Not entirely sure what Numenera is? Well, we thought that before The Poison Eater hits shelves, we’d give you a little rundown of the incredibly popular RPG created by Monte Cook Games. So, without further ado…
Numenera is the extraordinary roleplaying game, twenty years in the making from Monte Cook Games. A staggeringly rich and complex world inspired by the writing of Gene Wolfe and the art of Moebius, blending science fiction with fantasy a billion years in the future on a world studded with the remnants of fallen ages. This is a world where science has become as mysterious and powerful as magic. The game takes place in the Ninth World, the latest flourishing of civilisation in which players explore the relics of the past – vast hidden machines, engineered lifeforms, nanotechnology – all called numenera by the world’s inhabitants.
The game was nominee in the 2013 Golden Geek RPG of the year category, and it won silver in the 2014 ENnie Best Game category and won the 2014 Origins Award for Best New Roleplaying Game. Numenera features flexible story-based gameplay designed by and for game players, offering unique character building and adventures based on the concepts of difficulty and effort, each step in the game shifting according to the skills, abilities and artifacts of the characters.
Numenera has been explored deeply by artists and in its rule books and guides, and now, to coincide with the long-awaited release of Torment: Tides of Numenera, is being expanded even further in a thrilling range of novels from…us!
We can’t wait to bring the Ninth World to you in novel form.
For more information about the event check out the event page.
Here’s a little map to help you find the venue, should you need it:
Eeeeek! People, we have some news…
Are you ready for this?
USA Today bestselling author Danielle Jensen is bringing out a prequel, The Broken Ones, to the critically acclaimed Malediction Trilogy, and we couldn’t be more excited! The book, arriving this coming June, focuses on the love between Marc and his wife Pénélope, set prior to the three books in the trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch. Yep, it’s gonna be a good’un.
If you can’t wait until June for more insanely exciting drama between troll lovers, (because who the hell could wait?) then here’s the synopsis for you to sink your teeth into…
Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.
Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angouleme. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.
Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.
Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.
For the full official announcement PLUS GIVEAWAY, head on over to YA Books Central.
It looks pretty excellent, right? A touch of lightning, a hint of fire and, inexplicably, a giant block of flats. Hmmm. You can see the complete cover over at Black Gate, along with the two other covers from the Burned Man series.
For now though, take a look at the synopsis for Damnation:
Don Drake is living rough in a sink estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, doing cheap spells for even cheaper customers while fending off the local lowlifes. Six months ago, Don fled from London to Glasgow to track down his old girlfriend Debbie the alchemist.
With the Burned Man gradually driving him mad, Don meets with an ancient and mysterious tramp-slash-magician, with disastrous consequences. Now his old accomplices must step in to save Don from himself, before he damns himself for good this time.
Damnation will be available from May 2 2017 (US/Can) and May 4 2017 (UK/RoW).
Book signing alert for all San Franciscans and similar!
For those still unfamiliar with United States of Japan, here’s the synopsis:
Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.
Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something… He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.
Part detective story, part brutal alternate history, United States of Japan is a stunning science fiction novel in the tradition of Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
Peter will be reading along with writer Janice Lee (Kerotakis) and journalist Justine Abellana.
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This weekend is a fantastic opportunity for you to get into the book that has just taken Japan by storm (after storming everywhere else first!): Bookbub has Peter Tieryas‘ alt history/Pacific Rim smash up United States of Japan at a price that belies the vastness of the mecha on its cover!
Seize it this weekend (4 November) only, from BookBub or direct from your digital dealer of choice. As usual you might be able to find it in the wild at these prices already!
- In the US and Canada Windswept is just $1.99
- In the UK Windswept is 99p
Don’t miss out: “the novel deftly portrays the horrors of oppression but also, with its giant military robots, sumo wrestlers and body-transforming technology, is a gleeful love letter to Japanese pop culture” ( The Financial Times), it’s “like China Mieville wrote A Man in the High Castle after seeing Pacific Rim.” (Blackfish Reviews)
Check out the synopsis:
Happy Hallowe’en fragile humans!
Considering the date, we thought we’d create a terrifying prescient quiz in a bid to work out just how you will die. Well, if you were a character in an Angry Robot novel, at least.
Want to know your future? Right this way…
Check out the first three chapters of Break the Chains below… but be warned, this world is addictive: “I must confess that I tore through this instalment, and I’m really looking forward to the next one” (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews).
A year has passed since Detan set the skies above Aransa on fire, and the armies of Aransa’s new dictator Thratia are preparing to knock on the door of his aunt’s city, Hond Steading…
As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault.
Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.
Break the Chains is sold in all good bookstores and wherever books are sold.
Let us thrill you with a fantastical, alchemical tale in the form of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, the forthcoming title from Eric Scott Fischl.
Here’s the synopsis:
The year is 1878. Dr Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now snake-oil salesman, travels the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, fortune-tellers, and musical whores. Under their mysterious and murderous leader they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual. For a few unfortunate customers, however, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.
And now we have the rather spectacular cover – which was created by Steven Meyer-Rassow – to show off, which you can find exclusively revealed on the wonderful B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. While you’re there take a minute to read a blog post from Eric on Spectacular Tales, too.
Dr Potter’s Medicine Show will be available from all reputable, and some less reputable, bookstores from February 2 (UK/RoW) / February 7 (US/Can).
We don’t want to freak you out too much, but we have three terrifying tales of hell and the undead at a slasher rate on Nook. Cheap thrills from October 25 – October 31.
- Nook: Dead Harvest $1.99
- Nook: The Nekropolis Archives $2.99 (that’s THREE books in one!)
- Nook: Who Wants To Be the Prince Of Darkness? $1.99
Tuesday lords it over us once again, reminding us that the week has begun in earnest. But with it comes revelation – Talk Tuesday To Us, when we strap our authors into the metal chassis which will one day house their brains.
Special Sunday reading for you (well, those of you who are yet to devour this splendid book) from “epic steampunk Firefly” Steal the Sky, the first instalment in Megan E O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent series.
It’s fresh, bright and brilliant. As the nice Joseph Heller at NPR said: “it’s a buddy tale, a heist caper, a socioeconomic thriller and a steampunk-seasoned fantasia all at once. And it fires beautifully on all cylinders.”
Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.
But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.
Break the Chains, the second in the Scorched Continent series was released just this month, so if you’re intrigued by Steal the Sky and want more, more, more, you don’t have to wait.
Steal the Sky is available in all good bookstores and wherever books are sold.
Uuuuuhhhhhh, guys. We just love cover artist Thomas Walker, aka Tommy Pocket.
Here also is the cover for Keith’s debut, Kojiki, also by Tommy.
They’re just so…wonderful, aren’t they? No, you have a little oil leaking from YOUR eyes.
Visit the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog to see a larger image of the Kokoro cover and check out the book synopsis.