SF Signal has lots of cool Matthew Hughes books to give away!
One grand prize winner will receive a signed, slipcased hardcover edition Template and a signed copy of Quartet & Triptych, both published by PS Publishing! These editions are rarer than the signed limited editions; they’re not numbered among the limited editions…they are extra “Publisher’s Copies” of which only a few are produced. Also, they’re from the Matthew’s personal “author’s copies”.
Three more winners will each receive a copy of the Paizo publishing edition of
Template with a signed label!
Read on to learn more…
Conn Labro is one of the top-ranked duelists in all the Ten Thousand Worlds. He’s also an indentured-for-life player in Ovam Horder’s sporting house on Thrais, a planet whose vast gaming industry draws players from all over The Spray, even from as far away as Old Earth.
Mystery surrounds Conn: he was sold to Horder’s Gaming Emporium as an anonymous infant, a circumstance that guaranteed he would never escape debt slavery. Now the mystery has caught up with him: he finds an old man with whom he plays a weekly game of strategy dead of torture. And an orbiting space ship fires an energy weapon at the roof-top dueling ground where Conn is scheduled to meet an offworld opponent.
The old man, though apparently poor, has left him not only enough wealth to buy himself out of indenture but an encrypted “bearer deed” to an unnamed property somewhere down The Spray. Together with Jenore Mordene, an Old Earth showgirl stranded on Thrais when her traveling show broke up, Conn embarks on a quest to discover who he is, and who is trying to kill him.
His quest will lead him into the grip of a sinister cult dedicated to depraved lust, and a final, deadly confrontation on a lost world where the only law is the point of a duelist’s blade.
And here’s the synopsis for Quartet & Triptych [available via PS Publishing]:
Earth in its penultimate age: ancient, inbred, bucolic, full of antique secrets and even more archaic intrigues. Under a melancholy orange sun, decaying aristocratic families still wield their feudal powers after thousands of generations; but the Archon is their subtle absolute ruler, and he has placed certain cruel excesses, and certain abandoned country estates, permanently out of bounds . . .
Luff Imbry, corpulent master thief, must penetrate one of those forbidden properties. For millennia ago, a sadistic nobleman built there an underground maze, its walls hung with priceless works of art, its corridors stalked by intelligent torture machines, a secret domain where the corrupt blue-blood would imprison and torment anyone who offended him. Determined to liberate the most precious of the labyrinth’s treasures, Imbry recruits an unwilling “ghost” — the preserved essence of the mad duke’s long-dead granddaughter — as his guide. But in the twisted darkness, the fat man finds that the dead cannot always be trusted.
In his latest witty tale of the Archonate, Matthew Hughes sets his most engaging character on a collision course with forces dark and devious. Can even the legendary craftiness of Luff Imbry triumph without aid from higher powers?
Here’s how to enter for your chance to win.
- Read the introductory chapter to Template and answer this question: “What is the usual weather forecast where Conn Labro lives?”
- Send an email to contest at sfsignal dot com. (That’s us).
- In the subject line, enter ‘Matthew Hughes‘.
- In the message body, tell us the answer to the question above.
- Please include your postal address so the prize can be shipped out immediately when the contest is over.
- Only one entry per person allowed. Duplicate emails will be sold to Horder’s Gaming Emporium.
- The contest will end Monday, August 30th, 2010 (10:00 PM U.S Central time). The winners will be selected at random, notified and announced shortly thereafter.