May 6
2015

Jay Lake and Elizabeth Bear are 2015 Locus Award finalists!

Congratulations to Jay Lake and Elizabeth Bear on being included among the 2015 Locus Award finalists!

FANTASY NOVEL
Steles of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)

NOVELETTE
“The Hand Is Quicker,” Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Silverberg)

SHORT STORY
“Covenant,” Elizabeth Bear (Hieroglyph)

COLLECTION
Last Plane to Heaven, Jay Lake (Tor)

Mar 10
2015

2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear (plus some of her short fiction). Also on the list is Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection by Jay Lake, as well as several stories by Yoon Ha Lee.

Mar 8
2015

NPR on Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

“Bear is paying homage to the dime novels of the era, forerunners of pulp fiction packed with larger-than-life heroes, scheming villains, and gritty action. But she’s subtly subverting this tradition, just as much as she’s giving steampunk a gentle, loving twist. An African-American marshal and a transgender prostitute are just two members of the book’s diverse cast, and it’s clear that Bear is making a point about the way history, like literary subgenres, can steamroll over anyone who falls outside the norm. She makes that point engagingly and effortlessly. Karen Memory breezes by at a leisurely pace, a bracing yet charming adventure yarn that never feels forced, despite the brassy confidence of its delivery.” — NPR.org

Feb 12
2015

Locus on Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

“Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can’t imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.” — Locus

Dec 22
2014

Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory is a RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory is a book that gets going right away and never stops. Surreally captivating, Bear’s latest melds the genres of steampunk, fantasy, adventure and dime-store western together perfectly, thanks mostly to the charming voice of the protagonist. Karen’s rough edges and obviously wicked intelligence are highlighted by nuanced details that establish her already likable voice as even more relatable; her charming (self-taught) misuse of phrases and terminology, and reflexive bravery and morality are just a few examples in this fantastic read.

Summary: Karen Memory is a seamstress — she’s been trained on the Singer machines sitting in the parlor of the Hôtel Mon Cherie — and she’s one of the best seamstresses in town. She works hard to service her clients, and pays her dues. But a girl knows when something’s wrong, and girls falling down at her doorstep practically torn to bits, followed by evil men with mind-control machines trying to capture them is just wrong. And Karen’s not about to let that happen, not while she’s around. — RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! 4 1/2 stars

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