Lead judge for the world's largest
genre writing competition
VP, Composers Guild of America
Welcome, he says, to the "fabulous fabulous" Lawrence Booth show. His flamboyance is well-practiced. They all know him, he's world-renowned (he reminds them). Then he calls them the faceless masses, says he doesn't care who they are. It's a familiar deadpan, his particular brand of sensationalism through effrontery. Then he gets more personal, but it isn't sincere—how could it be? I'll be your guide, he says, your mentor, your guru, your spiritual advisor, leading you along the "sordid paths of the sublime, the seedy, and the sensational." And it's true, he will be.
This is Lawrence Booth, host of a 22nd-century variety show; an ultimate evolution of vaudeville; a tangible expression of social media and a venue for the people's justice. And his favorite toy is a superhero—a popular bounty hunter called Beowulf.
When New York's paragons turn to violent crime, it falls to Booth and Beowulf to restore order (and, more importantly, to make a good show of it). Is this an unraveling of the social fabric? Have our leaders turned, as parasites on a host? Or are they victims themselves of a society dependent on the wonders—and the dangers—of high technology?
Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus, is a frenetic exploration of logical extremes. It's about superheroes as the products of marketing machines, social media as a fundamental and frightening social adhesive, summary justice as a Utilitarian exigency. It's part mystery, part thriller, all in the plugged-in context of a cyberpunk future.
And it's one a helluva ride.
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WINNER of the International Book Award for Young Adult Fiction!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Hollywood Book Festival!
Nightingale launches a marvelous contemporary fantasy for young adults, a grand adventure overflowing with wonders. Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and terrifying, there’s a sweetness and passion to this novel that keeps readers up long into the night.
Nightingale is available as an "enhanced novel," with its own sound track, illustrations, animations, and author interview; as a lovingly crafted hardcover; as an audiobook; e-book; and has its own soundtrack.
David Farland is the international bestselling author of nearly fifty books, including such award-winning novels as the science fiction masterpiece On My Way to Paradise (Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award Winner, Best Novel in English Language) and the historical novel In the Company of Angels (Whitney Award Winner: Best Novel of the Year). He is best known though for his fantasy work, which includes the New York Times bestselling series The Runelords, and his lovable and wacky middle-grade fantasy series Ravenspell.
Winner of the East India Press $1,000 Grand Prize for best short story in the Nightingale universe.
"Forcible Powerdown was unusual among our finalists, since it was set in the future. In a sense, it takes place in the world of my award-winning novel Nightingale, where a race of creatures that only resemble humans—the masaak—have the ability to transfer memories to one another. But Nightingale is a contemporary story. Several people set fine stories in the past, and we hope to be publishing some of them in the future. But this piece has a distinctively cyberpunk feel, and yet it also has a lot of heart.
"So I'm very happy to present “Forcible Powerdown” as our winning tale."