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New Peter Grant Audiobook in Germany

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Today, GoyaLiT/DTV release a dual-audiobook edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s third and fourth Peter Grant novels. Published in Germany as EIN WISPERN UNTER BAKER STREET and DER BÖSE ORT, here’s the synopsis…

Ein Wispern unter Baker Street: Ein junger Mann wird im U-Bahn-Tunnel nahe der Station Baker Street erstochen aufgefunden. Peter Grant, Constable und Zauberer in Ausbildung, wird frühmorgens an den Tatort gerufen. Der unbekannte Tote stellt sich als Sohn eines US-Senators heraus und ehe man noch »internationale Verwicklungen« sagen kann, hat Peter bereits die FBI-Agentin Kimberley Reynolds am Hals.

Der böse Ort: Seltsame Dinge geschehen im Skygarden Tower, einem berüchtigten Sozialwohnblock in Südlondon. Zunächst geht es nur um ein gestohlenes altes Buch über Magie, das aus der Weißen Bibliothek zu Weimar stammt. Doch dann weitet sich der Fall rasant aus. Denn der Erbauer des Towers, Erik Stromberg, ein brillanter, wenngleich leicht gestörter Architekt, hatte sich einst nicht nur mit Design, sondern auch mit Magie beschäftigt.

The novels are published in the UK as WHISPERS UNDERGROUND and BROKEN HOMES by Gollancz; and in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, respectively. They are also available as audio-books in the UK (narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) and US.

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DTV has published all of Ben’s Peter Grant novels to date, and are due to published the sixth, DER GALGEN VON TYBURN, in 2017. Here are the covers:

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Cover Reveal: Aliette de Bodard’s THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

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Gollancz just revealed the cover for Aliette de Bodard‘s next novel, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS! The second novel in her Dominion of the Fallen series, it follows the critically-acclaimed and award-winning THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS. There’s no official synopsis, yet, but here’s a quick description…

THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS continues the epic story of the fallout of the war in heaven that saw the angelic Great Houses of Paris assaulted and torn apart by mistrust and betrayal in THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS. Among the ruins of Paris the Great Houses, shaken to their foundations, now struggle to put themselves back together, as powerful forces, gods and angels, men and demons, begin to circle the once unassailable Houses.

On her website, Aliette has posted a little bit more about what the novel is about…

‘… this will be focused on the House of Hawthorn, and will have a bunch of returning characters, notably angel essence addict Madeleine — and a bunch new ones too, a Houseless Annamite and a kick-ass dragon prince with a talent for getting into major trouble.

‘It takes place in the months following The House of Shattered Wings. It follows various characters connected to the House of Hawthorn (with bonus locations in the Annamite community in Paris and Saint-Ouen). Like its predecessor, it will be standalone, though characters from the first book will obviously be around!’

THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, which won the BSFA Award for Best Fantasy Novel, has also been published in the US by Roc Books, who are also due to publish the sequel.

Here’s a selection from the great reviews the first novel has received…

‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters, set in a post apocalyptic Paris – the image of which is truly haunting… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’ – Guardian

‘It’s a testament to De Bodard’s skills that we’re completely immersed in the world almost immediately, without her resorting to a ‘here’s what happened’ information splurge. None of the fallen angels can remember why it was that they fell from Heaven…the Paris of fallen angels that the author has created is so compelling…It’s brimming with ideas, some of which rush by so quickly that you might wish De Bodard had taken a little more time to explore them. This is a good problem to have though. It’s fascinating, moving and hugely readable.’ — SciFi Now

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… The story holds up well as a standalone, with clear possibilities but no pressing need for a sequel. De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘If the image of Lucifer sitting on a throne in the ruins of Notre-Dame strikes you as awesome, then this is the book for you.’ — Marie Brennan

‘A Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris — wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you’ve put it down.’ — Tim Powers

‘An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won’t soon forget.’ — Kate Elliott

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Cover & Details: Anniversary Edition of Brandon Sanderson’s ELANTRIS

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This year, Gollancz will publish a tenth anniversary edition of Brandon Sanderson‘s critically-acclaimed and fan-favourite debut, ELANTRIS! Due to hit shelves on September 8th, 2016, here’s the synopsis…

Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots?

