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Magic, Intrigue, Medieval Surgery: Elisha Mancer Book Launch Day!

Yes, I’m excited today because book 4 in my Dark Apostle Series comes out this very day.  What do you mean, you’re not that excited? Oh, right, you probably haven’t read book one.  So rather than harp on about a new book that is best read after the first three, how about I post the opening of Elisha Barber, the book that started it all?

Elisha stands over an array of medieval medical instruments–the barber is in! visit my website for a scroll-over image with descriptions of each tool

Here you go:

“You sent her to the hospital?” Elisha whirled to face his brother, the razor still in his fist. “My God, man, what were you thinking?”

“The midwife couldn’t help her, Elisha, and she’s in such awful pain, for the babe won’t come,” Nathaniel stammered, his pale hands clenched together. He ducked in the low door of the draper’s quarters, his fair hair brushing the carved oak of the lintel.  “The neighbors carried her over while I came here.”

“But the hospital? That place is deadly.” Elisha set his razor again at his customer’s chin, deftly shearing a narrow stretch of the full, and now unfashionable, beard. “What did she say?

“Not so fast, if you don’t mind. I care to keep my chin today, Barber,” the draper snapped.

“Helena?” Nathaniel asked, his face a mask of anguish and confusion.

“No, you fool, the midwife!” Elisha slapped the razor through the water basin and plied it again, forcing himself to slow down. Last thing he needed was to carve the ear off the master of the drapers’ guild.

Sagging, his brother balanced himself against the wall, scrubbing at his sweaty face. “The babe’s turned, and wedged somehow. She thought the physicians—”

At the mention of physicians, Elisha froze. The draper glowered up at him from his best leather chair, but his brother’s wife lay in the hospital, contracting God-knew-what illness added to her condition. For a moment, his conflicting duties trapped him—but Helena needed him, if it weren’t already too late. The draper could abide. Flinging down his razor, Elisha roughly dried his hands on his britches. “The physicians never enter the hospital if they can advise from afar. Nobody who can afford their services goes to hospital.” He popped open the window frame nearest and flung out the dirty water.

The draper rubbed a hand across his chin and jerked it back with a cry of dismay. “You’ve not finished the job, Barber. I’ve still got half a beard!”

“Then you owe me half my fee,” Elisha told him. He snatched his towel from the man’s neck and spun on his heel, basin tucked under his arm. The razor he folded with a snap and gripped until his fingers hurt. “Why did you not come for me sooner?” he asked, dropping his voice to a murmur.

Instantly, Nathaniel straightened, taking advantage of his superior height. “I think you know why.”

For a moment, their eyes met, and Nathaniel swallowed but gave no ground to his elder brother. Elisha had caused the breach that lay between them. He had apologized, but Nathaniel’s presence here was as close as he would come to forgiveness.


Want to read more?  Here’s a link to the first three chapters of Elisha Barber!  Available wherever books are sold.  When you love it, you’ll know there are three more volumes ready and waiting. . . and one final book forthcoming to complete the series.    Thanks for reading!

New Release: Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard

After 20+ years writing and publishing short and long fiction, and nominations for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, today marks Lawrence M. Schoen’s “big press” debut with the release of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard from Tor Books.

Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

Prophecy. Friendship. Intolerance. Conspiracy. Loyalty.
A Drug for Speaking to the Dead.
Also Elephants, in Space.

Barsk is an anthropomorphic SF novel set in the far future. As an elevator pitch, think Dune meets The Sixth Sense, with elephants.

It’s the story of a young man (okay, a young elephant), a historian who discovers he may be part of a prophecy made eight hundred years ago. It’s the story of the historian’s friend, a scientist who sacrificed his life to hide a terrible discovery. It’s the story of the scientist’s friend, a bizarre child who by all accounts should have died in infancy, who has visions and receives guidance from the planet of Barsk itself, as well as its moons. It’s the story of a culture’s way of doing things, and an outside power thwarting tradition. It’s the story of a new branch of physics that explains memory and transcends death and promises to change everything you believe about both.

