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NEWS: UPON A BURNING THRONE and THE BLIND KING’S WRATH by Ashok Banker Acquired for John Joseph Adams Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

In my role as editor of John Joseph Adams Books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I just acquired two books in a new epic fantasy series by Ashok Banker. Here’s the deal memo that just ran on Publishers Marketplace:

Indian author Ashok Banker’s UPON A BURNING THRONE and THE BLIND KING’S WRATH, the first two books of an epic fantasy series (pitched as like an “Indian GAME OF THRONES”) about siblings battling for control of a vast empire while a powerful demonlord pits them against each other, to John Joseph Adams Books, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2018 and 2019 (world).

Other Books Acquired for the Imprint

NEWS: Best-of-the-Year Reprints

Several stories from LightspeedNightmare, and the Destroy special issues have also been selected for reprint in several best-of-the-year volumes. They’re listed below, with the original venue and then the best-of-the-year editor(s)’s name following in parenthesis:

  1. “RedKing” by Craig DeLancey (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  2. “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess” by Helena Bell (Lightspeed | Horton)
  3. “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  4. “Those Brighter Stars” by Mercurio R. Rivera (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  5. “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  6. “The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch” by Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed| Guran)
  7. “Fifty Shades Of Grays” by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  8. “Red Dirt Witch” by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy | Strahan, Guran)
  9. “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” by An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare | Guran)
  10. “Wish You Were Here” by Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare | Guran, Datlow)
  11. “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” by Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare | Guran)
  12. “The One Who Isn’t” by Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  13. “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden (What the #@&% is That? | Datlow)

I’ll update this list if we uncover any additional such honors!

NEWS: Feature Interview with Me in LOCUS!

In the March 2017 issue of LOCUS, there’s a long feature interview with yours truly, in which I discuss my origins as an editor, editing my first anthologies, launching Lightspeed and John Joseph Adams Books, and all manner of things. (Surprisingly, I somehow got through the whole thing without once mentioning death metal.) If you’d like to check it out, you’ll need to buy the issue, but they’ve got some extended excerpts up on their website. To investigate either option, visit locusmag.com.

NEWS: Locus Recommended Reading List / Locus Awards Voting

Locus Magazine released their annual recommended reading list, and we’re pleased to report Lightspeed has fifteen stories on the list, Nightmare has five stories, and my anthology What the #@&% is That? has two stories:

  • “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” Dale Bailey (Nightmare)
  • “Fifty Shades of Grays” Steven Barnes (Lightspeed)
  • “Salto Mortal” Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed)
  • “Ghost Pressure” Gemma Files (What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Little Widow” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare / What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Red Dirt Witch” N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy)
  • “The One Who Isn’t” Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed)
  • “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare)
  • “Sparks Fly” Rich Larson (Lightspeed)
  • “A Good Home” Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed)
  • “Those Brighter Stars” Mercurio D. Rivera (Lightspeed)
  • “Angel, Monster, Man” Sam J. Miller (Nightmare)
  • “Unauthorized Access” An Owomoyela (Lightspeed)
  • “The Red Thread” Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed)
  • “Vulcanization” Nisi Shawl (Nightmare)
  • “Wednesday’s Story” Wole Talabi (Lightspeed)
  • “Dragon Brides” Nghi Vo (Lightspeed)
  • “Secondhand Bodies” JY Yang (Lightspeed)
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)

Congratulations to all of the above, and to everyone who made the list!

The release of the Recommended Reading List also means that voting for the Locus Awards is now open. Anyone is eligible to vote. Visit locusmag.com to cast a ballot or learn more. Voting closes April 15, 2017.

NEWS: Two LIGHTSPEED Stories Make the Nebula Ballot!

In case you missed the news, the first of the major awards have announced their lists of finalists for last year’s work, and I’m pleased to announce that Lightspeed stories “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker and “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim are finalists for the Nebula Award this year. Congrats to Sarah and Caroline and to everyone else on the Nebula ballot!

That brings Lightspeed’s lifetime Nebula nomination total to eighteen since we launched in June 2010. Lightspeed has currently lost sixteen in a row, so here’s hoping Sarah and/or Caroline breaks the streak! (Though of course, Alyssa Wong’s story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” from Nightmare won the Nebula last year, making Nightmare 1-for-1.) You can find the full slate of nominees at sfwa.org. The Nebulas will be presented at the 2017 Nebula Awards Conference, held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, May 18-21.

NEWS: “The Bad Hour” from WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? is a Stoker Awards Finalist!

The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden, from my horror anthology co-edited with Douglas Cohen, What the #@&% is That?, made the final ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards, so big congrats to Christopher for that honor. You can find the full slate of what made the final ballot at horror.org. The Stoker Awards themselves will be presented at StokerCon 2017, which is being held in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30.

 

NEWS: COSMIC POWERS Advance Review Copy Giveaway on Goodreads (thru March 21)

We’re doing a Goodreads giveaway for my new anthology COSMIC POWERS! Enter for a chance to win an advance review copy ahead of publication.

NEWS: RETROGRADE by Peter Cawdron Acquired for John Joseph Adams Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

In my role as editor of John Joseph Adams Books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I just acquired a new SF novel by Peter Cawdron. Here’s the deal memo that just ran on Publishers Marketplace:

Peter Cawdron’s RETROGRADE, about an international colony of astronauts on Mars, who have been prepared for every eventuality of living on another planet except one: What happens when disaster strikes Earth?, to John Joseph Adams Books, for publication in Fall 2017 (World).

Other Books Acquired for the Imprint

NEWS: Two Stories from WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Make the Preliminary Stoker Awards Ballot

Two stories from my anthology What the #@&% is That? (co-edited with Douglas Cohen)—“Only Unclench Your Hand” by Isabel Yap and “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden—made the Preliminary Stoker Awards ballot for best Short Fiction. A huge congrats to them both for the honor! You can find the full slate of what made the preliminary ballot at horror.org. The final ballot will be announced February 23, and the the Stoker Awards themselves will be presented at StokerCon 2017, which is being held in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30.

To celebrate this fact, we’ve made both of the stories available for free to read online. Visit the anthology’s FREE READS page to see all of the material from the anthology we have available for free to read online.

NEWS: MACHINE LEARNING: NEW AND COLLECTED STORIES and SAND by Hugh Howey Acquired for John Joseph Adams Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

In my role as editor of John Joseph Adams Books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I just acquired two new books by Hugh Howey. Here’s the deal memo that just ran on Publishers Marketplace:

NYT bestseller Hugh Howey’s MACHINE LEARNING: NEW AND COLLECTED STORIES, a short story collection including three stories set in the world of WOOL and two never-before-published tales, plus fifteen additional stories collected together for the first time, for publication in Fall 2017, and print rights to indie-published novel SAND, for publication in Spring 2017, to John Joseph Adams at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

SAND is a reissue of one of Hugh’s indie-published novels; MACHINE LEARNING is an original, never-before-published book (Hugh’s first such book).

Other Books Acquired for the Imprint