New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres.
Today’s spotlight shines on David Nickle.
David Nickle’s books include:
- The Claus Effect by Karl Schroeder & David Nickle (Tesseract Books)
- Monstrous Affections by David Nickle (ChiZine Publications)
- Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickle (ChiZine Publications)
Here’s the cover copy for Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism:
The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal – with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother”s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation – and the barest thread of hope. At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman”s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke. And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up.
Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada – industrialist Garrison Harper”s attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection – the cruelty of the surgeon”s knife – the folly of the cull – and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.
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