff.” (Matthew Hughes)

“On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists.” (Élisabeth Vonarburg)

“Mr. Stanton lands us in a vivid cyber world peopled by avatars, clones, V-pirates, escorts, hackers, sliders, guardians, machine intelligences, the white market, paladins of commerce and more… His characters are honest and real; their reactions to their situations, believable. His dialogue is tight and engaging. His pacing is excellent, and he kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Perhaps most important of all, he handles a difficult theme with sensitivity and courage.” (Susan MacGregor)

Zakariah Davis and his wife Mia are among those infected with an alien virus that vastly prolongs human life, and their blood has become a black-market staple due to its rejuvenating effects. Their teenage son Rix does not carry the Eternal virus, and Zakariah is consumed by the search for an “activated sample” with which to inoculate him. Living in a secret community of the infected, Zakariah is a legend among runners — his brain surgically wired for direct connection to the global computer system where economic activity is conducted by avatars in virtual cyberspace. A deal turns sour and Zakariah narrowly escapes as a fugitive, separated from his family. He is trapped by a power-group known as the Eternal Research Institute, and travels offplanet through a commercial wormhole along with his new business partner and surgical cyber-twin, Helena Sharp, who is seeking the Source of the virus for her own purposes. In the Cromeus colonies, on the other side of time and space, Zakariah will risk everything to give his son Eternal life.

The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation is now available from ECW Press.

Forthcoming in August 2010

This is the inaugural post of a monthly series rounding up forthcoming works by SF Canada members. In August 2010, look for …