This is the ‘definitive’ edition of the novel, with more than 10,000 extra words.

Gollancz has published a whole host of Sanderson’s novels, including the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series, the Reckoners super-hero dystopia series, and stand-alone novel WARBREAKER. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Gollancz are also due to publish an anniversary, collector’s edition of Brandon’s first Mistborn novel, THE FINAL EMPIRE, on September 15th, 2016.

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Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Aliette de Bodard Fiction in Spain!

Some of Aliette de Bodard‘s critically-acclaimed, multi-award-nominated Xuya stories are now available in Spain. EL CICLO DE XUYA and EN UNA ESTACIÓN ROJA, A LA DERIVA are published by Fata Libelli. Here are some details…

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Here is the synopsis for EL CICLE DE XUYA

China ha llegado antes que Europa a las Américas y el continente ha quedado bajo la influencia de la cultura asiática, apartando así a los países occidentales de su papel dominante en el flujo de la historia. El territorio que ocuparía Estados Unidos se ha visto empequeñecido por la presión de dos superpotencias: Magna Mexica, una oligarquía azteca que controla todo el sur, y Xuya, el imperio independizado de China que controla el oeste. Al este, queda un reducido territorio estadounidense y, en el resto del continente, siguen existiendo sistemas de gobierno incas y mayas. Este es el mundo de Xuya, donde se exploran, bajo el prisma de los grandes tropos de la ciencia ficción, desde los riesgos y beneficios de una neurotecnología invasiva a los dilemas de crear Mentes (ancestros convertidos en inteligencias artificiales integradas en una nave espacial), todo ello narrado con un tono intimista que nos habla del desarraigo y el exilio, de las complejas relaciones familiares en una sociedad jerárquica y las dificultades de la vida del mestizo.

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EN UNA ESTACIÓN ROJA, A LA DERIVA is available in English as ON A RED STATION, DRIFTING — it was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards.

Una cruel guerra galáctica ha llegado a perturbar la paz de la Estación Prosper, un remoto enclave donde una extensa familia lleva generaciones floreciendo bajo la protección de una inteligencia artificial nacida de vientre humano. En mitad del caos, abrumadas por una avalancha de refugiados y alejadas de los miembros más brillantes de su comunidad, un par de mujeres con caracteres enfrentados luchan por la supervivencia.

Ambientada en el vasto universo de Xuya que tanta admiración ha generado entre los lectores, la novela se deleita en suntuosas descripciones de un mundo heredero de la China y el Vietnam imperiales, al tiempo que explora la complejidad de las relaciones familiares y el alcance de las afinidades entre humanos e inteligencias artificiales.

Aliette’s latest novel, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel in 2015, and was also nominated for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It is published by Gollancz in the UK and Roc Books in the US.

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Ian McDonald’s LUNA Out Now in Bulgaria

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Ian McDonald‘s LUNA: NEW MOON continues its steady conquest of the world, and is out today in Bulgaria! Published by Artline Studios as Луна: Новолуние, here’s the synopsis…

Луната иска да те убие. И има хиляда начина да го направи. Жестокият студ на вакуума. Смъртоносните дъждове на радиацията. Задушаващият прах, по-стар от Земята. Все по-крехките ти кости. А може и да не ти останат пари за вода. Или въздух. Или просто да застанеш на пътя на един от Петте Дракона – корпорациите, които властват над Луната и управляват изобилието ù от ресурси и възможности. Но ти ще останеш – защото Луната може да те направи по-богат, отколкото някога си си представял. Адриана Корта е на осемдесет години. Семейството ù управлява Корта Хелио. Заедно са оцелели през кървавите корпоративни войни и опасния период на мир, който ги е последвал. Но сега този мир се разпада. Адриана може да умре, но няма да се остави да я убият – нито съперниците ù, нито Луната. И каквото и да се случи с нея, Корта Хелио няма да загине. Новият роман на Иън Макдоналд е един вълнуващ, кървав епос  – фантастика, на чиято сцена мерят сили коварни магнати, влиятелни матриарси и космически Кръстници. Оставете се на тази изпълнена с живот картина да ви пренесе в един опасен свят, където между живота и смъртта винаги има само една крачка.

The first in the Luna series, it is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Tor Books (paperback edition out in September). It has also been acquired for the German, Spanish and Polish markets, with more to come! Here is the English-language synopsis…

The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family’s status in the Moon’s vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

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Here’s just a small selection from the critical acclaim the novel has received…

‘Smart, funny, passionate and at times quite dark, McDonald brings the touch we’ve seen in RIVER OF GODS and DERVISH HOUSE to an entirely new culture as it evolves in a distant hostile place where business or family rules all… it’s terrific. My only complaint: it leaves you wanting the second book right now!’ – Jonathan Strahan

‘McDonald… begins his superb near-future series… scintillating, violent, and decadent world. McDonald creates a complex and fascinating civilization featuring believable technology, and the characters are fully developed, with individually gripping stories. Watch for this brilliantly constructed family saga on next year’s award ballots.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘Heralds the welcome return of one of western science fiction’s foremost globally oriented authors. Bristling with the energy and action… Nestled within a narrative of lunar colonization driven by STEM developments and a decimated, post-oil Earth economy, LUNA burns with the desperate anxieties of the late-capitalist, financialized age: the universalization of debt, the demand for contingent and flexible labor, and the resulting polarized wealth gap… one of McDonald’s greatest strengths: an ability to think through the uneven development and cultural diffusion of global economic and technological change… McDonald’s worlds, whether grim, hopeful, or — as is often the case — both, feel lived in rather than culturally depleted or used up… With an action narrative driving this political commentary, LUNA is actually a fantastically fun read as well as an important one.’ — LA Review of Books

Almost monolithic in its ambition. In its gravitas and tension and, alas, tragedy, it’s damn near Shakespearian… a setting so brilliantly built and deftly embellished that buying into it isn’t ever an issue; a vast cast of characters as satisfying and sympathetic individually as they are as part of McDonald’s elaborate ensemble; and a plot composed of so many threads that you never know where it’s going to go — except that when it ends, it’s destined to end terribly… a world as wicked as it is convincing… only a matter of time before CBS sets about broadening the appeal of this magnificent bastard of a book.‘ Tor.com

The second novel in the series, LUNA: WOLF MOON, is also due to be published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Tor Books.

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New Covers & Details: William Gibson’s NEUROMANCER Series

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This August, Gollancz will be re-issuing William Gibson‘s classic, critically-acclaimed Neuromancer Series: NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE!

Gibson’s 1984 debut, NEUROMANCER, widely considered to be one of the great SF novels that revolutionised science fiction, won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards. The cover is above, and here is the synopsis…

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel…

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus — hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace…

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

More than three decades later, Gibson’s text is as stylish as ever, his noir narrative still glitters like chrome in the shadows and his depictions of the rise and abuse of corporate power look more prescient every day. Part thriller, part warning, Neuromancer is a timeless classic of modern SF and one of the 20th century’s most potent and compelling visions of the future.

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Here’s the synopsis for the second novel, COUNT ZERO, which was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards…

Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he’s recovering from: Maas-Neotek’s chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he’s perfected. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties — some of whom aren’t remotely human.

Bobby Newmark is entirely human: a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo on the Net and a price on his head, Newmark thinks he’s only trying to get out alive. Until he meets the angel.

A stylish, streetsmart, frighteningly probable parable of the future.

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And, the third volume, MONA LISA OVERDRIVE

Enter Gibson’s unique world — lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting — where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace.

Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled… or even known. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes… or so they think.

In the near future, Gollancz are due to publish a hardcover special edition of NEUROMANCER and also Gibson’s BURNING CHROME anthology. We’ll share the new covers for these as soon as they are available.

