Coming your way in February 2022, 51 reveals the unspeakable secret behind what really happens in Area 51! The events at Roswell have long been one of the U.S. government’s best-kept secrets. But what if Area 51 contains something so bizarre that it bears little resemblance to UFOs, aliens, or anything imagined in even the most detailed conspiracy theories? In Patrick O’Leary’s long-awaited, witty, and moving new novel, a cruel government experiment and an unthinkable betrayal are set into motion by real life friends, not-quite-imaginary friends—and a series of very confused American presidents.
by Patrick O’Leary
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963484: Digital ISBN: 9781616963491
Published: February 2022
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
[O’Leary’s] voice is fresh and funny.—New York Times
Adam Pagnucco has no idea that stopping to help a homeless man is an absolutely terrible idea. He doesn’t even recognize Winston Koop, his extremely charming—and extremely drunk—ex-best friend from college. Koop and Nuke had been inseparable, but then life happened. Nuke finally quit drinking, and Koop—well, Koop was at the center of a conspiracy so massive, and so strange, that the U.S. government faked the existence of UFOs at Roswell.
While covering up the unlikely experiments on the even more unlikely inhabitants of Area 51 for over sixty years, Koop has surreptitiously stolen the memories of hundreds of people—if they were lucky.
As Koop makes a tormented confession of his misdeeds, Nuke discovers that listening is more than dangerous—it’s devastating. Not only is Nuke is depending on Koop to keep his own past safe and locked away, time is running out for both of them. The strange inhabitants of Area 51 desperately need both of their help, and a rebellion is coming.
Coming your way in July 2021, JILLIAN VS. PARASITE PLANET introduces eleven-year-old Jillian, the most awesome, super-brave astronaut since Spaceman Spiff, who must find her chill and save her family from creepy aliens. So take a deep breath, grab your sidekick, hop in a pod, and blast off with Jillian to Parasite Planet.
by Nicole Kornher-Stace
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963454; Digital: 9781616963552
Published: July 2021
Available Format(s): Hardcover and Digital
Nicole Kornher-Stace is a genius.—Tiffany Trent, author of The Unnaturalists
Can an anxious eleven-year-old finally find her chill and save her family from creepy aliens? Only if she’s the most awesome, super-brave astronaut since Spaceman Spiff! So take a deep breath, grab your sidekick, hop in a pod, and blast off with Jillian to Parasite Planet.
Fierce, blazing, brilliant.—Jacqueline West, New York Times–bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere
Eleven-year-old Jillian hates surprises. Even fun ones make her feel all panicky inside.
Jillian’s always dreamed of joining her space-explorer parents on a mission. Now it’s Take Your Kid to Work Day, and she finally has her chance to visit an alien planet! Why isn’t she excited?
When Jillian feels unprepared, she gets scared. Really scared. But she really wants to be a daring adventurer!
So Jillian sets off with her parents to Planet 80 Uma, it’s supposed to be an easy camping trip. But then the local wildlife starts acting super weird…
It’s Jillian versus Parasite Planet, and Jillian is determined to win!
Nicole Kornher-Stace is the author of the Norton Award finalist, Archivist Wasp, and its sequel, Latchkey, which are about a postapocalyptic ghosthunter, the ghost of a near-future supersoldier, and their adventures in the underworld. She has two more books due out in 2021: the sci-fi thriller, Firebreak, and of course, Jillian Vs. Parasite Planet. You can find Nicole on Twitter @wirewalking, where she is probably semicoherently yelling about board games, video games, hiking, aromantic representation, good books she’s read recently, or her cat. She lives in New Paltz, New York with her family.
Cover Reveal: THE TANGLEROOT PALACE by New York Times bestseller and Hugo, British Fantasy, Romantic Times, and Eisner award-winner Marjorie Liu
Coming your way in June 2021, THE TANGLEROOT PALACE is an unflinching sojourn into thorny tales of love, revenge, and new beginnings. THE TANGLEROOT PALACE is available for pre-roder via the publisher’s site or wherever finer books are sold.
by Marjorie Liu
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963521: Digital ISBN: 9781616963538
Published: June 2021
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
New York Times bestseller and Hugo, British Fantasy, Romantic Times, and Eisner award-winning author of the graphic novel, Monstress, Marjorie Liu leads you deep into the heart of the tangled woods. In her long-awaited debut story collection, dark, lush, and spellbinding short fiction you will find unexpected detours, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women.
