Portugal’s largest fantasy and science fiction convention, The F?rum Fant?stico 2010, is getting ready to open its doors to thousands of fans in Lisbon this weekend 12th-14th November.
The two Guests of Honour being flown in this year are the British fantasy author Stephen Hunt, and American fantasy author Peter V. Brett.
The three-day event also includes many Portuguese fantasy and science fiction authors & comic-book creators and artists, including Ricardo Pinto, David Soares, Afonso Cruz and Jo?o Pedro Duarte.
The event is being held in Portugal’s capital in the stunning Biblioteca Municipal de Telheiras (state library).
Stephen Hunt was first published in 2007 after a fiercely fought auction for his debut fantasy novel, ?The Court of the Air?. The success of ?The Court of the Air? (it?s still the only debut fantasy novel to be given mass-market distribution by Tesco) helped kick-start a now rapidly growing sub-culture known as steampunk, with a slew of novels in the genre following in Hunt?s foot-steps on both sides of the Atlantic.
Books in Stephen’s series include ?The Court of the Air, ?The Kingdom Beyond the Waves?, ?The Rise of the Iron Moon, ?Secrets of the Fire Sea?, ?Jack Cloudie? (pub: 2011), and a 6th as yet untitled work in the series due for publication in 2012.
The Jackelian series is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins; the USA by Tor; and as foreign language editions by various publishers in Japan, China, Russia, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.
Peter V. Brett is an American writer of fantasy novels. He is the author of the ongoing ‘Demon Series’, whose first volume ‘The Painted Man’, was first published in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins’s Voyager imprint in 2008. The book is known as ‘The Warded Man’ in the United States where Del Ray Books published it.
The first novel in Peter’s Demon Series introduces a world formerly the home of an advanced human civilisation, now reduced to a ‘dark age’ by the attacks of demons, known as ‘corelings’. The corelings are powerful beings, with magical abilities and differing elemental natures, and each night emerge from the planet’s core to feed on humans. The story is told from the perspective of three main characters, Arlen, Leesha and Rojer, showing their passage from childhood to maturity and the beginning of their individual quests to bring an end to the terror that has befallen humankind. Each character possess differing talents, which develop across the tale, and will become key in the ongoing struggle.
Peter V. Brett’s official author?s site can be found at http://www.petervbrett.com
Visit the convention’s web site at http://forumfantastico.wordpress.com for more details of F?rum Fant?stico 2010.