Monday, August 4, 2008

"The Ashes of Worlds"

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than ninety novels, 43 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader’s Choice Award, the American Physics Society’s Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

He applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, The Ashes of Worlds, and reported the following:
“Desperately alone aboard the warliner — far from Earth, far from Ildira, far from anyone — Jora’h struggled to remain sane. Huddled in his private quarters, he had no idea how many days had passed. He felt only the gulf of emptiness extending forever.”

The Ashes of Worlds, the seventh and final volume in my science fiction epic “The Saga of Seven Suns,” is set on a stage of many planets and vast space, with alien empires and dozens of characters (human and otherwise). Jora’h (in the sample above) is the leader of the Ildiran empire, a race of people who are faintly connected by telepathy and who are terrified to be cut off and alone. But he has been taken as a prisoner of war in the galactic conflict by the human military...and the worst thing they can do to him is to isolate him, seal him alone in a space ship in the emptiness between stars.

Of course, it’s impossible to summarize the previous six volumes here, all the characters, the space battles, the clashing races, the star-crossed lovers, the lost civilizations and strange technological relics. “The Saga of Seven Suns” contains everything that I love about science fiction. I hope you’ll take a look.
Read an excerpt from The Saga of Seven Suns: The Ashes of Worlds, and learn more about the author and his work at Kevin J. Anderson's website, WordFire.

Check out the complete list of books in the Page 69 Test Series.

--Marshal Zeringue