Thanks to Tor for offering another giveaway. This one is for 3 hardcover copies of A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias. I’m halfway through my copy and think the winners will be in for a treat. The alien life is detailed and dark, and yet one of their own could become one of the heroes in saving a human expedition at stake at the bottom of the ocean. Here’s Tor’s book description:
A DARKLING SEA is the riveting tale of a far off ice planet and the three alien species who come head to head under its dark and frigid ocean. First, there are humans, still in the early stages of space exploration and excitedly conducting research via their sub-ocean base kilometers under the ice layer covering Ilmatar. Next, there are the Sholen, the first species humans interacted and forged an uneasy truce with. The thoughtful Sholen are weary of the human influence off of Earth and allow the research only under a strict agreement of non-interference with the indigenous life forms. And finally, there are the Ilmatarans: blind, enormous lobster like creatures who are seemingly yet unaware that they are not alone in the universe—but are certainly more intelligent than their observers might think. All is well until a reckless human adventurer gets himself captured and dissected by the curious Ilmatarans—after which it’s a culture clash of galactic proportions and terrifying consequences.
For A DARKLING SEA, Tor Books has done something special and created tie-in websites for readers to engage with. IlmatarMission.com is a prop website for the “United Nations Interstellar Cooperation Agency” which features in Cambia’s novel. We believe this will be an exciting opportunity for fans to learn more about the universe Cambias created. The websites include tons of bonus features:
- A mission statement for Ilmatar Expedition III
- Facts about Ilmatar
- What we currently know about life on Ilmatar
- A description of the Hitode Station
- Crew bios where you can meet the personnel of the Ilmatar mission
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Ilmatar Expedition 111 Mission Blog
- Information about The United Nations Interstellar Cooperation Agency
- The personal website of the universally famous explorer and adventurer Henri Kerlerec, currently on mission with the Ilmatar Expedition.
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Timothy C. Ward
Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. His novel in progress, Kaimerus, is described as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.” Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.