Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shadow of the Scorpion.

I've been having fun trying to convert a pdf sent to me by Macmillan into a jpg so I could put a picture of this cover up here. Nice free program downloaded to do it, only for some unfathomable reason it will convert the whole dust jacket except for the title on the front and spine. Another program accessed online (sends the picture to you by email) just converted half the cover, the back half, which is no use at all. I've ended up just copying this from amazon. The hardcover of Shadow of the Scorpion should be published on April 3rd.

Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and the vicious arthropoid race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn't remember. In the years following the war, he signs up with Earth Central Security, and is sent out to help either restore or simply maintain order on worlds devastated by Prador bombardment. There he discovers that though the old enemy remains as murderous as ever, it is not anywhere near as perfidious or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some of them closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, he discovers in himself a cold capacity for violence, learns some horrible truths about his own past and, set upon a course of vengeance, tries merely to stay alive.

8 comments:

WHORROR said...

The PrintScrn button ought to do it :)

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

funded by Northrop Grumman child cadet laserkin program 2049.

daniel said...

you can print pdfs out, although the quality tends to be pretty bad, and then re-scan it, but pdfs were designed for secure document sending so you generally can't modify them afterwards (depending on security settings when created).

btw shadow of the scorpion is excellent and i will buying it again in hardback!

Paul said...

In chronological order does this book come after Prador Moon? Is it a sequel to that book? Does it come before Gridlinked? Is it a prequel to that book?

Zoe said...

Read Hilldiggers when I picked it up off in airport bookshop, hooked ever since. Now reading in chrono order - just finished Polity Agent.
Corking stuff :)

Sorry if this is an UberNoob question, but how come The Shadow of the Scorpion is listed as standalone, rather than part of the Cormac series ?

Zoe said...

oh - and as Whorror said, you can get a surprisingly good quality image using Ctrl+Alt+PrnScrn to copy the active window, then paste into something simple like MS Paint where you can trim it.

Paul - yes - in chrono order, this is after Prador Moon, before Gridlinked.

(I just found this blog, so catching up for the past 4 years worth lol)

Neal Asher said...

Just to let you know, Zoe: comments on posts older than two weeks go through moderation, so they may take a while to appear. Cheers!

Zoe said...

Hehe - After reading some of your books (working on reading them all!) and your blog, I'm guessing 'moderation' isn't a word that you use very often lololol