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Upright Women Wanted: Announcing a New Sarah Gailey Novella

“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing. Publishing is pleased to announce that acquiring editor Justin Landon and Sarah Gailey are reuniting with Upright Women Wanted, a dystopian scifi western about love, resistance, and revolution. (No hippos this time, we think.)

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Announcing Green Like Dying, A New Novella from Catherynne M. Valente

If you’ve recently read and raved about Space Opera, watch out for more from author Catherynne M. Valente next year! Jonathan Strahan has acquired her new novella, Green Like Dying, for Publishing. The novella returns to Garbagetown, the world of her Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novelette “The Future Is Blue,” and an outcast girl named Tetley.

Said the author:

Two years and a bit of pocket change ago, Jonathan Strahan asked me to contribute a story to his new anthology of climate change stories, Drowned Worlds. I was tremendously excited—one of my favorite things as an artist is to be asked to create something far outside my wheelhouse. I had no plans to write about rising sea levels, I don’t write much dystopian fiction, it’s just not what I do. Which thrilled me! Some stories would exist no matter what; some come to be by luck and chance, and “The Future Is Blue” is definitely the latter.

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Announcing Perihelion Summer, a New Novella from Greg Egan

Jonathan Strahan has acquired Greg Egan’s next novella, Perihelion Summer, for Publishing!

Taraxippus is coming: a black hole one tenth the mass of the sun is about to enter the solar system.

Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter off-shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed forever.

Perihelion Summer is the story of people struggling to adapt to a suddenly alien environment, and the friendships and alliances they forge as they try to find their way in a world where the old maps have lost their meaning.

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Announcing a New Novella from Nebula Award-winner Rachel Swirsky Publishing has bought The Woman at the Tower Window, a radical retelling of a classic damsel in distress fairytale from one of the genre’s luminaries that upends the idea of the sheltered princess waiting for her prince. Here, Rapunzel is a young woman who has retreated from the world by choice. Her older lover, a female professor of anthropology, is a witch only in the eyes of her suitor, a man who feverishly misreads the situation.

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