Awhile back, in a discussion about magic, I referred to Philippa Ballantine’s marvelous New Zealand novel Weather Child, in which magic is done by a team of a human and a symbiont called a seraphim who dwells within the human on the cellular level.1 Weather Child was well received in its initial, podcast form, and many eagerly awaited its print publication.
That blessed event is finally coming to pass. Imagine That! Studios will publish Weather Child on 1 March — and today, on Waitangi Day, the 174th anniversary of New Zealand’s founding, Ms. Ballantine has released the book’s cover to Internet viewers. Designed and executed by Alex White of The Gearheart, this thing of beauty may be seen over at www.pjballantine.com.
Incidentally, Ms. Ballantine met with a puzzling reception from major publishers who said that Americans didn’t want to read stories set in New Zealand. I suspect that may have been their marketing voice (which, let’s face it, is often clue-impaired) rather than their editorial voice — I can just hear Jay Leno saying, “Oh, right, because if there’s one thing American SFF readers just can’t stand, it’s stories that let you discover new, unfamiliar worlds!” One can hope that Peter Jackson’s Tolkien films, not to mention TV predecessors Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, have managed to kill that attitude dead, dead, dead.
I intend to be standing in line when Weather Child arrives. I think you’ll want to be, too.
- Yes, I know that’s a Hebrew plural. There may well be a reason for this which Ms. Ballantine hasn’t yet revealed. [↩]