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Happy #BookBday (8/14/18 Edition)

Surviving the apocalypse, harnessing lightning, and scaling mountains—you can do it all simply by reading these brand-new books!

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
A September 2018 Indie Next pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen
A Booklist Top 10 SF/Fantasy book of 2018! This standalone military SF adventure from the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM explores what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences. “Highly recommended for fans of Liu and any general readers looking for an exciting and breathtaking new sf read.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Sci-Fi

Today’s #FridayReads are brand-new works from two of science fiction’s biggest names:

OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson
In the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series, the War of Reckoning comes to a sudden and destructive close as a new, far greater threat appears on the field of battle, kindled by the deadly Everstorm.

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu
This standalone military SF adventure from the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM explores what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

LJ Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Library Journal‘s genre spotlight on SF/Fantasy has so much Macmillan goodness, it’s out of this world!

A MULTIPLICITY OF CHARACTERS

September marks the publication of James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award–winning short story writer Nisi Shawl’s highly anticipated first novel, EVERFAIR, a steampunk alternate history set in the Belgian Congo. “It’s as diverse in about as many ways as you can count. The author is a queer black woman, and several of [her] characters are queer (and often women and/or nonwhite as well),” explains Tor Books editor Liz Gorinsky. “The [other] characters represent a multiplicity of voices that have been historically silenced—Africans, East Asians, and African Americans—as well as a few Europeans, in complex relationships with one another.”

WORKS IN TRANSLATION

Increasingly, publishers’ fall lists are featuring speculative fiction in translation, and awards committees have taken note. In 2015, Cixin Liu’s THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM became the first translated sf novel to win a Hugo Award and wound up on the reading lists of President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. Arriving in September from Tor is DEATH’S END, the highly anticipated conclusion to Liu’s “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy.

“I have somehow fallen into the Chinese [sf] publishing business, and I couldn’t be happier,” exclaims Tor’s Gorinsky. “This fall we actually have two books translated by Ken Liu (who’s an amazing author in his own right—the only one to ever win Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards for the same story).” The second title is INVISIBLE PLANETS, an anthology of Chinese short stories; it includes two tales by Cixin Liu and the rest by rising talents, including the Hugo- and Sturgeon Award–nominated “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang. Coming in October is Mariko Koike’s THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT; known for her hybrid works that mix detective fiction with horror, the author is one of Japan’s most popular writers. Originally published in 1986, this novel follows a young family as they move into what they believe is the perfect home—despite the cemetery next door.

DRAWN FROM OTHER LANDS

Pseudonymous author Lian Hearn, who has lived in Japan and is a student of the Japanese language, explores that country’s medieval history and mythology in her four-volume “Tale of Shikanoko” series. In the third outing, LORD OF THE DARKWOOD, the warrior Shikanoko must confront the Spider Tribe that he had some part in creating.

Authors are also incorporating some unusual urban settings in the natural world for their epics. Australian Thoraiya Dyer’s series opener, CROSSROADS OF CANOPY, due from Tor in January, introduces a city set in the canopy of a rainforest ruled by gods. Unar, the young servant of the goddess Audblayin, must descend to the deprived realms of Understorey and Floor to seek her destiny. Fran Wilde introduced readers to her towering city of living bone and its flying inhabitants in her award-winning debut UPDRAFT, but more trouble brews for residents in CLOUDBOUND. readmoreremove

Library Journal Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

Library Journal‘s genre spotlight on Science Fiction has so much Macmillan goodness, it’s out of this world!

Epics Still Rule

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
On sale Sept. 15, 2015
A heart-wrenching political fantasy debut about power, colonialism, and being different. It already has two starred reviews:
“Dickinson’s debut, the start of a trilogy set in an impressively well-crafted fantasy world, is assured and impressive. He combines social engineering, economic trickery, and coldhearted pseudoscientific theories to weave a compelling, utterly surprising narrative that keeps readers guessing until the end.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is an accomplished debut, with a heroine whose motives are murky, seemingly even to herself. The twists and turns our unreliable narrator takes as she pushes the Aurdwynn nobles to rebel reveal her goals yet also expose her loneliness. We’ve only seen a fraction of the world of the Masquerade and a glimpse of Baru’s plans, setting the stage for a compelling series.” — Library Journal, starred review

Still Popular But Evolving

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
On sale Jan. 26, 2016
A young witch and an engineer in the hipster mecca of San Francisco race to save the planet from plunging into a new dark age in io9.com editor Anders’s new novel.

In the Wind

UPDRAFT by Fran Wilde
On sale Sept. 1, 2015
Debut author Wilde creates a fascinating world of floating cities made of living bone where the residents strap on wings and soar on the air currents.

The End of the World

CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
Available now
Swanwick’s new novel stars two con men (one is a genetically engineered dog) making their way through a future China that has reverted to pre-industrial levels. readmoreremove

2014 CALA Best Book Award Winners

The 2014/2015 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Best Book Awards were recently announced and we have two winners in the Fiction category:

DECODED by Mai Jia
Both a riveting mystery and a metaphysical examination of the mind of an inspired genius, DECODED is the first novel to be published in English by one of China’s greatest and most popular contemporary writers. “It stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page… [Jia] offers a beguiling and magical mystery tour of China. It is an absolute joy to read.” — The Economist (more praise here)

THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author. “Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review (more praise here) readmoreremove

2015 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2015 Locus Awards and Macmillan has a strong showing!

Best Science Fiction Novel
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
ANNIHILATION / AUTHORITY / ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Fantasy Novel
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
STELES OF THE SKY by Elizabeth Bear

Best First Novel
A DARKLING SEA by James L. Cambias
THE EMPEROR’S BLADES by Brian Staveley

Best Anthology
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Thirty-First Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
THE TIME TRAVELER’S ALMANAC, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer

Best Collection
LAST PLANE TO HEAVEN by Jay Lake

Best Non-Fiction
HARRY HARRISON! HARRY HARRISON! by Harry Harrison
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: IN DIALOGUE WITH THIS CENTURY: Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better 1948-1988 by William H. Patterson, Jr.
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT by Jo Walton

Best Magazine
Tor.com

Best Publisher
Tor

Best Editor
John Joseph Adams
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
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2014 Nebula Award nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America revealed their finalists for the 2014 Nebula Awards and we’re pleased to have four outstanding nominees!

Best Novel
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
DIRTY WINGS by Sarah McCarry

See the full list of finalists here! The winners will be announced on June 6 during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago. Congrats to all nominees!

BONUS: Our friends at Tor/Forge made this flyer highlighting twenty-two of their “Best Books of 2014”*! Perfect for sci-fi and fantasy collection development or growing your personal TBR pile.

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Stars for THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM

Attention sci-fi readers: if you’re looking for a book with the scope of DUNE and the commercial action of Independence Day, look no further than THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

Reviewers love this multiple-award-winning near-future trilogy:

Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers… Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics—such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science’s ability to know nature—without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In concept and development, it resembles top-notch Arthur C. Clarke or Larry Niven but with a perspective—plots, mysteries, conspiracies, murders, revelations and all—embedded in a culture and politic dramatically unfamiliar to most readers in the West, conveniently illuminated with footnotes courtesy of translator Liu. Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The narrative will grab readers’ attention with its passionate and fascinating critique of early Communist China, augmented by translator Liu’s lean but informative footnotes for the likely uninformed English readers. But the high-minded premise is really just a vessel for a collection of surreal and hauntingly beautiful scenes that will hook you deep and drag you relentlessly across every page. This is a must-read in any language.” — Booklist

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