jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Novedad: The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, de Margaret Killjoy

Ya está a la venta The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, de Margaret Killjoy, la nueva entrega de la colección de novelas cortas de Tor.com.

Esta es su sinopsis:

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy pits utopian anarchists against rogue demon deer in this dropkick-in-the-mouth punk fantasy that Alan Moore calls "scary and energetic." 
Searching for clues about her best friend’s mysterious suicide, Danielle ventures to the squatter, utopian town of Freedom, Iowa, and witnesses a protector spirit — in the form of a blood-red, three-antlered deer — begin to turn on its summoners. She and her new friends have to act fast if they’re going to save the town — or get out alive.

miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

Void Star, de Zachary Mason

Banda sonora de la reseña: Sugiero leer esta reseña escuchando Paranoid Android, de Radiohead (Spotify, YouTube).

Void Star, la segunda novela de Zachary Mason, es uno de los libros que más se han estado comentando en lo que va de año en los foros de ciencia ficción en inglés que frecuento. Comparaciones con William Gibson, referencias a su nivel especulativo, cierta polémica con el estilo elegido por el autor... Era imposible resistirse a probar esta novela, sobre todo después de saber que su autor es un investigador en inteligencia artificial.

Y es cierto que Void Star tiene algunas virtudes innegables que justifican, en parte, la buena publicidad que está recibiendo. La elección de los tres personajes principales, Irina, Kern y Thales, es de lo más adecuada. Cada uno de ellos tiene una voz propia y nos ofrece una perspectiva muy diferente del futuro cercano en el que se desarrolla la acción de la novela. La narración en capítulos alternos, al más puro estilo de la CF británica moderna, nos va dejando ver (adivinar quizá sería una palabra más adecuada) la relación entre ellos y la presencia de fuerzas externas ante los que son poco más que peones. 

También me ha parecido muy interesante la pequeña vuelta de tuerca que Mason le da a un género tan manido como el cyberpunk. La idea de que las IAs se han vuelto tan complicadas que se necesitan intermediarios como Irina para comunicarse con ellas, la obsesión con la inmortalidad y con construir artefactos que duren un millón de años, la evolución de la tecnología impulsada por la propia tecnología... Son pequeños detalles de gran brillantez que poco a poco se acumulan para conformar un worldbuilding que sin ser del todo original sí que presenta una marcada personalidad en la que hay espacio para homenajes a autores como Gibson o Stephenson.

Por desgracia, estos aspectos positivos no son suficientes para paliar los defectos de la novela, que son bastante evidentes. Por un lado, el libro es excesivamente largo, algo que se agrava por el lentísimo ritmo de casi todas sus escenas. Hay multitud de capítulos que podrían haber sido eliminados completamente, puesto que ni hacen avanzar la trama ni desarrollan a los personajes. Como resultado, el libro es tedioso en muchos momentos y apenas consigue crear momentos de tensión (aunque, en ocasiones, lo intenta con bastante ahínco).

A todo esto se une el que, para mí, es el principal problema de Void Star: el estilo adoptado por su autor.  Podría intentar describirlo con algún término inventado, post-cyberpunk literario o algo así, pero es mejor simplemente citar el primer párrafo de la novela para que veáis directamente a qué me refiero:
Below her are the lights of the valley, like burning jewels on a dark tide. The Bay is a negative space around them, its leaden ripples picked out in the moonlight. There is, Irina realizes, a pattern in the flawed latticework of lights, something deeper than the incidental geometry of buildings and streetlight, to which the city has, unwitting, conformed itself, and, with this revelation, what she had taken for single lights expand into constellations, and each of their lights is a constellation in itself, luminescent forms in an endless descent, and the city is like a nebula, radiant with meaning, and this is how she finally knows she's dreaming.
En el libro se alternan pasajes como este, de ejecución bastante torpe, en mi opinión, con otros de una monotonía soporífera y en los que Mason parece renunciar por completo a cualquier intento de escribir frases con un mínimo sentido del ritmo o de la musicalidad (algo que se hace aún más notorio cuando se escucha la versión en audiolibro). Por ejemplo, tres párrafos después de lo anterior uno se encuentra con esto:   
The plane banks and she comes fully awake. A loudspeaker offers muffled advice that she automatically ignores. Out the window she sees the imbricated panels of the wing shift slightly, the airflow whitely visible. (...) She feels lighter, now; she is descending.
El repetitivo abuso de los pronombres como "she" no es exclusivo de este extracto, sino que, por desgracia, es un factor común a toda la novela, al igual que el uso de frases de casi idéntica longitud y estructura, algo que llega a resultar hasta molesto y que a mí, particularmente, me sacó constantemente de la lectura. Una decisión que no sé si ha sido intencionada, pero que me parece a todas luces equivocada. 

