May 212019
 

Photo of Elizabeth BearFrom Hugo-winner Elizabeth Bear (ANCESTRAL NIGHT, KAREN MEMORY), a new edition of the novella “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” and an original previously unpublished sequel continuing the Police Sub-Inspector Ferron series to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals by Jennifer Jackson.

A man has been turned inside-out. Fifty years in the future, in the sleek modern city of Bangalore, a scientist working on revolutionary bioengineering techniques has been discovered inside his own locked home, his body converted into a neat toroidal package of meat. It’s up to Police Sub-Inspector Ferron to unearth the victim’s complicated past and solve the crime, despite the best efforts of the mastermind behind the murder, aliens beaming signals from the Andromeda Galaxy, her overbearing mother, and an adorable parrot-cat who is the only witness.

May 172019
 

In 2014, Kim Harrison thought she had concluded her New York Times bestselling Hollows series with its thirteenth installment, THE WITCH WITH NO NAME, leaving fans wanting more. Now, Harrison will return to the series with two brand-new installments continuing Rachel Morgan’s story –AMERICAN DEMON, which will release in summer 2020, and a currently untitled novel that will follow in summer 2021.

The Hollows series is set in alternate United States where humans and supernatural beings exist side-by-side. It began in 2004 with DEAD WITCH WALKING, quickly developing a dedicated fan base and becoming a New York Times and USA Today bestselling series. Ace Books Executive Editor Anne Sowards has acquired the new installments at auction from DMLA’s Vice President Jennifer Jackson.

May 152019
 

Cover of Semiosis by Sue Burke.Cover of Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee.Congratulations to our DMLA authors who made the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist!

  • Semiosis by Sue Burke
  • Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
May 142019
 

Congratulation to our DMLA authors who made the 2019 Locus Awards Finalist list!

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

HORROR NOVEL
The Listener, Robert McCammon (Cemetery Dance)

FANTASY NOVEL
Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown; Jo Fletcher)
The Monster Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson (Tor)
Deep Roots, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)
Creatures of Want and Ruin, Molly Tanzer (John Joseph Adams)

YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
The Agony House, Cherie Priest & Tara O’Connor (Levine)

FIRST NOVEL
Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor)
Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (ChiZine)
Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELLA
Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTE
“Okay, Glory”, Elizabeth Bear (Twelve Tomorrows)
“No Flight Without the Shatter”, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com 8/15/18)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)

SHORT STORY
“The Starship and the Temple Cat”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/1/18)
“Mother of Invention”, Nnedi Okorafor (Future Tense)

COLLECTION
Brief Cases, Jim Butcher (Ace; Orbit UK)

May 102019
 

Library Journal: Meg knows her therapist means well, but any scrutiny is hard to handle when coping with overwhelming anxiety. Even driving a car or going out in public too often is stressful. Luckily, her boyfriend Austin is a help, even though he wears his scars on the outside, owing to the car accident they were both in three years ago. Facing a long teaching semester, Meg takes the chance of befriending guest university instructor Haley. Haley is bright, beautiful, and charismatic, everything Meg wants to be. As Meg warms up to her new friend, finally breaking out of the shell of her anxiety, Austin senses Meg is changing fast and not necessarily for the better. She’s looking for a life of perfection, and it might exist—just not in our reality. The story proceeds at a quick clip, with a huge amount of action in a short time frame and a narrator whom readers will feel for.

VERDICT Harrison (“Hollows” series) presents a twisty blend of psychological suspense and fantasy, blurring the edges of what is real, and to whom.

May 082019
 

Library Journal: Haimey Dz is an engineer who, along with pilot Connla Kurucz and the sentient ship Singer, are just-barely-lawful salvagers looking for that one big haul that will make their fortunes. When searching one derelict ship, Haimey becomes infected by something that gives her knowledge about the construction of the universe itself, making her a prize for not only the interstellar government Synarche but also the space pirates determined to use her for their own nefarious plans. On the run across the galaxy, Haimey and others discover that in the black hole at the center of the galaxy is a hidden alien spaceship, and that revealing lost secrets of both the universe and Haimey’s own past, neither of which she will wish to be uncovered, is the only way to save everything.

