“There has never been a better time in science fiction and fantasy short fiction, and you need look no further than this collection to see that truth. Within, you will find magic, aliens, dystopia, fairy tales, terrifying technology, far-flung futures, uncanny planets, and more. But you’ll also find heartbreak, laughter, compassion, complex morality, acceptance, strength in numbers, love, justice, the absurd, and the bittersweet. Let this collection take you to lands uncharted, and lands unknown, and lands unseen—you will be glad you went, and in these countries, there is something for everyone.” —Tor.com, on BASFF 2016 [review]
“The second edition to the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Karen Joy Fowler (Mariner), is just as strong as the first, if not stronger. […] Showcases the nuanced, playful, ever-expanding definitions of the genre and celebrates its current renaissance.” —The Washington Post, on BASFF 2016 [review]
“This anthology’s fusion of literary horror and emotional/psychological depth will appeal to readers tired of formulaic genre fiction. (Starred Review)” —Library Journal, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? [review]
“Intellectually demanding […] a very elite, highly curated set of stories. […] A set of primal, classic-seeming tales from our past, present, and future. (Starred Review)” —Kirkus Reviews, on BASFF 2016 [review]
Come join us October 4 @ 7:30pm at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA, for a Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 launch event, with me, guest editor Karen Joy Fowler, and contributors Charlie Jane Anders and Liz Ziemska, with moderator Daryl Gregory on hand to lead our discussion. [event details | Facebook invite]
“Whether conjuring a little magic or exploring technology’s impact, these impressive selections demonstrate that these works may be brief in length but long on complexity and voice. Sophisticated sf/fantasy readers will find here everything they enjoy about the genre, plus a few other surprising delights.” —Library Journal, on BASFF 2016 [review]
“A genuinely chilling, wildly imaginative collection […] At once timely and timelessly unique, [this anthology] is sure to have genre fans enthralled.” [Top Pick, 4.5 Star Rating] —RT Book Reviews, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? [review]
“[An] amazing collection […] ranging from hilarious to truly terrifying […] a great option to hand to horror fans.” —Booklist, on What the #@&% Is That? [review]
“If you’re looking for a read (or lots of reads, as the case may be) that’s equally fun, scary, and thoughtprovoking, then What the #@&% Is That? will be up your alley. With editors as experienced as John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, I’d be surprised if most horror/sci-fi fans don’t enjoy it. The only rating I could possibly give the book is five [out of five] stars.” —Dread Central, on What the #@&% Is That? [review]
In my role as editor of John Joseph Adams Books* for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I just acquired two books by debut novelist Bryan Camp. Here’s the deal memo that just ran on Publishers Marketplace:
Bryan Camp’s THE CITY OF LOST FORTUNES, about a magician with a talent for finding lost things who is forced into playing a high stakes game with the gods of New Orleans for the heart and soul of the city, to John Joseph Adams Books, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, to be published Spring 2018, by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company (NA).
* If you missed the news, here’s the Locus and PW reports on the launch of John Joseph Adams Books. Our first three books, Beacon 23, Shift, and Dust by Hugh Howey are out now. Otherwise, thus far I acquired two books in a new series by Carrie Vaughn and two books in a new series by Molly Tanzer.