Audible and the publishers who sued them over their planned Captions program – which creates scrolling, machine-generated text that displays while their audiobooks are playing – have reached a settlement. Audible’s lawyer Emily Resbaum wrote to the court on January 13, 2020 that “We are pleased to inform the Court that the parties have resolved their disputes. The parties respectfully request until January 21 to allow the parties to obtain ...Read More
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Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead 978-1-59463-465-9, $27.00, 272pp, hc) March 2019.
Make no mistake: Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth novel is literary fiction, with a profound central metaphor and wandering, unfixed storylines. Its language is heady and attention-getting: “Flowers wilt and shed mottled petals, mold blooms greenish-white on chocolate truffles, and Harriet’s gingerbread hunkers down in its tin, no more attractive than the day it arrived, but no more repellent either.” But ...Read More
The Initiate, James L. Cambias (Baen 978-1-98212-435-9, $25, 288pp, hardcover) February 2020
Producing four superior novels in six years, starting with A Darkling Sea in 2014 and extending to the current one in 2020, James Cambias seems to have hit his stride, but not his peak. We can only anticipate many more fine books to follow.
Indicative of his desire always to be expanding his range, Cambias’s newest is ...Read More
All Worlds Are Real, Susan Palwick (Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-84-2, $17.99, 320pp, tp) November 2019.
In her introduction to All Worlds are Real, Jo Walton correctly notes that Susan Palwick is “definitely not as well known as a writer this good ought to be at this point in her career.” While one reason for this is that she’s not been especially prolific – four novels and one prior collection ...Read More
A Dream So Dark, L.L. McKinney (Imprint 978-1-250-15392-0, $18.99, 416pp, hc) September 2019.
L.L. McKinney picks up the action right where she left off with her new “all hands on deck” sequel to A Blade So Black, A Dream So Dark. After losing one of her closest friends and discovering a major secret about her mentor in the closing pages of A Blade So Black, McKinney’s ...Read More
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (DAW 978-0-7564-1427-6, $26.00, 340pp, hc) January 2020. Cover by Todd Lockwood.
A quarter-century and 20 volumes into a long-running series, it’s hard to figure the exact audience to address in a review of the newest, Resurgence. When C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner sequence began in 1994, it looked like it might have been the start of a mere trilogy. Over the last 25 years, it has become ...Read More
Full Throttle: Stories, Joe Hill (Morrow 978-0-06220-067-9, $27.99, 484pp, hc) October 2019.
Joe Hill’s first collection 20th Century Ghosts – which this reviewer read, reviewed, and then interviewed the author while having no idea he was the son of Stephen King – was full of fresh, genre-bending work. It was a thrill to discover an unknown author with such talent and promise. Of course, Hill went on from there ...Read More
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The San Francisco Public Library presents “SF by the Bay,” an exhibit and series of events from February 1 – April 30, 2020, showcasing the library’s J. Francis McComas Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection and celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area’s contributions SF art, film, and literature. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library in the General Collections and Humanities Center, with associated displays located ...Read More
The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) announced several grant recipients.
María Isabel Álvarez won the 2019 Gulliver Travel Grant, which gives $1,000 annually to cover airfare, lodging, or other travel expenses. Honorable mentions were Michaux Dempster, Claire Holroyde, and Jenni Zellner.
Del Sandeen won the 2019 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants. The Diverse Writers Grant is “intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as ...Read More
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, by Ken Liu (Saga 978-1982134037, $26, 432pp, hardcover) February 2020
Ken Liu is the kind of prodigious talent who makes mere mortals melt in despair at ever matching his accomplishments. He could have been content to remain a software engineer and lawyer, but instead he added to his CV the vocations of editor, translator, and fiction writer. If he had done any of ...Read More
Scottish author and editor Paul Barnett, 70, who wrote SF mostly as John Grant, died February 3, 2020. In addition to his extensive writing career, he worked in publishing, serving as a commissioning editor at art book publisher Paper Tiger from 1997-2004; for his work there, he won a Chesley Award for best art director in 2002, and received a World Fantasy Award nomination the following year. He edited The ...Read More
Finalists for the 2019 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced and are available to read online.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Award Finalists
- “The Gorilla in a Tutu Principle or, Pecan Pie at Minnie and Earl’s“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/19)
- “The Savannah Problem“, Adam-Troy Castro (1-2/19)
- “You Must Remember This“, Jay O’Connell (11-12/19)
- “A Mate Not a Meal“, Sarina Dorie
Gary K. Wolfe and Ian Mond Review The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes
The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga 978-1-534-43986-3, $19.99, 176pp) November 2019.
