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Mon
Sep 29 2014 11:45am

The YA Book Prize

YA Book prize

Late last week, following an article examining the array of awards on offer to Young Adult authors, The Bookseller—in association with Movellas, a “story-sharing start-up”—announced another: the YA Book Prize.

Its unique selling point? It’s only open to authors who have lived for six months or more in the UK or Ireland.

Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller Group, explained that the YA Book Prize came into being after close consultation with a number of publishers: “We have one simple desire that underpins everything we do: we want more readers reading more books. The YA Book Prize gives us a wonderful opportunity to put that desire into practice.”

[But as we all know by now, the devil’s in the details...]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 7:00am

A Dangerous Game

solaris anthologies

In recent years, no one publisher has done as much for the short form of speculative fiction in Britain as Solaris. Since the summer, they’ve released Reach for Infinity (in the US and in the UK), the latest volume of Jonathan Strahan’s continuing chronicle of the future history of humanity—reviewed right here by yours truly—alongside the eighth edition of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (US/UK) and the third in the superb Solaris Rising series (US/UK).

And there’s much more to come in the coming months. Fearsome Magics (US/UK), the follow-up to The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is out in early October—on the same day, indeed, as Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets (US/UK) from Solaris’ sister imprint Abaddon, which proposes to showcase the great detective through a decidedly unlikely lens.

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Wed
Sep 24 2014 7:00am

British Fiction Focus: A New Hope

British Fiction Focus

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

But wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute—that isn’t even remotely right! For starters, that’s not the name of the column any longer, not to mention the fact that it’s been a couple of months since we last put our heads together to talk about the state of genre fiction in Britain. ‘Regular’ isn’t the right word to describe what we’ll be doing going forward, for that matter; nor, indeed, is ‘column,’ so without any further ado, let’s do a take two.

Welcome, one and all, to the British Fiction Focus, the nearly new and surely improved feature about book news in my neck of the woods.

If I were you, I’d be wondering what gives.

[Well... I’ll tell you.]

Fri
Sep 19 2014 3:05pm

Lou Anders Leaving Prometheus Books

According to a Publisher's Weekly announcement, Lou Anders—editorial director and art director of Prometheus's Pyr imprint—will be leaving the company. He has been with the imprint since its inception 10 years prior, but now plans to dedicate his time to being a novelist. His first book, Frostborn, was just released this August.

Rene Sears will be rejoining Pyr as the interim editor in Anders' absence. We wish both of them good luck in their endeavors!

Fri
Sep 5 2014 1:10pm

Supergirl May Hit TV Screens Soon!

Supergirl, Superman animated series

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Supergirl is getting prepped for a small screen debut! Greg Berlanti (No Ordinary Family, Blindspot) and Ali Adler (Glee, The New Normal) have plans to get her on television...

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Tue
Aug 12 2014 12:08pm

Jason Momoa Will Indeed Play Aquaman in Batman v Superman

Jason Momoa, Aquaman

It's been rumored forever, but now it has been confirmed by Variety! Jason Momoa will be everyone's favorite Atlantean, coming up in the very next DC film...

The fact that he's showing up in Batman v Superman makes us very curious as to how the other members of the Justice League are making their cameos in the narrative, but only time will tell!

Wed
Jul 23 2014 2:10pm

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is Real! It’s Coming!

Captain Barbossa, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush

Some people are surely sighing over this, but we have no problem with another Pirates of the Caribbean film on the loose! Let's do this people! More Jack-Barbossa adventures! It's now set to open on July 7, 2017, so we've got some time.

No plot details have been released as of yet, but having the release date set gives us an idea of when the film will go into production, which is likely sometime in 2016!

News via the Disney blog.

Wed
Jul 16 2014 7:30am

And Finally, For Now, the Fall of the Novel

Young Adult Literature Convention

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

In this, the last edition of the British Genre Fiction Focus before the column goes on hiatus over the holidays—more on which in a moment—we’ve got some pretty Patrick Rothfuss cover art, a round-up of some of the conversations to come from the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, and an argument that the modern novel may be “losing the narrative arms race.”

All that, plus the Waterstones Children’s Laureate comes over all Klingon, author Allan Ahlberg takes a stand against Amazon, the first male Queen of Teen is crowned, and more.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 11:30am

Genevieve Valentine is Going to Write Catwoman!

Catwoman Genevieve ValentineYou know what would make DC’s run of Catwoman cooler? Having someone as fabulous as Genevieve Valentine writing it! And we’re in luck, because it just so happens that she will be.

This is the best idea.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 11:40am

Battling the Embuggerance

Discworld Con British Genre Fiction Focus Terry Pratchett

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Sometimes the news is good. In addition to informing folks about facts, it can inspire, entertain and engage us. Equally, of course, it can cause frustration, anger, sadness and so on. This week in the British Genre Fiction Focus, we walk the line—between an inescapably upsetting story about Sir Terry Pratchett’s early-onset Alzheimer’s and several exciting items, not least news of Adam Nevill’s imminent next novel and a new Harry Potter short by J. K. Rowling.