Marjorie Liu is magic! Her writing is passionate, lyric, gritty, and riveting. She belongs high on everyone’s must-read list.—Elizabeth Lowell, author of Only Mine
Briar, bodyguard for a body-stealing sorceress, discovers her love for Rose, whose true soul emerges only once a week. An apprentice witch seeks her freedom through betrayal, the bones of the innocent, and a meticulously-plotted spell. In a world powered by crystal skulls, a warrior returns to save China from invasion by her jealous ex. A princess runs away from an arranged marriage, finding family in a strange troupe of traveling actors at the border of the kingdom’s deep, dark woods.
Concluding with a gorgeous full-length novella, Marjorie Liu’s first short fiction collection is an unflinching sojourn into her thorny tales of love, revenge, and new beginnings.
Marjorie M. Liu is a bestselling novelist and comic book writer. She is the author of more than 19 novels, most notably the urban fantasy series, Hunter Kiss, and the paranormal romance series, Dirk & Steele. She has twice received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, for The Mortal Bone and Tiger Eye. Ms. Liu’s graphic novel work at Marvel includes Black Widow, Han Solo, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men. She is the co-creator of Monstress from Image Comics, which has won multiple Hugo, British Fantasy, and Harvey Awards. Ms. Liu was the first woman, and first woman of color, to win an Eisner Award in the Best Writer category.
At BookExpo, Ms. Liu was a featured speaker alongside Rachel Maddow, Ta’nahesi Coats, and Malcolm Gladwell. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, MTV, and been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, Atlantic, and USA Today. She is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker, appearing on panels at San Diego Comic Con, the Tokyo Literary Festival, the New York Times Public Lecture series, Geeks Out; and the Asian American Writers Workshop.
Ms. Liu was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Seattle, and has lived in numerous cities in the Midwest, as well as Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Prior to writing full-time, she was a lawyer. She currently lives in Boston, and teaches comic book writing at MIT.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by Marjorie Liu
- Sympathy for the Bones
- Briar and the Rose
- Call Her Savage
- The Last Dignity of Man
- Where the Heart Lives
- After the Blood
- Robber Bride
- Tangleroot Palace
Coming your way in May 2021, HOW TO MARS ponders what happens when your dream mission to Mars is a reality television nightmare. David Ebenbach’s science-fiction romp with heart follows the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles, with a dash of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a hint of Mythbusters.
by David Ebenbach
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963569: Digital ISBN: 9781616963576
Published: May 2021
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
Ebenbach is more at home in the minefield of ambiguity than most of us are in our houses.―Roy Kesey, author of Any Deadly Thing
For the six lucky scientists selected by the Destination Mars! corporation, a one-way ticket to Mars—in exchange for a lifetime of research—was an absolute no-brainer. The incredible opportunity was clearly worth even the most absurdly tedious screening process. Perhaps worth following the strange protocols in a nonsensical handbook written by an eccentric billionaire. Possibly even worth their constant surveillance, the video of which is carefully edited into a ratings-bonanza back on Earth.
But it turns out that after a while even scientists can get bored of science. Tempers begin to fray; unsanctioned affairs blossom. When perfectly good equipment begins to fail, the Marsonauts are faced with a possibility that their training just cannot explain.
Irreverent, poignant, and perfectly weird, David Ebenbach’s debut science-fiction outing, like a mission to Mars, is an incredible trip you will never forget.
David Ebenbach writes. He’s been writing ever since he was a kid, when he kept his whole family awake by banging away on an enormous manual typewriter, and he’s never wanted to stop. He is the author of seven books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, and his work has picked up awards along the way: the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Patricia Bibby Award, and more.
