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Battle of the Linguist Mages

Scotto Moore

Battle of the Linguist Mages

“It reads like Snow Crash had a dance-off with Gideon the Ninth, in a world where language isn't a virus from outer space, it's a goddamn alien invasion.” —Charles Stross

In modern day Los Angeles, a shadowy faction led by the Governor of California develops the arcane art of combat linguistics, planting the seeds of a future totalitarian empire in Scotto Moore's Battle of the Linguist Mages.

Isobel is the Queen of the medieval rave-themed VR game Sparkle Dungeon. Her prowess in the game makes her an ideal candidate to learn the secrets of "power morphemes"—unnaturally dense units of meaning that warp perception when skilfully pronounced.

But Isobel’s reputation makes her the target of a strange resistance movement led by spellcasting anarchists, who may be the only thing stopping the cabal from toppling California over the edge of a terrible transformation, with forty million lives at stake.

Time is short for Isobel to level up and choose a side—because the cabal has attracted much bigger and weirder enemies than the anarchist resistance, emerging from dark and vicious dimensions of reality and heading straight for planet Earth!

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e-Book
On Sale: 01/11/2022
ISBN: 9781250767691
ISBN10: 1250767695
0.00 x 0.00 inches , 448 Pages

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Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250767721
ISBN10: 1250767725
5.38 x 8.25 inches , 448 Pages

About the Author

SCOTTO MOORE is a Seattle playwright, whose works include the black comedy H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-up Comedian!, the sci-fi adventures Duel of the Linguist Mages and interlace...

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REVIEWS

“It reads like Snow Crash had a dance-off with Gideon the Ninth, in a world where language isn't a virus from outer space, it's a goddamn alien invasion.” —Charles Stross

“Sparklepunk meets Snow Crash! One of those books that hits you with an amazing new idea every couple of pages, and it makes for a wild ride.” —Django Wexler

"A roller coaster of weird in this wildly entertaining gonzo adventure... Readers will love it as much for the outlandish ideas as for the narrative complexity and sense of fun." —Publishers Weekly


More praise for Scotto Moore:

“Scotto Moore understands a key truth about Ziggy Stardust: Rock and roll messiahs are really fucking scary.” —Kieron Gillen on Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

“Absolutely stunning. A fast-paced, psychedelic blur of music, tech, and things way beyond either. I picked it up, and it simply would not let me go until the final page was read.” —Ramez Naam on Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

“Moore writes with a playful jauntiness that buoys the growing darkness rather than undercutting it. His details about a certain subset of music nerds give the story some great texture... the ride is a fun one and the soundtrack is killer.” —Locus on Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

“A wickedly clever amalgam of science fiction, horror, and contemporary music that makes one reconsider whether Ziggy Stardust’s arrival here on Earth might not, in fact, be such a good thing... I could have read Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You in one sitting, but I stretched it over two nights because I couldn’t bear for it to end... Buy this book.” —Elizabeth Hand in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction on Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

“A lean, quick read with no fat. The clever, exciting story mixes weird fiction with an engaging and mysterious plot.” —Library Journal on Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You