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The Tale of the Five / The "Middle Kingdoms Sequence"

   

This is the series the first volume of which marked Diane Duane's entry into the fantasy field, and brought her her first award nomination (for the John W. Campbell Award for best new SF/fantasy writer). Since then the Tale of the Five has been hailed for its early groundbreaking approach to sword and sorcery, as relevant now as when the books made their debut.

The three "Middle Kingdoms" novels are now available as ebooks in all the major formats. Click on the cover images for download / purchase info.

The Tale of the Five / The "Middle Kingdoms Sequence"


   


This is the series the first volume of which marked Diane Duane's entry into the fantasy field, and brought her her first award nomination (for the John W. Campbell Award for best new SF/fantasy writer). Since then the Tale of the Five has been hailed for its early groundbreaking approach to sword and sorcery, as relevant now as when the books made their debut.

The three "Middle Kingdoms" novels are now available as ebooks in all the major formats. Click on the cover images for download / purchase info.

DD's podcast for the 365 Days of Astronomy, 2009: "Dancing In The Dark"

 

December 24, 2009: DD's podcast for the International Year of Astronomy project, 365 Days of Astronomy, has now been posted at the project website. The title is "Dancing in the Dark: Deities, Celebrations, and the Bottom of the Year."

There’s something about the end of the year that makes people a little crazy… maybe because the Winter Solstice and the dark days surrounding it have presented human beings with numerous problems over the millennia that people have been building calendars and trying to run their lives by them. Will the days get longer again by themselves, or do we need to give the Sun a helping hand? Should this be our god’s birthday, or would Spring be better? Is this a bad time to end the year, or a good one? And when it does end… where’s the party?

Click here to read a transcript or download the podcast.

If you've already heard the podcast or read the transcript and are looking for the supplementary materials, click here for the additional-info link page.

"Raetian Tales 1: A Wind from the South": the audiobook is out!

 

This is so cool! I didn't know that this was going to be coming out so quickly. Just this last Friday, Audible popped out the audiobook edition of Raetian Tales 1: A Wind from the South.

A goddess in the making... or a demon reborn? In the remote mountain village where she was born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled life of a peasant girl - until, soon after a mysterious stranger's arrival, she starts to hear voices in the wind. The voices whisper strange secrets in Mariarta's ears, promising her the power to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown, magical heritage, and prophesying a fate marvelous past all of Mariarta's imaginings.

Then a curse falls on Mariarta's village, shattering the lives of her family and friends. Mariarta must set out across the mountain realm of Raetia in search of a way to break the curse - while also hunting for the truth about the beautiful and terrible being who Mariarta discovers is trying to possess her soul.

Mariarta's search will lead her into hidden domains of sorcery, both dreadful and wondrous, and will finally embroil the young woman in the growing rebellion against her land's cruel Austriac oppressors - but not before Mariarta comes face to face at last with the immortal Lady of the Storms and challenges her to one final battle for control of her life, her soul, and her destiny....

The audiobook is unabridged, and is nicely read by Jessica Almasy, featuring Audible's usual high production standards. (And for those of you who prefer to read it in e-version, of course it's also available over here at the Ebooks Direct Store in the major formats.) In either format, this work is rated PG-15 for mature themes, language (Romansch), and the reinvention of democracy... Enjoy!

(PS: For those readers who use Google Earth, we have a basic placemarks file available, showing the major (and minor) locations involved in the book. You can download the file at this link.)

 

Single project template

Medium:

Novel

Genre:

Fantasy

Subgenre(s):

Heroic fantasy / sword and sorcery

Series / license:

Middle Kingdoms series / "Tale of the Five"

First publication:

1979, mass-market paperback, Dell Publishing Co.: ISBN 0440118743

Awards / nominations:

Two-time John W. Campbell Award nominee

US editions:

Mass-market paperback, Dell Publishing Co., 1979: ISBN 0-440-11874-3

Trade paperback, Bluejay Books, 1984: ISBN 0-312-94107-2

Mass market paperback, Tor Books, 1985: ISBN 0-812-53671-1

Omnibus trade paperback (with The Door into Shadow, Meisha Merlin Books, 2001

World editions:

UK: mass market trade paperback, Methuen/Magnet Books, Great Britain, 1981: ISBN 0-417-05850-0

