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James Gunn’s TRANSGALACTIC Now on Sale!


James Gunn’s highly anticipated novel, “Transgalatic” has finally released and science fiction fans everywhere rejoice! The novel is the latest novel in Hugo Award winner and Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee James Gunn’s SF Grandmaster career. It is the sequel to his first major novel in more than a decade, “Transcendental.”

An epic, character-driven, high-concept space opera, TRANSGALACTIC is a real departure for Gunn. It’s a suspenseful novel with unexpected plot twists, set against a deeply spiritual quest—a grander scope and higher concept than anything he’s done before. When Riley and Asha finally reached the planet Terminal and found the Transcendental Machine, a matter transmission device built by an ancient race, they chose to be “translated.” Now in possession of intellectual and physical powers that set them above human limitations, the machine has transported them to two, separate, unknown planets among a possibility of billions. Riley and Asha know that together they can change the galaxy, so they attempt to do the impossible–find each other.

Locus Magazine said,

“This is not a character-driven fiction, but a deliberate revisiting of some of the genre’s most enduring features across a century or more…There’s plenty of life in the old stuff yet.”

Publishers Weekly also praised the novel saying,

“Gunn has written an old-fashioned and deeply philosophical space opera…it should particularly appeal to fans of Arthur C. Clarke who are willing to wait and see what happens in book three.”

JAMES GUNN is the Hugo Award-winning science fiction author of The Joy MakersThe Immortals, and The Listeners, and the coauthor, with Jack Williamson, of the classic epic SF novel Star Bridge. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is professor emeritus of English at the University of Kansas. He is the founding director of KU’s Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Gunn was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2015. He is also one of the last living Grand Master Award winners of the Golden Age of science fiction.


Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher.  In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, followed by Tor Teen, imprints dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, David Lubar and Kendare Blake. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields. In addition, Tor Books has been named Best Publisher 26 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

Exclusive Giveaway – “Karen Memory” by Elizabeth Bear!


The Pop Culture Pulse is excited to offer an exclusive giveaway of the new title from author, Elizabeth Bear. “Karen Memory” is the conclusion to her critically acclaimed Eternal Sky trilogy. The steampunk tale is set in a reimagined 19th century Seattle following the unforgettable story of a plucky heroine risking her life for friendship.

“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005 and has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction along with a Sturgeon Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

What You Get:

One winner will receive one (1) copy of the novel “Karen Memory” written by Elizabeth Bear.

How To Enter:

Please send an email with your name to Admin@thepopculturepulse.com with the subject line Karen Memory. We will be randomly selecting the winner on February 16th. Good luck!

Exclusive Book Giveaway from TOR! – Time Roads and Heart of Stone


Courtesy of Tor Books, we have two books to giveaway this month, “THE TIME ROADS” by Beth Bernobich and “HEART OF STONE” by Debra Mullins.

“The Time Roads” tells the story of Éire, one of the most powerful empires in the world. The official plot description is below:

The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.

The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown’s goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire’s mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future…and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.

Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game….

Bernobich previously won the Romantic Times Book Award for Best Epic Fantasy in 2010. Publishers Weekly also called her second book, Queen’s Hunt, “A masterful story of romance, honor, suspense, with plenty of history, geography, and mythology thrown in for good measure.”

“Heart of Stone” is a sexy and action packed tale set in the world of the lost city of Atlantis. You can see the official description below:

Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer.

Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her—just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped.

Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn’t count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?

Mullins is a Holt Medallion nominee, Romance Writers of America RITA award nominee, and National Readers Choice Award nominee. She previously released the popular novel Prodigal Son.

How to Enter:

Send an email to Admin@thepopculturepulse.com with the subject line that reads TOR Giveaway. In the email please tell us which book you would like and if you follow @TorBooks on twitter you get another entry!

Giveaway is only open to residents in US and Canada.

What You Get:

One copy of each title will be given away to one winner.


California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout Released

California Bones

Last week, Tor Books released an exciting new book from Greg Van Eekhout! “California Bones” is a daring heist story set in an alternate version of L.A. where magic is garnered by consuming the bones of dinosaurs or other magicians.

Eekhout previously authored the fantasy novel “Norse Code.” He is also the author of two middle-grade SF novels, “Kid Vs. Squid” and “The Boy at the End of the World” (a finalist for the Andre Norton Award).

The official plot for “California Bones” is as follows:

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones. Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power. For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There’s Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime. Extravagant and yet moving, California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality–different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.

Brandon Sanderson’s “Words of Radiance” Is a Masterpiece – Review


If you haven’t had the chance to read any work by Brandon Sanderson, you need to stop what you are doing and pick up one of his novels. I recently got the chance to read “Words of Radiance,” the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and found myself engrossed in a fantasy world like no other.

In “Words of Radiance” their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have to come expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will more into a new, dangerous phrase as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along; hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithiru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restores Knights Radiant, which mastering the powers of a Windrunner.

