Silver Award for Arteess Conflict confirms gamer James Starling as new author to watch

Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards present Silver Award for Teenage Fiction for 2013 to science fiction novel from first-time author and gamer, James Starling

DARTFORD, KENT – 28 April 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to congratulate James Starling for winning the Silver award in the Teenage Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for his debut science fiction novel, Arteess: Conflict. The winners of the awards were announced at AuthorConUK in Manchester on Saturday afternoon (26 April 2014).

Arteess: Conflict is the first book in the Arteess series. Arteess is a game but not child’s play, a private virtual reality experience created as an experiment into the nature of time itself. Players are invited to take part in an international warzone of nomadic factions. We follow the Shard squad, friends specialising in conflict arenas, who are surrounded by sociopathic technicians, facetious pilots and an insane commander and must survive the onslaught of rivals and the antics of their own faction.

James Starling deftly creates credible characters, and readers soon find themselves rooting for the resourceful members of the squad. Bridging the chasm-like void between literature and gaming, James brings together both the disturbingly amusing black humour of the gaming community and the focus, scope and monumental scale possible within modern literature. This is a book that appeals to gamers of all ages as well as readers of science fiction and action novels.

A review on Risingshadow described Arteess: Conflict as “bold experimentation in combining modern science fiction and gaming” and said that the book manages “to convey the hectic action and the addictive atmosphere of the gaming world to readers”.

Arteess: Conflict was published in July 2013 by Elsewhen Press.

About James Starling

James Starling is an avid gamer. He revels in the virtual environments and endless community entertainment of this millennium’s gaming scene, caught up in the rush of gaming to the point where it’s become a bit of an obsession. Arteess: Conflict is his first published novel.

About Arteess: Conflict

Arteess: Conflict cover imageArteess: Conflict is the first in a new science fiction series where much of the action takes place inside a game. But surviving the game is not child’s play. We learn of science, betrayal, power and progress – from the perspective of innocent, but nevertheless accomplished gamers.

Created as an experiment into the nature of time itself, the virtual world of Arteess exists, in the near future, as a private digital realm. A full-body virtual reality experience where the talented, the shrewd and the lucky are invited to participate in an international war zone of nomadic factions. We are introduced into the world of Arteess alongside the Shard squad, a group of friends specialising in conflict arenas. Though each member possesses unique talents, they are ultimately defined by their personalities, their own personal battles and the moral choices they make in the consequence-free virtual environment. Surrounded by sociopathic technicians, facetious pilots and a potentially insane commander, they must carve out a place for themselves while surviving the onslaught of rivals and the antics of the rest of their own faction.

 

Are you going to AuthorCon UK on Saturday?

It’s in Manchester at the MadLab and we’ll be there along with some great authors, ready to chat, sign books and even sell them to you (the books, not the authors!) At least three of our authors will be there: Christopher Nuttall, James Starling and Dave Weaver.

Christopher NuttallImage of James Starling by Hannah B. FarrellDave Weaver

The medal winners of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards will be announced too. Finalists include Christopher Nuttall’s Bookworm (adult fiction) and James Starling’s Arteess: Conflict (teen fiction). So come along and cheer for the winners.

We’ll also have copies of Christopher’s Bookworm II: the Very Ugly Duckling for sale (it was released in paperback on April 1st) and pre-release copies of Dave’s Japanese Daisy Chain (it’s not officially released until May, but we already have some copies, so why not!).

If you can make it, come and find us (I think we’ll be on the ground floor) and say hello.

 

Arteess: Conflict announced as a finalist in Independent Book Awards

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The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards have just announced the 2013 finalists. In the category of fiction for Teenagers, the nine finalists include our very own Arteess: Conflict by James Starling.

The GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE winners, picked from the finalists, will be announced in April at AuthorCon.

