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NEWS: WASTELANDS Now Available in Mass Market Paperback!

My first anthology, WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, is now available in mass market paperback, from Titan Books. Titan will also publish the companion volume, WASTELANDS 2, on Feb. 24.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction — including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King — Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders. Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s core.

Wastelands

NEWS: New Free Read Added – “Dead Man’s Hand” by Christie Yant

Christie Yant’s excellent story from my anthology DEAD MAN’S HAND, which happens to also be titled “Dead Man’s Hand,” is now available to read for free online. [free read]

NEWS: Hugo Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for Worldcon Members

This year’s Hugo Awards nomination period is now open. The 2015 Hugo Awards will be presented in Spokane, WA during Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (Aug. 19-23). Nominations close on March 10, 2015.

Anyone who is or was a voting member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons by the end of the day (Pacific Time/GMT – 8) on January 31, 2015 is eligible to nominate. You may nominate only once, regardless of how many of those three Worldcons you are a member. If you’re not already eligible to nominate and don’t plan to attend, you can purchase a supporting membership for $40, which gives you voting/nomination rights.

Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot, available here.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2014.

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2014 is available online (and also much of the 2014 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2014 is available online (and also much of the 2014 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Selected stories from The End is Nigh and The End is Now are available online.
  • Selected stories from Help Fund My Robot Army & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects are available online.
  • Selected stories from Dead Man’s Hand are available online.
  • Selected stories from Robot Uprisings are available online.

Also, here is a spreadsheet showing the word counts of all the material I published in 2014 in Lightspeed, Nightmare, and in the abovementioned anthologies.

If you are planning and eligible to vote for the Hugos this year, if you email me proof of your Worldcon membership (i.e., your name is listed on the Worldcon website as an attending member, or the email confirmation or receipt you received when you purchased your membership, etc.) I would be happy to make some additional 2014 material I edited available to you in digital format.

After the jump, you’ll find all of the 2014 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with. Everything is sorted into their proper Hugo categories. (more…)

NEWS: THE END IS NOW is on Sale for Just 99¢ Until 1/25! (Amazon US/Canada Only)

Got 99¢? The Kindle edition of THE END IS NOW is currently discounted for just under a buck until 1/25! This is volume two of The Apocalypse Triptych, in which the stories take place DURING the apocalypse. You needn’t have read volume one, THE END IS NIGH, to appreciate this one, but you totally should because it’s awesome.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION—John Joseph Adams
  • HERD IMMUNITY—Tananarive Due
  • THE SIXTH DAY OF DEER CAMP—Scott Sigler
  • GOODNIGHT STARS—Annie Bellet
  • ROCK MANNING CAN’T HEAR YOU—Charlie Jane Anders
  • FRUITING BODIES—Seanan McGuire
  • BLACK MONDAY—Sarah Langan
  • ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE—Nancy Kress
  • AGENT ISOLATED—David Wellington
  • THE GODS WILL NOT BE SLAIN—Ken Liu
  • YOU’VE NEVER SEEN EVERYTHING—Elizabeth Bear
  • BRING THEM DOWN—Ben H. Winters
  • TWILIGHT OF THE MUSIC MACHINES—Megan Arkenberg
  • SUNSET HOLLOW—Jonathan Maberry
  • PENANCE—Jake Kerr
  • AVTOMAT—Daniel H. Wilson
  • DANCING WITH BATGIRL IN THE LAND OF NOD—Will McIntosh
  • BY THE HAIR OF THE MOON—Jamie Ford
  • TO WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD—Desirina Boskovich
  • IN THE MOUNTAIN—Hugh Howey
  • DEAR JOHN—Robin Wasserman

NEWS: WASTELANDS Discounted to $2 Until Dec. 30!

My first anthology, WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, is currently on sale in ebook format for just $1.99 until Dec. 30.

  • “My favorite anthology of all time—packed with masterworks.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
  • “An exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. […] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. […] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read.” —Grasping for the Wind
  • “Everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope.” —Booklist

It’s currently available for just $1.99 at the following ebook marketplaces:

 

Cover & TOC Reveal: OPERATION ARCANA

Here’s the cover, cover copy, and table of contents for OPERATION ARCANA, an all-original anthology of military fantasy I edited for Baen. It’s forthcoming in March 2015, but you can pre-order it now.

COVER:

Cover art by Dominic Harman; cover design by Jason Gurley.

Operation Arcana

 

COVER COPY:

In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien’s epic battle of good versus evil, to The Battle of the Blackwater, George R.R. Martin’s grim portrait of the horror and futility of war, these fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing visions of silver spears shining in the sun and vast hordes of savage beasts who threaten to destroy all that we hold dear.

Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams is sounding the battle cry and sixteen of today’s top authors are reporting for duty, spinning never-before-published, spellbinding tales of military fantasy, including a Black Company story from Glen Cook, a Paksenarrion story from Elizabeth Moon, and a Shadow Ops story by Myke Cole. Within these pages you’ll also find World War I trenches cloaked in poison gas and sorcery, modern day elite special forces battling hosts of the damned, and steampunk soldiers fighting for their lives in a world torn apart by powers that defy imagination.

