Tor.com content by

Sam Sykes

Fiction and Excerpts [1]
All

Fiction and Excerpts [1]

Black Halo (Excerpt)

, || The Tome of the Undergates has been recovered, and the gates of hell remain closed. Lenk and his five companions set sail to bring the accursed relic away from the demonic reach of Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen, but their ship crashes upon an island made of the bones left behind from a war long dead. And it appears that bloodthirsty alien warrior women, fanatical beasts from the deep and heretic-hunting wizards are the least of their concerns. Haunted by their pasts, plagued by their gods, tormented by their own people, their greatest foes may yet be themselves. The reach of Ulbecetonth is longer than hell can hold.

Finding Nerdy Common Ground with Tie-In Fiction

Please enjoy this encore post on tribal nerdery, originally published October 2016.

Sometimes I wonder what color my vomit will be when someone tries to hold up Revenge of the Nerds as an important cultural piece of pop culture history.

That might sound crude, of course, but in my defense I didn’t specify what would cause the bodily ejection. I’ve just been at New York Comic Con, see, where I’ve been alternately drinking heavily and meandering through a crowd where we are all breathing heavily on each other and generally absorbed in the miasma of color and sound that is our beautiful pop culture landscape.

And it’s kind of hard to imagine going back to an era where nerds were persecuted.

[Read more]

Tie-In Fiction, and Stepping Outside of Tribal Nerdery

Sometimes I wonder what color my vomit will be when someone tries to hold up Revenge of the Nerds as an important cultural piece of pop culture history.

That might sound crude, of course, but in my defense I didn’t specify what would cause the bodily ejection. I’ve just been at New York Comic Con, see, where I’ve been alternately drinking heavily and meandering through a crowd where we are all breathing heavily on each other and generally absorbed in the miasma of color and sound that is our beautiful pop culture landscape.

And it’s kind of hard to imagine going back to an era where nerds were persecuted.

[Read more]

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Guest Highlord Sam Sykes on Kaz the Minotaur

We’re doing something slightly different this week. Part of the joy of rereading Dragonlance is realising how influential and far-reaching they are. Everyone’s read Dragonlance—and, if not, isn’t now the perfect time to start? It is no wonder this series is so influential; it had its sticky claws in all of our childhoods.

To demonstrate this, and to give us the occasional week off, we’ve asked some authors and artists and general figures of the fantastic to chime in with guest posts. They’ll take the reins for a post, and talk through what Dragonlance means to them.

To kick it off, we’re declaring Sam Sykes our honorary Dragon Highlord. The author of The Aeons’ Gate trilogy and the just-released The City Stained Red, Sam’s a man who enjoys his fantasy. Who enjoys writing monsters and adventurers and terrible things happening to all of them.

Caution: unlike our proper reread posts, this one contains spoilers.

[Read More]

Series: Dragonlance Reread

Fighting Authors to the Death. Sam Sykes’ Interesting Q&A…

You have no one but yourselves to blame…for this hilarious Q&A session with Sam Sykes. We asked you what questions you would like to put to the Aeons’ Gate series author and you gave us some real fun material! His answers did not disappoint.

Curious parties can read the exclusive excerpt of his new novel, Black Halo and/or enter the giveaway for it here.

Go behind the cut for writing practices and epic author battles….

[Read more]

Black Halo (Excerpt)

Black Halo by Sam SykesPlease enjoy this excerpt from Sam Sykes’ Black Halo, the second installment of the Aeons’ Gate series, out today from Pyr Books. These chapters are available exclusively through Tor.com for one full week.

* * *

 

Prologue

The Aeons’ Gate
The Sea of Buradan . . . somewhere . . .
Summer, getting later all the time

 

What’s truly wrong with the world is that it seems so dauntingly complex at a glance and so despairingly simple upon close examination. Forget what elders, kings, and politicians say otherwise, this is the one truth of life. Any endeavor so noble and gracious, any scheme so cruel and remorseless, can be boiled down like cheap stew. Good intentions and ambitions rise to the surface in thick, sloppy chunks and leave behind only the base instincts at the bottom of the pot.

Granted, I’m not sure what philosophical aspect represents the broth, but this metaphor only came to me just now. That’s beside the point. For the moment, I’m dubbing this “Lenk’s Greater Imbecile Theory.”

[Read more]