B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog: Wells has been a beloved but under-read voice in fantasy for two decades, which is why it is so gratifying to see the success she’s having with the bestselling, and now, Hugo- and Nebula-winning Murderbot Diaries novella series, which follow a rogue Security Unit cyborg that has hacked its governor module and gained sentience and free will—and given itself the (mostly ironic) name Murderbot. This fourth and final novella (a full-length novel arrives next year) finds Murderbot close to getting the goods on the evil corporation GrayCris. When it learns that its former owner/possible friend Dr. Mensah is under threat, Murderbot doesn’t understand its own urge to save her. Wells’ explorations of free will and the question of what, exactly, makes us human remain fascinating, and the snarky narrative voice—and the murder-y mayhem—that peppers the story as it marches toward to a bracing conclusion are as fun as always.
New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes will edit HEROIC HEARTS, a new paranormal fantasy anthology celebrating heroes who do the right thing when they are called upon (including stories by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and others). The deal was negotiated with Anne Sowards at Ace by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency (for Hughes) and Jennifer Jackson (for Butcher).
Publishers Weekly: In this highly original novel by Lee (the Machineries of Empire series for adults), 13-year-old Min must venture to the stars of the Thousand Worlds in order to find her older brother, Jun, who is suspected of deserting the Space Forces to search for the legendary Dragon Pearl. Min’s quick wits and technical prowess come in handy, but it’s her abilities as one of the fox people to shape-shift and charm others that prove vital after she leaves her home planet of Jinju aboard the freighter Red Azalea. When her brother’s former ship rescues the vessel from mercenaries, she poses as slain cadet Bae Jang, promising his ghost that she will avenge his death in exchange for impersonating him on the ship. Disguised as the dead cadet, Min is able to continue both quests, enlisting the aid of two of Bae’s friends—female dragon Haneul and nonbinary goblin Sujin—all the while avoiding the scrutiny of Captain Hwan as the ship heads to the Ghost Sector, the probable location of the Dragon Pearl. Lee offers a perfect balance of space opera and Korean mythology with enough complexity to appeal to teens.
- Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
- Temper by Nicky Drayden
- Semiosis by Sue Burke
THE BEST-SELLING UNDER JURISDICTION SERIES FROM CAMPBELL AWARD-NOMINATED AUTHOR SUSAN R. MATTHEWS CONTINUES. A new installment in the Phillip K. Dick-nominated series that Janis Ian called “a very scary series.” Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko finds himself out of the frying pan and into the fire: to fight back against a devious crime syndicate that is trying to murder him and bring slavery and darkness to Gonebeyond Space.
Gonebeyond space: get there and you may find freedom from torture and genocide under Jurisdiction. Yet go there at your own risk. The Rule of Law has only a tenuous hold on Gonebeyond, and undefended settlements can be exploited with impunity.
Until now. The Langsariks’ Hilton Shires has forged a coalition to bring the worst of the Gonebeyond criminals—slavers—to justice. The criminal cartels that have profited from the freedom of Gonebeyond for so long aren’t having any of it, and they know the key to taking down Shires is to get rid of ally, renegade Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko. But where can they find an assassin with the moxey to “disappear” Andrej Koscuisko? Many have tried. None have succeeded.
Enter his Excellency Danyo Pefisct. Years ago he honed his torturer’s craft against the Emandisan bond-involuntary Security slave Joslire Curran, once a servant to Andrej. Now Pefisct has come to Gonebeyond to enslave Andrej Koscuisko himself—all for the personal pleasure of the head of one of Jurisdiction’s most powerful crime syndicates.
But the torturer from the Jurisdiction hasn’t reckoned on one thing: Andrej Koscuisko is as relentless and effective as he ever was. The difference? Now Andrej serves the cause of Gonebeyond justice!
Russian rights to the first two books in New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at the Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Arabic rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning ALL SYSTEMS RED, the first book in The Murderbot Diaries, to Noura Al Noman at Makhtoota 5229, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Czech rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, to Dobrovsky by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Hebrew rights to Skye Warren’s THE PAWN, to Sifrut Shenogaat by Beverley Levit at The Book Publishers Association of Israel, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Italian rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta in association with Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
From New York Times Best Selling author of the Others series Anne Bishop, a new dark fantasy novel, returning to the world of the Black Jewels, as first seen in the award-winning DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD.
Come back to the lands ruled by the SaDiablo family. When a young lord arrives in Ebon Rih and begins to court Lady Jillian, an adolescent Eyrien witch, he’s unaware that she’s the ward of Lucivar Yaslana, the Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih. When Lucivar suspects all is not right with his charge, he goes to his family for help, and Surreal SaDiablo and Daemon Sadi are all too willing. But much has changed since the days of the Queen known as Witch, and there is an unknown danger Daemon faces as a black-jeweled Warlord Prince – a price to be paid that may threaten them all.
Acquired by Anne Sowards at Ace, in a six-figure deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Jennifer Jackson.
New York Times: Martha Wells’s EXIT STRATEGY (Tor.com) is the fourth and final part of her brilliant Murderbot Diaries, a series of far-future novellas set in a universe worn out by corporate indifference and bureaucratic inertia. A single grumpy security unit—Murderbot—fights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of hours and hours of soap operas. The first book, “All Systems Red,” won both Nebula and Hugo Awards this year and is definitely the place to start.
I came late to these novellas, and during a difficult month this year I read almost nothing else. Murderbot’s voice, a beautiful blend of exhausted cynicism and deep, helpless love, was the only thing that felt like both a match to my mood and an appropriate response to the events provoking it. Murderbot has no illusions about the way the world works and will say so blisteringly, but remains so passionately committed to the people it loves and doing what’s right that I kept welling up in response. Its angry, poignant point of view, wrapped up in sharp, short bites of space adventure, is utterly addictive, and I’m genuinely delighted—as well as a little relieved—that the series’ success has greenlit a full-length Murderbot novel, so that I don’t yet have to bid it goodbye.
Congratulations to all the DMLA authors who made Library Journal’s Best Books 2018!
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
- Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
- The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
Congratulations to the DMLA authors who made the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books for Adults!
- Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
- The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander