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July 15, 2011

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The Ghost has returned to Manhattan with the release of George Mann's Ghosts of War. Ian McDonald's The Dervish House continues to garner critical acclaim, and there are a few more days to win some free books. Let's get started!

Return of the Ghost

George Mann returns to Manhattan with Ghosts of War, the further adventures of the Jazz-Age masked hero, the Ghost.


New York City is under siege--plagued by a pack of ferocious Ghosts of Warbrass raptors, strange, skeletonlike creations with batlike wings that swoop out of the sky, attacking people and carrying them away into the night. The Ghost has been tracking these bizarre machines, and is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machine.

However, this scientist is not working alone, and his scheme involves more than a handful of abductions. He is part of a plot to escalate the cold war with Britain into a full-blown conflict, and he is building a weapon-a weapon that will fracture dimensional space and allow the monstrous creatures that live on the other side to spill through. He and his coconspirators-a cabal of senators and businessmen who seek to benefit from the war-intend to harness these creatures and use them as a means to crush the British.

But the Ghost knows only too well how dangerous these creatures can be, and the threat they represent not just to Britain, but the world. The Ghost's efforts to put an end to the conspiracy bring him into an uneasy alliance with a male British spy, who is loose in Manhattan protecting the interests of his country. He also has the unlikely assistance of Ginny, a drunken ex-lover and sharpshooter, who walks back into his life, having disappeared six years earlier in mysterious circumstances.

While suffering from increasingly lucid flashbacks to WWI, the Ghost is subjected to rooftop chases, a battle with a mechanized madman, and the constant threat of airborne predators, while the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can he derail the conspiracy and prevent the war with the British from escalating beyond control?


"A beautifully crafted novel whose dark heart is counterbalanced with small moments of unexpected tenderness. And dirigibles." -RobWillReview.com
(More) Accolades for The Dervish House

Congratulations to Ian McDonald! The Dervish House has won Dervish Housethe John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year is one of the three major annual awards for science fiction.The Award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, now named Analog. Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, is called by many writers and scholars the father of modern science fiction. Writers and critics Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss established the award in Campbell's name as a way of continuing his efforts to encourage writers to produce their best possible work.

Meanwhile, The Dervish House also won the BSFA Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo, the Arthur C Clarke, the American Library Association, and Locus awards.
 
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Andrew P. Mayer (The Falling Machine) joins Patrick Hester at The Falling Machinethe SF Signal podcast to talk about steampunk superheros and more.

The SciFi Trivia Giveaway (brought to you by
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