One of the most gratifying events of this year was getting to work with Marie Vibbert. She’s kind of a big deal, with nearly one hundred pieces of science fiction and fantasy in all the big magazines: from Clarkesworld to Analog to Fantasy and Science Fiction.
So you can imagine how thrilled we were when she agreed to let us publish The Gods Awoke, one of the most intriguing novels we’ve ever read. Most second worlds require 1000-page tomes in six-part series to flesh out. Marie did it in one book. And what a world: with divinities that aren’t sure if they’re gods, to a women-on-top society shaken to its foundations by the confirmed existence of the almighty.
Plus, amidst all the apocalypse and impending iconoclasm, Marie manages to keep things grounded. Even funny. Hers is a rare talent.
Marie has racked up a lot of exciting news recently that we thought you’d like to know about. So here’s our first in the “On the Road” series of articles. We hope you enjoy.
Marie goes on tour
Last week marked the last stop on Marie’s MidWest The Gods Awoke tour, an endeavor that has seen her visit thirteen venues from Chicago to Cleveland. We are particularly pleased to be continuing our partnerships with these terrific Ohio stores:
Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, OH
Ben Franklin Books, Oberlin, OH
Mac’s Backs, Cleveland Heights, OH
AppleTree Books, Cleveland, OH
If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by. And, of course, ask for author-signed copies!
Writing for Charity
Every profession has its own way of saving the world. Lawyers offer pro bono work, doctors volunteer at neighborhood clinics, restaurateurs run soup kitchens.
Authors write for charity, which is a win-win. When you buy their work, it both supports a good cause and gives you excellent material to read.
Marie is one of an amazing slate of authors that contributed to Dreams for a Broken World, an anthology of speculative stories addressing one or more pressing global issues. One of science fiction’s roles has been to spotlight concerns we may face in the future. This anthology benefits humanity not only by doing that, but by being a charity project.
All proceeds go to the Rosenberg Fund for Children. The RFC is a non-profit, public foundations that aids children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. They also assist youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities.
The Gods Awoke gets a sequel…sort of
Beneath Ceaseless Skies is one of the biggest fantasy magazines around. So we were tickled pink to hear that Marie had a story recently accepted for their December issue.
If you’ve read The Gods Awoke, you know that Marie has woven a rich history behind the world of the dominant Casu and the Sanadaru. A key point of conflict is their differing pantheons–especially when it seems as if it is the Casu gods that have come to life.
Marie’s latest story delves into the lore behind the various days of the week in the Casu and Sanadaru calendars. It’s sure to be fascinating in a way only Marie’s work can be!
Read it now for free!
Next up, we’ll be following Erica Friedman, who has also been On the Road. Stay tuned!