I present to you the 2nd group of spotlight authors from the large list of 25 Authors Worth Watching. Like last time, I'll give you a little background on the writer, where you can find early work to sample, and what you should watch for in the next year or two.
I originally planned on doing these on a MWF basis but it is taking a suprising long time to pull these posts together so I'm going to go to a Mon-Thurs schedule for the final 3 posts.
Anyway, on to the writers themselves...
- Ars Memoriae – Alternate History - PS Publishing - October 2009
- “The Golden Octopus” Postscipts Magazine, August 2008
- Reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition - Rich Horton (ed.)
- “Air and Angels” Subterranean Online, Spring 2008 (Read Online)
- Reprinted in Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy - 2008 Download - Rich Horton (Ed.)
- A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories - Short Story Anthology - Lethe Press - Spring 2010
- Passion Play - Fantasy - Tor - October 2010 To be followed by Queen’s Hunt. Allegiance, and untitled fourth book [The Erythandra Series]
- Fox and Phoenix - YA Fantasy - Viking - Summer 2011
- The Time Roads - Collection of stories from her Éireann world - Tor - TBD
Ian Tregillis - Ian Tregillis is another one of those authors who doesn't have a lot of dishes on the table yet but the smells from the kitchen are fantastic. Besides a fun short published on the now defunct Trabaco Road website, Tregillis's published work is limited to George R.R. Martin's superhero SF shared Wild Card's universe. That's about to change this spring with the publicaiton of Tregillis's first book in the Milkweed Triptych, Bitter Seeds. The Milkweed Triptych, at least from what I can gather, is an alternate history fantasy set during World War II. If Tregillis's tagline "It's 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly ordinary man is caught in the middle." doesn't make you want to check out these books, I'd point you to some high praise from one of his fellow writers "It's pretty much the coolest structure for a trilogy I've ever seen" and "If he doesn't become a Name in the field, it'll be because he decides not to. Seriously, this is his game to lose." Also, check out his website. While not the most functional thing I've ever seen, it's visually impressive and fun to play with. Plus his bio says that he's a mammal...that's a good thing right?
- "Come DanceFight, My Beloved Enemy" - Trabuco Road (Defunct) - 2007
- "The Tin Man's Lament" Inside Straight: A Wild Cards Novel - Multiauthor SF Novel - Tor - 1/22/08
- "Political Science 101/201/301/401" (w/ Bud Simons). Busted Flush: A Wild Cards Novel - Multiauthor SF Novel - Tor - 1/22/08
- Co-authored Suicide Kings: A Wild Cards Novel - Multiauthor SF Novel - Tor - 12/22/09
In the Future:
- Bitter Seeds - WWII Alternate History (Nazi Monsters vs British Demons) - Tor - 4/13/10 - To be followed by The Coldest War (2010) and Necessary Evil (2011)
Ken Scholes - So far, Ken Scholes appears to be the author my readers are most familiar with. That's probably because the first two volumes of his five volume fantasy series, The Psalms of Isaak, have been garnering rave-reviews accross the blogosphere (not to mention their beautiful covers). Despite authoring this well respected sequence, Scholes has also made a name for himself with a strong body of shorter work. When he's not creating immersive fantasy worlds, Scholes mixes the historical with the fictional. In one of his stories Hitler is a remarkable different man. In another, Edward the Bear must save a fleet of generation ships rapidly approaching disaster. Grasping the familar and twisting it, he creates something both familiar and hauntingly unique. Scholes emotionally evocative writing impresses at any length.
- “Summer in Paris, Light from the Sky,” Clarkesworld Magazine. November 2007 (Read Online or Listen Online at Escape Pod)
- "Invisible Empire of Ascending Light" Eclipse Two - Speculative Anthology - Nightshade Books, ed. Jonathan Strahan - November 2008
- Long Walks, Last Flights & Other Strange Journeys - Short Fiction Collection - Fairwood Press - December 2008
- Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak: Book 1) - High Fantasy - Tor - February 2009
- Canticle (The Psalms of Isaak: Book 2) - High Fantasy - Tor - November 2009
- Antiphon (The Psalms of Isaak: Book 3) - High Fantasy - Tor - September 2010 - To be followed by the last two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak, Requiem and Hymn
Meghan McCarron - Meghan McCarron might not be a household genre name at this point but the overwhelming consensus is that she will be. Alongside Alice Sola Kim and Greg Van Eekout, McCarron's name seemed to come up in every conversation about aspiring new writers. When I read some of her relatively small portfolio of work, it was easy to see why. McCarron possess a gift for prose that flows effortlessly regardless of how surreal the subject matter. McCarron has a grasp of language that would make a grocery list readable and it's easy to assume that she'll only get better as she writes more. Did I mention she's only 27? I don't know what McCarron's future work promises or if/when we will get to see a debut novel, but I do know that what I'll be waiting to read it.
- "The Magician’s House" - Strange Horizons August 2008 (Read Online)
- "Tetris Dooms Itself" - Clarkesworld Magazine - August 2008 (Read Online)
- "The Flying Woman" - Strange Horizons - March 2006 (Read Online)
- "Close To You" - Strange Horizons - May 2005 (Read Online)
- "WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!!!" - Strange Horizons - Spring 2010
Theodora Goss - While reading Goss's first collection, In The Forest of Forgetting, I was immediately reminded of Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things or Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu. Goss write a deceptively simple story, almost fairytale-esque, foregoing intricate plots for more complex characters and emotional moments. Rather than transported to a fully-realized fantasy world like Robert Jordan or George R.R. Martin, I was transported back to my childhood, when a boundless imagination made the world was a more magical place. At the same time, Goss's fairly tales aren't exactly Grimm's. Paradoxically, her stories read as both timeless and modern, demonstrating a clear love for storytelling in today's largely unimaginative society.
- "Pip and the Fairies" Strange Horizons, October 2005 (Read Online)
- Reprinted in Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005 - Locus Publications - July 2006 - Jonathan Strahan, ed.
- In The Forest Of Forgetting - Short Fiction Collection - Prime Books - June 2007
- "Catherine and the Satyr" - Strange Horizons - October 2007. (Read Online)
- "Csilla's Story" - Other Earths - Nick Gevers & Jay Lake, eds. - Alternate History Anthology - DAW - April 2009
- Currently Unknown
That's it for the Group 2 of the 5 Authors Worth Watching. You should really go check out their fiction where you can. I've been impressed by these authors time after time. Typically, I have a hard time reading a lot of short fiction in a short ammount of time because you have to switch voice and prose style so often. These stories are so well-written that you can't help but keep reading.
As always, Let me know if there are any other key pieces of info you would be interested in or if I somehow managed to get something incorrect.