THE TOME OF THE UNDERGATES has been recovered, and the gates of hell remain closed. Lenk and his five companions set sail to bring the accursed relic away from the demonic reach of Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen. But after weeks at sea, tensions amidst the adventurers are rising. Their troubles are only beginning when their ship crashes upon an island made of the bones left behind from a war long dead.
BLACK HALO is the second novel from the breakout fantasy sensation, Sam Sykes. Don’t miss this title from the author praised by John Scalzi, who said, “I do not wish Sam Sykes dead.” Oh, and when you buy your copy of BLACK HALO, please contact Sam on his website and tell him Adventures in Scifi Publishing sent you!
Daniel Polansky joins us to discuss his debut novel LOW TOWN. We talk about the blending of epic fantasy with crime fiction, writing sinful characters, how he is both like and not like George R. R. Martin, his approach to world building, why he screams at people in bookstores and why you should too.
- Before the interview, we breakdown the Hugo Awards, suggest some new categories, and Shaun goes off on a rant. It’s just his opinion. He could be wrong.
- Feedback from Michelle on writing book reviews. She says some great stuff, and we mostly agree.
- Please enter THE BLACK GOD’S WAR and CLARKESWORLD book giveaways.
- And, no, Moses and Matt are not buddies! Not that they don’t like each other. That’s not what we’re saying! Just listen, you’ll see what we mean.
- Finally, check out the latest SF Signal Mindmeld on fantasy maps.