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Updated 1st July 2015 : Open - We are currently open for a short submissions window. Please note we are ONLY looking for horror, crime and thrillers. We cannot consider works in other genres and ask that you therefore refrain from sending anything outside these requirements.

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Ian McDonald’s LUNA: NEW MOON


Ian McDonald‘s hotly-anticipated next novel, LUNA: NEW MOON, is soon to be published. We wanted to take this opportunity to feature all the information we have (to date). The first in a planned duology, the novel is due to be published in the UK on September 17th, 2015 by Gollancz (left), and on September 29th, 2015 by Tor Books in the US. Here’s the synopsis…

The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon’s near feudal society. 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, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded 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.

As the novel’s UK publisher page states,

‘Told over two volumes this will do for the moon what the award winning RIVER OF GODS did for India, the award-winning BRASYL for Brazil and the award winning THE DERVISH HOUSE for Turkey — it will give it a vibrant, extraordinary and believable future.’

All three of those novels are also published in the UK by Gollancz: RIVER OF GODS, BRASYL and THE DERVISH HOUSE. Gollancz also publishes Ian’s CYBERABAD DAYS and NECROVILLE.


Short Fiction Watch: YEAR’S BEST SF

Various-YearsBestSF32-BlogIn this latest instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to the latest YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION anthology, due to be published by St. Martin’s Griffin on July 7th, 2015. Three of our clients’ work is featured:

  • Ian McDonald‘s THE FIFTH DRAGON (originally in the REACH FOR INFINITY anthology)
  • Aliette de Bodard‘s THE DAYS OF THE WAR, AS RED AS BLOOD, AS DARK AS BILE (originally published on Subterranean Online)
  • Lavie Tidhar‘s VLADIMIR CHONG CHOOSES TO DIE (originally published by Analog)

A full Table of Contents of the anthology can be found here. It is edited by Gardner Dozois.

Ian McDonald is the critically-acclaimed, best-selling author of multiple award-winning science fiction novels. His latest novel, LUNA: NEW MOON, is due to be published later this year by Gollancz in the UK and Tor Books in the US. (Check back tomorrow for full details.) A selection of Ian McDonald’s earlier novels have been published as eBooks by Open Road Media.

Aliette de Bodard is the multi-award winning and nominated author of novellas and short stories. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Obsidian & Blood trilogy (Angry Robot Books); and the hotly-anticipated upcoming THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, due to be published by Gollancz in the UK and Roc Books in the US.

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of OSAMA; the critically-acclaimed THE VIOLENT CENTURY (published by Hodder in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books in the US); and most recently the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning A MAN LIES DREAMING (also published by Hodder in the UK).

UK Cover: GHOST OF A CHANCE by Simon R. Green


Above we have the cover for Simon R. Green‘s latest novel, GHOST OF A CHANCE. The first in the author’s Ghost Finders series, it is published in eBook by Jo Fletcher Books in the UK, on August 6th, 2015. Here’s the synopsis…

The Carnacki Institute exists to “Do Something” about Ghosts-and agents JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer will either lay them to rest, send them packing, or kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses with extreme prejudice.

There are currently six novels in the series available in the US (published by Ace). Jo Fletcher Books is scheduled to publish at least the first four novel: GHOST OF A SMILE (November 5th), GHOST OF A DREAM (January 7th), SPIRITS FROM BEYOND (March 3rd), VOICES FROM BEYOND and FORCES FROM BEYOND.

Jo Fletcher Books also publish Green’s New York Times-bestselling Nightside and Secret Histories series in the UK, in eBook.

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

Ian McDonald’s BRASYL Available soon in Brazil


Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed science fiction novel BRASYL is now available in Brazil! Due to be published by Saída de Emergência next month, here is the synopsis…

Três personagens, três histórias, três Brasis. Ligados através do tempo, do espaço e da realidade.

Edson é um empresário de celebridades, tentando sair das favelas de São Paulo em um futuro não muito distante. Um encontro aleatório o fez cair no mundo perigoso da computação quântica, sem ter para onde fugir em um Brasil em que cada rosto e centavo é rastreado. 

