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R. B. Lemberg
[STARRED REVIEW] “Lovingly crafted with a deep and rewarding world full of complex characters who are often LGBTQIA+ and/or neurodiverse, this is an outstanding novel from a rising star in fantasy fiction.”
In this first full-length novel from the acclaimed Birdverse, new love blossoms between an impatient starkeeper and a reclusive poet as they try together to save their island home. The Unbalancing is a gorgeous tale of the inevitable transformations of communities and their worlds rooted in the mystical cosmology, neurodiversity, and queerness that infuses Lemberg’s lyrical prose, which has invited glowing comparisons to N. K. Jemisin, Patricia A. McKillip, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
“I loved this gorgeous book about blood magic, chosen family and refugees in a hostile city. Naseem Jamnia has created a rich, complex world.”
—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky
In this intricate debut fantasy introducing a queernormative Persian-inspired world, a nonbinary refugee practitioner of blood magic discovers a strange disease that causes political rifts in their new homeland. Persian-American author Naseem Jamnia has crafted a moving, nuanced exploration of immigration, gender, healing, and family.
“Unger (Nucleation), a game designer and VR programmer by day, delivers an edge-of-your-seat technothriller.”
In her breakout new cyberpunk thriller, virtual reality expert Kimberly Unger has created the iconic cyberpunk heroine we need: Eliza McKay, a disgraced underground hacker trying to take back her career one dangerous job at a time. When rich or important people get stuck in the Swim it’s McKay’s task to quietly extract them. But when her latest contract throws her into the middle of a corporate power struggle, she finds herself fighting for her life.
Sam J. Miller
“Sam Miller is my hero: a fearless visionary whose stories are at once vivid, electrifying, brutal, and full of heart. Oh, the heat of them.”
—Sarah Pinsker, author of Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea
Queer infatuation, inevitable heartbreak, and satisfying revenge seamlessly intertwine in Sam J. Miller (Blackfish City, The Art of Starving)’s long-awaited debut short story collection. Whether innocent, guilty, or not even human, the beings in Miller’s gorgeously-crafted worlds can destroy you—yet leave you longing for them even more.
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“Sanderson proves to be an exceptionally talented writer in the pages of this book. . . . The Emperor’s Soul is one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder.”
—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. Shai is given an impossible task: to create—to Forge—a new soul for an emperor in fewer than one hundred days. This special edition of the Hugo-Award winning novella The Emperor’s Soul features the deleted prologue “The Imperial Fool,” (alludes to Sanderson’s bestselling Mistborn series); prologue commentary from the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses; and an original introduction from the publisher about the origins of the book.
[STARRED REVIEW] “Sparks fly in Tsai’s refreshing and enchanting paranormal debut. . . . With brilliantly developed, multifaceted characters; a clever magic system; and witty prose, the pages of this fantasy fly. This marks Tsai as a writer to watch.”
As a descendant of the Chinese god of medicine, Elle was destined to be a doctor. Instead, she is underemployed as a magical calligrapher at the fairy temp agency. Meanwhile dreamy half-elf Luc, the agency’s top security expert, has his own problems and secrets. In this xianxia-inspired contemporary fantasy, a Chinese immortal and a French elf navigate romance, family loyalty, and workplace demands.
“Lavie Tidhar’s Neom is a stunning return to his world of Central Station, twinning the fates of humans and robots alike at a futuristic city on the edge of the Red Sea.”
—Green Man Review
Today, Neom is a utopian dream—a megacity of the future yet to be built in the Saudi desert. In this deeply imaginative novel from the award-winning universe of Central Station, far-future Neom is already old. Sentient machines roam the desert searching for purpose, works of art can be more deadly than weapons, and the spark of a long-overdue revolution is in the wind. Only the rekindling of an impossible love affair may slow the inevitable sands of time.
“The Scarlet Circus is a magical collection of love stories, where love is often an act of courage and intelligence. Jane Yolen has a true storyteller’s voice.”
—Anne Bishop, New York Times bestselling author of the Black Jewels series
From ecstasy to tragedy, with love blossoming shyly, love at first sight, and even love borne of practical necessity—The Scarlet Circus, the fourth volume in Yolen’s award-winning short fiction series brings you passionate treasures and unexpected transformations. This bewitching assemblage, with an original introduction from Brandon Sanderson, is an ideal read for anyone who appreciates witty, compelling, and classic romantic fantasy.
[STARRED REVIEW] “Liu’s mastery of so many different subgenres astounds, and her ear for language carries each story forward on gorgeously crafted sentences. This is a must-read.”
New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Monstress) leads you deep into the heart of the tangled woods. In her dark, romantic, and spellbinding short fiction you will find dangerous magic and even more dangerous women: a body-stealing sorceress, a bone collecting apprentice-witch, a princess-turned-actress, and a warrior protecting China from her jealous ex.
How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you? Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.
A long-awaited new collection from Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring) who has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), whose work is “stunning,” (New York Times) and “simply triumphant” (Dorothy Allison).
James Tiptree, Jr.
“There is just one great collection of Tiptree’s fiction in print…
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever from Tachyon Publications.
It contains all of her major short stories.”
—New York Times Book Review
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is the quintessential Tiptree collection. These eighteen brilliant short stories of James Tiptree, Jr., reflect the darkly complex world of its author: exploring the aliens; our perceptions; love, sex, death; and humanity’s place in a vast, cold universe.