Looking SKYWARD in the UK…


Hot on the heels of another recent cover reveal, today we have the UK cover for Brandon Sanderson‘s upcoming SKYWARD: the first book in ‘an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future.’ Due to be published by Gollancz on November 6th, the cover was unveiled a few minutes ago, via Twitter (with a snazzy animated reveal). Here’s the synopsis…

Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s — a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous… but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward…

Gollancz has published a broad range of Brandon’s book in the UK — including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series, the Reckoners series, the Legion novellas, and a few stand-alone novels (check out some of the covers, below).

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

THE HERO OF AGES gets a new jacket…


On September 20th, Gollancz are due to publish a new hardcover edition of Brandon Sanderson‘s THE HERO OF AGES! The third book in the author’s bestselling Mistborn fantasy series (and the conclusion to the first arc in the overall series), here’s the synopsis…

The Dark Lord is dead, and now a new world can be built.

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.

This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson’s saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

The first two novels are also available in hardcover, eBook and paperback, published by Gollancz. The second arc of the Mistborn series is also published by Gollancz in the UK, currently available in paperback and eBook (with hardcovers due in the future).

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

Two more, new French jackets for Peter Grant…


J’ai Lu recently re-jacketed the French editions of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series. We shared the first three new covers a little while ago, and today we have the new covers for BROKEN HOMES (above) and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. Published in France as LE RÊVE DE L’ARCHITECTE and LES DISPARUES DE RUSHPOOL, respectively. Here’s the synopsis for the former…

La découverte d’un corps mutilé dans la banlieue de Londres fait monter d’un cran la paranoïa ambiante, d’autant que la méthode rappelle furieusement celle de l’Homme sans visage, ce magicien fou déjà connu des services de police. Enfin, pas de tous les services, juste de celui des affaires surnaturelles, dont le représentant le plus actif, l’agent Peter Grant, est aussi le dernier apprenti sorcier de Londres. À peine débutée, son enquête va s’enrichir de nouveaux éléments à première vue sans rapport avec le crime, mais qui tous mènent au quartier d’Elephant and Castle ; plus précisément à un ensemble d’immeubles conçu par un architecte dérangé et habité par tout ce que la capitale britannique compte de désespérés…

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). Here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

The highly-anticipated seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in the UK and US in November 2018.

Here are the new UK covers…

WOLF MOON out now in Russia!


Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed second Luna novel, WOLF MOON, is out now in Russia! Published by ACT as Волчья Луна, here’s the synopsis…

Дракон мёртв.

Корта Гелио, одна из пяти семейных корпораций, правивших Луной, пала. Те, кто пережил катастрофу, рассеяны по разным местам; богатства поделены между многочисленными врагами. Прошло восемнадцать месяцев.

Выжившие дети Гелио, Лукасиньо и Луна, находятся под защитой могущественных Асамоа, тогда как Робсон, который всё ещё не в силах оправиться от зрелища жестокой гибели своих родителей, теперь подопечный (практически заложник) клана Металлы Маккензи. Последний назначенный наследник, Лукас, исчез с лица Луны.

Лишь Госпожа Солнце, вдовствующая глава семьи Тайян, подозревает, что Лукас Корта не мёртв, что он всё ещё важный участник игры. В конце концов, Лукас всегда был Каверзником и, даже ценой смерти, пошёл бы на любые ухищрения, лишь бы всё вернуть и воссоздать Корта Гелио заново, ещё более могущественным. Однако Корта Гелио нужны союзники, и чтобы найти их, беглый сын решается на безрассудное, невозможное путешествие – на Землю.

В неустойчивом лунном обществе, полном постоянных измен и политических махинаций, самые многообещающие интриги всех семей, достигнув пика, разрешаются открытой войной.

ACT has also published the first in the series, NEW MOON, as Новая Луна.

The Luna series is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Tor Books. The third book, MOON RISING, is forthcoming. Here’s the English-language synopsis for WOLF MOON

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed.

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward — virtually a hostage — of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished of the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point — that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey — to Earth.

In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war erupts.

KIRINYA turns 20!


This week marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Ian McDonald‘s novel KIRINYA, which was described when released as ‘a huge and ambitious novel, the work of a supremely talented writer approaching the top of his game.’ (SFX) The second book in the author’s Chaga series, it was first published by Gollancz in the UK in 1998. Here’s the synopsis…

The end of the universe happened at around ten o’clock at night on 22 December 2032. It’s just that humanity hasn’t realized it yet. And the Chaga, the strange flora deposited from the stars, is still busy terraforming the tropics into someone else’s terra. Gaby McAslan was once a hungry news reporter who compromised her relationship with UNECTA researcher Dr. Shepard for the sake of her story…but Gaby is no longer a journalist and she doesn’t want to be a full-time mother, even though her child Serena is her last link with Shepard. Gaby’s fire has gone out; she’s gone soft. But the massive political and military upheavals that are rocking the world are about to drag her back into the action.

