SAVAGES by K. J. Parker in Stock and Shipping, and Praised!

Savages by K. J. Parker

We're happy to report that copies of K. J. Parker's long (180k words) new novel, Savages, have shipped to customers. We're equally pleased to share part of Locus' recent review with you:

K. J. Parker's fantasy universe may be a bit stingy with fantasy, but it's packed with the sort of detail many other fantasy writers seem to overlook entirely—economics, art, libraries, technologies, and perhaps most notably, characters whose pointedly unelevated dialogue suggests they don't care if they're in a fantasy world at all—they're just going to go on sniping at each other as if they were in a Howard Hawks comedy. The dissonance between this almost studied lack of pretentiousness and Parker's convincing historical detail—including moments of stunning medieval brutality—has always been a central part of Parker's appeal, and it's fully on display in Savages, a title which is ironic in a couple of important ways—exactly who are the savages, and from whose perspective.




The Best of Gregory Benford

For once, we're ahead of the game. We've already shipped all customer and retail orders for The Best of Gregory Benford, which clocks in north of 600 pages.

About the Book:

This is a monumental collection of thirty-eight Gregory Benford stories, including some of the best science fiction of the last fifty years, chosen from the more than two hundred he has published to date:

At the end of the 1960s, Benford expanded his novella “Deeper than the Darkness,” to become his first novel of the same title in 1970. He hit his stride in the 1970s, making his reputation with stories such as “Doing Lennon” and “In Alien Flesh.” By the end of that decade he had written In the Ocean of Night, the first of his impressive Galactic Center novels. He entered the 1980s a Nebula Award-winner for his classic novel, Timescape. That decade continued with the impressive stories “Relativistic Effects” and “Exposures,” the novel, Against Infinity, and ended with “Matters End” and “Mozart on Morphine.”

By the middle of the 1980s he had also taken the leadership position of spokesman for hard science fiction, and contended with the rising cyberpunk reformers of hard SF. He has remained the most articulate defender of science’s role in science fiction to this day, and perhaps the most literate and literary of its writers. In the 1990s, by now an acknowledged master of hard science fiction, he became more playful in some works, in particular stories such as “Centigrade 233,” a riff on Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, and “Zoomers,” a dot-com bubble superman fantasia, while still holding to the center with the majority of his writing, completing his long series of Galactic Center novels and even writing in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation universe.

That playful thread became central after the turn of the millennium, with shorter satirical pieces originally published in Nature, such as “Applied Mathematical Theology” and “Reasons Not to Publish.” But he still wrote the innovative stories “Bow Shock,” “Mercies,” and “The Sigma Structure Symphony” and in the second decade of the new century embarked on a major collaboration with Larry Niven, in the novels The Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar.

We have here a series of snapshots of a moving target, a writer who has been growing and changing for decades, extending his art, and the art of science fiction writing. Benford continues building himself challenging structures to write in with two story series in progress that may emerge as major works. He’s not slowing down. But for the record we now have this book, a permanent chronicle of a major career. Six decades so far.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $40
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $60


Announcing READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

We're pleased to announce the signed limited edition of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which has become a huge favorite here at SubPress.

About the Book:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Our edition of Ready Player One will be oversize and feature a cover and interior illustration from the Chinese edition, selected by Ernest Cline. In addition, we’ll include a piece of RP1 fan fiction by Andy Weir (The Martian), as well as an introduction by Fantasy best-seller Patrick Rothfuss.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350



Announcing THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing a signed, limited edition of Andy Weir's debut novel, The Martian, which has taken the best-seller lists by storm. Given the novel's popularity, and the movie coming this fall, we suggest an early order.

About the Book:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The Subterranean Press edition, due this fall, will be oversize, with an introduction by Dan Simmons.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350


More NOS4A2/WRAITH artwork just posted

NOS4A2/WRAITH by Joe Hil

We've just added even more of Charles "Talent" Wilson's artwork for upcoming Joe Hill NOS4A2/Wraith signed limited edition, including both color and b&w illustrations. Head over to the book's product page to have a look.

Remember, there will be 13 original color illustrations and 13 original black & whites, as well as an original small sketch on the signature page of each copy. This is going to be one Hill edition to treasure.


Printer activity and shipping update

Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

Another pair of much-anticipated titles has just been sent to the printer:

with more scheduled to go this week.

As far as shipping goes, these titles are on our calendar for immediate shipment:

Important Collectors Note: Working for Bigfoot (Jim Butcher) is only one or two wholesale orders from shipping out of print. If you want a copy of the trade hardcover, now's the time to place your order.


Joe R. Lansdale’s PARADISE SKY shipping

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

We're shipping signed copies of Joe R. Lansdale's masterpiece, Paradise Sky, right now. Those of you who enjoyed his novella, Black Hat Jack—which featured the same main character—will be especially motivated to pick up a copy.

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 woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. 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.

Trade: Hardcover signed by the author: $26.95

From Booklist (Starred Review):

Paradise Sky is a rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and often quite moving yarn.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Edgar-winner Lansdale’s folksy, cinematic fictional memoir tells the story of a man who was born a slave before the Civil War but grew up to become the legendary Deadwood Dick… In Deadwood, Nat meets a beautiful young woman, saves the life of Wild Bill Hickok, and reencounters Sam Ruggert, who still has it in for him. Lansdale (The Thicket) fills his pages with true-hearted heroes, dastardly scoundrels, and rollicking adventures.


Fifteen copies of THE WATER KNIFE available

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

After shipping out the initial orders for the signed trade copies of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife, we have fifteen copies left. Snag one if you're interested.

About the Book:

Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times-Bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist, dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon The Windup Girl.

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents.  With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

Click here to order a copy or find out more.


China Mieville Cover Reveal

Three Moments of an Explosion

Dave McKean recently turned in the dust jacket art and design for China Mieville's new collection, Three Moments of an Explosion.

The book sold out in the first week of preorders, but we couldn't resist sharing the dj with everyone.



Alastair Reynolds’ DEEP NAVIGATION now available as an ebook

Deep Navigation by Alastair Reynolds

We're pleased to be publishing Alastair Reynolds' most recent full-length collection as an ebook. Deep Navigation features well over 100,000 words of sf, from space opera, to tales of Mars, to those set more closely to earth. There's even one previously uncollected story set in the Revelation Space universe.

About the Book:

Deep Navigation contains a broad spectrum of Alastair Reynolds’ work, from his first published story, “Nunivak Snowflakes,” through “The Receivers” and “Monkey Suit,” both published within the last year, plus an introduction by his friend, Stephen Baxter. It is well-known that the scope of Dr. Reynolds’ stories is vast; his Revelation Space stories alone attest to that. This collection shows his impressive range, from the claustrophobic Antarctic station, “Byrd Land Six,” to the branespanning “Tiger, Burning,” to the millennia-long quest of “Fury.” His viewpoints are as varied as his constant production of big, new ideas. A lone artist calmly painting the universe. A planetary ecological struggle reduced to a game. A fleeing assassin drawn into an alien rescue between the stars.