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Please refer to our submission guidelines page for further information.
A very happy World Book Night to you all in advance of tomorrow’s festivities! For a Literary Agency to celebrate a single Book Day/Night is rather peculiar – and, to be sure, every day is a Book Day and every night is a Book Night, as far as we are concerned – but this year is a bit more special. This is because our very own Ben Aaronovitch‘s RIVERS OF LONDON is one of the selected titles that will be given away.
The novel, in case you have been living on Mars for the past few years, is the first in Ben’s critically-acclaimed, fan-favourite, best-selling Peter Grant series. Here’s the synopsis… (Be sure to click through on those links for details about the book giveaways and events.)
My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.
The first four books in the series – RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDER GROUND, and BROKEN HOMES – are all published in the UK by Gollancz. The next novel, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, is due to be published in Summer 2014. Watch this space for more Ben Aaronovitch news as-and-when we have it! (And we’re sure we will!)
This past weekend, a number of award shortlists were announced, and we’re very happy to report that a handful of Zeno authors are represented! (As well they should be!)
First up, two of our clients have been nominated for Hugo Awards!
In the Best Novel category, the whole of The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series has been nominated (as a single entity). This series, began by the late Robert Jordan, was completed by Brandon Sanderson, who finished the three final novels in the series – THE GATHERING STORM, TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, and A MEMORY OF LIGHT (all published in the UK by Orbit).
In the Best Novelette category, Aliette de Bodard‘s ‘The Waiting Stars’ has been nominated. The story first appeared in THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY, published by Candlemark & Gleam. Back in February, we reported that ‘The Waiting Stars’ was also nominated for a Nebula Award. ‘The Waiting Stars’ is also available to read, free, on Aliette’s website.
The Hugo Awards will be presented at Loncon 3, in London, UK, on August 17, 2014.
Secondly, two Zeno clients also made it onto a Gemmell Awards shortlist, for the Legend Award (best fantasy)! We mentioned them briefly on the blog in March, as they (obviously) made the long-list, but we’re very happy to see Peter V. Brett‘s THE DAYLIGHT WAR (Voyager) and Brandon Sanderson‘s A MEMORY OF LIGHT (Orbit) make it to the final selection round.
The Shortlist is open for voting now, until the end of April. The winner will be announced at the Gemmell Award ceremony at the Magic Circle, London, on June 13th, 2014.
Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
Three more great backlist titles have been released as audiobooks. First up, we have a pair of titles from the great James P. Blaylock – one Steampunk novella, and an eclectic short story collection…
Here’s just a small selection of what critics have said about the books…
‘While many recent novels have picked up the steampunk banner, this one fully delivers, offering action, farce, tender relationships, and prose full of genuine Victorian cadence and flavor.’ – Publishers Weekly on THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS
‘If you haven’t read Blaylock before, this is a good place to start, particularly if you enjoy steampunk and/or mysteries. If you are a fan of Blaylock’s writing, you’ll want to add this to your collection.’ – SF Revu on THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS
‘A short story collection from [Blaylock] is cause for celebration and rejoicing.’ – Neil Gaiman on 13 PHANTASMS
And finally, we also have a science-fiction anthology by Ian McDonald…
Ian’s fiction has been praised far and wide, and here are just a couple of examples…
‘One of the most interesting and accomplished science fiction writers of this latter-day era, indeed maybe the most interesting and accomplished, and certainly the most culturally and musically sophisticated, the Frank Herbert, William Gibson, or arguably even Thomas Pynchon of the early 21st century.’ – Asimov’s
‘McDonald’s power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters.’ – Library Journal
As before, the titles above include links to their respective Audible pages, original print-publisher, and narrator. There are a few remaining backlist titles still to come via Audible, and we’ll be sharing that info as soon as it’s available. Watch this space!
We’re very happy to report that the second and third volumes in Ian McDonald‘s first sci-fi trilogy, Chaga are now available as audiobooks, published by Audible! The eponymous first title was released in audio at the end of March 2014. Originally published in 1999-2000, these novels have remained cult classics among the SFF community. This is the first time they have been available in Audio format, so it’s a great time to check them out. Below are the details, including original print publisher and audio narrator…
While out of print for some time, the Chaga series has recently been re-issued in eBook format (along with select other titles by Ian) through the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here are the eBook covers…
There are only a few more titles still to come from our large backlist deal with Audible. Be sure to check back next week for the next round of releases!
