After months of reading and deliberation, At Boundary’s Edge is proud to reveal the self-published books that have made it through the first round of cuts. As a reminder, we have read the first 20% of each of these books and then vote don whether or not to continue. As a team of three judges, any book that received two or three votes of ‘Yes, I would like to keep reading,’ has made it to this stage of the competition. The attentive among you will realise that this leaves us with eleven books still in the game, as opposed to the ten we were aiming for. With a seven-way tie involved, we determined it unfair to exclude one of those just to make the numbers fit. So without further ado, here are our quarter-finalists:
Blood Animus, by Kyle McKeon
Daros, by Dave Dobson
Defiant, by Aaron Hodges
Delphine Descends, by Darrel William Moore
Destroyer, by Brian G. Turner
Ghosts of Tomorrow, by Michael R. Fletcher
KHAOS, by Michael Reid Jr.
Mazarin Blues, by Al Hess
Terms of Service, by Elliott Scott
The Dark That Dwells, by Matt Digman & Ryan Roddy
The Nothing Within, by Andy Geisler
Our next task is to read each of these books to completion and give it a rating out of ten. The average of our three ratings will become that book’s final score. Each of these books will receive a full written review from at least one of our judges, and the three books with the highest average score will pass through to the semi-finals, where they will be judged by all of the teams in the SPSFC. Stay tuned for the first of our full reviews in the (hopefully) very near future.
If you want to read about the books that didn’t make it this far, you can find our reasoning at the following links: