Jun 17

review of Elizabeth Bear’s Ink and Steel from Library Journal

“Elizabeth I rules England in the “iron world” of humanity; the other realm, of Faerie, claims Queen Mab as monarch. Both worlds exist in symbiosis, but each world is threatened by treachery from within. When Elizabeth’s personal spy, poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, is murdered, his ability to weave sustaining magics into his plays is lost. His replacement, rival William Shakespeare, possesses talent but lacks magic. In order to save England, Faerie intervenes, raising Marlowe as Mab’s servant — and Shakespeare’s teacher. The latest installment in Bear’s historical fantasy series featuring an Earth infused with magic as well as machinery both explores the fertile literary movements of the Elizabethan era and reveals the origins of the Promethean age. The author’s mastery of period detail and her ability to interweave literature and politics while bringing to life some of history’s most beloved and problematic characters make this a welcome addition to any library.

Novels of the Promethean Age:
Blood and Iron (June 2006)
Whiskey and Water (July 2007)
Ink and Steel (July 2008)
Hell and Earth (August 2008)

Jun 11

Theodore Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists announced

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear for her story “Tideline” (Asimov’s, June 2007) – a finalist for the Sturgeon, for best science fiction story of the year.

Congratulations to Jay Lake for his book, Mainspring – a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial, for best science fiction novel of the year (this is not the same as the Campbell-not-a-Hugo award at Worldcon).

You are both keeping some might fine company!

May 19

Elizabeth Bear’s new Promethean novel garners starred review in PW

Ink and Steel: A Novel of the Promethean Age
Elizabeth Bear. Roc, $14 paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-451-46209-1

Campbell-winner Bear reveals the secret war between fae and the Elizabethan court in this dramatic prequel to Blood and Iron and Whiskey and Water. Framed with the intrigues of queens and courtiers, the story focuses on the mutual respect and growing love of Kit Marley (aka Christopher Marlowe) and Will Shakespeare. As Morgan le Fey rescues Kit from assassins, various factions recruit Will to bolster their political machinations with the magic of poetry. Kit pulls Will into Faerie and both are forced to face their own deepest desires and fears, which cannot be resolved until they deal with a power even higher than mortal Queen Elizabeth or fae Queen Mab. Copious quotes and intelligent speculation about their lives and works mark this sensitive and sensual look at the two supreme playwrights of the English Renaissance. The story’s second half, Hell and Earth, is due out in August. (July) — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Apr 24

2008 Locus Award Finalists

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear for her story “Tideline” (Asimov’s April/May 2007) – a finalist in the short story category.

Chalcedony wasn’t built for crying. She didn’t have it in her, not unless her tears were cold tapered glass droplets annealed by the inferno heat that had crippled her.

Such tears as that might slide down her skin over melted sensors to plink unfeeling on the sand. And if they had, she would have scooped them up, with all the other battered pretties, and added them to the wealth of trash jewels that swung from the nets reinforcing her battered carapace.

You can see the rest of the finalists here.

Apr 22

Romantic Times Awards

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette for winning the 2007 Reviewers’ Choice Award in the fantasy category for A Companion to Wolves.

Patricia Rosemoor collected both the Reviewers’ Choice Award for the series intrigue category – for Wolf Moon – as well as a Career Achievement Award for her contribution to romantic adventure.

To top it off, Jim Butcher scored a Career Achievement Award in the contemporary category for his urban fantasy work with the Dresden Files Series. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)

See all the winners here.

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