Kameron Hurley has been writing for a long time, the bulk of her work posted on Brutal Women and other blogs---intricate, bold, and thought-provoking posts on a variety of subjects both personal and societal. But she's also an accomplished novelist whose path to print was delayed by the publisher melt-down of 2008.
Now, finally, Hurley's first novel God's War is out and garnering great praise, with Publishers Weekly writing in part, "On a planet settled by Muslims and ravaged by constant war and pollution, Nyx, a former government-sponsored assassin...gets by as a bounty hunter. Her assistant is the foreign magician Rhys, who can control the ubiquitous insects that drive the planet's technology. When the government asks them to hunt down an off-worlder who possesses technology that could end the war, they find themselves facing off against foreign agents and their fellow bel dames. Hurley's world-building is phenomenal [and].... (she) smoothly handles tricky themes such as race, class, religion, and gender without sacrificing action."
Yes, that's right: It's bugpunk! Indeed, part of the joy of the world-building is in the descriptions of the bug-based techno, although Hurley never makes her characters subservient to her setting. This is gritty, edgy, and thoroughly entertaining science fiction/fantasy---and more than original enough to sustain future books in the same milieu. Check out a second amazing book trailer for the novel on Hurley's YouTube channel as well as her awesome website for the book, which includes a sample chapter. You can also sample her short fiction, which has been collected in year's best anthologies, in a collection created for the Kindle. Finally, there's a great piece by her on John Scalzi's Whatever blog, about the novel.
Hurley's been kind enough to write a series of short pieces for Omnivoracious on issues related to her novel. Here's the first.