Regeneration and A Closed and Common Orbit are on sale today!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Mar 14 2017

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Regeneration by Stacey Berg is the second and final book in the Echo Hunter 367 duology

The world is ready to be reborn…

Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at the end of all hope, she stumbles on a miracle: another enclave of survivors, a lush, peaceful sanctuary completely opposite of anything Echo has ever known.

But the Preserve has dark secrets of its own, and uncovering them may cost Echo more than just her life. She fears her discoveries will trigger a final, disastrous war. But if Echo can stop the Church and Preservers from destroying each other, she might have a chance to achieve her most impossible dream—saving the woman she loves.

Download Regeneration today for just $3.99

Closed and Common Orbit

A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers’ acclaimed space opera adventure, is now available in paperback!

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for—and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel, and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is now available in ebook and paperback.

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Regeneration in its Time – Stacey Berg

  • Posted by Nova on Mar 13 2017

Eonly_9780062466143_CoverStories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the most satisfying tales, we feel that we have witnessed the most important events in the character’s life so far. Depending on the genre, the external action might be as small as buying the flowers for a party, as great as destroying the ring that could bind the world. It doesn’t matter: we have seen the hero make the critical choice, take the fateful action on which her world depends.

Of course, the characters don’t know that they’re living in the arc of a story. In my new novel Regeneration, Echo Hunter 367 discovers a secret tech that could literally lead to the rebirth of her world—but revealing it might cost her everything she loves. If she knew how the story ended, she could choose quickly. She might have some worries or regrets, but she wouldn’t have much angst. She would know she was doing the right thing.

But what fun would that be in a book? I love angsty action heroes, and I wanted Echo’s problems to provoke big, deep emotions in her and therefore the reader. The best way I could do that was by forcing her to make harder and harder choices, and never giving her a hint about how they would come out. And those choices wouldn’t affect her alone, but would determine the lives of the innocent people under her protection. At the very end, she has to decide how to act not knowing if she will survive, if her lover will survive, if the world will survive.

Then I decided to make it even harder. So I also gave her the choice of not acting at all. Near the end, she has the chance simply to walk away. One of the key characters in the book has been telling her all along that this would be the right choice: leave things as they are. Don’t risk everything. This isn’t the right time.

Coincidentally or not, I was working on this part of the book during the presidential campaign. I have never had such an acute sense of the choices facing our country—facing us as citizens. On both sides, the narrative was explicitly about disrupting the order of our political world. Then, on election day, we stepped through a door, and it closed behind us. Now, irrevocably, we find ourselves in the middle of a story that, despite our modern self-consciousness, we didn’t quite realize we were in.

Some of us at this moment feel a sense of order restored. Some of us fear that our current nationalist revival will turn dark, as such movements have before. We want to know where this story is going. We look at how people like us, in times like these, influenced what happened next. We study their choices, how they acted or did not. We used to wonder what we would have done in their place. Now we wonder what we should do in our own place. We could go to town halls, rallies, protests; we could wait and see how things go. We turn to history to learn from parallels to this moment. We turn to story to learn from parables about this moment. It is not coincidental that social media has been abuzz with only part-joking remarks about how young adult dystopias have been preparing us for resistance. Speculative fiction has always been a place where we explore our hopes and fears, a genre where we can approach the emotional truth of our situation precisely because we are  not constrained by “reality.”

If we knew for certain we were in The Handmaid’s Tale, we would find our choices easy.

But we don’t. We can never know exactly where we’re standing in history. This uncertainty can be paralyzing, but it also is a source of hope. One of the dangers facing us now is that we think we’ve read this story before. We fear that the outcome is inevitable. I don’t believe that we’re characters in someone else’s story, though. Echo Hunter 367 is stuck with the plot I gave her, but we have it better than Echo. History isn’t a well-constructed narrative, with plot points and a predictable structure. Our world is difficult, but we aren’t stuck with the story. It’s not too much of a spoiler to tell you that in Regeneration, Echo doesn’t walk away. The one thing we can always choose to do is try. In the end, we are writing ourselves.

Stacey Berg is a medical researcher who writes speculative fiction. Her work as a physician-scientist provides the inspiration for many of her stories. She lives with her wife in Houston and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not writing, she practices kung fu and runs half marathons. Her new novel Regeneration is on sale March 14th.

