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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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Fri
Jan 16 2015 9:30am

Great British Bestsellers

The Fault in Our Stars

Figures collected by The Bookseller show that 2014 was a banner year for children’s fiction in Britain:

Led by hits from David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and Egmont’s Minecraft stable, the UK children’s market hit an all-time high in revenue and market share in 2014, and exceeded sales of Adult Fiction for the first time since accurate records began.

In case you were wondering, as I was, The Bookseller’s idea of “accurate records” began in 1998, when Nielsen Bookscan started analysing UK sales.

The news that the next generation is not only reading, but reading proportionately more than ever before, and reading real books in addition to digital editions has got to be good news... but where there’s good news, there’s usually bad news too. And what do you know? The market for adult fiction is failing.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 5:00pm

Three Moments and Uprooted Cover Art

British Fiction Focus cover art

To extend the incredibly complicated case I made in the first 2015 edition of the British Fiction Hitlist, a new year means a bunch of new books means a raft of new cover art, and boy oh boy! Do I have a couple of lovely lookers for you?

Yes. Yes I do.

See, in the last week, Tor UK has unveiled the final frontispieces for a pair of eagerly-anticipated new books: namely one novel, by Temeraire’s Naomi Novik, and one collection of short stories by China Mieville, the incomparable author of The City & The City and my favourite trilogy of all time: the Bas-Lag saga.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 12:30pm

Back to Hell with Clive Barker

Clive Barker The Scarlet Gospels

Get ready to say hello and goodbye both to two classic characters. Harry D’Amour—a major player in Everville—and Pinhead himself, he of The Hellbound Heart in part and the whole of the Hellraiser film franchise, are finally ready to return in “a good versus evil saga that goes straight to Hell.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you—or rather reintroduce you—to The Scarlet Gospels, a “farewell speech” of sorts, and Clive Barker’s first book for adults since 2007’s altogether too brief masterpiece Mister B. Gone:

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 12:30pm

Cold Season, Cold Silence

A Cold Season Alison Littlewood

Jo Fletcher Books has successfully concluded negotiations for not one, not two, but three new books by bestselling horror author Alison Littlewood, who today described the deal as “a very nice Christmas present indeed.”

The first of the three is called A Cold Silence—a surprise sequel to Littlewood’s 2012 debut. At the same time as getting all kinds of excited about its similarities to the Silent Hill series, I called A Cold Season “a powerful story about motherhood... about family, and the ties that bind us.” It went on to sell tremendously well, not least because it was featured in the Book Club chaired by former daytime television personalities Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

In the years since A Cold Season’s release, Littlewood has written two other unrelated novels—namely Path of Needles and The Unquiet House—alongside a whole host of superlative short stories. I for one thought she was done with Darnshaw, but obviously not.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 11:45am

David Mitchell Reprises “The Right Sort”

David Mitchell The Bone Clocks

I’ve spent a lot of my life waiting for new books by David Mitchell. The man might well be one of the best and brightest writers of fiction in Britain, but alas, for he’s far from fast.

Though his first few books came out in relatively quick succession, there were four years between the release of Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and another four between that latter and last year’s The Bone Clocks. To wit, till this morning, I wouldn’t have expected its successor to see store shelves until 2018 at least—nor, it seems, would Carole Welch, the publishing director of Spectre.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 11:05am

Ark Leads the Robot Reboot

Patrick Tomlinson

Gloomy as things looked for Angry Robot Books before the rapid round of deals done in November and December, there was light at the end of the tunnel, ultimately. In previous British Genre Fiction articles Chu’s Day and If Then What When I was pleased as a machine can be to report the British-based genre fiction imprint’s masterplan to get back on track, and a month later, the signs of the imminent Robot Reboot show no sign of abating.

In March, look forward to two terrific debuts—Ferrett Steinmetz’s first urban fantasy, Flex, and The Buried Life by Carrie Patel—in addition to a new edition of Ramez Naam’s Prometheus Award-winning science fiction novel, Nexus, ahead of the trilogy’s conclusion by way of Apex in May. And beyond that? A veritable raft of talent, with books by Rod Duncan, Danielle L. Jensen and Alyc Helms due soon—on top of If Then by Matthew de Abaitua of The Red Men renown and The Rebirths of Tao by bestseller Wesley Chu.

To make things still more interesting, Tuesday afternoon saw the announcement of another name to add to the Robot Army’s renewed roster: a recovering hippie by the name of Patrick S. Tomlinson, who lives, alliteratively, in Milwaukee with a Mustang and “a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health.”

