The February Roll-Your-Own Review Poll is closed and we have our three winners! Congrats to Alix, Rhonda and Nadine and thanks to everyone for all the great reviews! Our winners will find an Amazon.com gift card waiting for them in their email inbox for $25, $15 and $10 respectively.
This is Alix’s second 1st place win – congrats to her! We also had a tie for 3rd place between Nadine and Stephen Poltz for his review of Down Below Station but the tie breaking vote went to Nadine. Better luck next time, Stephen. I have no doubt you’ll be in the running again!
A look at the stats shows us that the RYO is still going strong with a nice jump in all areas except for the number of challenges. I’m going to post a new challenge in April that I think will be a lot of fun. It’s going to be interesting to see how many people can find time for yet another challenge but it will be a short one so I’m hoping to lure out a few adventurous souls.
This contest ended yesterday but I was out of town and couldn’t make the announcement until now. Anyway, we’ve just had our re-tweet contest prize drawing for Miles Cameron‘s The Red Knight and The Fell Sword, books one and two of his Traitor Son Cycle from Orbit!
There were 204 entries for the contest and here are our 5 random winners:
Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention The Fell Sword in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
Our thanks to Orbit and Miles Cameron for the excellent contest and to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep an eye open!
The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel for 2014 were announced earlier this week. They are:
- God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
- Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
- The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
- The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)
The winner will be announced on Thursday May 1st at an exclusive award ceremony held at the Royal Society, London, and taking place as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. The winner will be presented with a check for £2014.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend. See the official press release for more details.
Ancillary Justice keeps rolling along, garnering a 4th award nom with God’s War just behind with 3 noms to it’s credit. So what do you think of this list? Any surprises for you? Which is your pick to win?
Glenn Hough (gallyangel) is a nonpracticing futurist, an anime and manga otaku, and is almost obsessive about finishing several of the lists tracked on WWEnd. In this series on Fantasy Manga Glenn will provide an overview of the medium and the place of fantasy within it.
Tite Kubo, as a mangaka, is prolific. Bleach debuted in August of 2001. As of this writing, chapter 573 is due out this week. That’s about 63 takubon worth of material. That’s quite the pace for a weekly series since I’m sure he did have some time off during the last ten plus years. Bleach has probably made Kubo a Billionaire many times over. (A billion Yen. The quick and dirty conversion for Yen to Dollars is to move the decimal two places to the left so ¥1,000,000,000 equals $10,000,000. One Yen is like one Cent.)
This is what VIZ says about Bleach, Vol. 1:
Strawberry and the Soul Reapers
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia–who is slowly regaining her powers–it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
So I guess it’s obvious we’re pretty far behind on getting this review poll started. My apologies for being so tardy but, in my own defense, I was on vacation this month and there have been over 200 reviews. You guys are not making this easy! Anywho, here are 16 great reviews that we featured in the blog from February. Your job is to read through them and pick your top three. In an effort to catch up we’re going to run a short poll so you only have until next Friday, the 28th to vote so don’t delay!
- We by Yevgeny Zamyatin – Charles Dee Mitchell (charlesdee)
- Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem – Rhonda Knight (RhondaK101)
- Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein – Scott Lazerus (Scott Laz)
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf – Rae McCausland (ParallelWorlds)
- The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe – Barry F. (bazhsw)
- The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin – Allie McCarn (Allie)
- Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak – Megan AM (couchtomoon)
- The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett – Beth Besse (Badseedgirl)
- Changeless by Gail Carriger – Clare Fitzgerald (thecynicalromantic)
- Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear – Nadine Gemeinböck (Linguana)
- Astra by Naomi Foyle – Val (valashain)
- Titan by John Varley – Tiara W. (digitaltempest)
- Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress – Sue Bricknell (SueCCCP)
- An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock – Wendy B. (nightxade)
- Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh – Stephen Poltz (spoltz)
- Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente – Alix Heintzman (AlixHeintzman)
There are 3 prizes awarded each month for the best reviews: $25, $15 and $10 Amazon.com gift cards. Voting is open to all WWEnders not just those taking part in the RYO.
Thanks and good luck to all our reviewers!
Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Talus and the Frozen King in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
Our thanks to Solaris and Graham Edwards for the excellent contest and to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep one eye open!
To celebrate the release of Miles Cameron‘s new book, The Fell Sword, the folks at Orbit have asked us to help them give out some autographed books. And, since this is the second book in the Traitor Son Cycle, they upped the ante by throwing in the first book as well. That’s right we have five copies of The Fell Sword AND The Red Knight up for grabs! Pretty schweet, huh?
One caveat: This contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. If you are an UhMerican or a Canuck all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) March 19, 2014
…or comment here in the blog to enter the contest. Do both and double your chances! It’s about as easy as we can make it. We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce the winners next Wednesday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.
The Fell Sword
Loyalty costs money.
Betrayal, on the other hand, is free.
When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand – and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But The Red Knight has a plan.
The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time – especially when intends to be victorious on them all?
Our thanks to Orbit and Miles Cameron for sponsoring the contest and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won!
I read the first few chapters of this novella as an act of faith, because Valente has earned my trust as a reader, and because Silently and Very Fast has an award and nomination list long enough to be its own short story (it won the Locus Award for Best Novella, and was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards). So I waded through dense cyber-fairytale imagery on the assumption that it would resolve itself into a story. It did. A very, very good one.
It’s difficult to find the beginning of Silently and Very Fast; it’s one of those Ouroboros stories which loops and curls until it’s eating its own tail. At some point, it becomes clear that your narrator is Elefsis, a self-aware program that lives in the consciousness of the Uoya-Agostino family in a future version of Hokkaido. Elefsis is passed down through the generations in a surgically-implanted jewel, and each human mind she lives in teaches her more about emotion, humanity, creation, and symbolic representation. When the book begins, Elefsis has just been hastily transferred to a woman named Neva — the last surviving member of the family. Neva is tense and unhappy to be saddled with the family heirloom, and she keeps secrets tucked away in their shared dreamscape. Elefsis mines their internal consciousness (the Interior), and discovers more about the world outside them and her place in it.