jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2015

Ebook gratis: Qualify, de Vera Nazarian

En estos momentos se puede descargar gratuitamente en varias tiendas online (Amazon ES, KoboiBooks) el ebook Qualify de Vera Nazarian. Ésta es su sinopsis:
You have two options. You die, or you Qualify. 
The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help. 
But there's a catch. 
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth's population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify. 
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family. 
Because there's a loophole. 
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted... Such as curing your mother's cancer. 
There is only one problem. 
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she's a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she's come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard. 
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition--including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her school, the one she's been crushing on, and who doesn't seem to know she exists. 
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea. 
You Qualify or you die.

Vídeo: Presentación de Los Premios Ignotus 1991-2000 en la Semana Negra 2015

El vídeo de hoy de la Semana Negra de Gijón corresponde a la presentación de Los Premios Ignotus 1991-2000, una antología que recomiendo muy especialmente. Participaron Rodolfo Martínez y Elia Barceló.

¡Espero que os guste!

miércoles, 2 de septiembre de 2015

Novedad y oferta: Twelve Kings, de Bradley Beaulieu

Mañana se pone a la venta Twelve Kings, la primera entrega de una nueva serie de fantasía de Bradley Beaulieu. Además, durante unos días se podrá adquirir en ebook en varias tiendas online (Amazon ES, Kobo) al precio promocional de 2,49€. 

Ésta es la sinopsis del libro:
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It's the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother.

As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they've ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she's ready to face them once and for all.

martes, 1 de septiembre de 2015

Novedad: Supersymmetry, de David Walton

Hoy se pone a la venta Supersymmetry, la secuela de Superposition de David Walton. Ésta es su sinopsis:

Ryan Oronzi is a paranoid, neurotic, and brilliant physicist who has developed a quantum military technology that could make soldiers nearly invincible in the field. The technology, however, gives power to the quantum creature known as the varcolac, which slowly begins to manipulate Dr. Oronzi and take over his mind. Oronzi eventually becomes the unwilling pawn of the varcolac in its bid to control the world. 
The creature immediately starts attacking those responsible for defeating it fifteen years earlier, including Sandra and Alex Kelley—the two versions of Alessandra Kelley who are still living as separate people. The two young women must fight the varcolac, despite the fact that defeating it may mean resolving once again into a single person.

lunes, 31 de agosto de 2015

Vídeo: Presentación de La maga y otros cuentos crueles en la Semana Negra 2015

El vídeo de hoy corresponde a la presentación de La maga y otros cuentos crueles, en la Semana Negra de Gijón. Participan la autora, Elia Barceló, y la editora, Carmen Moreno.

¡Espero que os guste!

domingo, 30 de agosto de 2015

Novedad: Dream Paris, de Tony Ballantyne

Esta semana se ha publicado Dream Paris, de Tony Ballantyne, secuela de Dream London. Ésta es la sinopsis de la novela:
The geography-warping invasion that took over London has been defeated, but thousands of Londonders are missing...Tony Ballantyne reveals a world where reality can no longer be relied upon, in this amazing sequel to Dream London. 
Anna is doing her best: there are lots of other seventeen year olds who are living alone in the partially rebuilt ruins of London. She hopes that by keeping things clean and tidy and by studying hard she can keep the dreams away...

But then a tall, dark stranger with eyes like a fly enters her life. He claims to know where the missing people of London have ended up. He might even know the location of Anna's missing parents. Anna can help, but to do that she will have to let go of what little normality she has managed to gather around herself and begin the journey to Dream Paris..

sábado, 29 de agosto de 2015

Crowdfunding: Uncanny Magazine Year Two

La muy recomendable revista de relatos de ciencia ficción y fantasía Uncanny Magazine ha lanzado una campaña de crowdfunding para financiar el segundo año de sus ediciones bimensuales. Esta publicación ha sido, para mí, uno de los descubrimientos más agradables de los últimos meses, con relatos de gran calidad literaria y especulativa, por lo que creo que merece la pena echarle un vistazo (y apoyarla en este crowdfunding, si os parece interesante). 

La campaña ya ha conseguido su principal objetivo por lo que habrá al menos seis números más de la revista. Los editores, Lynne M. Thomas y Michael Damian Thomas, ya tienen confirmados a autores de la talla de Aliette de Bodard o Mary Robinette Kowal. Si se consiguen aún más fondos, se contempla la posibilidad de ampliar el número de relatos originales incluidos en cada número.

La campaña está activa hasta el día 11 de septiembre y se puede participar aportando distintas cantidades, con recompensas que van desde números de la revista en formato digital a encuentros con los autores y editores de la revista, pasando por subscripciones por un año completo y libros autografiados.