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)
- Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
- 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)
Congratulations to our DMLA authors for their appearances on the 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List!
NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Ancestral Night, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)
NOVELS – FANTASY
The Red-Stained Wings, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
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)
ILLUSTRATED AND ART BOOKS
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)
Sue Burke’s sweeping, award-finalist, SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.
Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.
But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.
Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.
Audio rights to debut author Wayne Santos’s THE CHIMERA CODE, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Jennie Goloboy.
Audio rights to USA Today bestselling author Molly O’Keefe’s self-published backlist titles, to Lorna Henry at Dreamscape Media, in an eight-book deal, including rights to Julie Kriss’s THE BASTARD and S. Doyle’s THE BODYGUARD, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
My name is Norah Canivan, and for 50 years I’ve kept a secret.
It is a secret about the girl I discovered hiding on our sorry patch of land – the girl in the tattered green dress who was running from something – and someone.
The Girl in Green brought something different into my young life. And something darker. And when she died, nothing was ever the same after.
For 50 years, only I’ve known what really happened to The Girl in Green.
And now, these many years later, my secret may kill me.
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher)
Priest of Bones, Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
- Semiosis by Sue Burke
- Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee