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New Book Sales: Two New Novels with Tor
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I am so excited that I can finally announce this!

We’ve sold two new novels to Tor!I will tell you about them!

One is a companion piece to Deathless, tentatively titled Matryoshka. This is not a sequel, but a side-by-side novel to complete what I’m calling the Leningrad Diptych. It is a retelling of Ivan and the Firebird set during the children’s evacuation of Leningrad. Some familiar faces will pop up, as in all Russian fairy tales, but it will be a story all its own. The gender-shifting trickster Grey Wolf, the Water of Life and Death, firebirds, valkyries, talking dolls and the return of Baba Yaga–Matryoshka is a dark mirror of the London evacuation and a journey into the heart of the war.

The other is my SF decopunk alt-history Hollywood pulp solar system space opera horror mystery! That’s right, The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew is all grown up. (It will probably not be called anything like Radiant Car when it comes out.) A sprawling epic about love, fame, film-making, and the search for identity and authenticity in a densely populated solar system full of planets as seen through the lens of classic pulp SF: waterworlds, ice planets, and jungle moons. Imagine The Artist with giant Venusian tentacle whales.

Decopunk goodness will be out in 2014, Matryoshka in 2015.

Eeeee! New babies! I can’t wait!

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.


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I literally let out a shout of "AHH!" in excitement reading this first paragraph. I have been playing with retellings of Ivan and the Firebird, and am thrilled to see other people are leaning down the lines of my obsession, especially because I felt the melding of history and myth in Deathless was so spot on and the themes you've here outlined for Matroyshka seem perfect for a similar treatment.

Gah. It gives me shivers of excitement. "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" was mesmerizing since the first moment I read it and I'm excited that I'll get to return to that world.

EEE! Giant Venusian tentacle whales!

YAY! *KERMIT FLAIL OF JOY!*

*begins trying to wait patiently....*


2014 and 2015? But I want it nooooooooooooow! And an Oompah-Loompa!

*Squeeee* and exited jumping about.

Whoot! To both -- and to your having sold SF!

Ooooooooooooh awesome! :-D

SHRIEK! WOOOHOOO! What fantastic news!

My excitement is palpable: RABBIT WANT BOOKS!

Awesome! I'm especially looking forward to Matryoshka.

Yay! I just read Deathless a few days ago and loved it, and am now one of those people who goes around recommending it to everyone.

A NOVEL BASED ON THE RADIANT CAR THY SPARROWS DREW I AM SO EXCITED I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN IT AND HAD TO EXPRESS MYSELF IN ALLCAPS AND FAIL TO USE PROPER PUNCTUATION

I mean, I really liked Deathless, but ZOMG.

I WAS ABOUT TO POST THIS COMMENT EXACTLY OMG!!!

I am beyond excited about a novel treatment for "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew". That's seriously one of the best short stories I've ever read and I am so excited that that world is being expanded upon.

You had me at "giant Venusian tentacle whales".

I think I'll be recovered from "Deathless" by the time "Matryoshka" comes out :) Then I can read it. YIPEE!

Copy and paste is good for Russian novel titles.

Congratulations on your new babies!!!! I'm going to begin working on my decopunk outfit NOW.

N.

Yeah, I don't think that title will stay either, since people couldn't pronounce palimpsest. ;)

When I read "It is a retelling of Ivan and the Firebird set during the children’s evacuation of Leningrad." a chill went down my spine. I am really looking forward to Matryoshka, not just because I have a couple of sets and have always been fascinated by them.

Ahhhhhh so excited! Congratulations, and I cannot wait to read these.

Cannot WAIT for these! They both sound fantastic! And Ivan and the Firebird is one of my favourite fairy-tales ever - I can't wait to see your take on it! (Gender shifting wolf - YAY! :D)

I am so excited about Martyoshka I might have shrieked loud enough to scare the dog that lives in the apartment above me.

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