Aug 042017

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.New York Times: Long ago, as one character explains early in Nicky Drayden’s THE PREY OF GODS, the human race was fathered by a god who gave unique powers to each of his children. Though human beings have lost these abilities over the generations since, they remain present in mitochondrial DNA, latent except in a few rare individuals. And except in those humans whose latent DNA has been awakened — which a new street drug called godsend just happens to be able to do.

This is the mytho-scientific premise underlying a madcap, rapid-fire tale of South Africa in the year 2064, where a handful of individuals are suddenly plagued by godhood. One, Nomvula, is a lonely little township girl born with power. Several others acquire their abilities from godsend, to varying degrees of trauma or delight…As a genetically engineered virus spreads and threatens to awaken the latent godhood of billions, these few special individuals come together to decide, ultimately, what manner of gods will rule the future. Oh­ — and also, the technological apocalypse looms as personal robots all over the world quietly become self-aware.

Drayden’s delivery of all this is subtly poignant and slap-in-the-face deadpan – perfect for this novel-length thought exercise about what kinds of gods a cynical, self-absorbed postmodern society really deserves. Lots of fun.

Aug 032017

Author photo of Leanna Renee Hieber.Leanna Renee Hieber, the award-winning author of STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL, will write three books in her new series THE GHOST PRECINCT.

During the height of New York City’s gilded age, Teddy Roosevelt created a secret division within the New York Police Department. Under direction of its leader, gifted medium Eve Whitby, the Ghost Precinct helps the NYPD solve crimes and, in some cases, intervene before a crime is even committed, by wielding powers and tricks known only by mediums and utilized only by the dead.

The books were placed with Elizabeth May at Kensington’s Rebel Base by Paul Stevens.

Aug 022017

Photo of author Cassandra KhawCassandra Khaw, author of FOOD OF THE GODS, will write a new novel in the Gods & Monsters universe that will bring together all four characters from previous installments in one gloriously original story, sold to David Moore at Abaddon Books by Michael Curry.

Aug 012017

Cover of The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo.B&N SFF Blog: With lush prose and an immersive sense of place, this brief, evocative work – the first half of a duology that continues with The Sisters of the Crescent Empress in November – will bring an icy chill to the summer months.

Aug 012017

Cover of Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson.Publishers Weekly: Nine perspectives interweave in a novel composed of divergent, unsettling stories from authors that include Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Stephanie Kuehn. A group of delinquent teens is sent to Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor education program that dumps them in the wilderness to teach lessons about hard work and connection. There, they take turns recounting maybe-true stories in an effort to win a promised $100 from Hutchinson’s character, who guides readers through their haphazard three-day trip. The kids are considered “human garbage,” as Hutchinson’s character puts it, but their choices and situations are born of sharp, complicated moments and realities. Though the voices are distinct, it’s the overall experience of disparate people finding common understanding that lingers.

Jul 312017

Czech rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s CITY OF MIRACLES, Book 3 of The Divine Cities series, to Host, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava I Prevodi, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Rights to Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Finalist and Compton Crook Award Winner Ada Palmer’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, to Edesviz Kiado in Hungary, at auction; and to Mag Jacek Rodek in Poland, in a two-book deal, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Spanish rights to Patricia Anthony’s HAPPY POLICEMAN, to Gigamesh, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Polish audio rights to NYT bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, GRAVE PERIL, SUMMER KNIGHT, and DEATH MASKS, to Storytel, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

German rights to Daniel Stashower’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE ECTOPLASMIC MAN, to Luebbe, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Hungarian rights to World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH  to Agave Konyvek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Spanish rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT and FOOL MOON, the first and second books in the Dresden Files series, to Nosolorol, in a two-book deal, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Spanish rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s and Evil Hat LLC’s Dresden Files RPG Accelerated to Francisco Castillo at Nosolorol by Jennifer Jackson.


Jul 312017

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to the Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s novella BINTI:HOME, to Hayley Marshall at Tantor Audio, in a two-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Audio rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award nominee Yoon Ha Lee’s HEXARCHATE STORIES and a forthcoming untitled space opera novel to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Jennifer Jackson

Jul 282017

Author photo of Saladin Ahmed.Saladin Ahmed, Hugo-nominated author of THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, will write for CANTO BIGHT, a Star Wars book by four authors that will focus on creatures from the glamorous casino world of Canto Bight, a setting appearing in the new film The Last Jedi coming this December. The deal was negotiated with Thomas Hoeler at Del Rey Books by Jennifer Jackson.

Jul 272017

Cover of Swarm and Steel by Michael Fletcher.Publishers Weekly: Fletcher’s third novel set in his Manifest Delusions universe (after Beyond Redemption), a world where anything a person truly believes will become reality, is a tour de force of dark fantasy shot through with wonder and black humor….Fletcher’s twisty and continuously surprising plot piles spectacle upon spectacle in an amazingly ambitious structure, while his consistently three-dimensional characters lend depth and heart to the narrative.