Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SOMEWHITHER now in audio!

The 2016 Dragon Award-winner for Best Science Fiction Novel, Somewhither is the first part of A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, a new science-fantasy series from science-fiction master John C. Wright. It is an adventure, it is a romance, and it is a coming-of-age story of a young man who is not a man, in a world that is only one among many. It is a tale of a greater and darker evil with longer reach than anything he could imagine, of despair without bounds, of pain beyond measure, and of the faith required to surmount all three. It is a story of inexorable destiny written in the stars and the stubborn courage that is required to defy it.

Ilya Muromets is a big, ugly, motherless boy who does not look like anyone else in his Oregon town. His father is often absent on mysterious Church missionary work that involves silver bullets, sacred lances, and black helicopters. Ilya works as a janitor for Professor Achitophel Dreadful of the Cryptozoological Museum of Scientific Curiosities, and he has a hopeless crush on the Professor's daughter, Penelope, who pays him little attention and appears to be under the impression that his name is Marmoset.

One night, when Professor Dreadful escapes from the asylum to which he has been temporarily committed, he sends a warning to Ilya that not only is his Many Worlds theory correct, but those many worlds are dominated by an unthinkably powerful enemy determined to destroy anyone who opens the Moebius Ring between the worlds. And, as it happens, prior to his involuntary absence, the Professor left his transdimensional equipment in the basement of the Museum plugged-in and running....

So it is that Ilya, as he has secretly dreamed, is called upon to save the mad scientist's beautiful daughter. With his squirrel gun, his grandfather's sword, and his father's crucifix, Ilya races to save the girl, and, incidentally, the world.

Narrated by Jon Mollison, Somewhither, The Unwithering Realm, Book One is 22 hours and 9 minutes long.

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Anonymous a_peraspera February 22, 2017 7:49 PM  

And WHERE is the sequel Mr. Wright?!?!?!?!?!

Blogger John Wright February 22, 2017 8:09 PM  

The cook is still cooking, merciful and patient master. The feast will be ready anon. In the meanwhile, here is the opening:

If they ever make a movie version of my life, the transition through the Moebius Coil from the aeon of Ur to the next aeon would be dignified yet impressive, with special effects showing dark winds swirling about my newly-elongated hair, and the actor representing me will stand, maybe with a torn shirt to show off his sun-brazen yet manly chest, legs spread, head high, every inch the hero who just saved over a hundred slaves and victims of the cruelty of the Dark Tower.

He will shimmer into existence like Captain Kirk, surrounding by soaring chords of some famous movie theme by Eric Wolfgang Korngold. It will be great.

Of course, if they ever do make that movie, I will have to bribe or threaten Foster to keep his big mouth shut. What actually happened is that I popped out of a pale sphere on the far side upside down, tangling in the huge yards of hair I had accidentally popped out of my skull, and I made a noise like a yodeler at a yodeling contest who was disqualified on account of a squeak in the middle of his bawl.

And I landed on my face.

The surface I landed on was a black mirror, like a floor of dark silver, in a room as large as a gymnasium. Black square pillars stood to each side, and large square doors like truck bays. The room was lit by thin arrow slits high in the ceiling. The walls were inscribed with a row of astrological zodiacs, king-faced bulls, centaurs, and cuneiform writing.

Foster was nearby, doubled over, laughing at me.

Blogger Jon D. February 22, 2017 8:15 PM  

Well this just bumped up on my to read list. Jon M too! Great choice in narrator.

Blogger SouthRon February 22, 2017 8:37 PM  

Done! Thank you, Vox. Thank you Mr. Wright!

I was looking for this last week.

Blogger Sherwood family February 22, 2017 8:38 PM  

Dang it! I already exceeded my "media budget" this month. But next month is coming. I await the sequel anxiously.

Blogger Mr. Naron February 22, 2017 8:45 PM  

Does Mr. Wright ever sleep?

