Nebula Award for Best Short Story nominee and local author Greg Van Eekhout’s latest book, Dragon Coast is a sequel to California Bones and Pacific Fire and sees the return of Sam, alive despite efforts to the contrary, trapped inside a rampaging dragon. Daniel must save his adopted son – but it isn’t going to be easy. Steven Gould calls Dragon Coast a “L.A noir as dark as La Brea tar.”
Fran Wilde debuts with her novel Updraft, described by Hugo winner Elizabeth Bear as “a fantasy world unlike any other!” Kirit Densira lives in a “city of living bones,” where the inhabitants get around on mechanical wings – and secrets abound. When Kirit starts to uncover certain dark truths, the government is determined to silence her. Wilde is a technology consultant and author. She’s previously taught writing and digital media, and her short fiction work has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s, Nature Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
And the final member of the trio, Adam Rakunas, is a stay at home parent, and the organizer of the periodic Southern California SFWA Reading Series, as well as a debut novelist. Publisher Angry Robot’s site’s brief synopsis of Windswept reads, “Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.” Adam’s website proclaims, “I am Rakunas, Devourer of Worlds. I mean, Tacos.” Join Adam, Fran, and Greg in devouring tacos and other refreshments from the spread provided by local taco shop, TacoSurf, thanks to the kind publishing folks at Tor Books.
Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul.
But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two.
Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, "axis mundi, " pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the "axis mundi"-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself.
And that's just the first obstacle.
Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.
Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.
As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever-if it isn't destroyed outright.
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she's supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She's only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies.
As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she's just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she's going to have to fight her way through the city's warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague.