Thanks to Pat and Facebook, we were made aware that Steven has finished the Malazan Book of the Fallen series! The Crippled God is done! The offical countdown to February is started!
GASP! That would be me, coming up for air. How long was I down there? About twenty years, from conception to completion. The Malazan Book of the Fallen is done. Sure, editing and all that crap to follow. But ... done. I don't know who I am. Who am I again? What planet is this? Three months of butterflies ... maybe this double whiskey will fix that. Hmm. No. Delayed reaction going on here.
Stephen Deas signed a new four book deal with Gollancz. The new books will include a stand-alone, The Black Mausoleum novel and a new trilogy (The Sea Prince, The Dragon Queen and The Silver King). The Black Mausoleum will be released after next year final book of his first series, The Order of the Scales in two years (Spring/Summer 2012) and the new trilogy will follow yearly afterward. The Black Mausoleum will include some of the characters from the Memory of Flames series and I'll let Stephen explain the new trilogy :
We’re back in trilogy-land here. Want to know more about the mysterious Taiytakei? You’re in luck – most of the first two books will be set there. Want to know more about the mysterious Silver King? Wellll… OK, a bit. A mystery from The Adamantine Palace will finally be solved (but at least one won’t). A few new ways to try and control dragons will be explored. One will succeed. There will be a magic knife and a spear, too. There is the possibility of some more overt magic, although to be honest I’m still a little hazy on that part of the story. The cast will largely be new, but at least two characters from The Adamantine Palace will make it at least as far as The Dragon Queen. Jon Weir’s favourite character will continue to be annoying. And, as advertised elsewhere, the Thief-Taker’s Apprentice YA trilogy will be one of the major protagonists in this trilogy too.Congrats Stephen!
Peter V. Brett sold another novella (the first one was The Great Bazaar) to Subterranean Press. The book is named Brayan's Gold. Thanks to Aidan at A Dribble of Ink for pointing it out. Here's the release statement :
Peter V. Brett sold a stand-alone novella, Brayan’s Gold, to Subterranean Press, via agent Joshua Bilmes. The volume will be “heavily illustrated by artist Lauren K. Cannon.
Finally, just a little aside. Joe Abercrombie posted a link for one of the latest Mind Meld by SF Signal, How do you define the sub-genre of "Swords and Sorcery"?. The question was asked to all the authors of the Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword & Sorcery anthology. Some interesting views... here's the link.