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Linda Nagata Reaches For Twenty Reviews: Can you help?

21 Apr

Nebula Award-winning author Linda Nagata wants to hit twenty reviews on Amazon.com for The Dread Hammer and Hepen the Watcher, the first two books in her Puzzle Lands series.  From Nagata’s website:

Author Stephen Harper Piziks, a fellow Book View Café member, says that:

“Amazon makes recommendations based on the number of reader reviews a book gets. When a book reaches 20 reader reviews, Amazon’s computer starts recommending it. The content of the reviews doesn’t matter–only that the book got reviews.”

To test Stephen’s theory, I’m following his example and launching a contest to encourage you to help me by writing an Amazon review of either The Dread Hammer or Hepen the Watcher, or if you’re really into it, of both! The review doesn’t have to be elaborate. A couple of sentences conveying your general opinion should do it, though of course longer coverage is fine too.

To sweeten the pot, she’s going to give away free books to one international and one U.S. reviewer. All you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your review! In the pot:

The selected USA commenter will receive EITHER a print copy of both Puzzle Lands books OR a print copy of any ONE of the Nanotech Succession books OR the Tor® hardcover of Memory.

The selected non-USA commenter will get to select any two of Mythic Island Press LLC’s ebooks.

Admit it.  That sounds pretty awesome, right?  You can find free samples here.  Both books are available on Booktopia, Powell’s, Book View Cafe, Amazon and Barnes and Noble in print and/or ebook editions.  You can find links to all these places here.  The ebook is only $4.99!

Have at it, folks!

Lit Bits: Adam Christopher Signs Two Book Deal w/ Angry Robot

20 Mar

Here’s the press release:

Following the hugely successful launch of his debut novel Empire State earlier this year, Angry Robot has signed Adam Christopher for another two titles.

Christopher revisits the world of the Empire State in a sequel, The Age Atomic, to be published in May 2013, with Hang Wire – a tale of ancient gods and serial killers – to follow within a year.

The deal included world English rights in physical and electronic formats and was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and Christopher’s agent Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Agency.

New Zealand-born Christopher, who now lives in the UK, said: “I’m delighted to be back for another visit to the Empire State! Rad Bradley is
a character close to my heart, and as soon as he reappeared on the page and started throwing punches, I felt like an old friend had returned… albeit one I’m obliged to put through the wringer again! Angry Robot continue to impress with a kick-ass roster of authors and titles, and I’m thrilled that The Age Atomic and Hang Wire will be part of it.”

Editor Lee Harris said: “I couldn’t be happier to have more of Adam’s books on our list. Adam joins a very exclusive club – he is now one of only three authors to have placed four books with Angry Robot. We’re thinking of getting them membership cards.”

Empire State was launched in January to widespread acclaim. Adam’s second novel – Seven Wonders – will be published worldwide in September 2012.

This is incredible news indeed!  I haven’t had the opportunity to read Empire State, but it is on my list of “must reads for 2012.”  If anyone would like to leave a quick opinion about the book, feel free to do so in the comments.

I should also say how lovely it is to receive emails from Angry Robot that are almost always positive.  Every time they send me something, it is either about new books, new deals with authors, or new imprints.  That tells me that they’re doing something right over in their UK offices.  Congrats to Adam and everyone else involved at Angry Robot.  Here’s to 10,000 more books from them all (yes, I mean that; you hear me, Adam Christopher?  10,000 books.  Start writing…).

Go Kiwis!

 

Lit Bits: A. E. Rought Gets Two-Book Deal w/ Strange Chemistry

7 Mar

From Strange Chemistry:

Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of another wonderful author.

A. E. Rought has been signed to Strange Chemistry in a two book deal with worldwide English rights negotiated between Amanda Rutter and Gina Panettieri, of the Talcott Notch Literary Agency.

The first of these two books will be called Broken and will be published by Strange Chemistry in early 2013.

About Broken

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely… familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

About A. E. Rought

Self-proclaimed nerd A.E. Rought spent most of her early life in libraries and bookstores. It’s no surprise that she turned to writing shortly after creative arts college. She has novels of varying genres, and different pennames, published since 2006.

You can visit her at http://www.aerought.com and http://aerought.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AERought [@AERought].

