April 30th, 2004

bear by san

we now return you to your regularly scheduled moment of squeee....

I just got permission to post the cover copy for Hammered. I feel like such a grown-up writer, today!

Hmm. Soon, cover art. Oh no. *g*

I only got around six hundred words yesterday. It was just one of those days. So I must buckle down and do some words this morning. I have three hours before I have to go get the boy.

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for... or, at least, I have....


They wired her brain.
Now, they need her soul...


Elizabeth Bear

"A very exciting, very polished, very impressive debut." - Mike Resnick

[Bantam Paperback logo] [Spectra logo] Science Fiction HAMMERED Elizabeth Bear


Be sure not to miss Elizabeth Bear's next exciting novel


Coming in Summer 2005

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The waters have risen. The wars have been fought. And the only way forward is through one woman's mind....

Once Jenny Casey was somebody's daughter. Once she was somebody's enemy. Now, the former Canadian special forces warrior lives on the hellish streets of Hartford, Connecticut in the year 2062. Racked with pain, hiding from the government she served, running with a crime lord so she can save a life or two, Jenny is a month shy of fifty, and her artificially reconstructed body has started to unravel. But she is far from forgotten. A government scientist needs the perfect subject for a high-stakes artificial intelligence project, and has Jenny in his sights.

Suddenly, Jenny Casey is a pawn in a furious battle, waged in the corridors of the internet, on the streets of battered cities, and in the complex wirings of her half manmade nervous system. And she needs to gain control of the game, before a brave new future spins completely out of control.

"A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek inside a future we'd all better hope we don't get...Elizabeth Bear builds her future nightmare tale with style and conviction and a constant return to the twists of the human heart." - Richard Morgan

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Advanced Praise for HAMMERED

"A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek inside a future we'd all better hope we don't get, liberally seasoned with VR delights and enigmatically weird alien artifacts. Genevieve Casey is a pleasingly original female lead, fully equipped with the emotional life so often lacking in military SF yet tough and full of noir attitude; old enough by a couple of decades to know better but conflicted enough to engage with the sleazy dynamics of her situation regardless. Out of this basic contrast, Elizabeth Bear builds her future nightmare tale with style and conviction and a constant return to the twists of the human heart." - Richard Morgan

"Packed with a colorful panoply of characters, a memorable and likeable anti-heroine, and plenty of action and intrigue, Hammered is a superbly written novel that combines high tech, military industrial politics, and complex morality. There is much to look forward to in new writer Elizabeth Bear." - Karin Lowachee, Campbell-award nominated author of Warchild and Burndive

"Even in scenes where there is no violent action, or even much physical action at all, the thoughts and emotions of Ms. Bear's characters, as well as the dynamic tensions of their relationships, create an impression of feverish activity going on below the surface and liable to erupt into plain view at any moment...The language is terse and vivid, punctuated by ironic asides whose casual brutality-sometimes amusing, sometimes shocking-speaks volumes about these people and their world...This is a superior piece of work by a writer of enviable talents. I look forward to reading more!" - Paul Witcover, author of Waking Beauty

"Hammered is one helluva good novel! Elizabeth Bear writes tight and tough and tender about grittily real people caught up in a highly inventive story of a wild and wooly tomorrow that grabs the reader from the get-go and will not let go. Excitement, intrigue, intelligence-and a sense of wonder, too! Who could ask for anything more?" - James Stevens-Arce, author of Soulsaver, Best First Novel 2000 (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

"In this promising debut novel, Elizabeth Bear deftly weaves thought-provoking ideas into an entertaining and tight narrative." - Dena Landon, author of Shapeshifter's Quest (Dutton, Fall 2004)

"A glorious hybrid: hard science, dystopian geopolitics, and wide-eyed sense-of-wonder seamlessly blended into a single book. I hate this woman. She makes the rest of us look like amateurs." - Peter Watts, Ph.D, author of Starfish and Maelstrom
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Random rangirl moment of the month.

I had a ginormous cross-platform fangirl revelation today. There's a character in the Man From UNCLE episode "The Master's Touch Affair" who is named Mandor. (Half of you have already figured out where I'm going with this--) Who is a manipulative, suave, tricky son of a bitch who runs everybody. (Played by Jack Lord! omgwtfbbq!)

Well, I have to say that I've been a Zelazny fan for, um. And I've been a member of Amberlist and the Amber DRPG community for um.... Over a decade now. And every so often they get into this "who should play whom in an theoretical Amber movie" casting thread. And I've been claiming since 1993 or so that David McCallum circa 1968 *is* Random of Amber.

...well, the villain in the second Amber series is named Mandor. Who is a manipulative, suave, tricky son of a bitch who runs everybody.

And Zelazny started writing the first series in the late sixties.

And I had this sudden, gobsmacking realization that Corwin and Random are Napoleon and Illya.

And I died.

Right there on the living room floor.

This is a dead fangirl talking. I mean, Corwin even looks like Robert Vaughn with green eyes. *g*

I know Roger cookied all sorts of weird things in those books--he's in them himself, in a bit part as a castle guard named Roger who's writing a novel on the side. And the John Ostrander comic book character Grimjack/John Gaunt makes an appearance as well. So it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility. But the fact remains, that whether Roger went there or not, now that I have, I can never get free again.
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"Supermodel cheekbones, equity and cash/ Milliseconds later piles of ash

Don't take no time to bang from flash, everything's on fire."

check out buymeaclue's Derby Haiku.

'cause yeah.

Tomorrow is Derby Day? How the Hell did that happen?

Whew. Progress! 2,262 words on Worldwired today, for a MS total of 14,280. Two scenes written. Reason for stopping: end of scene, and bed time. Bedtime!

Actual plot happened. Film at 11.
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