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      SFcrowsnest Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine
      aharlib@...
      Forwarding.


      "I'm enough of a pessimist that I'm going to continue writing fantasy."
      David Eddings - author, friend.

      Issue 187.5 - June 2009
      19 years online (& counting)





      NEWS EXTRA June 2009

      I don't normally do one-shot news updates because of the eye-wateringly large cost of e-mailing the whole SFcrowsnest subscriber base, but I'll make an exception for David.

      One of the great ones has gone and his death leaves the fantasy field many worlds poorer.

      Stephen Hunt
      June 3rd 2009

      David Eddings passes away
      Fantasy author David Eddings has sadly passed away, aged 77, last night. Best-selling and popular are often epithets that are applied to authors on writers' press releases, but in David's case, it was well deserved. His commercial success, says fantasy author Stephen Hunt, paved the way for a whole generation of doorstopper-sized fantasy series.


      --------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Stephen Hunt's third fantasy novel set in the Jackelian world...

      The Rise of The Iron Moon

      From the author of The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves comes a thrilling new adventure set in the same Victorian-style world.

      Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, friendless orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant from the North after accidentally killing one of her guards. Her strange rescuer claims he is on the run himself from terrible forces who mean to enslave the Kingdom of Jackals as they conquered his own nation.

      Purity doubts his story, until reports begin to filter through from Jackals' neighbours of the terrible Army of Shadows, marching across the continent and sweeping all before them. But there's more to Purity than meets the eye.

      As Jackals girds itself for war against an army of near-unkillable beasts serving an ancient evil with a terrible secret, it soon becomes clear that their only hope is a strange little royalist girl and the last, desperate plan of an escaped slave.

      Available now on Amazon - click here.


      --------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Stephen Hunt's
      The Kingdom Beyond the Waves - NOW out in paperback (UK)
      A deadly obsession, a lunatic steamman, a u-boat full of convict sailors. You're sailing to your death ...

      Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilisation of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war and disease -- tempering the race of man's baser instincts by the creation of the perfect pacifist society.

      It is an obsession that is to cost her dearly. She returns home to the Kingdom of Jackals from her latest archaeological misadventure to discover that the university council has finally stripped her of her position in retaliation for her heretical research. Without official funding, Amelia has no choice but to accept the offer of patronage from the man she blames for her father's bankruptcy and suicide, the fiercely intelligent and incredibly wealthy Abraham Quest.

      He has an ancient crystal-book that suggests the Camlantean ruins are buried under one of the sea-like lakes that dot the murderous jungles of Liongeli. Amelia undertakes an expedition deep into the dark heart of the jungle, blackmailing her old friend Commodore Black into ferrying her along the huge river of the Shedarkshe on his ancient u-boat.

      With an untrustworthy crew of freed convicts, Quest's force of female mercenaries on board and a lunatic steamman safari hunter acting as their guide, Amelia's luck can hardly get any worse. But she's as yet unaware that her quest for the perfect society is about to bring her own world to the brink of destruction!

      Hardback

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Beyond-Waves-Stephen-Hunt/dp/0007232209

      Paperback

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Beyond-Waves-Stephen-Hunt/dp/0007232217





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      2009 26/06/2009 - 28/06/2009
      United States - Houston Science Fiction Con

      Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
      05/06/2009 - 05/07/2009
      United States - Various Cinema release

      Finncon 2009
      10/07/2009 - 12/07/2009
      Finland - Helsinki Science Fiction Con

      Ancient City Con III
      18/07/2009 - 19/07/2009
      United States - Jacksonville Science Fiction Con

      Find the full list of cons and events over here.


      --------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Stephen Hunt's
      The Court of the Air
      A fantastical tale of high adventure, low-life rogues and orphans on the run.

