Sunday, November 30, 2008

Steve Vernon story, interview in Cemetery Dance

Steve Vernon's story "A Wiggle of Maggot, a Curl of Bacon" is in Cemetery Dance #59, along with an interview and two reviews of his work.

Alison Lohans YA historical novel wins Saskatchewan Book Award

Alison Lohans's young-adult historical novel This Land We Call Home, addressing the Japanese American relocation camps of the Second World War, has won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for young adult literature. It was published in New Zealand by Raupo Publishing, part of the Pearson Education group.

Mary Choo horror story in Pseudopod CD collection

Mary Choo's horror story, "The Language of Crows," Podcast last March on Pseudopod, has been included on a CD collection, available here.

Ellen Datlow's photo of Mary and Eileen Kernaghan signing autographs at World Fantasy Convention can be seen here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother named to School Library Journal's list of the Best Books of 2008

Cory Doctorow's young adult SF novel Little Brother (Tor) has been named to the School Library Journal's list of the Best Books of 2008:

After a terrorist attack, 17-year-old Marcus and his friends find themselves victims of abuse and, along with the rest of San Francisco’s residents, under constant surveillance. This exciting techno-thriller asks readers to think about tough topics and to question authority.
The 67 books on the list, chosen from more than 5,000 the SLJ reviewed in 2008, were honored for their "distinctive voices, singular vision, and/or innovative approaches."

Holly Phillips's The Engine's Child now on sale!


Holly Phillips's novel The Engine's Child (Del Rey) is now officially for sale in stores, "Just in time for Christmas!"

Here's the description:

Lanterns and flickering bulbs light the shadowy world of the rasnan, the island at the edge of a world-spanning ocean that harbors in its ivory towers and mossy temples the descendants of men and women who long ago fled a world ruined by magical and technological excess. But not all the island's inhabitants are resigned to exile. A mysterious brotherhood seeks to pry open doorways leading back to the ruined, dangerous homeland. Others risk the even greater danger of flight, seeking new lands and new freedoms in the vast, uncharted sea.

Amid a web of conspiracy and betrayal, three people's dreams will threaten to shatter this fragile world. Scheming Lord Ghar, faithful to lost gods and forbidden lore, plays an intricate power game; Lady Vashmarna, an iron-willed ruler, conceals a guilty secret beneath her noble façade; and Moth, a poor, irreverent novice, holds perhaps the darkest power of all: a mysterious link to a shadowy force that may prove humanity's final hope--or its ultimate doom.

Reviews have been good:
  • The Agony Column: "The Engine's Child suggests that we've stepped past the boundaries of genre and into literature that knows no boundaries."
  • Library Journal: "Richly complex."
  • Kirkus: "A rush of images and emotions ... a well-realized fantasy world...delightful prose."
  • Hal Duncan, author of Vellum: ""With its rich prose and vivid imagery, The Engine's Child is a great fusion of literary fantasy and immersive adventure."

Edward Willett interview in Meadow Lake newspaper

The Meadow Lake (Sask.) Progress has an interview with Edward Willett in its current issue, conducted while he was in the community recently for a reading at the public library.

Derek Kunsken sells mainstream story to Sub-TERRAIN

Derek Kunsken has sold non-SF, non-fantasy short story "Getting High With Thomas the Apostle," based on some of his experiences working with street children in Central and South America, to Sub-TERRAIN magazine for its Winter, 2008 issue.

Donna Farley sells short story to 1000 Faces

Donna Farley has sold "YA-superhero-urban fantasy-Hallowe'en-fairy tale story" "Camellia Chameleon" to 1000 Faces.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Eric Orchard illustration selected for Society of Illustrators annual

Eric Orchard's drawing "Guardians Of Autumn," originally created for the Totoro Project auction, has been selected for the Society Of Illustrators annual.

The Society was founded in 1902 by illustrators such as Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. This competition is the most prestigious of its kind. Eric writes on his blog "I had absolutely no expectations of being selected. In fact when I got the call from New York I called them back to make sure they were right."

He adds, "This is great for me but is also great publicity for the Totoro fund which is helping to preserve Sayama Forest in Japan from over development."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cover art for Simon Rose's The Doomsday Mask

Here's the cover art for Simon Rose's next children's novel, The Doomsday Mask, coming in the spring of 2009 from Tradewind Books.

