Gemmell Award Nominations!


This weekend, the 2012/13 Gemmell Award nominations were unveiled, and we’re happy to report that two of our authors have been included in the longlist!

Jennifer Fallon‘s DARK DIVIDE and James Maxey‘s GREATSHADOW and HUSH were all nominated in the Legend Category, which is now open for voting.

Congratulations to both Jennifer and James!

In related news, and as reported on the website a few days ago, Maxey‘s Dragon Apocalypse series has recently been released as an eBook omnibus, published by Solaris Books.

BFS Noms for Zeno Clients…

bfs_logo2011Anne Lyle has been nominated in the Best Newcomer category in the recently announced shortlist for the 2013 British Fantasy Award. Anne receives this nomination in recognition for her excellent debut novel, THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS, published by Angry RobotTHE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS is the first novel in Anne’s Night’s Masque trilogy, and is followed by THE MERCHANT OF DREAMS and THE PRINCE OF LIES – the latter is due for publication in November 2013.

Also nominated in the same category is E.C. Myers, whom we represent on behalf of our associate agency in New York, JABberwocky. Eugene’s debut novel FAIR COIN also scooped this year’s Andre Norton Award. FAIR COIN and its sequel QUANTUM COIN are published in the US by Pyr Books. UK rights are still available.

The award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Huge congratulations to both Anne and Eugene!

Congratulations Aliette!

NebulaAward-LogoWe’re delighted to announce that Zeno client Aliette de Bodard has won a coveted  Nebula Award, for her short story ‘Immersion’!

We announced a little while ago that Aliette‘s the story had been nominated for a Nebula Award (as well as Hugo and LOCUS nominations). Naturally, we’re expecting a hat-trick!

Congratulations Aliette, on this much -deserved accolade!

Tanya Huff Nominated for 2013 Aurora Awards…

Huff-Silvered-BlogWe will have some exciting news to share with you all regarding Tanya Huff‘s novels in the UK in the very near future…

In the meantime, however, we are delighted to announce that Tanya’s latest novel, the stand-alone werewolf fantasy THE SILVERED, has been nominated for a 2013 Aurora Award in the ‘Best Novel – English’ category! The Aurora Awards honour work published in the past year by Canadian authors.

Voting for the awards will begin for members of CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) on May 6th and will close on September 13th 2013. The awards will then be presented at Can-Con in Ottawa, October 4–6, 2013. Here’s the synopsis, in case ths wonderful novel has somehow slipped your notice…

From the author of the bestselling Blood books, a brilliant new tale of shape-changers, mages, soothsayers, and a power-mad emperor. The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen – she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader – to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. But with every step the odds against their survival, let alone their success, grow steeper…

THE SILVERED was published last November in the US by DAW and has received some great reviews from all over SFF community…

THE SILVERED is a hugely entertaining and well-crafted take on were-wolves, mages, and empire, and a war that pits magic against technology in a gaslamp-era fantasy setting. I particularly adore it because it features so many sensible women.’  —  Kate Elliott, author of the Spiritwalker and Crown of Stars series

‘Huff delves into an overwhelming yet improbably seamless mix of steampunk, epic fantasy, and paranormal romance… ‘  —  Publishers Weekly

– ‘A richly built tale. Tanya Huff has been publishing full length novels since 1988. She knows not only how to world build, but how to build magic systems and do phenomenal characterizations. Her experience shows on every page of THE SILVERED… Books this good don’t come along that often. THE SILVERED is a well-planned, well executed adventure tale. I loved it. Completely. I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t or even might not want to read this book.’  —  Ranting Dragon

THE SILVERED by Tanja Huff is an excellent fantasy novel.’  —  The Examiner

Keep your eyes open for the aforementioned news – we hope to have something for you very soon. (Yes, that’s a bit of a tease, but we can’t give you everything all at once…)

Zeno represents Tanya Huff in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Lavie Tidhar at the BSFA Open Night…

World Fantasy and recent BSFA Award winner Lavie Tidhar will be the main attractive (other than the beer!) at the next BSFA open night which is on Wednesday 24th April 2013. He will be interviewed by Edward James, who will also present Lavie with his shiny new BSFA Award.