William Gibson’s most recent new novel, THE PERIPHERAL, is published in the UK by Penguin Books.

Zeno represents William Gibson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Martha Millard at Sterling Lord Literistic.

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Ian McDonald’s LUNA: NEW MOON Out in Paperback Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow, Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed LUNA: NEW MOON will be out in paperback in the UK! Published by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

The new novel from a multi-award-winning writer: a corporate SF thriller and the deepest evocation yet of the terrors and rigours of life on the moon.

Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It’s very easy to die on the moon, but with its vast mineral wealth it’s also easy to make your fortune.

Following the fortunes of a handful of disparate characters, from one of the lowliest workers on the moon to the heads of one of the most powerful families, LUNA provides a vast mosaic of life on this airless and terrifying new home for humanity.

LUNA: NEW MOON is also published in the US by Tor Books — the US paperback edition is due out in September 2016. The sequel, LUNA: WOLF MOON, is forthcoming (also from Gollancz and Tor Books).

Here’s just a small selection of the aforementioned critical-acclaim that the novel has enjoyed…

‘Heralds the welcome return of one of western science fiction’s foremost globally oriented authors. Bristling with the energy and action… LUNA accomplishes much more than simply demonstrating the author’s newfound appreciation for snappy plotting and adventure… Nestled within a narrative of lunar colonization driven by STEM developments and a decimated, post-oil Earth economy, LUNA burns with the desperate anxieties of the late-capitalist, financialized age… one of McDonald’s greatest strengths: an ability to think through the uneven development and cultural diffusion of global economic and technological change. In a striking fashion, McDonald’s worlds are heavily cultural… McDonald’s worlds, whether grim, hopeful, or — as is often the case — both, feel lived in rather than culturally depleted or used up… With an action narrative driving this political commentary, LUNA is actually a fantastically fun read as well as an important one.’ — LA Review of Books

‘McDonald… begins his superb near-future series… scintillating, violent, and decadent world. McDonald creates a complex and fascinating civilization featuring believable technology, and the characters are fully developed, with individually gripping stories. Watch for this brilliantly constructed family saga on next year’s award ballots. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Fans of cerebral, high-concept science fiction will love this exploration of society on the moon many decades after it has been colonized. The focus is more on concept and plot than on character, but the former are compelling enough to make this an addictive page-turner. Including the stories of many characters gives the reader important insights into different facets of society, and although the book starts at a slow pace, it accelerates into a mesmerizing political thriller. — RT Book Reviews

LUNA: NEW MOON is a world that has been intricately woven together by its author. It’s compelling and thought-provoking, and all without relying on overbearing sci-fi clichés. Brilliantly done. — SciFiNow

Almost monolithic in its ambition. In its gravitas and tension and, alas, tragedy, it’s damn near Shakespearian… a setting so brilliantly built and deftly embellished that buying into it isn’t ever an issue; a vast cast of characters as satisfying and sympathetic individually as they are as part of McDonald’s elaborate ensemble; and a plot composed of so many threads that you never know where it’s going to go — except that when it ends, it’s destined to end terribly… a world as wicked as it is convincing… only a matter of time before CBS sets about broadening the appeal of this magnificent bastard of a book.‘ Tor.com

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Cover Reveal: DER GALGEN VON TYBURN by Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch‘s sixth Peter Grant novel, THE HANGING TREE, now has a German cover! The novel is due to be published in February 2017 by DTV, as DER GALGEN VON TYBURN. Here’s the synopsis…

In seinem sechsten Fall muss der fabelhafte Peter Grant

- ein verschollenes altes Buch wiederfinden einen verdächtigen Todesfall auf einer Party der Reichen und Schönen Londons aufklären

- versuchen, es sich dabei nicht völlig mit Lady Ty zu verderben

- vermeiden, vom Gesichtslosen ins Jenseits befördert zu werden

- sich mit einem ganzen Haufen rauflustiger Amerikaner herumschlagen, die definitiv zu viel ›24‹ gesehen haben.

Kurz: Peter bekommt die einzigartige Gelegenheit, es sich mit alten Freunden zu verderben und sich dabei jede Menge neue Feinde zu machen. Mal vorausgesetzt, er überlebt die kommende Woche.

THE HANGING TREE is due to be published in early 2017 by Gollancz (UK) and DAW Books (US). The first five novels in the series are out now: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. The comic series BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH are also available, published by Titan Comics.

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PROJEKT LUNA by Algis Budrys Out Now in Germany

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Today, Algis Budrys‘s ROGUE MOON is out in Germany! Published by Heyne as PROJEKT LUNA, here’s the synopsis…

Auf dem Mond lauert der Tod

Wir schreiben das Jahr 1959. Satelliten entdeckten ein rätselhaftes Gebilde auf dem Mond, das jetzt unter strengster Geheimhaltung untersucht wird. Es scheint ein gewaltiges Labyrinth zu sein, das offenbar von einer außerirdischen Zivilisation errichtet wurde. Als die Wissenschaftler, neugierig geworden, das Bauwerk betreten, erwartet sie dort ein grauenvoller Tod. Der Physiker Dr. Edward Hawks und der todesmutige Abenteurer Al Barker wollen das Rätsel des Labyrinths lösen, doch so leicht gibt der Mond seine Geheimnisse nicht preis…

ROGUE MOON is published in the UK by Gollancz, as part of the SF Masterworks series; and also as an eBook in the US by Open Road Media. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Humanity struggles to understand a killing labyrinth discovered on the Moon in this science fiction adventure about death and rebirth

A monstrous apparatus has been found on the surface of the moon. It devours and destroys in ways so incomprehensible to humans that a new language has to be invented to describe it and a new kind of thinking to understand it. So far, the human guinea pigs sent there in hopes of unraveling the murderous maze have all died terrible deaths. The most recent volunteer survived but is now on suicide watch. The ideal candidate won’t go insane even as he feels the end approaching. Al Barker has already stared into the face of death; he can handle it again. But he won’t merely endure the trauma of dying. Barker will die over and over — even as his human qualities are preserved on Earth.

With its cast of fascinating characters — like brilliant scientist Edward Hawks, who is obsessed with rebirth — Rogue Moon is a rare thriller that doesn’t just make you sweat. It makes you think.

ROGUE MOON was a finalist for the Hugo Award when it was first published. Robert Silverberg credits ROGUE MOON with containing ‘the most terrifying pages in any SF novel I have ever read.’

Earlier this year, Open Road Media also published Budrys’s WHO?, MICHAELMAS, HARD LANDING, FALLING TORCH and THE FURIOUS FUTURE as eBooks. Gollancz’s SF Gateway has also published a whole host of Budrys’s backlist, including WHO? and MICHAELMAS.

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Simon R. Green’s FORCES FROM BEYOND Out Today in UK!

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Simon R. Green‘s sixth Ghost Finders novel, FORCES FROM BEYOND, is out today as an eBook in the UK! Published by Jo Fletcher Books, here’s the synopsis…

The Ghost Finders are in deep trouble — but is teaming up with their evil ghost-busting rivals at the Crowley Institute really the answer?

The North Sea is bitterly cold, grey and unfriendly… and it’s also home to a major threat to humanity. The interdimensional entity known as the Flesh Undying, a monstrous being of unimaginable power, is way out of the Ghost Finders’ league, so JC Chance, Melody Chambers and Happy Jack Palmer have no choice but to accept an alliance with their evil counterpart, Project Crowley.

What they don’t yet know is that the creature lurking in the seabed has already turned its eye upon the Ghost Finders — and dispatched an assassin with a deadly vendetta against them…

Jo Fletcher Books has also published the first five novels in the fan-favourite series: GHOST OF A CHANCE, GHOST OF A SMILE, GHOST OF A DREAM, SPIRITS FROM BEYOND and VOICES FROM BEYOND.

‘Green’s boundless imagination never fails to delight, and his ability to blend chillingly creepy descriptions and emotionally wrenching details with arch humor makes this sixth Ghost Finders novel particularly memorable — and thoroughly eerie. He doesn’t waste a moment launching his endearing and enigmatic operatives on their quest through a revealing opening scene reminiscent of Lovecraft, and their adventure is, as ever, high-stakes and fast-paced. The final scenes are particularly epic, jarring and bittersweet in a way that only Green can craft.’RT Book Reviews on FORCES FROM BEYOND

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Jo Fletcher Books also publishes Simon’s Nightside and Secret History series.

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Green’s newest series, following the investigations of Ishmael Jones, are published by Severn House in the UK and US. The first two novels are out now: THE DARK SIDE OF THE ROAD and DEAD MAN WALKING (published in the US on September 1st, 2016).

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Zeno represents Simon R. Green in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION Out Tomorrow in Paperback

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Erika Swyler‘s critically-acclaimed THE BOOK OF SPECULATION is out tomorrow in paperback! Published in the UK by Corvus, here’s the synopsis…

A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who discovers that his family labours under a terrible curse.

Simon Watson lives alone on the Long Island Sound. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious book connected to his family.

The book tells the story of two doomed lovers, two hundred years ago. He is fascinated, yet as he reads Simon becomes increasingly unnerved. Why do so many women in his family drown on 24th July? And could his beloved sister risk the same terrible fate?

As 24th July draws ever closer, Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before it’s too late.

The novel has received some fantastic reviews since it was first released in ??. Here’s just a few of them…

‘Whimsically dark’ — Publishers Weekly

‘Abounds with imaginative flourishes’ — NPR

‘Debut novel by Erika Swyler fits into a tradition that includes The Name of the Rose and The Club Dumas… entertaining… With its puzzling story, circus sideshow and romantic plot lines, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION has plenty of attractions and will appeal to many. And if you’re a lover of books about books, you’ve got another fun tome to add to your to-be-read list.’Toronto Star

‘[Swyler’s scenes have a cinematic quality… Her writing is crisp and carefully crafted…’ — Star Telegram

‘Haunting and unique tale about family and the power of the past…’Go! North East Oregon

Zeno represents Erika Swyler in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Michelle Brower and Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary Management.

THE HIGH GROUND by Melinda Snodgrass out now!

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Melinda Snodgrass‘s gripping new sci-fi novel, THE HIGH GROUND, is out today! Published by Titan Books, it is the first in the new Imperials series. Here’s the synopsis…

Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Tracy has more modest goals — to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honor. But a civil war is coming and the political machinations of those who yearn for power threaten the young cadets. In a time of intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested as they never thought possible.

The novel has started to receive some good review coverage. Here’s an example…

‘Snodgrass’s worldbuilding has several creative touches: intriguing alien races, English and Spanish as the common languages of the Solar League, and the origin of the upper echelons of the nobility, known pointedly as the Fortune Five Hundred. The story is entertaining and briskly paced…’ — Publishers Weekly

Titan also publishes Melinda’s critically-acclaimed Edge series: THE EDGE OF REASON, THE EDGE OF RUIN and THE EDGE OF DAWN.

Zeno represents Melinda Snodgrass in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.

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THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE Out Tomorrow in the US!

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Simon Kurt Unsworth‘s new novel, THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE, is out tomorrow in the US! Published by Doubleday, it is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE. Here’s the synopsis…

Murder in the land of God sends the Devil’s detective to Heaven

Thomas Fool — the resilient investigator doomed to catalog Hell’s atrocities in Simon Kurt Unsworth’s stunning debut, The Devil’s Detective — is back. The man with no memory of who he was or what led to his damnation is now in command of the Information Office of Hell. This power has only inspired new, deadly enemies like Mr. Tap, the cunning leader of a shadowy organization known as the Evidence. Fool alone has survived the wrath of both demon and angel, and now he faces his most thrilling and complex challenge.