Here’s what people are saying about Barsk:

“This a hopeful and very human tale in a posthuman world.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Weird, wise, and worldly, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard is a triumph.”
―Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

“The second you encounter the arboreal uplifted elephants who speak with the dead, you know you’re reading a work of singular imaginative power. It’s a delight from beginning to end.”
―Walter Jon Williams, Nebula Award-winning author of the Metropolitan series

“A captivating, heartwarming story in a unique and fantastic world… as rich and mysterious as Dune.”
―James L. Cambias, author of A Darkling Sea

“A heartfelt and wonderfully weird book: a space opera about kindness and memory.”
―Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

“A masterful, onion-layered tale of pariahdom, treachery, and genocide that ultimately reveals the true deathlessness of hope and love.”
―Charles E. Gannon, author of Fire With Fire

“Combines excellent characters and a fascinating world. What really makes it work is how he deftly weaves together startling SFnal ideas with character-based intrigue. You’ll really care for these characters, even as you find them believably alien. I found it a compulsive page-turner and immensely enjoyable.”
―Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep

“Powerful. Grand in scope, yet deeply intimate. Schoen gives anthropomorphism some serious spirituality. It got inside my head in the way that only an exciting new idea can.”
―Howard Tayler, Hugo Award-winning creator of Schlock Mercenary

“Barsk will challenge every reader’s ideas of what should be possible in SF and leave them delighted to be proven wrong… This book is an astonishing achievement.”
―Kirsten Beyer, author of Children of the Storm

“Readers who like their sf to extensively delve into philosophical subjects will love this book.”
—Library Journal

“Spectacular world building, emotionally poignant narrative, compelling action, and fantastic character development.”

New Release: The Shores of Spain

Out today, from Ace/Roc, the final novel in the Golden City series by J. Kathleen Cheney:

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.


This is the third and final book in the series, although there will be a couple of related novellas eventually…


In addition, the mass market paperback of The Seat of Magic goes on sale today…so if you purchase books at that size, this is your chance!

Seat of MagicEnjoy!

Congratulations Novelocity Nebula Nominees!

Three Body Problem (2)Congratulations to team Novelocity members Ken Liu and Lawrence Schoen on their Nebula nominations!

Ken Liu’s translation for The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin (Tor 2014) was nominated in the novel category, and “The Regular,” (Upgraded) was nominated in the novella category.

Lawrence Schoen’s Calendrical Regression (NobleFusion) was nominated in the novella category.

The 2014 Nebula Nominees were announced on Friday, February 20.

World Fantasy Con

Six of our members will be attending World Fantasy Con in Washington D.C. The event runs from November 6th through 9th. If you’re there (or doing the Bar Con thing), please say hi! Here are our set schedules, with data from the WFC site:

Lawrence SchoenLawrence M. Schoen:
Language and Linguistics in Fantasy
Time:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists:  Lawrence M. Schoen (M), C. D. Covington, Matthew Johnson, Sofia Samatar
Description:  Foreign languages are often used in fantasy literature to add atmosphere, to show cultural backgrounds, and to bring a richness to the world, as can be seen in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Richard Adams’ Watership Down.  Some authors rely on real languages, while others, such as Tolkien, have invented entire tongues.  Which stories incorporate other languages successfully, and where have authors stumbled, making much of the work incomprehensible?


Beth Cato

Will be working at the SFWA table in the exhibit hall on Saturday from 10am to 11am.

tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly

Adoption and Fostering in Fantasy
Time:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Regency F
Panelists:  Susan Dexter (M), Tina Connolly, Delia Sherman, Edward Willett
Description:  Adoption or fostering is often used in fantasy and horror literature, from Oedipus to Jon Snow, from young Wart helping in the kitchens before that fateful day when he pulled a sword out of a stone in Londontown, to the most famous orphan of them all, Harry Potter.  Dozens of fantasies feature young orphans who do not know their parentage, from Richard in Wizard’s First Rule, to Will from the Ranger’s Apprentice series, who is a ward of the state, to even Frodo, who was an orphan, albeit an older one, at the beginning of his adventures.  There is even one beloved character, Taren from the Prydain Chronicles, who never learns his parentage, and this mystery itself proves to be his key to assuming the kingship.  How do adoption, bastardy, mixed parentage, and long-lost relatives all contribute to epic quests for self-knowledge in literature?


