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New from infinity plus: No Grave for a Fox, and Muezzinland: the author’s edition

Following the success earlier this year of Beautiful Intelligence, Stephen Palmer’s fast-paced philosophical thriller exploring the emergence and nature of artificial sentience, infinity plus closes 2015 with two more titles from this author: No Grave for a Fox, a short novel set a few years after the close of Beautiful Intelligence; and a new edition of Muezzinland, the author’s preferred text of the third in this novel sequence.

No Grave for a Fox by Stephen Palmer

No Grave For A Fox by Stephen PalmerAvailable in print and ebook formats, 20 December 2015
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/book.php?book=spngfaf

Ebook: Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

Print (ISBN: 1519390874): Amazon US – Amazon UK – CreateSpace – and other booksellers

In Beautiful Intelligence Stephen Palmer told a global story of artificial intelligence in a fractured, dangerous future, overseen by the eyes of the nexus. Now in No Grave For A Fox he continues the tale, returning to Kid Indigo, the mysterious AI last seen isolated and disorientated in the ruins of Seattle.

The year is 2110. In Africa, water and food shortages force many people to exist hand-to-mouth, including a couple of itinerant street musicians, Ibrahim and Elodie. When a Japanese dog appears one evening at a gig, Elodie befriends it, but soon the lives of the couple are entangled with both the dog and enigmatic nexus wizard Zouhair Fox.

Soon the trio find themselves taking part in a nexus revolution that threatens to cover Africa, and perhaps the whole world.

The short novel, No Grave For A Fox, is a second fast-paced, philosophical thriller that takes the reader across the globe through a post-oil world of danger, surprise and possibility.

“…a thrilling chase across a ravaged Europe, a burgeoning North Africa and balkanised US, interleaving excellent action set-pieces with fascinating philosophising on the nature of consciousness. A gripping read to the poignant last line.” The Guardian, on Beautiful Intelligence

“A bracingly imaginative novel… a rich, complex vision of a relatively near future which in some ways is familiar, in others, startlingly alien… a work which looks to a diverse global future with excitement and verve.” Gary Dalkin, Amazing Stories, on Beautiful Intelligence

“Palmer is a writer of unique and remarkable imagination.” Teresa Edgerton, SFF Chronicles

 

Muezzinland: the author’s edition by Stephen Palmer

Muezzinland: the author's edition by Stephen PalmerAvailable in print and ebook formats, 20 December 2015
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/book.php?book=spamuez

Ebook: : Amazon US – Amazon UK – Barnes and Noble – Kobo – Apple – Smashwords

Print (ISBN: 1519391862): Amazon US – Amazon UK – CreateSpace – and other booksellers

Two sisters on the run, both pursued by their mother. But when this mother is the Empress of Ghana and one of the most powerful people in the world, it is no ordinary chase. And life has changed in the mid twenty second century. The aether is a telepathic cyberspace. Biochips augment human brains. AIs, concepts, even symbols can be dangerous.

Mnada is heir to the Ghanaian throne, yet something has been done to her brain that has made her insane, something to send her fleeing north across jungle and desert towards the mysterious place called Muezzinland.

Nshalla is relegated to the status of puppet, ignored, yet also part of her mother’s plan; she follows her sister’s flight, determined to discover the truth behind Muezzinland.

And the Empress herself, possessing the most modern technology with which to recapture her daughters – androids, morphic tools, orbital stations, all powered by a ruthless will. But not even she can predict what might happen should the family be reunited, least of all if it is inside Muezzinland…

Set in a vivid and fascinating future, Muezzinland is a tour de force of the imagination from the author of Beautiful Intelligence and No Grave for a Fox.

An earlier version of this novel was first published in 2003. This 2015 edition is the author’s preferred text.

“…a tour de force in imagining possibilities that lie beyond our information age… If you enjoy the full immersion experience of neo-magic, you’ll [like] Muezzinland.” Gwyneth Jones, New York Review Of SF

“…succeeds when many other similar attempts to fuse the mythic and the modern fail… in Muezzinland, the hybrid thrives, creating a compelling and cohesive vision… It’s an unusual and successful combination.” Matrix

“While the plot can be read as a relatively straightforward thriller, the book as a whole is considerably more than this. It succeeds in integrating the elements of myth and high technology, producing something of a hybrid that feels right.” Vector

 

Details of all infinity plus books can be found at http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/


The Guardian on Beautiful Intelligence

Great review of Stephen Palmer’s Beautiful Intelligence over at the Guardian: “…a thrilling chase across a ravaged Europe, a burgeoning North Africa and balkanised US, interleaving excellent action set-pieces with fascinating philosophising on the nature of consciousness. A gripping read to the poignant last line.”

Full review at the Guardian.


New: Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

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AI or BI? Artificial intelligence or beautiful intelligence?

The race to create a sentient machine is headed by two teams, led by former researchers at Ichikawa Laboratories, who escape the regime there – and each other – to pursue their own dreams in the world beyond Japan.

Leonora Klee is creating a single android with a quantum computer brain, whose processing power has never before been achieved.

Manfred Klee is creating a group of individuals, none of them self-aware, in the hope that they will raise themselves to consciousness.

But with a Japanese chase team close on their heels, will either be successful before they are trapped and caught?

