New Bulgarian Audiobook of A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER!

There is a new, Bulgarian audiobook edition of Roger Zelazny‘s acclaimed A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER! Published by Storytel as Една нощ в самотния октомври, here’s the synopsis…

Дръзко оригинална и безумно забавна „Една нощ през самотния октомври“ е скъпоценен камък, който блести с черна светлина, амалгама от ужас, хумор, тайнственост и фантазия, каквато човек действително може да се очаква от блестящия талант на Роджър Зелазни — носител на най-престижните награди „Хюго“ и „Небюла“, автор сякаш на безбройна поредица от научнофантастични романи и фентъзи.

A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER, first published in 1993, is available in the UK published by Farrago Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

All is not what it seems.

In the murky London gloom, a knife-wielding gentleman named Jack prowls the midnight streets with his faithful watchdog Snuff – gathering together the grisly ingredients they will need for an upcoming ancient and unearthly rite. For soon after the death of the moon, black magic will summon the Elder Gods back into the world. And all manner of Players, both human and undead, are preparing to participate.

Some have come to open the gates. Some have come to slam them shut. And now the dread night approaches – so let the Game begin.

Here are just a few of the great reviews A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER has received…

‘One of Zelazny’s most delightful books: Jack the Ripper’s dog Snuff narrates a mad game of teams to cause or prevent armageddon.’Neil Gaiman

‘The last great novel by one of the giants of the genre.’George R.R. Martin

‘A madcap blend of horror tropes and fantasy… There aren’t many authors who would set out to write a novel in which the Wolfman and Jack the Ripper were the two heroes… And I’m not sure anyone else could have made it work.’Science Fiction Chronicle

‘Sparkling, witty, delightful. Zelazny’s best for ages, perhaps his best ever.’ — Kirkus

‘A cheerful, witty, well-crafted fantasy… Its deft, understated good humor and spare, poetic prose reaffirm Zelazny as one of fantasy’s most skilled practitioners.’Publishers Weekly

Roger Zelazny’s DAMNATION ALLEY Audiobook Edition out now in Poland!

Roger Zelazny‘s classic DAMNATION ALLEY is now available in Poland as an audiobook! Published by Storytel as ALEJA POTĘPIENIA, here’s the synopsis

Stany Zjednoczone, zniszczone po wojnie nuklearnej. Pozostali przy życiu ludzie skupiają się w małych enklawach. Tanner, brutalny człowiek gangu motocyklowego, otrzymuje szansę odkupienia swoich zbrodni. Ma dostarczyć leki z Los Angeles do leżącego na wschodnim wybrzeżu Bostonu. Jest to jednak misja niemalże samobójcza, bo musi pokonać radioaktywną pustynię, nękaną huraganami i burzami ognistymi, zamieszkaną przez mutanty i potwory.

A classic dystopian novel, DAMNATION ALLEY was first published in 1968. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Hell Tanner isn’t the sort of guy you’d mistake for a hero: he’s a fast-driving car thief, a smuggler, and a stone-cold killer. He’s also expendable — at least in the eyes of the Secretary of Traffic for the Nation of California. Tanner doesn’t care much for those eyes. You’d also never mistake Hell Tanner for a humanitarian. Facing life in prison for his various crimes, he’s given a choice; rot away his remaining years in a tiny jail cell, or drive cross-country and deliver a case of antiserum to the plague-ridden people of Boston, Massachusetts… if anyone is still alive there to receive it, that is. The chance of a full pardon does wonders for getting his attention. And don’t mistake this mission of mercy for any kind of normal road trip — not when there are radioactive storms, hordes of carniverous beasts, and giant, mutated scorpions to be found along every deadly mile between Los Angeles and the East Coast. But then, this is no normal part of America, you see. This is DAMNATION ALLEY…

A print edition of the novel is also available in Poland, published by Dom Wydawniczy Rebis.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

Listen to Humanity’s Fire in Poland

Storytel has published Polish audiobook editions of Michael Cobley‘s critically-acclaimed Humanity’s Fire trilogy. The three novels are published as ZIARNA ZIEMI, OSIEROCONE ŚWIATY and WSCHODZĄCE GWIAZDY. Here’s the synopsis for book one…

Pierwszy inteligentny gatunek, jaki napotkał ludzkość, zaatakował bez ostrzeżenia. Bezlitosny. Nieubłagany. Niepowstrzymany. Nie mając nadziei na powstrzymanie inwazji, Ziemia chwyciła się ostatniej deski ratunku, wysyłając trzy statki kolonizacyjne – ziarna Ziemi – w różne rejony galaktyki. Rodzaj ludzki miał przetrwać… w takim czy innym miejscu. 150 lat później na planecie Darien mieści się tętniąca życiem kolonia ludzka, utrzymująca przyjazne relacje z tubylczą rozumną rasą – uczonymi Uvovo. Lecz na lesistym księżycu Dariena pogrzebane są tajemnice. Tajemnice datujące się z czasów apokaliptycznej bitwy, jaka rozegrała się między starożytnymi rasami u zarania cywilizacji galaktycznej. Choć koloniści jeszcze o tym nie wiedzą, Darien wkrótce stanie się zarzewiem międzygalaktycznej walki o władzę, której prawdziwe stawki są dla nich niepojęte. A jakich wyborów dokonają Uvovo, gdy na jaw wyjdzie ich prawdziwa natura, zaś niebo pociemnieje od statków wroga?