Por todo ello, y pese a sus momentos brillantes, no puedo recomendar Void Star. Se trata de una novela con buenas materias primas, con buenas ideas y planteamientos interesantes, pero lastrada por una ejecución que no da la talla. Una pena.   

martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

Novedad: The Stone Sky, de N.K. Jemisin

Hoy se pone a la venta The Stone Sky, de N.K. Jemisin, la esperada conclusión de la trilogía que comenzó con The Fifth Season y The Obelisk Gate

Esta es su sinopsis:
The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo Award-winning The Fifth Season 
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. 
Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every outcast child can grow up safe. 
For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Vídeo: Presentación de Dados cargados y Los archivos secretos de Sherlock Holmes en el Celsius 2017

La grabación de hoy corresponde a la presentación en el Celsius 2017 de dos libros de Rodolfo Martínez: Dados cargados y Los archivos perdidos de Sherlock Holmes. Tuve el placer de participar en ella junto al autor y Elia Barceló. 

¡Que la disfrutéis!


domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Novedad: System, de Eric Brown

Ya está a la venta System, de Eric Brown, la segunda parte de Binary. Ambas obras se han publicado también en una edición conjunta llamada Binary System

Esta son sus sinopsis:

System
Stranded on a hostile alien world thousands of light years from Earth, Delia Kent has no hope of ever seeing her homeworld again... and little chance of surviving the attentions of the evil locust-like aliens known as the Skelt. 
Having escaped from the Skelt and made her way halfway across the planet to meet up with other survivors from Earth, now she and her companions – accompanied by a friendly chimpanzee-like
Binary System (incluye Binary y System)
SURVIVAL IS ALL IN THE MIND 
A downed terraforming ship. An ice planet. A hostile alien race. Delia Kemp has had better expeditions. 
Stranded, alone and hunted by the native Skelt for her scientific knowledge, Delia is chased across the undiscovered world of Valinda as its long winter comes to an end and a blistering summer approaches.

Strange new companions, phantasmagorical landscapes, and a death-defying dash across Valinda’s fiery equator lead Delia ever close to the valley of Mahkanda – where salvation just might be waiting…

sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

Novedad: Black Thorne, de Stina Leicht

Saga Press ha puesto a la venta Blackthorne, el segundo libro de la serie The Malorum Gates, de Stina Leicht. Esta es su sinopsis:
In this sweeping sequel to the critically acclaimed Cold Iron—which NPR Books raved, “reminded me, pleasurably, of Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice series”—the Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves. 
The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night. 
Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea. 
There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation—a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.

viernes, 11 de agosto de 2017

Ganadores de los Premios Hugo 2017

Se acaban de anunciar los ganadores de los Premios Hugo 2017. Podéis verlos a continuación, en negrita, junto con el resto de nominados:

Mejor novela 


  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
  • The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Mejor novela corta 

  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
  • A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Mejor relato

  • Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
  • “The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan (Tor.com, July 2016)
  • “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” by Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing, May 2016)
  • “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
  • “Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Mejor relato corto

  • “The City Born Great” by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
  • “That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
  • “An Unimaginable Light” by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Mejor obra relacionada

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
  • Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
  • The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
  • “The Women of Harry Potter” posts by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
  • Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Mejor historia gráfica

  • Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
  • Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
  • The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

Mejor presentación dramática - Forma larga

  • Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
  • Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)
  • Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
  • Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
  • Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)

Mejor presentación dramática - Forma corta

  • Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
  • Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
  • Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
  • Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

Mejor editor - Forma corta

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Mejor editor - Forma larga

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Mejor artista profesional

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Chris McGrath
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Mejor semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
  • GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Mejor fanzine

  • “Castalia House Blog”, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • “Journey Planet”, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
  • “Lady Business”, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • “nerds of a feather, flock together”, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • “Rocket Stack Rank”, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • “SF Bluestocking”, edited by Bridget McKinney

Mejor fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
  • The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist
  • Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Mejor escritor aficionado

  • Mike Glyer
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Chuck Tingle

Mejor artista aficionado

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Elizabeth Leggett
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Mejor serie

  • The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
  • The Expanse by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • The October Daye Books by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
  • The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
  • The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
  • The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Premio John W. Campbell al mejor escritor novel
  • Sarah Gailey (2nd year of eligibility)
  • J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
  • Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
  • Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)