Beautiful Intelligence is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller that confronts questions of how we will create artificial sentience, and whether it will be beautiful.

“A supremely odd yet deeply rewarding experience…” Jason Pettus, CCLAP

“Stephen Palmer is a find.” Time Out

“Stephen Palmer is a writer you should read. His work is unique, original, sometimes challenging, always fresh and sometimes barking…” Amazing Stories

Cover by Steve Jones
Published: 01 Jul 2015

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Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1511550627): Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers


Cyberpunk novel-bundle deal about to close…

 

Less than two days remaining on this thirteen-novel offer!Cyberpunk Storybundle

Available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk:

A bundle of cyberpunk novels from top authors, including Frank Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Melissa Scott and David Bischoff. Oh, and yours truly, of course.

And what’s more, you get to choose how much you want to pay! If you pay $3 or more you get these titles:

  • Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
  • The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
  • PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
  • The Accord by Keith Brooke
  • On My Way to Paradise by David Farland

Pay $15 or more, and you get these additional titles:

  • Immortal by Steven Savile
  • High-Opp by Frank Herbert
  • Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
  • Dreamships by Melissa Scott
  • Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
  • The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
  • Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr

And when you buy you can select to donate part of your payment to charity.

This bundle of books is coordinated by Steven Savile, whose novel Immortal appears here exclusively a month ahead of its publication anywhere else. Of this bundle, he says:

“Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”

The Cyberpunk Storybundle is available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk. All books are available in a variety of DRM-free formats.


Going cyberpunk for charity

Cyberpunk Storybundle

Available only until 1st October, my novel The Accord is featured in a bundle of thirteen cyberpunk novels, curated by bestselling author Steven Savile and featuring such notable award-winning and bestselling authors as Melissa Scott, Kevin J Anderson, Billy Dee Williams (Lando!), Frank Herbert and David Bischoff.

The deal is simple: pick a price you’re willing to pay, pay it, and get a bunch of great books. Minimum price is $3, for which you get six novels, by Kevin J Anderson, Melissa Scott and Jo Graham, David Bischoff, Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor, Keith Brooke, and David Farland. Pay a minimum of $15 and you get the complete set of thirteen novels.

Not bad, eh?

But to make it even better, you can opt for a proportion of what you pay to go to charity. Our chosen charities are Girls Write Now and Mighty Writers, and we’re hoping to raise them great big bucket-loads of cash.

The Cyberpunk Storybundle is available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk for the period 10th September 2014 to 1st October 2014, inclusive. All books are available in a variety of DRM-free formats.

Our charities

Girls Write Now

Girls Write Now helps mentor girls so they can develop writing skills, leading to a more successful future no matter what path they decide to choose.

Distinguished as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Girls Write Now is New York’s first and only organization with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. From young women exploring writing to seasoned professionals practicing their craft every day, GWN is a community of women writers dedicated to providing guidance, support, and opportunities for high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices and write their way to a better future.

Over the past 15 years, more than 4,500 underserved teen girls have benefitted from the GWN community and 100% of seniors in our flagship mentoring program go on to college—bringing with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence. Girls Write Now has built a record of achievement and innovation recognized twice by the White House, by The New York Times, and the MacArthur Foundation, and evidenced by the hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing awards our girls have earned.

Mighty Writers

As avid readers, we’re always on the lookout for new authors and new titles. So what better way to make sure there will always be new authors than to help train the next generation of aspiring kids. Not only will they gain appreciation for the writing process itself, but the confidence this gives them will allow them to succeed in other areas of learning.

Mighty Writers’ mission is to teach Philadelphia kids to think and write with clarity. Our free programs combat the literacy crisis in a city where nearly half of high school students drop out and some 50% of working-age adults are functionally illiterate (can’t read bank statements, fill out job applications or easily comprehend news articles).

Today, Mighty Writers offers year-round writing programs for some 1,000 kids and teens, ages seven to 17, with help from 300 volunteers. At our headquarters in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods, we offer an after-school writing academy, themed writing workshops, one-on-one mentorships, a weekly teen lounge, SAT preparatory courses and college essay writing classes. Our programs draw students from more than 125 city schools (public, parochial, magnet, charter, cyber, home) and an array of communities.


Thirteen bargain novels in the Cyberpunk Storybundle

Cyberpunk Storybundle

Available for a limited time only, from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk:

A bundle of cyberpunk novels from top authors, including Frank Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Melissa Scott and David Bischoff. Oh, and yours truly, of course.

And what’s more, you get to choose how much you want to pay! If you pay $3 or more you get these titles:

  • Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
  • The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
  • PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
  • The Accord by Keith Brooke
  • On My Way to Paradise by David Farland

Pay $15 or more, and you get these additional titles:

  • Immortal by Steven Savile
  • High-Opp by Frank Herbert
  • Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
  • Dreamships by Melissa Scott
  • Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
  • The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
  • Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr

This bundle of books is coordinated by Steven Savile, whose novel Immortal appears here exclusively a month ahead of its publication anywhere else. Of this bundle, he says:

“Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”

The Cyberpunk Storybundle is available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk for the period 10th September 2014 to 1st October 2014, inclusive. All books are available in a variety of DRM-free formats.


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