Monday, March 5, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell

In the past couple of weeks I've been seeing a lot of positive momentum behind Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell, and it certainly looks to be one hell of a fun ride. Please welcome Mr. Buckell, as he gives us an anecdote on how Arctic Rising came to be.

Make sure to read this post in full as there's a giveaway at the end for Arctic Rising, open worldwide all thanks to the great folks over at Tor, so make sure to participate. I'll leave you guys with Tobias S. Buckell for a bit:

Right before I started selling my first short stories I attended the Clarion SF/F workshop. I spent six weeks with other writers thinking about writing, getting critiqued by instructors who were published writers, and it reaffirmed my desire to become a writer. It was the career I dreamed about.

At the end of the workshop, one of the friends I'd made there gave me a gift. An early edition of one of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. After reading my work and listening to me, he'd picked up on my love for thrillers and action adventure.

While my previous novels had been far out space adventures, when it came time to work on this latest book, Arctic Rising, I decided to let my inner Ian Fleming out for a ride around the manuscript. Explosions, high octane chases, political conspiracies, all set in a near future transformed by climate change.

Seeing how much fun I had, I should have picked up on the hint from my friend a lot earlier.

Bastard Giveaway: Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell

Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.

Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.

Participants have to be 18 years of age or older to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway rules are subject to change. 

The giveaway is open WORLDWIDE, and it will run from March 5, 2012 until 11:59pm ET on March 16, 2012.

How to participate:
  • To enter the giveaway, just place a comment in this post letting me know you wish to participate or send an email to bastardgiveaway [at] gmail [dot] com with subject "COLD ICE".
  • One entry per person allowed.
  • Make sure to provide an email address to which I can contact you.
  • Entries accepted until 11:59pm ET on March 16, 2012.
  • Winners will be chosen by random sorting entries, and then using a random number generator.
  • There will be 1 winner total, who will get 1 copy of the novel.
  • Will have to confirm email to be considered a winner within a week after March 16, 2012.

This will be an equal opportunity giveaway, so there will be no extra entries. In any case, please consider adding me in any or all of the following, it sure helps to find ways to organize more of these sorts of giveaways:

Have fun, and good luck everyone!


  1. I would like to be entered into this giveaway!

    Email: alexmacfarlane [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Oh, oh, oh, oh! I'm entering!

    E-mail: blackcatinatree [at] gmail [dot] com :D

  3. Sounds great! Count me in. :)

    Email: [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. You betcha I want to enter! I've been hearing lots of good buzz about Arctic Rising..

    ::crosses fingers::

  5. Looking forward to reading this! Near-future thrillers are a favorite of mine.

  6. I'd love to enter. It looks like a bloody good book. johann [at] pollard [dot] co [dot] za

  7. Thanks, Bastard

    I'm in with both feet for this one.


  8. I saw this one on Tors book list. Does sound like a great read. :)

  9. I'm looking forward to reading Arctic Rising, it sounds like a fantastic story.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  10. Please enter me as well! I find the concept of this book very interesting!
    impy80 at hotmail dot com

  11. This one looks good. Enter me, too, please!

    kindleaholic at gmail dot com

  12. Please, enter me. I really want to read this book. It sounds very interesting.

  13. Sounds like my kind of book.

    undermyappletree at gmail dot com

  14. Oh, count me in please! I would love a copy!



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