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Audio Interview with Del Rey Spectra Editor, Dave Pomerico by Sherin Nicole
Review by Sherin Nicole
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Date: 18 November 2010 /

After the Del Rey Spectra panel at NY Comic Con I had the opportunity to sit down with editor Dave Pomerico.

The Audio Interview (will open in your media player):
Part 1 of Interview
Part 2 of Interview

Part One: In this segment Dave and I chat about the CAGE MATCH. This year it's a battle between bad guys. If you haven't voted for your favorite villain in match-ups like PENNYWISE the Clown versus DR. HORRIBLE...well, what's wrong with you? Get over there and join the tourney! There's not much better than a Super Villain Smackdown.

Here are the brackets (Click on Image to get full-sized version):

Here's an introductory video:

Part Two: NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES. In the second segment Dave and I discussed into some of his recommended reads from Del Rey Spectra’s currently available and upcoming releases. There are some very exciting offerings on the horizon.

Upcoming from Del Rey Spectra – Highlights from the NY Comic Con Panel

Fabulous news, it looks like the new George R.R. Martin will be turned in by the end of the year—five chapters left to go.

Ann McCaffrey enjoyed Todd McCaffrey’s return to Pern, Dragongirl, so much she’ll revisit her famous cliffs to co-write the next book.

Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy (available now) is the first in a new series about a Boston tailor who senses lies and is compelled to point them out. She’s the perfect hire for a Fairy prince who seeks the truth to learn who murdered his brother. Next in the series: Wayfinder.

Noise by Darin Bradley (available now) was edited by, our guest, Dave Pomerico. He spoke about it at length but, much like the proverbial dog, my computer ate it. I can tell you it sounds like a great post-apocalyptic ride. From the back of the book:

This haunting debut from a brilliant new voice is sure to be as captivating as it is controversial, a shocking look at the imminent collapse of American civilization—and what will succeed it.

In the aftermath of the switch from analog to digital TV, an anarchic movement known as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. Mixed in with the static’s random noise are dire warnings of the imminent economic, political, and social collapse of civilization—and cold-blooded lessons on how to survive the fall and prosper in the harsh new order that will inevitably arise from the ashes of the old.

Hiram and Levi are two young men, former Scouts and veterans of countless Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Now, on the blood-drenched battlefields of university campuses, shopping malls, and gated communities, they will find themselves taking on new identities and new moralities as they lead a ragtag band of hackers and misfits to an all-but-mythical place called Amaranth, where a fragile future waits to be born.

Native Star by M.K. Hobson (available now): Native American Steam Punk plus a cross-country adventure with a warlock. Sounds like good times, so I snagged a copy for review.

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane (available now) is the second book in The Disillusionists Trilogy and features a hypochondriac heroine who fights paranormal crime.

Shotgun Sorceress by Lucy A. Sunder (available now): In this second book "the author really goes for it".

The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster is a SF series set in a world where augmentation is the norm. "When everyone is alien what does it mean to be human?" 11/23/2010

Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the second in their "cats in space series. Every ship needs a ship's cat, they’re the Barque cats (originally from the Rowan series). Descendants of Egyptian sacred cats return to save the Barque cats from a plague, and to avert a plot to take over the universe. 12/7/2010

Michael Moorcock’s Elric is one of the first anti-heroes—one with a soul-sucking sword. Oh my! The original books will be rereleased with new material in Swords and Roses—a different artist illustrates each book. 12/28/2010

The Conqueror's Shadow by Ari Marmell will release, mass market, on 12/28/2010. I'm looking forward to checking out this story featuring a Big Bad with wicked armor who gets stuck saving the kingdom. Classic fantasy. "Lots of fights and orcs. You've gotta have orcs".

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning releases 1/28/2011. This frenetic UF series, set in Dublin, sweeps you up and wrings you out—of course you’ll enjoy every minute. (Pardon me while I happy dance.)

Bloodshot by Cherie Priest piqued my attention and I begged for a review copy. Luckily there were several copies available at the Del Rey Spectra booth. This 1/25/2011 release is the first in a new UF series. “Wonderful and snarky. Fun with vampires and a kick ass drag queen.” Drew Bittner and I both have review copies, so look out for our thoughts.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch is another selection that comes highly recommended by my guest, Dave Pomerico. I'm all in: A London cop becomes the apprentice to the last wizard in London. "Fresh new voice" and so much fun the editor bought three books in the series off the bat. Look for it on 1/25/2011 and for a review in January, by Drew Bittner or me.

The River of Shadows, followed up by April 2011's The Red Wolf Conspiracy, is a classic adventure fantasy by Robert V. S. Redick

Another story that caught my eye is The Remembering: Book Three of The Meq by Steve Cash. Slated for a February 2011 release this is a literary series about a society who can decide to suspend their growth at twelve-years-old and wait until they meet a soul mate to grow old with. (What can I say? I’m a romantic who loves sci-fi.)

Elizabeth Moon returns to epic fantasy with Oath of Fealty (available now) and Kings of the North (3/22/2011).

And those are my picks for Del Rey Spectra highlights! I hope to have my NY Comic Con updates from Harper Collins ready to go soon.

Happy escapism to you, fellow chic geeks.
~Sherin Nicole

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