Michael R. UnderwoodMichael R. Underwood
Time:  4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Fairfax


Fran2014Fran Wilde
Fantasy Food: The Food in Fantasy
Time:  8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2
Panelists:  Fran Wilde (M), Brenda Clough, Diana Peterfreund, A. C. Wise
Description:  Elaborate feasts versus alien worms: is Fantasy Food really better than science fiction food?  Adults report a life-long love of mushrooms dating back to an early reading of the Fellowship of the Ring.  Meanwhile, the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, featuring butterbeer and pumpkin pasties, has sold more than 150,000 copies.  There are also cookbooks available or in the works for The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Tolkien’s works, and Narnia.  Why does fantasy literature often have a gourmet palate?


E. C. AmbroseE.C. Ambrose
Guns, Gears and Wheels: Medieval Technology in Fantasy
Time:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists:  Michelle Markey Butler (M), Scott H. Andrews, Elaine Isaak (E. C. Ambrose)
Description:  One frequent complaint about fantasy is that it ignores technological progress in favor of magical exploration.  Over any sufficiently epic period of time, technology will advance, and in exploring the medieval era we often seek to emulate featured all sorts of improvements and innovations.  So where are the water wheels, windmills, and incendiary devices?  Many fantasies focus on the natural or magical world and its inherent power.  Tolkien envisioned industry as part of the evil.  Roger Zelazny played magic against technology in Changeling and Madwand.  Neil Stephenson directly examined the place of technology in a monastic society in Anathem.  What are the continuing prospects for technology in fantasy?

November News

Clockwork DaggerBeth Cato
The Clockwork Dagger was reviewed in the New York Times and was likewise featured in the print edition.
– attended the Arizona Taco Festival in official capacity as High Priestess of Churromancy. No, really!
– had flash fic “Hatchlings” published at Daily Science Fiction
– had one of her favorite stories “Red Dust and Dancing Stories” re-published at Escape Pod in glorious audio edition

Calendrical RegressionLawrence M. Schoen
– delivered Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard to Marco Palmieri, his editor at Tor Books. The novel, once described as “Dune meets The Sixth Sense, with Elephants” may well undergo a title change before its debut in December 2015.
– happily announces that Calendrical Regression, the latest novella in his Amazing Conroy series, is being published by NobleFusion Press, a small press in eastern Pennsylvania. There will be a launch party at Philcon on Friday, November 21st. A complimentary ebook copy of the novella is available at this link.
– is pleased to announce the formal opening of a Bid to host the 2019 World Science Fiction Convention in the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. Details can be found at, or by attending the opening bid party to be held on Saturday, November 22nd at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (just across the river and stateline from Philadelphia). Ribbons will also be available for anyone attending WFC earlier in the month.
– will possibly be in attendance at Loscon during the last weekend in November, though whether or not he’ll be on programming or just hanging out in the bar or by the pool is still up in the air. Check the blog page at for updates and a possible schedule as the convention date draws nearer.

ThreeBodyProblemKen Liu
The Three-Body Problem, the first book in a best-selling Chinese hard scifi series by Cixin Liu and translated by Ken, is being released by Tor Books on November 11. You can find out more about the book, including excerpts, at
– has a story, “Saboteur,” in the latest issue of Analog

Fran2014Fran Wilde
“Welcome Briefing at the Obayashi-Ragan Youth Hostel” appeared at Abyss & Apex.
Geekadelphia interviewed me for Geek-of-the-Week. That was fun and I’m psyched they liked the Topaz Marquis.
State Liminal, my Storium ready-to-play world, has been sent off to the editors. Soon, the world…
– had a fantastic time at Capclave in October! Thanks, Capclave!

Seriously Wicked by Tina ConnollyTina Connolly
– my story “Super Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day” is available in the new humor SFF anthology, UFO
, ed. Alex Shvartsman
– is currently finishing up a play called Box, co-written with Matt Haynes, which will run in Jan/Feb in Portland as part of the local fringe festival, Fertile Ground.

Drift by M.K. HutchinsM.K. Hutchins
– I sold a new short story, “A Dragon’s Doula” to IGMS.
– And I had an interview with LitPick.

October News

BethCato-steampunk-headshotBeth Cato
The Clockwork Dagger is out! Complete with mentions in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and
– The second book in the duology, The Clockwork Crown, is now set to come out June 9th.
– I’m attending the MPIBA Fall Discovery Show in Denver, Colorado on October 10th and 11th.
– My story “Post-Apocalyptic Conversations with a Sidewalk” was just published in Nature.

Michael R. UnderwoodMichael R. Underwood
Supernatural Thriller The Younger Gods launches on October 13th.
– attending New York Comic Con October 9-12th, including a signing at the 47North booth Saturday at 4pm.

