13/02/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
New novel written by Allan Cole and Russian fantasy author Nick Perumov.
SFF author Allan Cole dropped a line to SFcrowsnest.com with the following update on his doings of late.
Here is what the publisher's flap copy has to say about his new novel:
WHAT IF THE COLD WAR NEVER ENDED? What if a demonic cabal altered history to feed off a hatred that could never end? And then kept Americans and Russians on the razor-edge of war for a thousand years to satisfy that hunger?
But then one day in uttermost space thousands of innocents are killed-victims of "military error"-and the deadly balance is upset. Suddenly all that stands between Galactic annihilation of human and spirit-world creatures alike is a half-breed boy and a cranky old Engine Devil named Scratch.
For the first time in literary history, an American and a Russian writer combine forces to tell a tale that soars to the outer reaches of imagination. A place where fantasy and science fiction collide to create a world you have never experienced before.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
THE AMERICAN: The son of a CIA operative, Allan Cole was raised in Europe and the Far East. A former investigative reporter, his novels include the landmark science fiction series Sten, the acclaimed fantasy trilogy Tales Of The Timuras and the Vietnam War classic A Reckoning For Kings. His book The Far Kingdoms was a finalist in the British fantasy awards. Allan has sold more than a 150 television dramas, ranging from Quincy and The Rockford Files to Walker, Texas Ranger. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Kathryn.
THE RUSSIAN: Nick was voted the best European author at EuroCon in 2004 and best Russian fantasy writer that same year. Hailing from an old St. Petersburg family of Russian intellectuals and scientists, Nick became a respected microbiologist and physicist. Struck by the brilliance of Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings, he transformed himself into a Russian master of fantasy whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.
Allan goes on to say...
The book has already been published (in two hardback volumes) in Russian under the title, "Armageddon." It sold for what was then a Russian record of $30,000. My foreign agent, Danny Baror of Baror International, made certain the Russians put all the money up in advance.
Subsequently, the novel went on to break all kinds of Russian publishing records, remaining on the best seller list for more than a year - beaten only by the Sten novels by me and Chris, which were in the top ten best selling list for nearly two years.
So, that guaranteed me a U.S. publisher, right?
Although all the majors agreed that the book was not only exciting, but praised its literary qualities. However, in the current political climate, I could find no takers.
Finally, a Canadian publisher came to my rescue. Zumaya Books. They'll be putting out Lords Of Terror this March and are planning a big campaign (for a small publisher) to bring it to the public's attention.
I sort feel like one of those Vietnam era guys who had to go to Canada to get heard. >g<
Regardless, I'm pleased to finally see the book published in my native language - English.
More on his work over at www.acole.com
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