The three novels are published in Polish print editions by MAG.

SEEDS OF EARTH, THE ORPHANED WORLDS and THE ASCENDANT STARS are published in the UK and North America by Orbit Books, and in Germany by Heyne. The fourth novel based in the setting, the stand-alone ANCESTRAL MACHINES, is also published by Orbit (UK/US) and Heyne.

Here’s the English-language synopsis for book one…

The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invasion, Earth’s last roll of the dice was to dispatch three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. The human race would live on… somewhere.

150 years later, the planet Darien hosts a thriving human settlement, which enjoys a peaceful relationship with an indigenous race, the scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien’s forest moon. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient races at the dawn of galactic civilisation. Unknown to its colonists Darien is about to become the focus of an intergalactic power struggle, where the true stakes are beyond their comprehension. And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed and the skies grow dark with the enemy?

Here are some of the great reviews the series has received…

‘A well-constructed space opera with a sense of vast scope, populated with an array of beautifully differentiated intelligences both organic and artificial… this is a thick and satisfying 10-course meal of starchy pageantry, meaty characters, bitter losses, and sweet romance.’ Publishers Weekly on SEEDS OF EARTH

‘There are merciless alien invaders, lost human colonies, mysterious secrets of the ancients… all the ingredients for a gripping science-fiction adventure that combines the traditions of the field with a deft contemporary touch… What’s not to like?’ Guardian on SEEDS OF EARTH

‘The story is huge, complex and moves between its varied cast with assured purpose… a tightly plotted, action packed epic that leaves you wanting more.’ SciFi Now on SEEDS OF EARTH

Cobley writes energetic space opera, rarely dallying with sentiment and mostly assaulting the reader with exotic locations and sudden skirmishes. There are joyous moments of invention but overall there’s too much going on… Fortunately, as the saga progresses, THE ORPHANED WORLDS begins knotting some of the threads together – it still feels like an over-shaken can of fizzy diet Banks…’ — SFX

‘Fast and exciting… an excellent middle book in the trilogy, expanding on SEEDS OF EARTH and setting everything in place for a thrilling conclusion’ Waterstone’s Book Quarterly on THE ORPHANED WORLDS

‘Few writers attempt the tricky crossover from high fantasy to hard science fiction. Cobley’s first books were the Shadowkings series; with the Humanity’s Fire science fiction trilogy, he has successfully transported his dark visions to the wide-screen baroque sub-genre… Cobley combines a fast-paced plot of great scope and complexity with the convincing smaller-scale stories of the human protagonists. He’s also skilful at explicating the knotty machinations of political intrigue. Space opera has never been in more capable hands.’ Guardian on THE ORPHANED WORLDS

‘A dark vision of humanity pitched against vast forces; the plight of strong individuals caught up in titanic struggles and fighting for what they see as a just cause. THE ASCENDANT STARS is … a space opera of mind-bending depth and scope… The result is a marvellously readable examination of people under extreme stress, a convincing depiction of startlingly alien aliens, and a mature political analysis often lacking in the genre. Cobley expertly juggles multiple plot-lines and brings them to thematically satisfying conclusions while providing the landmark trilogy with a thrilling finale.’ Guardian on THE ASCENDANT STARS

‘An excellent space opera, full of imagination and invention. The human characters are mostly likeable and the inhuman ones send a shiver down the spine… There is a pleasing familiarity to much of it for those well-read in the genre and even for those who only do their Science Fiction on film and television. The writing is crisp and clear throughout and it all leads beautifully to a glorious conclusion… I highly recommend the series. Michael Cobley has added a fine piece of work to a grand tradition and I think old E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith is lying tranquil in his grave.’ SF Crowsnest on THE ASCENDANT STARS

Final two Chronicles of Amber available now in Polish audio!

The final two volumes of Roger Zelazny‘s classic fantasy Chronicles of Amber series are now available as Polish audiobooks, published by Storytel: RYCERZ CIENI and KSIĄŻĘ CHAOSU.

Here’s the synopsis for book nine…

Zielone oczy, ciemne włosy, łuskowe rękawice, miecz przy boku i peleryna spięta klamrą. Tak wyglądał Corwin, książę Amberu. Przeżył kilkaset lat na Ziemi, a potem powrócił, by walczyć o tron prawdziwego świata, ale teraz słuch o nim zaginął. Do Corwina podobny jest jego syn, Merlin, który zapragnął odwiedzić królewski świat Amberu. Nie spodziewał się jednak, iż odwiedziny te staną się początkiem niebezpiecznej drogi.

