The April-May issue of Asimov’s Magazine is now on sale at Barnes and Noble and other outlets, including Nook and Kindle ereaders. Along with many fine works of science fiction, plus editorials and book reviews, it contains Tom Purdom’s new novelette Warlord.
Warlord is the third novelette in a series, the others being Warfriends and Golva’s Ascent. The whole series is, in addition, a sequel to The Tree Lord of Imeten, a paperback sword-and-planet novel Ace published over forty years ago. So it’s a sequel to a sequel to a sequel. Tom says: “I’ve tried to write all of the stories so they can be read as stand-atones but I may not have succeeded. I should also warn potential readers that these stories contain scenes of violence and derring do that may not be acceptable to all temperaments.” Good enough for me, that.
Well, they must be protecting little 6-year-old Bobbie Joe or somebody from the awful awful, um, dots… See “NIPPLEGATE”
Seriously… This is BAD!
This is FINE.
Of course, you see the difference. Right?
My 1993 Nebula-Award-nominated novel, The Pure Cold Light, has returned in .mobi and .epub formats at Book View Cafe at $4.99 for your Nook, Kindle, or iPad. (It’ll appear later at Amazon and B&N, but why not support an independent online genre-wide bookstore?) I was somewhat taken aback in prepping it for ebook format how weirdly prescient was some of what I thought to be pure dark satire. This adultscience fiction thriller set mostly in a near-future or alternate Hieronymus-Boschian Philadelphia garnered a fair bit of praise its first time around:
“The Pure Cold Light delivers all that a thriller junkie could ask for (and) sounds like horror or magical realism but Frost’s prose is closer to Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash—hip, tough, and funny.”
-SFRA Review #214
“…read this one for it bizarre details, complex background, its extremity, and its humane sympathy for people caught up in a world where public betrayal is a daily fact and the best most can hope for is survival.”
-John Kessel, F&SF “Short Takes”
“[Frost] takes us over familiar territory, but does it expertly, and the destination…is unexpected.”
-Aboriginal Science Fiction
“Author Gregory Frost imagines a nightmarish future where the world is run by a drug-pushing, media-managing, government-corrupting multinational corporation…far out even by science-fiction standards.”