Ken Scholes Guest Post And ‘Requiem’ Giveaway Contest!
Guest post AND a giveaway contest? Today’s your lucky day, fellow geeks.
Ken Scholes is the author of the “Psalms of Isaak,” a fantasy/sci-fi series that will end up as a quintet. The fourth book in the series, “Requiem” was published this past Tuesday, June 18, 2013. I just got a copy of the first book, “Lamentation,” as I heard that the series is pretty good, but I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t give much insight into the near-quintet just yet. That being said, from what little I’ve read about it, I’m intrigued.
“The Psalms of Isaak” happens on Earth, but it’s not really our Earth anymore. All the action takes place in a future so far removed from the present that nothing of our civilization remains. The eponymous Isaak is a metallic android, and robots in a fantasy-esque world sounds like a cool combination to me. I’m a big fan of far-future sci-fi, of stories with a post-apocalyptic vibe to them, but not the end of our society. No, I’m interested in the collapse of the fifth or sixth civilization to rise on our planet, a world where forgotten technologies are so dazzlingly powerful that all who behold their workings think they must be of the gods. As Clarke’s Third Law says, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
If someone can call down fire that fuses the land into glass, that sickens all who see its flame and that poisons the ground for decades afterwards, they might be a vengeful wizard or someone with access to a nuclear bomb. If you’re unfamiliar with atomic theory, the results look the same. And that’s the sort of world Ken Scholes has created for us in “The Psalms of Isaac,” one in which I’m looking forward to wandering.
Geek Smash also has the great pleasure of sharing with you Mr. Scholes’ guest post about the writing of “The Psalms of Isaak,” which you can find on the next page. Additionally, Tor Books has granted us three copies of “Requiem,” the latest book in the series, to give away and you can find the entry form for that contest on page 3 of this article.