Anonymous a_peraspera February 22, 2017 9:57 PM  

Thanks for the teaser. :D

Blogger Zaklog the Great February 22, 2017 10:01 PM  

Any word on whether Castalia will be raking in bucks publishing Milo's Dangerous?

Blogger Commenter February 22, 2017 10:24 PM  

Mr. Wright,
Although I enjoy your mind bending vocabulary and your perspective warping imagination, you have to warn a girl before you mention a squirrel gun. It took me a second to realize that you actually meant a gun for shooting squirrels, rather than a gun that somehow shoots squirrels out of the barrel. Maybe I'm tired..... Regardless, audiobook ordered, treadmill entertainment acquired. Thanks!

Blogger Khan Bawa February 22, 2017 10:25 PM  

Good Work
Good Post

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright February 22, 2017 10:36 PM  

Not as often as we might like. ;-)

Blogger Hylean February 22, 2017 10:51 PM  

I'm buying this, only to hold me over for the physical copy of the Moth and Cobweb compilation. I don't even listen to audio books. But I will.

Also, can't wait for the sequel. Or physical copy. Because I have money to burn on John C Wright books. And Castalia House books. You know, things of quality and entertainment.


Blogger Cynic In Chief February 23, 2017 12:11 AM  

My bitching has been answered! Purchased and downloaded.

Blogger Father of lies, obfuscations and polarities February 23, 2017 12:19 AM  

not impressed, just a story about a biologically male transgender female boy toy

lol jk

Blogger Antony February 23, 2017 1:59 AM  

A bit OT, but I thought I'd mention a couple of high quality novels about and islamic takeover of Britain which I think the people here would like. by DC Alden ; and his 2nd book ;

Blogger S. Thermite February 23, 2017 2:18 AM  

Good timing! I'm just wrapping-up listening to Snow Crash during my daily commutes, so wouldn't mind going from a crazy plot involving Sumer to another involving Babylon, especially since the latter won't be so overtly anti-religious. And yes, I did buy the ebook the week it was released, but my Kindle reading queue is getting rather long...

Blogger Gordon February 23, 2017 3:41 AM  

I bought. When I finish the audio of Riding the Red Horse I'll start this.

Sound engineering comment: There is barely half a second between the end of the reading of one story in RtRH and the beginning of the editorial comments on the next story. This annoys the listener. Even two seconds' pause would be enough.

Blogger John S February 23, 2017 4:32 AM  

Just bought it. Any possibility of your other books coming to audible? Count to a Trillion, or The Golden Age series , ect? Also, Awake in the Nightland, with the right narrator; would be a great audiobook.

Blogger Yollo February 23, 2017 5:48 AM  

John S wrote:Also, Awake in the Nightland, with the right narrator; would be a great audiobook.

I concur. However I think that's one of those books that will be perfect with four narrators for the audiobook, one for each story.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft February 23, 2017 7:04 AM  

Of all the books I'm waiting for to come out, the sequel to this is the only one that I'd place on the same level as Brent Weeks' Lightbringer series. Granted they are very different genres.

Anonymous CH Audio Producer February 23, 2017 12:24 PM  

Gordon wrote:I bought. When I finish the audio of Riding the Red Horse I'll start this.

Sound engineering comment: There is barely half a second between the end of the reading of one story in RtRH and the beginning of the editorial comments on the next story. This annoys the listener. Even two seconds' pause would be enough.

Gordon - thank you for letting us know. That must be related to the way Audible loads the tracks - they must be dropping them right after eachother. I may have to add longer tails at the end of segments. Would be good to hear from other listeners if this occurs on all our titles. Usually there is a half-second silence coming into a chapter, with a second or so tailing out at the end of the chapter.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit February 24, 2017 2:00 AM  

And again, and again,I lift my hands and tear my hair.

When O Jerusalem, will Castalia House make treaty with Overdrive Media?

I own nearly everything JCW has written, so there's zero personal convenience to this request. I just want to be able to share the skiffy goodness with a wider audience:

Pretty please with sprinkles on?

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