The release of KIRINYA inspired The Times to describe McDonald as an outstanding’ writer with such marvellous talent, so vivid an imagination’ whose prose sings and zings’.

KIRINYA, as well as the other two books in the Chaga series are available as an eBook via the JABberwocky eBook Program, and also via Audible. The first two books have been published in Germany by Heyne.

Ian’s latest series is the critically-acclaimed Luna, published by Gollancz in the UK and Tor Books in the US, as well as in a growing number of translated editions (more details on his author page).

A multitude of new Brandon Sanderson covers!


We’re very happy to share with you today some details and covers for three new Brandon Sanderson books coming out later this year! First up, we have the new novella SNAPSHOT

If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?

Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today.

Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery – until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse.

The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

SNAPSHOT is due to be published in the UK by Gollancz on July 26th, 2016.

Next up, the new novella in the Legion series: LIES OF THE BEHOLDER

A stunning new mystery to be solved by the brilliant and fractured mind of Stephen Leeds.

Already in development for television, Brandon Sanderson’s Legion stories are gripping psychological thrillers, perfect for any fan of speculative fiction. They will resonate particularly strongly with fans of stories about that other tortured crime-fighting genius: Sherlock Holmes.

Legion: Lies of the Beholder is an all-new, action-packed novella starring one of the most fascinating and charismatic heroes ever.

Collecting all three of Brandon’s Legion novellas, we will also get the omnibus THE MANY LIVES OF STEPHEN LEEDS

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people — Stephen calls them aspects — to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems… for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property — a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past — Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions?and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

Both of these Legion titles are due to be published by Gollancz on September 20th, 2018. The first two Legion novellas — LEGION and SKIN DEEP — have also received slightly tweaked, new covers…

We should have a couple more new covers for upcoming titles by Brandon in the near future, too, so be sure to check back frequently!

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

GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE out now in German audio…


Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is available now in German audio! Narrated by Dietmar Wunder (who is also the German voice of James Bond), the audiobook is published by Goya Lit as GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE. here’s the synopsis…

Geistersichtungen in der Londoner U-Bahn. Aufruhr und Chaos unter den Pendlern. Police Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter Grant nimmt, gemeinsam mit ein paar alten Bekannten, die Ermittlungen auf. Unschlagbar witzig, schräg und originell erzählt.

The German print edition of the novella, as well as the novels in the series, are published by DTV.

THE FURTHEST STATION is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Subterranean Press. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

The novels in the series are also published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7).

PEUR SUR LA LIGNE out on Wednesday!


This Wednesday, J’ai Lu are due to published Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION. Published in French as PEUR SUR LA LIGNE, here’s the synopsis…

Comme tous les matins, vous prenez votre métro ou votre train de banlieue pour gagner le centre-ville de Londres où vous attend une rude journée de travail. L’attente, les bousculades, la morosité des autres voyageurs sont votre lot quotidien. Même l’occasionnel illuminé qui braille et gesticule ne vous émeut plus. Mais là, c’est différent : qui sont ces étranges personnages vêtus de façon anachronique qui, tous, essaient de vous communiquer un message urgent? Le plus curieux, c’est que vous oubliez presque aussitôt leur existence… Hum, de quoi parle-t-on déjà?

Aucun doute, cela relève du domaine de compétence de l’agent Peter Grant, pour l’occasion accompagné d’une stagiaire encombrante et d’un chien détecteur de fantômes à la fiabilité toute relative…

The novella, which is set between FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE (books five and six), is published in the UK by Gollancz, the US by Subterranean Press, and is also available in Germany (DTV). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter — making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, France by J’ai Lu, the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and in Germany by DTV. It has also been published widely in other territories. Here are the UK covers, in chronological order…

The Czech edition of THE HANGING TREE is out now!


