Release Day: Stanislaw Lem, Wool, and Tim Pratt’s Briarpatch

Well, it’s another off-Tuesday release day well worth a post, as Audible Frontiers has released a long list of science fiction from Stanislaw Lem, including The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age and Mortal Engines Narrated by Scott Aiello and The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy, The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy, and Peace on Earth Narrated by David Marantz.

 

Also out today (Monday, August 27) is the much-lauded self-published sf series Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) By Hugh Howey, Narrated by Minnie Goode for Broad Reach Publishing. “This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.” The story was picked up by film director Ridley Scott earlier this year.

Still, all things considered, I’m most personally excited about and interested in one more title which is new today: Briarpatch By Tim Pratt, Narrated by Dave Thompson. “Darrin’s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago. Soon after losing her, he lost his job, and his car, and eventually his enthusiasm for life. He can’t imagine things getting worse – until he sees Bridget again, for the first time since she walked out, just moments before she leaps to her death from a bridge.” Why am I so interested?

Well, lots of reasons. Pratt’s fiction is awesome. The print publisher, ChiZine, puts out amazing dark fantasy fiction with regularity. It’s an ACX-matched project, and I’m still just fascinated by the way that side of things works. And, of course, the fact that narrator Thompson is a frequent contributor to this blog!

ALSO OUT TODAY:

EARLIER THIS WEEK:

  • Short: Beware the Black Battlenaut By Robert T. Jeschonek, Narrated by Randy Hames for Pie Press Publishing — Length:1 hr
  • Noise: A Novel By Darin Bradley, Narrated by Chris Patton for Audible RG — “This haunting debut from a brilliant new voice is sure to be as captivating as it is controversial, a shocking look at the imminent collapse of American civilization – and what will succeed it. In the aftermath of the switch from analog to digital TV, an anarchic movement known as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. Mixed in with the static’s random noise are dire warnings of the imminent economic, political, and social collapse of civilization-and cold-blooded lessons on how to survive the fall and prosper in the harsh new order that will inevitably arise from the ashes of the old.”
  • No Small Bills By Aaron Rosenberg, Narrated by Scott Hertzog for Crossroad Press — Length:9 hrs and 3 mins
  • The Martian Ambassador By Alan K. Baker, Narrated by Michael Maloney for Audible Ltd — Length:8 hrs and 49 mins — “London, 1899. It has been six years since the discovery of intelligent life on Mars, and relations between the two worlds are rapidly developing. Three-legged Martian omnibuses stride through the streets and across the landscape, while Queen Victoria has been returned to the vigour of youth by Martian rejuvenation drugs. Victorian computer technology is proceeding apace, thanks to the faeries who power the ‘cogitators’, while the first Æther zeppelins are nearing completion, with a British expedition to the Moon being planned for the following year. Everything seems to be going swimmingly, until Lunan R’ondd, Martian Ambassador to the Court of Saint James’s, dies while attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace.”
  • Mystery/Thriller: The Folks By Tammy Vreeland (2007) Narrated by Tammy Vreeland — Length:9 hrs and 32 mins — a 5-year old’s imaginary friends may be more than imaginary
  • Collection: Etched Deep & Other Dark Impressions By David Niall Wilson, Narrated by Al Dano for Crossroad Audio — Length:6 hrs and 24 mins
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