Mage Against the Machine, by Shaun BargerYou’d think alchemically combining science fiction and fantasy tropes would be too big a challenge for a debut author, but Shaun Barger asks you to politely hold his beer. This first novel is set in the 22nd century, a hundred years after an insane mage engineered a magical-nuclear holocaust,…
via This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Cross-Country Horror, Fairy Tales in Verse, and All of Earthsea — The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog (includes links that may be affiliate links – I can’t tell if they are affiliate links or merely tracking links who ordered a book/ebook from the Barnes and Noble (B&N) blog.
How I noticed the blog post initially, aside from the fact it showed up in my Readers list, was the mention of Earthsea – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-books-of-earthsea-ursula-k-le-guin/1127922743#/ (not an affiliate link). I haven’t read Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series in a long-time, but I was a fan of it when it first came out.
As I read through the other books in the list, a couple snagged my attention. One is a book on the Women of Star Wars, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/star-wars-amy-ratcliffe/1128869493#/ (not an affiliate link), written by a woman who co-hosts two podcasts on Star Wars. This is more for a friend who is a Star Wars fan than for me who is not a Star Wars fan. The second book, The Labyrinth Index – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-labyrinth-index-charles-stross/1127202741 (not an affiliate link), include the following tidbit (bolding added by me):
In this latest entry, he ups the ante by mixing Elder Gods, Nazgûl, vampires, and yet more frustrating bureaucracy into the mix as head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs,
I am also a fan of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was surprised to see the Nazgûl reference as Tolkien‘s estate is pretty strict about enforcing copyright unless the estate receives some kind of financial incentive; I don’t know if the estate has an arrangement with the author or not. However, even without an arrangement, the book is probably covered under the parody/satire exception to copyright which would prevent the estate from stopping the use of Nazgûl as U.S. copyright allows such exceptions.