The Czech edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s sixth Peter Grant novel, THE HANGING TREE is out now! Published by Argo as STROM VISELCŮ, here’s the synopsis…

Policejní konstábl Peter Grant se po prazvláštním dobrodružství na anglickém venkově vrací do Londýna. Netrvá dlouho a v hlavním městě se opět začnou dít věci. Byť zpočátku jen nenápadně… Prostá podezřelá úmrtí obvykle nebývají doménou Rozmaru. Ani když k jednomu takovému dojde na divokém večírku v jednom z nejdražších obytných domů v londýnském centru. Jenže téhle party se účastnila i dcera lady Tyburn, jíž Peter dluží laskavost za jistou dřívější výpomoc. Během chvilky se tak ocitne v neznámém světě superboháčů a zlaté mládeže, v rezidencích s obrovskými suterény a exkluzivními bazény, na místech, kde se čile obchoduje s nebezpečnými a esoterickými materiály. Rozumný mladý policista by se držel zpátky a nevystrkoval hlavu, ale nebyl by to Peter, aby se při vyšetřování nedostal někam hodně daleko. Naskýtá se mu tak jedinečná příležitost ztratit sympatie starých přátel a vytvořit si nové nepřátele ve sféře, kde se mísí svět magie a výsostných práv. Zároveň objevuje nové spojence a dostává se závratně blízko jednomu z velkých hráčů… Nejčerstvější z dobrodružství Petera Granta, kterých se prodalo už přes milion výtisků, je zde.

Argo have now published the first six novels in Ben’s Peter Grant series.

THE HANGING TREE is published by Gollancz  in the UK, DAW Books in the US. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

Here are just a few of the reviews the novel has received…

‘Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series will be delighted to discover that this latest instalment is just as good a the previous five. Those new to the books (and who for some reason decide to jump in at this point) will also be pleased to learn that this clean and well thought out novel  doesn’t require prior knowledge to be fun… The pace is constant, strong and relentless throughout. Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem and the action is delightful. This is a tight thriller which is compelling and buckets of fun. If you already know the series, it’s high time you got re-acquainted.’ Starburst

‘The opening mystery, however, is a new one and twists in interesting ways. Aaronovitch makes channeling Grant look easy – and the result never feels overwrought even when it gets serious.’ Locus

‘[H]ijinks, explosions, property destruction on the million-pound scale, a rival tradition of British wizardry (or rather witchery) that isn’t too happy with Nightingale’s old boys’ club tradition, and interfering American military contractors. And yes, the Faceless Man. Narrated with Aaronovitch’s trademark blend of wit, sarcasm, and police acronyms, THE HANGING TREE is a breeze of a supernatural detective thriller.’ Tor.com

THE HANGING TREE is easy, joyful reading that builds the suspends as the book progresses, culminating in an effective, if somewhat nail-biting ending that leaves you wanting more. Highly recommended Urban Fantasy.’ SF Book Reviews

‘Very much worth the wait… If you’ve been following along all this time, then this book is definitely not to be missed, especially in light of the significant revelations dropped on us in the latter half of the story… a real game-changer. While it did end rather abruptly, it’s clear that Peter and the gang will have to tread even more carefully going forward, and the next book should be very interesting indeed. Now if I can only survive the wait…’ Bibliosanctum

Peter Grant reaches THE FURTHEST STATION in Germany!


THE FURTHEST STATION, Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed first Peter Grant novella is out now in Germany! Published by DTV as GEISTER AUF DER METROPOLITAN LINE, here’s the synopsis…

Nach dem umwerfenden Erfolg von ›Der Galgen von Tyburn‹ kommt hier Nachschub für alle, die sehnlichst auf Neues aus dem Reich der Flüsse von London warten: Geistersichtungen auf der Metropolitan Line der Londoner U-Bahn! Chaos unter den Pendlern ist die Folge. Police Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter Grant nimmt ‒ mit ein paar guten alten Bekannten ‒ die Ermittlungen auf.

The novella is published by Subterranean Press in the US and Gollancz in the UK. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.

It’s PC Peter Grant’s speciality…

Only it’s more than going ‘bump’. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow up interviews rather difficult.

So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.

Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

The novels in the series are also published by DTV in Germany and Gollancz in the UK, and are published in North America by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). Here are just a few of the reviews the novella has received since publication…

‘Aaronvitch guarantees a thrilling read; his style and approach to world building are simply too tight and too accomplished not to. THE FURTHEST STATION is a strong example of compact and intense storytelling… We get some nice character development, especially via Peter’s cousin. She’s beginning to dabble in magic herself, which is a little like learning to juggle hand live hand grenades, and this provides a decent B-plot. THE FURTHEST STATION is short, but perfectly formed.’ Starburst