You can see the full list of finalists and read more about the Wishing Shelf awards here

 

“a dream-come-true book” – review of Arteess: Conflict on Risingshadow

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Over on the Risingshadow website, Seregil of Rhiminee has read and reviewed James Starling’s debut novel Arteess: Conflict, the first book in the Arteess series. At the start of the review, Seregil admits “I don’t normally get excited about books that tell about what happens in a virtual gaming world, but this book is one of the few exceptions that manage to convey the hectic action and the addictive atmosphere of the gaming world to readers, because the author writes enthusiastically about the quests and action scenes” and concludes that “the author must know quite a lot about games, because he manages to write convincingly and fluently about the different choices and action scenes”. Continue reading ““a dream-come-true book” – review of Arteess: Conflict on Risingshadow”

Fun in Nottingham

Last weekend we grabbed our magpad boards to hover on up to Nottingham.

Charles Partington talks to James Starling at the launch of his novel Arteess: Conflict at Novacon 43
Charles Partington talks to James Starling at the launch of his novel Arteess: Conflict at Novacon 43

Okay, we actually went by car, the magpad board was used by the character Visor in the excerpt of Arteess: Conflict that James Starling read at the launch of the print edition – a launch that was encouragingly well-attended, even though many of those who were there to hear James read turned down a glass of wine (“Too early on a Sunday morning” – 11:30, early?)

We were so busy that we didn’t get time to take many photos of our own event let alone any others. But Steve Rogerson took some, including a great photo of James reading, which you can see on his website here.

Arteess: Conflict now available in paperback

Arteess: Conflict cover imageArteess: Conflict, the first book in the Arteess series from James Starling, is now available in paperback following a successful and well-attended launch at Novacon 43. It is available through the usual channels…

Elsewhen Press at Novacon

Join us this weekend at Novacon in Nottingham.

If you’re going to be there, come and find us in the Dealers Room and say hello. We will also be launching Arteess: Conflict by James Starling on Sunday morning in the downstairs bar at 11:30.

Arteess: Conflict by James Starling published today

Arteess: Conflict cover imageToday sees the publication of the first book in the exciting new science fiction series Arteess from new author James Starling. Arteess: Conflict introduces us to the world of Arteess. Created as an experiment into the nature of time itself, the virtual world of Arteess exists, in the near future, as a private digital realm. A full-body virtual reality experience where the talented, the shrewd and the lucky are invited to participate in an international war zone of nomadic factions. We enter alongside the Shard squad, a group of friends specialising in Conflict arenas, playing as a cohesive unit led by Splint. Though each member possesses unique talents, they are ultimately defined by their personalities, their own personal battles and the moral choices they make in the consequence-free virtual environment. They are thrust into Arteess to serve under the Sapphire faction, an alarmingly casual outfit holed up in the middle of a metal mountain. Surrounded by sociopathic technicians, facetious pilots and a potentially insane commander, Splint and her squad must carve out a place for themselves within the virtual battlefield while surviving not only the onslaught of rivals but also the antics of their own teammates.

An impressive debut novel

James Starling bridges the chasm-like void between literature and gaming, bringing together both the disturbingly amusing black humour of the gaming community and the focus, scope and monumental scale possible within modern literature.

Arteess: Conflict is available now as an eBook on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, Nook UK and other platforms (see here for links). It will be published in paperback in November 2013.

Elsewhen Press signs new author for science-fiction series set in a virtual reality wargame

We are excited to announce that James Starling, Midlands-based gamer and author, has signed a publishing deal for an undisclosed sum for a new four-part science fiction series. Arteess: Conflict is the first book in an exhilarating new series that tells of science, betrayal, power and progress, from the perspective of innocent gamers.

Created as an experiment into the nature of time itself, the virtual world of Arteess exists, in the near future, as a private digital realm. A full-body virtual reality experience where the talented, the shrewd and the lucky are invited to participate in an international war zone of nomadic factions. Where an hour in reality is torn and expanded into an entire month in the game. A mere twelve hours becomes a year of constant warfare, with each player’s avatar requiring the same care and attention that their real bodies would. A year of brutality leading to countless deaths, each rewarded with new life in the form of re-spawning. Continue reading “Elsewhen Press signs new author for science-fiction series set in a virtual reality wargame”