PRELUDE: HAL DUNCAN'S VELLUM
Hal Duncan has just sold two novels of his Vellum series to Pan Macmillan in the UK. Hal is a 30-something Scottish writer, and this is his first sale. I've read the first book and it's wonderful stuff. Beautifully written.
You can find a summary here, although I'm not entirely sure the summary does the book justice. Complex, with two or three intertwining narratives, it's often remarkable. It won't be published until next year, but make a mental note to look for it.
Duncan has a message board and a blog.