‘An excellent entry point to the Peter Grant series for newcomers who like their urban fantasies rendered with a light touch… The story is intriguing enough to pull readers along, and Peter’s dry humor will linger in the memory.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Though it be but little, this newest adventures of PC Peter Grant (technically book 5.7 in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series) is fiercely entertaining; the endlessly imaginative Aaronovitch is in top form. Perhaps because there is so much intrigue, ghostly action and unique characterization packed into such a comparatively small space, the deft blend of supernatural adventure and police procedural is particularly impressive here, as Grant is called upon to use all the tools at his disposal, both the magical and the mundane.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

THE FURTHEST STATION apart from being a great and (please, please ) filmable story offers a very atmospheric visit to London. It’s a place of hidden history most of us fail to see the magic of when visiting for business reasons. This novel opens up the mythology and, alongside the comedy-drama, I got a strong desire to see all the locations. The sense of place along with the likeable and relatable cast of characters go a long way to imprinting these stories and I can’t wait to read the next.’ SF Crowsnest

Justina Robson’s latest SWITCHes into a paperback edition


THE SWITCH, Justina Robson‘s latest, critically-acclaimed novel is out today in paperback! Published by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

This groundbreaking new novel from one of the genre’s most respected authors is a thrilling mix of science, magic and politics.

In Harmony, only model citizens are welcome.

A perfect society must be maintained. The defective must be eradicated. For orphans like Nico and Twostar, this means a life that’s brutal, regulated and short.

But Nico and Twostar are survivors, and when they’re offered a way out of the slums, they take it.

Unfortunately, no one told Nico the deal included being sentenced to death for the murder of one of Harmony’s most notorious gang leaders.

Or that to gain his freedom, first he must lose his mind.

Robson is also the author of the critically-acclaimed GLORIOUS ANGELS and the Quantum Gravity series, also published by Gollancz; LIVING NEXT DOOR TO THE GOD OF LOVENATURAL HISTORY, MAPPA MUNDI and SILVER SCREEN (the latter two of which are published via the JABberwocky eBook Program).

‘Robson thoughtfully and convincingly explores Harmony’s all-encompassing ideology… all done with Robson’s characteristic verve. The plot is a zippy confection of double crosses and action scenes, and the dialogue is beautifully snappy, Nico’s armoury being replete with snarky comebacks…’ SFX

‘Top notch characters… a real kickass tale that doesn’t let up.’Falcata Times

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.

Zeno clients among the 2018 Locus Awards Finalists!


It’s that time of year again: the Locus Award Finalists have been announced! We’re very happy to report that a number of our clients and their work appear in the various categories. Here are the details…

Ian McDonald‘s LUNA: WOLF MOON is a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel. Published by Tor Books in the US and Gollancz in the UK, here’s the synopsis…

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed .

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward — virtually a hostage — of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished of the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point — that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey — to Earth.

In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war erupts.

Aliette de Bodard‘s THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS is among the finalists for Best Fantasy Novel. Published in the US by Roc Books and in the UK by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war…

As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.

House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal — to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.

In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom — and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear…

As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength — or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.

Aliette’s CHILDREN OF THORNS, CHILDREN OF WATER, a novelette set in the same Dominion of the Fallen series as the above novel, is also nominated for Best Novelette. You can read the story here.

Ian R. MacLeod‘s RED SNOW, published by PS Publishing, is a finalist for Best Horror Novel. Here’s the synopsis…

In the aftermath of the last great battle of the American Civil War, a disillusioned Union medic stumbles across a strange figure picking amid the corpses, and his life is changed forever…

In the cathedral city of Strasbourg in the years before the French Revolution, a church restorer is commissioned to paint a series of portraits that chart the changing appearance of a beautiful woman over the course of her life, although the woman herself seems ageless…

In Prohibition-era New York, an idealistic young Marxist is catapulted into the realms of elite society, and forced to assume the identity of someone who never existed…

Red Snow is a novel of love and violence, ideas and dreams, and revolves around the mystery of a monster drawn from humanity’s darkest myths which still somehow survives, and thrives, and kills, in this modern age.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018.

Aliette de Bodard signing in London this week


This Thursday at 6pm, Aliette de Bodard will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London! The award-winning author of, most recently, the Dominion of the Fallen series and Xuya universe stories, not to mention countless award-winning other short fiction, we’re sure this will be a popular event!

Aliette’s latest book is the critically-acclaimed THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE, published by Subterranean Press (US) and the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here’s the synopsis…

Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appearance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow’s Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow’s Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The  Shadow’s Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim’s past, The Shadow’s Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau’s own murky past — and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars…

The aforementioned Dominion of the Fallen series includes THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS and THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, both published by Gollancz (UK) and Roc Books (US). Here’s the synopsis for the first novel…

A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out — literally — of a war in heaven

Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall.

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…