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Jo Walton - Author

About the Author

Jo Walton writes science fiction and fantasy novels and reads a lot and eats great food. It worries her slightly that this is so exactly what she always wanted to do when she grew up. She comes from Wales, but lives in Montreal.

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Das Jahr des Falken

Das Jahr des Falken

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2018

Im Sommer 1949, acht Jahre nach dem Friedensschluss mit Hitler, treibt Grobritannien unaufhaltsam einer dusteren Zukunft entgegen. Hitler wird zu einem Staatsbesuch erwartet, und in einem Londoner Vorort explodiert eine Bombe und reit zwei Menschen in den Tod. Inspector Carmichael wrde Scotland Yard und auch das Land lieber heute als morgen verlassen, seit er gezwungen wurde, einen Mrder zu decken: keinen Geringeren als Premierminister Mark Normanby. Nun kommt er einer Verschwrung von knigstreuen Patrioten, Kommunisten und IRA-Kmpfern auf die Spur, die ein Attentat auf den Premierminister und auf Hitler planen. Doch die Attentter sind auf die Hilfe der Schauspielerin Viola Lark angewiesen, die nur fr das Theater lebt und mit der Rolle als Hamlet den Hhepunkt ihrer Karriere erreicht hat. Die Zeit gert aus den Fugen, und alle mssen Entscheidungen treffen, deren Folgen nicht abzusehen sind. Im zweiten Band ihrer Krimi-Trilogie beschreibt Jo Walton, wie der Faschismus in Grobritannien Fu fasst - wenn die Geschichte denn anders verlaufen wre. Spannend und erschreckend berzeugend entsteht das Portrt einer Gesellschaft, in der die Angst regiert, der Verrat berall lauert und niemand mehr unschuldig bleiben kann.

An Informal History of the Hugos A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000

An Informal History of the Hugos A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000

Author: Jo Walton Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2018

Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, this is a book for those who enjoyed Walton's previous collection of essays from Tor.com, the Locus Award-winning What Makes This Book So Great. The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious award in science fiction. Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award's inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year's full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time. Walton's cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field's historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and the late David G. Hartwell.

Der Tag der Lerche

Der Tag der Lerche

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Im Sommer 1949, acht Jahre nach dem Friedensschluss mit Hitler, treibt Grobritannien unaufhaltsam einer dusteren Zukunft entgegen. Hitler wird zu einem Staatsbesuch erwartet, und in einem Londoner Vorort explodiert eine Bombe und reit zwei Menschen in den Tod. Inspector Carmichael wrde Scotland Yard und auch das Land lieber heute als morgen verlassen, seit er gezwungen wurde, einen Mrder zu decken: keinen Geringeren als Premierminister Mark Normanby. Nun kommt er einer Verschwrung von knigstreuen Patrioten, Kommunisten und IRA-Kmpfern auf die Spur, die ein Attentat auf den Premierminister und auf Hitler planen. Doch die Attentter sind auf die Hilfe der Schauspielerin Viola Lark angewiesen, die nur fr das Theater lebt und mit der Rolle als Hamlet den Hhepunkt ihrer Karriere erreicht hat. Die Zeit gert aus den Fugen, und alle mssen Entscheidungen treffen, deren Folgen nicht abzusehen sind. Im zweiten Band ihrer Krimi-Trilogie beschreibt Jo Walton, wie der Faschismus in Grobritannien Fu fasst - wenn die Geschichte denn anders verlaufen wre. Spannend und erschreckend berzeugend entsteht das Portrt einer Gesellschaft, in der die Angst regiert, der Verrat berall lauert und niemand mehr unschuldig bleiben kann.

Burden Shared

Burden Shared

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2017

What we do for one another is a mystery.A Tor.com original.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Just City

The Just City

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

'Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent.' One day, in a moment of philosophical puckishness, the time-travelling goddess Pallas Athene decides to put Plato to the test and create the Just City. She locates the City on a Mediterranean island and populates it with over ten thousand children and a few hundred adults from all eras of history . . . along with some handy robots from the far human future. Meanwhile, Apollo - stunned by the realization that there are things that human beings understand better than he does - has decided to become a mortal child, head to Athene's City and see what all the fuss is about. Then Socrates arrives, and starts asking troublesome questions. What happens next is a tale only the brilliant Jo Walton could tell.

