Hitting bookstores this week is the third book in the the Mongoliad series, a joint project written Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, and Cooper Moo. And we have a sneak peek just for you!
Here’s what the book is about:
The final book of the Mongoliad trilogy from Neal Stephenson and company tells the gripping personal stories of medieval freedom fighters to form an epic, imaginative recounting of a moment in history when a world in peril relied solely on the courage of its people.
The shadow of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II hangs over the shattered Holy Roman Church as the cardinals remain deadlocked, unable to choose a new pope. Only the Binders and a mad priest have a hope of uniting the Church against the invading Mongol host. An untested band of young warriors stands against the dissolute Khan, fighting for glory and freedom in the Khan’s sadistic circus of swords, and the brave band of Shield-Brethren who set out to stop the Mongol threat single-handedly race against their nemesis before he can raise the entire empire against them. Veteran knight Feronantus, haunted by his life in exile, leads the dwindling company of Shield-Brethren to their final battle, molding them into a team that will outlast him. No good hero lives forever. Or fights alone.
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From a press release and Tor.com, Tor books has just announced publication of the third novel in Greag Bear’s bestselling Halo Forerunner Saga. It’s called Halo: Silentium and it will be reelase on January 8, 2013.
Here’s the synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling Halo® series of novels, based on the hugely successful Halo videogame franchise, has sold millions of copies, and is part of a global phenomenon that has dominated the science fiction landscape over the last decade.
In Halo: Cryptum, Greg Bear began a three-book arc set in the era of the Forerunners, the ancient and enigmatic creators and builders of the Halos, which continued in Halo: Primordium. Now, in the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood—a horrifying shape-changing parasite—has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.
Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian—husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict—hold the keys to salvation. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time—to prevent an unmatched evil from dominating the entire universe.
From New York Times bestselling, Hugo and Nebula award-winning authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear comes The Mongoliad Trilogy, the first installment in the Foreworld Saga, a collaborative epic (with Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham, Cooper Moo, and Mark Teppo) unlike any other that will enthrall fans of fantasy, martial arts, and historical fiction.
Here’s the book description:
The first novel to be released in The Foreworld Saga, The Mongoliad: Book One, is an epic-within-an-epic, taking place in 13th century. In it, a small band of warriors and mystics raise their swords to save Europe from a bloodthirsty Mongol invasion. Inspired by their leader (an elder of an order of warrior monks), they embark on a perilous journey and uncover the history of hidden knowledge and conflict among powerful secret societies that had been shaping world events for millennia.
But the saga reaches the modern world via a circuitous route. In the late 19th century, Sir Richard F. Burton, an expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, is approached by a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados about translating a collection of long-lost manuscripts. Burton dies before his work is finished, and his efforts were thought lost until recently rediscovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Trieste, Italy. From this collection of arcana, the incredible tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.
Full of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and unflinching battle scenes, The Mongoliad ignites a dangerous quest where willpower and blades are tested and the scope of world-building is redefined.
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Subterranean Press has posted the table of contents for the upcoming all-original anthology being published this Fall…Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois, which celebrates the SF Grandmaster’s works with new stories by modern masters of the form. The cover is by Bob Eggleton.
- “Outmoded Things” by Nancy Kress
- “The Man Who Came Late” by Harry Turtledove
- “A Slip in Time” by S. M. Stirling
- “Living and Working with Poul Anderson” by Karen Anderson
- “Dancing on The Edge of The Dark” by C. J. Cherryh
- “The Lingering Joy” by Stephen Baxter
- “Operation Xibalba” by Eric Flint
- “Tales Told” by Astrid Anderson Bear
- “The Fey of Cloudmoor” by Terry Brooks
- “Christmas in Gondwanaland” by Robert Silverberg
- “Latecomers” by David Brin
- “An Appreciation of Poul Anderson” by Jerry Pournelle
- “A Candle” by Raymond E. Feist
- “The Far End” by Larry Niven
- “Bloodpride”” by Gregory Benford
- “Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)” by Tad Williams
Grab your Spartan Armor, folk! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!
Here are the contenders…
Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.
Books shown here:
- Echo City by Tim Lebbon (Artist: Kathleen Lynch)
- Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear (Artist: Sparth)
- Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Artist: Vincent Chong)
NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.