Since 1997, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her debut fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel, and now Book One of her Night`s Edge series.
In 2014, Julie’s short fiction appeared in Solaris Rising 3, edited by Ian Whates, and in the fantasy shared-world anthology series edited by R. Scott Taylor, Tales of the Emerald Serpent. From DAW came a special omnibus edition of her acclaimed near-future SF Species Imperative, as well as Book Two of Night`s Edge, A Play of Shadow, a finalist for this year’s Aurora.
Julie’s presently back in science fiction, hard at work on Reunification. First in that trilogy, This Gulf of Time and Stars, will be released by DAW November 2015. Visit www.czerneda.com or find Julie on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
We’ve got the exclusive cover reveal for Julie E. Czerneda’s upcoming book, This Gulf of Time and Stars, out in November by DAW, with artwork by Matt Stawicki (Julie’s also debuting a brand new author photo by Roger Czerneda.) Julie and Matt have also offered a few words about the book and the new cover, and be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post.
Here it is! I’m delighted, proud, and pretty much giddy to share with you the cover for the first book of Reunification, the concluding trilogy of The Clan Chronicles. Thank you John, and Kristin, of SF Signal for hosting this moment.
Wow, this has taken a while, hasn’t it? Thanks for waiting, dear readers. Not that I wasn’t busy—there was that new fantasy series, Night’s Edge, after all—but I sincerely appreciate your patience. Plus, it did take a while. There was that continuity thing. I had betareaders, notes on walls, journals, and that was just for the plot!
The art? That was something else again.
You see, while the wonderful Luis Royo painted the covers for all my science fiction novels to date, starting with A Thousand Words for Stranger (my first novel), I’d known since Rift in the Sky he’d be moving on to his own projects. Our hunt, mine and DAW’s, for a new artist for the series was on.
As well as for one for my fantasy. I was thrilled when DAW went with Matt Stawicki, even more once I’d worked with Matt. A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow were glorious works of art—and beautifully accurate. We work very well together.
So, I thought: How’s about some SF, Matt?
Matt Stawicki: “I had already worked with Julie on two fantasy covers and was very excited to work on one of her SF novels. It wasn’t until DAW sent me the existing covers in the series that I found out whose art I was following. This is when the pressure really amped up. I have been a fan of Luis Royo’s work for many years, so it was quite an honor (and challenge) to be given a chance to try and continue a series that he had established.”
The things I didn’t know! I’m sure everyone who sees this cover will realize you’ve nothing to worry about. A great job!
Those familiar with the series will notice Matt has incorporated details from both the Trade Pact and Stratification. The scene takes place in the Hall of Ancestors, with objects on display from the Clan’s past. In the background, a modern shipcity burns. Because yes, there are immense changes coming in Reunification.
What’s new about this cover? Sira. How she appears in Luis Royo’s Thousand is the way she was, before discovering herself or her power. Alone. Adrift. Desperate. Here, Matt has depicted Sira as she’s become: Speaker for the Clan, Chosen, and in her prime. She may not be alone, but she’s facing a terrifying future. Goosebumps!
As you can tell, I’m thrilled by everything about this cover. It’s honest to the story and series, and, well, what can I say…I particularly love Sira’s sensual and opinionated hair. Matt?
Matt Stawicki: “The hair was a particular challenge. I felt it needed to appear as if it was actually a living part of Sira that reflects her mood and was not just blowing in the wind. I thought of the tentacles that made up the hair and beard on Davy Jones in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ movies. I thought that type of approach may work here even if I kept pretty subtle. Simply wrapping it around her arm, as if it were grabbing or holding it back, seemed just the ticket.
And was. It’s exactly how I envision. Thanks again, Matt. You can enjoy more of Matt’s amazing work at www.mattstawicki.com.
For more about This Gulf of Time and Stars, including excerpts from the first six books in The Clan Chronicles, visit www.czerneda.com, the series page on Facebook (The Clan Chronicles), and check out #whoaretheclan on twitter.
My thanks to DAW Books for providing treats to celebrate.
- Send an email to contest at sfsignal dot com. (That’s us).
- In the subject line, enter “Julie Czerneda Giveaway“
- In the body of the email, please provide:
- IMPORTANT: Let us know if you’d like Prize Pack 1 (Stratification Trilogy) or 2 (Trade Pact Trilogy) in the email. See pictures above.
- A mailing address so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)
- Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S.and Canada only.
- The giveaway will end
Thursday, June 24th, 2015Saturday, June 27th, 2015 (9:00 PM U.S. Central time). Two (2) winners will be selected at random, notified, and announced shortly thereafter.