The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself? The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized.
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A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!
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Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch
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Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
Ilana C. Myer
Tue
Mar 3 2015 12:30pm

The Skull Throne Shown

Demon Cycle Peter V Brett

Hotly anticipated doesn’t quite cut the mustard as a means of describing the excitement surrounding the publication of The Skull Throne, and though the fourth volume of Peter V. Brett’s bestselling fantasy saga is almost upon us, it wasn’t until this week that we knew what it would look like.

The design isn’t quite as striking as I’d like, but it’s what happens under the covers that counts, and from the synopsis it sounds as if The Skull Throne stands a chance of making up for the momentum The Demon Cycle lost in The Daylight War.

[The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:35pm

The Horror Writers Association Has Announced the Ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards!

The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman.

The HWA also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to living individuals who have made a substantial and enduring contribution to the genre. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipients are Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee.

[Click through for the full ballot!]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 12:30pm

Mazel Tov! Jurassic London Celebrates Two New Anthologies

Jews Versus Aliens Zombies

The Chosen People are set to square off against two terrible, not to mention unexpected enemies in a pair of anthologies intended to “irreverently explore the links between speculative fiction and Judaism” showcasing a selection of stories that “run the gamut from the light-hearted to the profound, in turns surreal and enchanting.” Edited by World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene of Smiler’s Fair fame, Jews Versus Zombies and Jews Versus Aliens are to be released as ebook originals on March 19, with a limited physical edition to follow in the future.

As Theodor Herzl said, “If you will it, it is no dream!” No doubt he was speaking of just such a project.

Thu
Feb 19 2015 10:30am

We’re Getting a Neill Blomkamp Alien Sequel After All!

Neil blomkamp's Alien Concept Art

After teasing us with some extraordinary concept art last month (and announcing that he had a certain terrifying head sitting on his desk) Neill Blomkamp broke our collective heart by saying he had dropped the project. But now, the director of District 9 and Chappie seems to be ready to climb into the air ducts after all, and took to Instagram with a message of hope!

[Again, our definition of “hope” involves being pursued by an acid-spitting alien…]

Tue
Feb 17 2015 12:30pm

Coming Soon to A Small, Angry Planet Near You

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Becky Chambers

What a week Becky Chambers has had! After a successful Kickstarter campaign, “the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist” self-published her first science-fiction novel last summer. In The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet:

The crew of the Wayfarer, a wormhole-building spaceship, get the job offer of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel at the centre of the galaxy. The journey will be time-consuming and difficult, but the pay is enough to endure any discomfort. All they have to do is survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But every crewmember has a secret to hide, and they’ll soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

“I was proud of the small following [The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet] gathered,” Chambers said of the text’s success, “but I thought that was as far as it was going to go.”

[It wasn’t.]

Tue
Feb 17 2015 10:30am

Moorcock Gets Meta

Michael Moorcock

Monday morning got off to a cracking start thanks to Gollancz, which—in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek press release—announced its acquisition of three new books by Michael Moorcock starring a character any and all fantasy fans will be familiar with.

No, not Elric of Melniboné. Better! And markedly more meta...

The author’s “first full novel” in nearly ten years—excepting Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles, then—is set in “post-Second World War London, in a city desperately trying to get back on its feet, [it] follows a young man called Michael Moorcock.” It’s called The Whispering Swarm, and it’s coming this summer—with two sequels to follow in the next three years.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015 11:30am

Down to Down Station

Simon Morden Arcanum

It’s been a while since we last saw Simon Morden, author of last year’s hugely ambitious Arcanum and the four Metrozone novels starring Samuil Petrovitch, but the blog post he put up on Tuesday explains how very busy he’s been—talking terms with a new publisher at the same time as beginning The Books of Down, a brand new fantasy series I asked the author to elaborate on. He did:

Down is a world that is joined to ours, at different places, and at different times. It’s both a direction and a destination. Down is inhabited by people who have reason to find it—whether they are desperate for adventure, escaping justice, or fleeing persecution. Finding your own way to Down is impossible. Down finds you when you least expect it, but when you need it most. Finding your way back to where you started is a different matter entirely. Down is a place of extremes: the forests are vast, the mountains touch the sky, the seas endless. The creatures that live there are from our myths, and there is magic for those who wish for it.

Down, however, is not safe. Down welcomes everyone equally, and changes everyone according to their nature. The good become saints. The wise become sages. The compassionate become healers. The strong become heroes. But Down turns the greedy rapacious, the liars into traitors and the genuinely wicked, oh, watch out for them...

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Wed
Feb 11 2015 11:45am

Ian McDonald’s New Moon

Luna

Though a far cry from the cerebral sf of the novels with which Ian MacDonald made his name, the three Infundibulum books he’s released in recent years have been bloody good fun, to a one. Stefan Raets went even farther than that in his review of Empress of the Sun—the end, evidently, of the overarching Everness narrative—saying he’d had such a good time reading about the adventures of Everett Singh and Sen Sixsmyth and so on that he felt “like writing fan-fic about its characters.”

Well... do your worst, sir! Especially now that we know the award-winning author has moved on to another project: a duology which looks “to do for the for the moon what [MacDonald] has previously (with River of Gods, Brasyl and The Dervish House) done for India, Brazil and Turkey,” which is to say “write a thrilling story of the future that is rooted in the vivid realities of its location.”

[Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Luna: New Moon.]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 2:45pm

Jim Butcher’s New Fantasy Series is Coming this September!

