Operation Arcana, my new anthology of military fantasy, is now available from Baen Books.
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
BUY THE BOOK:
- Trade Paperback
- Audiobook (forthcoming May 5)
- Audio CD
If you’d like to learn more about the book, read stories from the anthology for free online, or read interviews with the authors, visit my Operation Arcana website at johnjosephadams.com/operation-arcana.
PC Gamer recommends reading WASTELANDS if you enjoyed Fallout 3: “A classic […] perfect for those moments when we want to take a trip to the end of the world.”
Trash Mutant reviews WASTELANDS 2: “Great writing follows great writing; when one story ends, the next one immediately sinks its teeth into you. Highly recommended!”
WASTELANDS 2, from Titan Books, is now on sale! Huzzah!
Check out the BUY THE BOOK page to find out where you can find the book (short answer: anywhere books are sold). It’s available in Trade Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook format. Or check out the FREE READS page to sample before you buy.
If you’re a member of the media, and you’d like to cover the anthology in some fashion, please see the CONTACT/REVIEW COPIES page for more information.
An article I wrote with my editing partner Daniel H. Wilson, “Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts,” is available to read for free online on the SFWA Blog. It first appeared in the latest issue of the SFWA Bulletin. You can probably guess what it’s about from the title!
On February 1, I finalized my selections for Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015 and passed them along to guest editor Joe Hill. Now Joe will read the 80 stories I selected (40 SF / 40 fantasy), and choose the best 10 of each genre that will go into the anthology. The rest of the stories will be listed in the back of the book as “distinguished stories” published in 2014 (like honorable mentions).
Meanwhile, I’m pleased to be able to reveal the cover and announce that the book is now available for pre-order.
(cover design by Mark Robinson)
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.
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]
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…)
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