• Although Peter Watts describes himself as more of an an “angry optimist”, we’ll wish him a happy #NationalGrouchDay nonetheless!
    Peter Watts is an Angry Sentient Tumor is out next month! These essays are perfect for endulging your justified anger at the world while still having hope for the future. Peter Watts — Hugo Award-winning author, former marine biologist, and angry sentient tumor — is the savage dystopian optimist you can’t look away from. Even when you probably should.

    #peterwatts #peterwattsisanangrysentienttumor #books #newbooks #upcomingbooks #novemberreads #essays #nonfiction #2019books #nonfictionbooks #publishing #tachyon #tachyonpublications #scifibooks #tentacles #booklife

  • The excitement builds for Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman‘s excellent THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, the bold sequel to World Fantasy Award-winning  THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY.


    At both PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and BOOKLIST, the anthology garnered starred reviews.


    All these stories provoke the reader to ponder not only what the future might be but what it should be. 


    Equally wonderful stories by Jamie Wahls, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Suzanne Palmer, and many others make this a must-read for anyone interested in the latest and most exciting sf writing out there.

    LIBRARY JOURNAL similarly praises the book.

    While readers may be familiar with many of the names and individual works here, having them together in one volume creates a stunning set of sf shorts. Highly recommended for all collections.              

    Gareth D Jones for SFCROWSNEST joins in the fun.

    This is a wonderful selection of stories highlighting not only some great writers, but a wealth of fabulous ideas and new twists on old Science Fiction tropes. It’s just over 400 pages long, giving a decent amount of stories to enjoy and allowing the editors to indulge themselves and include a whole host of interesting authors. If you want a flavour of cutting edge science Fiction today, this is an excellent choice of reading material.

    For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Matt Dixon
    Cover design by Elizabeth Story

  • as we creep closer to Halloween, ask yourself: What else is creeping around? Perhaps…right behind you?

    #books #bookstagram #horror #horrorbooks #themonstrous #monstrous #monsters #shortstories #scarystories #ellendatlow #halloweenreads #caitlinrkiernan #peterstraub #kimnewman #christopherfowler #octoberreads #spooktober #monster

  • Jaymee left us her squishy cthulhu to keep us company, and Squishthulu recommends you read Lovecraft’s Monsters this halloween! Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones–the gang’s all here, and illustrated by John Couthart! With stories from Neil Gaiman, Gemma Files, Kim Newman, Elizabeth Bear, and more

    #books #bookstagram #lovecraft #lovecraftian #horrorbooks #spookyreads #neilgaiman #caitlinrkiernan #joerlansdale #lairdbarron #ellendatlow #kimnewman #shortstories #scarystories #hplovecraft #cthulhu #johncoulthart #nickmamatas #lovecraftsmonsters

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    Jack Deighton is puzzled about the lack of award attention toward Lavie Tidhar’s THE VIOLENT CENTURY.

    THE VIOLENT CENTURY is admirably plotted and well paced, with an atmosphere of menace throughout,  I’m puzzled as to why this wasn’t on any award shortlist for its year.


    In THE TEL AVIV REVIEW OF BOOKS, Hagay HaCohen mentions Lavie Tidhar’s UNHOLY LAND in their joint review of Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature and Palestine + 100: Stories from a Century after the Nakba.

    An example of this is Lavie Tidhar, an award-winning Israeli sci-fi writer, who published UNHOLY LAND in 2018—in which the Jewish State was created in Uganda, riffing on the Uganda Scheme, a British proposal from the early 1900s to turn a portion of East Africa into a Jewish state. Few readers in Israel, though, seemed to take interest. Imagine the interest that might be shown if the book is made into a Netflix series or an Amazon Studios production!


    Tidhar, featured in Zion’s Fiction and mentioned in Professor Gary K. Wolfe’s course as an exemplar of the genre’s expansion in recent years, is a multiple award winning writer who is fairly unknown in Israel by people other than hard-core fans of sci-fi—meaning most of the population.


    Cover art by Masato Hisa

    Lavie Tidhar announces his new Japanese short story collection 金星は花に満ちて (Venus in Bloom).

    Venus In Bloom collects five of my stories, including an introduction and story notes. It is available as a slim paperback, illustrated by Masato Hisa, who was my fellow Guest of Honour at Hal-Con this year, and who also designs the monsters for the Japanese Power Rangers! Which is about as cool as it comes. (I also have one of his original pieces at home now, which I got at a secret room auction… err, don’t ask).

    The book includes:

    • Venus in Bloom
    • Earthrise
    • Talking To Ghosts At The Edge of the World
    • Neom
    • Terminal

    Tidhar, alongside Silvia Moreno-Garcia, is the new science fiction book columnist for The Washington Post.

    Even 10 years ago, the fields of science fiction and fantasy were still overwhelmingly American and white. And, if you grew up speaking Spanish in Mexico City, (as I, Silvia, did), or Hebrew on a small kibbutz in Israel (as I, Lavie, did), it meant that the world of science fiction, filtered through translation, was as remote and alien as the other side of the moon. The very idea we could be writing novels like these seemed, well, fantastical.

    Yet, somehow, here we are. The past decade has seen the science-fiction world change as more international voices enthusiastically jumped into the fray. Now, wonderful writers including Malaysian Zen Cho can write smart, funny fantasies such as “Sorcerer to the Crown”; after years of struggle, Nigerian Tade Thompson’s ambitious Africa-set novel, “Rosewater,” was published to wide acclaim and recently won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award; and Chinese author Liu Cixin’s “The Three-Body Problem,” translated by Ken Liu, has become a bestseller and even has a recommendation from former president Barack Obama.

    In our new column, we hope to highlight some of the fresh, exciting, weird and wacky science fiction and fantasy from around the world and also look back at some underappreciated gems from the past.

    For more info about THE VIOLENT CENTURY, visit the Tachyon page.

    For more info on UNHOLY LAND, visit the Tachyon page.

    Covers by Sarah Anne Langton

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