Regular visitors to this site will know that I’m a big fan of Scott’s (in fact, he was kind enough to say this about a a certain new novel being released in early June: “Moody nails what it means to be human by making humans into something else. A brilliant, savage, species-wide look in the mirror.”).
Last year, Scott released THE ROOKIE, and now he’s back with the sequel: THE STARTER. Out in September but available now for pre-order, it’s described as “Star Wars meets The Godfather meets Any Given Sunday” – how can you resist that? From Scott’s site:
It’s high-stakes, win-or-die football action in the far future, as aliens and humans fill positions based on physiology and leave their blood, sweat and tears on gridirons across the galaxy.
Last season, 19-year-old rookie quarterback Quentin Barnes overcame his racism and unified his team. He led the Ionath Krakens to a lower-tier championship, a championship that earns them promotion into the meat grinder known as “Tier One.”
Now, he and the Krakens have to compete against the greatest football teams ever assembled and do far more than just survive each game. As he rebuilds the team in his own image, Quentin’s quest for a Tier One championship begins in THE STARTER.
Scott is again releasing this title independently. Demand will be high, so click the banner below to head over to the site and pre-order.
…to record a few lines of dialogue for a project we’re working on (yes, this project).
We’re after someone who can record a good quality voiceover in the style of a British newsreader – the kind of voice you’d hear on the BBC news. You’ll also need to be able to record the lines yourself and email them to the project team.
Time’s very short so, if you can help, please email email@example.com for more information as soon as you can. As a sweetener, if you volunteer and we use your voice, I’ll send you some goodies in the post!
Thanks to everyone who recently voted for HATER in the BSCreview Book Tournament. It got through rounds 1 and 2 and is now in the final 16, up against Leviathan by Scott Westerfield. It would be great if you could visit this link and cast a vote / another vote if you’re that way inclined! Thanks in advance!
On a completely different matter, thanks to SFSignal’s Twitter feed, I now have incontrovertible evidence that advance copies of DOG BLOOD are doing the rounds. Now the nervous wait for first reactions begins…
I posted this a couple of days ago on my Facebook page, but I’m not sure how many of you saw it. If you missed it, here’s the cover for the US hardcover edition of DOG BLOOD, out 8th June.
By the way, I’ve been making a few changes to this site (in my usual ham-fisted way). As well as managing to delete the last couple of months worth of forum posts (sorry about that – can anyone who understands MySql help me get them back?) I’ve also set up a new announcement mailing list. You can find a sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar, below the new releases. I promise I won’t fill your inboxes with rubbish, instead I plan to just use the list to announce release dates, breaking news etc. etc. Please sign up if you have a few seconds.
Right now I’m working with a very cool bunch of people on some short promotional videos. Can’t say too much at the moment, other than it’s HATER / DOG BLOOD related. We’re looking for a few extras to help with a scene being filmed this Saturday, 6th March. If you’re available and you’re interested in helping out, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will get in touch. I’ll be there for most of the day, so if you have anything you’d like signed etc. feel free to bring it along.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Sorry it’s been so quiet around here this last week. I’ve been flat out (honest!) and you’ll start seeing what I’ve been up to before long.
I’ve been made aware of a couple of awards that HATER has been nominated for. Firstly, RAGE, the French edition of the book, is up for the prestigious Masterton award, and you can read more about it here on the Milady blog.
Secondly, HATER has been nominated in the Best Zombie Book (Fiction) category of the Mail Order Zombie Dead Letter Awards (it’s not technically a zombie novel, I know, but hey…!). Please click here to vote and pick your favourite zombie books and films of the last 12 months.
In similar news, Mihai, owner of the very popular Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews blog, listed HATER as number three in his top ten books of 2009. Mihai also listed Danny McCoyne as his favourite male character of last year! Cheers Mihai.
And finally, I was really pleased to hear that the audiobook of HATER recently won an ‘earphones award’ from AudioFile Magazine. For those of you who enjoyed the audiobook (you can download it from Audible and iTunes amongst others if you haven’t yet heard it), you’ll be pleased to hear that DOG BLOOD will also be released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio on 8th June.
Okay, so the book is still more than 6 months away, but it’s up for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk so I thought this would be a great opportunity to tease the UK edition.
Picking up three months after the end of the first book, DOG BLOOD follows Danny McCoyne as he fights through what’s left of the bizarre, brutal, violent and seriously screwed-up remains of the post-HATER world. Here’s a summary from Gollancz (which you shouldn’t read if you haven’t read HATER):
“The world has suffered a catastrophe of unknown cause, dividing humankind into two: the Haters and the Unchanged. Each group believes the other to be the enemy; each group is fighting for survival. Only by working together can the enemy – whoever that enemy is – be defeated. There are no other choices. Danny McCoyne has managed to break free, and after days of indiscriminate fighting and killing, he is determined to make his way home, to recalim the only thing of any value to him in this strange new world: his daughter Ellis. Unlike his wife and son, Ellis is like him, and he knows, in his heart of hearts, that she is not dead. His dearest wish is for Ellis to be fighting for the world at his side – but Danny soon discovers his daughter is worth far more than just another fighting body. Others like him have discovered that children are absolutely vital to the cause. They are strong, small, fast, and they have no inhibitions. They are pure Haters…”
Watch this space – there’s more to come early in the new year including some free fiction to span the gap between the two books and, to mark the release of DOG BLOOD and the US mass-market paperback of HATER, an ‘interesting’ competition! More soon.
Check out this article over at Shock Till You Drop who managed to grab a quick word with Mark Johnson, one of the producers of the HATER movie.
Can’t tell you how excited I am about this…
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of HATER, keep an eye on this site in the coming weeks for news of more editions of the book and the first word on DOG BLOOD, the second book in the series due for release in 2010.