April 21, 2012

Clockwork Britannia Rules!

SF&F Literati step into the Doomsday Vault Monday 23rd
Steven Harper's Steampunk novel is
the April feature for SF&F Literati. 
When: April 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
WhereBarnes & Noble #2352, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, 2nd Floor. 

SF&F Literati meet every fourth Monday of the month at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. 

The Barnes & Noble's overview says of their featured selection, The Doomsday Vault, by Steven Harper: 

“In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot.” 

This recent release (November 2011) is the first of the new "Clockwork Empire" series from Harper, a prolific and established writer. You can buy the book from Barnes & Noble online.

May: Different Day, Special Book

Balance of Trade is the May selection.

When: May 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. (Note: THIRD Monday!)
WhereBarnes & Noble #2352, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, 2nd Floor. 

ConQuesT Guests of Honor Steve Miller and Sharon Lee wrote the May selection, Balance of Trade, available from Barnes & Noble online. The Barnes & Noble overview says: 

“Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship; something about trade, finance, and risk-taking; and a little bit about Liadens.

“It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too. In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... like how far they might go to protect their name and reputation. Like the myriad of things one might say-intentionally or not-with a single bow. Like what it would take to make a Liaden trade-ship crew trash a bar. Like how hard it is to say ‘I'm sorry!’ in Liaden.

“Pretty soon it was clear that as little as he knew about Liadens, he knew far less about himself. With his very existence a threat to the balance of trade, Jethri Gobelyn needed to learn fast, or else help destroy all he held dear.”

Come talk about it in May!

You may also enjoy the April 26 interview with Miller and Lee, conducted by writer and KaCSFFS member Bryan Thomas Schmidt, posted on the "Grasping For The Wind" blog. 

IMAGE CREDITS: Both covers are courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

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