THE ICE DRAGON COMING IN OCTOBER
July 1, 2006
The deluxe hardcover edition of my short fantasy “The Ice Dragon” is now scheduled for October release from Starscape, the young adult division of Tor Books. Here’s a look at the cover.
The edition is lavishly illustrated by the acclaimed British fantasy artist Yvonne Gilbert, whose previous work includes a long list of beautiful covers and several illustrated books, among them A Dictionary of Fairies and the Richard Adams novel Iron Wolf. If you would like to see more of Yvonne’s art, check out her website at http://www.yvonnegilbert.com .
Written in 1979, “The Ice Dragon” has always been one of my personal favorites among my shorter works. It was originally published in the Orson Scott Card anthology Dragons of Light (Ace, 1980) and has appeared in several of my collections. Parris has been telling me for twenty years that “Ice Dragon” would make a wonderful children’s book, and a great way to introduce my work to younger readers. To make the story more suitable for children, the text has been divided into short chapters and certain minor cuts have been made (most notably, one very violent scene has been toned down, though it was only a matter of removing a couple of sentences).
Look for The Ice Dragon in the YA section of your favorite bookstop, come October… and look closely, because some of the copies will be signed.