This Week in Publishing: Subway Reads and the Nommo Awards

This week in science fiction/fantasy (and related subjects) publishing news… Subway Reads times ebooks to your commute; Google Doodle helps us see a childhood classic in a new way; Zachary Quinto + John Scalzi forever; and Ursula K. Le Guin makes a surprising choice about which of her books she would like a rare honor bestowed upon.

  • With Subway Reads, Penguin Random House is making the morning commute a bit more bearable for New Yorkers: delivering free ebook novellas, short stories, and excerpts timed to how much time between your home and work—about page a minute, delays not included. But if you want to get on this train, you’ve got only eight weeks.
  • The African Speculative Fiction Society has released more information about the inaugural Nommo Awards, highlighting the best in African speculative fiction.

Nommo Awards African Speculative Fiction Society

  • John Scalzi has a new novella coming out through Audible: The Dispatcher, a sci-fi thriller set in a future where people who get murdered come back to life, and kidnapping could lead to a fate worse than death. Bonus: Zachary Quinto is narrating the audiobook.
  • In an effort to provide the world with more science fiction stories based in Islamic cultures, Islam and Science Fiction has released Islamicates: Volume I, an anthology containing twelve stories about fate, algorithms, time travel, calligraphy, and divine inspiration.

Islamicates Volume I anthology sci-fi Muslim

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  • Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi got authors to share their dream SFF adaptations: Cassandra Rose Clarke wants to see Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to  Small, Angry Planet as a multimedia book/TV/RPG empire; Foz Meadows envisions N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy as an anime; and more.
  • Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy, has been appointed the 2016-17 Trias Writer-in-Residence for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Take a peek at the extensive reading list for his themed modules, which will help writers figure out if their strengths lie more in, say, Mimicry or Secrets.
Google Doodle The Neverending Story

Art by Sophie Diao

  • Today’s Google Doodle got literary! To celebrate the 37th anniversary of The Neverending Story‘s publication, Google commissioned five illustrations from artist Sophie Diao, featuring key scenes from Michael Ende’s 1979 novel.


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