Tachyon tidbits featuring Nalo Hopkinson, Nick Mamatas, Lavie Tidhar, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, and Micheal Swanwick

The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.


Nalo Hopkinson (photo: David Findlay, Nick Mamatas, Lavie Tidhar (Kevin Nixon. © Future Publishing 2013), Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Colin Hackley/Tampa Bay Times), and Micheal Swanwick (Beth Gwynn)

Rosarium Publishing is kickstarting the hardcover edition of Sunspot Jungle. The two volume anthology includes contributions from Nalo Hopkinson, Nick Mamatas, Lavie Tidhar, Charlie Jane Anders, Brooke Bolander, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max Gladstone, Christopher Brown, and many others.


Art by John Jennings

On June 17, 2018, Rosarium Publishing will be turning five years old. So, we’ve decided to throw a little party. Since we like to say we “introduce the world to itself,” we just knew it had to be a global party!

Like any good party, we’ve invited some friends, acquaintances, associates, people we’ve heard good things about, and some complete strangers.

The end result is Sunspot Jungle!

A two-volume, spec fic anthology filled with stories from over 100 writers from around the world!!!

This campaign is for special hardcover editions of the anthology only available to you Kickstarter supporters.

(The paperback for Vol. 1 will be out in December while the one for Vol. 2 will be released in spring of 2019.)

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer attended the Los Angeles premiere of Annihilation, the film based on the first novel in Jeff’s Southern Reach trilogy. 


Jeff VanderMeer, Alex Garland, Tuva Novotny, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Natalie Portman pose together as Paramount Pictures presents the premiere of ‘Annihilation’ at The Regency Village Theater in Westwood, CA on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages).


Author Jeff VanderMeer attends the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Annihilaton’ at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)


Ann VanderMeer (L) and author Jeff VanderMeer attend the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Annihilaton’ at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

At THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, Michael Swanwick interviews Russian science fiction author Sergei Lukyanenko. 

Sergei Lukyanenko is one of the most popular science fiction writers in Russia. He is best known in America and throughout the world as the creator of the Night Watch/Day Watch universe, in which human beings with supernatural powers maintain an uneasy peace in the modern world. These books became famous globally after two very successful movies, Night Watch and DayWatch, were based on them. They are, however, only a small part of the total output of this prolific author.

I interviewed Sergei in the hotel bar during a whiskey-tasting party at Roscon, the Russian national science fiction convention. Translation was provided by Alexei Bezougliy.


ms: I think all that Americans know about you is that you wrote the Night Watch books. So let’s correct that. First of all, how did you get started?

lukyanenko: I started writing when I was eighteen years old, because I couldn’t manage to find the sort of book I wanted to read. So I said to myself, Why not simply write the kind of book I want to read? Then I did.

ms: How long did it take you before you were finally published?

lukyanenko: Maybe six months, maybe a couple of years. I wrote several stories, and then I showed them to my friends. One of them, without telling me, took the manuscript of one of my stories to one of the mainstream magazines. It was published. That was the beginning of my literary career.