Whispers in the Code by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

Whispers in the Code by Stephanie Flint & Isaac FlintInverting the trope of an exceptional teenager defying an evil government, the authors craft a tale of a young man struggling to find his place in a tyrannical but potentially necessary regime.

This book is set after the events of Distant Horizon. Risk of spoilers ahead.

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Pulping the Classics

I had a conversation over the weekend about whether certain genres need to be about particular things or whether they can be an aesthetic. And, as is common with discussion of genre boundaries, the discussion soon sent out a tendril into the field of literature vs. genre fiction. While the difference—if any—between literary and genre fiction is of interest to me, I was more intrigued by the question of whether the reverse of magical realism existed: a genre version of literature. So, I experimented with a pulp version of the opening of an American classic. I present it below, not to prove or disprove a hypothesis but in the hope it will amuse.

Zero Rogue by Matthew S. Cox

Zero Rogue by Matthew S. CoxCox fuses the deeply flawed revenger of crime noir with nuanced portrayals of a cyberpunk future and nascent post-humanism to demonstrate that for some schmucks the only thing the future brings is more ways to end up in an alley with an aching head.

This is the fifth volume of Cox’s Awakened series. Risk of electronic and psionic corruption of previous volumes beyond this point.

Seven Stones Complete Series Released

A slight niggle delayed the paperback edition of Seven Stones: The Complete Series; however, the EPUB and MOBI editions have just emerged. Pick up your copy from one of these fine retailers.

Book Cover for Seven Stones The Complete Series showing a rapier superimposed over standing stones
(©Dave Higgins)

Plagued by nightmares of shifting stone and ancient evil, Absolution Kobb, Reverend Militant of the Order of the Maker, journeys to the northern edge of civilisation. Encountering violence from both villagers and the inhuman tribes that dwell beyond the palisades, and exhausted from both his age and his visions, he is saved by two very different people: Anessa, a young villager seeking to escape a life of shopkeeping; and Haelen, an ageing healer seeking his kidnapped daughter.

At first, their aims align. However, with every step toward sealing the evil away taking them further from the simplicity of heroes opposing the darkness, they must each decide not only how far they will go but when an ally becomes a villain.

Pick up your copy today from your favourite retailer.

Seven Stones: The Complete Series Cover Reveal

Behold the front cover for Seven Stones: The Complete Series, a compilation of all ninety-seven parts of my weekly swords-and-sorcery serial, soon to be available in paperback and various eformats.

Book Cover for Seven Stones The Complete Series showing a rapier superimposed over standing stones
(©Dave Higgins)

The printers sent the proof copy out this morning, so—barring unexpected issues—it will be released this week or next.

A Change of Scale

Society is a system of compromises and balances. Fundamentally, it exists because a group accepts the benefits of scale outweigh the loss of individual freedoms. However, the balance sometimes appears off, and proposed solutions can seem to tilt it the wrong way. This often leads to two sides – each of which can justify their stance – arguing over which set of ethical rules is “more” ethical and an eventual “losing” side. Perhaps, instead of trying to rank these competing arguments, we should be looking not at the imbalance itself, but at the factors that feed into it.