The story:

The legendary crystal ceremonial mask of Kulkaan, high priest of Atlantis, was believed to have been endowed with incredible powers. In the ancient civilization's destruction, the mask was thought to have been shattered and irretrievably lost, eventually being forgotten. Long considered to be a myth, the artifact's fragments have now been found and the mask of Kulkaan reassembled. In a desperate race against time, Josh and Erica must prevent the mask from falling intact into the hands of the shadowy Crystalline Order to save the world from catastrophe.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Lots of stories coming out from Tony Pi

Tony Pi has had "a string of good news" recently:
  • He sold a short story, "Tekkai, Exhaling His Soul," to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show; it will likely appear in issue #12, out in mid-2009;
  • His story "Come Frost, Sun, and Vine" is in Tales of the Unanticipated #29 (out now);
  • "Stilts and Straw" is in Flashing Swords #12 (mid-November);
  • "Sphinx!" will appear in the anthology Ages of Wonder, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Rob St. Martin (DAW Books, early March);
  • "Come-From-Aways" will appear in On Spec;
  • "Silk and Shadow" will appear in Beneath Ceaseless Skies;
  • "The Shadow-Witch" will be in Cinema Spec (Raven Electrick Ink, late 2009); and
  • "Metamorphoses in Amber" will be reprinted in The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume One.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Colleen Anderson sells story to Caro Soles's Don Juan and Men anthology

Colleen Anderson has sold "The Boy Who Bled Rubies" to Caro Soles for the anthology Don Juan and Men: Tales of Lust and Seduction.

Bundoran Press launches Paula Johanson young adult novel Tower in the Crooked Wood

Bundoran Press Publishing House launched Paula Johanson's young adult fantasy novel Tower in the Crooked Wood at VCon in October:

Jenia is magically transported from her island tribe to become a slave under vicious rule - but only for a day and a night. Jenia leaves her home to find the location of the Tower to try to free the dying slaves and comes across a village with a culture very different from her own.
You can download the first two chapters.

The cover art is by Erich Schreiner.

Numerous Michael Colangelo stories out now, or soon

Michael Colangelo has numerous stories either out now, or coming out soon:

  • Short story "Steel Teeth and Synthetics" is now available in Polluto Magazine #3 from Dog Horn Publishing;
  • Short story "Prophecy" is now online at Tales of the Zombie War;
  • Short story "Poseidon’s Claw" has sold to the Dead Souls anthology from Morrigan Books for a March 2009 release;
  • Vignette "Barn and Bridle" has sold to the ianthology from Shroud Publishing for a 2009 release;
  • Short story reprint "American Gothic" is slotted for the upcoming HWA Presents: Double Visions anthology series;
  • Short story "Behind the Black" has sold to the Apparitions anthology from Screaming Dreams Press for a 2009 release;
  • Short story "Body Paint" has sold to the Sexstrology anthology from Ravenous Romance for a 2009 release; and
  • Vignette "The End of the World (Abridged)" has sold to the TBD anthology from Crossing Chaos Press for a 2009 release.

Edward Willett sells short story to Space and Time

Edward Willett has sold "Waterlilies," a humorous story about an artistic nanotech apocalypse, to Space and Time Magazine.

Jennifer Rahn sells prequel to The Longevity Thesis

Jennifer Rahn has sold a prequel to her novel The Longevity Thesis to Dragon Moon Press , signing the contract at the World Fantasy Convention. The novel is currently called Wicked Initiations, but that could change.

Douglas Smith's first short-story collection, Impossibilia, released by PS Publishing

Douglas Smith's first collection of short fiction, Impossibilia, is now available from PS Publishing as part of its Showcase series highlighting "genre fiction's best up-and-coming writers."

With an introduction by award-winning UK fantasy and mystery writer Chaz Brenchley, the collection is available in both jacketed hardcover and hardcover signed editions. The cover is by Fernando Molinari.

Good Locus review for Eileen Kernaghan's Wild Talent

The November issue of Locus has a nice review of Eileen Kernaghan's novel Wild Talent by Carolyn Cushman:

"This is a charming bildungsroman and an intriguing look at Victorian occultists and French Decadents, with cameos by figures such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Paul Verlaine."

Trailer for latest M.D. Benoit Jack Meter SF mystery, Meter Destiny

Here's the trailer for M.D. Benoit's Meter Destiny, the latest book in her Jack Meter Case Files SF mystery:

Good review for Matthew Hughes in Asimov's

Peter Heck has given Matthew Hughes's novel The Commons an excellent review in
Asimov's; you can read it online.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Cover art for Edward Willett's Terra Insegura

Here's a sneak peak at the cover art for Edward Willett's next novel, Terra Insegura. This sequel to Marseguro will be out in May of 2009 from DAW Books. The art is by Stephan Martiniere.