Lines of Departure Nominated for a Hugo Award

Lines of Departure (Marko Kloos)

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.

Geek Mountain State Presents: Vermont Tales of Adventure!

Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Tales of Adventure!, which will take place on Friday, February 27th at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction at 6:00pm. Authors included in this event are Joe Citro, Bruce Hesselbach, Marko Kloos, Fred Lerner, Brian Staveley and Sarah Stewart Taylor.
This event follows a very successful year in which hundreds of listeners listened to dozens of Vermont storytellers in places such as Quarterstaff Games, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. The first event of 2015 took place at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.
The Center for Cartoon Studies is a college that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other manifestations of the visual narrative. CCS programs include a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree, One- and Two-Year Certificates in Cartooning, and annual summer workshops. The school is located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont.
Joe Citro is an award-winning writer, an expert in New England weirdness, and a well-known collector of offbeat Vermontiana. In a series of novels such as Shadow Child, Deus-X: the Reality Conspiracy, and others, he has taken readers on a dark and sinister journey through a landscape more typically portrayed with blue skies, maple trees, and white picket fences. His short story “Snays” appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, “Soul-Keeper”, was made into a movie, and three of his novels have been under film option (so far with no film). His ten “books-that-might-not-be-fiction” include the first-ever collection of Vermont strange-but-true tales, Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls, and Unsolved Mysteries and the visually gorgeous collaboration with artist Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, etc), The Vermont Monster Guide. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, he lectures widely, and for more than ten years he has chronicled the oddities of local history on public radio.
Bruce Hesselbach is an attorney who lives in Newfane, Vermont. His first novel, Perpetual Motion, first published in 2013, is a steampunk tale, set in Switzerland and Germany from 1876 to 1889, in which a time traveler’s daughter falls in love with a dangerous young inventor threatening to help Germany win the Great War. Bruce’s first book of New Formalist poetry, Roving Enchantments, was published in May 2014 by White Violet Press. Previously Bruce wrote High Ledges, Green Mountains, a memoir about hiking Vermont’s 270 mile Long Trail.
He is the author of nine published short stories. To date, 62 of his poems have been published in the small presses. He graduated cum laude from Yale in 1972 with a BA in English, and received a JD in 1975 from Villanova Law School. His favorite reading matter includes travel and exploration, history, fantasy and steampunk.
Marko Kloos was born and raised in Germany, in and around the city of Münster. In the past, he has been a soldier, bookseller, freight dock worker, and corporate IT administrator before he decided that he wasn’t cut out for anything other than making stuff up for a living. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise SF/F Writers’ Workshop, and his first novel, Terms of Enlistment was self-published in 2013 and by 47North in 2014, and was followed by its sequel, Lines of Departure later that year. His next, Angles of Attack, is due out in April of this year, and his fourth book in the Frontlines series, Chain of Command, is set to be published in November 2015.Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy, his first genre love ever since his youth when he spent his allowance mostly on German SF pulp serials. He likes bookstores, kind people, October in New England, Scotch, and long walks on the beach with Scotch.

Marko lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and roving pack of vicious dachshunds.

Fred Lerner has been a librarian and bibliographer for more than forty-five years, and was one of the founders of the Science Fiction Research Association. His first book, Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community, was a scholarly study of science fiction’s changing reputation in America. A Bookman’s Fantasy collects some of his essays on science fiction, librarianship, and other areas of interest. The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, though written for the general reader, has been adopted as a textbook in library schools in over a dozen countries. Translations have been published in Spanish, Turkish, and Chinese; and a second edition was published by Continuum in December 2009. His first published story, “Rosetta Stone” has been described by anthologist David Hartwell as “the only SF story I know in which the science is library science.”
Until his retirement in January 2014, he was Information Scientist at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As producer of the PILOTS Database, an online index to more than 50,000 publications on PTSD, he claims to have seen more literature on the subject than anyone on the planet. He lives with his wife Sheryl in White River Junction, Vermont.
After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian Staveley began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, was released in 2014, and his latest, The Providence of Fire was released earlier this year. He lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order.
2012 author photograph of Sarah Stewart Taylor. (Photo by Jennifer Hauck)
Sarah Stewart Taylor (S. S. Taylor) is the author of the middle grade steampunk adventure series The Expeditioners, as well as other books for kids and grown-ups. She and her family live in Vermont.


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