Marcelina é uma produtora de TV que sai pelas ruas do Rio em busca do sucesso que lhe trará fama. Quando uma ideia para um programa a faz rastrear os traços do mais infame goleiro do futebol brasileiro, se envolve em uma antiga conspiração que ameaça não só a sua vida, mas também a sua alma.

Padre Luís é um missionário jesuíta que vasculha as profundezas da Floresta Amazônica do século XVIII em busca do padre renegado que tenta estabelecer um império. Mas o que ele encontra aí põe em cheque a sua fé e a própria realidade.


BRASYL is published in the US by Pyr Books, and in the UK by Gollancz. Here is the English-language synopsis…

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world’s greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?

Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.

Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point.

Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

BRASYL has also been published widely in translation — more details can be found on Ian’s author page.

Gollancz are due to publish Ian’s next novel in the UK, LUNA: NEW MOON, in September 2015. The book will be published in the US by Tor Books, also in September.

New Russian Cover for Andrew Hodges’s ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA


There is a new Russian edition of Andrew Hodges‘s ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA. As you can see from the image above, it reflects the Oscar-winning movie adaptation, THE IMITATION GAME. Published in Russia by ACT as Игра в имитацию: Биография Алана Тьюринга, here is the synopsis…

О загадочной, «зашифрованной» судьбе великого криптографа снят фильм «Игра в имитацию», который получил главную награду Кинофестиваля в Торонто в 2014 году. В роли Тьюринга – Бенедикт Камбербэтч, прославившийся своей ролью в телесериале «Шерлок». А его несостоявшуюся невесту Джоан Кларк сыграла Кира Найтли.

Национальный совет кинокритиков США и Американский институт киноискусства включили «Игру в имитацию» в топ 10 фильмов 2014 года. Также фильм получил пять номинаций на премию «Золотой глобус».

Настало время миру узнать о Тьюринге.

ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA is published in the UK by Vintage Books and in the US by Princeton University Press. It has also been published widely in translation (check Andrew’s author page for more details and covers). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

The official book behind the film, THE IMITATION GAME. This is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and the world’s greatest innovators.

Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War. Taken on by British Intelligence in 1938, as a shy young Cambridge don, he combined brilliant logic with a flair for engineering. In 1940 his machines were breaking the Enigma-enciphered messages of Nazi Germany’s air force. He then headed the penetration of the super-secure U-boat communications. 

But his vision went far beyond this achievement. Before the war he had invented the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer.

Turing’s far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing took his own life.


Ian McDonald’s PLANESRUNNER Available in Hungary


Ian McDonald‘s first YA novel, PLANESRUNNER, is available in Hungary! It is the first novel in the Everness series — a briskly-paced, action-packed, dimension-hopping science fiction adventure. Published by Gabo as SÍKVÁNDOR, here’s the synopsis…

Mind részei vagyunk az univerzumok sokaságának a párhuzamos dimenziókban – és Everett Singh apja éppen most találta meg az odavezető utat. Csakhogy elrabolták, és most úgy tűnik, mintha Everett édesapja soha nem is létezett volna. Egyetlen nyom bukkan fel, amelyet fia követhet, egy titokzatos program: az Infundibulum – egy térkép, és nemcsak a Tíz Ismert Világ térképe, hanem az egész multiverzumé.

PLANESRUNNER is published in the US by Pyr Book and in the UK by Jo Fletcher Books — both also publish the sequels, BE MY ENEMY and EMPRESS OF THE SUN. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There is not just one you, there are many yous. We’re part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions – and Everett Singh’s dad has found a way in.

But he’s been kidnapped, and now it is as though Everett’s dad never existed. Yet there is one clue for his son to follow, a mysterious app: the Infundibulum.

The app is a map, not just to the Ten Known Worlds, but to the entire multiverse – and there are those who want to get their hands on it very badly. If Everett’s going to keep it safe and rescue his dad, he’s going to need friends: like Captain Anastasia Sixmith, her adopted daughter and the crew of the airship Everness.

The series has been critically-acclaimed by many journalists, reviewers and Ian’s peers. All three books are out now in the UK and US. PLANESRUNNER has also been published in France by Gallimard Jeunesse, and in Russia by Эксмо.




