Sep 012017
 

Cover of The Stone in The Skull by Elizabeth Bear.Publishers Weekly: With a glorious and dramatic story, Bear begins a stunning new series set in the same world as her Eternal Sky trilogy. South of towering mountains lie the Lotus Kingdoms, an analog of our own Indian subcontinent. The Dead Man, once guard to a caliph who’s now dead himself, and the Gage, a hulking brass automaton, protect a caravan that travels over the mountain passes and down into the Lotus Kingdoms during monsoon season. The pair bear a message from the Eyeless One, a powerful wizard, to Mrithuri, ruling rajni of Sarathai-tia, who seeks a way to put off her powerful male cousins and secure her country. Both Mrithuri and her cousin, Sayeh Rajni of Ansh-Sahal, receive dark omens of further threats to their rule.

With sumptuous prose, Bear details the opulence of royal courts, a sodden journey, and intricate rituals. Colors, textures, and aromas enrich her descriptions of lands that stand on the brink of war. Bear’s worldbuilding stretches from the Cauled Sun in the heavens to the vast ecosystem of Mother River Sarathai, and her characters nod to fantasy archetypes while remaining individual.

Aug 312017
 

Turkish rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, the first two installments in The Murderbot Diaries, to Ithaki, by Nazli Çökdü at the ONK Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

German rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s WORKING FOR BIGFOOT, collecting together three stories in the Dresden Files series that feature Bigfoot, to Feder & Schwert, by Bastian Schlück at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s ETCHED IN BONE, the 5th and final book in the Other series featuring Meg Corbyn the blood prophet, to Initium, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Rights to World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH (recently optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin), to Polirom in Romania, at auction; to Muza in Poland, at auction; and to Host in Czech, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi; to Crononauta in Spain, and to Oceano in Latin America and Spanish US market, at auction, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Italian rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s and Evil Hat LLC’s Dresden Files RPG Accelerated to Nicola Urbinati at Dreamlord Press by Jennifer Jackson.

Aug 312017
 

a pair of black ear budsRhiannon Held’s DEATH-TOUCHED, Book 5 of the Silver series, to Anji Cornette at GraphicAudio, by Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency, on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Aug 302017
 
Autostraddle staff writer and direct action organizer KaeLyn Rich’s UNTITLED TEEN ACTIVISM GUIDE FOR GIRLS, showcasing ways that teen girls can advocate and organize in their communities from picking a cause to fundraising to marches and protests to online activism, with a focus on teen specific issues like lobbying elected officials as a non-voter and having tough conversations with parents, to Blair Thornburgh at Quirk Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Cameron McClure at Donald Maass.
Aug 282017
 

Author photo of Caitlin Starling.Debut author Caitlin Starling’s THE LUMINOUS DEAD, a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller building on the isolated tradition of The Martian and desperate survival of Gravity, in which a professional caver accepts a solo expedition to map an unexplored cave system on a foreign planet, not knowing that her handler’s personal connection with this cave and the ghosts she has buried there will come back to haunt them both, to David Pomerico at Harper Voyager, by Caitlin McDonald at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).

Aug 252017
 

Photo Credit Karen HackerAce Books executive editor Anne Sowards acquired world English and audio rights to BRIEF CASES, a short story collection by Jim Butcher, author of the bestselling Dresden Files series. The new book is a companion piece to Butcher’s 2010 short story collection, SIDE JOBS. It also includes previously published content based on the Dresden Files series, as well as a new Dresden Files novella. BRIEF CASES is scheduled to be released in summer 2018. The deal was brokered by Jennifer Jackson.

Aug 232017
 

Locus Magazine: Susan R. Matthews’ Blood Enemies is the long-awaited conclusion to her Under Jurisdiction series.

Matthews remains fundamentally interested in the problem of atrocity: the nature of bad bargains and complicity; the cost of self-knowledge and the price of atonement. She remains, too, interested in exploring the nature of honour and loyalty, of right action and indeed of love in situations where people are pulled in multiple different directions.

Matthews’ characters have always been the biggest draw of her books for me. I find Andrej Kosciusko perhaps a little more compelling than any torturer really ought to be, and the other characters that populate this series are equally interesting. Matthews’ language is well chosen, and Blood Enemies rattles along towards its conclusion with admirable tension despite its scattered threads. It’s really gratifying to finally see how it all turns out.

Aug 212017
 

Locus Magazine: A damaged android on an exploratory mission takes center stage in this entertaining SF novella, the first book in the Murderbot Diaries series.

There’s some tense action, and a few of the scientists turn out to be more interesting and less helpless than they initially appear, but it’s the character of Murderbot that really makes the story come alive, a mix of flat robot personality with some surprising quirks, serious combat skills, a talent for coming up with effective plans – and a deep need to discover who it really is.

Aug 182017
 

Cover for Jim Butcher's Wild Card, a Dresden Files graphic novel.Congratulations to Jim Butcher, a double-nominee for the Dragon Award!

Best Comic Book:
The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Best Graphic Novel:
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

Aug 172017
 

Cover of The Stone in The Skull by Elizabeth Bear.Booklist: Readers familiar with Bear’s work will recognize the city of Messaline and the names of the Lotus Kingdoms, but this is the farthest she’s delved into this shattered empire. As usual, the setting is wonderfully realized; the characters are possessed of depth, personality, and individuality; the threads of politics that drive the plot are a fascinating knot to try to unravel. This is a promising beginning indeed for an epic; there are many lines of story left to follow, and it will no doubt be a magnificent journey.