Troubling and deadly fires are spreading throughout Hell, and it is Fool’s job to sift the ashes and find their source. The clues he finds are mysterious and unsettling, implying something different from the usual litany of cruelty he sees. But one fact is the most disconcerting: the fires have left his masters at the Bureaucracy terrified.

In the midst of the chaos, Fool is sent to accompany a political delegation to Heaven. It is unprecedented for a condemned human to enter the land of the elevated, but Fool is protected as one of Hell’s own. When his arrival coincides with the discovery of an impossible murder, he faces a catastrophic paradox. Violence, corruption, and fear are Hell’s currency; how does one investigate evil where those concepts cannot exist? Impossible or not, the killings are real, and the evidence leads Fool deep into the contradictions of a visionary landscape, where danger can present itself in any form, and to the heart of a conspiracy with the power to upset the balance of Heaven and Hell.

The Devil’s Evidence is an exotic crime thriller as exhilarating as anything in recent fiction. It is a provocative novel of horror, filled with sharp twists and propulsive action that will keep you riveted through the final page.

The paperback edition of THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE was published by Doubleday in February 2016. THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE is due to be published in the UK by Del Rey, in October 2016. Del Rey also publishes THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE in the UK.

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Here’s just a small selection taken from the many reviews the series has received…

‘Unsworth’s conception of a spiritual universe where deeper understanding may itself be the greatest curse is as nuanced and ingenious as his depiction of “poor little Fool,” perhaps the most oddly endearing sleuth to come along in years. The scales are tipped a tad more toward gaudy savagery and gratuitous cruelty than toward more intellectual digressions and plot twists. Still, one suspects Thomas Fool will return, with more respect from readers than from his spiritual jailers. It’s less a whodunit than a ripsnorter, with an emphasis on the ripping. Or maybe the snorting.’ — Kirkus on THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE

‘Unsworth’s imagination soars! THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE is a twisted journey into the afterlife, a dark labyrinth of mystery, and a brilliant contemplation on identity, transgression, and our struggle to recognize that we each make our own heaven and our own hell. A fresh new voice in dark fiction. Don’t miss this series!’ — Christopher Golden, NYT Bestselling author, on THE DEVIL’S EVIDENCE

‘The ultimate solution is a fairly clued surprise, and Unsworth’s creative worldbuilding leaves plenty of room for a sequel.’ — Publishers Weekly

‘Hell as the setting for a noir investigation turns out to be as fun as it sounds in THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE. Inventive and pacy, Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a world – underworld? – distinctly his own.’ — Andrew Pyper

‘There is much to love with THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE. The depiction of Hell is original, with it being less of a torture chamber and more of a place for continued hard work for the unworthy, and the world building is great… The novel is dark and full of twists and originality, and it’s suitable for anyone wanting to get into fantasy with a supernatural element.’ — Starburst

THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE grips. Unsworth’s storytelling is taut and lean, avoiding any lapses into potboiler… When he writes about Hell, he makes it downright hellish… The book eventually spins all this admittedly sumptuous horror into thought-provoking notions about salvation, hope and free will’ — NPR

Cover & Details: THE FINAL EMPIRE Anniversary Edition

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Last week, Gollancz unveiled four new Anniversary Editions. One of which (above) is for Brandon Sanderson‘s best-selling, critically-acclaimed first Mistborn novel, THE FINAL EMPIRE. Due to be published on September 15th, 2016, here’s the synopsis…

A beautiful, collectible new hardback edition of one of the greatest fantasy novels of the past decade which revolves around a simple question: What if the Dark Lord won?

Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world.

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy — the magic that lies in all metals.

Gollancz has published all six of the Mistborn novels (to date), as well as a multitude of Sanderson’s other series and stand-alone novels, including the epic fantasy Stormlight Archive series, the Reckoners super-hero dystopia series, and ELANTRIS, his debut.