Featuring both grizzled veterans and fresh young recruits alike, including Tanya Huff, Simon R. Green, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire, Operation Arcana is a must for any military buff or fantasy fan. You’ll never look at war the same way again.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • INTRODUCTION—John Joseph Adams
  • RULES OF ENCHANTMENT—David Klecha & Tobias S. Buckell
  • THE DAMNED ONE HUNDRED—Jonathan Maberry
  • BLOOD, ASH, BRAIDS—Genevieve Valentine
  • MERCENARY’S HONOR—Elizabeth Moon
  • THE GUNS OF THE WASTES—Django Wexler
  • THE GRAPHOLOGY OF HEMORRHAGE—Yoon Ha Lee
  • AMERICAN GOLEM—Weston Ochse
  • WEAPONS IN THE EARTH—Myke Cole
  • HEAVY SULFUR—Ari Marmell
  • STEEL SHIPS—Tanya Huff
  • SEALSKIN—Carrie Vaughn
  • PATHFINDER—T.C. McCarthy
  • BONE EATERS—Glen Cook
  • BOMBER’S MOON—Simon R. Green
  • IN SKELETON LEAVES—Seanan McGuire
  • THE WAY HOME—Linda Nagata

PRE-ORDER:

NEWS: Nebula Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for SFWA Members

This year’s Nebula Awards nomination period is now open.

From November 15 to February 15, Active and Associate SFWA members may submit nominations for the Nebula Awards. Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot, available here. For more information, visit SFWA’s How to Vote page.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2014.

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2014 is available online (and also much of the 2014 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf/doc) compilation of all 2014’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • All of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2014 is available online (and also much of the 2014 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf/doc) compilation of all 2014’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Selected stories from The End is Nigh and The End is Now are available online. If you are a SFWA member, also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf/doc) of the anthologies (NIGH | NOW).
  • Selected stories from Help Fund My Robot Army & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects are available online. If you are a SFWA member, also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf/doc) of the anthology.
  • Selected stories from Dead Man’s Hand are available online.
  • Selected stories from Robot Uprisings are available online. All of the original shorts stories, novelettes, and novella from the anthology are also available to SFWA members on the SFWA forums.

Also, here is a spreadsheet showing the word counts of all the material I published in 2014 in Lightspeed, Nightmare, and in the abovementioned anthologies.

 

 

NEWS: THE END IS NOW Now Available!

The second volume of The Apocalypse Triptych, THE END IS NOW, is now on sale. As you probably know, this is the second of a series of three anthologies I’m co-editing/publishing with Wool-author Hugh Howey.

If you’re one of the readers who read and enjoyed volume one: Thank you! We’re glad to see you returning for volume two. You made the first volume a resounding success, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with both how well the book’s done in the marketplace—it got all the way up to #11 on the Amazon bestseller list—and with how well it’s been received by readers and critics.

If you’re a reader who has not read The End is Nigh: Welcome! And fear not: You needn’t have read the first volume in order to enjoy the stories in this one. Although several of the stories in The End is Now are continuations of storylines that began in The End is Nigh, we’re confident that the authors have provided sufficient context that you can jump into these stories without any prior knowledge.

THE END IS NOW edited by John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey


Buy the Book

You can buy THE END IS NOW right now in the following formats:

  • Ebook
    • Amazon (Kindle)
    • Kobo (December 1, 2014)
    • Nook (December 1, 2014)
    • JohnJosephAdams.com (December 1, 2014)
  • Trade Paperback
  • Audiobook (September 15, 2014)

Cover Copy

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild.

THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, The Apocalypse Triptych is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME explores life after the apocalypse.

THE END IS NIGH is about the match.

THE END HAS COME is about what will rise from the ashes.

THE END IS NOW is about the conflagration.


Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION—John Joseph Adams
  • HERD IMMUNITY—Tananarive Due
  • THE SIXTH DAY OF DEER CAMP—Scott Sigler
  • GOODNIGHT STARS—Annie Bellet
  • ROCK MANNING CAN’T HEAR YOU—Charlie Jane Anders
  • FRUITING BODIES—Seanan McGuire
  • BLACK MONDAY—Sarah Langan
  • ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE—Nancy Kress
  • AGENT ISOLATED—David Wellington
  • THE GODS WILL NOT BE SLAIN—Ken Liu
  • YOU’VE NEVER SEEN EVERYTHING—Elizabeth Bear
  • BRING THEM DOWN—Ben H. Winters
  • TWILIGHT OF THE MUSIC MACHINES—Megan Arkenberg
  • SUNSET HOLLOW—Jonathan Maberry
  • PENANCE—Jake Kerr
  • AVTOMAT—Daniel H. Wilson
  • DANCING WITH BATGIRL IN THE LAND OF NOD—Will McIntosh
  • BY THE HAIR OF THE MOON—Jamie Ford
  • TO WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD—Desirina Boskovich
  • IN THE MOUNTAIN—Hugh Howey
  • DEAR JOHN—Robin Wasserman

Volume One Ebook Discounted!

THE END IS NIGH, of course, is ALSO still available, and now the ebook is available at the discounted price of $4.99. 

NEWS: The Ebook of BRAVE NEW WORLDS is Discounted to $1.99 for a Limited Time!

The ebook edition of BRAVE NEW WORLDS is currently on sale for just $1.99, and is available in the following stores:

 

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NEWS: LIGHTSPEED Wins the Hugo Award!

Prior to this year, it’s been my great honor to have been nominated for six Hugo Awards for editing: Three for LIGHTSPEED in the Semiprozine category and three for myself personally in the Best Editor (Short Form) category. Up until now, both LIGHTSPEED and myself had each been 0-3 in our respective categories.

This year both LIGHTSPEED and I were again nominated in the two aforementioned categories. The big difference this year is that the STREAK HAS BEEN BROKEN: LIGHTSPEED won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! I immediately started a new losing streak by losing the Best Editor (Short Form) award to Ellen Datlow, but naturally I’m thrilled that LIGHTSPEED took home the prize. And honestly if I had had to choose which of the two categories I would win, I would definitely have chosen LIGHTSPEED winning Best Semiprozine, so I’m not even a little bit sad.

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