Germany: mass market German edition, as DIE TUR INS FEUER: Heyne Verlag, 1988, ISBN 3-453-02352-8

UK: mass-market edition, Corgi Books, January 1991: ISBN 0-552-13661-1

Ebook editions

Errantry Press, 2010: Ebooks Direct | Smashwords | Kobo.com

Covers / graphics:

          

Quotes:

"Good strong stuff with the right light touch." (Terry Pratchett)

"Expands the limits of the swords and sorcery genre. Exciting, magical, intelligent."
(Publishers Weekly)

Summary:

Herewiss is the only man in centuries to possess the Power of the blue Flame, but he can't use or control it -- not even to help his dearest friend, Freelorn, exiled prince of Arlen. Herewiss does have a talent for more mundane sorcery, and (aided by the unearthly creature Sunspark) he uses it to rout the armies besieging Freelorn. But now Herewiss faces a devastating choice.

With or without the Power, his time is running out. Should he join Freelorn in his fight to regain his kingdom? Or should he seek out the ancient keep in the Waste where doors lead into other worlds -- perhaps even the door whose use will teach him to control the Power that he must master or die?...

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"The House"

An ambitious teenager takes on a (para)science fair project guaranteed to cause more trouble than she's imagined...

She couldn’t think when the subject, or the room, had last actually been called “Home Economics”. Both had certainly undergone a lot of changes over time as people shied away from the rampant un-correctness of it being seen as a “girls only” subject involved with making your own clothes and feeding-and-cleaning-up-after somebody else, usually a husband. These days the class was called “Family and Consumer Science”, and was an elective, taught only for a quarter semester every year because its uptake was just so small. There were usually a few guys who got involved with it, seeing it as a gateway to some kind of career in food service management, and a few girls who either were already excellent cooks and felt like taking a class that would be no effort for easy credit.

“Mrs. B?” Brianna said, standing there and glancing around. The place was empty – there were normally no classes this early in the day. “Mrs. Baldwin?...”

No answer. Brianna was just turning to go when, in the middle of the room, between two of the stainless-steel cooking demo stations, a cloud of black smoke burst up from the floor. Out of it, a moment later, walked Mrs. Baldwin, fanning the air in front of her a little...


"The House" originally appeared in Witch High, an anthology from DAW Books, and has been republished in DD's ebook anthology Uptown Local and Other Interventions.

Now out in a new edition: A Wind from the South

The first of the Raetian Tales, A Wind from the South is now available in new trade paperback and hardcover editions with a stunning wraparound cover.

In the remote mountain village where she was born, Mariarta lives the untroubled life of a peasant girl...until, after a mysterious stranger's arrival, she starts to hear voices in the wind. The voices whisper strange secrets in Mariarta’s ears – promising her the power to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown magical heritage, and prophesying a fate marvelous past Mariarta’s imaginings.

Then a curse falls on her village, shattering the lives of Mariarta’s family and friends. Now she must set out across the mountain realm of Raetia in search of a way to break the curse–while also hunting for the truth about the beautiful and terrible being who iss trying to possess her soul.

Mariarta’s search will lead her into hidden domains of sorcery, and will embroil the young woman in the growing rebellion against her land's cruel Austriac oppressors. But not before Mariarta comes face to face at last with the immortal Lady of the Storms, challenging her to one final battle for control of her life, her soul, and her destiny...

This novel is rated PG-15 for mature themes, language (Romansch), and the reinvention of democracy.

Spock's World (Ebook Edition)


Spock's World

It is the twenty-third century. On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet's ruling council -- and summoned the U.S.S. Enterprise™ from halfway across the galaxy, to bring Vulcan's most famous son home in its hour of need.

As Commander Spock, his father Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulcan's future, the planet's innermost secrets are laid before us, from its beginnings millions of years ago to its savage prehistory, from merciless tribal warfare to medieval court intrigue, from the exploration of space to the the development of o'thia -- the ruling ethic of logic. And Spock -- torn between his duty to Starfleet and the unbreakable ties that bind him to Vulcan -- must find a way to reconcile both his own inner conflict and the external dilemma his planet faces...lest the Federation itself be ripped asunder.

Diane Duane, author of three previous bestselling STAR TREK novels and an episode of the new STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION® television series, as well as countless other bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels, has crafted a tale of unprecedented scope and imagination, at once a generations-spanning historical novel and a thrilling science fiction adventure.

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