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New Robert Silverberg to be sold out on publication

Early Days by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg's Early Days, a compendium of short stories by the then newly minted professional writer is about to start shipping. The book has sold well enough that we'll be putting it out of print when we fill all the large account orders, so this may be your best time to pick up a copy!

About the Book:

In 2006, Robert Silverberg published In the Beginning, a generous selection of stories from the early, developmental stages of his distinguished sixty-year career. Fast-paced, energetic, and unabashedly pulp-like in their origins and ambitions, those stories proved to be an unexpected gift to Silverberg’s many readers. That gift continues with Early Days, a second volume of apprentice fiction as wide-ranging and enjoyable as the first.

Early Days collects seventeen impossible to find stories from the years 1956 to 1958, supplemented by a fascinating introduction and extensive notes on the creation and publication history of each story. Together, these non-fiction pieces constitute both an episodic memoir and an affectionate history of an era when pulp magazines still dominated the SF marketplace.

Without exception, each of the stories in Early Days offers honest, unpretentious entertainment. The astonishingly prolific Silverberg may have had a bit to learn back then, but he had an innate understanding of narrative that shines through every one of these tales. The stories range in tone from the grimly dystopian future of “The Inquisitor” to the playful “Space Is the Place,” in which a maintenance technician from Crawford IX experiences comic culture shock during a mandatory vacation on Earth. “Rescue Mission” revolves around the telepathic connection between two interplanetary intelligence agents. “Housemaid No. 103” provides a humorous glimpse into the romantic difficulties of a far future matinee idol. “Harwood’s Vortex” combines a mad scientist, alien invaders, and the possible end of life as we know it into a single colorful narrative.

Silverberg, of course, would evolve into one of the genuine masters of the genre, and this retrospective collection of early work offers invaluable insights into his development. Silverberg himself calls Early Days “an affectionate tribute to my hardworking self of more than half a century ago.” It is all of that and more. Anyone with an interest in Silverberg’s career, or in the history and evolution of modern science fiction, needs to read this book. They may not write ‘em like this anymore, but once upon a time they did. And looking back has never been so much fun.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Kirkus Reviews:

A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good… Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre…

 

CROSSTALK cover just posted

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

We're only too happy to share the splendid cover Jon Foster created for Connie Willis' new novel, Crosstalk. The novel is an utter delight.

Library Journal, in a starred review, called it “A fun, romantic near-future romp from a sf master.”

 

A LONG DECEMBER just sent to the printer

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

We've just sent Richard Chizmar's acclaimed new collection, A Long December, to the printer, which puts it right on schedule for its November publication date.

Clive Barker is the latest author to weigh in on Rich's ficttion, saying, “Richard Chizmar writes like a man who’s been to hell and back and lived to tell its tales.”

Given the strong reviews and blurbs A Long December has received—including starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus—we expect it to sell out shortly after publication. Don't delay in ordering your copy.

 

Copies of George R. R. Martin’s A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS Available

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

After shipping the initial wave of George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms—with wonderful color and b&w illustrations by Gary Gianni—we discovered that we have copies left. They're first come, first served.

About the Book:

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two…as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.

Our edition will be slightly oversize, likely with the following features:

  • All of the art from the trade hardcover;
  • Printed on 80# Finch;
  • The full color endsheets as a wraparound dust jacket;
  • A completely new set of endsheets;
  • Ten of the full-page interior illustrations (b&w in the trade) rendered in color in our edition;

 

Cover reveal for John Scalzi’s MINIATURES

Miniatures by John Scalzi

The cover is here.

We're at work on the interior illustrations for John Scalzi's Miniatures, which is on schedule for a December release.

As a reminder, Minatures features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

 

The first reviw for THE PURLOINED POODLE

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

The first review of Kevin Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is in, and we'd love to share it with you.

According to Publishers Weekly:

Hearne skillfully balances silly doggy humor, a solidly constructed Sherlockian mystery, and easygoing druidic fantasy in this quick read.

We're just a few short months from publication, so order your copy now!

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s PARADISE SKY (Illustrated Edition) coming soon

Paradise Sky Illustrated Edition by Joe R. Lansdale

We've just heard from the publisher that the illustrated edition of Joe R. Lansdale's Paradise Sky is at the printer, with copies due to ship to us next month.

About the Book:

A rollicking novel about Nat Love, an African-American cowboy with a famous nickname: Deadwood Dick.

Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west.

In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat’s peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful bride. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love’s bride. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.

Here are the details of the limited hardcover edition:

  • World’s first illustrated edition
  • Signed by author Joe R. Lansdale & artist Ben Baldwin
  • Limited to only 300 hand-numbered copies worldwide
  • Full color panoramic dust jacket illustration with extra wide flaps
  • Full color wraparound book board illustration
  • Over fifteen black & white interior illustrations
  • Illustrated signature page

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75