Nina Munteanu will join other international writers, editors and publishers at When Words Collide, Aurora Award-winning writing conference, August 9-11, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn (9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB).
Munteanu joins renowned authors, editors and publishers (Patricia Briggs, Michael Cassutt, David B. Coe, D.B. Jackson, Barbara Fradkin, Shirlee Smith Matheson, and Jamis Paulson) to celebrate excellence in reading and writing.
Munteanu will sit on panels, read from her latest SF bookInner Diverse (of The Splintered Universe Trilogy), participate in an autograph session, Blue-pencil café and give two writing workshops.
Science fiction reader and blogger Tina Hunter lists her “Top Ten Science Fiction Novels with Female Lead Characters”. Darwin’s Paradox was one of them–and in very good company.
Here’s her list:
1. Venus Prime by Paul Preuss and Arthur C. Clark (1987-1991)
2. Freedom’s Landing and series by Anne McCaffrey (1995-2002)
3. This Alien Shore by C. S. Friedman (1999)
4. A Thousand Words for Stranger and series by Julie E. Czerneda (1997)
5. Wake trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer (2008)
6. JEMMA7729 by Pheobe Wray (2008)
7. Forbidden Cargo by Rebecca k. Rowe (2006)
8. Darwin’s Paradox by Nina Munteanu (2007)
9. Stardoc series by S. L. Viehl (2000-20009)
10. Beyond Infinity by Gregory Benford (2003)
About Darwin, Hunter says:
From the back of the book:
“When an intelligent virus and an intelligent machine conspire to seize North America’s largest city then threaten to spread world chaos, the only person who can save humanity is the woman who started it all.
Compelled by the ambitious virus stirring inside her, Julie Crane returns to the city from which she fled – accused of atrocity – to fulfil her final destiny as Darwin’s Paradox, the key to the evolution of humankind.”
The plague that gives??? In a time of H1N1, it’s interesting to look at a virus that is spreading across a future world and the steps people take to protect themselves. While the main character is Julie Crane, supposed creator of the virus, this is also Julie’s daughter Angel’s story. And when the main character’s best friend is an AI, you know it’s going to be an interesting read.
People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councilors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity. Look who’s here today:
“I’m reading “Darwin’s Paradox“, and I’m hooked onto Nina’s work!” says Carina S. Burns, world traveler and author of The Syrian Jewelry Box, who currently lives in California with her family. “I have never before met a “goddess of metaphors”…. I so look forward to cuddling up in my bed with my best friend, “Darwin’s Paradox” tonight:-) You can bet that I will be reading all of Nina Munteanu’s books.”
Carina has traveled the world extensively. “Largely influenced by my time spent abroad, my writing deals with notions of multiculturalism and personal identity,” she says. Carina was born in Germany and immigrated to the USA with her family when she was four. As a young girl, she and her family traveled throughout the world. From 1968 to 1975 she lived and attended school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
She must be in the middle–it’s getting exciting!
“I enjoy all aspects of foreign cultures, including exotic cuisines, cultural history and language,” she says. Her passion is writing. “I like to think that my writing caresses your five senses… it might [even] evoke your sixth sense. [Think of] that first bite of a mille feuilles—French pastry is made up of three layers of puff pastry, and two layers of crème pâtissière)—wetting your appetite, enticing you to continue as you savor each layer.”
During the time she was in Saudi Arabia, Carina discovered that she was adopted. Carina’s website is devoted to helping people come to terms with being adopted and to flourish with the knowledge. Her ebook “What Do You Mean I Was Adopted?” has received a lot of positive response from clients and professionals in the field.
“Carina’s book shows you how to become empowered by the sometimes shocking and traumatic experience of adoption. It is a must-read for anyone who is adopted.” – Richard Krawczyk Author of Ultimate Success Blueprint TheMrBlueprint.com
Can’t put it down!
Look for her upcoming memoir “The Syrian Jewelry Box”, an exotic and dreamlike soul-journey of a young girl as she travels through Europe, Asia and the Middle East on a quest for truth and reconciliation.
If you are a Darwin reader and wish to share your favorite place to read Darwin, email me your shot of you reading the book and I’ll feature you. Include a little about you and what you’d like to promote (yourself, a group, an event or place, world peace…) and a link. Email me at: email@example.com (message line: Look who’s reading Darwin).
Darwin’s Paradox was recently reviewed by Tricia M. Foster. Here is an excerpt:
The Victor Frankl quote at the front of the book, “What is to give light must endure burning,” is the first indication of the numerous paradoxical references you’ll find throughout the book, as Munteanu sets the stage for a story on the verge of transcending its genre…
Blurring the line between good and evil, Munteanu creates characters as paradoxical as the storyline itself…
Darwin’s Paradox also boasts a cast of exceptionally strong and complex women whose relationships intertwine and evolve like the deadly virus that binds them together. From the chair of the governing body, to Julie’s daughter, each of these characters serve pivotal roles throughout the book…
To give it depth, Munteanu has built her eco-thriller on a solid foundation of natural philosophy and symbolic allusions that meld pulp fiction with literary sensibilities. In doing so, Darwin’s Paradox delivers a story that is both entertaining and metaphoric, creating a layered effect that will engage even finicky readers…
Allusions to the French utopian movement founded by Etienne Cabet and the 19th century anti-industrial movement in Great Britian, underscore the conflict between nature and technology, while references to cooperative rather than competitive evolution hints at possible resolution…
Munteanu’s vision of the future is both frightening and inspiring, embracing the dark/light dichotomy dominating Darwin’s Paradox. Icaria’s vee-set wearing society, with their mechanical movements and vacant stares, resembles the disconnected iPod population of today. The contrast between the sterile environments of glass towers and the rubble of the inner city mirrors our own growing economic tensions. But just as Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortal man, Julia Crane carries the key that can transform civilization as we know it…
Darwin’s Paradox is a fascinating look into the future where man ceases his attempt to subjugate nature, while embracing its ability to adapt…
People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councilors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity. Look who’s reading Darwin today:
Rick LeBlanc is an Account Manager and Senior Customer Service Trainer in computer software with a company in Alberta, Canada. I met Rick several years ago at a science fiction convention; he was carrying a nice camera over his shoulder and knew how to use it.
Rick LeBlanc’s Twitter page says he’s “just a photography, gardening, builder kinda guy, science fiction reader. Well, I guess that’s why he’s reading Darwin’s Paradox.
Rick has been using photography to play since he first picked up an Instamatic at 14. Some of his favourites can be found at http://rickacadie.imagekind.com. He also likes to build things, like garages, workshops & sheds. His plans to build a Grand Banks dory are slowly working their way to fruition. He’s been reading science fiction from the age of nine when he came across Robert A. Heinlein’s ‘The Puppet Masters’. Thousands of SF novels later, he had to build an 1150 square foot addition to have a proper bookshelf for his collection.
Participate in “Look Who’s Reading Darwin”:
If you are a Darwin reader and wish to share your favorite place to read Darwin, email me your shot of you reading the book and I’ll feature you with the book. Include a little about you and what you’d like to promote (yourself, a group, an event or place, world peace…) and a link. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (message line: Look who’s reading Darwin).