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Stormdancer (Excerpt)

, || The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever...

The Strange Places Inside our Heads

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

For me, it all started with a Little Red Box.

Let me take you back to the halcyon days of 1988. Steven Hawking had just published A Brief History of Time. You could see Die Hard in the cinema and Bruce Willis still had most of his hair. Axl Rose was actually cool instead of a shambling parody wrapped in a bright yellow overcoat. Shoulderpads were IN. In a big way.

Seriously, 1980s, were you just drunk the whole time?

I was in high school. Yeah. I’m that old. And I was a nerd.

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Revealing the Cover for Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight

We’re excited to share the cover for Nevernight, the first novel in a new epic fantasy series from Jay Kristoff—available August 9th from Thomas Dunne Books. The cover is illustrated by Jason Chan, who also worked with Kristoff on the covers for the Lotus War series. Below, Jay shares his thoughts on the cover design process, including some of Chan’s early sketches!

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Five Great Genre Crossovers

There are plenty of genre-crossover books, films, and games out there, but to do the job well, you have to do more than just smoosh a couple of “in” concepts together, and hey presto, instant millions. The road to awesome is littered with the corpses of those who tried to merge two much-loved genres and ended up with a BrundleFly.

SO, here’s a group of folks who did it well—book, TV, comic, videogame and film—and should be showered in instant millions.

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Series: Five Books About…

Jason Chan and Jay Kristoff Reveal the Cover of Kinslayer

So today, we launch the cover for Kinslayer, part 2 of my Lotus War trilogy. I honestly thought there was no way our illustrator Jason Chan could top his cover for Stormdancer. Almighty Zeus, I was wrong. When Lucas wrote midi-chlorians he wasn’t as wrong as I was… actually, no, who am I kidding? Anyway, after apologizing to Jason for my lack of faith, I asked him along today to talk about the evolution of the cover design, because I’m really only capable of drooling like a 3 year old when I look at this thing. So awaaaaaay he goes.

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Stormdancer (Excerpt)

We invite you to take a peek at Jay Kristoff’s upcoming Japanese steampunk adventure Stormdancer, out from St. Martin’s Press on 9/18 and Tor UK on 9/13. (And take a look at the cover art process post here!)

The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing a new heroine and a dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever…

[Read the first four chapters of Stormdancer]

The Cover Reveal for New Steampunk Novel Stormdancer

This is the cover for my debut novel Stormdancer. I love it like Westley loved Buttercup. Like Han loved Leia. Like Jaime loved Cersei. No… wait, ewwww….

As far as I know, the secret behind a good cover seems to be “hire a good illustrator and get the frak out of the way,” but I’m not sure I can pad that out to 800 words, so I’ve asked the stonkingly talented illustrator behind Stormdancer’s cover, Mr. Jason Chan, to help out.

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