Monday, February 1, 2010

February's Featured SciFi/Fantasy Author(s)

Steven Erikson
(& Ian C. Esslemont)
The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

Born in 1959 in Toronto, Canada, Erikson is a trained archaeologist and anthropologist. It is no doubt this background that has enabled him to create the varied and fully-realized cultures that populate his world of Malaz. Created with the help of his friend and colleague Ian C. Esslemont (originally as a setting for a role-playing game), Malaz is an ancient, sprawling world in flux: nations rise and fall, gods are born and die, men war and create. Erikson's plots are complex, his twists sudden, and he delights in subverting fantasy stereotypes. His characters are deeply human and deeply flawed and none of them -- no matter how important or central -- are safe from death.

Like George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice and Glen Cook's Black Company, The Malazan Book of The Fallen series is harsh, militaristic fantasy and is sure to please any fan of imperial wars and byzantine scheming.

Though not written linearly, it is recommended that the Malazan books be read in order of publication.

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