Steve BeinSteve Bein
– I’ll be at New York Comic Con, speaking on a Dr. Who panel called “Trust Me, I’m the Doctor” (Sunday, October 12, 12:00-12:45 pm, room 1A18).
DISCIPLE OF THE WIND is done! My editor approved the final edits, and we’re on pace for a spring pub date. I’ll announce more details as soon as I have them.

KenLiuHiResKen Liu
– I’ll be at New York Comic Con, speaking on a panel for SAGA PRESS, Simon & Schuster’s new SFF imprint and my publisher, on October 9 from 5-6 PM.
– And I’ll be heading out to Beijing on October 28 to attend the Chinese Nebula Awards as a special guest.
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM, the hit Chinese hard scifi novel by Cixin Liu and translated by me, will be released on November 11. I’ll share more details as I get them, but for now, you can find out everything about the book here.

tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly
The biggest news is that SILVERBLIND comes out on October 7th! Half-fey Dorie just wants to hunt wyverns and basilisks, but when they won’t hire a girl for field work, she shapeshifts to disguise herself as a boy . . . .

Silverblind has been getting some very lovely reviews–a recent one from Booklist includes “Dorie’s character is beautifully described…No understanding of the previous books is required, as this story stands alone.” Which is excellent, since it is meant to be both a series closer, AND, a standalone! Everyone can read it!

News for July and August

Steve Bein
– The Bulgarian edition of Daughter of the Sword was released in July, with a very cool cover
– The Italian edition of Daughter of the Sword also came out, and also has a really cool cover

Daughter of the Sword - Italian cover

Daughter of the Sword – Italian cover

Daughter of the Sword - Bulgarian cover

Daughter of the Sword – Bulgarian cover

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney
– will be in ENGLAND in August, both to attend WorldCon, and to simply enjoy the UK. (She will be visiting Cardiff–where yes, she will go to the Dr. Who experience–and Oxford, where she will be staying on a canal barge and will hopefully not be bludgeoned by a cricket bat! And not to mention, the hard copy of The Golden City will have just been released in the UK (July 24), so perhaps I will visit bookstores and sign some hapless copies…



Beth Cato
– the first two chapters of The Clockwork Dagger are included in a free ebook sampler from Harper Voyager that can be downloaded from most online booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo
– received the revision letter for her sequel novel and now has plenty to keep her busy for the next month
– major reviews are coming in for The Clockwork Dagger. Publishers Weekly gave it a glowing review and RT Book Reviews granted it 4 stars!

Clockwork Dagger

Fran2014Fran Wilde
– Will be in London for Worldcon – My programming & kaffeklatsch schedule.
– Visited Reddit r/fantasy for a writer-of-the-day AMA.
– Interviewed Max Gladstone and Novelocity’s own J. Kathleen Cheney for Cooking the Books. Next up: Beth Cato in September!
“The Topaz Marquis” appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies issue #152. Keep your ears open for the audio podcast, coming soon!


E. C. AmbroseE. C. Ambrose
– will be in London for Worldcon, with a Kaffeklatsch on Friday, and a panel about medicine on Saturday–dressed as a medieval barber surgeon to support the local Society for Creative Anachronism. The author’s visit will include a few days staying in a tiny castle, hunting for fossil ammonites, and a trip to LEGOLAND.


tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly
– I recently taught at the Cascade Writers Workshop and had a fabulous time.
– Currently recording a whole bunch of stories. Some are for the John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey apocalypse trilogy that started with THE END IS NIGH and are continuing with THE END IS NOW. I’ve also recorded a couple intros for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, to help introduce some of the older stories for the new “Audio Vault.”
– Prepping for an author event at the Milwaukie Ledding Library on August 7th at 7. Come if you’re in the Portland metro area!


Lawrence SchoenLawrence M. Schoen
– survived the 21st annual conference of the Klingon Language Institute, and won the competition for producing the first new Secrecy Proverb since they were revealed thirteen years ago. ‘Iw HIq yap tu’lu’be’.
– the editorial letter for my forthcoming novel arrived at last, and as a result I will NOT be in London for the Worldcon, but instead you can expect to find me facedown in rewrites for the month of August.