[Wait, you what?!]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 7:30am

An Irregular Anthology and An Interactive Festival

Irregularity anthology Jurassic London

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Though many of us are still reeling from the abrupt closure of Strange Chemistry, the show must go on, and indeed, it did. In the last week we’ve heard about three separate festivals, one of which—Gollancz’s inaugural multimedia extravaganza—is sure to prove particularly interesting to fans of the fantastic.

But before that, this: the exclusive announcement of Jurassic London’s latest anthology, which promises to do for the Age of Reason what The Lowest Heaven did for the exploration of space.

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Wed
Jun 25 2014 7:30am

Strange Chemistry Closes

Strange Chemistry

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

I got a dash distracted by the publication of the programme for the Edinburgh International Book Festival last time we did this, so we’ve got a couple of things to catch up on in this edition, including the announcement of an awesome new annual anthology and a striking-sounding space opera, news of the continuing dominance of Claire North and Jasper Fforde’s next novel, and any number of other items.

But the big news in the British genre fiction industry this week was bad. And sad. Angry Robot’s YA fiction imprint has closed its doors, folks.

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Fri
Jun 20 2014 3:40pm

Looper’s Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX?

Rian Johnson write direct Star Wars Episode VIII IX J.J. Abrams rumor

Deadline is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm have offered the director and writer's chair for Star Wars Episode VIII to Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the recent time travel movie Looper, as well as high school noir Brick and several episodes of Breaking Bad. He is also to provide a story treatment for Episode IX.

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Wed
Jun 18 2014 7:30am

A Festival of Ice and Fire

Edinburgh Internation Book Festival

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Last Wednesday, the programme for the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 was published. Taking place “just weeks before Scotland’s independence referendum on 18 September,” the hundreds of events it heralds include a fair few which will be of interest to genre fiction fans—including a signing by the author of a certain fantasy saga who threatens to overshadow everyone else in attendance—so while I can still safely consider myself British, I wanted to bring the best of the rest to your attention.

Also featured in the Focus this week: some compromising cover art by way of new books by Ben Aaronovitch and Tad Williams.

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Wed
Jun 11 2014 7:30am

Science Fiction Falling

Hannu Rajaniemi The Casual Angel

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Someone on the internet thinks that “contemporary SF published in the UK is punching well below its weight.” Someone else agrees. Me? So moved am I by the arguments advanced that I set about planning a not-for-profit publisher to fund the future of science fiction.

This edition of the Focus also features the announcement of the nominees for the British Fantasy Awards, PS Publishing’s celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Best New Horror books, Richard Dawkins’ fight against the fairytale, and finally, something happy happening at Hachette.

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Wed
Jun 4 2014 7:30am

Clash of the Titans

Charles Stross

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

We kick off this week’s column with a couple of choice comments courtesy of Charles Stross on the consequences of the clash between Amazon and Hachette, followed by an account of the problem’s origins in the early history of the industry, and the positing of a possible future wherein all fiction is free thanks to a vast online library.

Later on, Joey Hi-Fi’s cover art for Kill Baxter leaves me mostly cold; and in Odds and Sods, Snorri Kristjansson wonders where the hell his swimming pool is, Gillian Flynn reimagines Hamlet, and Alan Moore aspires to revolutionise reading. You’ve got to give it to the guy—he aims high!

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Tue
Jun 3 2014 5:20pm

George R.R. Martin’s Editor Teases Possible Eighth Book in Song of Ice and Fire Series?

Daenerys bored

Anne Groell, editor of the Song of Ice and Fire series, was at a Q&A with fans recently, where she hinted at possible expansion for the series. Dany is expecting some rage over this, as evidenced by the above picture.

Eight books for Seven Kingdoms?

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Tue
Jun 3 2014 12:05pm

The Millennium Falcon is Being Built Right Now

You know what this is, don’t you? You’re already giddy and we can’t exactly blame you. TMZ has some super secret set pictures from Star Wars: Episode VII, and it’s clear that the Millennium Falcon is getting a second life... and there’s more!

[She’ll make .5 past lightspeed.]

Wed
May 28 2014 7:30am

A Touch of Tours

Half a King Joe Abercrombie

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, Claire North, AKA Kate Griffin, AKA Catherine Webb, talked about her next novel, Touch. Several exciting signings made headlines, not least Joe Abercrombie’s timely tour of the UK, and in Cover Art Corner, Mythago Wood gets a lovely new look.

Later on, in a particularly long Odds and Sods, news of note relating to the likes of Paul Cornell, Karen Lord, Jeff VanderMeer, Ben Okri, Nathan Hawke, Melinda Snodgrass, Ian Sales, and an array of other awesomesauce authors.

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Wed
May 14 2014 7:30am

A Bucket List of Books

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This past week, the Amazon Editors put their heads together and published a “bucket list of books to create a well-read life.” A guide for the Game of Thrones generation, according to one critic. But that’s music to our ears, right readers?

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley looks magnificent... if distinctly different. And in Odds and Sods, Chris Beckett explains how a green screen inspired Dark Eden, Cassandra Clare says something that’ll probably prove controversial, meanwhile a Murder Most Magical is about to happen.

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