A Philadelphia native, these days David does most of his writing in Washington, DC, where he lives with his family—because he uses a laptop now, he doesn’t keep them awake with his typing—and where he works at Georgetown University, teaching creative writing and literature.
Coming your way in April 2021, UNITY evokes the perilous grittiness of Mad Max and the redemptive unification of Sense8 in an absorbing science fiction debut. Breakout author Elly Bangs delivers a prescient, moving, and unforgettable look at the intersection between individual identity and human possibility.
by Elly Bangs
ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616963422; Digital ISBN: 9781616963439
Published: April 2021
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
Danae, a tech servant in an underwater enclave, is haunted by a grief that cannot be contained in a single body. But while she is marooned in Bloom City, her fractured self cannot be returned to the larger collective of beings to whom she once belonged.
Unable to tolerate separation any longer, Danae plans to escape the city with her lover, Naoto. Just in time to avoid disaster, they hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to guide the: a man with a death wish, haunted by a disturbing vision.
But returning home means fleeing across the harsh, otherworldly beauty of the postapocalyptic Southwest. Meanwhile, an old stalker has picked up Danae’s trail, and a new foe has put a bounty on her head. And unbeknownst to any of them, Danae, Alexi, and Naoto are hurtling toward a new kind of understanding.
Elly Bangs was raised in a New Age cult, had six wisdom teeth, and once rode her bicycle alone from Washington State to the Panama Canal. Now she lives in Seattle, where she spends her days fixing machines and her nights writing short stories, novellas, and novels. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Escape Pod, Fireside, Strange Horizons, and Galaxy’s Edge. Bangs is a 2017 graduate of the prestigious writing workshop, Clarion West. Unity is her debut novel. Learn more about her at elbangs.com
Amid the urban fantasy boom of the mid aughts, there were few series as reliable (or as popular) as Carrie Vaughn’s tales of Kitty Norville. The supernaturally-tinged adventures of the radio host-slash-werewolf continued for 14 books before coming to an end in 2015’s Kitty Saves the World, but she’s not quite done with the story yet.
Next year, Vaughn returns to Kitty’s world—albeit in unexpected fashion—to reveal the origins of a noble-born immortal who will one day become Rick, one of Kitty’s most trustworthy allies. THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR will show us how “Rick” began life as one Ricardo de Avila, a conquistador in service to Coronado, who found supernatural life long after his mortal one ended.
Below, check out the cover of the novel, with art by Rebecca Harp and design by Elizabeth Story, releasing next February from Tachyon Publications.
Discover the thrilling, deadly chronicles of the noble immortal who becomes Rick, ally to bestselling author Carrie Vaughn’s fan-favorite, Kitty Norville. Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new identity—as the Vampire Conquistador. For over five hundred years, Ricardo keeps unwillingly upsetting the established order. He has protected his found family from marauding demons, teamed up with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. He has tended bar and fended off werewolves. Life for a vampire is long, but it is never simple.
For more info about THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR, visit the Tachyon page.
In 2017, Tachyon Publications and editors Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman released THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY, an anthology of some of the most exciting writers the gene has produced over the past decade—names like Sam J. Miller, Max Gladstone, Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, and Amal El-Mohtar; names that had already grown familiar, provided you pay attention to who is out there winning awards for short fiction. And indeed, the anthology itself became an award-winner, picking up a 2018 World Fantasy Award.
With that kind of success in the rearview mirror, its only natural to try to replicate the experience on the other side of the genre divide. This fall, Jacob Weisman teams with award-winning author Hannu Rajaniemi (The Quantum Thief, Summerland, Invisible Planets) for the companion volume THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, which features a laudable mission—to highlight the most vibrant new creators of cutting-edge SFF—and a truly enviable list of contributors.
What would you do if your collective of tiny bots suddenly decide to mutiny? Would you find bioprinted steak delicious, even after it was signed by the artist? Is an 11 second attention-span long enough to bond with a cryogenically-revived tourist? Would you sell your native language to send your daughter to college?
