Feb 292020

Chinese rights to James Scott Bell’s THE LAST FIFTY PAGES, to China Renmin University Press, in a nice deal, by Yijhen Lee at The Grayhawk Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

French renewal rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD, HEIR TO THE SHADOWS, and QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS, the first three books in the Black Jewels series, to Bragelonne, by Robin Batet at the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s COLD DAYS, SKIN GAME, and PEACE TALKS, books 14, 15, and 16 in the Dresden Files series, to MAG Jacek Rodek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Turkish rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA and THE PAST AND OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD STAY BURIED, to Ithaki, in a two-book deal, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.

German rights to the first full-length novel in Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, NETWORK EFFECT, to Heyne, by Sarah Knofius at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Feb 272020

Publishers Weekly: Hugo- and Nebula-winner Wells’s excellent first full-length Murderbot Diaries novel (after the novella Exit Strategy) sees her hilariously humanlike Artificial Intelligence Security Unit recount a routine space mission gone horribly awry. […]  SecUnit’s gloriously candid, frequently confused assessments of its crew and their predicaments allow for an amusingly childlike perspective on what it means to be human. Wells puts an astonishing amount of technical detail into SecUnit’s narrative, which will please hard sci-fi readers without detracting from the engaging story line. Series fans and anyone who enjoys humor-infused space operas won’t want to miss this.

Feb 252020

Congratulations to our DMLA authors who were chosen as finalists for the 2019 Nebula Awards!


  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)

Game Writing

  • The Magician’s Workshop, Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
  • Fate Accessibility Toolkit, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Evil Hat Productions)

Andre Norton Award

  • Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Hyperion)
Feb 212020

In a three book deal, Jo Ann Ferguson, writing as Jo Ann Brown, will be a launch author for the new Love Inspired trade fiction line coming in Spring 2021 with Amish Bad Boys: Return to Bliss and two sequels, acquired by Tina James at Harlequin via Jennifer Jackson.

Feb 192020

Winner of the Distinguished Book Prize from the Society for Military History, Michael Livingston’s CRECY: THE BATTLE OF FIVE KINGS, how the author and other modern scholars used neglected manuscripts, satellite technology, and old-fashioned fieldwork to discover that nearly everything that has been written about 1346’s Battle of Crécy –one the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history — may be wrong, to Marcus Cowper at Osprey, by Paul Stevens.

Feb 172020

Kirkus: Young roboticist Efi dreams of creating a better life for her community, where omnics and humans live peacefully, in this novel inspired by the video game “Overwatch.” Efi spends so many hours in her workshop ironing out bugs in her robots that her mother worries she isn’t connecting enough with best friends Naade and Hassana. But her work pays off when Efi wins the Genius Grant given out by her idol, Gabrielle Adawe, who founded both the organization Overwatch and the African city of Numbani. On the way to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate, Doomfist, who should be in prison, attacks the airport. The destruction left in Doomfist’s wake spurs Efi to put her grant money toward developing Orisa, a compassionate robot that can protect the city she loves. The immense pressure of this project strains the three friends’ relationship, forcing Efi to go it alone. While Efi teaches Orisa to integrate into Numbani, Orisa teaches her about responsibility and friendship—and as Dooomfist provokes discord between omnics and humans, Efi, Naade, and Hassana must come together to save Numbani. Drayden (Escaping Exodus, 2019, etc.) gives Efi a clear voice in this engrossing read with smooth pacing and action-packed scenes. The main storyline is tied up enough to keep readers satisfied but interested in the sequel; readers don’t need to be familiar with the video game to understand the book. All characters are black. Readers will root for this STEM-focused girl hero.

Feb 102020

Congratulations to our DMLA authors for their appearances on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List!


Ancestral Night, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)


The Red-Stained Wings, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)


Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Hyperion)


Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)


Hexarchate Stories, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US & UK)


Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, Nnedi Okorafor (Simon & Schuster/TED)


LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor (Berger) Donato Giancola


“A Time to Reap“, Elizabeth Bear (Uncanny 12/19)
Vigilance, Robert Jackson Bennett (Tor.com Publishing)
Alice Payne Rides, Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
“Glass Cannon”, Yoon Ha Lee (Hexarchate Stories)


“Erase, Erase, Erase”, Elizabeth Bear (F&SF 9-10/19)
“Binti: Sacred Fire”, Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: The Complete Trilogy)


“Lest We Forget“, Elizabeth Bear (Uncanny 5-6/19)
“A Bird, a Song, a Revolution“, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 9/19)
“Repatriation“, Nalo Hopkinson (Current Futures)
“Mighty Are the Meek and the Myriad”, Cassandra Khaw (F&SF 7-8/19)

Feb 072020

Kirkus: A collection with 27 excellent stories showcasing the talent of one of the genre’s most versatile writers. “Covenant,” for example, is a suspenseful story about a serial killer who becomes a victim. The science fiction twist is that he undergoes a voluntary procedure called “rightminding,” which rewires his brain to reduce his psychopathic tendencies. He also becomes a woman in the process—and thus the target of another psychopath. Because the memories of her time as a serial killer remain, she can speculate on what her male abductor might do next, making for a tense story. “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” reads like a police procedural locked-room murder mystery in which the victim’s corpse appears to have been turned inside out. But other components in the story elevate it above standard fare, such as the investigator’s tense relationship with her VR-addicted mother, an engineered cat who might be a witness to the crime, a company developing fourth-dimension technology, and the strange behavior of a star in the Andromeda system. Asimovian robots—albeit racier ones than any Asimov ever created—are featured in “Dolly,” a mystery in which a sex robot has been used to kill her owner. Is she the murder weapon or the murderer? Ethical issues are raised in this engaging story, one of the many to be found in this must-have collection.