Art for Mayan December Cover, by Scott Grimando

I am excited about my next book, Mayan December.  This is my first real post about it, and I’m looking forward to sharing more about the book as time goes on.  It will be out sometime next summer, hopefully before Worldcon.

First, my publisher, Sean Wallace from Prime Books, showed me this art the day he proposed buying the book from me (right before last year’s World Fantasy).  I love the art.  It has the right feel for the book.  No, it’s not pure fantasy, but it’s historical mixed with sf, set in the Yucatan Peninsula, partly in 2012 (without the end of the world histrionics of the movie) and partly in the far past, when the Mayans mixed science and magic together to make a warrior society.  I fell in love with the place and the people, and this art evokes the mystery and strength of the oldest times I wrote about in Mayan December.

Scott’s work has exactly the right feel for this book, which is more about a sense of awe at the majesty of nature and human history than it is about the science and computers of the modern day.  I’ll stop here before I end up with spoilers.  But do go visit Scott’s Grimando’s site, grimstudios. The art piece itself is titled Alter of the Moon.

I’ll post more as the art turns into a cover and we get closer to publication.

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