Coming Soon: LONDON CENTRIC, featuring Aliette de Bodard!

In a couple of weeks (October 27th), NewCon Press is due to publish LONDON CENTRIC, a collection of ‘Tales of Future London’. We’re happy to report that Aliette de Bodard has a story in it: A DANCE OF DUST AND LIFE! Here’s the collection’s synopsis…

Militant A.I.s, virtual realities, augmented realities and alternative realities; a city where murderers stalk the streets, where drug lords rule from the shadows, and where large sections of the population are locked in time stasis, but where tea is still sipped in cafés on the corner and the past still resonates with the future…

Thirteen stories that look to the future of this diverse, multi-faceted city, that invite the reader to consider different perspectives. Stories that draw you in to  possible tomorrows and suggest what may lie just beyond the city’s ever-changing skyline.

Aliette is the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series, published by Gollancz (UK), Roc Books and JABberwocky (North America); the Xuya Universe, many of which are published by Subterranean Press and JABberwocky; and many more acclaimed and award-nominated short and long fiction.

Aliette’s next book is FIREHEART TIGER, due to be published by on February 9th.

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar’s NEOM among the BEST OF BRITISH SF 2019!

We’re very happy to report that Lavie Tidhar has a story included in the BEST OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION 2019 anthology! Specifically, his story NEOM. The anthology is out now, published by NewCon Press and edited by Donna Scott. here’s the synopsis…

Twenty-two stories that represent some of the best SF published anywhere in 2019: stories of heroism, stories of loss, stories of wonder. In this volume you will encounter tales in which creatures are cut off from their loved ones; someone is trapped with an abuser; a bird sings; weeds grow where we hope for a garden; we consider what our alternative selves might be doing; we can’t sleep; we wish we could keep things just the way they were; we drink too much… and we look to rockets blasting off into the sky and think that there lies the future; that’s hope.

Lavie’s latest novel, BY FORCE ALONE, is out now in the UK (Head of Zeus) and due to be published next month in North America (Tor Books).

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar in THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2019!

We’re happy to report that Lavie Tidhar has a story included in Newcon Press‘s THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2019, which is out now! Specifically, his story DEM BONES is included in the anthology. Here’s the book’s synopsis…

Editor Jared Shurin has determined to uncover the very best work published by British and British-based authors in 2019, ending up with as diverse and surprising a set of stories as you are likely to find anywhere. Full of wonder, wit, delight and malevolence. These stories range from traditional to contemporary fantasy, written by a mix of established authors and new voices, combining to provide a veritable potpourri of the fantastical.

Lavie is the multi-award winning author of a growing number of critically-acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories. Three of his recent, award-winning novels are published by Tachyon Publication: UNHOLY LAND, CENTRAL STATION and THE VIOLENT CENTURY.

His most recent novel is BY FORCE ALONE, out now in the UK (Head of Zeus) and due out in August in North America (Tor Books).

Short Fiction Watch: Justina Robson in LEGENDS 3!

We’re happy to share the news that one of Justina Robson‘s latest pieces of short fiction is in the new LEGENDS 3 collection! Published by NewCon Press, and edited by Ian Whates, Justina’s contribution is called “By Any Other Name“. Here’s the anthology’s synopsis…

David Gemmell passed away in 2006, leaving behind a legacy of memorable characters, epic settings, and thrilling tales. In the Legends anthologies, today’s finest fantasy authors pay homage to one of fantasy fiction’s greatest ever writers. Full of swordplay, treachery, deeds both dark and noble, with cunning thieves and wily tricksters, blood-thirsty gods and flawed heroes — welcome to Legends.

Justina is the author, most recently, of the acclaimed novels SALVATION’S FIRE, published by Solaris; and GLORIOUS ANGELS and SWITCH, published by Gollancz.

Short Fiction Watch: Ian McDonald among the BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2018!

We’re very happy to report that one of Ian McDonald‘s stories has been included in THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2018 anthology, edited by Jared Shurin, and published by Newcon Press! Here’s the collection’s synopsis…

The very best fantasy stories by British and British-based authors. More than twenty stories of the strange and fantastic, written by an exciting blend of established names and newer voices, ranging from traditional sword and sorcery to contemporary fantasy. A book packed with mermaids, impossible quizzes, magic swords, towering monsters, ghostly lovers, tricksters, numerous apocalypses, a particularly irritating local councillor… and bees.

Ian’s contribution is THE GUILE, which was first published by Here’s the synopsis…

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

Here’s what the publisher has to say about the collection…

Editor Jared Shurin spread his net wide to discover the very best work published by British and British-based authors in 2018, whittling down the nearly 200 stories under consideration to just 21 selected (22 in the hardback edition) and two poems. These stories range from traditional sword and sorcery to contemporary fantasy, written by a mix of established fantasy authors, new voices, and those who are not usually associated with genre fiction. The result is a wonderfully diverse anthology of high quality tales.

Ian’s latest series is Luna, published by Gollancz (UK) and Tor Books (US), and also widely in translation: NEW MOON, WOLF MOON, and MOON RISING.

Short Fiction Watch: Edward Cox and Freda Warrington among LEGENDS…


Zeno clients Freda Warrington and Edward Cox have stories included in the upcoming LEGENDS II anthology, honouring the legacy of David Gemmell. Published by Newcon Press on August 3rd, 2015, and edited by Ian Whates, it is a collection of stories featuring Determined warriors, hideous creatures, wicked sorceries, tricksy villains and cunning lovers… as fantasy’s finest imaginations do their best and their worst…

Edward Cox’s story is THE LOWEST PLACE, and Freda Warrington has contributed AN OWL IN MOONLIGHT.

Edward Cox is the author of THE RELIC GUILD and upcoming sequel THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS. Both are published by Gollancz in the UK.


Freda Warrington is the author of, most recently, the Blood Wine series, published in the UK and US by Titan Books: A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE, A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET, THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES, THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD.