Monday, July 21, 2014

Journey #105 - The Nex by Tim Pratt (a preview)

Teenager Miranda Candle finds a mysterious necklace and is suddenly transported to The Nex, the bizarre city at the center of all possible universes, where she falls in with a pair of would-be revolutionaries - the skinshifter Howlaa, and the bodiless Wisp.

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Cast of characters:
Renee Chambliss (author of Dreaming of Deliverance) as Miranda Candle (Randy)
Abigail Hilton (of the Fullcast Podcast and Guild of the Cowry Catchers) as Howlaa Moor
Bryan Lincoln (of the Fullcast Podcast) as Cal Candle, Randy's brother
Marshal Latham as Wisp

Tim Pratt is a science fiction and fantasy writer and poet. He grew up in the vicinity of Dudley, North Carolina, and attended Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor's in English. In 1999 he attended the Clarion East Writing Workshop. He moved to Santa Cruz, California in 2000, and currently resides in Oakland with his wife Heather Shaw and son River. He currently works as a senior editor at Locus Magazine.

Tim's work has appeared in a number of markets, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Strange Horizons. His story "Little Gods" (2002) was nominated for Nebula Award for the Best Short Story. His story "Hart & Boot," first published in Polyphony 4, was reprinted in Best American Short Stories: 2005. His "Impossible Dreams" (Asimov's July 2006) won the Hugo Award in the Best Short Story category. Collection Hart & Boot & Other Stories was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2008.

If you liked this preview of The Nex, you can finish the adventure in the free serialized blog form, as a paperback or Kindle, or as a continuation of the full cast Audible book.

To listen to the first story set in this world, you can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of "Dream Engine" by Tim Pratt.  Caution: The roles of the cast are shifted around a bit, as explained in the today's discussion after the preview.

To listen to the further adventures of Miranda and Jenny Kay, you can listen to "We Go Back" by Tim Pratt as read by Mur Lafferty on Escape Pod..

Theme music: Liberator by Man In Space.

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