Short Fiction Watch: Ian McDonald’s THE GUILE is out now on Tor.com!


THE GUILE, a new short story by Ian McDonald, has been published today on Tor.com, and in eBook!

When an AI that monitors casino gambling in Reno taunts a magician by revealing all his tricks, the magician is determined to exact his revenge.

Ian is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of many novels and short stories. His most recent series, Luna, is published by Tor Books in North America and Gollancz in the UK, as well as widely in translation.

AN EASY DEATH… a New Series, and an Eye-Catching Cover!


At the end of last week, Piatkus unveiled the cover for Charlaine Harris‘s next novel! AN EASY DEATH, the first novel in the Gunnie Rose series, is due to be published in the UK on October 4th, 2018. At the moment, Piatkus’s website doesn’t have a detailed synopsis, only describing the main character, Lizzie Rose as ‘A woman fighting unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America’.

The synopsis from the North American edition (to be published by Saga Press) has some more detail, though…

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

Piatkus also publishes Charlaine’s Aurora Teagarden series in the UK:

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

Mick Oberon’s next job is told IN TRUTH AND CLAW…


In early August, Titan Books are due to publish Ari Marmell‘s fourth Mick Oberon novel, IN TRUTH AND CLAW. In 1930s Chicago, things can get tricky for a PI of the supernatural…

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet.

Titan has also published the first three novels in the series: HOT LEAD, COLD IRON, HALLOW POINT and DEAD TO RITES. Here are some of the great reviews the series has received so far…

‘In this gripping fantastical investigation, Marmell (The Goblin Corps) creates an engaging world and an unlikely hero… The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes. Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk.’Publishers Weekly on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON

‘An urban fantasy well-suited to lovers of historical fantasy, especially of Gangster-era Chicago… it’s an extremely entertaining historical / urban fantasy…’SF Signal on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON

‘It’s a fascinating concept, and a solid foundation for yet another gripping story… a highly enjoyable ride; the writing takes its reader into the heart of every scene… It’s a great read, reinvigorating the tropes of two genres to enable them to rise above cliché status. With final revelations that imply a larger conspiracy, it seems Marmell has plenty more up his sleeve for his hero, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mick Oberon in the future.’Starburst on HALLOW POINT

‘[B]reakneck pacing… the marvelous character that is Mick Oberon… make HALLOW POINT a more than great follow-up.’Book Plank

‘The third entry (after Hallow Point) in the inventive series about a 1930s private eye who also happens to be one of the Fae mixes supernatural investigations and Al Capone’s Chicago for an irresistible combo.’Library Journal on DEAD TO RITES

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

Peter Grant gets a new set of new jackets…


A couple of weeks ago, the cover for the highly-anticipated LIES SLEEPING was unveiled. You may, however, have missed that all of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels (and the novella) have been re-jacketed! Above you can see all eight of the UK covers, in chronological order. We think you’ll agree that they’re rather nice, and they look great all together!

Ben’s Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz., and currently includes: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, THE FURTHEST STATION (the novella), THE HANGING TREE and LIES SLEEPING. Ben has also been writing the Rivers of London comic series (with Andrew Cartmel), published by Titan Comics.

Lavie Tidhar’s UNHOLY LAND gets a truly gorgeous cover…


UNHOLY LAND, Lavie Tidhar‘s next novel to be published by Tachyon Publications, will be graced with that truly stunning cover, above. The image surfaced on Amazon and Goodreads last week, and we had to share it with you all. The artist is Sarah Anne Langton, who also did the award-winning cover for Lavie’s CENTRAL STATION (also published by Tachyon).

Here’s the UNHOLY LAND synopsis…

Much has changed when Lior Tirosh, writer of pulp fiction, returns to East Africa. His homeland, Palestina — a Jewish state established in the early 20th century — is constructing a massive border wall. Unrest in the capital is on the rise; life for Jews and refugees alike is increasingly unstable.

Tirosh’s search for his missing niece leads him to a ruthless member of the state’s security apparatus and a shadowy agent who is far more than she seems. Every answer Tirosh uncovers reveals a multitude of more dangerous truths. He is enveloped in deadly conspiracies that even the most imaginative author had never envisioned.

There is more than one Palestina, and the borders between the worlds are beginning to break.

UNHOLY LAND is due to be published in mid-October 2018. We can’t wait for you all to read it!

