The Bloodlight Chronicles
“Themes of transcendence and family love play out against backdrops of real and virtual worlds in Stanton’s slight neocyberpunk debut, the first speculative fiction title from Canadian indie ECW.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Grim and gritty, high-concept SF, with immortality on the line. Good stuff.” (Matthew Hughes)
“The book is a taut thriller, veering as it does between the real and the virtual, propelled by a central mystery…that bears some similarity to both C.S. Lewis’s sci-fi apologetic Out of the Silent Planet and Tad William’s Otherland series.” (Faith Today, reviewed by Lloyd Rang.)
“ECW’s first sf title revitalizes the cyber-fiction genre with its vivid prose and believable characters. Stylistically streamlined, this vibrant series opener should appeal to fans of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson.” (Library Journal, reviewed by Jackie Cassada)
“On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists.” (Élisabeth Vonarburg)
“Stanton lands us in a vivid cyber world peopled by avatars, clones, V-pirates, escorts, hackers, sliders, guardians, machine intelligences, the white market, paladins of commerce and more… His characters are honest and real; their reactions to their situations, believable. His dialogue is tight and engaging. His pacing is excellent, and he kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Perhaps most important of all, he handles a difficult theme with sensitivity and courage.” (Susan MacGregor)
“The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation delivers a ride and voice that is new and fresh…a fast-paced thrill ride with many twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it without hesitation to anyone looking for a neocyberpunk story, or someone who is looking for a new take on vampirism and what it means to be immortal.” (Culinary Carnivale, reviewed by Dhympna Du Maurier)
“The climactic battle in cyberspace is one of the best I have read within the genre…If you are a cyberpunk fan, or would like to become one, grab yourself a copy of this novel. Stanton is an inventive and thoughtful writer.” (Innsmouth Free Press, reviewed by Mike Griffiths)
The opening scene from the first novel, “Mark of the Beast,” is now published online at InterNova.
Reconciliation is now available in Audiobook from Audible.com.
Now available from ECW Press in Canada and internationally via major online retailers, “the sequel to The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation explores the repercussions of chemical immortality, the nature of religion, life beyond death, and the politics and ethics of revenge. Set in a future where economic transactions are tied into virtual gaming, this elegantly written sf series features believable characters and powerful situations.” (Library Journal, 2011, reviewed by Teresa L. Jacobsen)
“Brisk, mature, and masterfully put together.” (Reviewed by Krista D. Ball)
“Excellent writing, interesting characters and a believable vision of the future.” (Kasma SF, 2012, reviewed by Alexander Korovessis)
“His characters act like real people. Check out this book.” (410 Media, 2012, reviewed by David Baker)
The opening scene from Retribution, “Eternal Virus,” is now published online at Ray Gun Revival.
Another excerpt, “Hedge of Protection,” is available in On Spec, Aurora Award Winner 2012, Issue #85, along with a Feature Author Interview by Roberta Laurie.
Retribution is now available in Audiobook from Audible.com.
The thrilling conclusion of the Bloodlight Chronicles trilogy: Set in a world where global economic activity is carried out in a virtual-gaming realm, a blood-transmitted virus with rejuvenating effects has become a black-market staple, forcing infected “Eternals” into a tightly knit underground where they must hack the V-space for food and shelter. After their leader, Helena Sharp, begins to mysteriously degenerate and flees, the Eternal community is thrown into chaos, fearing that their immortality has ended.
“Redemption tackles the big questions, life, death, religion, the future, destiny, and in this setting that is to be both wished and feared. Worth checking out.” (SciFi Pulse, 2012.)
“Finding innovative science fiction is getting harder and harder as true literary pioneering seems to have slowed to stagnation, then comes along a series of books from ECW Press called The Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton, and hope for originality in the genre is revived.” (Amazing Stories, 2013, reviewed by Ricky L. Brown.)
“Redemption considers how technology and genetics will impact entertainment, religion, business, human relations, and the very definitions of life and death. Much of Stanton’s future world seems an inevitable outcome of our society’s progression, and he weaves the possible together with the fantastic effortlessly.” (Scene Magazine, 2013, reviewed by Adam Shirley.)
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