Book Giveaway: Proxima by Stephen Baxter (10/9/2013)

The summer of SF is over and it’s back the dragons and finally settling in to the edits for The Splintered Gods and gearing up for what might be the last dragon book for a while, The Silver Kings, for which some actual planning might be required. He’s a bit of the current chapter one of The Splintered Gods.

Tuuran picked his way back out of the shattered tower, through the litter-strewn ruin between cracked and crazed walls of enchanted Taiytakei gold-glass, boots crunching on a carpet of broken glittering shards. The ruin of the palace was quiet now, deserted except for a handful of Taiytakei soldiers poking through the rubble for anything precious that might have survived when the towers had come down. Most of the soldiers had moved, rooting out the handful of defenders too stupid to know a lost cause when it stared them in the face from the back of a dragon. In the next yard along, through a beautifully elegant ruby-glass arch that had somehow survived, three soldier crouched around a litter of tumbled stonework and twisted metal and glittering broken golden shards, prodding at it. Tuuran had no idea what they’d found. As he watched, a palace slave, miraculously alive, crept out of some hiding place and ran away. No one tried to stop her. No one paid attention. There wasn’t anywhere for her to go.

Crazy Mad was sitting on the edge of a wall, looking out over the cliffs and the sea and the burning city. The dragon was gone but Crazy Mad’s eyes were set in its wake. Tuuran sat beside him and nudged him. “Some nice loot in there,” he said. “You should grab some while you can.”

Anyway, none of you came here to hear about that, so on to business. This week’s book giveaway is Proxima by Stephen Baxter, which hasn’t quite come out yet, which I haven’t read and I’m not at all sure I want to part with. Since the cover image is lifted from the Forbidden Planet website, I might as well lift their review as well . . .

Usual deal – comment on this post before September 14th  and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy.

This week we’re playing SF Pseudonym in case I need a second nom de plume for Empires: Extraction and the Sekkrit Projekt. To enter the competition, you have to play the game and come up with a suitably daft pseudonym. You can enter as may times as you like but I’ll count the first two entries – the rest are just for fun and showing off.  Extra points for humour and originality and I’ve still got the Angry Dragons mug if you make me laugh, smirk or otherwise amuse me.

Although, though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far.


15 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Proxima by Stephen Baxter (10/9/2013)”

  1. Robin says:

    JK Rowling

  2. Edwin says:

    Stephen Baxter

  3. Andrew says:

    Norman Dennis Plume (Norm to his mates)
    Sue D’Nim
    Not Stephen Deas
    Desmond Book (as in By Des Book)
    Archduke Ferdinand Smith
    North West (before someone else with that name uses it, about 6 months)
    Dee Collected-Works
    Punny Punnington

  4. Barb Petersen says:

    Dragan Metail in honor of your procrastination tweets.

  5. Dan says:

    Theolophilus P. Barrington III
    Lord Rupert Fosdyke of Carnegium Lake

  6. Ade Couper says:

    Uncle Abanazer (just-because…..)

  7. James Gilliver says:

    Fester (OW) O’Woons.

  8. Romeo Kennedy says:

    Cuthbert DibbleGrub

  9. Romeo Kennedy says:

    J. R. Hartley!

  10. gavreads says:

    Knight Grim

  11. Will Bryan says:

    Keven Sting

  12. paul says:

    Max Power

  13. paul says:

    Micky Three Names

  14. Mango Heroics says:

    Egan Qwest – First evokes ego and ends “an” & last because journey, seeking, and so forth.

  15. Stephen says:

    You’ve all been very . . . helpful . . .
    Gods of Random have picked James this week

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