New Zelazny Omnibus available in Bulgaria


Смъртта и светлината, a new omnibus of Roger Zelazny‘s fiction, is now available in Bulgaria. Published by Бард, here’s the synopsis…

Сборникът съдържа следните произведения:

1. Четири истории от утре

· Вратите на лицето му, лампите на устата му
· Роза за Еклесиаста
· Фуриите
· Сърцето на гробищата

2. Господарят на светлината

3. Една нощ през самотния октомври

Странният поетичен свят на Зелазни е главозамайваща смес от забавна сатира и философски размисли. Ранните му разкази са великолепно написани – мечтателни и в същото време задълбочени. Бурният екшън „Вратите на лицето му, лампите на устата му“, емоционално разтърсващият „Роза за Еклисиаста“, смешно-сърцераздирателната басня „Фуриите“ и мрачният трагичен романс „Сърцето на гробищата“ са изумително близки до съвременната чувствителност.

Сложният, интригуващ и тайнствен роман „Господарят на светлината“, донесъл на Зелазни наградата „Хюго“ през 1968 г., пресъздава хиндуисткия пантеон с помощта на науката, хвърля светлина върху връзката между човечеството и технологиите и разказва трогателна човешка история. „Една нощ през самотния октомври“ – последната книга на Зелазни преди смъртта му – е дръзко оригинална амалгама от ужаси, хумор, мистерия и фантазия: скъпоценност, излъчваща мрачен блясък.

The omnibus includes FOUR FOR TOMORROW (a collection of four novelettes, first published in 1967), LORD OF LIGHT (1967) and A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER (1993).

The latter was recently published by Farrago in the UK. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

All is not what it seems.

In the murky London gloom, a knife-wielding gentleman named Jack prowls the midnight streets with his faithful watchdog Snuff – gathering together the grisly ingredients they will need for an upcoming ancient and unearthly rite. For soon after the death of the moon, black magic will summon the Elder Gods back into the world. And all manner of Players, both human and undead, are preparing to participate.

Some have come to open the gates. Some have come to slam them shut. And now the dread night approaches – so let the Game begin.

Farrago has also published Zelazny’s DOORWAYS IN THE SAND.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

LIES SLEEPING under the cover…


The cover for Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated seventh Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING, was unveiled today by Waterstones (see the Tweet and animated reveal, below) and Unbound Worlds! Due to be published in November by Gollancz (UK) and DAW Books (US), here’s the synopsis…

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague — Lesley May — who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch…

November can’t come quickly enough! Here are the (UK) covers, in chronological order…

Waterstones will also have a limited stock of signed hardcover editions of LIES SLEEPING, which you can pre-order here. Here, too, is Waterstones’ Tweet, unveiling the cover…

A MAN LIES DREAMING in Hebrew…


A MAN LIES DREAMING, the critically-acclaimed, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award-winning novel by Lavie Tidhar is available now in Hebrew! Published by Keter Books as איש שוכב וחולם, here’s the synopsis…

