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Dueling Zombie Authors!

September 2010Over at Babel Clash, authors Mira Grant and Jesse Petersen are going head to head with two very different visions of the zombie apocalypse. The only thing they seem to agree on is that most of us are lunch.

Also, click back through the last few posts to see Nicole Peeler and Jaye Wells having way too much fun in public.

I have been thinking very recently about a whole host of things.

This is usually trouble.

I’ve been thinking, as you can see below, about the Franzen issue, and the implications it holds for genre fans, or anyone who considers themselves outside of the mainstream literary spectrum.

I’ve also been thinking about this post by Niall Alexander, which caused a bit of a furor yesterday, as well as this post by Vagabondage press. It highlights an interesting conflict, a sort of very-uncoordinated Sharks and Jets street-rumble that just keeps on keepin’ on. Read the rest of this entry »

The Literature of Discovery?

Robert Jackson Bennett has some interesting thoughts on the role of genre in fiction over at his blog: here. What do you think? Is literary fiction innovative? Is genre limiting?

Is Mr. Shivers the best debut you’ll read this year? I can only answer the last one.

(… the answer is yes, by the way.)

Films of High Adventure

The inimitable Jesse Bullington and his friend (and writer) Molly Tanzer have been subjecting themselves to classic films of dubious merit for our entertainment for months now. This week, they take on a personal favorite (an assessment that bears some reflection on reading their analysis)– the classic Willow.

Anyhow, go check it out here.

Also, for some past highlights, I recommend the truly awful Ladyhawke.

It’s like if the Grossbarts reviewed movies. With less cursing.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Art Appreciation 101

Today at io9.com, Orbit Creative Director Lauren Panepinto provides a fine introduction and overview of what makes an unforgettable cover unforgettable, be it for a work of epic fantasy, space opera, urban fantasy or steampunk/cyberpunk.

There are two simple rules for creating an image that won’t be easily forgotten. So if you want to know what they are — head on over and see if you agree, or disagree.

Orbit Needs You!

Orbit UK is looking for an Editorial Assistant to join its publishing team based in London. You have until 6th September to apply. If interested, you can either:

a) Follow this link and follow instructions: http://www.littlebrown.co.uk/About/JobVacancies

b) Spend eternity wondering what might have been.

If you are ready to pursue a career in SFF publishing, we would love to hear from you.

io9’s Four Fall 2010 Must-Get Orbit Titles

io9.com has posted their list of the forthcoming Autumn 2010 SF/F titles readers won’t want to miss, and it goes without saying (though we’ll say it) that there are Orbit titles on the list — Gail Carriger’s Blameless, Iain M. Banks’s Surface Detail, N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms, and Greg Bear’s Hull Zero Three.

We agree with io9 — read them all!

Traitors’ Gate — enter Kate Elliott’s world

The epic conclusion to Kate Elliott’s Crossroads trilogy (UK|ANZ) is out this month in the UK, in mass market paperback. And it’s out soon in Oct for Australia/New Zealand. To celebrate Kate’s huge achievement — and it must be in the region of 600k carefully chosen words! — there’s a free extract HERE. The author’s prose has been described as “oozing with texture, taste and even aroma” so I’m also giving a taste of the plot to whet the appetite below:


Reeve Joss is struggling to defend a country ravaged by the assaults of twin armies. His men now patrol a land of burning villages and homeless refugees as Joss tries to separate traitor from friend. The Reeve’s thoughts are also plagued by the intriguing Zubaidit, pleasure-giver, spy and temple-trained assassin. But Zubaidit is focused on a dangerous mission, her target being warped Guardian Lord Radas. His death would leave the invading militia in chaos, but the old tales tell truly of the Guardians’ immortality – and of the powers they now wield to twist the hearts of men. Joss’s nights are also troubled, disturbed by dreams of Marit. His lost love has returned from death to become a feared Guardian herself, but Marit rejected the corrupt temptations they offered. She now seeks others of her kind, praying some are yet uncontaminated by the blight on the land — and have the will to fight it.”

Plus here are few quotes for the series are HERE to show just what a damn fine read is in store.

Lastly, and very excitingly indeed, get ready to grab a copy of Cold Magic (US | UK | ANZ). Publication is imminent and this is book 1 in Kate Elliott’s superb new fantasy with a touch of steampunk. More on that very soon …

The Chart of Fantasy Art Part 4: Title Trends and Fonts

Every year we ask our summer intern to do a survey of cover art elements for the top US fantasy novels published in the previous year.  You can find more of our findings on the Chart of Fantasy Art, the Changing Fashion of Urban Fantasy Heroines, and Color Trends in Dragons. Today we look at book titles — both what the titles say AND how they look. Read the rest of this entry »

The Black Prism – First Reviews

THE BLACK PRISM is out worldwide in less than a week, but we’ve got some early reviews coming in that we just had to share.

Over at Fantasy Book Critic Liviu writes:

“The Black Prism is an A++ from me while the series has the potential to become one for the ages. The main flaw of The Black Prism is that it ends – despite 600+ pages and a reasonable ending point, I still wanted another 600 at least!” (more)

And over at Grasping for the Wind, John Ottinger writes:

“It is a truly visionary and original work, and has set the bar high for others in its subgenre.” (more)

Brent Weeks will be touring the US starting on the 25th (full tour schedule here) but he’s been doing a pre-release video tour online. Today he stopped by Janicu’s Book Blog to talk about his love of Magic (the Gathering!) and how many books we can expect in The Lightbringer Series.  Next week he’ll be at thebooksmugglers.com – so stay tuned!

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