A science fiction novel by David Gerrold (The Martian Child) in which humanity reaches a planet of strange flora and a young settler, Kyle, learns that his autism may be judged a liability to human survival, to Betsy Wollheim at DAW via Donald Maass.
B&N Kids: Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee, the most recent book from Rick Riordan Presents, takes Korean mythology on a wild adventure in space, and it’s tremendously fun!
There’s a lot happening, but it all makes sense, and all the adventures and dangers lead briskly to the final confrontation.
Min may not be a role model for principled rule following, but her brash fearlessness drives this story beautifully! As more and more tangles to her brother’s story emerge, and the stakes get higher, she starts to rely less on her magic and more on her intelligence, and her friends, in a nice bit of character growth. Her fox magic, and the magic of other supernatural types of persons, both living and dead, drawn from the rich well of Korean mythology, are seamlessly interwoven with the science fiction story of danger on board a spaceship in a vast network of planets, making this a truly delightful read for fans of every age!
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
BEST SHORTER FICTION
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
Audio rights to debut authors Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga’s THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO, to Joe McNeely at Brilliance Audio, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Caitlin McDonald.
Audio renewal rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s GRAVE PERIL, book 3 in the Dresden Files, to Buzzy Multimedia by Jennifer Jackson.
Czech rights to Hugo-winning Elizabeth Bear’s THE RED-STAINED WINGS, the second book in The Lotus Kingdoms trilogy, to Albatros Media, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Czech rights to Hugo finalist Cherie Priest’s THE TOLL, to Dobrovský, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Catalan rights to British Fantasy Award-nominated Cassandra’s Khaw’s A SONG FOR QUIET, a Persons Non Grata novella, to Mai Més, by Amaiur Fernández at International Editors Co. for Michael Curry.
Italian rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to Mondadori, at auction, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Turkish rights to C.L. Polk’s WITCHMARK, to Epsilon, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.
Hungarian rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s SUMMER KNIGHT, DEATH MASKS and BLOOD RITES, books 4-6 in the Dresden Files, to Delta Vision, by Milena Kaplarevi at Prava i prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Booklist: An openhearted debut that, like Jenna herself, has wonderfully surprising depth.
Witchmark by C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
“The Substance of My Lives, The Accidents of Our Births” by Jose Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
The Road to Canterbury by Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
THE ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY BOOK
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
NPR: But this book is sneaky. As much as you want to think this is just some lightweight little confection made of robot fights and space murder and as much as All Systems Red wants to present itself as nothing but robot fights and space murder Martha Wells did something really clever. She hid a delicate, nuanced and deeply, grumpily human story inside these pulp trappings, by making her murderous robot story primarily character-driven. And the character doing the driving?
There are subtexts to be read into Murderbot that its experience is a coming-out narrative, that it mirrors the lives of trans people, immigrants, those on the autism spectrum or anyone else who feels the need to hide some essential part of themselves from a population that either threatens or can’t possibly understand them. Or both. And I get all of that because every one of those reads is right.
It’s the wonder of the character that something so alien can be so human. That everyone who has ever had to hide in a crowded room, avert their eyes from power, cocoon themselves in media for comfort or lie to survive can relate. It’s powerful to see that on the page. It’s moving to ride around in the head of something that is so strong and so vulnerable, so murder-y and so frightened, all at the same time.
Best news of all? All Systems Red is only the first of four Murderbot Diaries novellas. Wells followed Red with Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol and Exit Strategy, all of which have gotten multiple electronic, hard- and softcover releases over the past year or so, with the Red hardcover being released this month after winning Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Awards in 2018. Which is proof, I suppose, that I’m not alone in my love for Murderbot. That we are all a little bit Murderbot. That we see ourselves in its skin. And that reading about this sulky, soap-opera-loving cyborg killing machine might be one of the most human experiences you can have in sci-fi right now.
Publishers Weekly: As usual, McCammon dazzles the reader with gritty historical detail, vivid local color, and a cast of memorable grotesques, among them the Owl, who can literally watch his own back by disjointing his neck. Series fans will find this entry a thoroughly enjoyable extension of McCammon’s evolving period epic.
Hypable: When I say Dragon Pearl has it all, I mean it has it all. It’s difficult to place this book in a singular box, but rather than that being a deterrent, it seems to be one of its biggest strengths. Kids (and adults!) looking for something a little different will certainly find exactly that in Yoon Ha Lee’s novel.