ווֹלף‭, ‬בלש‭ ‬פרטי‭ ‬כושל‭, ‬פועל‭ ‬בלונדון‭ ‬האפלה‭ ‬והרטובה‭. ‬הוא‭ ‬רדוף‭ ‬זיכרונות‭ ‬של‭ ‬עתיד‭ ‬שאולי‭ ‬התרחש‭ ‬ואולי‭
לא‭ ‬התרחש‭, ‬ונרדף‭ ‬על‭ ‬ידי‭ ‬הווה‭ ‬מסוכן‭, ‬מלא‭ ‬בפשיסטים‭ ‬ובנאצים‭ ‬שנמלטו‭ ‬מגרמניה‭. ‬כשמגיעה‭ ‬אליו‭
איזבלה‭ ‬רובינשטיין‭, ‬יהודייה‭ ‬עשירה‭ ‬שמחפשת‭ ‬את‭ ‬אחותה‭ ‬שהוברחה‭ ‬מגרמניה‭ ‬ונעלמה‭, ‬הוא‭ ‬לא‭ ‬יודע
לאיזו‭ ‬צרה‭ ‬הוא‭ ‬נקלע‭. ‬ באותה‭ ‬העת‭, ‬או‭ ‬שאולי‭ ‬בעת‭ ‬אחרת‭ ‬לגמרי‭, ‬שוֹמֶר‭, ‬כותב‭ ‬שוּנְד‭ – ‬רומנים‭ ‬קטנים‭
וסנסציוניים‭ ‬ביידיש‭ – ‬שוכב‭ ‬על‭ ‬דרגש‭ ‬במחנה‭ ‬ההשמדה‭ ‬אושוויץ‭ ‬וחולם‭ ‬על‭ ‬עולם‭ ‬אחר‭ ‬שבו‭ ‬הוא‭ ‬שוכב‭ ‬על‭
חוף‭ ‬ים‭ ‬טרופי‭, ‬כשבטנו‭ ‬מלאה‭, ‬והוא‭ ‬מחייך‭ ‬וכל‭ ‬שיניו‭ ‬בפיו‭, ‬ומשפחתו‭ ‬מאוחדת‭. ‬דמיונו‭ ‬מאפשר‭ ‬לו‭ ‬לחרוג‭ ‬מן
המקום‭ ‬המצמית‭ ‬ולדמיין‭ ‬עלילות‭ ‬על‭ ‬עיר‭ ‬אפלה‭ ‬ומעשים‭ ‬אפלים‭. ‬באורח‭ ‬פלא‭, ‬העלילות‭ ‬בדמיונו‭ ‬של‭ ‬שוֹמֶר
מסתבכות‭ ‬ונושקות‭ ‬לקורותיו‭ ‬של‭ ‬וולף‭.‬  בקצב‭ ‬מסחרר‭ ‬ומבריק‭ ‬ותוך‭ ‬שהוא‭ ‬משתעשע‭ ‬באלגנטיות‭ ‬בממדים‭
של‭ ‬זמן‭, ‬מקום‭ ‬ומסַפרים‭ ‬שונים‭, ‬לוקח‭ ‬לביא‭ ‬תדהר‭ ‬את‭ ‬הקורא‭ ‬למסע‭ ‬בהיסטוריה‭ ‬חלופית‭, ‬בפילם‭ ‬נואר‭
‬ובמחנה‭ ‬אושוויץ‭ ‬עצמו‭, ‬בלי‭ ‬לאבד‭ ‬אף‭ ‬לא‭ ‬לרגע‭ ‬את‭ ‬השליטה‭ ‬המושלמת‭ ‬בסיפור‭ ‬המבריק‭ ‬שהִנדס‭. ‬ לביא‭
תדהר‭ ‬גר‭ ‬בלונדון‭ ‬וכותב‭ ‬בעברית‭ ‬ובאנגלית‭.‬   “מהמם‭, ‬מצחיק‭ ‬וחריף‭… ‬לביא‭ ‬תדהר‭ ‬מזכיר‭ ‬לנו‭ ‬שבסופו‭ ‬של
דבר‭, ‬גם‭ ‬בנסיבות‭ ‬הקשות‭ ‬ביותר‭, ‬כל‭ ‬מה‭ ‬שיש‭ ‬לנו‭ ‬הוא‭ ‬סיפורים‭, ‬ובידיים‭ ‬הנכונות‭ ‬הם‭ ‬נשק‭ ‬מטיל‭ ‬אימה‭
הוושינגטון‭ ‬פוסט

The novel is published in the UK by Hodder and in the US by Melville House. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

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.

Here’s some of the aforementioned critical acclaim…

‘Comes crashing through the door of literature like Sam Spade with a .38 in his hand. This is a shocking book as well as a rather brilliant one, and it treats the topic of genocide with a kind of energetic unseriousness… Tidhar’s novel treats its grim theme not as a comedy, although there is plenty of caustic humour, but instead as a pulp-noir tale of seamy city streets, gumshoes and lowlifes… Tidhar gets the outre tone just right: outrageous sex and violence related in a briskly workmanlike style. And Tidhar’s Hitler is a striking reimagination of that endlessly reimagined individual: twisted with hatred, doing good almost by accident… Tidhar, who cut his teeth in the world of genre SF, understands how eloquent pulp can be… [OSAMA] won the World Fantasy award. I wouldn’t be surprised to see A MAN LIES DREAMING repeat that achievement… Like Tarantino, Tidhar may find that some people don’t take him seriously. But the joke’s on them. Seriousness is the least of it: A MAN LIES DREAMING is a twisted masterpiece.’ Guardian

‘Wild, noir-infused alternative history from genre-bender Tidhar… A wholly original Holocaust story: as outlandish as it is poignant.’ Kirkus (Starred Review)

‘…savagely funny… A MAN LIES DREAMING, by the Israeli-born novelist Lavie Tidhar, has not been published with the fanfare bestowed on Martin Amis’s The Zone of Interest or Howard Jacobson’s J, but it is their equal for savage humour… Those who enjoy laughter in the dark will relish Tidhar’s parade of mordant ironies… This novel is weird, upsetting, unmissable.’ 5* — Telegraph

