Publishers Weekly: With this gripping dystopian novel, Shirley (Eclipse) extrapolates a grim vision of a late-21st-century U.S. wracked by climate change. Former U.S. Marshal Darryl Webb is now a world-weary freelance tracker hired to find a missing serial killer believed to be in Stormland, a 400-mile stretch of devastated southeast U.S. coastline. Some 2,000 squatters live in the ruins of Charleston, inhabiting lawless, flooded enclaves—among them an eerie pseudo-religious cult, a gang of drug dealers, scavenger-refugees, and Gerald Fogle, Webb’s quarry. But Gerald, who’s been medically mind-altered with “Neuro-Cellular Behavioral Modification,” is a new man. No longer the killer he was, he now devotes his time to altruistically helping Stormland’s suffering people. Threads involving “experiencers” who install mind-control implants to drive their doomed victims for their own heinous entertainment and a pharmaceutical executive who finds redemption from his destructive greed propel the intricate, action-filled plot as Webb comes to find meaning in his life. Howling super-hurricanes, grisly torture scenes, and the horrors of scientific experimentation on human brains make for harrowing reading. This is a sober warning about the seductive dangers of power.
Publishers Weekly: Inventively mixing mystery, magic, and alternate history, Glover’s nail-biting debut takes readers to Reconstruction era Philadelphia. Henrietta “Hetty” and Benjamin “Benjy” Rhodes—both adept at sigil magic that draws on the constellations—are famed conductors for the Vigilance Society, which shepherded enslaved Black people to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Stories of their trips into the South are legendary in their Philadelphia community even a decade after the Civil War. Now, Hetty and Benjy use their magical and analytical skills as detectives, dealing with missing person cases, murders, and other crimes the white police force chooses to overlook. But when one of their friends turns up dead and their suspicions fall close to home, they’ll need to work out who in their community is not who they say they are. The pace is relaxed but the tension steadily builds as Glover weaves each detail into a satisfying mystery. Frequent flashbacks to Hetty and Benjy’s thrilling exploits as conductors on the Underground Railroad reveal how Hetty’s tough choices during the Civil War led to her life today. Readers will be surprised but gratified by an ending that shows just how past actions inform the present in unexpected ways. Glover is a writer to watch.
Detective Inspector Sara Nayar is a goddess. Literally. A Hindu goddess accidentally brought to England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Working now as a police detective, Sara survives on humanity’s innate faith in law and order.
Sheffield is a city of many gods, however, and when Sara witnesses a murder, she knows the perpetrator is divine. As a goddess of order, she must solve the crime before the god can kill again, but thousands of years living as a human has left her spiritually weak.
Vulnerable in ways she hasn’t felt since leaving India, Sara fights to balance her mortal and immortal lives as the murders around her escalate. And with tensions amongst her fellow divinity on the rise, Sara is running out of time. If she can’t restore order, find balance in the chaos, the city itself might pay the price.
Set in a vividly realized Northern city, where gods coexist with a balance of faith, Goddess of the North is a page-turning urban fantasy steeped in multicultural mythology. A murder mystery at heart, it’s an exploration of identity, love, faith, and the transformative powers of self-acceptance.
German rights to Ada Palmer’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, SEVEN SURRENDERS, and THE WILL TO BATTLE, Books 1-3 of the Terra Ignota series, to Panini Germany, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Italian rights to Molly Tanzer’s VERMILLION, to Moscabianca, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Japanese rights to Martha Wells’ NETWORK EFFECT, the first full-length novel in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, plus FUGITIVE TELEMETRY and “Compulsory,” to Tokyo Sogen, by Kohei Hattori at the English Agency (Japan) Ltd. in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Korean rights to John Shirley’s GURDJIEFF, to Inner World Publishing, by Jackie Yang at Eric Yang Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Russian rights to USA Today bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s HARROW THE NINTH, the second book in the Locked Tomb trilogy, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Turkish rights to Robert McCammon’s SWAN SONG and BOY’S LIFE, to Ithaki by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Turkish rights to Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s IF I’M BEING HONEST, to Yabanci, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Neuromancer for a non-binary age: an action-packed techno-thriller with a side of magical realism.
“Fun, fresh cyberpunk!” – Publisher’s Weekly
Everything’s for hire – even magic.
If you need something done, they’re the best: a tough, resourceful mage, a lab-created genderless hacker and a cyborg with a big gun.
But when they’re hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, Cloke knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything they’ve ever done.
“A full-throttle, magical cyberpunk superhero thriller!” – Peter McLean
Czech rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s SHOREFALL, to Host, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to USA Today bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s HARROW THE NINTH, the second book in the Locked Tomb trilogy, to Host, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to Neil Sharpson’s WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS, to Piper (Germany), by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Italian rights to Margaret Doody’s ARISTOTLE AND THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD, to Sellerio, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Polish rights to USA Today bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s GIDEON THE NINTH, the first book in the Locked Tomb trilogy, to Papierowy Ksiezyc, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Polish rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning ALL SYSTEMS RED, the first book in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, to Papierowy Ksiezyc, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Russian rights to Martha Wells’ NETWORK EFFECT, the first full-length novel in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, to Eksmo, by Alexander Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Publishers Weekly: Replete with snappy dialogue and convincing technobabble, Santos’s debut cyber-thriller offers a vision of a 22nd-century Earth where the only force more powerful than technology is magic. Prickly combat mage Cloke leads a chimera unit—a military group possessing a deadly combination of technological, combat, and magic skills. Cloke’s newest recruit is Zee, an infamous coder with shadowy origins and plenty of baggage. Alongside a colorful cast of cyborgs and sword masters, Cloke and Zee, who was grown in a lab and has no gender, must track down and destroy a trio of illegal clones of a powerful mage. The worldbuilding is well done, as Santos digs deep into the full implications of the supernatural interacting with advanced technology. Readers may find the treatment of Zee’s gender and pronouns (xie/hir) to be clumsy, but will be gratified by Zee’s depth, complexity, and fully realized arc. Santos’s enthusiasm for his subject is clear and his rigorous plotting delivers some genuine surprises. This is fun, fresh cyberpunk.
Audio rights to Shirley Jackson- and Hugo Award nominee Tamsyn Muir’s PRINCESS FLORALINDA AND THE FORTY-FLIGHT TOWER, a dark fantasy novella about what happens when a princess is forced to fend for herself, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to USA Today bestselling author Carissa Ann Lynch’s FLOCKSDALE FLIES series, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, in a three-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to Georgina Kamsika’s GODDESS OF THE NORTH, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Jennie Goloboy.
Audio rights to Sharon Lee’s BARNBURNER and GUNSHY, mystery novels set in Maine, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, in a two-book deal, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to Vernon Mahabal’s TALK TO THE HAND: A Field Guide to Practical Palmistry, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Audio rights to Caitlin Starling’s YELLOW JESSAMINE, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Caitlin McDonald.
Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for the 2020 Hugo Awards!
Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
BEST RELATED WORK
“2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech”, Jeannette Ng (Dublin 2019 An Irish Worldcon)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC
LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Tana Ford, colours by James Devlin (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
Elsa Sjunneson, as managing editor for Fireside Magazine
S.B. Divya, as co-editor for Escape Pod
LODESTAR for Best Young Adult Book
Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney/Hyperion)