You know, we’re not ones for blowing our own trumpets, except on special occasions, such as when we’re awake and blogging, but I must say, the Angry Robot authors are a brilliant bunch. Funny, smart, interesting, and always worth reading, whether it’s their fiction or their non-fiction.
Take Aliette de Bodard, for instance. A brilliant novelist, an acclaimed short story writer, and an all round good egg. The second part on her series outlining the truth behind the fiction in her debut novel Servant of the Underworld is now online at her website. Fascinating reading, even if you haven’t yet read the novel. Today’s piece is entitled The City of Tenochtitlan and the Migration Myth.
So, why Tenochtitlan? I briefly touched on Tenoch in the previous post, the semi-mythical leader of the Mexica who gave his name to Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Empire. In reality, it’s a little more complex: like the name “Mexica”, there are several interpretations of the name Tenochtitlan. One of those is “The place of the prickly pear cactus”, and this refers to the founding of Tenochtitlan.
Over at Book Chick City (great name for a blog!) our other January debut novelist, the equally wonderful Lavie Tidhar begins his blog tour; he talks about heroes and villains, and how they fit in and around his steampunk romp, The Bookman.
Part of the fun of writing a steampunk novel – and it is a lot of fun – is visiting – or re-visiting – familiar characters not only from the fiction of the period but from the fiction that followed. No one does the sly cameo better than Kim Newman, of course – his Anno Dracula and sequels remains a venerable Who’s Who of Victorian literature, not to mention Italian horror movies and so much more besides – but in writing my own The Bookman I took great joy in introducing, sometimes in significant roles, sometimes only in passing, some of those loved characters that still draw us to read books long after their authors have died.
And over at Torque Control, the website for the editor of Vector (the British Science Fiction Association journal of critical review), Niall Harrison lists some of the books he’s particularly looking forward to in 2010. Three of the first 9 listed are Angry Robot titles. Which is nice. 🙂