Jun 192018
 

Cover of Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett.Kirkus: Bennett (City of Miracles, 2017, etc.) inaugurates another series of imaginative, thoroughly idiosyncratic fantasy novels.

Mona Lisa meets The Matrix in Bennett’s introduction to the carefully constructed world of Tevanne, a city-state dominated by four merchant houses—literally. The four big boy…are no match for Sancia Grado, a gamin version of the Tom Cruise of Mission Impossible, if not Spiderman.

Sancia scales walls and penetrates castle keeps with ease, and she’s not above dispatching a guard or two in the pursuit of her work: “She did have her stiletto, and she was an able sneak, and though she was small, she was strong for her size.” Bless her heart, Sancia shows mercy, pulls off the heist she was hired for, then retreats into the teeming, seething world between the walls of those great houses, whose masters have made a killing with a thing called “scriving”—“instructions written upon mindless objects that convinced them to disobey reality in select ways.”

Thus a carriage on a horizontal plane might be commanded to roll as if on a steep slope, removing the need for horses to pull it. But what if some corporate villain were to scrive a person in such a way that he or she might become a soldier impervious to pain or discomfort, an arrow that might travel with the wall-breaking force of a cannonball?

If you accept the notion that the laws of gravity are just suggestions, this makes for a grand entertainment.

Jun 192018
 

Cover of The Great Bastards by Jonathan French.Call them outcasts, call them savages—they’ve been called worse, by their own mothers—but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard.

He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal’s sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there’s no room for softness.

And once Jackal’s in charge—as soon as he can unseat the Bastards’ tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder—there’s a few things they’ll do different. Better.

Or at least, that’s the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he’s wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world, and the Bastards’ place in it.

In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the frontlines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike—along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they’d give even the heartiest Bastard pause.

Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that’s lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can—or should–survive.
 
Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece—and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that’s like nothing you’ve read before.

May 232018
 

Cover of The Great Bastards by Jonathan French.Publishers Weekly: French’s half-orcs, halflings, centaurs, and others have rich histories and folklore, giving the work depth while never getting in the way of the fun. This is excellent fantasy fare on all levels.

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 022018
 

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

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

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

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

YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

FIRST NOVEL
Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELLA
Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

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

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 032018
 

Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for the 2018 Hugo Awards!

Best Novel
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

Best Novella
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)

Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed (Marvel)

Best Semiprozine
Escape Pod, editors include S.B. Divya
Fireside Magazine, editors include Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Best Series
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)

2018 Associated Awards (Not a Hugo Award):

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Jeannette Ng

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book
Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

Mar 312018
 

Romanian rights to NYT bestselling author, Brent Weeks’s THE SHADOW’S EDGE and renewal of THE WAY OF SHADOWS, to Grupul Editorial Art, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Hebrew rights to NYT and USA Today bestselling authors Annika Martin and Sky Warren’s HOSTAGE and PRISONER, to Sifrut Acheret, by Beverley Levit of The Book Publishers Association of Israel, in association with Cameron McClure and Katie Shea Boutillier.

Spanish rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI: THE NIGHT MASQUERADE, to Crononauta, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Feb 282018
 

Portuguese rights (Portugal only) to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s LAKE SILENCE, a stand alone novel in the world of the Others, to Saída de Emergência, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Portuguese renewal rights (Portugal only) to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy: DAUGHTERS OF THE BLOOD, HEIR TO THE SHADOWS, and QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS, to Saída de Emergência, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Korean rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Minumin,  by Jackie Yang at Eric Yang Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Czech rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT and its first sequel RAVEN STRATAGEM, to Host Vydavatelstvi, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Turkish rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT and its first sequel RAVEN STRATAGEM, to Salon Yayinlari, by Merve Öngen at ONK Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

German rights to  C.L. Polk’s debut WITCHMARK, plus sequel STORMSONG, to Klett, at auction, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Caitlin McDonald.

Czech rights to Hugo-winning Elizabeth Bear’s THE STONE IN THE SKULL, the first book in The Lotus Kingdoms trilogy, to Albatros Media, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Polish rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s TURN COAT, the eleventh book in the Dresden Files series, to Mag Jacek Rodek via Milena Kaplaveric at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Polish renewal rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s DEAD BEAT, PROVEN GUILTY, WHITE NIGHT, and SMALL FAVOR, four books in the Dresden Files series, to Mag Jacek Rodek via Milena Kaplaveric at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Italian rights to S.B. Divya’s novella RUNTIME, to  Francesco Verso at Future Fiction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Persian rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT and 14 more books in the Dresden Files series, to Houpaa Books, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.