Tanya Huff‘s fourth Confederation novel, VALOUR’S TRIAL is out today in the UK! The novel is published by Titan Books. This is the first time the series has been published in Britain (with more to come!). Here’s the synopsis…
Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr of the Confederation Marines finds herself in an underground POW camp, where her fellow marine prisoners have lost all will to escape. Now, Torin must fight her way not only out of the prison, but also past the growing compulsion to lie down and give up — not realizing that her escape could alter the entire course of the war.
Here’s what critics have said about VALOUR’S TRIAL…
‘Huff’s appealing heroine is as fiercely maternal as she is fierce in battle. The denoument is not unexpected, but Huff skillfully accomplishes its exposition while still managing a few surprises.’ – Publishers Weekly
‘It’s a great read, a powerful surviving scenario made particularly fascinating by the interactions of multiple species working together.’ – Locus
‘Filled with both action scenes and personal drama, this sf adventure belongs in most libraries.’ – Library Journal
The preceding novels in Huff’s Confederation series are: VALOUR’S CHOICE, THE BETTER PART OF VALOUR and THE HEART OF VALOUR.
Zeno represents Tanya Huff in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
This is the Japanese cover for the third novel in Lavie Tidhar‘s Bookman Histories, THE GREAT GAME! It is due to be published by Hayakawa Shobo, on April 24th, 2014. In case you were interested, here’s the short-but-sweet Japanese synopsis…
(Rough translation: Gigantic machines appear in continental Europe, and a fierce battle kicks off in the action-packed third Bookman History.)
And the English language synopsis…
When Mycroft Holmes is Murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life.
Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.
As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.
Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.
The Bookman Histories are published individually and as part of an omnibus in the UK and US by Angry Robot Books.
Earlier this year, Ian Tregillis, author of the critically acclaimed alternative history Milkweed Triptych and the noir supernatural thriller SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, was a guest for a Sword & Laser hang out. During the interview, he discussed his trilogy and stand alone novel, dropped hints about his upcoming novel, and expanded the backstory of one of his greatest creations, Gretel. The video of the interview is now available online (YouTube), but we thought we’d share it here, too…
Tregillis’s Milkweed Triptych is one of the best-reviewed series we’ve seen in a long time. The three novels – BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR, and NECESSARY EVIL – are published in the UK by Orbit Books, and Tor Books in the US. The equally acclaimed SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT is published in the US by Tor Books. Head on over to his author page for some of the best review clips for his novels. The first book in Ian’s latest project, The Alchemy Wars series - CLAKKERS, is due to be published by Orbit Books in November 2014.
Zeno represents Ian Tregillis in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous Inc.
We’re happy to share with you information about two new pieces of short fiction from Zeno clients!
First up we have MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, a new Bookman Histories novelette by Lavie Tidhar will be included in the June 2014 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. Lavie is the author of the critically acclaimed THE VIOLENT CENTURY (Hodder), and also the three Bookman Histories novels – THE BOOKMAN, CAMERA OBSCURA, and THE GREAT GAME (Angry Robot Books).
Next, Matthew Hughes is to be features in the upcoming anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardener Dozios, ROGUES! Joining such leading lights as Neil Gaiman and Scott Lynch, Hughes has contributed his story THE INN OF THE SEVEN BLESSINGS. The anthology is due to be published by Bantam Spectra in June 2014. Matthew is the author most recently of the To Hell & Back trilogy – THE DAMNED BUSTERS, COSTUME NOT INCLUDED, and HELL TO PAY (Angry Robot Books).
Ben Aaronovitch‘s conquest of the (literary) world continues! Not so long ago, we shared new covers for Ben’s novels from Brazil, Germany and France. Now, we are very happy to report that RIVERS OF LONDON, the hugely successful first novel in the Peter Grant series, has a Polish cover! Published by MAG, here is the cover for RZEKI LONDYN…
And here’s the Polish synopsis…
Nazywam się Peter Grant. Jestem detektywem i uczę się na czarodzieja – jako pierwszy uczeń od pięćdziesięciu lat. Zajmuję się gniazdem wampirów w Purley, negocjuję rozejm między walczącymi ze sobą bogiem i boginią Tamizy, wykopuję groby w Covent Garden – a to tylko rutynowe działania. Duch rozruchów i rebelii obudził się w mieście i na mnie spada obowiązek przywrócenia porządku chaosie, który wywołał. Albo tego dokonam, albo umrę próbując…
RIVERS OF LONDON, and the other books in the series – MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, and BROKEN HOMES (more on the way!) – are published in the UK by Gollancz. In the US, Del Rey have published the first three novels, and DAW Books has acquired rights for books four to six. The Peter Grant novels have also been published by J’ai Lu in France and DTV in Germany.
