At age five, he read “The Odyssey.” In grade school, he studied Latin. At 6-feet-8, he may be the world’s tallest living science fiction author. He’s also a hospital pathologist. And a violinist. Who is this remarkable specimen?
Guy T “you could probably mistake my natural form for a Wookie’s” Martland is a British writer whose debut novel ‘The Scion’ was published by Safkhet Fantasy on July 1st, 2015. He has also published short stories in various magazines, including Perihelion Science Fiction, Shoreline of Infinity, Encounters, Albedo One and Fiction Vortex. You can find more information about him at guytmartland.co.uk or by visiting his Facebook Page.
Guy lives in Bournemouth, a stone’s throw from where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.’
Cover Design by Kim Maya Sutton
Guy recently finished writing a sequel to “The Scion,” and I am the second person (after his father) to read the first draft. (SNOOPY DANCING)
“The Line of the Dead” is brilliant. It comes with a BONUS: the race that went extinct in Book One is not entirely extinct. A few surviving Arkenthrians (with awesome tails intact!) raise a little hell in this story. Book Three is almost finished. (CAN’T WAIT!)
Here is his blog post, but I urge you to read it from the blog itself:
Blowing The Scion’s Trumpet Posted by Guy T Martland at 17:12
A few lovely Scion-related things have happened since I last blogged. Things which have cast the shadow of self-doubt away from my feelings about The Scion and, perhaps rightly, elevated its status in the world. I find self-doubt always creeps in somewhere, with the insidious nature of the Wraith – a healthy part of the process, until it becomes all-consuming…
Anyway, here we go: the trumpet is blasting, hopefully not deafening the rest of the orchestra, or swallowing the viola’s delicate melody. Unfortunately, I think maybe the entire brass section were in the pub in the interval.
The Scion was longlisted for a British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) award. BSFA members can vote for the book (alongside other fabulous works like Al Robertson’s Crashing Heaven and Paul McAuley’s Something Coming Through) up until the 31st January. Fingers crossed it’ll make the shortlist.
The Scion seems to have somehow snuck onto the Preditors & Editors Poll for Science Fiction & Fantasy novels published in 2015. Currently storming up the charts to hover around number 3. If you fancy voting, you have until the 14th of January – which is soon!
Carol Kean has written a quite wonderful review of The Scion for Perihelion, giving the book 5/5 stars. We had quite a lot of correspondence about the book – some of which is alluded to in the review. Well worth reading, here is one of my favourite quotes: ‘Bursting at the seams with planets, space ships, futuristic technology, wars, peoples, and monstrosities, “The Scion” is the hardest type of #HardScienceFiction, as we in the Twitterverse say. You could safely scrape the Mohs test-diamond over this story without leaving a visible scratch.’
Carol and Perihelion are also both up for awards in Preds & Eds, so go vote for them!
Awww, a big thank you to YOU, Guy!
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
The Scion Is Dead! Long Live The Scion!
Have no fear – The Scion’s story is not yet over. However, unfortunately my publisher has decided to close down. As of the end of May, The Scion will no longer be available on Amazon….
… I have no intention of ending The Scion’s story just yet. The sequel is almost finished and there is another planned (A trilogy! Woot! Woot!). So my protagonist, Septimus Esterhazy, is out there trying to find another publisher on my behalf. Will he succeed? Only time will tell. But he is a persistent bugger and keeps telling me more stuff about him that I dutifully transcribe.
I’d like to take this moment to say a huge thanks to Safkhet for publishing my debut and throwing me out there into the world. We’ve come a long way together in a short time, and it has been a lot of fun. Thanks again to everyone who bought the book, read it, reviewed it and supported my fledgling efforts. There will be more.