Bradamant: The Iron Tempest

Bradamant: The Iron Tempest

by Ron Miller, Bob Evans, Jim Cline, Pamela Adams, Kathy Garver
     
 

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Before TV's Warrior Princess, before the golden lasso, fiction's first major Warrior-Woman was Ludovico Ariosto's Bradamant, the heroine of his classic 16th century poem, Orlando Furioso. In 7th century Europe of myths, gods and monsters, Bradamant vanquishes evil knights, rescues the unfortunate, fights black magic and destroys entire armies in her adventurous quest

Overview

Before TV's Warrior Princess, before the golden lasso, fiction's first major Warrior-Woman was Ludovico Ariosto's Bradamant, the heroine of his classic 16th century poem, Orlando Furioso. In 7th century Europe of myths, gods and monsters, Bradamant vanquishes evil knights, rescues the unfortunate, fights black magic and destroys entire armies in her adventurous quest for her lost lover, Roggero, an enemy knight she once rescued at the risk of her own life. Roggero in turn must battle monsters, giants and evil sorceresses in his quest to be reunited with Bradmant in this epic retelling of her story, with new, original illustrations by the author and by Gustave Dore from his classic 19th century edition of Orlando Furioso.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RON MILLER is an illustrator and author whose primary work entails the creation of illustrations for books and magazines, specializing in astronomical, astronautical and science fiction subjects. His work has appeared on scores of book jackets, book interiors and in magazines such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Air & Space, Sky & Telescope, Newsweek, Natural History, Discover, Geo, etc. In addition to dozens of magazine articles and professional papers, he has had nearly twenty books of his own published, either created wholly by himself or in collaboration, most often with noted astronomer William K. Hartmann. These include the Hugo- nominated The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, In the Stream of Stars, and The History of Earth (all published by Workman Publishing Co.).

Ron Miller's The History of Earth has been optioned by Pinnacle Studios of Seattle, Washington, who plans to use the book as the basis for new 3D Imax feature. Production should begin this Summer.

The Miller-Hartmann series have gone through numerous printings and foreign translations. All of them have been Book-of-the-Month Club Feature Selections (as well as selections of the Science, Quality Paperback and Astronomy Book Clubs) and have seen numerous translations. They have received many commendations and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has called The Grand Tour "a modern classic." An updated, revised edition of The Grand Tour, with thirty new paintings, was published in October 1993 and reprinted in 1994 and 1995.

His most recent book, A History of Rockets, was published in January 1999 by Franklin Watts.

Considered an authority on Jules Verne, Miller translated and illustrated new, definitive editions of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Unicorn, 1989) and Journey to the Center of the Earth. A major companion/atlas to Verne's works, Extraordinary Voyages, was published in 1994. He has acted as a consultant on Verne for Disney Imagineering and A&E's Biography series.

Miller is also considered an authority on the early history of spaceflight. A book published in July 1993, The Dream Machines , a comprehensive, quarter-million-word 744-page history of manned spacecraft, was nominated for the prestigious IAF Manuscript Award and won the Booklist Editor's Choice Award for 1994. It will soon be a multimedia CD-ROM.

He designed a set of ten commemorative stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and a trading card collection of 111 of his paintings of great science fiction heroines was published (as Ron Miller's Firebrands) by Comic Images in October 1994. The book version of Firebrands, with a text by Pam Sargent and some 30 new paintings, was published in November 1998 by Paper Tiger (London). It, too, is a Book Club selection.

Miller has also written a trilogy of fantasy novels Palaces and Prisons, Silk and Steel and Hearts and Armor published by Ace in 1991 and 1992, as well as a fourth volume, Mermaids & Meteors.

Several other novels are in progess as well as the production of a screenplay co-authored with Ron (Alien, Total Recall) Shusett and a graphic novel based on this same screenplay.

He has been a production illustrator for motion pictures, notably Dune and Total Recall, and has done preproduction concepts, consultation and matte art for David Lynch, George Miller, John Ellis and James Cameron.

He was the art director the computer-generated showride film, Impact!.

He has taken part in numerous international space art workshops and exhibitions, including seminal sessions held in Iceland and the Soviet Union, and has lectured on space art and space history in the U.S., France, Japan, Italy and Great Britain. Miller has been on the faculty of the International Space University.

