May 092018

Cover of All Systems Red by Martha Wells.The audio edition of Martha Wells’ The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is #8 on the New York Times Bestseller list!

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

May 082018

Cover of Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells’s hugely popular science fiction action and adventure All Systems Red

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

May 072018

Congratulations to Anne Bishop and Nicky Drayden for winning these 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards!

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT, Urban Fantasy – Anne Bishop

RT Award Winners

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding
– Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

SF Novel
– The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

May 042018

Author photo of Seth Dickinson.Originally envisioned as a trilogy, Seth Dickinson’s The Masquerade – which began with THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT and continues this fall with THE MONSTER BARU CORMORANT – will be getting a fourth novel, completing this critically acclaimed epic fantasy saga. Marco Palmieri of Tor Books acquired the rights via Jennifer Jackson.

May 022018

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

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

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

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

Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys ( Publishing)

Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, ( Publishing)

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

Apr 302018

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to five more novels in Mike Shepherd’s Jump Universe series, including Kris Longknife’s Successor, Kris Longknife: Commanding, Vicky Peterwald: Domination, Rita Longknife: Landing Party, and Kris Longknife: Indomitable to Steve Feldberg at Audible via Jennifer Jackson.

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 272018

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.Congratulations to Nicky Drayden for The Prey of Gods winning the 2018 Compton Crook Award!

From a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.

Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.

Apr 202018

Cover of Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.Booklist: Everyone’s favorite Murderbot is back. The second installment in Wells’ Murderbot Diaries picks up where All Systems Red (2017) left off, with the series’ titular character seeking answers to its origin by traveling back to where it first went rogue to learn what really happened.

Along the way, it makes friends with an intelligent research transport ship and agrees to protect a group of naive researchers whose discoveries make them a target for murder. Murderbot is one of the most delightful characters in current science fiction: a killing machine who chooses to be a good person, a robot who suffers from crippling social anxiety, a sarcastic misanthrope who really just wants to be left alone to watch TV. The relationship between Murderbot and ART (the intelligent ship) adds an entertaining The Odd Couple element to the story.

Like the first book, this one is a fast, fun, exciting read, and the series keeps getting funnier. Perfect entertainment for a quiet evening.