Apr 162021

Congratulations to all our DMLA authors who have been chosen as 2021 Hugo Award finalists!

Best Novel

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com)

Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com)

Best Series

The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells (Tor.com)

Best Editor, Short Form

S.B. Divya

Best Semiprozine

S.B. Divya, as co-editor for Escape Pod

Elsa Sjunneson, as non-fiction editor for Uncanny Magazine

Best Fan Writer

Elsa Sjunneson

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

Micaiah Johnson (1st year of eligibility)

Apr 142021

Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren; Alison Romig will edit. Pitched as The Blair Witch Project for a new generation, this YA horror novel features a group of amateur YouTuber teen ghost hunters who travel to a haunted hotel, the site of an infamous L.A. tragedy, to spend the night and secretly film after dark. When they stumble upon a dead body, they realize that the most terrifying horror stories aren’t always paranormal. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier did the deal for world rights.

Apr 092021

Library Journal: Preservation Station was supposed to be a low threat-assessment, but the SecUnit named Murderbot finds itself standing in front of a dead body, facing a mysterious murder. Mensah asks Murderbot to help investigate the death and find out if GrayCris was involved, even though both sides have little trust for each other. Murderbot attempts to work with Senior Officer Indah and her agents, but identifying the dead is the least of their problems. Deceptions and more deaths lead them to smuggling secrets that could expose Preservation to more problems, so of course Murderbot will have to help the humans deal with it. Except this murderer may be as smart as Murderbot, or—Murderbot would never admit—even smarter. Wells’s (Network Effect) flair for balancing Murderbot’s at-length internal monologues with its external voice and decisive actions creates a main character who is addictive. VERDICT Back in novella form for a sixth outing, Murderbot continues to bring intelligence and acerbic commentary on humanity to the forefront.

Apr 072021

Publishers Weekly: A famously haunted Japanese mansion is the wedding venue of choice for an adventurous couple in this hair-raising novella from Khaw (These Deathless Bones)—and the local spirits are not the only obstacle to marital bliss. Five childhood friends with a metric ton of baggage between them fly to Japan to witness the union of two of their own—but old hurt and stubborn grudges cast long shadows within their group, and the social drama takes center stage, even as an ohaguro-bettari, the ghost of a bride buried beneath the palace centuries ago, demands a sacrifice for hosting them. When the modern day bride-to-be is taken hostage by the spirit, the remaining friends are left to piece together the offering she demands while facing their own grievances head-on. Khaw’s prose oozes dread as malevolent creatures from Japanese mythology swarm the pages and the characters’ interpersonal relationships crash and burn. Horror readers and folklore fans will find this tale of terror to be brutally satisfying.

Apr 052021

Booklist: In Drayden’s Escaping Exodus series, humans carve out lives in the bodies of space creatures called the Zenzee, capturing a new home whenever an old one wears out. In the first volume ( Escaping Exodus, 2019), the matriarchal, polyamorous society realized their Zenzee had consciousness, and committed to respecting and restoring their world as much as possible, living with minimum negative impact. This second volume starts with now-ruler Doka and his wife, Seske, fighting for this new reality, which has made many unhappy, leading to political stagnation. Meanwhile, they are uncovering new secrets and issues that introduce even more turbulence. Drayden’s novel trades off humor with dark reality, connecting this sf world to our own questions of cooperation, gender inequality, and, most of all, our relationship to our planet. While some major plot points or character developments can feel rushed, Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis is, at its core, rooted in a fascinating world that presents intriguing questions to its readers, as well as driven, complex, and often queer characters.

Apr 022021

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller sold CONSTELLATION FIVE, a new volume collecting recent short stories set in their nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® series, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books via Jennifer Jackson.

Apr 012021

Emma Mieko Candon’s STAR WARS VISIONS: RONIN, an original novel inspired by one of the unique tales from the upcoming Star Wars Visions animated series, to Tom Hoeler at Del Rey, for publication in October 2021, by Caitlin McDonald.

Mar 312021

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’s three new untitled Murderbot Diaries books, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, in an exclusive submission, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.