MK Hutchins
– My novelette, “Golden Chaos” is out at IGMS!
– IGMS also ran an excerpt of Drift this issue, which you can read here.
– Drift has been getting great reviews, including a 4-stars from RT Book Reviews.

Drift by M.K. Hutchins

News for June and July

Fran2014Fran Wilde
– Finished edits for Tor book #1. Cannot wait for what comes next.
– Interviewed Adam Christopher for Cooking the Books (up next: Novelocity’s own J. Kathleen Cheney, Max Gladstone, and more.)
– Set up a podcast feed for Cooking the Books and acquired a shiny new logo. Look out for ribbons at cons, coming soon!
– Relatedly, has a LonCon Program! Posting more about that soon on the homeblog.
“Nine Dishes on the Cusp of Love,” appeared at Daily Science Fiction.
“Local Delicacies,” debuted as a Drabblecast original. (Also a podcast.)
“The Naturalist Composes His Rebuttal” appeared in Lakeside Circus. Featuring Academia! Megafauna! And Lies, Damned Lies. (Also a podcast.)
– Sold “A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed,” to the XIII anthology, coming out winter 2015.
– Is working on Tor book #2 and another project to be named later.

BethCato-steampunk-headshotBeth Cato
– received her first Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of The Clockwork Dagger. Likes to carry them around the house and pet them.
– attended Phoenix Comicon and was not arrested for public nuisance, despite the shenanigans of the Holy Taco Church. Speaking of the Church, she is a High Priestess of Churromancy and invites everyone to sign up for the newsletter and follow along as authors talk food and booze. She has shared churro shortbread cookies thus far.
– will have two stories in the forthcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did WHAT?
– her poem “What We Carry” has been nominated for the Dwarf Star Award and will be in the annual anthology

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney
– The second book in J. Kathleen Cheney’s Golden City series, The Seat of Magic debuts on July 1.
– will be appearing at ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas, from July 25-27.

Seat of Magic

E. C. AmbroseE. C. Ambrose
– announces the launch of Elisha Magus, book 2 in the Dark Apostle series, on July 1
– with an official launch party at reading at the Toadstool bookshop, Milford, NH July 10 from 6 to 8 pm
– will attend Readercon in Burlington, MA on July 11 and 12. Attendees who donate blood at the Readercon Heinlein Society Blood Drive will receive a free copy of Elisha Barber in paperback!
– aon July 25 at 7 pm, will participate in a reading and interview with Carol Berg at the Old Firehouse Bookshop in Fort Collins, CO


tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly
– also received her ARCs for Silverblind! Pet pet pet.
– had a flash story, “See DANGEROUS EARTH-POSSIBLES!”, in
in the Women Destroy SF issue.
– Recorded Richard Farren Barber’s “Party Games” for

Michael R. Underwood
-Released Shield and Crocus, a weird fantasy superhero novel.
-Read and signed at a launch party for Shield and Crocus, hosted by Atomic Books in Baltimore.
-Wrote a widely-linked post called “25 Secrets of Traditional Publishing: Inside the Bookish Shattedome” at TerribleMinds.
Michael R. Underwood
-Attended Phoenix Comic-Con for Angry Robot Books. Activities included a visit to the Taco Guild, a song-and-dance number during the Angry Robot Preview panel, and metric tons of hand-selling throughout the con.
-Turned in editorial revisions for The Younger Gods.

And in July:
-Heading to CONvergence in Bloomington, MN July 3-6th.
-Attending ReaderCon in Burlington, MA July 10-13th.
-Revising Hexomancy, the third Ree Reyes novel.
Leading a Writecraft workshop at WORD Booksellers in Brooklyn, NY.
-Reading at Noir in the Bar DC on July 27th


Tex ThompsonTex Thompson
– will be a panelist at CONvergence in Minneapolis over the July 4th weekend
– will likewise be a panelist at ArmadilloCon in Austin from July 25th to 27th

in the Women Destroy SF issue.
– will initiate “The Twelve Days of Launchmas” when her first novel, One Night in Sixes, debuts on July 22nd
– may actually die of enthusiasm

One Night in Sixes

MK HutchinsM.K. Hutchins

Drift was released! I’ve been doing lots of guests posts on everything from Maya mythology to cultural ecology to flintknapping. Check out my website for links.
-My novelette, “Golden Chaos,” will be coming out from IGMS.



Drift by M.K. Hutchins