For those of you who haven’t grabbed it yet, the ebook of B. Michael Stevens’ excellent The Goddess Gambit is on sale this week for just under a dollar, you have another day and a half before the price goes back up.
Something is wrong in the Ziggurat. A city-state-fortress, built to be a shining beacon of hope for the surviving remnants of the human race. The last bastion against the swirling forces of chaos. Home to Jon 310-257, a super soldier, born and bred to fight for the purity of the planet, to keep Home safe, and to help bring about a brighter tomorrow under the honorable Chairman Accoba Warbak.
A shadow now crawls across the land, a wrongness that runs deeper than the Ziggurat’s vaunted goals. Esoterrorists have infiltrated the capitols surrounding Shanty. They are traitors, criminals, sworn enemies of Home and the safety it offers… or are they?
When Jon is contacted in the most surprising way by one of the enemy, he is unwittingly set upon a path that will challenge all his assumptions and beliefs, and will teach him what it truly means to be a hero for humanity.
The Goddess Gambit, B. Michael Stevens spectacular debut novel and book 1 in the No Gods, No Masters trilogy, is now available for preorder.
Images from pixabay and shutterstock
3d models from daz studio library, free3d.com, cgtrader.com and turbosquid.com
Additional 3d model and animation from mixamo.com
Music: Omnia Paratus by Aviators
Additional sound and video effects from footagecrate.com
Additional video effects from Rocketstock.com
Animated and rendered in blender, Daz Studio, and Hit Film Pro
Voiceover by Ken Dickason
Animation, audio and video editing by Ben Zwycky
Two new books were recently released by Superversive Press, A Case for Mary by David Knox, which is a non-fiction defense of the Orthodox Church’s position on the Virgin Mary; and Guard Training by Jon Del Arroz, a second short in The Rislandian Adventures series following the exploits of James Gentry as he trains to become a Crystal Knight.
Mary was a Virgin but did she stay a virgin after Jesus was born? Did she live a sinless life?
In his debut work, David Knox explores these and other questions that have become points of contention between Protestants and Orthodox Christians.
Using scripture, history, culture, and linguistics, A Case For Mary shines a light on how, and more importantly why these ideas came about, and why they may not be so unbelievable after all.
Apprentice Knight James Gentry is used to a life of travel and adventure, but now he’s been assigned to stand guard for Princess Reina. Tensions mount with King Malaky, as James can’t keep his eyes—or hands—off the beautiful princess. To make matters worse, the Wyranth have discovered the location of the king’s retreat, and they’re coming to assassinate Rislandia’s royal family.
James must keep his heart in check as Princess Reina’s passions steam up for him in return. Negotiations for crucial aid to the kingdom could depend on Reina’s hand in marriage to another man. With his heart and the kingdom at stake, can James perform his duty for his country?
In addition, tomorrow at 3pm Eastern Time there will be a Superversive Livestream, no doubt discussing these two books and other seasonal topics. Be sure to head over to SuperversiveSF when the time comes to listen in.
I will be making an appearance on Zaklog the Great’s Book Club, discussing the poem The House of Christmas by G.K. Chesterton. He has previous had such illustrious guests as John C. Wright and Tom Simon. I cannot hope to match the education and wit of such luminaries, but hopefully my contribution to the discussion will rise to the level of entertaining or even informative.
The discussion will be happening on Sunday at 2pm Central US time/3pm Eastern/8pm GMT on this coming Sunday, December 16th. Zaklog’s youtube channel can be found here:
The poem under discussion can be found below:
The House of Christmas
By: G. K. Chesterton
There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.
For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay on their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.
Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.
A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost – how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.
This world is wild as an old wives’ tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.
To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.
The cover art for Jon Del Arroz’s new space opera series was revealed yesterday, and it is a beauty.
Early review copies of this book will be provided to backers of the Starquest crowdfunding campaign at the Templar Squire level and above. With five days of the campaign left to go, it has just reached its third stretch goal, the full funding of the first three books in the series. If you haven’t already, check out the campaign via the button below
The above beautiful cover artwork by John Zeleznik is for the first of Yakov Merkin’s Fantasy trilogy, The Dragon Hand. It came out a little while ago, but I neglected to mention it in all the hectic work of the last couple of months that has kept me pretty quiet of late.
