David Linker at HarperCollins has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson (We Are the Ants), a historical fantasy set during the 1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Jack, an orphan and magician’s assistant, spies on their rivals to steal secrets of their magic tricks to find that the other magician’s assistant, Wil, can perform real magic. This truth will result in death, so Jack and Wil face the ultimate choice to trust one another or vanish from it all. Publication is set for fall 2021; Katie Shea Boutillier did the deal for world English rights.
Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic Press has bought, in a preempt, Harper Glenn’s untitled speculative debut, inspired by Glenn’s childhood and the current worlds social climate, set in a near-future Georgia split by revolt into rich and poor. Josephine, an orphan from Ashes, has one chance to escape her life of poverty: the annual Gala, where she connects with Cove, an orphan who lives in wealth. But as a new revolt pins one side against the other, Jo must face painful decisions regarding the future of the only home she knows, the truth of her traumatic past, and the boy who stole her heart. Publication is set for 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier did the deal for world rights.
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s YA novel With and Without You. Siena and Patrick have been dating for three years, though the spark is long gone and Siena is ready to call it quits. But when Patrick moves out of state, a long-distance relationship shows Siena a different side of Patrick—one that has her falling for him all over again. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Debut author Ruby Barrett’s HOT COPY, a workplace romance in which a meet-cute-gone-wrong on his first day leads an intern to prove to his boss that he’s not the type of man she thinks he is, and they’re both forced to choose what matters more: work or love, to Stephanie Doig at Carina Press, for publication in spring 2021, by Kiana Nguyen.
New York Times Bestseller Martha Wells’ FUGITIVE TELEMETRY, a new standalone Murderbot adventure in which Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, and knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?) , to Lee Harris at Tom Doherty Associates via Jennifer Jackson.
Geneticicst and author of The Rogue Retrieval, Dan Koboldt‘s science fiction novel Domesticating Dragons in which a talented genetic engineer infiltrates a biotech firm that builds made-to-order dragons to advance his secret quest to cure his brother’s genetic disease, to Tony Daniel at Baen Books by Paul Stevens at Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).
Author of BENEATH THE RISING Premee Mohamed’s THE ANNUAL MIGRATION OF CLOUDS, a novella set in post-climate disaster Alberta, where a teen infected with a mysterious parasite must choose whether to pursue a rare opportunity far from home or stay and help rebuild her community, to Jennifer Albert at ECW Press, for publication in spring 2021, by Michael Curry.
Spyglass Media has acquired dramatic rights to “Covenant”, a short story by Elizabeth Bear, via Sylvie Rabineau at WME in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Set to be adapted by screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Suecken, who wrote the screenplay for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the project will be produced by Arts District Entertainment and Spyglass VP Productions. Bear’s story first appeared in Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer’s 2014 anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future.
Author of FOOD OF THE GODS Cassandra Khaw’s FINE PRINT, a horror novella set in Vampire: The Masquerade’s World of Darkness in which an arrogant tech bro learns the importance of reading the fine print in the contract for immortality, to David Pomerico at HarperVoyager for HarperAudio, by Michael Curry.
Author of I AM PROVIDENCE, SABBATH, and MOVE UNDER GROUND Nick Mamatas’s THE SECOND SHOOTER, in which a reporter commissioned by a small conspiracy-minded publisher to research the second shooter phenomenon draws dangerous attention to himself, to David Thomas Moore at Solaris, by Michael Curry.