‘No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse… Tidhar reveals – as he did earlier in OSAMA and to some extent in THE VIOLENT CENTURY – that he’s really less interested in the mechanistic ‘‘what-ifs’’ of conventional alternate history than he is in the interpenetration of real and in­vented histories, or perhaps more grandiosely in the interpenetration of art and life – even the often-demeaned art of sensational fiction or (as in the case of THE VIOLENT CENTURY) comic books. This is what makes him such an interesting writer, and what makes A MAN LIES DREAMING quite a bit more complex than it at first appears… the novel is not without a fair amount of humor, and that might well be the boldest risk Tidhar is taking here…’ Locus

‘Everything in this genre-bender works; intriguing historical characters are worked into expertly managed plots, and the visceral noir atmosphere is juxtaposed nicely against the drawing-room world of London’s political scene.’ Booklist(Starred Review)

‘A Chandler-esque mystery… a jarring tale of a grim, gray alternative world… Seldom will readers come across fantasy as well conceived and well written as this exceptional novel.’ Library Journal (Starred Review)

CRY FOX, collectively, in June!


The collected edition of the fifth Rivers of London comic series, CRY FOX is due to be published by Titan Comics in June! Above you can see the cover for the trade paperback. The series is written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, with art by Lee Sullivan and colours by Luis Guerrero. Here’s the synopsis…

CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London supernatural police procedural crime novel series!

Vengeful Russian mobsters are looking to hire members of London’s own more-then-natural underworld to bring bloody retribution down on the witch Varvara. However, the ex-Soviet sorcerer is under the protective wing of London’s own wizarding cop, Peter Grant (now a proper detective and everything), and to get the attention of Grant and his colleagues, the the daughter of a prominent Russian oligarch is kidnapped by parties unknown but possibly fox-like. What makes it worse is that Peter is going to have to leave his beloved London and *gasp* go out into the countryside! And when there’s trees and fields and wildlife involved, things never end well…

The first four series have also been published as collected paperbacks and digital editions: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD and DETECTIVE STORIES.

Ben’s Peter Grant series of novels is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation. The seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING is due out later this year. (We’ll share more information and the cover as it becomes available.)

 

Roger Zelazny’s CHANGELING now available in Bulgaria!


CHANGELING, the first novel in Roger Zelazny‘s Changeling Saga, is out now in Bulgaria! Published by Сиела as Размяната, here’s the synopsis…

“През полята, гдето няма битки, няма глад, няма болка, где никой не е чудовище, где светлината е мека, чуруликат птички и ромолят поточета, где сумракът пада и води звездите като рояк светулки… и там ще живееш винаги и нивга не ще се събудиш, нивга не ще си тръгнеш… Спи в покой, що никога не си познавал — завинаги, навеки…”

Дет Морсон, определян от някои като тъмен магьосник, а от други като човек с амбиции, гледа как армиите на враговете напредват, за да го унищожат.

Дет знае, че ще изгуби, и нито драконите, нито харпиите, нито останалите чудовища, които е събрал в замъка си, ще му помогнат.
И губи.

Синът му обаче е жив и победителите знаят, че винаги ще представлява заплаха за тях. Затова трябва да бъде изпратен далече, в свят където магията е само легенда, а технологиите властват.

Там трябва да израсне като обикновен човек, а друго дете, взето от света на технологиите ще заеме мястото му. Но Равновесието вече е нарушено.

И е въпрос на време повелителят на магиите да се изправи срещу новия господар на технологията, за да решат съдбата на света.

First published in 1980, here’s the English-language synopsis…

The people had long suffered under Det Morson’s power. When at last, the wizard Mor joined the fight, Det and his infamous Rondoval castle were destroyed. But the victory was not complete, for the conquerors found a baby amidst the rubble: Det’s son, Pol. Unwilling to kill the child, Mor took him to a world where the ways of magic were considered mere legends — a world called Earth.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in Translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

Next month, WARLOCK HOLMES performs a GRAVE RITUAL…


In May, Titan Books are due to publish the third novel in G.S. Denning‘s Warlock Holmes series, MY GRAVE RITUAL! Here’s the synopsis…

As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.

The first two novels in the series are also published by Titan in the UK and US: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE and THE HELL-HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

Zeno represents the first three of G.S. Denning’s Warlock Holmes novels in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Sam Morgan at the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

A new omnibus of THREE GREAT NOVELS by R.A. Lafferty coming soon in the UK


In August, Gollancz is due to published an omnibus edition collecting THREE GREAT NOVELS by R.A. Lafferty! Here’s the volume’s official synopsis…

Three early masterpieces from one of science fiction’s great stylists.

