26/03/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Solaris has made a new acquisition from debut author Tim Akers. Heart of Veridon is the first book in the Burn Cycle. Jacob Burn is a disgraced airship pilot, and a man augmented by strange implants designed to keep him alive in combat conditions. An exiled son of nobility, he now makes his own way in the criminal underworld of Veridon, the City of Cog.
But soon Jacob finds himself caught in a conspiracy of sabotage and murder between the government and the church, a mystery that stretches back into the roots of the city of Veridon itself. Heart of Veridon is a steampunk fantasy thriller from a major new talent.
Solaris Assistant Editor Mark Newton said: “Tim Akers is a superb stylist, a writer who can tell a stunning story. Everyone at Solaris was very excited when we read Tim’s work, and we are all convinced he’ll be a great name in the genre.”
Tim Akers was born in deeply rural North Carolina, the only son of a theologian. He moved to Chicago to attend college, where he lives with his wife of thirteen years and their German Shepherd. He splits his time between databases and fountain pens. His short fiction has been published in Chiaroscuro, Electric Velocipede and Interzone, and will be featured in the Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume 3.
He blogs over at http://shadoth.blogspot.com
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