Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died
May 26, 2015 4:00 PM ET
British science-fiction and fantasy writer Tanith Lee has died, according to her publisher. Lee, 67, was a prolific author who also worked in radio and television; her dozens of books include Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master — the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series.
The writer's death was reported early Tuesday by the website Sci-Fi Bulletin and Tor.com, a website run by the publishing house. Her official website was updated Tuesday to show only the dates of her birth and death and a passage of text that includes the line, "Till the sky falls, and all things are flawless and need no words at all."
Lee "died peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2015 after a long illness," according to Locus magazine.
More details have not emerged; in 2010, Lee revealed she had been treated for breast cancer on at least two occasions.
At the time, she wrote, "So far though, I am clear, if losing lots of time back on the hospital-test-X ray carousel. I may, and could, flourish for years to come. But once more, I don't know how long I've got. As it says in the wonderful Blade Runner, 'Who does?' "
A highly decorated writer, Lee was nominated for two Nebula Awards, and many of her short stories, novels and anthologies were nominated for and/or won the World Fantasy Award. In 1980, Death's Master won the British Fantasy Society's August Derleth Award as the best novel of the genre.
Lee also wrote several children's books, including Piratica, and wrote two episodes of the British sci-fi TV series Blake's 7. Her book Don't Bite The Sun was nominated as a finalist for NPR's list of the 100 best science-fiction and fantasy books.
Lee's work ranged from tales set in historic Venice to vampire stories and re-imagined folklore. In other stories, she blended modern life with elements of horror and magic. Her books, and hundreds of short stories, came despite dyslexia, which delayed her reading. She told Locus magazine in 1998:
"When I started as a writer, I knew nothing about publishing — nothing about anything! I didn't learn to read until I was nearly eight. My father had to teach me. My mother used to tell me fairy stories, most of which she made up herself, which were wonderful — and many of which I've ripped off for things, subsequently! When I was nine, about a year after I learned how to read, I started to write."
Lee also told Locus about her unique handwriting style:
"I have to write longhand, and no one can read my writing, I have to type my own manuscripts, because I'm going almost in a zigzag, across and then down. (I don't write backwards, I've never been able to do that!) Fortunately, it's not like a circus trick where, when they try to work out how they did it, they're unable to do it. If I can't see something enough, I shut my eyes and look at it, and I don't feel I am writing — I'm there.
"I used to throw away my holograph manuscripts after I'd typed them, but I'm keeping a lot of them now, because obviously, at 50, I'm starting to think, if anyone ever is interested in me after I'm dead, they can look and see, 'My god, this woman was a maniac!' "
Lee is survived by her husband, John Kaiine, an artist and writer whose previous jobs included gravedigger.
Reprinted from NPR.
On a personal note, when Elsie Wollheim of DAW Books sent me her first book, THE BIRTHGRAVE, I realized I was reading the first of many, many more fantasy novels. There are also some science fiction, horror, alternate history, and re-imagined faery tales in her repertoire. One of the first BARYON quotes was used on her second book from DAW, VAZKOR, SON OF VAZKOR It was the first of many to appear on her titles. This is a great loss to the world and a very personal loss for me. Bright Blessings to Tanith on her new life in another realm.
A LITTLE FILM CLIP FOR YOU TODAY
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
I HOPE EVERYONE TAKES TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT MEMORIAL DAY IS FOR. I WILL ALSO BE HONORING THE VETERANS WHO NEVER CAME HOME, THE ONES WHO CAME HOME, AND THE ONES WHO CAME HOME BUT ARE STILL THERE IN A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL WAY. THEY ARE ALL MY BROTHERS. GOD BLESS EVERYONE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES THAT SUPPORTED YOU IN THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Classic fantasy with a contemporary edge, VEILED EMPIRE is a stand-alone novel that stands above the current output of the genre.
(e-original, on sale May 26)
The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.
But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him comes the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor’s reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.
Nathan Garrison’s VEILED EMPIRE throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only-just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in 1983, NATHAN GARRISON has been writing stories since his dad bought their first family computer. He grew up on tales of the fantastic. From Narnia and Middle-Earth to a galaxy far, far away, he has always harbored a love for things only imagination can conjure up. He counts it among the greatest joys of his life to be able to share the stories within him. He has two great boys and an awesome wife who is way more supportive of his writing efforts than he thinks he deserves. Besides writing, he loves playing guitar (the louder the better), cooking (the more bacon-y the better), playing board/video/card games with friends and family, and reveling in unadulterated geekery. VEILED EMPIRE is his first novel.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
More Kameron Hurley from Angry Robot Books
We're overjoyed that Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire, and newly announced finalist of the Locus Fantasy Novel Award, is releasing book three of the awesome Worldbreaker Saga, The Broken Heavens through Angry Robot Books.
Marc Gascoigne, Robot Overlord & Publisher, writes: “What is there left to say about Kameron Hurley that hasn’t already been captured in the swathes of rave reviews, Hugo Award acceptance speeches, think pieces and blog posts? Well, this: The Mirror Empire saw her burst from the gates as a fully-formed A-list fantasy author. Empire Ascendant, as readers will soon discover for themselves, shows her relaxing into her powers, utterly in command of her characters and their world. Now it’s time to see what she does by way of a third act and I, along with her many fans, cannot wait.”
Kameron added: “I’m thrilled to bring readers the third and final volume of the Worldbreaker Saga with Angry Robot Books. They’ve been eternal champions for The Mirror Empire and Empire Ascendant and I’m super pleased to bring the whole series to a suitably epic conclusion in The Broken Heavens. Get ready for the end of the world – Hurley style.”
We're all delighted to have Kameron on board for book three and can't wait to see how The Broken Heavens will bring the saga to its epic conclusion.
Before you get ahead of yourself with breathless anticipation for book three however, make sure to catch the second book in the series, Empire Ascendant, out this October.