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 1:30pm

A New Look for Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Books

Peter Higgins Radiant State

Much as I admire those authors who take the time to write what they want to write right, I read something like a hundred books each year, and I only have so much space in my brain for stories—so when a series takes too long between instalments, I find myself flagging, forgetting, before finally saying fine, and giving up the ghost.

To wit, I love a quick turnaround on a trilogy, and two scant years since Wolfhound Century turned me on to Peter Higgins’ tremendous talents, the conclusion is coming soon: Radiant State is to be released in the UK in late May—complete with a striking new cover look.

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Fri
Dec 19 2014 11:50am

The 2015 World Fantasy Award Judges Have Been Announced!

The 2015 World Fantasy Awards have their five judges!

Gemma Files, Nina K. Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman will award top honors in Life Achievement, Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Anthology, Best Collection, and Best Artist, as well as Special Awards in both the Professional and Non-Professional categories.

The judges read and consider eligible materials between the date of this letter and June 1, 2015, so it is best for them to receive materials between now and June 1, the earlier the better. The trophies will be presented to the winners at the World Fantasy Convention, to be held Thursday, November 5 through Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY USA.

Thu
Dec 18 2014 3:15pm

Swiftly Does It

Osiris Project EJ Swift Tamaruq

As curator of the British Fiction Focus, I have a kind of cause—to bring word of the best genre fiction from my neck of the woods to you fine folks in yours—but sometimes, sadly, a series slips through the cracks.

Now I don’t have any inside information about how well they’re selling, but neither do I see nearly as many people talking about The Osiris Project as I believe there should be, so consider this a call to arms, all: E. J. Swift is an awesome author. She writes “proper grown-up SF,” as her fellow proper grown-up SF author Adam Roberts says; SF that is at once “stylish, memorable, beautifully written and utterly distinctive.” The failed utopia of her fiction—“a future ocean metropolis [...] whose inhabitants believe they live on the last city on earth”—mightn’t be explosive in the mode of most such stories, but by gum, it’s stunning.

She just so happens to have a new book coming out, too...

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Thu
Dec 18 2014 10:30am

Jonathan Strange Meets Georgette Heyer: Pan Macmillan Acquires Zen Cho’s Regency Fantasy Sorcerer to the Crown

Zen Cho

Pan Macmillan has acquired the UK rights to Sorcerer to the Crown, the start of a new trilogy from debut author Zen Cho.

Pan Macmillan's Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan is excited for the trilogy, saying “Sorcerer to the Crown is warm, clever and witty. I just adored the characters, their dilemmas and the lively world Zen Cho has created. It’s very special and I just can’t wait to share this wonderful book with as many readers as possible.”

[Regency London and High Magic!]

Wed
Dec 17 2014 10:20am

Philip Pullman Releases New His Dark Materials Story for Christmas

Philip Pullman The Collectors audio story

Hot on the heels of the “wonderland of new writing by J. K. Rowling” being released over at Pottermore, I’ve got good Philip Pullman news and bad Philip Pullman news for you. All we need now is for Suzanne Collins to unveil an exclusive new tale about The Hunger Games’ Gale and this Christmas will be complete.

We’re going to begin today with the bad, because that way we can conclude on the good: the long-awaited companion piece to His Dark Materials, The Book of Dust, isn’t even nearly here.

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Thu
Dec 11 2014 9:40am

A Pottermore Christmas

Harry Potter snow

I don’t know what it is about them, but the Harry Potter films have become a kind of Christmas tradition for me and mine. There’s rarely enough time to reread the books or I dare say I’d do that too. This year, that said, I may have to make time, because Pottermore.com has announced that a fortnight of festive fun is forthcoming, including “a wonderland of new writing by J. K. Rowling,” and I’m already hankering to hear a bit more about Harry and his.

Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing a new surprise for you every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST). With brand new writing by J.K. Rowling and even a new potion or two, make sure you don’t miss out on these daily treats.

Oh, I won’t. Nor should you! That said, I’d counsel caution. At least one outlet is erroneously reporting that Rowling plans to “put out 12 additional Harry Potter stories” over advent, which is not at all what the originating email and accompanying press release teased.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 10:15am

World Book Night is Back

World Book Night 2015

65% of the population of Great Britain read for pleasure regularly. Not a bad number, compared with some countries. On the other hand, that leaves 22.4m folks who don’t even dream of reading—and that’s just not on. Not according to the minds behind World Book Night.

Since 2011, World Book Night has brought together “a powerful collaboration of [...] partners—publishers, printers, distributors, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations—to inspire more people to read.”

To that end, many millions of books have been given out over the years by teams of volunteers... yet in 2015, World Book Night will be a decidedly less worldly event than it once was, with the United States having had to “suspend operations after failing to secure outside funding.”

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