May 082018

Cover of The Great Bastards by Jonathan French.Kirkus: French’s adrenaline-fueled adventure fantasy, which features badass gangs of tattooed half-orcs on the backs of giant war hogs thundering across a lawless wasteland, is an unapologetically brutal thrill ride—like Mad Max set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Powered by unparalleled worldbuilding, polished storytelling, and relentless pacing, French’s novel is a cool fusion of classic adventure fantasy and 21st-century pop-culture sensibilities with nonstop action; a cast of unforgettable and brilliantly authentic characters; vulgar but witty dialogue; and strong female characters who overturn old sexist conventions. This is a dirty, blood-soaked gem of a novel. An addictively readable—and undeniably cool—fantasy masterwork.

May 072018

Congratulations to Anne Bishop and Nicky Drayden for winning these 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards!

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT, Urban Fantasy – Anne Bishop

RT Award Winners

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding
– Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

SF Novel
– The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

May 042018

Author photo of Seth Dickinson.Originally envisioned as a trilogy, Seth Dickinson’s The Masquerade – which began with THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT and continues this fall with THE MONSTER BARU CORMORANT – will be getting a fourth novel, completing this critically acclaimed epic fantasy saga. Marco Palmieri of Tor Books acquired the rights via Jennifer Jackson.

May 032018

Author photo of Daniel M. Bensen.Debut novelist Daniel M. Bensen’s JUNCTION, in which a Japanese nature show host finds himself on an exploratory trip to an alien world, but when members of the party start to die, he wonders if one of the others might be a murderer, to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press, for publication in April 2019, by Jennie Goloboy.

May 022018

Congratulations to all the DMLA authors who are finalists in the 2018 Locus Awards!

Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer (Tor; Head of Zeus)

The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)

Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw (Abaddon US; Abaddon UK)

Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys ( Publishing)

Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, ( Publishing)

“The Worshipful Society of Glovers,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“Extracurricular Activities,” Yoon Ha Lee ( 2/15/17)

May 012018

Photo of author Eliza Maxwell.Amazon Charts bestselling author of THE UNREMEMBERED GIRL and the forthcoming THE WIDOW’S WATCHER Eliza Maxwell’s THE SHADOW WRITER, in which an aspiring author and assistant to a burnt-out novelist develops a close relationship with his wife in hopes of bringing closure to her dark past by slipping her anonymous manuscript in the to-be-read pile, but as secrets are revealed, an obsession is clear, turning this into a deadly game, to Chris Werner at Lake Union Publishing, in a two-book deal, for publication in March 2019 and January 2020, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Apr 302018

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to five more novels in Mike Shepherd’s Jump Universe series, including Kris Longknife’s Successor, Kris Longknife: Commanding, Vicky Peterwald: Domination, Rita Longknife: Landing Party, and Kris Longknife: Indomitable to Steve Feldberg at Audible via Jennifer Jackson.

Apr 302018

German audio rights to Mary Robinette Kowal’s Hugo Award-winning novelette “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” to Argon Verlag GmbH via Aylin Kuhls at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Russian rights to Jo Walton’s TOOTH AND CLAW, to AST, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Japanese rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula- and Hugo-nominated The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to Tokyo Sogensha, at auction, by Kohei Hattori at The English Agency (Japan) in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Russian rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Livebook, at auction, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Apr 272018

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.Congratulations to Nicky Drayden for The Prey of Gods winning the 2018 Compton Crook Award!

From a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.

Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.

Apr 262018

Photo of author Les KlingerEditor and annotator Leslie S. Klinger’s The Annotated American Gods, a scholarly annotated edition of Neil Gaiman’s classic novel, to be published in a deluxe edition, to Jennifer Brehl at HarperCollins by Donald Maass.