His original paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Pushkin Museum (Moscow).

Before becoming a free-lance illustrator in 1977, Miller was art director for the National Air & Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. Prior to this he was a commercial advertising illustrator. Miller is a contributing editor for Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a Life Member and past Trustee of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, an Honory Member of the Sociétè Jules Verne (Paris), a Member of the North American Jules Verne Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

Editorial Reviews

Bradamant is a rarity. A female knight in service to the Emperor Charlemagne. A respected and feared warrior knight, she is also a young woman coming of age and struggling with her beliefs. She is a lover torn between the enemy knight she loves and her devotion to her king. Fearless and ruthless on the battlefield, Bradamant is vulnerable and confused in love. with Bradamant: The Iron Tempest, Ron Miller has crafted a very highly recommended, classic medieval adventure tale of chivalry, humor, magic, treachery, and romance -- all from the perspective of a woman warrior holding her own in a male-dominated age of violence, intrigue, and treachery.
Arthur C. Clarke
"Ron is unfairly talented! I expect he'll get fed up with being called the new J.B. Cabell."
George Zebrowski
"A grand story, expertly written. The comparison to Cabell is apt."
Stephen Hickman
"Ron Miller has a startling dramatic range..."
Martin Olson
"...hilarious, extraordinary writing...[that]reminds me of James Branch Cabell [and] Italo Calvino...left me gasping for more."
Midwest --
"Very Highly Recommended"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587520280
Publisher:
Timberwolf Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
Unabridged, 11 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.75(h) x 2.38(d)

What People are saying about this

George Zebrowski
A grand story, expertly written. The comparison to Cabel is apt. (George Zebrowski, John W. Campbell Award winner for Brute Orbits)
Mark E. Rogers
Bradamant is the definitive female butt-kicker, and Ron Miller does a dynamite job of novelizing her adventures . . . highly recommended. (Mark E. Rogers, author of Zorachus, The Dead and Samurai Cat)
Martin Olson
. . . hilarious, extraordinary writing . . . [that] reminds me of James Branch Cabell [and] Italo Calvino . . . left me gasping for more. (Martin Olson, novelist, screenwriter, producer Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular)
Arthur C. Clarke
Ron is unfairly talented! I expect he'll get fed up with being called the new J.B. Cabell.
Stephen Hickman
Ron Miller has a startling dramatic range--- he can write everything from powerful romantic lyricism to the ironically whimsical--a modern voice with classical strength. (Stephen Hickman, author of The Lemurian Stone)
Lillian Stewart Carl
Bradamant has all the adventure and romance of the great tales of Arthur, Roland, and Parsifal, illuminated by the wry sensibilities of Terry Pratchett and Monty Python. Ron Miller displays a command of the language most novelists would die for. A must-read for lovers of fantasy and its age-old roots. (Lillian Stewart Carl, author of Wings of Power, Garden of Thorns, and Along the Rim of Time)

Meet the Author

Ron Miller is an author and illustrator specializing in astronomical, astronautical and science fiction subjects. To date he has more than sixty titles to his credit, and his illustrations have appeared on scores of book jackets, book interiors and in magazines such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Analog, Starlog, Air & Space, Sky & Telescope, Science et Vie, Newsweek, Natural History, Discover, GEO and others.

Miller has translated and illustrated new editions of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon and Journey to the Center of the Earth as well as a companion/atlas to Verne's works, Extraordinary Voyages. He has acted as a consultant on Verne for Walt Disney Imagineering and A&E Television Network's Biography series. Miller's book The Dream Machines, a comprehensive 744-page history of manned spacecraft, was nominated for the International Astronautical Federation's Manuscript Award and won the Booklist Editor's Choice Award. His original paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Pushkin Museum (Moscow).

He designed a set of ten commemorative postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. One of the stamps in the Space Exploration series (1991), is credited with helping inspire the New Horizons mission to that planet. The Pluto stamp was attached to the spacecraft before launch. He has been a production illustrator for motion pictures, notably Dune and Total Recall; and he designed and co-directed the computer-generated show ride film, Comet Impact!

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