The avant garde of science fiction has appeared, arriving via time machines and portals that may (or may not) work properly. In this space-age sequel to award-winning anthology, The New Voices of Fantasy, The New Voices of Science Fiction has launched the rising stars of the last five years of science fiction, including Rebecca Roanhorse, Amal El-Mohtar, Alice Sola Kim, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Rich Larson, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Sarah Pinsker, Darcie Little Badger, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kelly Robson, Suzanne Palmer, Nino Cipri, and more. Their wide-ranging tales were hand-selected by cutting-edge author Hannu Rajaniemi (The Quantum Thief) and genre expert Jacob Weisman (Invaders).
So go ahead, join the starship revolution. The new kids hotwired the AI.
For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, visit the Tachyon page.
But that’s not the only book Hurley’s legions of readers have to look forward to this year. This summer, she’s releasing her second short story collection, following on from 2017’s APOCALYPSE NYX. Whereas that book featured only tales set in the continuity of her God’s War trilogy and starring the hard-as-nails title character, the badass bounty hunter Nyx, MEET ME IN THE FUTURE ranges far wider and gets even weirder. Across 16 stories, you’ll meet a necromantic mercenary (“Elephants and Corpses”), a sartorial detective (“Garda,” previously published on this very blog), and, yes, time-traveling soldiers in a future war (the inspiration for the forthcoming novel of the same name, “The Light Brigade” originally appeared in Lightspeed Magazine).
Though some of them have appeared elsewhere, many of these stories were previously only available to “Hurley’s Heroes,” her affectionate nickname for her backers on Patreon. Taken together, they offer a remarkable sampling of one of the genre’s most valuable voices.
Today, we’re pleased to show off the cover of the collection, coming in August from Tachyon Publications.
Of the cover, Hurley said, “I love it when a publisher really, truly gets what I’m doing as a writer. I had no idea how the braintrust at Tachyon was going to distill over a decade of what makes a Hurley story and put it on a cover. When they sent this one over to me I just typed: ‘YES THIS IS IT! THIS IS PERFECT!’ Those are the best cover consults, when you as the author just give a thumbs up and get back to work. I’ve been thrilled to work with Tachyon on this collection, and on APOCALYPSE NYX before it. Fabulous folks who truly appreciate the work.”
Here is the collection’s table of contents:
An Introduction: Meet Me in The Future, by Kameron Hurley
“Elephants and Corpses”
“When We Fall”
“The Red Secretary”
“The Sinners and the Sea”
“The Women of Our Occupation”
“The Fisherman and the Pig”
“The Plague Givers”
“Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!”
“The Corpse Archives”
“The War of Heroes”
“The Light Brigade”
“The Improbable War”
For info on MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, visit the Tachyon page.
All things Beagle: THE LAST UNICORN: THE LOST JOURNEY giveaway and the cover reveal for THE UNICORN ANTHOLOGY
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Earlier this year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, perhaps the 20th century’s definitive take on the mythical creatures. But unicorns are far older than that—and still in the world today—fact that will be celebrated next year in THE UNICORN ANTHOLOGY, coming next year from Tachyon Books and editors Jacob Weisman and, yes, Peter S. Beagle—the same dup who this year won a World Fantasy Award for the fantastic THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY.
Today, we’ve got a look at the cover and the official summary, which hints at the participation of such heavy-hitting contributors as Garth Nix, Jane Yolen, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and more. See both below. The book arrives in April.
Unicorns: Not just for virgins anymore. Here are 16 lovely, powerful, intricate, and unexpected unicorn tales from fantasy icons including Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, Bruce Coville, Carrie Vaughn, and more. In this volume you will find two would-be hunters who enlist an innkeeper to find a priest hiding the secret of the last unicorn. A time traveler tries to corral an unruly mythological beast that might never have existed at all. The lover and ex-boyfriend of a dying woman join forces to find a miraculous remedy in New York City. And a small-town writer of historical romances discovers a sliver of a mysterious horn in a slice of apple pie.
For more info about THE LAST UNICORN: THE LOST JOURNEY, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Thorsten Erdt
Design by Elizabeth Story
For more info about THE UNICORN ANTHOLOGY, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Thomas Canty
Design by Elizabeth Story