Earlier this year, John Joseph Adams—editor of Lightspeed, Nightmare, and countless anthologies—curated the first edition of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Today, HMH announced that Adams will be editor-at-large of John Joseph Adams Books, a new line at the publishing house that will curate science fiction and fantasy titles.
Bruce Nichols, senior VP and publisher at HMH explained in a press release the publisher’s decision to have Adams launch their new SFF line:
After working with John as the series editor for [Best American Stories], we realized he is the perfect person to help us curate a focused, high-quality fiction list.
The first three titles from John Joseph Adams Books will be simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions of three Hugh Howey novels: Shift, Dust, and Beacon 23. All three will be available in February 2016. Adams discussed his excitement in exploring the “golden age” of SFF, as well as the opportunity to curate longer fiction:
Science fiction and fantasy literature is experiencing a golden age. There’s more high-quality genre literature being written now than ever before. Thus far I’ve devoted my entire career to publishing genre short fiction, but I now look forward to applying that same level of curation to finding the best new novels and new authors.