Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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A Heck of a review

Peter Heck has given Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes, series a fine review in the latest Asimov’s.

He says:

Hughes puts together a complex plot, full of shady characters and exotic settings, worthy of Vance himself. Little touches—the cuisine of distant worlds, the names of ordinary things, the dance music of a far-future culture—are all reminiscent of Vance’s characteristic world building. And there are occasional side glances at the original Demon Princes novels—subtle hints I might have missed if I hadn’t recently re-read them—that help blend this new novel into the work that inspired it.

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Free ebook for sign-ups to my newsletter

A gentle reminder:  sign up for my monthly email newsletter and you’ll not only get news, free reads, and episodes of my autobiog-in-progress.  You’ll get a free ebook of 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn.

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Raffalon audiobook launches

The audiobook of 9 Tales of Raffalon is now available on Amazon.  They tell me it will be up on iTunes in a day or two.   The Amazon price is US$21.83.

It’s unabridged from the original eight stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, plus the first-ever Raff story (and the last one in the collection) that appeared in the bestselling anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and the late Gardner Dozois.

You can hear a five-minute sample in the Cockneyfied voice of Jack Wynters, who did a wonderful job of capturing the wry humor that infuses the stories.

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Free ebook for new newsletter sign-ups

I’m making an effort to grow the subscriber list for my monthly email newsletter. Starting now, I’m going to send a free Kindle ebook to every new sign-up.

The book is 9 TALES OF HENGHIS HAPTHORN, incorporating the six Hapthorn stories that led up to the novels, MAJESTRUM, THE SPIRAL LABYRINTH, and HESPIRA, plus some additions.

Hapthorn is the foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the ancient planet’s penultimate age. A superb rationalist, he is horrified to discover that the universe is about to shift its fundamental operating principle from cause-and-effect to “sympathetic association” — in other words, magic.

If I get a sprinkle of interest, I’ll send the ebook myself to new subscribers. I’ll have to wait for Mailchimp to let me know about new sign-ups, so there may be some hours’ delay between subscribing and receiving the book.

If the sprinkle becomes a flood, I’ll buy a better membership in Mailchimp and let them handle the work.

Here’s where to go to subscribe:

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Passengers & Perils – whole novel now on Amazon

So the experiment with Amazon’s short-fiction market was a bust.  I’ve speeded up the process of getting the whole novel up on Amazon as an ebook.

It’s live now, at the usual price of US$4.99.  The paperback will follow, along with the Kobo, Apple, etc. ebook.

My apologies to those faithful readers who bought the first few installments.  I’ll try to make it up to you by getting more books in print this year.

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