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…

BE MY ENEMY in Italy…


BE MY ENEMY, the second novel in the Everness trilogy, is out now in Italy! Written by Ian McDonald, and published by Mondadori, here’s the synopsis…

Everett Singh è riuscito a fuggire dalle grinfie di Charlotte Villiers, ma a un prezzo altissimo: la perdita di suo padre, il fisico Tejendra Singh, in uno degli universi paralleli del multiverso. Ora, a bordo della Everness, Everett sta studiando l’Infundibulum, la mappa dei mondi della Panoplia redatta dal padre, per effettuare il prossimo salto Heisenberg che condurrà lui e l’equipaggio della nave in un altro dei mondi paralleli. Ma la malvagia Charlotte Villiers è un passo avanti a lui…

Mondadori has also published the first in the series, PLANESRUNNER, as TERRA INCOGNITA. The trilogy is published in the UK by Jo Fletcher Books, and in the US by Pry Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis for BE MY ENEMY

Everett Singh has escaped from his enemies with the Infundibulum: the key to all the parallel worlds. But his freedom has come at a price: the loss of his father to one of the billions of parallel universes in the Panopoly.

E1 was the first Earth to create the Heisenberg Gate, the means to jump between worlds, but it was quarantined long ago. No one goes in… and nothing comes out. But E1 has something that Everett needs: the means to find his father.

It’s lucky that he has the support of Airship Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her daughter Sen and the unique crew of the Everness, because Everett is about to discover the horrifying secret of E1 — and with it, his deadliest enemy!

Here are just a few of the reviews BE MY ENEMY has received so far, as well as some for the other books in the series…

‘[A] pacy book filled with tropes McDonald takes from across the genre and makes his own, whether it is AI or nanotech, unpeopled Earths or post-apocalyptic worlds… In softer hands these books could become a “monster of the week” series but here there are consequences… I can’t wait to see what happens next.’ Strange Horizons on BE MY ENEMY

‘McDonald proves the concept of his world of the Infundibulum has legs, and provides some intriguing new ideas amid an entertaining adventure… Lots of ideas thrown out and explored; good development of main characters… Malevolent Nanotech. More world hopping. A solidly entertaining second volume to the series… With all of these ideas, concepts and worldbuilding, McDonald, in terms of his core characters, provides us with meaty development and growth… I was more than satisfied with the book and anyone, young adult or otherwise, who has read the first book will find much to love here, and will likely be as eager as I for the next volume in the series.’ SF Signal on BE MY ENEMY

‘[A]bsolutely triumphant sequel to Ian McDonald’s pulse-pounding young-adult science fiction novel PLANESRUNNER… a rollicking, multidimensional tale… In BE MY ENEMY, there’s a lot more of what made PLANESRUNNER great — tremendous action scenes, cunning escapes, genius attacks on the ways that multidimensional travel might be weaponized, horrific glimpses of shadowy powers and sinister technologies. But BE MY ENEMY also has more of what makes McDonald’s adult fiction some of the best work I’ve ever read: a gifted ear for poesie that makes the English language sing, the unapologetic presumption of the reader’s ability to understand what’s going on without a lot of hand-holding, and a technological mysticism that never explicitly says when the literal stops and the fantasy starts…’ BoingBoing

‘This is vintage McDonald, with beautifully drawn settings, complex characters and deft plotting. When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped, Everett’s investigations lead him to discover that his father was working to open portals between multiple worlds. Everett finds a map linking the worlds, which various sinister organisations desire – and the thrilling chase is on.’ Guardian on PLANESRUNNER

‘The book begins with its young and likeably geeky protagonist, Everett Singh (named for physicist Hugh Everett, who came up with the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics back in the ‘50s) witnessing the kidnapping of his scientist father. But why would anyone want to drag an apparently unimportant academic off the street in London? Because, it turns out, Singh Sr has created the Infundibulum, a map of all known parallel Earths. Soon, Everett heads through a gateway and into a steampunk-tinged adventure. And yes, an airship is involved. But don’t hold that against McDonald, because this is a novel that’s knowing in the way it uses SF tropes without ever coming close to being condescending towards its intended audience. Science nerds of all ages may balk at the amount of exposition in the early chapters (arguably necessary, considering we’re talking quantum here), but most will be too busy getting lost in a cracking adventure story.’ SFX on PLANESRUNNER

‘The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes… McDonald lets his imagination run rampant without abandoning credibility, tackling real scientific concepts such as confirmation bias, a feature lacking in far too much science fiction. Fans might wish for more focus on the original Everett, but eventually, the three storylines weave themselves together nicely, setting up another sequel with hints of forthcoming romance. Endlessly fascinating and fun.’ Kirkus (Starred Review) on EMPRESS OF THE SUN

EMPRESS OF THE SUN revels in its pulp adventure milieu… McDonald has created an incredibly “storyable” universe for his characters to have their adventures in, and he keeps those adventures coming fast and furious… Between the adventures, the pacing, the characters, and the narrative arcs, there’s a lot to enjoy about this book and the overall series.’ Strange Horizons

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…

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

Czech edition of CENTRAL STATION out now!


The Czech edition of Lavie Tidhar‘s multi-award winning CENTRAL STATION is out now! Published by Argo as CENTRÁLNÍ STANICE, here’s the synopsis…

Celosvětová diaspora čtvrt milionů lidí žije u paty vesmírné stanice. Město bez pravidel bují doslova jako plevel. Život má pramalou cenu a data ještě menší. Když se Boris Chong vrátí z Marsu do Tel Avivu, rychle pozná, že se hodně věcí změnilo. Borisova bývalá milenka se stará o podivně povědomé dítě, které se dovede pouhým dotykem prstu napojit na datový proud. Borisova sestřenice je zamilovaná do robotnika – poškozeného kyborgovského vojáka, který taktak že nechodí žebrat o součástky. Borisův otec trpí smrtelným multigeneračním mozkovým morem. A hledaná datová upířice pronásledovala Borise až do míst, kam má zakázaný návrat. Nad těmi všemi se tyčí Centrální stanice, meziplanetární uzel, ve kterém se protíná všechno: konstantně se proměňující Tel Aviv; mocná virtuální kolbiště; a vesmírné kolonie, kam lidstvo prchlo před bídou a válkou. Propojení zajišťují „Druzí“: mocné mimozemské entity, které prostřednictvím Konverzace – pohyblivého, plynoucího proudu vědomí – právě zahajují nezvratnou změnu. U Centrální stanice se lidé a stroje se adaptují, vzkvétají… a dokonce se vyvíjejí.

The novel is published in English by Tachyon Publications, and a limited edition was available via PS Publishing. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik — a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation — a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness — are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive… and even evolve.

Lavie’s next novels are CANDY (Scholastic) and UNHOLY LAND (Tachyon), both published later this year.

French coverage of THE FURTHEST LINE…


Next month (June 6th, to be exact), J’ai Lu are due to publish the French edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s THE FURTHEST STATION! The first novella in the Peter Grant series will be called PEUR SUR LA LIGNE in France. 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…

J’ai Lu have published all of Ben’s French editions to date. Set between FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE, the novella is published in the UK by Gollancz (who have published all of the books so far) and in the US by Subterranean Press. 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 latest book in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due to be published in November by Gollancz (UK) and DAW Books (US). Here are the complete new, English-language series covers…

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.

MOON OVER… Spain


The second novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series, MOON OVER SOHO, is out now in Spain! Published by Oz Editorial as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO, here’s the synopsis…

Vuelve Peter Grant, el detective más mágico de Scotland Yard

Cyrus Wilkins, bajista de jazz por las noches y contable de día, sufre un ataque al corazón durante una actuación en el Club 606 del Soho. Cuando el detective de Scotland Yard y aprendiz de mago Peter Grant examina su cadáver, no puede evitar fijarse en la canción que emerge del cuerpo de la víctima… un claro indicio de que una fuerza sobrenatural acabó con su vida. Con la ayuda de su padre, el famoso trompetista Lord Grant; el inspector Nightingale, el último mago de Inglaterra; y la hermosa y misteriosa aficionada al jazz Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter tratará de acabar con una magia muy poderosa que amenaza la vida en el célebre y pintoresco barrio del Soho.

Oz Editorial have also recently published the first book in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, as RÍOS DE LONDRES.

MOON OVER SOHO is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey, and has also been published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Peter Grant is not just a lowly Detective Constable, he’s also apprenticed to the last wizard in Britain: policing will never be the same again!

I was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn’t the first.

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn’t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus’ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens’ portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ‘Lord’ Grant — my father — who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That’s the thing about policing: most of the time you’re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.

Gollancz has published all of the novels in the series so far, as well as the first novella (pictured below in chronological order). The first three books are published in the US by Del Rey, the fourth onwards by DAW Books, and the novella by Subterranean Press. The cover for the highly-anticipated seventh novel, LIES SLEEPING, was unveiled earlier this week.

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)

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.

RIVERS OF LONDON out now in Romania!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s global conquest continues apace! The first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON is available now in Romania! Published by Editura Herg Benet as RÂURILE DIN LONDRA, here’s the synopsis…

Ofițerul stagiar Peter Grant visează să ajungă detectiv al Poliției Metropolitane din Londra. Păcat că superiorii lui au de gând să îl repartizeze Unității de Progresie a Investigațiilor, unde cel mai mare pericol pe care l-ar putea înfrunta este să se aleagă cu o tăietură de la hârtiile birocrației moderne. Însă perspectivele de carieră și de viață ale lui Peter se schimbă după ce are loc o crimă neobișnuită, iar el intervievează un martor ocular care se întâmplă să fie și fantomă. Abilitatea unică a lui Peter de a putea discuta cu ființe trecute prin moarte îl aduce în atenția Inspectorului Thomas Nightingale, care investighează infracțiunile ce implică magia și supranaturalul. După ce o serie de crime brutale și stranii cuprinde Londra, Peter, acum ucenic vrăjitor, devine parte a unei lumi în care zeii și zeițele se amestecă printre muritori, iar un spirit teribil și încă nestins al trecutului își dorește să scufunde orașul în haos.