Rivers Solomon’s The Deep has a pretty colorful and convoluted history, but one that suggests how SF and Afrofuturist conceits are increasingly interacting with the broader culture. The idea of a utopian underwater society built by the water-breathing descendants of pregnant slaves thrown overboard from slave ships was first conceived by ...Read More
The shortlist for the 2019 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced.
- The Green Man’s Foe, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower)
- Atlas Alone, Emma Newman (Gollancz)
- Fleet of Knives, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
- Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
- The Rosewater Insurrection, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
Best Shorter Fiction
- To Be Taught, If Fortunate, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton)
- This is
The top five results of the Uncanny Magazine 2019 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced.
Sarah Gailey ...Read More
Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2019 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”
- Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate/Fangoria)
- Killer Lake, W.D. Gagliani & David Benton (Deadite)
- Reception, Kenzie Jennings (Death’s Head)
- Lakehouse Infernal, Christine Morgan (Deadite)
- Merciless, Bryan Smith (Grindhouse)
- Toxic Love, Kristopher Triana (Blood Bound)
- They Kill,
“Imitation Game” by Rona Wang is the winner of the 2020 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is “given annually to the best short-story written in the science fiction or fantasy genres by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), ...Read More
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the finalists for the 2020 Compton Crook Award:
- Here and Now and Then, Mike Chen (Harlequin/Mira)
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix Harrow (Redhook)
- The Outside, Ada Hoffman (Angry Robot)
- A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
- A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)
The award honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the ...Read More
The Quantum Garden, Derek Künsken (Solaris 978-1781085714, $11.99, 300pp, tp) October 2019.
I reviewed Künsken’s debut novel The Quantum Magician for Locus and was, I can be honest, unsurprised Solaris elected not to use my summary judgment as a cover-blurb, viz.: “It’s not Proust but it passes the time.” Now here’s the follow-up volume: The Quantum Garden, Quantum Evolution #2. It is more of the same. If you ...Read More
Agency, William Gibson (Berkley 978-1-101-98693-6, $28.99, 416pp, hc) January 2020.
In Agency, William Gibson has produced a sequel to The Peripheral – or as much of a sequel as can be expected of a story space built, not on one alternate history or timeline, but on branching sets of them. Of course, the “multiple alternate histories” enabling device has been around SF for decades, going back as far ...Read More
Barnes & Noble has requested a jury trial in the age discrimination lawsuit filed by Barbara Tavres in the US District Court in Northern California. Tavres was fired on September 6, 2019 after a career that began in 2006, and claimed Barnes & Noble fired her because of her age, and also used policies, practices, and procedures which disproportionately affected employees age 40 and older. She seeks class action status. ...Read More
Jakarta, Rodrigo Márquez Tizano (Coffee House Press 978-1566895637, $16.95, 160pp, tp) November 2019.
The fact that Rodrigo Márquez Tizano’s debut, Jakarta, (originally published in 2016 and translated by the always brilliant Thomas Bunstead) does not take place in Indonesia is one of the least puzzling aspects of this hallucinogenic novel. The setting is the city of Atlantika, a crumbling dystopia, struggling to recover from the Z-Bug, the latest ...Read More
German conglomerate Bertelsmann is now the sole owner of Penguin Random House after Pearson sold them its 25% ownership stake for an estimated $675 million. The deal is expected to be complete in the spring. Pearson owned Penguin, and Bertelsmann owned Random House, before the merger in 2012, at which point Bertelsmann had a 53% share and Pearson 47%. Pearson later sold 22% of its shares to the other company ...Read More
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has acquired more than 1,000 Disney Book Group titles for the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers line, including numerous titles that have not yet been published, roughly doubling the imprint’s backlist. The deal encompasses YA and middle-grade titles, as well as board books, picture books, and graphic novels.
Disney will continue to publish works that can be developed “across multiple platforms and media,” and will ...Read More
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World) and The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove) both appear on the 2020 Pen/Faulkner Longlist, this year with ten titles instead of five. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour.
The list will be shortened to five finalists in ...Read More
Minor Prophets, Jimmy Cajoleas (Amulet 978-1-4197-3904-0, $18.99, 368pp, hc) September 2019.
Minor Prophets by Jimmy Cajoleas is presented as a thriller with slight supernatural elements. In the opening pages, teen Lee recounts how he has long suffered from prophetic visions, many of which have come true. One of those visions strikes hard after his mother and stepfather have a loud fight and she roars off in her car, declaring, ...Read More
Shortlisted titles for the 2020 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the Illustrated Books, Younger Fiction, and Older Fiction categories, including the following of genre interest:
- Internment, Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown)
- The Middler, Kirsty Applebaum (Nosy Crow)
- Asha & the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House)
- Charlie Changes Into a Chicken, Sam Copeland (Puffin)
Winners in each category, and one ...Read More