A slightly smaller influx of audio editions, this week – but by no means any less exciting! Here are the six new titles available as of today (James Blaylock’s) and tomorrow…
Charlie Human‘s critically acclaimed debut novel, APOCALYPSE NOW NOW, was published at the beginning of this month in mass market paperback. The novel is published by Century in the UK, Umuzi/Random Struik in South Africa, and is due to be published in the US by Titan Books.
If you haven’t checked it out, yet, we strongly urge that you do! It’s a smorgasbord of fantastical, bizarre, and humorous elements, set in the South African supernatural underground. Here’s the synopsis:
I LOVE THE SMELL OF PARALLEL DIMENSIONS IN THE MORNING
Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. As the 16-year-old kingpin of the Spider, his smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, he’s making a name for himself as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. Profits are on the rise, the other gangs are staying out of his business, and he’s going out with Esme, the girl of his dreams.
But when Esme gets kidnapped, and all the clues point towards strange forces at work, things start to get seriously weird. The only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.
Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.
The novel has been praised far and wide by fans, reviewers and Charlie’s peers. Here’s just a small slice of what has been said…
‘It’s mad, dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted in all the right ways.’ – Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
‘With a wild imagination and savage glee, Charlie Human throws us into a school yard battle zone that’s part teenage wasteland, part Lovecraft fever dream. Rock and Roll High School meets the apocalypse.’ – Richard Kadrey, author of Sandman Slim
‘… a riot – a firebomb of a novel, exploding with sick humour, violence and depravity… it’s never less than very funny, and the ongoing question of Baxter’s sanity adds a degree of mystery. There’s warmth here, too – you’ll likely feel sympathy for Bax by the end.’ – SFX Magazine
‘… a bowl of fireworks… It has porn-peddling adolescents, ginger bearded monk ninjas, killer crows and zombie-filled sex dungeons ruled over by parasitic mega-spiders. What’s not to love!?!’ – J For Jetpack
Charlie recently turned in a draft of his follow-up novel, KILL BAXTER, which is due to be published in the UK in July 2014. More news anon!
Not only has Kirkus been raving about Daryl Gregory’s latest novel, AFTERPARTY, but the novel has been attracting keen attention and interest elsewhere.
We’re very happy to report that Locus Magazine has put Daryl Gregory on the cover of its April 2014 issue! In his cover story, Gregory takes an in-depth look at his novels, in a chronological approach. He describing the impetuses and influences behind THE DEVIL’S ALPHABET, PANDEMONIUM, and RAISING STONY MAYHALL, and also explains how his work in comics has influenced the way he approaches his fiction-writing. Gregory then moves on to his latest science fiction thriller, which is published this month by Tor Books in the US. The novel is due to be published by Titan Books in the UK, in August 2014. The article is, of course, really interesting for many reasons. We thought we’d share a couple of snippets from those passages in which Gregory talked about his new novel…
‘The new book, AFTERPARTY, is about neuroscience and the feeling of the numinous. This is something I’ve toyed around with at various points. There’s a story called “Damascus” where I deal with this, and in every single thing I’ve written there’s this religious flavor that comes from being raised as a Southern Baptist. It just comes like grits in the South: there’s gonna be Jesus imagery in everything I write. AFTERPARTY has ideas I’ve been working on in science fiction short stories that never made it explicitly into a novel before (though weird stuff about identity keeps showing up even in the ostensibly fantasy novels, because that’s what keeps bothering me).’
On his intentions for the novel…
‘I wanted to write a book with velocity. I’ve always read a lot of crime novels, so I wanted to do an Elmore Leonard/Philip K. Dick/Hunter S. Thompson book. That was the original pitch, actually. The crime novel is at odds with the science fiction novel, in that in crime novels you don’t have to explain money or jealousy (the engines that drive almost everything in those stories). Of course you want more money! But with a science fiction novel, you’ve got people pursuing these goals you’ve got to stop to explain. It was kind of a formal trick to figure out how to get the neuroscience in there but still keep the velocity… AFTERPARTY is a mystery that has more of a classic science fiction ending, in that it opens up – things are about to get really weird. I’ve always liked it when science fiction novels kick open that door at the end.’
