In just a week and a half, three books by authors in the same writers group will be released not just in the same month, or even the same week, but on the very same day. Steve Bein, Ken Liu, and I are all members of the Codex Writers Group, and as luck would have it, our books are all coming out on April 7, one from Roc, one from Pyr, and one from Saga Press, the new F&SF imprint of Simon and Schuster.
This brings out a very cool thing about the community of science fiction authors: we’re all on the same side. One might think that, with books coming out the same day, Steve and Ken and I would be competing with each other, vying to get our book noticed more than the other guy’s. After all, when you walk into a bookstore, you don’t often walk out with three books, right? But it’s not like that. I’d love for you to buy Ken’s book or Steve’s, and they would be glad to see you buy mine. It’s what this community is like. I’ve seen countless older, successful authors share their time and experience with younger up-and-comings, though it has no practical benefit. They do it because when they were young, older authors did it for them. So check out all three of these books (descriptions below the pictures) and buy whichever one you like. (And, you know, two or three copies of mine…)
Disciple of the Wind
When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn’t have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator—an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge, as well as her best chance of fighting back.
Left on her own, and armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind. But going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate known as the Wind. For centuries, they have controlled Japanese politics from the shadows, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends—relics like Mariko’s own sword and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Now the Wind is set on acquiring Mariko.
Mariko is left with a perilous choice: Join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her….
Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker…apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.
As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.
The Grace of Kings
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.