      US HARDBACK OUT NOW
      - TOR

      Get your hardback copy from: Amazon USA
      UK PAPERBACK OUT NOW
      - HARPERCOLLINS

      Get your paperback copy from:
      Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Amazon Japan |




      "An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels."
      The Times: May 7, 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of the Air)

      "Hunt can take his place alongside such eminent Magratheans as JRR Tolkien, Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. Creating a fully-realised other-world which feels new and different, yet cohesive and believable is half the battle in a fantasy novel, and it is a battle Hunt wins with honours... Hunt's world is so rich and colourful it keeps you engrossed ... It's a confident audacious novel."
      SFX: December 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of the Air)

      "The characters are convincing and colourful, but the real achievement is the setting, a hellish take on Victorian London where grim, steam-driven machines work beside citizens with magical powers. The Court of the Air is aimed at young adults, but the depth and complexity of Hunt's vision makes it compulsive reading for all ages."
      The Guardian: May 21st 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of the Air)

      "Creatures of magic movie in an industrialised landscape; mechanical men with souls appear in Punch-style political cartoons. He creates a fantasy world that's low on cliché, splicing trad fantasy with steampunk and a touch of Philip Pullman...with pace, detail, and the pleasure of its sheer scale."
      Death Ray: Issue 1. December 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of the Air)

      'Wonderfully assured . Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension'
      Time Out: November 2007 (Review: Paperback edition, The Court of the Air)

      'Fast-paced and accelerating all the way, the story rewards reading with close attention, to the intricacies of the plot, to the creativity in world-building and language which makes this world both readily comprehensible and yet enthrallingly strange.'
      Albedo One: Ireland's magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Issue 33. (Review: Paperback edition, The Court of the Air)




      One of the nice things about being online is that SFcrowsnest can publish slightly off-the-wall material that would never find a home in a highly targeted advertising-ruled print magazine world. An article we always trot out as an example of this, is Uncle Geoff's piece about what the heck fuel & engine combination the Thunderbirds craft might have used in the classic 1960s TV series of the same name.

      Let's face it, you're not going to read the likes of that in SFX, Starlog, Starburst, Interzone or the rest of the printed world! If there's an article inside you - could be continuity errors in Andromeda, your latest work of short fiction, or just why you think Iain Banks' novels are the greatest SF since a little man called Verne put pen to paper - do drop Geoff a line below.

      Contact Uncle Geoff in the rainy English countryside at contributions@...

      We still fund this puppy's bandwidth and other miscellaneous expenses out of our own pocket, so the spirit of volunteerism is about the only thing that keeps our happy ship in hyperspace. Any time, articles, stories or reviews you can submit are always appreciated.

      Current requirements: June 2009

      - short fiction
      - articles
      - comment pieces
      - convention reports
      - book reviewers (see below)
      - Television reviews ... Stargate, Andromeda, Trek etc
      - Movie reviews
      - Games reviews ... RPGs, scenarios, wargames etc
      - SFF models and figures ... reviews, painting tips, scratchbuilds, conversions

      BTW, if you're interested in becoming a book or DVD reviewer, we'd really, really (no, really) appreciate it if you were UK-based. Posting out the hundred of goodies we get every week is an expensive business, and extra airmail costs could lead to Geoff, Jessica, Mark and Steve eating dog food in a crazed economy-drive of death. Of course, if you're based in the US, Canada or Australia and you fancy reviewing your own drip-feed of goodies resulting from your science fiction and fantasy addiction, then that okay by us ... but we can't supply you ourselves! Sorry.



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    • Peta Smith
      Gosh - that is indeed sad news. I have read so many of his books. I loved tagging along with Belgarath, Polgara and friends on their many adventures. Cheers,
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        Gosh - that is indeed sad news. I have read so many of his books. I loved
        tagging along with Belgarath, Polgara and friends on their many adventures.

        Cheers,
        Peta
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        From: "Amy Harlib" <aharlib@...>
        To: "Elaine Corvidae" <ecorvidae@...>
        Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:26 PM
        Subject: [Fantasy_Books] Fw: Fantasy author David Eddings dies


        SFcrowsnest Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine
        aharlib@...
        Forwarding.


        "I'm enough of a pessimist that I'm going to continue writing
        fantasy."
        David Eddings - author, friend.

        Issue 187.5 - June 2009
        19 years online (& counting)





        NEWS EXTRA June 2009

        I don't normally do one-shot news updates because of the
        eye-wateringly large cost of e-mailing the whole SFcrowsnest subscriber
        base, but I'll make an exception for David.

        One of the great ones has gone and his death leaves the fantasy field
        many worlds poorer.

        Stephen Hunt
        June 3rd 2009

        David Eddings passes away
        Fantasy author David Eddings has sadly passed away, aged 77, last
        night. Best-selling and popular are often epithets that are applied to
        authors on writers' press releases, but in David's case, it was well
        deserved. His commercial success, says fantasy author Stephen Hunt, paved
        the way for a whole generation of doorstopper-sized fantasy series.


        --------------------------------------------------------------------------

        Stephen Hunt's third fantasy novel set in the Jackelian world...

        The Rise of The Iron Moon

        From the author of The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the
        Waves comes a thrilling new adventure set in the same Victorian-style world.

        Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House,
        friendless orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a
        foreign vagrant from the North after accidentally killing one of her guards.
        Her strange rescuer claims he is on the run himself from terrible forces who
        mean to enslave the Kingdom of Jackals as they conquered his own nation.

        Purity doubts his story, until reports begin to filter through from
        Jackals' neighbours of the terrible Army of Shadows, marching across the
        continent and sweeping all before them. But there's more to Purity than
        meets the eye.

        As Jackals girds itself for war against an army of near-unkillable
        beasts serving an ancient evil with a terrible secret, it soon becomes clear
        that their only hope is a strange little royalist girl and the last,
        desperate plan of an escaped slave.

        Available now on Amazon - click here.


        --------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Stephen Hunt's
        The Kingdom Beyond the Waves - NOW out in paperback (UK)
        A deadly obsession, a lunatic steamman, a u-boat full of convict
        sailors. You're sailing to your death ...

        Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost
        civilisation of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to
        have conquered hunger, war and disease -- tempering the race of man's baser
        instincts by the creation of the perfect pacifist society.

        It is an obsession that is to cost her dearly. She returns home
        to the Kingdom of Jackals from her latest archaeological misadventure to
        discover that the university council has finally stripped her of her
        position in retaliation for her heretical research. Without official
        funding, Amelia has no choice but to accept the offer of patronage from the
        man she blames for her father's bankruptcy and suicide, the fiercely
        intelligent and incredibly wealthy Abraham Quest.

        He has an ancient crystal-book that suggests the Camlantean
        ruins are buried under one of the sea-like lakes that dot the murderous
        jungles of Liongeli. Amelia undertakes an expedition deep into the dark
        heart of the jungle, blackmailing her old friend Commodore Black into
        ferrying her along the huge river of the Shedarkshe on his ancient u-boat.

        With an untrustworthy crew of freed convicts, Quest's force of
        female mercenaries on board and a lunatic steamman safari hunter acting as
        their guide, Amelia's luck can hardly get any worse. But she's as yet
        unaware that her quest for the perfect society is about to bring her own
        world to the brink of destruction!

        Hardback

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Beyond-Waves-Stephen-Hunt/dp/0007232209

        Paperback

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Beyond-Waves-Stephen-Hunt/dp/0007232217





        Science fiction and fantasy events upcoming shortly:

        ApolloCon
        2009 26/06/2009 - 28/06/2009
        United States - Houston Science Fiction Con

        Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
        05/06/2009 - 05/07/2009
        United States - Various Cinema release

        Finncon 2009
        10/07/2009 - 12/07/2009
        Finland - Helsinki Science Fiction Con

        Ancient City Con III
        18/07/2009 - 19/07/2009
        United States - Jacksonville Science Fiction Con

        Find the full list of cons and events over here.


        --------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Stephen Hunt's
        The Court of the Air
        A fantastical tale of high adventure, low-life rogues and
        orphans on the run.

        US HARDBACK OUT NOW
        - TOR

        Get your hardback copy from: Amazon USA
        UK PAPERBACK OUT NOW
        - HARPERCOLLINS

        Get your paperback copy from:
        Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Amazon Japan |




        "An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels."
        The Times: May 7, 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of
        the Air)

        "Hunt can take his place alongside such eminent Magratheans as
        JRR Tolkien, Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. Creating a fully-realised
        other-world which feels new and different, yet cohesive and believable is
        half the battle in a fantasy novel, and it is a battle Hunt wins with
        honours... Hunt's world is so rich and colourful it keeps you engrossed ...
        It's a confident audacious novel."
        SFX: December 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court of the
        Air)

        "The characters are convincing and colourful, but the real
        achievement is the setting, a hellish take on Victorian London where grim,
        steam-driven machines work beside citizens with magical powers. The Court of
        the Air is aimed at young adults, but the depth and complexity of Hunt's
        vision makes it compulsive reading for all ages."
        The Guardian: May 21st 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The Court
        of the Air)

