|You’re invited to Mysterious Galaxy’s party for Southern CA native, San Diego author, and former Changing Hands bookseller Greg Van Eekhout, on the publication date for Pacific Fire, the sequel to California Bones, which introduced readers to the darkly fantastic Kingdom of Southern California and Daniel Blackland and golem Sam. (See Patrick’s review here.) And check out Greg’s short electronic story, “As Far As You Can Go,” which previously appeared in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction 24th Annual Collection. Greg will discuss writing, snacks, gardening, dogs, and osteomancy.
I’m Sam. I’m just this guy.
Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. With a lot of work, I might be able to wield magic myself. I kind of doubt it, though. Not like Daniel Blackland can.
Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. He’s also the reason I’ve lived my entire life on the run. Ten years of never, ever going back to Los Angeles. Daniel’s determined to protect me. To teach me.
But it gets old. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. I’ll never do anything normal. Like attend school. Or date a girl.
Now it’s worse. Because things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Now Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. (Many of them. All named Emma. It’s a long story.) They seem to be healing him, but he isn’t going anyplace soon.
Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m good at escaping from things. Now I’ve escaped from Daniel and the Emmas, and I’m on my way to LA.
This may be the worst idea I ever had.
About the Author
Greg van Eekhout is the author of California Bones, as well as a previous fantasy novel with Bantam Books, 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). He lives in San Diego, California.
A teen and his robot companion cross a dangerous city landscape filled with monsters and machines to reach the fabled, faraway sea.