REVIEW: “The only rating I could possibly give the book is five stars” —Dread Central

“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]

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NEWS: New Novel by Debut Author Bryan Camp 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 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).


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NEWS: New Space Opera Anthology COSMIC POWERS Announced (Saga, April 2017)

Over on B&N’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, we recently announced one of my 2017 anthologies: Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies. It will be published April 18, 2017 by Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press imprint.

COVER (art by Chris Foss)



  • A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime—Charlie Jane Anders
  • Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance—Tobias S. Buckell
  • The Deckhand, the Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts—Becky Chambers
  • The Sighted Watchmaker—Vylar Kaftan
  • Infinite Love Engine—Joseph Allen Hill
  • Unfamiliar Gods—Adam-Troy Castro, with Judi B. Castro
  • Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World—Caroline M. Yoachim
  • Our Specialty is Xenogeology—Alan Dean Foster
  • Golden Ring—Karl Schroeder
  • Tomorrow When We See the Sun—A. Merc Rustad
  • Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair!—Seanan McGuire
  • The Dragon that Flew Out of the Sun—Aliette De Bodard
  • Diamond and the World Breaker—Linda Nagata
  • The Chameleon’s Gloves—Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Universe, Sung in Stars—Kat Howard
  • Wakening Ouroboros—Jack Campbell
  • Warped Passages—Kameron Hurley
  • The Frost Giant’s Data—Dan Abnett


A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams. Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.


COSMIC POWERS is now available for pre-order.

Trade Paperback



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NEWS: Surprise! I’ll Be at San Diego Comic Con July 20-24!

My wife, Christie Yant, works for a small comics company called Kymera Press, and as part of her job for them, she’s going to be doing some comic con exhibiting for them. She (and I) did it for the first time at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in June. We thought SDCC was not in the cards, but Kymera was on the wait list for exhibitor space, and a spot opened up at the last minute, so … WE’RE GOING TO COMIC CON, Y’ALL.

I’ll be working the Kymera Press booth alongside Christie. We’ll have all issues of Kymera’s two titles (Gates of Midnight and Pet Noir), and we’ll also have the Lightspeed and Nightmare “Destroy” special issues, as well as books I edited available for sale. I’ll be there July 20 – July 24; Christie will be coming down Friday evening, as she was unavoidably detained by jury duty, so she’ll be there working the floor Saturday and Sunday. We’re in booth 2003, in the Independent Publishers Pavilion.

Hope to see some of you there!

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NEWS: BASFF 2016 Table of Contents Revealed!

The Table of Contents for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 has now been revealed! Pop on over to to check out the best 20 stories of the year, as selected by me (series editor John Joseph Adams) and guest editor Karen Joy Fowler.

io9 has the full table of contents, along with a little teaser for each story. Or if you prefer, here’s a version of the TOC right here on the official website, and here’s the full list of the 2016 Notable Stories.

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NEWS: New Series by Molly Tanzer 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 series by Molly Tanzer:

Molly Tanzer’s CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER, a Victorian-era urban fantasy inspired by THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, in which epee-fencing enthusiast Evadne Gray and her younger sister are drawn into a secret and dangerous London underworld of pleasure-seeking demons and bloodthirsty diabolists, with only Evadne’s skill with a blade standing between them and certain death, to John Joseph Adams Books, in a two book deal, for publication in late 2017, by Cameron McClure at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).


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