Congratulations to our out-of-this-world 2018 Locus Award finalists! Best Science Fiction Novel WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow LUNA: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer Best Fantasy Novel THE STONE IN THE SKULL by Elizabeth Bear THE RUIN OF ANGELS by Max Gladstone […]
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards and Macmillan has a strong showing! Best Science Fiction Novel COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu LAST YEAR by Robert Charles Wilson Best Fantasy Novel ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by […]
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 […]
Booklist recently announced their Best SF/Fantasy/Horror picks for 2014 and surprise, surprise, Macmillan made the list:
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
The first in a series of seven novels, in which we find ourselves in a totalitarian state in England around 2059, is a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of courage and freedom.
THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston
The Kraken Project is a NASA initiative to send a probe to Titan, a large moon of Saturn; the author sells his premise by sheer force of will and with compelling characters and persuasive storytelling.
ON THE RAZOR'S EDGE by Michael Flynn
This magnificent and satisfyingly open-ended conclusion to the tale of the civil war between the Shadows of the Names is a beautifully told story with colorful characters out of the epic tradition.
What's that you say? You've read these and want even MORE sci-fi/fantasy? Your wish is our command!
THE TIME TRAVELER'S ALMANAC by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
On the heels of the World Fantasy Award–winning THE WEIRD, the next genre-defining anthology from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer explores the popular world of time travel fiction. “The VanderMeers' latest giant anthology does the genre a great service, reaching back through that history for classics as well as newer pieces readers might have missed.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
Gilman pens a sweeping stand-alone tale of Victorian science fiction, arcane exploration, and planetary romance. “Gilman pulls one surprise after another out of his hat, winking slyly as he does so, and floods of action never let readers come up for air. A remarkable, hugely enjoyable performance.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton
Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Walton delivers a powerful tale of one woman who lived two lives, each with their own loves and losses. “Walton is a beautiful writer... The subtle nature of the 'what if?' could make this book a hit with literary fiction fans who enjoyed Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE.” — Library Journal
- We're very excited to see some really excellent fiction published by Tor on the official ballot for the 2012 World Fantasy Awards! Jo Walton's AMONG OTHERS is up for Best Novel and two wonderful anothologies BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS edited by Ellen Datlow and THE WEIRD edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (which kept me company one dark and lonely workday) are both up for Best Anthology!
- And for all you librarians out there moonlighting as writers, the 2013 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is now open. Last year's winning novel, A SIMPLE MURDER, was written by a librarian! Let's make it two years in a row!
This may just be the tiniest kitten. twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…
— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) August 8, 2012
Talia's at the Boston Book Buzz and most of the Academic Marketing Department is out today, so I'm creeping around the 21st floor like a moody sphinx in a defunct labyrinth and/or a manticore demon looking for someone to chat with between circles seven and eight (violence and fraud, respectively) of the Inferno/breakroom.
Won't someone come talk to me about something? ...Anything?! I can make you coffee! I’m better at making up riddles than Bilbo! I have things to say about the weather! Time-sensitive things!!
Do I sound familiar? If you’re smiling and shaking your head right now thinking, "Been there, girl," well then have I got the compendium for you: THE WEIRD edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer!
This anthology of peculiar short stories is here to keep you (and, more urgently, me) occupied over those dreary co-worker-less lunches and solitary afternoon coffee breaks. In the strange company of Franz Kafka, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Daphne Du Maurier, Algernon Blackwood, George R.R. Martin, and so many more, you may not feel more human, but you will feel less isolated... or will you?!
Seriously, someone come say hi. I'm losing it up here.
Not convinced by my manticorian ramblings? Publishers Weekly gave THE WEIRD a starred review and said,
"Ambitious in the extreme, the Vandermeers’ latest genre-blurring endeavor, which compiles 110 weird stories from the past century, is one of the most far-reaching and inclusive speculative anthologies to ever see print."
They also called it "a deeply affectionate and respectful history of speculative fiction’s blurry edges, and its stunning diversity, excellent quality, and extremely reasonable price point [...] will entice a wide variety of readers—including those who think they don’t like 'weird.'"
And how did the editors pick these delightful tales of strange and dark deeds?
We read over 6 million words in order to select the stories for The Weird. #torchat
— Ann VanderMeer (@AnnVanderMeer) May 16, 2012
Whoa! And what was the—how should I put this?—main thread of interior weird?
— Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer) May 16, 2012
I have goose bumps already!