viernes, 27 de febrero de 2015

Dos nuevas antologías de John Joseph Adams

Este mes se han puesto a la venta dos nuevas antología editadas por John Joseph Adams: Operation Arcana y Wastelands 2. Éstas son sus sinopsis y portadas:

Operation Arcana
In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien’s epic battle of good versus evil, to The Battle of the Blackwater, George R.R. Martin’s grim portrait of the horror and futility of war, these fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing visions of silver spears shining in the sun and vast hordes of savage beasts who threaten to destroy all that we hold dear. Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams is sounding the battle cry and sixteen of today’s top authors are reporting for duty, spinning never-before-published, spellbinding tales of military fantasy, including a Black Company story from Glen Cook, a Paksenarrion story from Elizabeth Moon, and a Shadow Ops story by Myke Cole. Within these pages you’ll also find World War I trenches cloaked in poison gas and sorcery, modern day elite special forces battling hosts of the damned, and steampunk soldiers fighting for their lives in a world torn apart by powers that defy imagination. Featuring both grizzled veterans and fresh young recruits alike, including Tanya Huff, Simon R. Green, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire, Operation Arcana is a must for any military buff or fantasy fan. You’ll never look at war the same way again. 
CONTRIBUTORS: 

  • Elizabeth Moon
  • Tobias Buckell & David Klecha
  • Myke Cole
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • Django Wexler
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Weston Ochse
  • Myke Cole
  • Ari Marmell
  • Tanya Huff
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • TC McCarthy
  • Glen Cook
  • Simon R. Green
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Linda Nagata
Wastelands 2
For decades, the apocalypse and its aftermath have yielded some of the most exciting short stories of all time. From David Brin’s seminal “The Postman” to Hugh Howey’s “Deep Blood Kettle” and Tananarive Due’s prescient “Patient Zero,” the end of the world continues to thrill. This companion volume to the critically-acclaimedWastelands offers thirty of the finest examples of post-apocalyptic short fiction, including works by George R.R. Martin, Junot Díaz, Seanan McGuire, Paolo Bacigalupi, and more. Award-winning editor John Joseph Adams has once again assembled a who’s who of short fiction, and the result is nothing short of mind-blowing.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 
  • Introduction—John Joseph Adams
  • The Tamarisk Hunter—Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Deep Blood Kettle—Hugh Howey
  • “. . . for a single yesterday”—George R. R. Martin
  • Animal Husbandry—Seanan McGuire
  • Chiswick Messiah—Lauren Beukes
  • Colliding Branes—Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
  • Ellie—Jack McDevitt
  • Foundation—Ann Aguirre
  • Beat Me Daddy—Cory Doctorow
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Survival Before, During, and After the Apocalypse—Christopher Barzak
  • Wondrous Days—Genevieve Valentine
  • Dreams in Dust—D. Thomas Minton
  • By Fools Like Me—Nancy Kress
  • Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe—Ramsey Shehadeh
  • The Elephants of Poznan—Orson Scott Card
  • The Postman—David Brin
  • When We Went To See the End of the World—Robert Silverberg
  • The Revelation of Morgan Stern—Christie Yant
  • Final Exam—Megan Arkenberg
  • A Flock of Birds—James Van Pelt
  • Patient Zero—Tananarive Due
  • Soulless in His Sight—Milo James Fowler
  • Outer Rims—Toiya Kristen Finley
  • Advertising at the End of the World—Keffy R. M. Kehrli
  • How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth—Rachel Swirsky
  • Tight Little Stiches in a Dead Man’s Back—Joe R. Lansdale
  • After the Apocalypse—Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Traditional—Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Monstro—Junot Diaz
  • Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince—Jake Kerr

jueves, 26 de febrero de 2015

Ebook gratis: Bernardo's House, de James Patrick Kelly

En estos momentos se puede descargar gratuitamente en Amazon España el ebook Bernardo's House, de James Patrick Kelly.

Ésta es su sinopsis:
A domotic story, a conscious living house who speaks and shows, through the objects that fill her, the need to be inhabited, to be eternally possessed by a tenant.

Get ready for an unusual visit to "Bernardo's House", where the topic of home automation is inseparably interwoven with Artificial Intelligence: what would happen if such a House would lose her "beloved tenant", and if in his place - with a totally unexpected visit - came a strange figure? Unknown to the House, which will question each and every certainty of her life.

James Patrick Kelly has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. In 2007 he won the Nebula Award, given by the Science Fiction Writers of America, for his novella "Burn" and the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.” He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and has two podcasts: Free Reads and James Patrick Kelly's StoryPod.

He is a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He is the Vice Chair of the Clarion Foundation, which oversees the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop at the The University of California at San Diego. He served two terms as a councillor on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and was Chair of the Council from 2003-2006. He has also served on the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Ebook gratis: Almost All the Way From the Stars, de Jay Lake y Ruth Nestvold

En estos momentos se puede descargar gratuitamente en Amazon España el ebook Almost All the Way From the Stars, de Jay Lake y Ruth Nestvold.

Ésta es su sinopsis:
Near future dystopia, colonies in space, galactic empires: this collection has it all! "Almost All the Way Home From the Stars" is a collection of seven science fiction short stories by award winning writers Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold. The settings range from galactic empires on distant worlds, to a dystopia in the near future warped by fundamentalism, to an alternate US where slavery was never abolished. Here a sampling:

"Rivers of Eden": In a world transformed by a virus affecting faith, one lone scientist wants to set loose a cure for fanaticism.

