Today our favorite author is turning 36. Join us in wishing Scott Lynch a wonderful birthday.
The French edition of The Republic of Thieves was released on March 19, 2014. To celebrate, Bragelonne, the French editor, translated the gorgeous trailer crafted by our talented friend at The Qwerty Prophecy. Enjoy! Régalez-vous!
Scott is at Vericon, the Harvard geek fest, for the weekend (March 21-23, 2014). He moderated a panel on magic featuring authors Luke Scull, Greer Gilman and M.L. Brennan yesterday evening. Today, he is scheduled to participate in a book signing session with Jo Walton at 1:45pm and in the “Worldbuilding” panel with Patrick Rothfuss, Saladin Ahmed, Max Gladstone and Carl Engle-Laird at 3:30pm.
Here is a schedule of Scott’s upcoming appearance at various conventions.
As announced previously, Rogues, the anthology featuring Scott Lynch’s new short story “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” will be released on June 17, 2014. Suvudu posted a video of a reading from this story by Scott when he visited Seattle. Enjoy!
Update–Scott has posted a blurb about it:
Amarelle Parathis, the Duchess Unseen, globe-trotting criminal mastermind, has been living an uneasy retirement in the city of Theradane for several years. Pursued by authorities in every corner of the world, she and her crew have traded most of their purloined treasures for the life of honest citizens in a sovereign sanctuary that thumbs its nose at extradition treaties.
“Better to say nothing and be thought a fool,” says a sober Amarelle, “than to interfere in the business of wizards and remove all doubt.” Unfortunately, she’s not always sober, and the business of wizards is about to reach out and seriously provoke her…
Amarelle’s crew includes the sorceress-mixologist Sophara Miris, artificer extreme (and Sophara’s wife) Brandwin Miris, the sentient automaton Shraplin Self-Made, and the master forger Jadetongue Squirn, a goblin grappling with a certain crisis of confidence. Five crooked souls, two warring wizards, one completely insane scheme, and a year and a day to bring it all together or die trying…
Gardner Dozois and G.R.R. Martin submitted the Rogues anthology to their editor at Bantam Spectra some months ago. The volume is to feature 21 short stories by well-known authors such as Patrick Rothfuss and Neil Gaiman, including “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch. It will be released on June 17, 2014.
From May 29 to June 26, 2014, Scott will be offering a 4-week online course entitled “the Practical Craft of Fantasy.” The lectures will be covering topics such as worldbuilding, characters, story structure and realism.
This class is about tools and techniques—spotting them, analyzing them, and understanding what they will or will not bring to a story. Inspiration comes from the heart and can’t be weighed, but on a sentence-by-sentence, page-by-page level, there are distinct elements of craft that can be used to build and strengthen your stories.
In this class, you’ll get in-depth written lectures—augmented with audio lectures from Scott—as well as homework assignments to practice your new skills.
The fee is $350.
Scott has answered a question concerning Father Chains’ death and the last flashbacks of the Gentleman Bastard sequence. It is very slightly “spoilerific.” Don’t read on if you do not want to know.
The last major section of flashback sequences will cover the aftermath of the return from Espara, the transition to adulthood for the Bastards, the loss of Chains and the passing of authority, and disagreements about that passing of authority. This should all take place in The Ministry of Necessity, leaving books 6 and 7 in the sequence to be almost entirely dedicated to forward motion, plotwise.
Testimony to the fact that Scott is deep into the crafting of The Thorn of Emberlain, he has been posting tidbits of background information concerning Vadran society and culture on his Tumblr account. Here is an fascinating excerpt from his post concerning Vadran sexuality and relationships:
The platonic ideal of the Vadran marriage is a partner gifted in arms and a partner gifted in subterfuge.
The Republic of Thieves has been longlisted for the the David Gemmell Legend Award. Readers can vote here to get it shortlisted (voting closes on April 13). The Gemmell Awards were established in memory of UK fantasy author David Gemmel in three categories: the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer and the Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art. The winner of the Legend Award is is presented with a unique, scale model of Snaga (the legendary axe of Druss the Legend) from Raven Armoury.