Acclaimed, as one of the most original voices in modern literature, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty drew more from traditional oral storytelling techniques than from the usual pulp roots of SF. His inventive style and fondness for tall tales marked him out from his contemporaries, and writers of the calibre of Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe acknowledge him as a major influence and force in the field. His fiction has garnered numerous award wins and nominations and he has been given the prestigious SFWA Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This volume contains three of his early novels: the Hugo- and Nebula-shortlisted Past Master, space opera re-telling of The Odyssey, Space Chantey, and Fourth Mansions, also shortlisted for the Nebula.

Here are some more details for each of the novels included in the book. Let’s start with SPACE CHANTEY, which was first published in 1968…

Set in the far future, Space Chantey chronicles the adventures of Space Captain Roadstrum and his crew, on a journey through galaxies resonant with myth and peril as Roadstrum valiantly battles to return across the cosmos to Big Tulsa, the Capital of the World, and to his wife and young son Tele-Max.

First published in 1969, FOURTH MANSIONS was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel…

Seven very special people blending to create a higher form of humanity…

A laughing man living alone on a mountain top, guarding the world…

The returnees, men who live again and again, century after century…

A dog-ape plappergeist who can be seen only from the corner of the eye…

And a young man named Foley, very much like you or me, who begins to find out about these people and these things, and how they are shaping the destiny of the world…

PAST MASTER, also originally published in 1968, was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Best Novel awards…

The golden planet of Astrobe, made in the image of Utopia, now faced a crisis which could destroy it forever; and yet, no one could understand it: In a world where wealth & comfort were free to everyone, why did so many desert the golden cities for the slums of Cathead and the Barrio? Why did they turn away from the Astrobe dream and seek lives of bone-crushing work, squalor and disease?

The rulers of Astrobe didn’t know, so they sought in humankind’s past for a leader who could give them the answers. They brought to life the one man out of history who would most want to destroy Astrobe!

Many of Lafferty’s novels have also been published in the UK by Gollancz’s SF Gateway project (as eBooks).

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

Scholastic to release Lavie Tidhar’s CANDY…


Yesterday, Scholastic UK officially announced that they will be publishing Lavie Tidhar’s CANDY, the author’s first foray into children’s fiction!

Due to be published on June 7th, 2018, Scholastic have described the novel as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Bugsy Malone for 9+ readers’. In CANDY, Lavie has created a thrilling, chocolate-mad world that leaps from the page, and his distinct voice and deployed film-noir style perfectly suit the action. He has created a brilliantly accessible and inspiring heroine in Nelle Faulkner, a determined, clever girl willing to follow any lead to get to the bottom of a complex conspiracy.

Here is the blurb:

In a city where candy is a crime and biscuits have been banned, Nelle Faulker is a 12-year-old private detective looking for her next client.

So when a notorious candy gangster asks for her help, Nelle is on the case.

Swept into a secret world of sweet smugglers and chocolate crooks, can Nelle and her friends find a way to take the cake? Or will they come to a sticky end…

The Scholastic edition is lavishly illustrated with internal black and white art by Mark Beech, who also provides the cover (above, full-wrap below).

The novel has been hotly anticipated, with foreign rights pre-sold in Italy to Mondadori in a five-figure deal (at auction), in Germany to Loewe (also at auction), in France to Bragelonne, in the Czech Republic to Argo, in Poland to Zysk and in Romania to Nemira. Further deals are anticipated.

Lavie said: ‘I can honestly say I feel like a kid in a candy store! When I set out to chronicle the adventures of Nelle and her friends, I never dreamed of the level of interest the story would generate. I can’t wait to finally hold CANDY in my hands!’

This is Lavie’s first book for children, following a string of award-winning novels for adults that saw him scoop the World Fantasy Award, among others.

Campbell’s Genesis Fleet ASCENDANT…


Next month, Titan Books are due to publish ASCENDANT, the second novel in Jack Campbell‘s Genesis Fleet series. A prequel series to the author’s hugely popular Lost Fleet series, here’s the synopsis…

A young fleet officer and a Marine stand together to defend their colony in the continuation of the powerful and action-packed Genesis Fleet saga from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell.

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the world of Glenlyon, Old Earth and the Old Colonies have continued to shrink their military forces.