Rought says: “When my agent told me Strange Chemistry was interested, I think I squealed out loud. Angry Robot has an amazing reputation, and to be welcomed into their YA imprint? Bliss. Nerdvana. I’m absolutely thrilled to be with Strange Chemistry and working with Amanda.”

Amanda Rutter says: “As soon as I received the email from Gina detailing the premise of Broken, I knew that I had to read this book. I was thrilled to discover that the writing was just as good as promised and I have no doubt Broken will prove to be a massive hit!”

That’s pretty awesome news, no?  Congrats to A. E. Rought!

A Special ToC: Years’ Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (2012) from Prime Books

22 Jan

You might notice something a little “special” about the following table of contents for the 2012 Years’ Best Dark Fantasy and Horror collection from Prime Books.  But you’ll have to look at the list to find out what it is:

  • “Hair” by Joan Aiken (The Monkey’s Wedding & Other Stories / F&SFJuly/August)
  • “Rakshashi” by Kelley Armstrong (The Monster’s Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • “Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin” by Adam Callaway (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #73, July 14, 2011)
  • “The Lake” by Tananarive Due (The Monster’s Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • “Tell Me I’ll See You Again” by Dennis Etchison (A Book of Horrors)
  • “King Death” Paul Finch (King Death)
  • “The Last Triangle” by Jeffrey Ford (Supernatural Noir)
  • Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • “Crossroads” by Laura Anne Gilman (Fantasy, Aug 2011)
  • “After-Words” by Glen Hirshberg (The Janus Tree and Other Stories)
  • “Rocket Man” by Stephen Graham Jones (Stymie, Vol. 4. Issue 1, Spring & Summer 2011)
  • “The Colliers’ Venus (1893)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy)
  • “Catastrophic Disruption of the Head” by Margo Lanagan (The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower, Vol. 1)
  • “The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale (Down These Strange Streets)
  • “Why Light?” by Tanith Lee (Teeth)
  • “Conservation of Shadows” by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld, August 2011)
  • A Tangle of Green Men, Charles de Lint (Welcome to Bordertown)
  • “After the Apocalypse” by Maureen McHugh (After the Apocalypse)
  • “Lord Dunsany’s Teapot” Naomi Novak (The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities)
  • “Mysteries of the Old Quarter” by Paul Park (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • Vampire Lake, by Norman Partridge (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2)
  • “A Journey of Only Two Paces” by Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
  • “Four Legs in the Morning” by Norman Prentiss (Four Legs in the Morning)
  • “The Fox Maiden” by Priya Sharma (On Spec, Summer 2011)
  • “Time and Tide” by Alan Peter Ryan (F&SF, Sept/Oct 2011)
  • “Sun Falls” by Angela Slatter (Dead Red Heart)
  • “Still” by Tia V. Travis (Portents)
  • “Objects in Dreams May Be Closer Than They Appear” by Lisa Tuttle (House of Fear)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams” by Catherynne M. Valente (Apex Magazine, Issue 30, November 2011)
  • “All You Can Do Is Breathe” Kaaron Warren (Blood & Other Cravings)
  • “Josh” by Gene Wolfe (Portents)

Okay, so figuring out the special thing in the list shouldn’t be too hard, since I put it in bold and all…

Congratulations to Adam both for his publication in BCS and his first anthologized “Best of” story!  We’re sure his career will soon collapse under his mounting alcoholism… (we kid, of course — love you, Adam!)

It might also interest folks to know that Maureen McHugh has a wonderful story in here, which is also in her collection of the same name from Small Beer Press (which I just finished and loved to death).  And since I played a crucial role in getting Adam’s story published (yeah, I’m taking credit), that means this collection has not just one amazing story, but two.  That alone is almost worth the entry price.

Lit Bits: Eric Brown and Dan Henk — New Books From Anarchy!

20 Nov

We’ve become huge fans of Anarchy Books in the last year.  Maybe it’s because they keep publishing fascinating and hard-hitting works of speculative goodness.  Or maybe it’s because we read Remic’s novel (Serial Killers Inc.), came out completely screwed up in the head, and can’t seem to go back to normal.  Either way, any time we hear about something new coming out of the Anarchy universe, we want to tell you all about it.