In my opinion, this is Yakov’s best book so far, with lots of likeable characters with real depth to them, a very interesting and well fleshed out world with just the right level of complex political machinations (enough to feel real and thoroughly engaging, while never being confusing), action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and not one but three different magic systems, each full of intriguing possibilities, and mysterious figures that hint at much more going on.
An orphan must overcome the past she wants to forget, a jeweller’s son has to take up the mantle he never knew he had, and a dragon has to deal with a role he never asked for; he must face threats on the border, conspiracies at home, and an otherworldly danger that dwarfs them all, but no-one else believes exists.
This was a fun book to edit, and I highly recommend it.
Yakov is also running a crowdfunding campaign for his Galaxy Ascendant space opera series, which you can contribute to here
John C. Wright, pulp master extraordinaire, is embarking on a new and glorious project for all space opera fans, inspired in part by his fun review of the Star Wars Episode VII movie that should have been, but now grown into something independent, much larger and more exciting.
You are all invited to be part of making it happen by visiting the above crowdfunding link and adding to the growing crowd of supporters that wish to do battle against the drudgery of imitation space opera. To the stars!
(the above video was a lot of work, but a lot of fun to make)
Superversive Press is proud to announce the launch of The Fight for Rislandia, Book Three in the Adventures of Baron von Monocle
The Wyranth Empire is marching on Rislandia City. Zaira Von Monocle and her airship crew are all that stands between the invading army and the total destruction of her country.
After her expedition to the Zenwey continent, Zaira discovers the Wyranth have a new source of their giant’s blood soldier serum. The enemy has pressed the advantage and used the lack of an airship threat to gain ground. Meanwhile, the Rislandian Grand Army is running low on supplies and food. They can’t hold out forever.
Join Zaira and her crew as they try to take on the full might of the Wyranth Empire and deal with a deadly surprise the Iron Emperor has waiting for them in the conclusion to this epic steampunk trilogy!
As the second of its DragonCon book launches, Superversive Press is proud to announce the release of D.G.D. Davidson’s hilarious debut novel, a gloriously over-the-top satire of magical girl stories, written in the tradition of the Japanese Light Novels. One simple quote sums up its mood quite nicely:
“I don’t think these are magical monsters.” He shaded his eyes and peered again into the sky. “It looks like the tower guns are doing real damage. That means these are just ordinary, run-of-the-mill dinosaur robots from space.”
Jake Blatowski can’t wait for high school: basketball, calculus, and a cafeteria that isn’t under investigation by the health department. Well, he’s going to have to wait: a computer malfunction has assigned him to the fifth grade.
It’s bad enough that he bangs his knees on the desks or that Miss Percy is going over long division … again … but Jake’s sitting next to Dana Volt. She’s a perpetually surly troublemaker who doesn’t even have to exert herself to make his life a living hell. But no, it gets better: Dana secretly belongs to a coalition of girls protecting humanity from the horde of deadly monsters that plagues the city. But Jake’s no hero; he just wants to get to varsity tryouts!
When the monsters choose a new target, Jake’s not at all surprised that the target is him. Sure, why not? That’s the kind of week he’s having. Now the impulsive and moody Dana is the only one who can save Jake from certain death—but Jake is the only one who can save Dana from herself.
Cover art by Lee Madison
Illustrations by Roffles Lowell
Lightning, spark and cloud effects from footagecrate.com.
Selected urban images from pixabay.
Animation, audio and video editing by Ben Zwycky
As DragonCon has now started in earnest, and despite the fact that the official launch party is not until Sunday, Pure Poison by Hawkings Austin, a Purity Wellman novel, is now available in ebook and paperback. It’s an intriguing and entertaining mystery with likeable characters and a well thought out approach to urban fantasy that I’ve not seen before.
You can listen to an excerpt in the video below:
Purity Wellman’s family thinks she died in 1958. She should have been so lucky. No, the devil stole her soul on her very doorstep. He was trying to get her parents. He got her instead.
She spent eight years in Don Bello’s fishbowl and fifty years in Purgatory before her brother sang her back into the daylight. As close as Knoxville lies to her Appalachian hometown, Purity has travelled far from anything she’s ever known, and she’s not going back to that fishbowl.
But, it turns out Purity isn’t as helpless as she used to be. For one thing, now she can sing. And for another, when it comes to vampires, she’s poison.
Image of Hope Lavelle used with permission. Other images from pixabay and dreamstime. Narration by Jennifer Ledford. Animation, editing and additional effects by Ben Zwycky.