When an author stops breathing, the stories stop coming, but the presses keep rolling. Ah, but do the checks keeping coming? Enter: Bud Webster of the SFWAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Estate Project.
Martha Wells writes adult and YA fantasy and Star Wars/Stargate tie-ins. She is best known for her Raksura series.
Wells’ first published novel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Element of Fire,Ã¢â‚¬Â was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, and a runner-up for the William Crawford Award. Her second novel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“City of Bones,Ã¢â‚¬Â received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a black diamond review from Kirkus Reviews, and was on the Locus Recommended Reading List for fantasy. Her third novel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Death of the Necromancer,Ã¢â‚¬Â was nominated for a Nebula Award. Her fantasy short stories include “The Potter’s Daughter” in the anthology Elemental, which was selected to appear in The Year’s Best Fantasy #7.
Sandy Williams is the author of the Shadow Reader YA trilogy by Ace. Her next book is a space urban fantasy/science fiction romance due in January 2015. She is currently reading The Wise ManÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fear, book #2 in Patrick RothfussÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Kingkiller Chronicles. She has taken the ice bucket challenge.
Ann LeckieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ancillary Justice swept the awards. (See the list below.) The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is due in October 2014. The third novel in the trilogy will be titled Ancillary Mercy. Lecke is a Clarion graduate, former VP of SFWA, founder of GigaNotoSaurus, and former slush editor for Podcastle. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Subterranean Magazine.
Mur Lafferty is one of the pioneers of podcasting – founder, producer, host, voice, editor, author. She has won the Parsec Award several times. Her Shambling Guide comedy-horror series is available from Orbit.
Literary agent Amy Boggs is a sci-fi/fantasy geek who has been professionally geeking out over books at Donald Maass agency since 2009. She specializes in speculative fiction and is especially interested in high fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk (and its variations), YA, MG, and alternate history.
Nancy Kress is an award winning author, AsimovÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regular, and workshop instructor. She authors a book in WriterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DigestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Write Great FictionÃ¢â‚¬Â series and was a columnist for WriterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Digest. Here she offers how-to insights into character development.
Rhiannon Held is a frequent panelist at writer’s conferences. She is a archaeologist by profession. She is the author of the Silver series, an urban fantasy published by Tor. In this interview, she answers questions about character development and world building, then wraps up by sharing her take on critique groups.
Some stories are so crossed genred and so distinctive, they defy category. Try David Edison’s richly imaginative debut novel: “Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die. Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found. Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker. Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.” The City Unspoken, the first in a series of 4, published by Tor, is not only richly imaginative, it is richly descriptive and richly detail. Edison shares his vision for the story.