This week, Anarchy Books announced two new upcoming books, one by Eric Brown (who folks should know by now) and Dan Henk.  We’re stoked, to say the least!

Here’s the info:

Saturday 19th November is a date for your diaries, with Anarchy Books releasing not one wholesome SF novel, but two!

First comes New York Nights by SF Heavyweight, Eric Brown.

“New York 2040 is a city of the lost. So, a good place to work in Missing Persons. But business is not so good that Hal Halliday can forget his sister, burned alive when she was a child. Now, only VR offers the chance to bring her back. The future may yet allow Hal to live in the past – if he can survive his next job…”

Described by Peter F. Hamilton as “the name to watch in SF“, and Brown’s novel HELIX described by Stephen Baxter as, “a classic concept – a built world to dwarf Rama and Ringworld – a setting for a hugely imaginative adventure. Helix is the very DNA of true sf. This is the rediscovery of wonder”, this first digital release of New York Nights is available as a PDF, EPUB or MOBI format, for the low price of £1.99. Artwork by Jethro Lentle. Check out www.anarchy-books.com.

The second “SF Saturday” release emerges from the crazy imagination of famous tattoo artist Dan Henk. The Black Seas of Infinity is Dan Henk’s debut novel, and what a powerhouse of action SF it is!

“Visions of pulp era heroes fill his thoughts. Taking advanced physics, he dreams big, but harsh reality bites as he grows up, and he resigns himself to building surveillance drones for the military. After a brief probative period, he’s unexpectedly moved into the clandestine world of investigating crashed alien craft. Fascinated beyond anything he thought possible, it’s a dream come true but his lack of social skills get him fired. However, he’s seen too much – and a year later returns to pull off a bloody heist… Fleeing into the woods with the military in hot pursuit, he makes a mad scramble up the coast. It’s only then he discovers the world has grown strange. Businesses are closed. Highways deserted. The US has become fractured… Trigger happy locals and violent militias are only the beginning. Death, madness, and the unwelcome return of creatures from beyond this world await…”

Think X-Files crossed with Alastair Reynolds and you’ll begin to get a picture of where Dan’s stunning original SF writing will lead you…

The Black Seas of Infinity is available in PDF, EPUB or MOBI flavours, for the low low price of £1.99. Artwork and internal illustrations by Dan Henk. Check out www.anarchy-books.com.

Lit Bits: Cover Art Revealed for China Mieville’s Railsea

20 Nov

China Mieville’s new novel, Railsea, now has a cover:

I like it.  What do you all think?

Strange Chemistry: Angry Robot’s New YA Imprint!

17 Nov

There’s not much to say about this that AR‘s press release doesn’t cover — except to say that Strange Chemistry sounds like an amazing YA project!

Here’s the release:

Angry Robot, the award-winning publisher of SF, F and WTF are pleased to announce their newest venture – a sister imprint, Strange Chemistry, which will publish Young Adult genre fiction.

The imprint will launch in September 2012, with five titles appearing before the end of that year, before settling down to one book each month. Strange Chemistry will follow AR’s strategy of co-publishing its books simultaneously in the US and UK, in both eBook and paperback formats. Subject matter will include fantasy, science fiction, supernatural and horror, and as with Angry Robot the lines between those genres are likely to be very blurry at times.

Running the imprint will be Amanda Rutter, until recently best known as the tireless blogger behind genre review site, Floor-to-Ceiling Books. She takes up her position in Angry Robot’s headquarters in Nottingham on December 12th.

Angry Robot’s managing director Marc Gascoigne said: “The key to any truly successful genre imprint is the personality of its editors. In Amanda we’ve found the perfect mix of editing skills and wild, wild enthusiasm for the subject. Her first signings are already making us jump up and down in excitement. We’re beyond delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Amanda Rutter commented: “Angry Robot have quickly become one of the most exciting and challenging genre publishers around, and I have so much admiration for the types of novels that the guys are bringing to the world of speculative fiction. I’m absolutely thrilled that I have the opportunity to join the team, and create a list full of Young Adult novels that share the same sharpness and passion as those in the AR list.”

Congratulations to Amanda Rutter for heading this new project!

And a quick note to Angry Robots:  keep it up, because you might get yourself yet another WISB Award!

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