Local-ish author Marko Kloos was recently nominated for one of Science Fiction’s top honors for a novel published last year: the Hugo Award. His novel, Lines of Departure was one of five novels selected for the honor by popular vote. Other nominees for the category include Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, The Dark Between Stars by Kevin J. Anderson and Skin Game by Jim Butcher.
Here’s what the book is about:
Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System…
Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.
After surviving a disastrous space-borne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony—and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.
In this sequel to the bestselling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species…or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.
This year’s slate of awards has been marred by controversy over voting blocs, as a conservative element had pushed for a specific slate of nominees. More can be read about that here and here. Despite that, we’re happy to see Kloos included on the ballot: Lines of Departure was a fun novel, and we’re very excited to see his next one, Angles of Attack later this month.