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Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Ian Tregillis’s THE COLDEST WAR Now Available in Czech

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The second novel in Ian Tregillis‘s critically-acclaimed Milkweed Triptych, THE COLDEST WAR is out now in Czech. Published by Argo as NEJSTUDENĚJŠÍ VÁLKA, here’s the synopsis…

Druhý díl románového triptychu, ve kterém si Otčina Roberta Harrise podává ruku s Alanem Moorem.

Dvacet dva let po druhé světové válce panuje mezi britským impériem a SSSR jen křehká rovnováha sil. Sovětský svaz se táhne od Tichého oceánu po kanál La Manche a Britům už desítky let skýtají jedinou obranu jejich čarodějové – kteří však nyní za podezřelých okolností jeden po druhém umírají.

Z přísně tajného výzkumného střediska hluboko za Železnou oponou mezitím prchá dvojice sourozenců, kterou kdysi zvrhlý nacistický vědec obdařil nadlidskými schopnostmi. Cílem jejich útěku před Sověty, kteří se německý program pokoušejí v co nejrozsáhlejším měřítku napodobit, je Londýn. V britské metropoli totiž žije někdejší vyzvědač Raybould Marsh, s nímž má šílená vědma Gretel své plány. A jak Marsh záhy zjistí, když se nechá znovu zatáhnout do světa tajné organizace Milkweed, ani Británie své nejzlověstnější operace neuzavřela s koncem války. Jakou cenu bude ochoten splatit, aby ochránil vlast a královnu?

THE COLDEST WAR is published in the UK by Orbit Books, who also publish the first and final novels in the series — BITTER SEEDS and NECESSARY EVIL. BITTER SEEDS has also been published by Argo, as HOŘKÁ SETBA; NECESSARY EVIL is due to be published soon, as NUTNÉ ZLO.

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Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Superhumans and magic collide in this a secret supernatural history of Twentieth Century events — the second book in this landmark series

For decades, Britain’s warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union — a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard’s death is another blow to Britain’s national security.

Meanwhile, a brother and sister – the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities — escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that’s where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.

As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain’s darkest acts didn’t end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.

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Here’s a selection of the critical acclaim THE COLDEST WAR has enjoyed…

‘The engrossing second book in Tregillis’s Milkweed Triptych… Tregillis ably mixes cold war paranoia with his mythology, also nicely expanding characters (particularly Gretel)… The monstrous, extra-dimensional Eidolons add a genuinely convincing menace that transcends the more banal evil motivations of the political game players, although Gretel’s more complicated motivations really drive the action. A few nice twists keep things interesting, and the cliffhanger ending sets up the concluding volume quite well…’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Marvellous plotting, immersive sense of place, and above all, wonderful characters… Tregillis’s oracle is one of the most chilling psychopath villains of literature, a delicious monster who drives the book forward… Tregillis is a major new talent in the field, and this is some of the best – and most exciting – alternate history I’ve read. Bravo.’ — BoingBoing

‘Tregillis is a master storyteller on top of his game… The pace is relentless as it hurtles towards the most epic conclusion. Whenever things can’t possibly get any worse for our heroes, Tregillis turns the ratchet up once more. There’s big superhero battles and taught psychological warfare. It’s The Avengers made up of Smiley’s People. There’ve been some amazing books this year but Tregillis has the top two places in my Best Of with BITTER SEEDS and THE COLDEST WAR. It’s going to be a long cruel wait until the final part of the Milkweed Triptych but I have no doubt Tregillis will blow my mind once more.’ — Fantasy Faction

‘Independently intelligible sequel to the dark fantasy BITTER SEEDS, something like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men… Despite the jaw-dropping backdrop and oblique plotting, the narrative is driven by character and personal circumstance, the only possible drawback being certain important developments that annoyingly take place offstage. Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling.’ — Kirkus (Starred Review, “Best of 2012”)

Ian’s latest series, the Alchemy Wars, is also published by Orbit Books in the UK, and has been received with great critical acclaim. The novels include: THE MECHANICAL, THE RISING and the upcoming THE LIBERATION.

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Zeno represents Ian Tregillis in the UK/Commonwealth and in translation, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.