Sanderson does several things really well in this second installment. He has the precious ability of building and creating worlds of fiction and fantasy so they feel incredibly real. He also can write both battles and characters very well in a believable and genuine way.

Roshar is more than just another fantasy world. It is another character in the ever evolving storyline. That kind of dedication to a mere setting is something you don’t see very often.

Similarly to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, “Words of Radiance” features the viewpoints of several main characters allowing a more complete yet complex look at the overarching story. Having multiple viewpoints allows the reader to get a grasp of the bigger picture happening rather than just one character’s perception. Sanderson pulls the off seamlessly as he transitions to each person. You can see each character’s perception of the world around them in a dynamic and distinctive way.

One thing I found particularly marvelous about “Words of Radiance” was Sanderson’s ability to write women characters realistically. Male authors tend to have a difficulty writing females, particularly, I have noticed, in a science fiction/fantasy setting. I was SO glad to see that Sanderson treated women, you know, like normal people and not some exaggerated stereotype.

The best part of “Words of Radiance” is how the tale twists and turns and keeps surprising you when you least expect it. You think you have got it all figured out until all of sudden some small piece of the story emerges and changes the entire course of where you think it is heading.

“Words of Radiance:” is masterful, captivating, and a literary tour de force. Sanderson knows how to hook a reader almost immediately until you find yourself thinking about Roshar and Kaladin and Shallan and everyone else when you should be sleeping.

Brandon Sanderson Now On Tour For “Words of Radiance”


Tor Books announced this week that #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson is now on tour in support of his new epic fantasy novel, the much-anticipated “Words of Radiance.” The novel is the second book in The Stormlight Archive series and follow-up to “The Way of Kings.”

Currently, “Words of Radiance” is ranked #3 at Nook, #5 at Kindle, #2 at Apple, and #7 at Kobo. Nook features WOR front and center on their homepage, Google Play gave it top homepage placement, and Kobo gave it the “Hero Spot” in their New Release email as well as top placement on their site.

In addition, Apple iBooks announced that WOR was selected as one of their Top 10 Best Books of March! Apple will be promoting this exciting news all week via their website, in consumer emails and devices, and throughout social media. @iBooks has already tweeted it to their 363K followers!

Tor Books has also teamed up with Brandon for a special die-cut card promo, where 1,000+ dedicated fans and booksellers will receive a collectible pop-out action figure of Szeth “The Assassin in White,” one of the main characters in the series.

Details for the 18-city national road tour can be found here:  http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/01/words-of-radiance-tour-schedule.

The plot synopsis for “Words of Radiance” is as follows:

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.

Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.”  Now he must protect the  king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path.  Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

New James Cambias Novel, “A Darkling Sea,” Released

Darkling Sea - James Cambias

James Cambias has officially released his latest novel, “A Darkling Sea.” The science fiction adventure takes place on a distant planet where three alien species come head to head on a pitch black ocean floor miles beneath the ice cap.

In celebration of the release of “A Darkling Sea,” Tor Books has done something special and created tie-in websites for readers to engage with. IlmatarMission.com is a prop website for the “United Nations Interstellar Cooperation Agency” which features in Cambia’s novel. This is a very exciting opportunity for fans to learn more about the universe Cambias created. (Which you will most  definitely want to do!)

The websites include tons of bonus features:

  • A mission statement for Ilmatar Expedition III
  • Facts about Ilmatar
  • What we currently know about life on Ilmatar
  • A description of the Hitode Station
  • Crew bios where you can meet the personnel of the Ilmatar mission
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • The Ilmatar Expedition 111 Mission Blog
  • Information about The United Nations Interstellar Cooperation Agency
  • The personal website of the universally famous explorer and adventurer Henri Kerlerec, currently on mission with the Ilmatar Expedition.

A DARKLING SEA is the riveting tale of a far off ice planet and the three alien species who come head to head under its dark and frigid ocean. First, there are humans, still in the early stages of space exploration and excitedly conducting research via their sub-ocean base kilometers under the ice layer covering Ilmatar. Next, there are the Sholen, the first species humans interacted and forged an uneasy truce with. The thoughtful Sholen are weary of the human influence off of Earth and allow the research only under a strict agreement of non-interference with the indigenous life forms. And finally, there are the Ilmatarans: blind, enormous lobster like creatures who are seemingly yet unaware that they are not alone in the universe—but are certainly more intelligent than their observers might think. All is well until a reckless human adventurer gets himself captured and dissected by the curious  Ilmatarans—after which it’s a culture clash of galactic proportions and terrifying consequences.

Coming Soon from TOR Books: Two Serpents Rise on October 29, 2013

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The exciting new novel from Max Gladstone is almost here! His upcoming novel, “Two Serpents Rise” is an urban fantasy set in a remarkable world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities. The novel returns readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs. Although this is the second book in the series, it’s a stand-alone title about a new character in the same world. Continue reading Coming Soon from TOR Books: Two Serpents Rise on October 29, 2013