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Q&A with Peter Newman, author of The Malice

  • Posted by Nova on Mar 07 2017

The MaliceThe Malice by Peter Newman is available today! The author answered a few burning questions about the second installment in the Vagrant trilogy

Q. The Malice follows the story of Vesper, now a young woman. What was it like transitioning to such a different voice and character from The Vagrant? Did it affect your overall writing process?

A. Well, first off, it was an incredible relief having a main character that spoke! Life is so much easier that way, let me tell you. Otherwise, it didn’t change the way I wrote the book very much. The world and the writing style are the same.

However, the themes of the book are quite different. In The Vagrant, most of the characters are bruised by life and focused purely on survival, whereas in The Malice we have a new generation of characters who are looking at the world around them with fresh eyes, and are less willing to accept what they see as okay.

Q. What were your favorite parts about writing from The Vagrant’s perspective versus Vesper’s? What was the most challenging?

A. I love them both for different reasons. The challenge with writing the Vagrant is giving the reader enough clues to follow what he might be thinking or feeling, and to tell the story clearly. But he’s fun too, I enjoy the way he reacts to the world, and the fact that whatever happens, he just keeps going.

With Vesper, there are a different set of issues. Unlike the Vagrant, she’s not worldly, nor is she trained to battle infernals, which can be tricky in a world and story like this one. But she can talk (thank goodness!), and unlike most people, her ability to hope and dream has not yet been ground into the dust, which gives this book a different kind of energy. Vesper is an idealist which as we all know, makes for a tough life.

Q. You’ve built such a complex, masterpiece of a world…and we’re eager to gobble up any piece of it. What was the inspiration behind writing your novella The Hammer and The Goat? Are there any other one-off stories or characters in this world you’d like to explore?

A. Thank you! The Hammer and The Goat is set parallel to the events in The Vagrant. I’d suggest it’s best enjoyed after you’ve read that. I know a lot of people liked those two characters in particular and the way they played off each other in book one, and I wanted to tell the story of what they got up to while the main book was following the Vagrant. I also wanted to give the reader more of a sense of who the Hammer that Walks is, and her life before we meet her in book one.

Funnily enough, I’ve just had a second short come out! It’s called The Vagrant and The City, and it’s set about five years after The Malice (read The Malice first if you don’t like spoilers!). It follows the Vagrant and what he does in response to the events in book two. It also teases some of the tensions that will feature in The Seven (the third and final part of the trilogy).

Q. The goat has become quite a fan favorite! Is there a story behind creating this unique side-kick & avenue for comic relief?

A. Yes. When I was first writing The Vagrant, I needed to have a source of milk for the baby. I couldn’t imagine him taking a cow across the Blasted Lands, so I had to come up with an alternative. Animal companions often appear in fantasy, but noble horses, proud dragons, or loyal dogs didn’t fit the grim setting. Also, in my books many animals have been mutated into weird hybrids by the taint, so I tried to think about what creatures might be tough enough to survive unchanged in this world. The only things I could that came to mind were cockroaches and goats. I didn’t think I had it in me to write a cockroach as a main character (I’m not sure roach milk would fly either), and so the goat was born.

Q. The epic conclusion to your Vagrant trilogy releases this fall. In 4 words (no spoilers!), what can your anxiously awaiting fans expect?

A. Only 4? That’s really hard. How about this:

More Vagrant, Vesper, goats.

Q. Who are your favorite SFF authors? What are you reading now?

 

A. Now there’s a question that’s hard to answer quickly! My love for Robin Hobb’s work is eternal.  Neil Gaiman’s books are fabulous (but you knew that already), and Roger Zelazny’s Amber books will always have a special place in my heart. But there are really cool new books coming out too: I enjoyed Ren Warom’s cyberweird debut, Escapology, last year, and Jay Kristoff’s ‘Harry Potter goes to killer’s school’ aka Nevernight. Oh, and After Atlas by *cough* Emma Newman is an astonishingly good Sci-fi crime. Right now I’m reading A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall, which is a subversive, character driven epic fantasy.

Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and Firewalking Instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award. Twitter: @RunPeteWrite

Also available now from Peter Newman:
The Vagrant and the City
The Hammer and the Goat

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Feeling lucky? Chances to win this month from Harper Voyager!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Feb 08 2017

As book people, there’s nothing we here at Harper Voyager love more than sharing the books we love with other book people. This month we have several opportunities for you to win exciting new books, or even a space nerd’s dream vacation!

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The Ultimate “Out of this World” Prize Package – There’s still time to enter the Out of this World sweepstakes, featuring a trip for 2 to Orlando to attend Star Wars Celebration Orlando, visit the Kennedy Space Center, and meet Becky Chambers (as well as a library of Harper Voyager books!).

Bound Gods Sweeps Link

Bound Gods sweepstakes  – Is Dark Fantasy more your speed? You can win the first two books in Rachel Dunne’s epic dark fantasy series, including an advanced reader’s copy of the upcoming The Bones of the Earth.

The Kill Society – Sandman Slim fans, get ready for a new high octane thriller from Richard Kadrey. Enter now on Goodreads for a chance to win the next Sandman Slim adventure!

UPCOMING

The Prey of Gods – Launching 2/21. Add The Prey of Gods to your Goodreads to-read shelves to get a notification when the giveaway begins! Nicky Drayden is an exciting new addition to the Harper Voyager list, and The Prey of Gods is a fantastic new tale blending science fiction and fantasy in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new.

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Manuscript Wish List

  • Posted by Anna Will on Feb 02 2017

. . . Ever wonder what editors are looking for?

 

david1David Pomerico

First and foremost, I’m looking for a variety of voices, with authenticity being the key. Whether it’s gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or a combination of those, we’re looking for more authors and characters that show the rich, diverse nature of the SFF community.

Second, I’m looking towards space. Big, galactic empire space opera. Small, one ship, one crew adventure. Military battles, both amongst the stars and boots on an alien planet. “Real science” and practically fantastical. The key is space.

Third, I’m interested in more contemporary fantasy, which is a weird term, because it’s not necessarily modern, per se. Basically, I’m looking for real world fantasy with a focus on magic. Whether low-magic, high drama or tons of magic and action, I’m game. Same goes for purely charming, or darkly sinister.

 

priyanka1Priyanka Krishnan

I want the books on my list to offer readers a wide array of histories, legends and mythologies to explore, but more importantly, I want my worlds shaped by real cultures, events, and traditions. Storytelling has long been a means of connecting people, and now, more than ever, that feels vital. As you may have guessed, I adore historical fantasy and alternate histories.

I am hungry for all things fairytale and fable-esque. Whether it’s a retelling with a twist, or a voice, character or setting that harkens to a classic, I am looking for fantasy that enchants me. Dark edges and shadows are perfectly acceptable.

If your world is set in the stars, I tend to care most about the characters—I love a pervading sense of adventure, but think fewer epic battles and more complicated interactions between a single crew. I’m also interested in more voice-driven dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction.

Not everything needs to be larger than life, overrun with quests and creatures, though. I am also on the hunt for magical realism, everyday stories with just a drop of the supernatural, but full of charm and heart.

I’m a sucker for romance, so whatever the story, if it has a compelling romantic thread (one that adds to the plot, but isn’t the entire focus of the plot), I’m thrilled.

 

anna1Anna Will

More than anything, I would love to read more speculative fiction in translation. I firmly believe that any given literary era thrives when there’s a great influx of voices, and as of now, very little foreign sf/f is being translated into English. So if you have a translator hidden within you, please pick up a pen and translate your favorite foreign novel.

Additionally, I’m looking for dystopian eco-fiction. Interesting, dark, twisted cli-fi with convincing science. More than ever, I think eco-fiction is an important genre—global warming has become one of the most pressing issues of our century, and I would love to see new takes on what that might lead to in the near and far future.

Last but not least: I want to read more novellas! Many people simply don’t have time to read some of the really good, longer novels that we publish. A lot can be said in a few words, and I, like many others, certainly like reading a story in one sitting.

 

. . . So, to sum up: every editor has their own unique taste, but all the Harper Voyager editors are looking for timely stories that can transform conversations and inspire readers.

 

 

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