        "Creatures of magic movie in an industrialised landscape;
        mechanical men with souls appear in Punch-style political cartoons. He
        creates a fantasy world that's low on cliché, splicing trad fantasy with
        steampunk and a touch of Philip Pullman...with pace, detail, and the
        pleasure of its sheer scale."
        Death Ray: Issue 1. December 2007 (Review: Hardback edition, The
        Court of the Air)

        'Wonderfully assured . Hunt knows what his audience like and
        gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension'
        Time Out: November 2007 (Review: Paperback edition, The Court of
        the Air)

        'Fast-paced and accelerating all the way, the story rewards
        reading with close attention, to the intricacies of the plot, to the
        creativity in world-building and language which makes this world both
        readily comprehensible and yet enthrallingly strange.'
        Albedo One: Ireland's magazine of science fiction, fantasy and
        horror. Issue 33. (Review: Paperback edition, The Court of the Air)




        One of the nice things about being online is that SFcrowsnest can
        publish slightly off-the-wall material that would never find a home in a
        highly targeted advertising-ruled print magazine world. An article we always
        trot out as an example of this, is Uncle Geoff's piece about what the heck
        fuel & engine combination the Thunderbirds craft might have used in the
        classic 1960s TV series of the same name.

        Let's face it, you're not going to read the likes of that in SFX,
        Starlog, Starburst, Interzone or the rest of the printed world! If there's
        an article inside you - could be continuity errors in Andromeda, your latest
        work of short fiction, or just why you think Iain Banks' novels are the
        greatest SF since a little man called Verne put pen to paper - do drop Geoff
        a line below.

        Contact Uncle Geoff in the rainy English countryside at
        contributions@...

        We still fund this puppy's bandwidth and other miscellaneous expenses
        out of our own pocket, so the spirit of volunteerism is about the only thing
        that keeps our happy ship in hyperspace. Any time, articles, stories or
        reviews you can submit are always appreciated.

        Current requirements: June 2009

        - short fiction
        - articles
        - comment pieces
        - convention reports
        - book reviewers (see below)
        - Television reviews ... Stargate, Andromeda, Trek etc
        - Movie reviews
        - Games reviews ... RPGs, scenarios, wargames etc
        - SFF models and figures ... reviews, painting tips, scratchbuilds,
        conversions

        BTW, if you're interested in becoming a book or DVD reviewer, we'd
        really, really (no, really) appreciate it if you were UK-based. Posting out
        the hundred of goodies we get every week is an expensive business, and extra
        airmail costs could lead to Geoff, Jessica, Mark and Steve eating dog food
        in a crazed economy-drive of death. Of course, if you're based in the US,
        Canada or Australia and you fancy reviewing your own drip-feed of goodies
        resulting from your science fiction and fantasy addiction, then that okay by
        us ... but we can't supply you ourselves! Sorry.



        Know of any science fiction and fantasy pals who don't yet receive
        this fine monthly magazine? Forward it to them and let them quiver in awe of
        your highly evolved and very discriminating SFF-loving taste. Then twist the
        arms of the little blighters in a cruel-to-be-kind attempt to get them to
        subscribe free too!

        You can use the facility below, centered, to subscribe/unsubscribe to
        this splendid publication at any time.

        Add science fiction & fantasy to your Google Toolbar
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        Stephen Hunt FaceBook Page (SH's personal page for his FaceBook
        friends)
        http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen_Hunt/767028254

        Stephen Hunt's HiveMind Page (SH's personal page for his HiveMind
        friends)
        http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/hivemind/profile.php?user=StephenHunt

        Stephen Hunt's BookArmy Page (SH's personal page for his BookArmy
        friends)
        http://www.bookarmy.com/Authors/Stephen_Hunt_Writer_1.aspx

        Stephen Hunt's Rule Jackelia FaceBook Group (for FaceBook-based fans
        of SH's novels)
        http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34257537930

        Stephen Hunt's The Jackelians HiveMind Group (for HiveMind-based fans
        of SH's novels)
        http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/hivemind/group.php?group_id=1

        Content is copyright (c) 1991-2009 SFcrowsnest and/or its respective
        contributors.




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