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-). The seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in November 2018. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the first novel (published in America as MIDNIGHT RIOT)…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

Ian McDonald’s Luna series continues with MOON RISING…


We’re very happy to report that Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed Luna series has been nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis in the ‘Bestes ausländisches SF-Werk mit deutscher Erstausgabe’ category (Best Foreign SF available in German translation)!

Both of the novels — LUNA and WOLFSMOND — are published in Germany by Heyne. Here’s the synopsis for the first novel…

Kampf der Fünf Drachen

Die Zukunft: Schon lange ist der Mond den Menschen zu einer zweiten Heimat geworden. Doch auf dem Erdtrabanten geschieht nichts, ohne dass die dort ansässigen, rivalisierenden Wirtschaftsgiganten – die sogenannten Fünf Drachen – davon erfahren. Einer davon ist die Corta Helio Corporation unter dem Vorsitz der Patriarchin Adriana Corta. Als junge Frau musste sich Adriana in der brutalen Mondgesellschaft nach oben kämpfen – und hat sich dabei eine Menge Feinde gemacht. Feinde, die Adriana und ihren Clan nun zu Fall bringen wollen…

The winner of the award will be announced on September 22nd, 2018, at ElsterCon in Leipzig.

The series — NEW MOON, WOLF MOON and the upcoming MOON RISING (2019) — is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Tor Books. The series has also been published widely in translation (for more information on the other editions available, be sure to check out Ian’s author page). Here’s the English-language synopsis for the first novel…

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

The Moon wants to kill you.

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

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

New Italian NINE PRINCES IN AMBER paperback…


A new paperback edition of NINE PRINCES IN AMBER is available now. The first in Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy series, it’s published by Fanucci as NOVE PRINCIPI IN AMBRA. Here’s the synopsis…

Chi è l’uomo che giace ferito in un letto d’ospedale? Conosce il suo passato? Sa qual è il destino a lui riservato in un mondo lontano, che un tempo gli apparteneva? Esiliato per secoli nel mondo delle Ombre, il principe Corwin sta per fare ritorno ad Ambra, il mondo perfetto e al contempo sinistro, l’universo dal quale tutti gli altri sono stati generati, per l’ultimo, disperato tentativo di riconquistare ¡1 trono che un tempo gli spettava. Dalla foresta di Arden fino alla Scala per Arbma che sale dal mare, macchiata dal sangue di eroi caduti, il dominio di Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine e degli altri principi distende sui popoli una coltre di oppressione. È su di loro che Corwin dovrà avere la meglio, ma il suo cammino è ostacolato da entità sfuggenti, inquietanti, inimmaginabili, forze insondabili forgiate nel fuoco del terrore, le uniche in grado di resistere all’impeto del principe e alla sua furia sovrumana. Il primo capitolo di un viaggio fantastico ed eroico, l’epopea della riconquista di un mondo e della propria eredità.

The first five novels in the series are available in Italy in eBook format, too. NINE PRINCES IN AMBER was first published in 1970, and has since been made published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world.

Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.

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

A Spanish MOON OVER SOHO…


We’re very happy to report that Ben Aaronovitch‘s second Peter Grant novel, MOON OVER SOHO is soon be available in Spain! Due to be published in May 2018 by Oz Editorial as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO, here’s the synopsis…

Cuando examina el cadáver de Cyrus Wilkins, bajista de jazz por las noche y contable de día, muerto de un ataque al corazón durante una actuación en el Club 606 del Soho, el detective de Scotland Yard y aprendiz de mago Peter Grant no puede evitar fijarse en la canción que emerge del cuerpo. Está claro que la muerte de Cyrus tuvo causas sobrenaturales. Con la ayuda del inspector jefe Thomas Nightinghale, el último mago de Inglaterra, y de la hermosa aficionada al jazz Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter descubrirá una amenaza muy real que lo llevará hasta su padre, el trompetista Richard «Lord» Grant.

The first novel in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, was first published in Spain in 2012, and was re-issued by Oz Editorial in October 2017, as RÍOS DE LONDRES. The series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and widely in translation (you can find out more information about the various international editions of Ben’s novels on his author page). Here’s the English-language synopsis for MOON OVER SOHO

Peter Grant is not just a lowly Detective Constable, he’s also apprenticed to the last wizard in Britain: policing will never be the same again!

I was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn’t the first.

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn’t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus’ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens’ portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ‘Lord’ Grant — my father — who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That’s the thing about policing: most of the time you’re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.

Ben’s next novel, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in November 2018 (to be published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by DAW Books)! We’ll have a cover to share with you hopefully soon, so keep checking back for more news!