Jan 072022
 
Locus: I’ve seen Darcie Little Badger’s A Snake Falls to Earth described as young-adult fantasy and young-adult science fiction, but it’s really young-adult Indigenous futurism.

In a novel full of remarkable things, one of the most remarkable is the narrative itself….The way Little Badger jumped between Oli and Nina, between first and third person, between mainstream and traditional narratives, is really quite something. It should feel jarring and disjointed, but it doesn’t. It flows seamlessly while also letting the structure act almost like a third main character.

Even the endings – Oli’s, Nina’s, and the book as a whole – show the depth of Little Badger’s vast talent. Throughout A Snake Falls to Earth, Nina and Oli encounter inexplicable things or mysterious animal people, but they never let their curiosity intrude on another person’s life. They recognize that they don’t need to have the answers to all their questions in order to be able to empathize, make wise decisions, or behave in a socially responsible manner. They can be respectful without analyzing or critiquing. Sometimes we can just let things be as they are without demanding “why” and “how.” These are not plot holes or loose threads but a clever, powerful way to bring Little Badger”s cultural storytelling traditions into a Western medium.

If Elatsoe was a ten out of ten, then A Snake Falls to Earth is a solid 11. This book could have been twice as long and I still would have begged for more. Although aimed at a young-adult audience, it has the kind of easy appeal and heartfelt tone that will entice younger kids and older adults as well. Anyone reading or buying YA needs to add this to their shelves immediately.

Dec 312021
 

Dutch rights renewal to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s WRITTEN IN RED, MURDER OF CROWS, VISION IN SILVER, MARKED IN FLESH, and ETCHED IN BONE, the first five novels of the Others, to DeFontein, by Emma Lind at Lennart Sane Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

French rights to Ada Palmer’s PERHAPS THE STARS, to Le Belial, by Zuzanna Brzezinska at Anna Jarota Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Italian rights to British Fantasy Award finalist Premee Mohamed’s THE ANNUAL MIGRATION OF CLOUDS, to Mosca Bianca, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta Agency in association with Michael Curry.

Serbian rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, the first book in the Dresden Files series, to ŽIR Izdavaštvo, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Ukrainian rights to Nebula and Hugo Award winner Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, EXIT STRATEGY, NETWORK EFFECT, and FUGITIVE TELEMETRY, the first six installments in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, to Zhorzh, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Nov 302021
 

Arabic rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, and GRAVE PERIL, the first three books in the Dresden Files series, to Ebhar Publishing, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Dutch rights to Annika Martin’s MOST ELIGIBLE BILLIONAIRE and THE BILLIONAIRE’S WAKE-UP-CALL GIRL, to April Books by Emma Lind and Phillip Sane at Lennart Sane Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Russian rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ WITCH KING, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Russian rights to Martha Wells’ FUGITIVE TELEMETRY, the newest installment in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, and also a Murderbot omnibus edition, to Eksmo, by Alexander Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Turkish rights to USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw’s THE ALL-CONSUMING WORLD and NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, to Ithaki, by Merve Öngen at ONK Agency in association with Michael Curry.

Nov 232021
 

In the first reports of every mass shooting, there’s always mention of a second shooter—two sets of gunshots, a figure seen fleeing the scene—and they always seem to evaporate as events are pieced together.

Commissioned by a fringe publisher to investigate the phenomenon, journalist Mike Karras finds himself tailed by drones, attacked by a talk radio host, badgered by his all-knowing (and maybe all-powerful) editor, and teaming up with an immigrant family of conspiracy buffs.

Together, they uncover something larger and stranger than anyone could imagine—a technomystical plot to ‘murder America.’

Time for Karras to meet his deadline.

Nov 232021
 

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories.

Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.

Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries.

And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.

Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.

Nov 192021
 

Financial Times: Nick Mamatas’s The Second Shooter likewise revels in weirdness, delving into America’s conspiracy theory culture. Mike Karras, a down-at-heel journalist working for a small-press publisher, is carrying out research for a book about mysterious, half-glimpsed additional gunmen whom eyewitnesses claim to have seen at assassinations and mass shootings.

Karras’s investigations into the phenomenon lead him deep into the realms of rightwing radio talk-show hosts and QAnon-style paranoia. In its final third, the story takes a turn for the metaphysical, following its own dark logic to a downbeat conclusion. Along the way Mamatas offers plenty of scathing commentary on gun violence and misuse of social media, in a novel that is both smart and topical.

Nov 172021
 

Cassandra Khaw’s THE SALT GROW HEAVY, in which a mermaid joins a strange doctor on a journey through an eerie taiga, and they must embrace the darkest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive, to Kristin Temple at Nightfire, with Ellen Datlow editing, for publication in spring 2023, by Michael Curry.