VERDICT Hugo Award winner Bear’s (Karen Memory) foray back into space introduces an immersive setting and characters. Readers will be captivated by the creative prose.

May 072019
 

SOMETHING IS PREYING ON THE GODS OF TAI-TASTIGON

A crucial moment draws nigh leading to the ultimate showdown between Jame Knorth and Perimal Darkling, the supernatural entity that has pursued Jame’s people, the Kencyr, across multiple universes, destroying all in its wake. Can the Kencyr finally make an effective stand, or will another world fall into shadow?

But now news arrives from Tai-tastigon, the vast city that formed Jame into the master thief, wily fighter, and godling-in-the-making that she has become.

It seems something is preying on the gods of Tai-tastigon. The new Pantheon is falling, and the ancient city is in turmoil. The self-serving, beguiling demi-god leader of the Thieves Guild has coerced Jame into finding the soul of his missing brother by holding hostage people she loves. Jame She reluctantly returns to find a Tai-tastigon in turmoil, with citizen pitted against citizen, and day and night-time folk at one another’s throats. It seems many in the vast Lower Town have lost their shadows—not so funny when you realize that a shadow is cast by a soul.

DISAPPEARING SOULS

Some of the affected have gone mad. Some wander like ravening wraiths, attacking even family members by tooth and nail. Which means something is taking—or destroying—souls in the city.

What’s more, in the city’s Temple District fearful gods are finding their very beings drained. Some have become so diminished they hide in the robes of their priests like mewling babes. Across the city, murder and mayhem have erupted. But whatever demon-wrought madness is afoot in Tai-tastigon will have to face the ultimate avatar of god That-Which-Destroys Itself. That would be one Jame Knorth.

WHERE JAME KNORTH GOES, CHAOS WILL FOLLOW!

Apr 302019
 

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to James Tiptree, Jr. Award nominee Amanda Downum’s THE POISON COURT, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Apr 192019
 

B&N: Bestselling urban fantasy author Kim Harrison (the Hallows series) has been experimenting with sci-fi of late in novels like The Drafter and The Operator; her latest is more difficult to classify, but filled with the danger, romance, and readability that has attracted her a legion of devoted readers. Artist Meg is on the brink of breakout success, but held back by the anxiety triggered by her boyfriend’s recent serious car accident. At her therapist’s urging, she connects with a woman named Haley, a guest professor at her university who is living a life Meg dreams of. But when Haley’s influence seems to be changing Meg too much, and too fast, her boyfriend Austin attempts to intervene, she attempts to cut him out of her life – but he resists. This thriller is set in a world not quite our own, and asks compelling questions about the effects of trauma on our perception of reality.

Apr 122019
 

Publishers Weekly: In this satisfyingly complex sequel to The Stone in the Skull, the descendants of the Alchemical Emperor vie for dominion over the remnants of his empire, or for simple survival for themselves and their people. In the city of Sarathai-tia, the young rajni, Mrithuri, faces a siege by the power-hungry raja Anuraja. She is supported by her own court and by new arrivals­including Serhan, the Dead Man, a former bodyguard and her new lover­but one of her inner circle may be a traitor. Anuraja holds hostage Sayeh Rajni, the trans or “third-sex” ruler of Ansh-Sahal, whose realm was destroyed by a volcanic eruption caused by Anuraja’s wizard accomplice, Ravani. Sayeh’s son, Drupada, has been kidnapped by a fourth royal, raja Himadra, who hopes to assume guardianship over the boy and thus control the refugees and army of Ansh-Sahal. And Serhan’s friend the Gage, a brass automaton with a human soul, continues his journey through a poisonous landscape in search of the Singing City of the dragons and possible allies there. Sorcery and scheming successfully propel the characters and plot lines of this rich and lovely India-tinged fantasy.