Happy publication day! And greetings for everyone over at the Gollancz tower. We’re delighted to announce that two genre heavy-weights have books out today, read on below to discover which!
Rejoice – Steven Erikson
From the bestselling author of the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen, comes a story of mankind’s first contact and a warning about our future.
An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. Its mission is to save the Earth’s ecosystem – and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must make a choice. Should it save mankind or wipe it out? Are we worth it?
The AI is all-powerful, and might as well be a god. So it sets up some conditions. Violence is now impossible. Large-scale destruction of natural resources is impossible. Food and water will be provided for those who really, truly need them. You can’t even bully someone on the internet any more. The old way of doing things is gone. But a certain thin-skinned US president, among others, is still wedded to late-stage capitalism. Can we adapt? Can we prove ourselves worthy? And are we prepared to give up free will for a world without violence?
And above it all, on a hidden spaceship, one woman watches. A science fiction writer, she was abducted from the middle of the street in broad daylight. She is the only person the AI will talk to. And she must make a decision.
Praise for Steven Erikson:
‘Steven Erikson has one of the finest minds alive. Nothing less could have produced The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Now, in Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart, Erikson shows us what he sees when he considers the future of humanity. He calls it a thought experiment. I call it an important book’ Stephen Donaldson
‘The aliens have come to save the Earth. From us . . . Steven Erikson, master of high fantasy, has delivered an SF novel with the highest of high concepts. And it’s no fantasy. An El Nino of a book, dense, provocative, essential’ Stephen Baxter
‘Rejoice rejoices in satirising capitalism, dumb US presidents, greedy media moguls, impotent military high-ups and much more’ Guardian
‘The SF book of the year, maybe the decade. Will make you long for an alien invasion. I loved it’ Justina Robson
Edgedancer – Brandon Sanderson
A new short novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.
Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older–a wish she believed was granted.
Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers.
The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.
Praise for Brandon Sanderson:
‘I loved this book. What else is there to say?’ Patrick Rothfuss on The Way of Kings
‘The Stormlight Archive is epic in every sense’ Guardian
‘Brandon Sanderson is one of the greatest fantasy writers’ Fantasy Book Review