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Murderbot Will Return in…Network Effect. A Full Novel by Martha Wells.

Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries series of novellas has caught the world by storm! Not only is it a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, not only has it won a Hugo, a Nebula (and currently nominated for another!), an Alex Award and Locus Award, and been nominated for a Philip K Dick Award, RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and a British Science Fiction Award, its story of a self-aware security bot has touched many and when we announced we’d commissioned Martha to write a full length Murderbot novel, you could hear the fans squee across continents!

And now, as the writing of the novel enters the final stages, Martha has told us what the novel will be called, so we thought we’d share it with you.

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Announcing a Pair of Solarpunk Novellas from Becky Chambers

In 2014 Becky Chambers burst onto the science fiction scene with her debut novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Nominated for pretty much every major science fiction award, it took the SF world by storm.

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that Becky will be writing a new solarpunk novella series for Publishing, though you’re going to have to wait a little while for them (sorry!).

Ever since I read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet I’ve wanted to work with Becky. She has a lightness of touch that makes you want to keep turning the page. So, when I contacted her and she suggested we work together on a couple of solarpunk books I was delighted. There’s a lot of darkness in the world, today, and I can’t wait to bring you Becky‘s trademark adventure style, wrapped up in a bundle of positive SF. It’s what we need, right now.

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Announcing Ragged Alice: A New Novella from Gareth L. Powell Publishing is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Ragged Alice, a new novella by Gareth L. Powell. Senior Editor Lee Harris negotiated World English rights with Alexander Cochran of C+W.

A small Welsh town. A string of murders. And a detective who can literally see the evil in people’s souls.

Orphaned at an early age, DCI Holly Craig grew up in the small Welsh coastal town of Pontyrhudd. As soon as she was old enough, she ran away to London and joined the police. Now, fifteen years later, she’s back in her old hometown to investigate what seems at first to be a simple hit-and-run, but which soon escalates into something far deadlier and unexpectedly personal—something that will take all of her peculiar talents to solve.

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Announcing The Test, a New Novella from Sylvain Neuvel Publishing Senior Editor Lee Harris has acquired author and linguist Sylvain Neuvel’s new novella The Test, a thrilling, timely exploration of a dystopian near future where the road to citizenship is harrowing—and carries a price.

Said the author:

I’m thrilled to be working with Publishing to bring The Test to readers. It’s a story that comes from a visceral place and I hope it resonates with people and sparks conversation. I wrote it at a time where I felt particularly vulnerable to the current political climate. There seemed to be nowhere to escape. Somehow, that feeling of being trapped in world gone mad turned into The Test. I can’t wait to share it.

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Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You: Publishing Acquires Scotto Moore’s Debut Novella

Playwright and author Scotto Moore joins Publishing with his debut novella Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, a story of music, of obsession, of violence, and of madness.

Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine, Phonogram) said it best when he said that Scotto Moore “understands a key truth about Ziggy Stardust: Rock and roll messiahs are really fucking scary.”

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Introducing Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame — A Contemporary Tale of Truly Epic Proportions

Set your alarm for spring 2019, and the publication of Seanan McGuire’s most ambitious novel to date—Middlegame. Publishing is thrilled to be able to being you one of the most exciting books we’ve read this year. It’s a story of friendship, of family, of designer gods, and of life versus death, good versus evil. You know – pretty major stuff. Middlegame tells the tale of twins separated at birth, who may be destined to become the most powerful beings in the universe, and what comes with great power…?

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More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells

In October of last year we announced that we’d acquired two books in Martha Wells’ new Murderbot Diaries series, and the first (All Systems Red) was published last month. It has already proven extremely popular, and it’s such a fun read that when Martha’s agent contacted us to ask if we’d like any more we jumped at the chance!

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Feminist High Plains Drifter …in Space! Announcing Una McCormack’s The Undefeated

Threatened with annexation by the interstellar Commonwealth, the settlers of the strategically important planet Sienna were able to prolong their independence only by submitting to a never-ending ordeal of intimidation and extortion. Now, with nowhere else to turn, the settlers hire a strange jenjer—a genetically engineered working class—woman to drive off their oppressors…

But a revolution is surging up through the ranks of the jenjers themselves, and what follows is nothing at all like what the settlers bargained for.

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Announcing Acadie by Dave Hutchinson

Dave Hutchinson’s work has been shortlisted for many awards, including The John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the Kitschies, the Arthur C Clarke Award, and more.

We are thrilled to be able to bring you his new novella, Acadie.

They keep on running, but the original humans keep on chasing.

Dave said:

“It’s actually come as something of a surprise to find myself writing and publishing short fiction again after a very long layoff, and it’s a joy and an honour to be working with, which for quite some time has been on my bingo card of places I most wanted to publish.”

Acadie was acquired by’s senior editor, Lee Harris, who said:

“The scale of the story and the quality of the writing had me hooked right from the very start. I could not be happier to be publishing this book.”

Acadie will be published this coming fall in ebook and trade paperback formats.

Seanan McGuire Signs Up for Three More Novellas

Last year’s Every Heart a Doorway proved to be a resounding success! A winner of the 2017 ALA Alex Award (which recognise adult books that are suitable for teen readers), Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in an exciting new series from Seanan McGuire, introducing us to the boarders at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children—young men and women who have returned home from magical adventures only to find themselves unsuited for “normal” life.

NPR described the novella as “A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics”, and iO9 said it’s “So mindblowingly good, it hurts.”

We are delighted to be able to announce that we’ve recently agreed to buy another three novellas from McGuire, including at least one new Wayward Children story!

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