The sixth book in Mark Hodder‘s Burton & Swinburne steampunk series has a cover! THE RISE OF THE AUTOMATED ARISTOCRATS is due to be published in the UK by Del Rey on November 5th, 2015. Here’s the synopsis…

Burton and Swinburne return for their final thrilling adventure!

Sir Richard Francis Burton’s expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies which must remain secret for history to follow its natural course.

Betrayed by one of their own, Burton and Swinburne watch in horror as the Empire’s elite use this knowledge to secure their positions for all eternity, branding any who oppose them as enemies of the State.

Can their band of hunted revolutionaries overthrow the ultimate automated autocrat – their King?.

Betrayed by one of their own,Burton and Swinburne watch in horror as the Empire’s elite use this knowledge to secure their positions for all eternity, branding any who oppose them as enemies of the State. Can their band of hunted revolutionaries overthrow the ultimate automated autocrat – their King?

The Burton & Swinburne series also includes: THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING-HEELED JACK, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CLOCKWORK MAN, EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, THE SECRET OF ABDU EL-YEZDI and THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN. The first three books were published by Snowbooks, the latest three novels in the series have been published in the UK by Del Rey. Del Rey also publishes A RED SUN ALSO RISES, a stand-alone novel.

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


Lavie Tidhar wins Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize!


Announced yesterday, Lavie Tidhar‘s exceptional A MAN LIES DREAMING has won the prestigious Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize!

Given to recognise the breadth and vibrancy of British writing today, this is its fifth year. Fifteen titles were nominated from across all genres, and of these, eight have won the prize.

Published in the UK by Hodder Books, here is the synopsis for A MAN LIES DREAMING

Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world — a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.

An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.

Lavie is no stranger to prestigious awards: OSAMA won the World Fantasy Award in 2012. Many congratulations to Lavie for another very-well-deserved win!

Hodder also published Lavie’s previous, critically-acclaimed novel, THE VIOLENT CENTURY — which is also published in the US by Thomas Dunne Books. Lavie is also the author of The Bookman Histories (Angry Robot)

‘Young, ambitious, skilled and original.’Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige

‘A shocking book as well as a rather brilliant one… A twisted masterpiece.’Guardian

‘Tidhar’s voice itself — at times humorous, at times grim but never frivolous and always taught and controlled… As with his previous novels, Tidhar knows how to say a great deal in very little. There is eloquence and gravitas in the sparselness and brevity of noir fiction when it is good, and Tidhar’s is quite incredible.’ —

‘Savagely funny… Those who enjoy laughter in the dark will relish Tidhar’s parade of mordant ironies… This novel is weird, upsetting, unmissable.’ 5* — Telegraph




Ben Aaronovitch‘s fifth Peter Grant novel, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, is out now in France! Published by J’ai Lu as LES DISPARUES DE RUSHPOOL, here’s a (rather succinct) French synopsis…

Peter Grant et Beverley Brook enquêtent sur une affaire de disparition d’enfants que la police du Herefordshire ne parvient pas à résoudre.

The novel (whole series, actually) is published in the UK by Gollancz — paperback edition is due out on July 7th, 2015; it is published in the US by DAW Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm …

We will have more news about the sixth novel in the series, THE HANGING TREE, hopefully soon. Here are the other French covers…


UK Cover: SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson


Today, Gollancz have unveiled the cover for Brandon Sanderson‘s highly-anticipated next Mistborn novel. SHADOWS OF SELF is due to be published in the UK on October 8th, 2015. Here’s the synopsis…

In the first of two sequels to The Alloy Of Law the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of Mistborn.

It is more than 300 years after the events of the The Final Empire shaped Scadrial. Waxillium Ladrian has returned to the capital city of Elendel from the far flung roughs. Elendel is crisscrossed by canals and railways and towers reach for the sky but this is still a city of dangers and of magic; Allomancy and Feruchemy can still change the world. Wax faces many more adventures.

As the synopsis states, this is the first of two sequels to THE ALLOW OF LAW, which took the Mistborn setting forward a few hundred years. The next Mistborn sequel will be BANDS OF MOURNING, due out next year.

Here are all of the UK Mistborn covers together…


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

Brandon Sanderson Makes Gemmell Award Shortlist!