The interview will begin at 7pm. The room will be open from 6 pm, and if early, fans tend o be found in the ground floor bar from 5ish.

Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Entry is free, and all are welcome!

Nebula Noms for Aliette de Bodard…

Huge congratulations to Zeno client Aliette de Bodard, who has been nominated in two categories for the 2012 Nebula Awards!


ON A RED STATION, DRIFTING (Immersion Press) has been nominated in the Novella category, and “IMMERSION” (Clarkesworld #69, June 2012) has been nominated in the Short Story category. The latter was also nominated for a BSFA Award this year. You can read the excellent “IMMERSION” free online, here.

The Forty-Eighth Nebula Awards Weekend will be held May 16-19th, 2013, at the San Jose Hilton. Borderland Books will be sponsoring a mass autograph session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th at the Hilton. The autograph session is open to the public and, of course, books by the authors in attendance will be available for purchase (so it’s easy to complete your collections!). More information about the Nebula Awards Weekend can be found here.

Aliette de Bodard is the author of multiple award-winning and short-listed short stories, and also the OBSIDIAN & BLOOD trilogy, published by Angry Robot BooksSERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD, HARBINGER OF THE STORM and MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS.


CNINo sooner has awards season ended than it’s started up all over again! We’re delighted to see Aliette de Bodard nominated for a BSFA Award for her short story Immersion, and Lavie Tidhar – still weighed down with last year’s World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award gongs, is this year nominated for best non-fiction his all his hard work on the World SF Blog.

The Kitschies Award shortlists have also been announced, and we’re pleased to see the cover (art is by Tom Gauld) of Matthew Hughes’ COSTUME NOT INCLUDED (Angry Robot) nominated for best artwork.

Well done Aliette, Lavie and Matt!


Zeno’s Sidewise Award Nominees…

Zeno clients dominate this year’s shortlist for The Sidewise Award for Alternate History, which will be announced at the forthcoming Chicago Worldcon (Chicon 7) in September. Of the seven novels nominated for on the Best Long-Form , we have three familar names…

Good luck to all three of our authors – in some alternative historical universe, you all won!

RIVERS OF LONDON Up For Theakston Prize…

Ben Aaronvitch adds yet another feather to his already impressive panache with the news that his hugely popular novel RIVERS OF LONDON is one of the titles announced today on the  long list of this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country.

This feat prompted him to wonder if he can now officially be classed as a crossover author! We reckon so, Ben. Congratulations!!

Tidhar’s OSAMA Marches Even Further on…

And no sooner had my post about the various sales of OSAMA gone live yesterday,  than the news came through that Lavie’s book has made this year’s shortlist for the John W. Campbell Award, the third major prize that this extraordinary novel has been up for.

Zeno has a special association with the Campbell Award and if Lavie should win, he’ll actually be the third Zeno author in four years to do so – following in the footsteps of Ian R. MacLeod (2009) and Ian McDonald (2011).

Congratulations and good luck, Lavie!

Can you Hear Us? Yes You Can! Multiple Audible Deals…

We’re delighted to announce several recent sales to  Stacy Patton-Anderson at Audible.

First up, a slew of titles by Lavie Tidhar – including his PS Publishing novel OSAMA, a work that has been on everyone’s lips of late, not least because it was name-checked in Christopher Priest’s now infamous ranty  blog post as one of the titles (along with WAKE UP AND DREAM by fellow Zeno client, Ian R. MacLeod) that should have made this year’s Arthur C. Clarke award shortlist. We, of course, couldn’t possibly comment on this matter… except to say how absolutely correct Mr Priest is!

Along with OSAMA, Audible will also be releasing Lavie’s entire BOOKMAN trilogy in audio – THE BOOKMAN, CAMERA OBSCURA and the recently published THE GREAT GAME, and the final title in this superb batch is Lavie’s collaboration with fellow Israeli author Nir Yaniv, THE TEL-AVIV DOSSIER, a scarcer Tidhar title, originally published by Chizine Publications in Canada.

Joining Lavie at Audible is another client, Ian McDonald – himself often seen on awards and ‘best of’ shortlists. Audible will be publishing an audio edition of Ian’s THE DERVISH HOUSE, a novel that was nominated for last year’s Clarke and Hugo awards and which won the Campbell, the BSF and the SFSite poll. They will also be publishing BRASYL (also nominated for the Clarke) and RIVER OF GODS (nominated for the Clarke, Hugo and the Tiptree).

World Fantasy Award and Philip K. Dick award winner James P. Blaylock will see his new novel ZEUGLODON (to be published later this year by Subterranean) and also his classic work THE DIGGING LEVIATHAN published in audio.

And finally – very much in the sense of ‘at long last’ –  an author with too many award wins and nominations to list here, William Gibson. To accompany their release of Gibson’s new non-fiction collection DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOUR, Audible have acquired a number of backlist titles – namely NEUROMANCER, THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE, PATTERN RECOGNITION, SPOOK COUNTRY and ZERO HISTORY.

Happy listening!

Nebula Nomination for Aliette De Bodard…

Congratulations to our client Aliette de Bodard, whose story Shipbirth has been short-listed for this the 2011 Nebula Award in the Short Story category.

The Nebulas are are ‘voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.‘ and have been so since 1965!

The ceremony this year will take place at the Nebula Awards Weekend, May 17th thru 20th in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

You can read Aliette’s nominated story here.

Félicitations Monsieur Cobley et Mademoiselle de Bodard…

The French edition of Michael Cobley‘s SEEDS OF EARTH (originally published in the UK by Orbit) has been nominated in the longlist for Best Foreign Novel category for this year’s Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the most prestigious award in the SFF field in France.

L’Ombre de la Longue Nuit, translated by Laurent Queyssi, is published by Bragelonne and will compete with ten works by contemporaries such as Dan Simmons, China Mieville and Lauren Beukes and fellow Zeno client Aliette de Bodard.

Aliette’s novel, D’Obsidienne et de Sang, translated by Laurent Philibert-Caillat, is published by Eclipse – having originally been published in English by Angry Robot as SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD. And yes,  the multiple ironies involved with a native French author, living in France, writing in English, being translated into French and then nominated in a category for Best Foreign Novel have not escaped our notice! Still cool, though, ain’t it!

The shortlist will be announced by the jury at the end of March and the winners will receive their prizes at a ceremony held during the Etonnants Voyageurs (Amazing Voyagers) festival at Saint-Malo (26-28 May 2012).

Congratulations and good luck to both Mike and Aliette. We’re hoping for a tie between the two of you!

Lavie Tidhar’s OSAMA up for a ‘Kitschie’….

Lavie Tidhar‘s formidable novel OSAMA is one of five books nominated for this year’s Kitschie Awards – specifically, their ‘Red Tentacle’ award!

The winner receives a £750 prize, a hand-crafted tentacular trophy and (best of all!) a bottle of the Kraken’s finest black rum. See here for more details and for the full shortlist.

OSAMA is exceptional. Compelling, confrontational, and surprisingly moving, it is one of the best novels yet on terror in our times.’ — World Literature Today

Not a writer to mess around with half measures … brings to mind Philip K Dick’s seminal science fiction novel THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.’ –- The Guardian on OSAMA.

Bears comparison with the best of Philip K Dick’s paranoid, alternate-history fantasies. It’s beautifully written and undeniably powerful.’ – The Financial Times on OSAMA.

OSAMA is written with both an obvious affection for genre fiction and a sense of wild-eyed disbelief at the insanity of a world where people fly planes into skyscrapers. 4.5/5 stars.’ –- SFX

Intensely moving.‘ -– Interzone on OSAMA

Yet More Awards News…

Ian McDonald‘s superb novel THE DERVISH HOUSE has scooped yet another accolade. The author adds this year’s John W. Campbell Award to the BSFA Award and the nominations the novel has received for both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Hugo.

Even though Zeno has only been in business for three years, this is the second time a Zeno client has won this coveted prize… in fact, it’s the second time a client called Ian was won it! (See here) – not a back track record, eh?

Huge congratulations to Ian and to publishers, Pyr and Gollancz, who have done such a wonderful job with the novel. Note the UK mass market edition is due out on July 29th.