My latest novel, Owl Dance, now has a cover courtesy the extraordinarily talented Laura Givens:
The year is 1876. Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro, New Mexico meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi, who is looking to make a new start after escaping the oppression of her homeland. When an ancient lifeform called Legion comes to Earth, they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world as we know it. In their journeys, Ramon and Fatemeh encounter mad inventors, dangerous outlaws, and pirates. Their resources are Ramon’s fast draw and Fatemeh’s uncanny ability to communicate with owls. The question is, will that be enough to save them when airships from Czarist Russia invade the United States?
Ernest Hogan, author of Cortez on Jupiter and Smoking Mirror Blues has this to say about Owl Dance: “A rip-snorting, Wild West steampunk extravaganza with a touch of Arabian Nights that comes alive with authentic insight into the magic, peoples, and landscapes of the Southwest. Satisfies as both science fiction, and a western that is fantastic, and comes alive with realism. The kind of book that makes me proud to live in Aztlán.”
Cowboys, Aliens, and Dancing Owls
When I’ve told some folks the premise of Owl Dance they’ve noted a certain similarity between it and the movie Cowboys and Aliens. On the way home from my last shift at Kitt Peak National Observatory, I dropped in to the theater and watched Cowboys and Aliens. Although there are some superficial similarities, they are, on the whole, quite different.
Here’s a (hopefully) spoiler-free rundown of some of the differences. There are cowboys in Owl Dance and there’s an alien. (One alien, sort of. Once the book comes out, you’ll understand.) The aliens in Cowboys and Aliens were rather one-dimensional, evil characters, out for no good. The alien in Owl Dance is a nuanced creature who actually tries to be helpful. (Again, sort of.)
Both Owl Dance and Cowboys and Aliens feature a guy with glasses. The guy with glasses in Owl Dance does not need anyone to teach him how to shoot. He can take care of himself, thank you very much.
Both Owl Dance and Cowboys and Aliens have a beguiling woman. If the hero of Owl Dance leaped on top of the woman and tried to find out what she was really after, the woman would hurt the hero. Badly.
Cowboys and Aliens is a fun way to spend a couple of hours on a summer afternoon. Owl Dance will be a great book to curl up with this autumn.