John Scalzi returned to his Old Man's War universe this year with The Human Division, which was initially released as a 13-episode weekly e-serial from January through April. This week marked the novel's print release, and RT's Elisa caught up with the author at this year's RT Convention to discuss the story, what it was like writing his first serialized book, his involvement in the recent Random House contact kerfuffle and what advice he has for incoming SFWA president Steven Gould (hint: it involves cats).
One of the great things about speculative fiction is that there's never a shortage of intriguing plots set in fascinating places. But for those who like to dabble in all areas of spec fic, sometimes it can be hard choosing between science fiction, fantasy and more. Today we bring you some May's top-rated science fiction and fantasy novels, sorted by sub-genre, to help you find the perfect story.
One of the great things about fantasy stories is that they can come in all shapes and sizes. But if there's one thing that truly makes an unforgettable tale, it's a strong lead character. Today we bring you some April's top-rated fantasy novels, sorted by protagonist type, to help you find a character that resonates.
Guy Gavriel Kay's historical fantasies are always a treat. A follow up to his 2010 release Under Heaven, which earned our rare Gold rating, River of Stars is set in a similar re-imagined China four hundred years later. We have been patiently waiting for this book's release, and it finally hits stores today! In celebration of the book's release, we're offering the first chapter of River of Stars for download. Filled with plenty of court intrigue and epic battles, River of Stars, is a must for those who love historical fiction with a fantastic edge. You can download the first chapter here, or click on the cover below. Happy reading!
UK author Tom Holt delights U.S. fantasy readers this month with his new release, Doughnut, an unusual story about a physicist who becomes blacklisted after a minor math error causes him to blow up a mountain. Instructed to take a job as a hotel concierge by his dead mentor's will, Theo finds himself living and working in an odd place that, with the assistance of a few random items, allows him to be transported to strange worlds. We asked the author a few questions about his new release, and his answers are most interesting.
Doughnut is a very unusual, humorous fantasy. What type of reader would best enjoy the novel?
I aimed the book at two key demographic groupings; (A) Nobel physics laureates, and (B) everyone else. If you don't fall into one of these categories, tough.
Your protagonist, Theo, is a (mostly) brilliant physicist. Are you any good at math?
If you're looking for a great science fiction or fantasy book to read this month, look no further than RT's recommendations for the best books of the genres reviewed in our March issue.
Over the past few years, dystopian fiction has increased in popularity to epic proportions. And this month we have a new book to add to the list — Ariel Djanikian's The Office of Mercy. Natasha, the book's young heroine, lives in an underground utopian settlement where everyone's basic needs are met. But when she ventures Outside, Natasha realizes that the world she has known is a lie. She has some big choices to make — ones that will change her life and possibly the lives of everyone she knows. Eager to hear more from this debut author, today RT reviewer Nori Morganstein asks Djanikian questions about what makes dystopian fiction so appealing and what are some of the author's favorites in the genre.
Why do you think dystopias are so hot right now?
Faeries are often considered fragile, beautiful creatures full of whimsy and magic, but as the hero in C. Robert Cargill's Dreams and Shadows discovers, faeries can often have a nasty side. When young Colby is taken from his less-than-perfect home by faeries, he's brought to a place inhabited by all sorts of paranormal creatures. But this new world has problems of its own, and Colby learns that the Limestone Kingdom is something that will stick with him forever. Today, the author shares why he gave his faeries a tough edge, but why he still prefers them to the typical pixie.
This month, science fiction and fantasy readers can expect some great new releases from a variety of authors. Today we're playing tour guide and pointing out some out of this world literary hotspots.