In HAMMERED, Elizabeth Bear shows her talent as a competent author, in SCARDOWN she employs a deft style, but it is here, in WORLDWIRED, that she really, truly comes into her own as a writer; she becomes simply magisterial. Elizabeth asserts firm control of her characters, her setting, and her research (for the novels). She creates flourishes of style and excitement; not one time does this novel bore its readers.
"It was promising. If they only could be made to understand the concept of symbology, and of words, he might be able to start establishing a pidgin. If the boredom didn’t kill him first."
WORLDWIRED, p 313
It really is a fine thing to see a writer mature as well and as successfully as Elizabeth has — and in only her third published book. I can pay her the ultimate compliment a reader can make a writer: I will purchase and read each of her books. Yes, I trust her insights and talent that much.
So it seemed only natural that Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s husband, Kit, and your reporter (moi) get together to enjoy lunch, each other’s company, and to fete Elizabeth’s rapidly mounting successes as a writer of science fiction and fantasy.
Upcoming books from Elizabeth include:
• A short story collection from Night Shade Press, The Chains that you Refuse;
• A fantasy duology from publisher, Ace/ROC, the Promethean Age novels, Blood and Iron and Whiskey and Water that will appear beginning in June 2006.
• Two standalone novels from Bantam Spectra, Carnival, a novel of Singularity, eco-terrorism, sexism, genocide, brinksmanship, art, intrigue -- and spies! And Undertow, a novel about a hit man, a conjure man, a fish boygirl, and a Woman with a Past.
Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookseller, buy (any of) these books, and then sit back and enjoy.