Hell to Pay by Matthew Hughes

helltopay“Meet Chesney Arnstruther. Once a mild-mannered insurance actuary, now a full-time crime-fighting superhero, it’s all he can do to kick bad-guy ass while at the same time holding down a steady relationship with the gorgeous Melda. Something is going on.

Meet Xaphan, wise-cracking demon and the source of (almost) all of Chesney’s powers. He’s been asked by his infernal master to give Chesney whatever he needs… but surely stopping bad guys is not in Hell’s plan? Something is definitely going on.

Meet Arthur Wrigley, a modest yet charming older gentleman whose nasty little hobby is fleecing innocent widows. Meet Simon Magus, ancient mystic and magician from Biblical times now very much enamoured of Vegas, baby. And pray you never meet the Chikkichikk, a proud and ancient race of, well, warrior dinosaurs, from the universe that God made then rejected before He started monkeying around with this one.

Whatever the hell is going on, this is definitely the third book in the wondrous To Hell & Back series.” (Angry Robot Books)

Hell to Pay

Homeland by Cory Doctorow

homeland2“In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.

A few years later, California’s economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.

Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.

Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want. Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.” (Tor Books)

Homeland

Inner Diverse Book 2 of The Splintered Universe Trilogy Now in Bookstores

Inner-diverse-full-coverBook Two of Nina Munteanu’s Splintered Universe Trilogy, Inner Diverse, was released by Starfire on December 13th 2012 and is now in bookstores.

In Book Two of this metaphysical space thriller trilogy, detective Rhea Hawke continues her quest for truth and justice in a world that is not what it seems. Rhea’s relentless search takes her to the far reaches of the known universe from the treacherous Boiling Seas of the Weeping Mountains of Horus to the blistering deserts of Upsilon 3. Amidst the turmoil of an imminent extra-galactic war, Rhea holds the key even as those she trusts betray her.

Cover art for Inner Diverse was done by Costi Gurgu, 2012 Aurora Award finalist for his cover art for Outer Diverse. Costi is eligible for the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Artist for his work on Inner Diverse.

Redemption is Available

“This elegantly written SF series features believable characters and powerful situations. Stanton wastes no words in his approach to language, creating a deceptively simple style that is both appealing and lucid.” — Library Journal

The thrilling conclusion of the Bloodlight Chronicles trilogy. 

Steve Stanton - BloodlightSet in a world where global economic activity is carried out in a virtual-gaming realm, a blood-transmitted virus with rejuvenating effects has become a black-market staple, forcing infected “Eternals” into a tightly knit underground where they must hack the V-space for food and shelter. After their leader, Helena Sharp, begins to mysteriously degenerate and flees, the Eternal community is thrown into chaos, fearing that their immortality has ended.

When the young clone Niko discovers that her gifted daughter carries the future heritage of humanity in her augmented DNA, she travels home to confront her progenitor, Phillip Davis, with a litany of experimental abuse. Phillip has fully integrated his persona with the AI Beast who controls V-space, and with the aid of a charismatic avatar, he embarks on a program of manipulation and control that will redefine the boundaries of death and consciousness.

An interview with Steve Stanton is now online at Open Book Ontario.

An interview in his role as President of SF Canada is now online at CBC Books: Canada Writes.

A “writing tip” to career novelists is online as part of Sci-Fi Odyssey.

The Bloodlight Chronicles: Redemption is available wherever great books are sold, and via payday direct from ECWpress.com.

Third Person Press Launches Unearthed

UnearthedThird Person Press recently launched its new anthology, Unearthed, the third volume in the Speculative Elements series. Following in the elemental footsteps of the first two volumes, Undercurrents and Airborne, Unearthed features twenty-one stories revolving around the theme of earth, including stories by SFC members Peter Andrew Smith and Sherry D. Ramsey.

From the back cover:

Earth–the ground of our being, the dust from which we come, and to which we will return. Imagine what might arise from and disappear into the soil…what grows, what is buried, what teems unseen. This collection, exploring the ends of the Earth and beyond, offers tales from the depths of darkness: zombies, vampires, murky unknowable worlds, underground prisons, malevolent spirits–to the lightest heights: earthen magic, little people, buried treasure and fantastical creatures! Dig in. These twenty-one stories will thrill, scare, surprise and delight.

Unearthed is available to order from Third Person Press in print and electronic formats, and from other online retailers.

Shadowborn (Alison Sinclair) released in paperback

On May 1, ROC (Penguin) released the mass market paperback of SFCanada member Alison Sinclair’s Shadowborn, third book in the trilogy that began with Darkborn (2009) and continued with Lightborn (2010). Shadowborn was first published in trade paperback June 2011.

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For the Darkborn, the touch of sunlight kills, while darkness is lethal for the Lightborn. For centuries, the two have lived in an uneasy peace, sharing the same city but never meeting. Now, with the rise of the Shadowborn, everything is about to change…

Condemned to death by the Darkborn for practicing sorcery, Lady Telmaine Hearne escaped her fate and is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders—and the war brewing there.

Also on the frontlines of the battle between Darkborn and Shadowborn is the assassin Floria White Hand, desperately maneuvering between allies and enemies to bring her Lightborn prince home safe.

The fragile alliance between Lightborn and Darkborn, between mage and non-mage, is endangered. The mage Tammorn is forced to become ambassador to the enemy. And a lifetime fighting the Shadowborn has not prepared Ishmael di Studier for what he will find when he follows the Call from the Shadowlands—and meets the woman behind it…

Read the opening chapter of Shadowborn.