My Real Children

My Real Children

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

The day Mark called, Patricia Cowan's world split in two. The phone call. His question. Her answer. A single word. `Yes.' `No.' It is 2015 and Patricia Cowan is very old. `Confused today' read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War - those things are solid in her memory. Then that phone call and...her memory splits in two. She was Trish, a housewife and mother of four. She was Pat, a successful travel writer and mother of three. She remembers living her life as both women, so very clearly. Which memory is real - or are both just tricks of time and light? My Real Children is the story of both of Patricia Cowan's lives - each with its loves and losses, sorrows and triumphs, its possible consequences. It is a novel about how every life means the entire world.

What Makes This Book So Great Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF

What Makes This Book So Great Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2015

Jo Walton is an award-winning author of, inveterate reader of, and chronic re-reader of science fiction and fantasy books. What Makes This Book So Great? is a selection of the best of her musings about her prodigious reading habit. Jo Walton's many subjects range from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. Among them, the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by `mainstream'; the under-appreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field's many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel you have most certainly never read. Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.

Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen

Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2014

1941 war Sir James Thirkie ein Held, der den Ehrenwerten Frieden Englands mit Hitler aushandelte. Acht Jahre spater wird er tot auf dem Landsitz von Lord und Lady Farthing aufgefunden, auf der blutroten Brust einen Davidstern aus gelbem Stoff, in dem ein Dolch steckt. Ein Schock fur die einflussreiche Wochenendgesellschaft aus Freunden und politischen Weggefahrten!Unter den Gsten befinden sich auch Lucy, die Tochter des Hauses, und ihr jdischer Mann David, deren Heirat in den Kreisen der Familie missbilligt wurde. Soll David zum Sndenbock gemacht werden? Der Farthing-Clique kme das gerade recht. Fr Inspector Carmichael von Scotland Yard ist es nicht leicht, das Netz von Lgen, falschen Fhrten und Heimlichkeiten zu durchschauen, in dem nichts so ist, wie es scheint, und eines nicht zum anderen passt. Aber auch er hat etwas zu verbergen. Die Ermittlungen in Adelskreisen und unter Politikern fordern ungewohnte Rcksichtnahme und dann gibt es noch einen weiteren Toten ... Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen verbindet einen alternativen Geschichtsverlauf im Stil von Robert Harris' Vaterland mit der spielerischen Leichtigkeit eines Krimis von Agatha Christie, politische Brisanz mit souvernem Nervenkitzel. Jo Walton beweist erneut, dass sie eine begnadete Geschichtenerzhlerin ist, die uns mit jedem ihrer Bcher in eine unvergessliche Welt entfhrt.

Sleeper

Sleeper

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 12/08/2014

History is a thing we make-in more senses than one. And from more directions.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Half A Crown

Half A Crown

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

In 1941 the European war ended in the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement between Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain's upper class never faltered, while British ships ferried undesirables across the Channel to board the cattle cars headed east. Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain's distinctly British secret police. It's his job to warn the Prime Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, and to discover Jews. The midnight knock of a Watchman is the most dreaded sound in the realm. Now, in 1960, a global peace conference is convening in London, where Britain, Germany, and Japan will oversee the final partition of the world. Hitler is once again on British soil. So is the long exiled Duke of Windsor - and the rising gangs of British Power streetfighters, who consider the Government soft, may be the former king's bid to stage a coup d'etat. Amidst all this, two of the most unlikely persons in the realm will join forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose greatest worry until now has been where to find the right string of pearls, and the Watch Commander himself.

Ha'penny

Ha'penny

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

In Ha'penny, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. The last hopes of democracy seem extinguished. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists - of staunch King-and-Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen - to murder the Prime Minister and his ally, Adolf Hitler. Against a background of domestic espionage and suppression, a band of idealists blackmails an actress who holds the key to the Fuhrer's death. From the ha'penny seats in the theatre to the ha'pennys that cover dead men's eyes, the conspiracy and the investigation swirl inexorably to a stunning conclusion.

Farthing

Farthing

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Eight years after they overthrew Churchill and led Britain into a separate peace with Hitler, the upper-crust families of the Farthing set are gathered for a weekend retreat. Among them is estranged Farthing scion Lucy Kahn, who can't understand why her and her husband David's presence was so forcefully requested. Then the country-house idyll is interrupted when the eminent Sir James Thirkie is found murdered - with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest. Lucy begins to realize that her Jewish husband is about to be framed for the crime - an outcome that would be convenient for altogether too many of the various political machinations underway in Parliament in the coming week. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and underdogs - and prone to look beyond the obvious as a result. As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out - a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

