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Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the popular Discworld series, has teamed up with author Stephen Baxter, of the Destiny's Children series, in a two-book project about parallel universes. The Pratchett-Baxter project, which will be published by Doubleday, is being referred to as the Long Earth novels.
The parallel universe concept behind the Long Earth novels goes back to the roots of the idea that inspired Pratchett's Discworld series. It is the idea that each planet "is but one of a chain of parallel worlds ... in an infinite landsc ape of infinite possibilites."
What makes the concept so exciting? "You can just step from one world to the next ..."
Readers can expect to see the first installment of the Long Earth project on the shelves in the spring of 2012.
Until then, Pratchett enthusiasts can check out the thirty seventh installment in the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals, which has just been released in paperback. Fans can also look foward to the fourth installment of the Tiffany Aching series, I Shall Wear Midnight, which will be released in September.
Gail Carriger, author of the Alexia Tarabotti series, is interviewed by RT BOOK REVIEWS Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural steampunk heroine and where the series is headed ...
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) - what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.
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On June 7th, Harlequin launched their new e-book arm, Carina Press. Cindy Spencer Pape's Motor City Fae is one of the new e-books from Carina Press. We gave it a *WEB EXCLUSIVE REVIEW* and asked Pape for an insider's look at her fantasy series. Pape shares how she knew Motor City Fae could have easily been titled "Detroit: Fae City" ...
When people think about settings for romance, Detroit is one of the last cities to come to mind. My hometown has a rough reputation, and much of it is earned. When I was dreaming up my Urban Arcana series of paranormal romances, though, I never thought twice about using Detroit as the home for elves, witches, werewolves and more. So why is the Motor City such a perfect backdrop?
Author Nnedi Okorafor discusses the way this novel grabbed her imagination and refused to let go...
So, I’ve written this novel titled Who Fears Death. A woman named Onyesonwu (which means "Who Fears Death" in the Nigerian language of Igbo) materialized in my head and she started telling me a most incredible story. Any writer who hears a good story will write it down. I’m no different.
When I consider Who Fears Death, I realize this woman’s voice rose from an unheard collective voice shouting at me from the “Dark Continent”. That is why I feel this post-apocalyptic science fiction/fantasy/magical realist novel is as much a piece of African Literature as Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
In a world overwhelmed by environmental disasters, terrorism, and corrupt government regimes, it is interesting that readers would turn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for their escape. However, more and more readers are doing just this. On Wednesday morning at BEA, four authors took on the topic of dystopian fiction and how they write about the breakdown of society.
Authors Allyson Condie, Sigrid Nunez, Lesley Hauge, and Adam Dunn