And the real-world influences on the near-future setting he chose…
‘I knew AFTERPARTY was going to be near-future, but it’s something like ten minutes into the future, with many small tech changes that are almost here. A lot of these ideas came from my day job as a programmer. One of my favorites is a little side thing where a bunch of people are playing a Dungeons & Dragons-style Live Action RPG on their handhelds. This seems like an eminently doable thing, but it’s not quite there.’
There was even more love for the novel in the April issue of Locus, in fact, with not one but two reviews!
Faren Miller had the following to say: ‘Daryl Gregory began to delve into the collective unconsciousness with his Crawford Award-winning first novel PANDEMONIUM, and he continues to find bold new ways to enter that zone… it’s clear that Daryl Gregory continues to be one of the top writers in a field where literature works alongside adventure – and both forms benefit from the exchange.’
Russell Letson, who was particularly taken with the genetically-engineered miniature bison in the novel (we kid you not), also wrote the following: ‘[AFTERPARTY] is a chase-thriller, a noir mystery, and an international road-trip adventure, with a cast that is mostly crazy, criminal, or both… The intellectual side of the trip recalls Greg Egan’s ‘‘Mister Volition’’ or ‘‘Chaff’’: an adventure in neurochemistry and mental plasticity that invites us to consider just how crazy we can be and still retain a humanity that is recognizable, decent, and functional… philosophical and moral questions are implicit in the novel, but one could be forgiven for putting them to one side while going along for the story’s twisty, gritty ride… This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.’
Zeno represents Daryl Gregory in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the Martha Millard Literary Agency in New York.
While readers in the UK will have to wait until August 2o14 for Daryl Gregory’s AFTERPARTY to be released by Titan Books, the novel is out this month in the US (Tor Books). Kirkus has selected (entirely justifiably, in our all-too-humble opinion) the novel as one of their ‘Best Bets for Speculative Fiction Reads – April 2014’. Here’s what they had to say:
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Technology meets Big Pharma in a story where anybody with an Internet connection can download recipes and print their own drugs—even if those drugs turn out to be deadly.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Science fiction excels at asking “What if?” questions and this merging of mind-altering drugs with easily accessible technology is a great platform that does just that.
We’ll be sure to share more information on the UK release of the novel as soon as we have it. In the meantime, here is the full synposis for the novel:
It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide.
Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.
A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Daryl Gregory’s Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick’sUbik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts’s Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.
In related news, Kirkus recently published their glowing, starred review of AFTERPARTY. Here’s the take-away:
‘An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace… This taut, brisk, gripping narrative, dazzlingly intercut with flashbacks and sidebars, oozes warmth and wit… A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception.’
Zeno represents Daryl Gregory in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the Martha Millard Agency in New York.
A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, Marie Brennan‘s first novel in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, has been met with a storm of praise and selling like hot-cakes! It is therefore with great pleasure that we can share with you the synopsis, cover and release date for the UK edition of THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, the sequel. Due to be published by Titan Books on June 20, 2014, here is the synopsis…
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, in which she lost her husband, the widowed Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the savage, war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.
The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell – where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.
Here’s just a small selection of acclaim the book has received…
‘What’s truly great about this novel is the seamless merging of fantasy themes and incredibly realistic scientific and social details. Come for the dragon adventure — because there’s a lot of it. But stay for characters whose stories feel as real as Marie Curie’s.’ – io9.com
‘Brennan’s world-building is wonderfully subtle, rendering a familiar land alien with casual details. Fans of fantasy, science, and history will adore this rich and absorbing tale of discovery.’ – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
‘Lady Isabella Trent is a wonderfully charming female-lead who is willing to break from the gender roles of the era and do as her heart desires, study dragons… Marie Brennan does an incredible job of writing in multiple voices… Brennan expertly maintains the balance that makes this commentary fun and informative, without pulling you from the actual story. It’s a brilliant touch that brings a level of authenticity to the memoir-style… the interior illustrations, also done by Todd Lockwood, are just as stunning.’ – Fantasy Faction
A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS and THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS are both published in the US by Tor Books.
Today, we are delighted to share with you information and links for some more great titles, including a wealth of new audiobook editions for James P. Blaylock‘s backlist, as well as Ian McDonald, Jennifer Fallon and Freda Warrington. As before, below you’ll find the author, title, print publisher, and narrator.
First up, here are the Blaylock titles that have most recently been added to Audible…