But open warfare erupts once again when Glenlyon tries to force open a trade route. Isolated and alone, Glenlyon places its hope in informal agreements with other worlds also facing attack. But fiercely independent worlds settled by people who wanted to escape higher authority don’t easily agree to such commitments. While politicians try to bring some kind of formal alliance into being, Geary and Darcy once again find themselves fighting desperately to defend their world, hoping they can hold out until help arrives.

If it comes at all…

The first novel in the Genesis Fleet series, VANGUARD is out now, as are the Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier and Lost Stars novels (all set in the same universe), all published by Titan Books.

ASCENDANT will arrive in British stores on May 25th, 2018.

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

Ian McDonald’s BRASYL and DERVISH HOUSE available in the US!


We’re very happy to report that Ian McDonald‘s novels BRASYL and THE DERVISH HOUSE are available again in the US! Published in eBook format through the JABberwocky eBook Program, here are some details…

BRASYL, first published in 2007, the novel is published in the UK by Gollancz. The novel was nominated for Best Novel in the Hugo, Nebula and BSFA Awards. Here’s the 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 characters, three stories, three Brazils, linked across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

The release of BRASYL was met with a number of great reviews. Here are just a couple…

‘McDonald’s outstanding SF novel channels the vitality of South America’s largest country into an edgy, post-cyberpunk free-for-all… Chaotic, heartbreaking and joyous, this must-read teeters on the edge of melodrama, but somehow keeps its precarious balance.’ Publishers Weekly

BRASYL is classic McDonald: a deep thinking, high-paced adventure story, exploring the quantum universe, combining sassy, believable characters with a captivating delight in language and storytelling. McDonald inhabits the Brazil – or rather, the Brazils – of this world and sweeps you along as no other writer in the field could manage.’ Guardian

‘A beautiful story, one that cries out to be read again and again. McDonald’s light is still shining brightly, and considering the consistent quality of his titles, we say long may it burn.’ SciFi Now

Next up, THE DERVISH HOUSE! First published in 2009 by Gollancz, this novel was also nominated for Best Novel in the Hugo, Locus and BSFA Awards, and was also a nominee for the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Here’s the synopsis…

Welcome to the world of The Dervish House — the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. With a population pushing one hundred million, and Istanbul alone swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the new Europe, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, and three interconnected story strands all woven around the common core of the old dervish house of Aden Dede. A terror attack, a vision of djinn, a commodities scam, a hunt for half a miniature Koran that holds the key to new technology, and a quest for a creature from Arabic legend — that may not be so legendary after all.

Here are some of the great reviews THE DERVISH HOUSE has received…

‘… a writer with an unerring instinct for finding resonance between theme and location… a rich and assured novel that, like much of Ken MacLeod’s recent work, revels in the shiny precision of the airport tech-thriller, yet insists on putting forward disquieting ideas rather than offering all-too-neat reassurances that you can somehow put escaped djinns back in bottles. This is as good as contemporary literary SF gets.’  —  SFX (5* Review)

‘I know what to expect from Ian McDonald: broad vistas, intricately imagined futures, poetic language that transports and delights, a blend of mysticism and science that thrills and moves. But no matter how much foreknowledge I bring to a new Ian McDonald, I am always, always startled and thrilled by the exciting, moving epic story I find inside… To read McDonald is to fall in love with a place and to become drunk with it (see this free sample from Dervish House for a taste). I you’ve never read him, you’re in for a treat. If you’re a fan like me, you’ll be delighted anew. What a wonderful, wonderful book.’ BoingBoing

‘… thrilling… A master in his own right, McDonald has written some of the best SF of the last fifteen years… a mosaic of a story that can be admired for its finely-wrought pieces but not fully appreciated until the book is finished and looked at again from some distance. The biggest part of the thrill is wondering how the characters will inevitably intersect… As much as THE DERVISH HOUSE is about biogenetics and history, McDonald couches some of his lushest prose in explorations of mysticism… McDonald, who is a native of Scotland, has an uncanny ability to write about other cultures authentically. He is a painstaking researcher and while he cannot always write with absolute authority, his dedication to making settings and characters feel alive is incredibly impressive… Ian McDonald has crafted a gorgeously lush novel, oozing with exciting, relevant ideas, a love letter to the Queen of Cities, to all cities, really.’ Tor.com

‘A lush, complex and hugely entertaining novel.’ Guardian

Check out our previous posts about the new JABberwocky eBook editions of Ian’s Everness series and India 2047 novels.

Here are the UK covers for BRASYL and THE DERVISH HOUSE