The Court of the Air

The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt

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Stephen Hunt is a British science fiction writer. Born in 1966 in Canada, lived in London. Now he lives in Spain. Currently, he is best known for the adventure fantasy series (with elements of SF and steampunk) "Jackal", with a setting and entourage reminiscent of Victorian England, the action of which, however, does not take place in the 19th century, but on the contrary - in the indefinitely distant future. Among the authors who influenced his work, Hunt names Jack Williamson, Stephen Goldin, David Gemmel, Bruce Sterling, Larry Niven and Michael Moorcock. The writer`s stories have appeared in various genre magazines in the US and UK, and some of his early works were written in the cyberpunk genre. The most famous of these was Hollow Duellists, a story that was touted by William Gibson as one of the major works of the second wave of cyberpunk, and which subsequently won the ProtoStellar magazine prize for best fiction in 1995 (Hunt shared the award with Stephen Baxter ). In 200...

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Stephen Hunt is a British science fiction writer. Born in 1966 in Canada, lived in London. Now he lives in Spain. Currently, he is best known for the adventure fantasy series (with elements of SF and steampunk) "Jackal", with a setting and entourage reminiscent of Victorian England, the action of which, however, does not take place in the 19th century, but on the contrary - in the indefinitely distant future. Among the authors who influenced his work, Hunt names Jack Williamson, Stephen Goldin, David Gemmel, Bruce Sterling, Larry Niven and Michael Moorcock. The writer`s stories have appeared in various genre magazines in the US and UK, and some of his early works were written in the cyberpunk genre. The most famous of these was Hollow Duellists, a story that was touted by William Gibson as one of the major works of the second wave of cyberpunk, and which subsequently won the ProtoStellar magazine prize for best fiction in 1995 (Hunt shared the award with Stephen Baxter ). In 2005, Stephen Hunt became the first client of the then newly formed John Jarrold Literature Agency. Hunt`s second novel was the subject of an auction held by John Jarrold in late 2005 between major British publishers. HarperCollins outnumbered their competitors by signing a three-book deal with Hunt, which was later extended to six books. Bookseller magazine reported that HarperCollins won the auction with a solid six-figure sum. The rights to foreign editions and translations of the Jackalia series novels were sold to Tor Books (USA), Albin Michel (France), Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany), Enterbrain Manga and Anime (Japan), Edições Saída de Emergência (Portugal), Paidós ( Spain), AST (Russia), and Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House (China). The writer`s first fantasy novel, For the Crown and the Dragon, was published in 1994, and told about a young officer Talisin fighting for the Queen of England in an alternative reality of the Napoleonic Wars period, where witchcraft and steampunk weapons (airships, machine guns and steam trucks). Reviewer Andrew Darlington cited Hunt`s novel as an example, coining the term "flintlock fantasy" to describe a subgenre of fantasy with a setting during the Regency or Napoleonic era. 2007`s Heavenly Judgment is a steampunk fantasy novel set in a Victorian-like world with added magic of various forms, and where the economy is built on steam rather than oil. The country and nation in which the book is predominantly set (Kingdom of the Jackals) is recognizably based on Victorian England, and the major neighboring countries (Quotershift) are likely inspired by the Paris Commune and other communist states. Subsequent novels, in particular "The Kingdom Beyond the Waves" (2008), take place in the same world, several new races are introduced into the narrative, and part of the backstory is told. Hunt`s The Jackalia series began with The Court of the Air and was the first to be published by HarperCollins, the JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis publishing house in the UK. The novel was one of ten books selected by the organizers of the Berlinale film festival to be presented to producers in Europe and the United States. In a short presentation, HarperCollins described the book as "Charles Dickens Meets Blade Runner." In November 2008, the second book in the series, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award longlist for the fantasy genre. The second novel tells about the misadventures of the private submarine, Commodore Jared Black, who already appeared in the first book, who now sets out in search of the ruins of a lost ancient utopia. The third book in the series, "The Rise of the Iron Moon", was published in the UK in February 2009 - this time the Jackal was expected to invade from the north, a horde called the Army of the Shadows. In the novel, the main protagonists of the first book appear, including Molly Templar, Oliver Brooks, the steam scientist Coppertrex and all the same Commodore Jared Black. The new heroine here is Purity Drake, a state criminal and a prisoner. The fourth book, Secrets of the Fire Sea, is a murderous detective set on Iago Island in the Fire-Breathing Sea, and features private investigator Jethro Dont and his steam train assistant Boxeron as they try to find the island`s archbishop`s killer. Commodore Black delivers detectives to the island from the kingdom, who then accompanies them in the form of "ballast" for the entire investigation. The novel was published in the UK in hardcover in 2010 and in paperback a year later. The fifth novel in the series, Jack Cloudie, revolves around the "airship war" between Jackalia and the southern empire of Cassarabia. The main characters are Jack Keats, a young thief who fell into the service of the Jackalian fleet of airships, and Jared Black. The Commodore is blackmailed by the Royal Secret Police for helping the fleet. The title of the sixth book is still unknown, but it was submitted to HarperCollins for editing in January 2011. While appearing as a guest of honor at Forum Fantastico 2010, Portugal`s national sci-fi convention, Hunt spoke of his sixth book primarily as a spy detective. Her characters include Dick Tall, an elderly State Department of Human Rights officer, private detectives Jethro Dont and Boxeron, and Commodore Black. They investigate the theft of the royal scepter of Jackalia, as well as a spate of bizarre murders in the capital, Middlestyle. Speaking at Forum Fantastico, Hunt noted the versatility of fantasy as a genre, and described the books in his Jackali series as a quest novel (The Court of the Air), an adventure novel (The Kingdom Beyond the Waves), an invasion story ( "The Rise of the Iron Moon"), detective ("Secrets of the Fire Sea"), war history ("Jack Cloudie") and spy novel (sixth book). In addition to writing and his novels, Stephen Hunt is known for his work as one of the pioneers of web content. His first role in the online world dates back to 1991, when he worked in the UK services sector AppleLink, the Apple pre-web equivalent of AOL / Compuserve. In 1997, he launched a website for the scientific journal Nature for Macmillan Publishers, and related publications (Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine). Nature.com is the first recipient of the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) Award for Web Content. Hunt then became an online publisher for the Risk Waters group, in charge of creating an online presentation for their permanent magazines. One of his projects at the time was FinanceWise, a finance-focused search engine created as a joint venture between Risk Waters and IBM. It won the Financial Times Award for Best Website in the Year it was launched. Shortly after this award, he was hired by the Financial Times as head of online presentation for their own magazine, where he prepared media sites including Investors Chronicle, The Banker, and various channels of the main newspaper site FT.com. In 2001, Hunt became director of research at investment bank Almeida Capital, where he founded AltAssets, an online service focused on venture capital and the private equity market. SF Crowsnest is an online magazine published by Stephen Hunt and edited by Jeff Willmetts. Founded in 1991 by Hunt, it is based in England but includes members from all over the world. It hosts reviews of science fiction and fantasy, movies, magazines and television shows, and includes interviews with authors and original prose. The magazine was originally launched in 1991 on AppleLink, an online service, making it the first science fiction networked service and project of its kind. The magazine left AppleLink in 1994, hosted on the World Wide Web as www.SF-fantasy.com, and in 1999 changed its address to www.sfcrowsnest.com.  Official site of the author Bibliography Taken from the site http: // fantlab.ru