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Noch ’ne Lesetour: Kai Meyer unterwegs

51H8nUjzLhL._SS500_Eben sehe ich, dass auch Kai Meyer auf Lesereise geht, allerdings schon Ende des Monats. Aus seinem neuen Roman „Wunschkrieg – Die Sturmkönige 2“ wird er an den folgenden Orten lesen:

Gütersloh – 25. Mai 2009, 19:15 Uhr in der Mayer’schen Buchhandlung Osthus, Königstr. 4

Alfeld – 26. Mai 2009 , 19:30 Uhr im Fagus Grecon Werk, Hannoversche Straße

Berlin – 27. Mai 2009, 19 Uhr im Lichtburg Forum, Behmstr. 13

Köln – 28. Mai 2009, 20:15 in der Mayer’schen Buchhandlung, Schildergasse 31-37

Trier – 29. Mai 2009, 20:15 Uhr in der Buchhandlung Interbook Mayer’sche, Kornmarkt 3

Hmmm, Köln…. Heimspiel. Mal sehen, ob sich da was machen lässt.


Grüezi, Markus Heitz!

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Nach den Patrick-Rothfuss-Tagen heute mal eine Meldung zu einem anderen Autor: Markus Heitz. Meister Mahet setzt seine Lesereise fort und fährt mit seinem neuen Buch „Die Legenden der Albae – Gerechter Zorn“ in die Schweiz. Die Orte und Termine:

Bern – Montag, 8. Juni 2009, 20 Uhr in der Buchhandlung Stauffacher, Neuengasse 25-37

Brig – Dienstag, 9. Juni 2009, 20 Uhr im Alfred-Grünwald-Saal, Schlossstr. 30

Schaffhausen – Mittwoch, 10 Juni 2009, 20 Uhr in der Thalia-Buchhandlung, Vordergasse 77.

Patrick Rothfuss in Amsterdam: Amuse œil

Bis ich alle Fotos sortiert und Pats ausführliche Antworten auf die Fragen der Bibliotheka-Phantastika-User abgetippt habe, gibt es hier schon mal einen kleinen Appetithappen. Das Foto ist im American Book Center entstanden und zeigt schon mal eine bestimmte Seite des Autors:

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Später mehr davon.

Frühlingsbücher 6: Chloe Healy, TOR UK

Der letzte Beitrag in Sachen phantastischer Frühjahrsliteratur kommt von Chloe Healy, Sprecherin von TOR UK:

city-and-the-city-fc„Spring 2009 is a hugely exciting time for Tor UK. The team here is relatively new; Editorial, Marketing and Publicity changed hands in 2008. We’ve brought lots of new energy and ideas to the table and plans are coming to fruition. We’ve just announced a partnership with one of the leading UK SF magazines, SciFiNow, to find the next Tor author. We’ll be asking UK-based readers to submit a full synopsis and the first three chapters of their Science Fiction or Fantasy novel and the judging panel will announce the winner of a publishing contract with Tor in November.

In other news, six Tor authors were dominating the literature events programme at this year’s Sci-Fi-London festival (29 April – 4 May). China Miéville, Tony Ballantyne, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Liz Williams, Mark Charan Newton and Charles Stross all have been discussing their latest works alongside SF luminaries Stephen Hunt, Joe Abercrombie, Nick Harkaway and Stephen Deas. Look out for video footage of the events on and

We’re also celebrating John Scalzi’s Hugo award nomination for Zoe’s Tale and the acquisition of three more books in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s brilliant ‘Shadows of the Apt’ series.


Spring publishing highlights include the much anticipated new novel from China Miéville, The City & The City (May 2009). It’s a bold new direction for China; a speculative fantasy novel within the structure of a police procedural crime mystery. Early review coverage deems it ‘head and shoulders above most of its peers in the genre‘. It will doubtless be one of the very best speculative fiction titles of 2009’ Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist.

June sees the publication of a stunning debut, Nights of Villjamur, from a promising name to watch in British fantasy: Mark Charan Newton. And in July we’ll be celebrating a new novel from Alan Campbell, God of Clocks, volume three of the Deepgate Codex.

Further treats to look forward to later in the year include new novels from Adrian Tchaikovsky, Neal Asher and Gary Gibson. You can keep up to date with goings in Spring and beyond at“

Frühlingsbücher 5: Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot Books

Heute schreibt Marc Gascoigne, Publishing Director bei Angry Robot, dem neuen HarperCollins-Ableger, über das erste Programm des jungen Verlages:

greyred_on_black_10cm_72dp„As Spring rapidly threatens to turn into Summer, a pesky voice in the Angry Robot office keeps counting down just how long it is till we launch. The voice belongs to Lee Harris, AR’s inimitable assistant editor, and today he said the terrifying words, „Nine weeks!“ In that short time, our first titles will hit the stores in the UK (September in the US) and our mission to create a new imprint devoted to best in SF, F and WTF?! will be unveiled. Which means that, after months of passionate discussion and sinister plotting, we can unveil these beauties to the world at last:

MoxylandLauren Beukes
One of the premises behind Angry Robot is that we want to find books for what, for want of a better phrase, we’re calling „Post-YA“ readers. This near-future thriller is very much
in the mould of recent books by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross. It features a bunch of digital native young folks who don’t realise how much their lives depend upon being connected – to credit, communications, personal ID – until they find themselves disconnected. Very smart writing from a new South African writer who’s now spending her free time in refugee camps researching her next AR novel, about a shaman who will arise a few years from now to promise freedom to the stateless.

slights-72dpi-actual-187x300SlightsKaaron Warren
Everyone asks the question: Kaaron, you look like a perfectly pleasant mother and wife, so how the hell do you come out with these incredibly disturbing tales of everyday terror? We don’t know either, but we’re delighted and amazed that she does. From her temporary home in Fiji, Australian native Kaaron’s been attracting attention and awards in equal measure for her short fiction, but the incredible power of her writing in her debut novel is almost overwhelming. Using the now-familiar structure of a „misery memoir“, she explores life after death, the violence of grief and just what you’re meant to do when you realise that not only was your father a serial killer, you might be turning into one as well. The atmosphere of isolation and life out of kilter, of the rituals that her heroine Stevie creates to try to make sense of her life, has only one comparison point, that of The Wasp Factory. I think this book is more than worthy of standing next to that landmark. And dare I add, it’s just the first of three from Kaaron that we’re publishing.

Kell’s LegendAndy Remic
We’re releasing two books a month from our launch in July, so there are already close on a dozen Angry Robot babies I should be boosting to you here, but press me for just one more, and it’s got to be this explosive fantasy. Andy Remic has a reputation as the hardman of military SF thrillers, but when I discovered his first love was the epic heroic fantasy of David Gemmell it was obvious we had to help him explore that side of his writing further. Kell, the eponymous protagonist, is a fabulous creation, far from the hero he’s asked to be. And the bad guys? Let’s just say two words: clockwork vampires. Immense stuff, with great characters and incredible battle scenes. A fantasy trilogy with everything turned up to 11.

That’s just a taster of what’s wearing us out right now. But damn, this is such fun, and to be honest we keep chuckling maniacally as we contemplate all the reactions we’re going to get when our range hits the streets. If you’re interested, see for more. Must dash now. Got more nefarious plots to hatch.“

Frühlingsbücher 4: Philip Palmer

Memesis Virtualis today proudly presents:

Three books, by Philip Palmer

philip-palmer-author-of-debatable-space„Three strange worlds that have enchanted me recently are:  the eerie haunted Duma Key, in Florida; the murder-torn Jewish enclave of Alaska; and the far-future worlds of the Universe where humans once upon a time vanquished the Stargazer alien.

There are huge distances between these worlds, in terms of time, and place, and genre. That for me is one of the joys of reading; to enter a parallel universe conjured up in an author’s fevered mind.

The world of Duma Key, by Stephen King, is on the face of it, a real world. It’s a fictional location, but modelled on real places on Florida’s west coast. And the novel tells the story of a bluecollar millionaire Edgar Freemantle, who retires to Duma Key after an accident that has cost him an arm. But whilst there, Edgar is haunted by noises, and visions, a phantom ship, and some very scary ghosts. It’s a chilling novel with one foot in the world, one foot in nightmare, and one phantom fist in the reader’s face. King is a writer who is master of the thrilling evocation of people and place and period, and this 2008 bestseller shows no slackening of his storytelling skills.

And the book contains a shocking, thoughtful, painfully candid portrait of a man maimed in a vehicle accident – in a clear echo of King’s own experiences after a terrible car crash that left him seriously injured. From this shard of truth – a universe of mad imagining is created.

Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union is also astonishingly evocative. It conjures up the bizarre world of Jewish Alaska, where Yiddish is a second language and for many a first language,  and where shiksas and goyims are rare, and mensches do what mensches have to do. It is an uncanny, confident recreation of a world that never was, but which feels more real than reality.

In one parallel universe – ours! –  the Jews after World War II settled in Palestine, with sobering and long-lasting consequences for the Arab denizens. But in this different parallel universe, the Jews settled in Alaska – this was a real historical possibility, it just never happened – and although the Palestinians were thus spared a world of grief, these Jews of Alaska find that anti-Semitism will always deny them a homeland.

This bizarre, rich, funny, crazy novel is a rather good detective story; and a wonderful rich novel; and a truly great piece of alternative-history writing. I found myself inwardly raging,  ‘This is what so easily could have happened.’ And so the book packs a political punch, but  you have to think and mull a little before the punch lands.

In exhilarating contrast to this mainstream-novel-with-an-SF-conceit, Peter F. Hamilton’s The Dreaming Void is science fiction at its most science-fictiony. It’s a grand space opera, with amazing technology, ultradrive spaceships, post-life human beings living like angels in a computer hard drive, and a vast cast of characters. Hamilton nonchalantly picks up the strands of the story he concluded in his epic Commonwealth saga (Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained) and starts all over again with a brand new tale. Paula Myo features as a character! The Stargazer wars are referenced lovingly. And many loose story-ends are carefully tied up, with the true obsessive’s attention to detail.

And this new story takes us into a world where psychic dreamers are leading their people into a black hole (or is it a trans-dimensional reality?) called the Void – even though this may spell the end of the Universe. This is not a synopsis, it’s just a nod in the direction of the story. But it seems to me that Hamilton, one of the finest and cleverest writers in modern SF, does something magnificent here. He interweaves a host of rich and engrossing stories into a dense tapestry of tale that is closer to fantasy than science fiction in its tone and feel. And yet his mastery of SF concepts and far future technology is exhilarating, and persuasive.

Hamilton’s novel  – the first in a trilogy that will surely make his previous vast epics look like footnotes – blazes a brave trail in modern SFF. It is what I like to call ‘ampersand’ fiction – not SF/F but SF & F.  And his bold concepts, like the Silfen (able to walk between worlds) and the Void, and the Dreamer, and his wonderful evocation of the Void world where telepathy and ‘third hands’ are a matter of course, make his novel into a rich blend of myth, yarn, and rattling good tale.

I hope and pray the story’s eventual third book conclusion is as perfect and heart-stopping as the final page of this, Hamilton’s first in the epic series.“

Mehr Frühlingsbücher

img_2359Halbzeit bei den Frühlingsbüchern.

Nach Lou Anders, Jim C. Hines und John DeNardo geht es morgen weiter mit Philip Palmer. Sein Debütroman „Debatable Space“ erschien im Januar 2008 bei Orbit und schon im November desselben Jahres legte Heyne mit „Zone“ die deutsche Ausgabe vor. Palmers zweiter Roman „Red Claw“ kommt im Herbst in die Buchläden. Morgen schreibt der britische Autor, der hartnäckig über sein Alter schweigt, hier über die Bücher, die ihn in diesem Frühling beschäftigen.

Danach wird Marc Gascoigne, Verleger des neu gegründeten HarperCollins-Imprints Angry Robot, neue Bücher des eigenen Hauses empfehlen, gefolgt von Chloe Healy, die uns die neuesten SF- und Fantasytitel von TOR UK näherbringt.

Stay tuned.

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