Friday, April 20, 2018

Spotlight - A Demon in Silver by R.S. Ford


Coming in June from Titan Books the start of the War of the the Archons trilogy  - A Demon in Silver by R.S. Ford.


A Demon in Silver
War of the Archons 1
Titan Books, June 12, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war.

When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields.

But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places… and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.





About R.S. Ford

R.S. Ford originally hails from Leeds in the heartland of Yorkshire but now resides in the wild fens of Cambridgeshire. His previous works include the raucous steampunk adventure, Kultus, and the grimdark fantasy trilogy, Steelhaven.




Digital Editions of Deadly Class On Sale


IMAGE COMICS CELEBRATES THE FORTHCOMING SYFY ADAPTATION OF DEADLY CLASS WITH DIGITAL EDITION FLASH SALES

PORTLAND, OR, 04/19/2018 — In celebration of SyFy Channel’s forthcoming TV series adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s bestselling DEADLY CLASS, Image Comics is pleased to announce Google Play and ComiXology digital sales going on now through Monday, April 23rd.

It’s back to school for fans of DEADLY CLASS! Stock up on digital editions of the bestselling series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig and binge-read the series before the forthcoming SyFy TV show airs. Bone up on this '80s punk-influenced story about a school for assassins—because at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

SyFy ordered DEADLY CLASS to pilot in September of last year, and Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott adapted the popular series for television. They will also serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Mike Larocca. Adam Targum from Chipmunk Hill also served as executive producer on the pilot, along with Lee Toland Krieger, who also directed. Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions will produce.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Nintendo Download, April 19, 2018: Ample Parking, Day or Night!


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Standard Edition – Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid. As the newest member of Coon and Friends, you must create your own superhero, build up your notoriety and use your superpowers to save South Park. Only then will Coon and Friends take their rightful place as the greatest team of superheroes ever assembled – and get the movie deal they so richly deserve. The game launches on April 24.

Nintendo eShop sales:

MMORPG Crusaders of Light - "Battle for Karanvale" Update



MMORPG Crusaders of Light Launches “Battle for Karanvale” Content Update

Update introduces global players to the city of Karanvale and its royal legacy, rare Mythic gear of unimaginable power, a new Assassin PvP mode and the Mad Laboratory dungeon raid

BRISBANE - Apr. 19, 2018 - NetEase Games (NASDAQ: NTES) today launched a new content update for its free-to-play, cross-platform MMORPG, Crusaders of Light, “Battle for Karanvale,” featuring a new city, a new tier of gear, a new PVP game mode and the most difficult team raid so far. Available on the App Store, Google Play, Facebook Gameroom, and Steam, Crusaders of Light features a gorgeous 3D fantasy world, a series of challenging dungeons, and epic 40-person raids. With Crusaders of Light, players can play cross-platform, continuing the same game and upleveling the same character, whether at home on their PC, or on the go via their mobile device.

Learn more about the “Battle of Karanvale” update in an all-new trailer: http://crusadersoflight.link/karanvale.


Download Crusaders of Light today from the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook Gameroom by visiting http://crusadersoflight.link/downloadnow, and from Steam at http://crusadersoflight.link/steam.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr Available June 5th



WARHAMMER 40,000: INQUISITOR - MARTYR
RELEASES JUNE 5

Lesquin, FRANCE - April 19, 2018 - Neocore and Bigben, along with Maximum Games, today announce a delay in the release of Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, previously planned for May 11th. In order to offer players the most seamless gaming experience possible, the game will be released simultaneously on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC on June 5th.

Neocore Games is a development studio based in Budapest whose expertise in Action-RPGs has previously been demonstrated, both on PC and consoles, in "The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing". The team has been working on Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr for three years. It's the very first Action-RPG set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

In Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, players control an Inquisitor in the Caligari Sector, a region infested with heretics, mutants, and Chaos Daemons. The game, playable in both solo and online cooperative mode with up to 4 players, lets players progress through a persistent universe via numerous missions with varied objectives. The player embodies one of three classes with complementary abilities, each one offering specific skills and varied customizable options. They'll fight across destructible environments which use a cover system that is unique in this type of game, and must survive battles that are both tactical and brutal.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists


This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced. The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 22, 2018.


Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award - 2018 Finalists

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-­story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas. It includes a Friday‐evening banquet where the annual Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are given; a Saturday round‐table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and other events.


Note: Clicking on a short story title will take you to that story online with the exception of the link to Greg Egan's story which takes you to a PDF.

Gideon Falls Issue 2 Rushed Back to Print


GIDEON FALLS FLIES OFF THE SHELVES

PORTLAND, OR, 04/18/2018 — The breakout hit, GIDEON FALLS, from the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man LoganNew York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, DESCENDER) and critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino—is being rushed back to print. Issue #2 of the horror/mystery series is flying off shelves and is slated to go back to print in order to keep up with the frenzied customer demand.

In GIDEON FALLS #2, the mysteries of the “Black Barn” heighten as the reclusive Norton begins to unravel new clues just as a murder spree breaks out in the town of Gideon Falls. But how is it all connected?! The puzzle pieces begin to fall.

GIDEON FALLS is a series that explores the lives of a solitary young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets. At the heart of the town’s secrets is the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

GIDEON FALLS #2 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

GIDEON FALLS #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR188168) will be available on Wednesday, May 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 23rd.



ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Mansions of Madness Coming to Steam in 2019


Asmodee Digital Announces the First Video Game Based on Mansions of Madness Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games’ Lovecraft-inspired board game gets a stand-alone adventure game early 2019

PARIS -- April 17, 2018 -- Asmodee Digital, the industry leader in digital board games, announced today that it will publish a brand-new adventure game based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Mansions of Madness, an award-winning board game celebrated for its high production values, Lovecraft-inspired art, and unique fusion of physical and digital gameplay mechanics. Developed by Luckyhammers, the Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace video game is the next evolution of the iconic game and is scheduled to hit Steam (PC/Mac) early 2019.

In Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, players will lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion while uncovering its dark secrets. Everything is not what it seems as the investigators encounter traps, monsters, and other Lovecraftian horrors, and descend deeper into the depths of madness. Will your team solve the mystery and make it out alive?

SEGA Revives SEGA AGES on the Nintendo Switch™!


An Early Look at the First Five Titles in the Lineup

IRVINE, Calif. - April 16, 2018 - SEGA of America announced today that SEGA AGES, the original series that brought classic games to modern consoles, is being rebooted for Nintendo Switch™. This series of retro titles will be launching in Japan, North America, and Europe starting in Summer 2018.


The first five SEGA AGES titles have been announced, including such notable games as the Sega Master System versions of Phantasy Star and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sega Genesis versions of Thunder Force IV and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as a port of the original arcade version of Gain Ground. This collection will mark the first time that several SEGA titles have had official launches in the West. Stay tuned for the first batch of SEGA AGES releases, coming Summer 2018.


About SEGA AGES:

SEGA AGES is a series of classic SEGA titles being released on the Nintendo Switch™. Developed by M2, the Japanese developer known for high-quality ports of classic games such as the popular SEGA 3D Classics series on the Nintendo 3DS™, SEGA AGES aims to bring prominent titles from SEGA's legacy catalog to fans around the world. From a selection of home console classics, to a multitude of perfectly-emulated arcade games, SEGA AGES gives fans the ability to build their own retro SEGA collection unlike any other.

SEGA AGES originally debuted as SEGA Ages Vol. 1 Shukudai ga Tant-R, a compilation of enhanced arcade ports of Puzzle & Action: Tant-R and Quiz Shukudai wo Wasuremashita, released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 in Japan. Over time, the SEGA Ages series grew to encompass enhanced ports of dozens of games across multiple systems. The series also made an appearance in the West with SEGA Ages: Volume 1, a collection of enhanced ports of Space Harrier, OutRun, and After Burner II, released in 1997 on the Sega Saturn. Now, SEGA AGES is being rebooted on the Nintendo Switch™, delivering the most faithful ports of Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and arcade games for the current generation. As you would expect from the retro geniuses at M2, these games will stay true to their original forms while incorporating new features that bring a refreshing twist to these classic titles' gameplay.


About SEGA® of America, Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's website is located at www.sega.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Charlie Jane Anders (2016)

Rock Manning Goes for Broke
Subterranean Press, September 30, 2018
Hardcover, 128 pages

Vikings vs. Steampunks! Ice cream sundae hearse disasters! Roman gladiators meet vacuum-cleaner salesmen! Inappropriate uses of exercise equipment and supermarket trolleys! Unsupervised fires, and reckless destruction of public property! Nothing is off limits.

Rock Manning lives and breathes slapstick comedy, and his whole life is an elaborate tribute to the masters, like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan. With his best friend, Sally Hamster, he creates joyfully chaotic short movies that are full of mayhem and silliness.

But Rock and Sally are becoming famous at a time of unrest, when America's economy has collapsed and people are taking refuge in highly addictive drugs. America's youth are being drafted to take part in endless wars against imaginary enemies overseas, while at home, a fascist militia known as the Red Bandanas is rising to power. As America becomes more mired in violence and destruction, Rock Manning's zany comedy films become the escapist fun that everybody needs.

Over-the-top physical comedy and real-life brutality collide, as Rock and Sally find themselves unable to avoid getting sucked into the slow implosion of their country. The Red Bandanas want Rock Manning to star in propaganda films promoting their movement, and soon Rock and Sally are at the center of the struggle for the soul of America. The trauma and death that Rock witnesses begin to take a toll on him.

When a botched weapon test plunges the world into deeper chaos, Rock and Sally must confront once and for all the outer limits of comedy.





Seth Dickinson (2015)

The Monster Baru Comorant
The Masquerade 2
Tor Books, October 30, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 464 Pages

A breathtaking geopolitical epic fantasy, The Monster Baru Cormorant is the sequel to Seth Dickinson's "fascinating tale" (The Washington Post), The Traitor Baru Cormorant.

Baru Cormorant's world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. To exact her revenge, she has clawed her way up razor-edged rungs of betrayal, sacrifice, and compromise, becoming the very thing she seeks to destroy.

Now she strides in the Masquerade's halls of power. To save the world, she must tear it asunder...and with it, all that remains of her soul.


Book 1





Vic James (2017)

Bright Ruin
Dark Gifts 3
Del Rey, October 9, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

As the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City concludes, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken.

MAGIC RUINS. WE RISE.

The rules are simple, the system cruel: the lower classes must give ten years in service to Britain’s powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation.

At the center of it all are two ordinary siblings: Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi was once their servant—and now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim—but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine.

Staking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke, and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates—and change everything. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.

What price would you pay for freedom?


Book 1
Book 2