First published in 1989, here’s the English-language synopsis for KNIGHT OF SHADOWS

Melvin Corey must choose between an alliance with the Pattern of Amber or the Logrus of Chaos, in a tale of a sometimes murderous family of wizards and their alternate worlds.

PRINCE OF CHAOS was first published in 1991. Here’s the Polish synopsis…

Zielone oczy, ciemne włosy, łuskowe rękawice, miecz przy boku i peleryna spięta klamrą. Tak wyglądał Corwin, książę Amberu. Przeżył kilkaset lat na Ziemi, a potem powrócił, by walczyć o tron prawdziwego świata, ale teraz słuch o nim zaginął?

… and the English-language synopsis…

Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally manoeuvred Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos — where he is third in line to occupy the throne, thanks to a series of conventionally fatal “accidents” engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor.

But Merlin’s journey to the ultimate rule will not be easy. For dark enchantments still await him. There is murderous discord between Amber and Chaos to be silenced. And a captive royal father, long believed dead, must first be freed from a villain’s magic before a beleaguered Prince can deem his triumph complete.

Storytel has also published the first eight volumes in the series as audiobooks.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

Two more Chronicles of Amber audiobooks available in Poland!

Today, Storytel continues their roll-out of Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber audiobooks in Poland. Now, listeners can pick up the seventh and eighth novels: KREW AMBERU (BLOOD OF AMBER) and ZNAK CHAOSU (SIGN OF CHAOS).

Here’s the synopsis for KREW AMBERU

Czarownik Merle Corey, syn zaginionego księcia Corwina z Amberu, ucieka z jaskini-pułapki, gdzie był uwięziony przez dawnego przyjaciela, a potencjalnie śmiertelnego wroga Luke’,a. Powraca do Amberu, który stał się dla niego światem groźnym i niepewnym, gdzie nie sposób odróżnić sprzymierzeńców od przeciwników.

Here’s the English-language synopsis for BLOOD OF AMBER, which was first published in 1986…

Pursued by a fiendish enemy, Merle must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens more than the San Francisco Bay area. For Merle Corey of California is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished Prince of Amber; and the forces, seeking to destroy the royal house, have unleashed sorceries that can strike anywhere, especially at the very heart of Amber.

Storytel will publish the final two novels in the series as audiobooks next month.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

More Polish CHRONICLES OF AMBER available in audiobook

Today, Polish publisher Storytel continues its publication of Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber in audiobook! Here’s what’s now available…

Here’s the synopsis for RĘKA OBERONA

Potomkowie Oberona wciąż nie mogą dojść do porozumienia i nieustannie knują spiski mające wykluczyć ewentualnego następcę tronu. W wędrówce poprzez światy-cienie książę Amberu, Corwin, trafił do miasta na niebie Tir-na Nog`th. Ujrzał tam niepokojący zbiór znaków i wróżb, a także zdobył od ducha brata, Benedykta, niezwykłą mechaniczną rękę. Odegra ona teraz ważną rolę w walce z Klejnotem i jego właścicielem. Czy rozgrywki rodzeństwa o władzę w Amberze zostaną rozstrzygnięte? I kto tym razem przejmie dominację nad Cieniem?

Here’s the English-language synopsis for THE HAND OF OBERON

Across the mysterious Black Road, demons swarm into Shadow. The ancient, secret source of the royal family’s power is revealed, & an unholy pact between a prince of the realm & the forces of Chaos threaten all the known worlds with absolute obliteration. The hour of battle is at hand. Now Corwin and the remaining princes of Amber must call upon all their superhuman powers to defeat their brother-turned-traitor before he can walk the magical Pattern that created Amber and remake the universe in his own image.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

New Polish Audio editions of Chronicles of Amber!

Storytel has published the first Polish audio book in Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber series! NINE PRINCES IN AMBER is published in Poland as DZIEWIĘCIU KSIĄŻĄT AMBERU. Here’s the synopsis…

Zesłany do Cieni poprzez czas i przestrzeń bohater budzi się pewnego dnia w szpitalu na Ziemi. Nie pamięta własnej przeszłości, lecz wie, że grozi mu śmiertelne niebezpieczeństwo. Wysłannicy Amberu usiłują powstrzymać Corwina — prawowiernego spadkobiercę tronu — przed powrotem do prawdziwego świata, gdyż zgodnie z prawem musi on najpierw uporać się z niezwykłą rzeczywistością oraz pokonać demonicznych morderców. Największymi i najgroźniejszymi przeciwnikami okazują się jednak członkowie rodziny królewskiej. Mimo więzów krwi snują intrygi przeciw sobie i nie przebierają w środkach w walce o tron Amberu.

Storytel are due to publish the other nine books in the series as audiobooks, too: 2-4 in March, 5-6 in April, 7-8 in May, and 9-10 in June. (We will post reminders in each month). Here are all of the covers together…

NINE PRINCES IN AMBER was first published in 1970. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world. Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows.

Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.