The Hardcover of Senlin Ascends is Out

by Josiah Bancroft

After many months of searching for the right printer, I'm happy to announce that the hardback of Senlin Ascends is now available! You can purchase it from Amazon, have your local bookstore order it, or buy a signed copy directly from me (which will take a little longer because I have to order the books and then ship them out again). 

If you'd like a signed copy, please message me or email me at so I can get a sense of how many books to order. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Time for Another Contest!

by Josiah Bancroft

Last time I asked you to help me name a dandy. (I got so many excellent responses. I'm never in danger of running out of foppish monikers again!) This time, I need your help naming an airship. Two winners will receive a signed copy of Arm of the Sphinx.

Christening airships has turned out to be one of the funnest parts of writing the series. The Stone Cloud, the Ararat, and the State of Art are some of the names I came up with. Now it's your turn! To enter the contest, just put your ship name in the comments below.

The contest closes this Friday at noon (GMT). I'll select two winners. I'll choose my favorite name, which will be included in the next book in the series, and I'll randomly draw a second winner from a hat. That gives you two chances to win!

One entry per person. There is no restriction on region. If you can receive post where you are, I will mail a book to you! Good luck!

Contest: Name a Dandy, Win a Book

by Josiah Bancroft

Naming characters is one of the great pleasures of writing fiction. It's so much fun, in fact, that I want to give you a chance to join in. What would you name a dandy, a fop, a man about town? 

This to-be-named character is the sort of person whose wardrobe is fuller than his library, whose snuff box is always empty (might he have some of yours?), and whose version of "wit" relies upon the liberal application of winks and brandy. In short, he is an irritating, pompous, garrulous nitwit who plagues parties and chases ladies. (For further inspiration, refer to Lord Percy Percy of Blackadder fame.)

How this is going to work:

1. There are two ways to enter. You can Tweet your best name for a dandy to me @thebooksofbabel, #nameadandy, or you can post a comment below. Names should include a first and a surname; titles are optional.

2. The contest will close at noon (GMT) on Monday, September 26th.

3. There will be two winners. One will be selected at random, via a process that will likely involve slips of paper and a hat. The other winner will be selected by me for inclusion in the next book. That's right: you have a chance to name a character in the next installation of <i>the Books of Babel!</i> I will choose the winning name based on the entirely subjective criteria of personal preference. (I don't want to end up with a character named Foppy McFopperface.) By entering, you are agreeing to the possibility of having your entry appear in my books.

4. Winners will receive a signed copy of Senlin Ascends. (I'm not restricting the contest by region. Anyone, anywhere may enter. That said, if you reside on the other side of our fair planet, it may take a little while for the book to reach you!) Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 27th.

5. One entry per person.

That's it! Help me spread the word!