Author Jim Butcher

The first novel in Jim Butcher’s new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015! The series is being published by Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Executive Editor Anne Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!”

The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best…It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.”

Head over to Jim Butcher's site for more information on this exciting new series!

Fri
Feb 6 2015 12:30pm

Announcing Jason Denzel’s Mystic Trilogy, Coming Soon from Tor Books!

We’re excited to announce Jason Denzel’s Mystic trilogy will be published by Tor Books! Denzel is the founder of Dragonmount, a community and news site dedicated to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Founded in 1998, the site provides news, forums, discussion groups, role-playing, and a podcast, as well as a hub for Twitter and Facebook communities, email, and games. It is now the largest and best-known WoT site.

Denzel's first novel will be published this fall. Read more about the series and check out the full cover image for Mystic below!

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 1:45pm

The Look of The Book of Phoenix

The Book of Phoenix

On May 7 in the UK, Hodder & Stoughton will publish a prequel of sorts to Nigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor’s breakthrough book, Who Fears Death? It’s called The Book of Phoenix, and it’s about an “abomination.”

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Sun
Feb 1 2015 9:00am

Tor.com is on Hiatus From Short Fiction Submissions Until April

The minds behind Tor.com’s original short fiction program love our slush pile. Some of our favorite fiction has been pulled from the ranks of our unsolicited submissions. Because we take our mission of publishing great fiction by new authors seriously, we have decided to go on hiatus from accepting submissions in order to respond to the large quantity of stories we have on consideration. Tor.com will not be accepting submissions starting February 1st until May 1st.

Fri
Jan 30 2015 10:30am

Regarding the Relevance of Rushdie

Salman Rushdie Enchantress of Florence

A staggering seven years since his last novel for adults, The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie—winner of a bunch of Booker Prizes, including the Best Of and the Booker of Bookers—is ready to re-enter the literary fiction fray with a book said to blend “history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason.”

Based on the Arabian Nights, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is “a rich and multifaceted work [inspired by] 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment.”

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 11:20am

Covering Crashing Heaven

Crashing Heaven Al Robertson

Bought eighteen months or so ago in what The Bookseller describes as “a major pre-empt ahead of an auction” that would probably have been hotly fought, Crashing Heaven is for my money among the most exciting debuts of the coming months.

According to Gollancz’s Simon Spanton, “Al Robertson [is] a writer completely in command of his material and totally at home in his chosen genre”—which is to say science fiction. “To find all this, fully formed, in the work of a debut writer is special indeed. It’s a long time since I’ve read a book that takes the familiar and fashions it into something that feels so fresh.”

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 11:30am

Seveneves of Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

HarperCollins now owns Neal Stephenson’s soul—or rather the rights his next two novels in most every major territory: in the US and Canada under the auspices of William Morrow, and in Australia, New Zealand and the UK by way of The Borough Press.

The first of the two new books, Seveneves—being “a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years”—has a long history rooted in real world research.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 9:30am

Pan Macmillan Acquires Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Following an exciting multi-publisher auction, Pan Macmillan Editorial Director Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter.

Imagine The Time Traveller’s Wife as written by Stephen King, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, publishing in summer 2016.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 8:30am

The Witcher Will Be Back

Sword of Destiny the Witcher

Look forward to much more Geralt of Rivia in the near future, folks!

Gollancz, who published Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire, announced on Monday morning that they’d acquired a further three books in The Witcher Saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

The first book, The Sword of Destiny, will be published in May 2015 alongside the blockbusting new computer game The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, which won the Award for Most Anticipated Game during The Game Awards 2014. Sales for the previous two games in The Witcher franchise have totalled over 8 million copies worldwide. The Sword of Destiny is a collection of linked short stories which fills in some of the gaps in the Witcher’s legend.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 1:45pm

Day Four Follows The Three

Day Four Sarah Lotz

The Three was without question one of the best and most hellish horror novels released in recent years. As I concluded in my review, Sarah Lotz’s “nightmarish indictment of contemporary culture [was] assiduously ambiguous, brilliantly balanced, carefully controlled and in the final summation fantastically crafted,” so I’m on board for Day Four, the “unforgettable sequel” Hodderscape revealed recently.

Day Four appears to shift the focus of The Three from the skies to the seas.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 12:30pm

Tor.com is on Hiatus From Short Fiction Submissions From February Through April

The minds behind Tor.com’s original short fiction program love our slush pile. Some of our favorite fiction has been pulled from the ranks of our unsolicited submissions. Because we take our mission of publishing great fiction by new authors seriously, we have decided to go on hiatus from accepting submissions in order to respond to the large quantity of stories we have on consideration. Tor.com will not be accepting submissions starting February 1st until May 1st.

Tue
Jan 20 2015 11:40am

Alastair Reynolds Roundup

alaistair reynolds poseidon's wake

Late last week Gollancz unveiled the Abi Hartshorne art set to grace Poseidon’s Wake, complete with a colourful new cover look for Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, the other volumes of the “informal trilogy” this third book concludes:

Poseidon’s Wake is a stand-alone story which follows two extraordinary characters as they begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Their missions are dangerous, and both are venturing into the unknown... but if either can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel, then new worlds will be at our fingertips.

But innovation and progress are not always embraced by everyone. There is a saboteur at work. Different factions disagree about the best way to move forward. And the mysterious Watchkeepers are ever-present.

Poseidon’s Wake is due out in April in the UK. But that’s not the only Alastair Reynolds news that’s been doing the rounds recently...

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