Well, bah. I’m late to the party for Descender, but not too late to get in on the ground floor of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s continuation in the upcoming series, Ascender. The original series centered on Tim-21, a robot who lived in a galaxy where androids were illegal and humans hunted them. The new series carries over a few characters from the previous series, along with introducing new ones, but with a fantasy twist.
The following is an interview with author John Hemry (a.k.a. Jack Campbell), known for his work on The Lost Fleet, The Lost Stars, and The Genesis Fleet series. In this interview, Fanbase Press Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with Hemry about the inspiration behind his novels, his creative process and approach to writing, and more!
I still remember reading The Handmaid's Tale novel by Ms. Atwood when I was a teenager. It was a horrifying look at a future that, at that time, I felt was little more than a fantasy. Too young to understand the implications of a government based on theonomy (a hypothetical Christian form of government in which society is ruled by divine law), it resonates even more so today as we now face religious extremism in our daily lives. (I made my mother read it back then, and I’m not sure she appreciated it.)
Odie, a fluffy-butt Corgi with attitude and heart, is back for an all-new adventure. After another successful Kickstarter campaign, the PDFs have been sent out, and the print version should be out soon. For those of you who missed the first issue, Odie is about an elderly Corgi who gets lost and finds his way home, only to discover his owners have gotten a new puppy they have named Cujo. Oh no!
I first learned about author Rebecca Roanhorse while I was vending at WorldCon 76 last year. (She won the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer.) I didn’t get a chance to meet her (though GRRM wandered by the table a few times); however, I did make a point to add her book to my Christmas list and was not disappointed.
In my ever-expanding quest to increase my knowledge of American history, I was intrigued when the graphic novel, The Life of Frederick Douglass, became available for review. Frederick Douglass is an iconic and almost mythological figure in our history and one whose personal life and story I knew very little of. Fortunately for us, Damon Walker has written an engrossing and informative biography which includes original photographs of Mr. Douglass as part of the bonus material.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never read Michael Moorcock’s books. I’ve read almost every other fantasy writer, but, for some reason, I never got around to him. As I bow my head in shame, I can say that I finally know what has fascinated readers about the sword, Stormbringer, and the White Wolf (a.k.a. Elric of Melniboné). Like all heroes (or anti-heroes), they carry a burden far greater than any of us could bear.
The following is an interview with author Shelley Adina (a.k.a. Adina Senft), known for her work on the Magnificent Devices Series and the upcoming novel, Selwyn Place. In this interview, Fanbase Press Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with Adina about the inspiration behind her novels, her creative process and approach to writing, and more!
The following is an interview with Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove, known for his work on Down in the Bottomlands, How Few Remain, and The Gladiator. In this interview, Fanbase Press Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with Turtledove about the inspiration behind his novels, his creative process and approach to writing, and more!
I’ve been a Jack Campbell (a pseudonym for John Hemry) fan for quite a while. I discovered his Lost Fleet military space-faring novels while perusing Amazon, and I read through them as fast as I could get them. My husband got hooked, as well, as Campbell is one of the few military sci-fi writers who depict space battles accurately - meaning that space is a big place, and it takes a long time for messages and images to arrive, as well as using the three dimensions of space in battle strategy. What I like best about him is that he is living proof that a solid professional writer can get better – a lot better. You can see the improvement in The Lost Stars and The Genesis Fleet series.