Nov 302020
 

When the witch built the forty-flight tower, she made very sure to do the whole thing properly. Each flight contains a dreadful monster, ranging from a diamond-scaled dragon to a pack of slavering goblins. Should a prince battle his way to the top, he will be rewarded with a golden sword—and the lovely Princess Floralinda. But no prince has managed to conquer the first flight yet, let alone get to the fortieth. In fact, the supply of fresh princes seems to have quite dried up.

Nov 302020
 

Catalan rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI TRILOGY, to Raig Verd, in a three-book deal, by Amaiur Fernandez at International Editors’, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

Czech rights to Micaiah Johnson’s THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, to Albatros Media , by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

French renewal rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, GRAVE PERIL, SUMMER KNIGHT, and DEATH MASKS, books 1-5 in the Dresden Files series, to Bragelonne, by Robin Batet at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Italian rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FULL MOON, and GRAVE PERIL, the first three books in the Dresden Files series, to Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Italian rights to Annika Martin’s THE BILLIONAIRE’S FAKE FIANCE and RETURN BILLIONAIRE TO SENDER, to Triskell, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Polish rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s SHADOWS AND LIGHT, the second book in the Tir Alainn trilogy, to Initium, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to Ada Palmer’s THE WILL TO BATTLE,  to Mag Jacek Rodek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Russian rights to Brent Weeks’s THE BLACK PRISM, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency, on behalf of  Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

Turkish rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s VIGILANCE, to Ithaki, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

Turkish rights to Micaiah Johnson’s THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, to Ithaki, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Nov 252020
 

Cover of All Systems Red by Martha Wells.Congratulations to Martha Wells for her having Sistemas críticos [All Systems Red] translated by Carla Bataller Estruch (La esfera de los libros) selected as a 2020 Ignotus Award winner in the Cuento extranjero (Foreign story) category!

Nov 242020
 

Author of MILLICENT GLENN’S LAST WISH Tori Whitaker’s THE WOMEN OF BOND HOUSE, a dual timeline story of two women related by blood—one in Prohibition-era Detroit and the other in modern-day Kentucky—and three things that bond them together: a bourbon distillery, a red 1923 sports car, and the first’s diary that changes the other’s life forever, to Chris Werner at Lake Union Publishing, in an exclusive submission, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Nov 232020
 

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Author of the Nebula- and Locus-nominated AMBERLOUGH series Lara Elena Donnelly’s new novel BASE NOTES, in which twenty-something perfumier Vic Fowler has built a deadly side-hustle to cope with the crushing demands of late capitalism; but when a wealthy client threatens to bring it all down, Vic hatches a plan to manipulate a trio of similarly overworked, disillusioned millennials to commit murder in their stead, to Gracie Doyle at Thomas & Mercer, for publication in early 2022, by Caitlin McDonald.

Nov 202020
 

Popular Science Books: Elizabeth Bear is one of the best SF writers currently active, and Machine does not disappoint. As Bear makes clear in her acknowledgements, this novel, set in her ‘White Space’ universe, owes a debt to the Irish author James White’s classic Sector General stories, which were a breath of fresh air in the 1960s.

In her White Space universe, Bear has what is surely one of the best successors to Iain M Banks’ Culture universe setting, whether it’s in the sophisticated culture, the AI-as-people or the quaintly-named ships. Throw in a relic wreck of a generation ship, located where it never should have reached, a host of corpsicles, a strange AI entity and unexpected systems failures and we get a satisfyingly rich and interesting plot. The ideas come thick and fast, and Bear deploys fun future technology with aplomb.

…A good addition to what I hope will be a long-continued universe.

Nov 192020
 
Richard Kadrey and Cassandra Khaw’s THE DEAD TAKE THE A TRAIN, a fast-paced dark fantasy about a freelance psychic operative tracking an ever-morphing supernatural serial killer in New York City, as well as a second untitled book, to Diana Gill at Nightfire (with Kelly Lonesome editing), for publication in Summer 2022 and Summer 2023, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown for Kadrey and by Michael Curry for Khaw.

 

Nov 182020
 

Even though he passed over 80 years ago, H. P. Lovecraft maintains a visceral influence over a host of contemporary writers. Inspired by the Master of the Macabre’s more optimistic writings, this unique collection spotlights the weird works of nine current horror and fantasy authors, including the award-winning Michael Cisco and Livia Llewellyn plus Victor LaValle, Molly Tanzer, and Masahiko Inoue. Also includes Clark Ashton Smith’s 1931 “The City of the Singing Flame” and Lovecraft’s own “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” as well as an extensive Introduction by leading Lovecraftian scholar Nick Mamatas.

Nov 182020
 

Publishers Weekly: Hutchinson skillfully balances high-stakes action and mind-bending plot twists with humor and profundity. The result is a wildly ambitious, wackily imaginative tale that will leave readers craving a sequel.

Nov 162020
 

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.