Brandon Sanderson‘s WORDS OF RADIANCE has made it through to the shortlist for this year’s Gemmell Legend Award! The second novel in the Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series, it is published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis…

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Voting for the Gemmell Award is open now, and closes on July 17th. The prize presentation will be on Saturday August 8th, 2015 at the Nine Worlds Geekfest.

Gollancz also publish the first novel in the series, THE WAY OF KINGS — in a single and double volume editions. Gollancz also publishes a wealth of other Sanderson titles, details of which can be found here.

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


GRRM Remembers Roger Zelazny

ZelaznyR-AuthorPicRoger Zelazny passed away twenty years ago yesterday. We wanted to share some words from George R.R. Martin‘s eulogy…

He was a poet, first, last, always. His words sang.

He was a storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen…

“But look around you…” he wrote in Lord of Light. “Death and Light are everywhere, always, and they begin, end, strive, attend, into and upon the Dream of the Nameless that is the world, burning words within Samsara, perhaps to create a thing of beauty.”

Martin organised an evening of readings and discussion about Zelazny’s work, on May 31st. He explained that event here, with more kind words about Zelazny.

Zeno represents Zelazny in the UK and translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate. Most recently, we have negotiated some Chinese translations, the covers for which can be seen below. We will have more Zelazny news in the near future.

First five Amber novels…




Jack Campbell’s DAUNTLESS is a Kindle Monthly Deal

Campbell-LF1-DauntlessUK-BlogIt is a great time to try Jack Campbell‘s Lost Fleet series (that is, if you haven’t already…): DAUNTLESS, the first novel, is currently a Kindle Monthly Deal. The series is published in the UK by Titan Books. Here’s the synopsis for book one…

After a hundred years of brutal war against the Syndics, the Alliance fleet is marooned deep in enemy territory, weakened and demoralised and desperate to make it home.

Their fate rests in the hands of Captain “Black Jack” Geary, a man who had been presumed dead but then emerged from a century of survival hibernation to find his name had become legend. Forced by a cruel twist of fate into taking command of the fleet, Geary must find a way to inspire the battle-hardened and exhausted men and women of the fleet or face certain annihilation by their enemies.

Titan Books publishes the rest of the Lost Fleet series (six novels), as well as the spin-off series: Beyond the Frontier, which starts with DREADNAUGHT (currently five novels); and Lost Stars, which starts with TARNISHED KNIGHT (three novels so far, another in the works). Titan also two of Campbell’s other sci-fi series, the four JAG In Space novel and Stark’s War trilogy.

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


UK Audio Rights for Gabriel Denning Sold

The UK & Commonwealth audio rights for Gabriel Denning‘s riotous mash-up WARLOCK HOLMES and its two sequels have sold to W.F. Howes. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Sam Morgan at the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York. Titan Books will be publishing in the UK and US. The first novel is scheduled for May 2016.

Here’s the pitch:

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.

Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag.

The only things he really has going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety … and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

Gabriel Denning was born and raised in Seattle. He has published articles for the popular games company Wizards of the Coast, worked as a editor, written a video-game script for Nintendo, and scripted and performed shows at the Epcot Center, Walt Disney World. He now lives in Las Vegas with his family. To connect with the author, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Ben Aaronovitch Thanks Booksellers

OldRosieJugBest-selling author Ben Aaronovitch has decided to say thank you to the ‘unsung heroes of the book trade’, the booksellers. A former bookseller himself, the author will deliver 1,000 flagons of Weston’s Old Rosie cider to 384 book stores in the UK (independents and Waterstone’s branches) between June 8th-19th.

Ben is the author of the bestselling Peter Grant urban fantasy series, which is published in the UK by Gollancz. The gesture of thanks precedes the paperback release of FOXGLOVE SUMMER, the fifth novel in the series, on July 9th. Here’s the synopsis…

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm …

The Peter Grant series currently includes RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the upcoming THE HANGING TREE. All of which are published in the UK by Gollancz. The series is published in the US by Del Rey (#1-3) and DAW Books (#4 onwards); it is also published in Germany by DTV, and France by J’ai Lu. It has been published widely in other markets/languages as well. RIVERS OF LONDON: BODY WORK, a comic series set between books four and five, is due to start publishing from July (Titan Comics).