Annal: 2005 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Novel

Results of the Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the year 2005.

Book:Earth Logic

Earth Logic: Book 2 of Elemental Logic saga

Laurie J. Marks

With Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks continues the epic of her stunningly imagined world of Shaftal, which she first introduced in Fire Logic.

Shaftal has a ruler again, a woman with enough power to heal the war-torn land and expel the invading Sainnites from Shaftal. Or it would have a ruler if the earth witch Karis G’deon consented to rule. Instead, she lives in obscurity with the fractious family of elemental talents who gathered around her in Fire Logic. She is waiting for some sign, but no one, least of all Karis herself, knows what it is.

Then the Sainnite garrison at Watford is attacked by a troop of zealots claiming to speak for the Lost G’deon, and a mysterious and deadly plague attacks the land, killing both Sainnites and Shaftali. Karis must act or watch her beloved country fall into famine and chaos. And when Karis acts, the very stones of the earth sit up and take notice.

Book:Dog Warrior

Dog Warrior

Wen Spencer

On the run from a fanatical cult, Ukiah Oregon is surprised to discover Atticus Steele, a brother he didn’t know he had. He’s even more surprised when Atticus involves them in the traffic of an alien drug that could end up getting them both killed.

Book:The First Stone

The First Stone: Book Six of The Last Rune

Mark Anthony

The Pale King has been defeated, his legions decimated. The Dark God Mohg has been destroyed. And the evil corporation, Duratek, has been disbanded, foiled in its efforts to strip-mine the world of Eldh. And for our heroes, three years have passed in relative peace. But only relative, because every one of them know in their hearts that their duties are not yet ended. For perihelion approaches, as the two worlds continue to grow nearer. And bad things are coming in its wake.

In the skies over Earth, astronomers have noted an anomaly which seems to be swallowing stars whole. On Eldh, these rifts in the sky are appearing as well—and the dragon Sinfathisar tells Grace Beckett that, if left unchecked, these holes of anti-being will annihilate all of creation forever. He adds that only Travis Wilder—whom the Mournish believe is fated to raise the lost city of Morindu the Dark from the desert sands that hide and hold it—can save the world. But what is the connection between…[more]

Book:Murder of Angels

Murder of Angels

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Ten years ago, Niki Ky and Daria Parker saw something unspeakable in an old house in Birmingham, Alabama. Daria has denied it, escaping into a frantic music career and various addictions. But Niki has not had so many distractions. Diagnosed schizophrenic, she’s lost years in a haze of therapy and anti-psychotics.

But now, Niki’s dead lover, Spyder Baxter, is calling to her from another world-an alien, impossible place where Niki is known as a Hierophant, a feared prophesied sorceress who can open a portal between worlds. And Daria will finally have to face what really happened ten years ago, if she’s to help Niki save a world…or destroy it.

Book:Offspring

Offspring: A Novel of the Silent Empire

Steven Harper

The Dream was a telepathic place of existence where a psychic race known as the Silent could twist the laws of reality. But a madman’s lust for power has torn the Dream asunder. Now, only a handful of the Silent can enter it. Kendi Weaver is one of them. And it is up to him to protect it as political and personal enemies line up against him.

Book:The Ordinary

The Ordinary

Jim Grimsley

The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.

Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people’s assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland’s superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world—and herself.

The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together.

Book:Reruns

Reruns

Selina Rosen

Terry North had once been on the Hollywood A-list playing a crime-fighting super hero on one of the highest rated shows on television. But the show was canceled, and for years she has spent most of her time watching old videos of Dark Avenger. In the videos time has frozen. She’s young, she’s vital, she’s super human.

Reality bites, though, and her friend’s advice to “stop living in the past” is easier said then done since Terry’s present mostly sucks on ice.

But Terry’s life takes a radical turn when an old friend from the past offers her an opportunity to live out her dream—and a remarkable new costume.

Book:Smoke and Shadows

Smoke and Shadows

Tanya Huff

Acclaimed fantasy author Tanya Huff returns to entertaining fantasy territory with this first novel in a new trilogy-featuring a popular character from her acclaimed Blood series. Tony, a former street kid-turned-producer, is behind a new TV series about a vampire detective. But what is real and what is fantasy? The answers are to be found in a wizard who’s come to Earth from another dangerous dimension…and he’s been followed.

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