In einer anderen Welt

In einer anderen Welt

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2013

Die funfzehnjahrige Morwenna ist auf der Flucht vor einer Mutter, die sich der finsteren Magie verschrieben hat, vor der staatlichen Fursorge und vor der Erinnerung an den Tod ihrer Zwillingsschwester. Am schlimmsten trifft sie jedoch, dass sie ihre Heimat verlassen muss, das marchenhafte Wales, und damit ihre einzigen Freunde, die Feen und Geister, die dort in den Waldern zu Hause sind. Auch ihr Vater, den sie nie gekannt hat, mchte sie nicht bei sich aufnehmen und schickt sie auf ein Mdcheninternat, wo sie mit der Verstndnislosigkeit der Lehrer und dem malosen Ehrgeiz der anderen Schlerinnen fertig werden muss. Verzweifelt greift sie zu der Magie, die sie seit ihrer Kindheit begleitet, einer Magie, die niemand auer ihr sehen kann. Und zu ihren Bchern. In Science-Fiction- und Fantasy-Romanen findet sie mehr als nur flchtigen Trost: Sie ffnen Tore zu anderen Welten, und das nicht nur im bertragenen Sinne. Als ihre Mutter zu einem neuerlichen Schlag ausholt, sind es Bcher, in die Morwenna ihre ganze Hoffnung setzt ... Ausgezeichnet mit demHugo Award als bester Roman des JahresNebula Award als bester Roman des JahresBritish Fantasy Award als bester Roman des JahresKurd Lawitz Preis als bester Roman des jahres

Prize in the Game

Prize in the Game

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2013

On the island of Tir Isarnagiri, Gods stalk the land, laying subtle but inescapable dooms upon the feuding kingdoms there. The lives of four young friends - Conal, Emer, Darag, and Ferdia - have been intertwined since their births. Each is destined for kingship in his own land. But when they unwittingly incur the wrath of the Horse Goddess, they find that ties of friendship - and even love - may not be enough to prevent their countries from attacking each other in a war that will devastate the island - and alter their fates are forever.Praise for the Trilogy'Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart, a rare combination . . . She can dig down to a true vein of legend and hammer out gold.' Robin Hobb'The people, the politics, the details of warfare and daily life, all ring as true as the steel sword the heroine wields so doughtily. This is much more than a retooling of the Matter of Britain: it is a fully imagined, living, magical world.' Delia Sherman'Beautiful and thought-provoking. Walton tells a story set in a world and a history almost like ours, but different enough to be in itself a kind of elvenland.' Poul Anderson'Head and shoulders and sword-arm above most fantasy. Like a lost memoir from the Dark Age of a subtly different history, tough and unsentimental and all the more touching for that.' Ken MacLeod

King's Name

King's Name

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2013

Years have passed since the Jarnish invasion, and Sulien ap Gwien has worked tirelessly alongside her lord, King Urdo, to restore the King's Peace to Tir Tanagiri. But the man Sulien believes to be the greatest of his time is seen by others as a potential tyrant. Urdo's vision of a nation of citizens bound by a single code of law is viewed with increasing mistrust, and this soon gives way to civil war.Sulien must take up arms again. But where once her enemies were barbarian invaders, now they are former comrades and loved ones. As the conflict tears her country and her family apart, Sulien must fight harder and harder to hold onto Urdo's vision of the future.Praise for the Trilogy'Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart, a rare combination . . . She can dig down to a true vein of legend and hammer out gold.' Robin Hobb'The people, the politics, the details of warfare and daily life, all ring as true as the steel sword the heroine wields so doughtily. This is much more than a retooling of the Matter of Britain: it is a fully imagined, living, magical world.' Delia Sherman'Beautiful and thought-provoking. Walton tells a story set in a world and a history almost like ours, but different enough to be in itself a kind of elvenland.' Poul Anderson'Head and shoulders and sword-arm above most fantasy. Like a lost memoir from the Dark Age of a subtly different history, tough and unsentimental and all the more touching for that.' Ken MacLeod

King's Peace

King's Peace

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2013

Sulien ap Gwien is seventeen years old when the Jarnish invasion begins, and strong enough to match any one of their raiders in battle. But when they do come, she finds herself unarmed and at their mercy. As she watches her attackers walk away from where she lies bound, she vows revenge.With the land around her disintegrating and no help forthcoming, Sulien rides out in search of King Urdo, a young ruler fighting to create unity in a country where there is none. What follows is the beginning of an alliance that will shape the course of history in Tir Tanagiri as well as the rest of Sulien's life.Praise for the Trilogy 'Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart, a rare combination . . . She can dig down to a true vein of legend and hammer out gold.' Robin Hobb'The people, the politics, the details of warfare and daily life, all ring as true as the steel sword the heroine wields so doughtily. This is much more than a retooling of the Matter of Britain: it is a fully imagined, living, magical world.' Delia Sherman'Beautiful and thought-provoking. Walton tells a story set in a world and a history almost like ours, but different enough to be in itself a kind of elvenland.' Poul Anderson'Head and shoulders and sword-arm above most fantasy. Like a lost memoir from the Dark Age of a subtly different history, tough and unsentimental and all the more touching for that.' Ken MacLeod

Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw

Author: Jo Walton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2013

A family of dragons gathers on the occasion of the death of their father, the elder Bon Agornin. As is custom, they must eat the body. But even as Bon's last remains are polished off, his sons and daughters must all jostle for a position in the new hierarchy. While the youngest son seeks greedy remuneration through the courts of law, the eldest son - a dragon of the cloth - agonises over his father's deathbed confession. While one daughter is caught between loyalty to her family by blood and her family by marriage, another daughter follows her heart - only to discover the great cost of true love... Here is a Victorian story of political intrigue, family ties and political intrigue, set in a world of dragons - a world, quite literally, red in tooth and claw. Full of fiery wit, this is a novel unlike any other.

Among Others

Among Others

Author: Jo Walton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

'It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.' Fifteen-year-old Morwenna lives in Wales with her twin sister and a mother who spins dark magic for ill. One day, Mori and her mother fight a powerful, magical battle that kills her sister and leaves Mori crippled. Devastated, Mori flees to her long-lost father in England. Adrift, outcast at boarding school, Mori retreats into the worlds she knows best: her magic and her books. She works a spell to meet kindred souls and continues to devour every fantasy and science fiction novel she can lay her hands on. But danger lurks... She knows her mother is looking for her and that when she finds her, there will be no escape.

Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction

Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

It's 1960, and the Axis powers dominate the world. Life goes on, because, as we see in "e;Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction,"e; history is driven both by big events and by small temptations...Following the appearance of her first two novels, The King's Peace and The King's Name, Jo Walton won the 2002 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Two years later she won the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw. Her Small Change trilogy, comprising Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half A Crown, is set in a world in which Britain struck an early truce with Hitler in 1941; "e;Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction"e; is set in the America of that world.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

King's Name

King's Name

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2007

The warrior Sulien ap Gwien and her lord King Urdo have finally united the land of Tir Tanagiri into a kingdom ruled by justice under a single code of law. But where many see a hopeful future for the land, others believe they sense the seeds of a new tyranny. Soon Tir Tanagiri faces the blight of civil war, and Sulien ap Gwien must take up arms against former comrades and loved ones, fighting harder and harder to hold on to Urdo's shining dream.Continuing the epic begun in The King's Peace, this new novel brings the story of Sulien ap Gwien to a rousing and moving conclusion.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Prize in the Game

Prize in the Game

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2004

When a friendly competition leads to the death of a beloved horse and incurs the wrath of the Horse Goddess, the kingdoms of the island of Tir Isarnagiri are doomed to suffer. As the goddess' curse chases them down the years, four friends destined for kingship-Conal, Emer, Darag, and Ferdia-are forced into conflict as their countries build towards war.Matters are complicated when Emer and Conal fall in love, and dream of escaping together from the machinations of their respective families. But Conal and Ferdia are rivals for the High Kingship of the island, and Conal cannot simply leave. The contest between them will lead to a visionary quest on a mountain sacred to the gods-and terrifying to men.Yet Emer faces an even greater struggle. For when war finally comes, Emer has two choices: perform her duty to the homeland to which she owes everything, or protect the one she loves and be branded a traitor forever. The path she takes will become the stuff of legend, and forever alter the destiny of Tir Isarnagiri.Set in the world of Jo Walton's previous novels, The King's Peace and The King's Name, this book takes us to a shining era of dark powers, legendary heroes and passionate loves-all of them ruled by the hand of Fate.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

King's Peace

King's Peace

Author: Jo Walton Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2000

Sulien ap Gwien was seventeen when the Jarnish raiders came. Had she been armed when they found her, she could have taken them all. As it was, it took six of them to subdue her. She will never forgive them. Thus begins her story--a story that takes her back to her family, with its ancient ties to the Vincan empire that once ruled in Tir Tanagiri, and forward to Caer Tanaga, where the greatest man of his time, King Urdo, struggles to bind together the squabbling nobles and petty princes into a unified force that will drive out the barbarian invader and restore the King's Peace.Ringing with the clash of arms and the songs of its people, rich with high magic and everyday life, The King's Peace begins an epic of great deeds and down-to-earth people, told in language with the strength and flexibility of sharpened steel.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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