"The Big Ice": On Hutchinson’s World, Vega and Mox are trying to unravel the mystery of the Big Ice -- until the family responsibilities Vega has been trying to escape come back to haunt her.

"The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Home From the Stars": An NSA agent is assigned to look after a Canadian scientist whose husband has left Earth to visit the stars -- and the strange dimple in the lake that she is watching, waiting for his return.

Five of the stories have been previously published elsewhere, in various online and print markets, including Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction. Two stories are new with this collection.

Ebook en oferta: Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo, de Larry Niven

Durante el día de hoy se puede adquirir en Amazon España el ebook Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo, de Larry Niven, al precio promocional de 1,42€. 

Ésta es la sinopsis de la novela:
Han pasado veinte años desde que Luis Wu, Chmeee Interlocutor de animales y Nessus escaparan de su primera expedición a Mundo Anillo. Ahora, Luis se ha convertido en un cableta adicto a los impulsos eléctricos y su amigo alienígena ocupa un puesto de autoridad en su mundo de origen. Los dos serán secuestrados por el titerote conocido como Ser Último y llevados de vuelta a Mundo Anillo en busca de los tesoros tecnológicos que contiene. Durante su periplo, Luis Wu y Chmeee conocerán toda clase de extrañas razas y sociedades humanoides, desvelarán el misterio sobre los auténticos constructores de Mundo Anillo y explorarán las sorpresas y los secretos que se esconden en su interior.

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, de John Scalzi

Banda sonora de la reseña: Sugiero leer esta reseña escuchando Doors Unlocked And Open, de Death Cab For Cuties (Spotify, YouTube).

Quien haya leído alguna obra de John Scalzi es muy posible que asocie a este autor con una producción de tono predominantemente ligero y humorístico. Desde luego, es una impresión más que acertada si se juzga por sus obras más exitosas: la saga de Old Man's War (La vieja guardia) o Redshirts. Pero la realidad es que Scalzi también sabe ponerse serio cuando lo ocasión lo requiere. Y le sale muy bien. Ya me sorprendió gratamente con el tono oscurísimo de The God Engines y me ha vuelto a conquistar con Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, que es, para mí, la mejor novela corta de 2014.

En lo formal, Unlocked es una especie de mockumentary (falso documental), muy en la línea de obras como "Liking What You See: A Documentary", de Ted Chiang, o "The Man Who Ended History", de Ken Liu, pero, sobre todo, de Guerra Mundial Z, de Max Brooks. De hecho, Unlocked también sigue el desarrollo de una enfermedad (el síndrome de Haden del título), la lucha global por vencerla y las enormes consecuencias y cambios que acarrea a todos los niveles. 

El comienzo de esta novela corta, que describe los primeros casos de la enfermedad y sus síntomas, es quizás un poco lento. Se centra especialmente en algunos personajes concretos, traicionando ligeramente el enfoque coral del formato escogido. Es interesante y necesario para el desarrollo posterior de la trama, pero parece simplemente una historia más y no hace intuir lo que nos espera más adelante.   

Porque una vez entrados en harina, Scalzi despliega lo mejor de sí mismo con una visión que abarca muchos años, imaginando un futuro de profundas transformaciones pero que es la consecuencia lógica de las bases sentadas al comienzo de la historia. En ese sentido, Unlocked es una muestra perfecta de especulación tecnológica y social que explora el impacto de los cambios radicales a los que se ve enfrentada la humanidad por culpa del síndrome de Haden.

Una de las grandes virtudes de Unlocked es que, en la parte final de la historia, Scalzi sabe equilibrar perfectamente lo prospectivo con lo emotivo, consiguiendo que nos fascinen los cambios tecnológicos que nos propone a la vez que nos interesamos profundamente por los destinos de sus personajes. Y todo esto en muy poquitas páginas que condensan muchos años de historia y de cambios y que consiguen implicar completamente al lector tanto en lo racional como en lo emocional.   

Unlocked está escrita como precuela a Lock In, la novela más reciente publicada por John Scalzi, pero se puede leer sin ningún problema de forma independiente. Yo, de hecho, ni siquiera he comprado aún la novela, en parte por falta de tiempo y en parte porque las opiniones que he podido leer parecen indicar que se trata de una propuesta bastante más convencional. 

Como decía arriba, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome es mi novela corta favorita entre las publicadas en 2014 y no puedo recomendar suficientemente su lectura. Una obra que va de menos a más y a la que me es difícil encontrarle defectos más allá de ese primer tramo ligeramente titubeante. Está disponible de forma gratuita en tor.com y su nivel de inglés es bastante asequible, por lo que os animo a darle una oportunidad incluso si no leéis habitualmente en ese idioma. 

miércoles, 25 de febrero de 2015

Ebook en oferta: Shades of Milk and Honey, de Mary Robinette Kowal

En estos momentos se puede a precio reducido en varias tiendas online (Amazon ES - 3,18€; Kobo - 2,66€) el ebook Shades of Milk and Honey, de Mary Robinette Kowal. Ésta es su sinopsis:
The fantasy novel you've always wished Jane Austen had written

Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meetsJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane's skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody's suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

Novedad y oferta: The Death House, de Sarah Pinborough

Mañana se pone a la venta The Death House, de Sarah Pinborough. Como oferta de lanzamiento, el libro se podrá adquirir durante los próximos siete días en formato electrónico por 2,49€ (Amazon ES, Kobo).

Ésta es la sinopsis de la novela:
This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.

Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.

Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.