SciFi now and Tor put on an awesome contest earlier this year to find a fresh new face in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Hundreds of people from around the world submitted (hundreds? Around the world? For a contest run by Tor? I’m surprised it wasn’t thousands). The winner has been announced: The Nemesis List by RJ Frith.
First thing that came to mind upon hearing the news?
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Frith, the sun, the creator-god of the beloved book Watership Down. I bet El-ahrairah was behind this trickery too. But of course, I digress.
Anyways, it wasn’t all trickery. The pitch for RJ Frith’s book sounds really pretty interesting:
The Nemesis List follows a future where humanity has expanded into the stars, but at the price of its freedom under the confines of an autocratic and overbearing government. A result of human experimentation in a world where scientific achievement is strictly controlled, Jeven Jones finds himself caught up between soldiers, rebels, and more thanks to his ability for perfect recall, and the whims and desires of others to use it for their own agenda.
I’m looking forward to reading the work of Tor’s fresh new face. Hopefully the sales of his book will be large enough to bring another contest around!
If interested, you can read a short sample of my entry here.