Arthur C. Clarke Award

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The 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature was awarded to Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (published by Tor), recently announced. The Clarke Award is considered to be the UK’s top prize for science fiction. Many congratulations go to Adrian.

And if you didn’t know, or you’ve forgotten, Adrian’s co-written anthology (with Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald), The Private Life of Elder Things is now available from The Alchemy Press.

 

Something Remains blogged

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Lynda E. Rucker, whose story “The Other Side” features in Something Remains, comments on the collaborative process:

It was an enormous honor to work on this and also an extremely moving experience. I had selected the fragment that spoke to me the most personally, and worked hard to get into a mindset that would produce a story that was truly a collaboration between Joel and me. As someone who had only a passing acquaintance with Joel personally (but who has loved his work since the 1990s), it was surprising how close I felt to him over the course of writing the story.

Something Remains will be launched this September at FantasyCon by the Sea.

 

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Two contributors to Something Remains — John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz — have posted blogs about their involvement in the project. John says:

The hugely talented writer Joel Lane, best known for his dark fantasy, died far too young in 2013. He left behind him scattered notes for a myriad of stories that he’d never gotten around to writing, and it occurred to Pauline Dungate that a suitable memorial to him might be a charity anthology in which other writers used Joel’s notes as the basis for new, preferably Joel-esque stories. I was highly honored when The Alchemy Press’s Peter Coleborn asked me to be a contributor to the anthology, and even more so when my story was accepted.

And Rosanne comments:

This unique and moving collaboration differs from any book I’ve contributed to in the past. When Joel Lane died in 2013 he left many handwritten fragments of writing behind. Some were sketches, others closer to complete stories. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate teamed up to edit an anthology based on these fragments. Various friends and associates of Joel’s selected pieces that sparked their imaginations. Out of this emerged a collection of stories, poems and reflections on Joel’s poetry and critical work.

Read the full blogs on their respective websites: John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz.

Something Remains will be launched at FantasyCon by the Sea this September. Many contributors will be on hand to sign the book. The book will also be available from Amazon and the usual suppliers.

 

 

Jessica Salmonson GOH at Diversicon

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Jessica Amanda Salmonson — whose The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter — is Guest of Honour at Diversicon 24, which takes place on 29-31 July at the Best Western Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota — in other words, very soon!

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter: fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.

Available from Amazon and many other online book sellers.

 

 

Elder Things

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Coming your way this September: The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald is launched at FantasyCon 2016.

Cover image by Christopher Shy

From the wastes of the sea to the shadows of our own cities, we are not alone. But what happens where the human world touches the domain of races ancient and alien?

Museum curators, surveyors, police officers, archaeologists, mathematicians; from derelict buildings to country houses to the London Underground, another world is just a breath away, around the corner, watching and waiting for you to step into its power.

The Private Life of Elder Things is a collection of new Lovecraftian fiction about confronting, discovering and living alongside the creatures of the Mythos.

  • A terrible secret beneath Paddington Station that is about to turn the Circle line into a Shoggoth trap
  • An old archaeologist haunted all her life by a death she caused, and the shadowy creature she invoked to do it.
  • A string of terrible deaths associated with lurid graffiti of a hound
  • A lost mariner in a strange Sargasso where the ships are picked clean of humans by strange slave-takers.
  • A new “legal high” from a machine that opens the mind to another world, and makes users visible to those creatures
  • A visitor to a country house charged with finding its lost rooms
  • A gifted mathematician’s apparently flawed theories attract the attention of beings to whom her numbers make perfect sense.

The Private Life of Elder Things will be available via Amazon and other online bookshops in print and eBook formats.

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Music From the Fifth Planet launched

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Last Friday at 21:30 hours the book was finally launched! Not in a NASA sense — although cover artist David A Hardy was on hand. And if you know David, you’ll also know that he has painted many super space-related images — check out his website (astroart.org) and you’ll see what we mean.

Were we we? Oh yes: Anne Nicholls’ latest collection Music From the Fifth Planet — packed full with goodies old and new) — was launched at a well-attended session at Novacon 45, held this weekend in Nottingham.

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At the same time, NewCon Press launched a new Orcs collection, Tales of Maras-Dantia, from Anne’s husband, the best-selling author Stan Nicholls. There was much wine and cheeriness.

Anne’s stories have also appeared in The Alchemy Press books, Ancient Wonders, Urban Mythic, Pulp Heroesand Swords Against the Millennium (along with a story from Stan).

 

Music From the Fifth Planet

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Just a week away until Anne Nicholls’ new collection of her best short stories is published. The book — Music From the Fifth Planet — will be launched at Novacon in Nottingham, along with a collection from her husband and co-GOH Stan Nicholls (Orcs: Tales of Maras-Dantia published by NewCon Press).

Music From the Fifth Planet features an introduction by Justina Robson and a wraparound cover painting by David A Hardy.