• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Michael Chabon wins Best Novel Hugo 08

Michael Chabon has taken out yet another award with The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, winning the Hugo for Best Novel. Well done Michael! As you may remember, he also picked up a Locus in June for this book. And isn’t the cover fab? The Hugos took place at Denvention 3/World Con where our very own Karen Miller has been moonlighting on panels as a speaker and convener.

What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska – and not Israel – had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II? In Michael Chabon’s Yiddish–speaking ‘Alyeska’, Orthodox gangs in side–curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin–addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra – but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow. Despite sensible protests from Berko, his half–Tlingit, half–Jewish partner, Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka’s homicide unit – also known as his fearsome ex–wife, Bina.

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.

Go and get a copy now! And I highly recommend Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, which delves into the world of comic book heroes, escape artists and more.

Living La Vida Locus

The Locus Awards have been announced! Click here for the full list … we at Evil HQ are very happy and proud to see these two on the list:

SF NOVEL The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

ANTHOLOGY The New Space Opera, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds.