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Three new Robert McCammon trade paperbacks in stock and shipping

They Thirst by Robert McCammon

The remainder of this week will be given over to shipping our three new Robert McCammon trade paperbacks:

Our most recent major release by Rick, The Border (hardcover, ebook), isn't done garnering reviews yet. Here's a new one from Locus:

One of McCammon's great achievements in this novel is the horrifying sense he conveys of humanity reduced to the equivalent of so many ants in a field, being stomped on by warring combatants. The scenes of battle between the two armies and the firepower and weapons they yield are spectacular and vivid.

 

A Double-shot of great reviews for THE BEST OF NANCY KRESS

The Best of Nancy Kress

We have a pair of great reviews of The Best of Nancy Kress to share with you. With reviews like these, we expect the thousand copy print run to go quickly on publication.

From Locus:

Another candidate for the title of best collection of the year, in a year that’s turning out to be very strong for short-story collections, is The Best of Nancy Kress… worth it for the extensive amount of really first-class fiction you get, including several Hugo and Nebula Award winners.

From Publishers Weekly:

The much-lauded talents of SF and fantasy writer Kress (Yesterday’s Kin) are finely showcased in this sparkling and thoughtful collection of 21 short stories… Kress has a gift for focusing on the familiar and the personal, even in the most alien settings. This collection will fire the imaginations of new readers and longtime fans alike.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

Steven Erikson’s MIDNIGHT TIDES now open to the general public

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

Just a quick note that the exclusive preorder period has ended, so anyone may preorder a copy of Steven Erikson's Midnight Tides now.

Please note that the Lettered Edition is sold out.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, signed by the author: $150

 

 

Joe Abercrombie’s HALF A WAR now available for preorder

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

We're pleased to announce that the final book of Joe Abercrombie's Shattered Sea series, Half a War, is now available for preorder. If you're thinking of ordering a copy, please don't forget to read the important notes below!

About the Book:

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Jon McCoy.

Important Notes:

  • You must own a copy of the limited edition of Half the World to order the limited edition of Half a War.
  • You must own a copy of the lettered editon of Half the World to order the lettered edition of Half a War.
  • This exclusive preorder period lasts until October 31, 2015.

Words are weapons

Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil

Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Limited: 400 signed numbered oversize copies, printed in two colors on 80# Finch: $125
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

 

THE HUNTER FROM THE WOODS ebook only $2.99

The Hunter from the Woods by Robert McCammon

Great news. For the next two days, the ebook for Robert McCammon's The Hunter from the Woods is only $2.99

About the Book:

In the shadowed corners behind enemy lines, Michael Gallatin is England’s most potent weapon against Nazi Germany. Blessed and cursed by the ability to transform his flesh, Michael lives between worlds as both man and wolf. A gifted spy and a cunning warrior, he is unmatched in the field. No ordinary agent of the British Crown, he’s the one they send when there’s no one else.

Returning to a vision first imagined in the New York Times Bestseller The Wolf's Hour, horror master Robert McCammon traces the life of a single man in the midst of the Second World War. From a traveling circus in the Russian steppes, to the skies of North Africa, to the gritty underworld of Berlin itself, The Hunter from the Woods pits Michael against impossible odds, where failure means death and so, too, might victory.

Told through a series of interconnected novellas and short stories, McCammon shows us how Michael lived and loved during a time in history when there was little room for either. A visceral and primal journey, The Hunter from the Woods revels in the intimate cruelty of war, but never fails to illuminate the resilience of the human spirit.

The Wolf's Hour may be Michael Gallatin's greatest adventure, but these are the stories that comprise his life. They present an alternate history every Robert McCammon fan, and every fan of thrilling fiction, will want to read.

 

Robert McCammon’s BLUE WORLD in Stock and Shipping

Blue World by Robert McCammon

This week we'll be concentrating on sending out the signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's Blue World, one of the most loved collections in horror.

In addition to the classic contents, our edition contains three newer stories being collected for the first time: "White", "Strange Candy", and the Bradburyesque "Children of the Bedtime Machine".

Pick up a copy while supplies last!

About the Book:

In this expanded edition of Robert McCammon’s classic short story collection, you will encounter horrors and delights in equal measure, including:

  • A man who awakens one morning to find a skeleton in bed where his wife had been the night before.
  • A small-time thief who steals a makeup case, and learns a dead horror star's secret.
  • A roadside diner, where a Vietnam veteran comes seeking shelter from the storm.
  • A young man in prison, who finds beauty and hope on the wings of a yellow bird.
  • Halloween in a very special residential area, where trick-or-treating is deadly serious.
  • A red house on a street of gray houses, and a breath of sweet fire.
  • The adventures of a has-been serial hero, who dons his old costume and goes in search of a serial killer.
  • A priest obsessed by a porno star, and his realization that both of them are being stalked by a third shadow.
  • An old woman who channels early, simpler times in a melancholy Bradburyesque future.

We will see worlds within worlds through the windows of these stories. We might even see the end of the world, and we might sit on a front porch for a while and sip a glass of gasoline on a hot December day.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies, with exclusive full-color illustrations: $80
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

 

Announcing Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves

Eternity's Wheel

We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing a signed limited edition of Eternity's Wheel, the third (and final) book in the InterWorld series.

About the Book:

The treacherous developments at the end of The Silver Dream have left InterWorld trapped by HEX, Time Agent Acacia Jones missing, and Joey Harker on his own. Injured and on the run, Joey may be the only one who can stop the newly discovered threat of FrostNight from destroying everything—not just InterWorld, but all the worlds in the Altiverse.

A heavy burden for anyone, but especially a relative newcomer to interdimensional travel. Joey begins to Walk the worlds, searching out more versions of himself, all fellow Walkers, to train for the fight. While, of course, attempting to stay under the radar of their enemies and locate InterWorld Base Town before time runs out. Even after recovering some members of his team and receiving aid from Acacia’s brother Avery—who is none too happy to have to help him—Joey can’t seem to catch a break. Everyone is looking to him to be the leader. Whether he’s up to the job or not, he has to take it on anyway.

Eternity’s Wheel brings the New York Times’ bestselling InterWorld series to a thrilling conclusion. Return to master storytellers and beloved authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves’ inventive, danger-packed universe in this novel with a story by the creators and Mallory Reaves, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

Eternity's Wheel will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequels, Interworld and The Silver Dream, with a full color cover and color interior plates by Jon Foster.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

The Martian heads off to the printer

The Martian by Andy Weir

We've just sent Andy Weir's oversize signed limited edition of The Martian to the printer. It's 75-80% sold out, with more copies being preordered every day.

About the Book:

Dust jacket illustration by Daniel Dociu.

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 will be oversize, with an introduction by Dan Simmons.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

 

Announcing a weird western novel by Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale

Hell's Bounty by Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale

We're pleased to announce Hell's Bounty, a weird western novel by the brothers Lansdale, one with a killer cover by Timothy Truman.

About the Book:

If the Western town of Falling Rock isn’t dangerous enough due to drunks, fast guns and greedy miners, it gets a real dose of ugly when a soulless, dynamite-loving bounty hunter named Smith rides into town to bring back a bounty, dead or alive—preferably dead. In the process, Smith sets off an explosive chain of events that send him straight to the waiting room in Hell where he is offered a one-time chance to absolve himself.

Satan, a bartender also known as Snappy, wants Smith to hurry back to earth and put a very bad hombre out of commission. Someone Smith has already met in the town of Falling Rock. A fellow named Quill, who has, since Smith’s departure, sold his soul to the Old Ones, and has been possessed by a nasty, scaly, winged demon with a cigar habit and a bad attitude. Quill wants to bring about the destruction of the world, not to mention the known universe, and hand it all over: moon, stars, black spaces, cosmic dust, as well as all of humanity, to the nasty Lovecraftian deities that wait on the other side of the veil. It’s a bargain made in worse places than Hell.

Even Satan can’t stand for that kind of dark business. The demon that has possessed Quill, a former co-worker of Satan, has gone way too far, and there has to be a serious correction.

And though Smith isn’t so sure humanity is that big of a loss, the alternative of him cooking eternally while being skewered on a meat hook isn’t particularly appealing. Smith straps on a gift from Snappy, a holstered Colt pistol loaded with endless silver ammunition, and riding a near-magical horse named Shadow, carrying an amazing deck of cards that can summon up some of the greatest gunfighters and killers the west has ever known, he rides up from hell, and back into Falling Rock, a town that can be entered, but can’t be left.

It’s a opportunity not only for Smith to experience action and adventure and deal with the living dead and all manner of demonic curses and terrible prophecies, it’s a shot at love with a beautiful, one-eyed, redheaded-darling with a whip, a woman named Payday. But it’s an even bigger shot at redemption.

Saddle up, partner. It’s time to ride into an old fashioned pulp and horror adventure full of gnashing teeth, exploding dynamite, pistol fire, and a few late night kisses.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcovers: $40

 

Exclusive Steven Erikson preorder period ending soon

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

This is just a quick notice that the exclusive preorder period for Steven Erikson's Midnight Tides only lasts until August 31, so please get your order in before we open the book to the general public. If you've already ordered a copy, please disregard this notice.

Now, Some Important Notes:

  • You may only order the limited or lettered edition of Midnight Tides if you own the corresponding lettered/numbered copy of the previous volume, House of Chains.
  • The exclusive preorder period ends August 31, after which we will send out an email opening the book to the general public.
  • Please mention your letter/number when placing your order.

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the fifth volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. We're working with a new artist, Lauren St. Onge, on this volume in the series.

The numbered edition will:

  • Be printed on 80# Finch paper, guaranteeing a lifetime of enjoyment
  • Be illustrated with a number of full color interior illustrations

The lettered edition will include everything in the numbered, plus the following features:

  • A completely different dust jacket
  • A gatefold pull-out illustration
  • A custom traycase to protect your book

Limited: 500 numbered copies, hardcover, signed by author: $150

Lettered: 52 copies, deluxe bound, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase: $325

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on THE BEST OF GREGORY BENFORD

The Best of Gregory Benford

We're happy to share this cut from a recent review of The Best of Gregory Benford from The Wall Street Journal:

The Best of Gregory Benford, edited by David G. Hartwell, brings together almost 40 of his 200 stories. They're the best introduction you can find to how scientists think…. The odd thing is that, for all the chill of the situations, this collection is actually ‘heartwarming’ (to use an adjective Mr. Benford would scorn). He'd much prefer ‘clear-eyed.’ But the fact is, he remains an optimist. There's a solution for everything, if, but only if, you have the will and the skill to find it.

 

New Jonathan Carroll and Catherynne M. Valente titles shipping this week

Teaching the Dog to Read

We have a day or so of finishing up Jim Butcher's Working for Bigfoot, and then we'll move on to two other new titles:

Teaching the Dog to Read (Jonathan Carroll)

Teaching the Dog to Read is set at the intersection of the mundane and the miraculous, a place where reality itself shifts and shimmers with disconcerting suddenness. It begins in the realm of recognizable things and ends in a room where a bizarre—and invisible—reunion takes place. Along the way, it offers both grand entertainment and a visionary meditation on the complex connections between our dreaming and waking selves. The result is a master class in the art of narrative and a permanent addition to Jonathan Carroll’s remarkable body of work.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies:$40

From Locus Online:

Carroll’s pacing is perfect, as he introduces new elements of oddness one by one. And his insight into matters of the heart is deep. ‘There are moments in any relationship which can come at the beginning, middle or end, where everything balances on a single word or sentence.’ In elegant yet utterly unpretentious prose, Carroll provides one of those pivotal instances right here.


Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

Speak Easy (Catherynne M. Valente)

Multiple-award-winning, New York Times’ bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente once again reinvents a classic in Speak Easy, which interprets “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” if Zelda Fitzgerald waltzed in and stole the show. This Prohibition-Era tale will make heads spin and hearts pound. It’s a story as old as time, as effervescent as champagne, and as dark as the devil’s basement on a starless night in the city.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies, fully bound in cloth: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

Valente’s language is extravagantly rich, and her world is filled with fascinating details. The amount of story packed into this slender volume would easily fill a novel…

From RT Reviews:

Valente’s Prohibtion-era spin on the classic story of ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ is thoroughly eerie and enchanting… this fresh fairytale gets under your skin quicker than Zelda Fair's black-market booze.

 

Copies of THE SHINING and other Stephen King books available

The Shining by Stephen King

We've noticed copies of the Gift Edition of Stephen King's The Shining going for above cover price on the secondary market, so now seemed like a good time to remind folks that we still have copies at the published price of $95.

In addition, you can preorder copies of 'Salem's Lot and Skeleton Crew, both of which we expect to be damn fine productions, and, as the decades have proven, examples of exemplary storytelling. If that's not enough King for you, pick up a copy of the in stock PS Publishing edition of Thinner.

 

 

The Martian Cover Reveal

The Martian by Andy Weir

You probably know Daniel Dociu best for the striking covers he's done for the excellent James S. A. Corey novels that make up The Expanse (comingn soon as a tv series).

We're happy to have him onboard for our edition of Andy Weir's The Martian, with the dust jacket you see half of above. (Yes, it's a a wraparound.)

Now, More 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 will be oversize, with an introduction by Dan Simmons.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

 

 

K. J. Parker—SAVAGES ebook now available

Savages by K. J. Parker

The ebook of K. J. Parker's newest standalone epic fantasy, Savages, is available through the usual channels. Good timing, that, as Tor.com just reviewed the nearly 400 page novel.

Here's a cut from the review that we think sums the book up rather well:

‘Playing a role’ is actually a key concept in Savages: one of the novel’s recurring themes is reinventing oneself. The nameless chieftain has a ‘fake it till you make it’ approach to employment: he basically says yes to any job he’s offered, claiming (entirely fictional) previous experience. Aimeric’s a pacifist playing at being an arms manufacturer. Both of them forge a new life, just like the counterfeiter makes fake money and the forger makes fake manuscripts. It’s all these forgeries and phony identities that somehow drive the plot.

 

New Jim Butcher in Stock and Shipping

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher's Working for Bigfoot is in stock and shipping! The trade edition is sold out, but we still have copies of the limited aplenty.

About the Book:

Chicago wizard for hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working For Bigfoot, collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in “B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in “Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
 

From Publishers Weekly:

“Butcher emphasizes the lighter side of his Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden, in this collection of three novellas with a common client, a Sasquatch known as River Shoulders… Butcher leavens classic hard-boiled first-person narration (‘She was blond, about five-foot-six, and my logical mind told me that every inch of her was a bad idea’) with humor in these amuse-bouches aimed squarely at longtime fans.”

 

New Praise for Tim Powers’ NOBODY’S HOME

Nobody's Home by Tim Powers

Though it appeared last year, a blast of new praise just appeared for Tim Powers' Nobody's Home. Only seems appropriate for a novelette set in the time traveling world of The Anubis Gates, doesn't it?

From Locus Online:

New steampunk from Tim Powers, one of the men who invented the mode? With knockout illustrations by J. K. Potter? … What’s not to like!?! … As always, Powers is the master of presenting backstory in incremental bits that not only serve to gradually illuminate all his mysteries, but to add emotional resonance to events already described. You almost always have to turn back a few pages to re-savor passages in a new light, when reading a Powers tale. It’s a special kind of narrative magic.

Please click here to read more about Nobody's Home or to order a copy.

 

Limited Joe Abercrombie Sets Available Again

Half the World

While looking over our inventory list, I noticed that we had a few copies each of Half the World and Half a King by Joe Abercrombie still available.

You can pick up a non-matching numbered set, while supplies last. This is one of the best series I've read in years, so don't miss out!

 

Last call to get an inscribed copy of John Scalzi’s THE END OF ALL THINGS

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

John Scalzi will be trekking to the SubPress' warehouses next week to sign copies of his new novel, The End of All Things. We're near the end of the stock we have on hand for him to sign, so best to order now if you want an inscribed copy.

About the Book:

Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division.

Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

***

Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time—a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other—and against their own kind—for their own unknown reasons.

***

In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things.

Trade: Hardcover in dust jacket: $24.95

Click here to order your copy or for more information.

 

Announcing A Fantasy Medley 3 with stories by Jacqueline Carey Laura Bickle and more

A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia

In each of the first two volumes of the acclaimed A Fantasy Medley series—both of which earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly—editor Yanni Kuznia brought together stories from a quartet of fantasy’s most exciting authors. Now Kuznia returns with A Fantasy Medley 3, offering riveting new tales of the fantastic from four more of the field’s brightest stars:

In “Goddess at the Crossroads,” Kevin Hearne shares a thrillingly memorable episode from the past of his popular Iron Druid Chronicles hero Atticus O’Sullivan, revealing how one night’s dark encounter with the cult of Hecate served as inspiration for Shakespeare’s witches in the Scottish play.

With “Ashes,” Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city’s festival in his dubious honor.

“The Death of Aiguillon” finds Aliette de Bodard exploring an episode sixty years prior to the start of her latest novel, The House of Shattered Wings, in which the survivors of an ongoing magical conflict in Paris eke out a grim existence, and one woman’s wish for a better life is granted at a terrible price.

And in “One Hundred Ablutions,” Jacqueline Carey, author of the much-beloved Kushiel’s Legacy series, tells the tale of Dala—a young woman chosen by her people’s overlords to be an exalted slave among slaves—and of the twining in her life of ritual, rebellion, and redemption.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20

 

Pick up Jack McDevitt’s CRYPTIC for only $1.99

Cryptic by Jack McDevitt

We're happy to let you know that the ebook of Jack McDevitt's 200,000 word Cryptic is only $1.99 for the next week.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to announce a mammoth (38 stories, over 200,000 words) Best of Volume by SF Best-Seller Jack McDevitt.

Jack McDevitt loves a good mystery. And he enjoys baffling his readers with enigmas like why, after so many years of listening with no results, would a SETI director hear an artificial signal and keep it quiet? Why might an astronomer at a space station, facing imminent death from a solar radiation blast, send off a frantic message that he had discovered a Clyde Tombaugh Special? Tombaugh, of course, was the discoverer of Pluto.

What really happened to Christopher Sim, the George Washington of the war against the Ashiyyur? Why had a beloved artist at the top of his profession, with everything to live for, killed himself? Why had a brilliant young biologist discovered how life got started on Earth, but neglected to tell anyone?

And there are of course other anomalies to be encountered in McDevitt's work: A computer threatens the literary world, while a time traveler worries the churches. One artificial intelligence runs for president, and another claims to be a Catholic and demands access to the sacraments. Two friends discover that whenever they get together, shuttles crash, wars break out, or tidal waves hammer a coastline.

A researcher watches endless fighting on another world and finally rebels against the Academy's hands-off doctrine. Meantime, a crewman stranded light-years from Earth, entertains himself by intercepting radio broadcasts from home, originally transmitted during World War II.

Among other questions these tales will answer: What might happen when people in a research lab literally try to play God. Why you don't ever, ever, want to turn out the lights at Bolton's Tower in the Dakotas. Why someone might want to blow up a star. And why it would be a really good idea if Hatch kept his hands off the mallet. These, and twenty-three other cosmic rides, await the reader.

Click here to read more about Cryptic or for links to order the ebook.

 

Announcing a New Joe Hill Signed Limited Edition

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill Cape Cover

PS Publishing is releasing a tenth anniversary edition of Joe Hill's landmark collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and we've been lucky enough to lock in a number of copies of the signed limited and unsigned trade editions. We do not have a lot of copies of the signed edition—certainly not enough to cover the expected demand, so please get your order in early.

About the Book:

Anyone out there heard of this cat Joe Hill? Yeah, of course you have. And I’ll bet ya heard of Joe’s Ray Bradbury’s Fellowship award for the story ‘20th Century Ghost’ and maybe you heard he also received the William L. Crawford award for best new fantasy writer in 2006, the A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize in 1999 for ‘Better Than Home’ and the 2006 World Fantasy Award for ‘Voluntary Committal’. His stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, such as Postscripts, Subterranean Magazine and The High Plains Literary Review, and in many anthologies.

Well, it’s 10 years since, overloaded to the back teeth with projects,  CD Head Honcho Richard Chizmar sent Joe our way to ask if PS might be interested in publishing his collection of tales, wrapped around the title of that Bradbury Fellowship story. On the night Joe responded to my suggestion that he send me his three best yarns. I read ‘Ghost’, ‘Pop Art’ (sheer genius and containing a killer closing line) and, heck, you know, I don’t recall the third one. I do recall dropping him a line first thing the next morning and asking for a phone number and I called and we spoke and we made a deal and, well, you know the rest—20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, GUNPOWDER, HORNS, plus a little something special just down the pike that we’ll talk about a little later. But before that, just to re-whet your whistle, here’s the 10th Anniversary edition of the book that started the ball rolling and which notched up in quick succession the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, in illustrated slipcase: $200

Trade: 774 unsigned copies, housed in a plain slipcase: $55

Click here to place your order or for more information!

 

Interior art from The Complete Kane Revealed

The Complete Kane

We're pleased to be able to share with you all of the covers and some of the inteiror art from Centipede Press' The Complete Kane. We're down to the last handful of our allotment, so more orders are welcome!.

Limited to 300 signed sets.

  • New artwork by Tom Kidd, Patrick J. Jones, Les Edwards, Boco, and Grant Griffin.
  • Printed endpapers.
  • Full cloth binding.
  • Ribbon marker.
  • Signed by the artists.
  • All five volumes enclosed in a handsome cloth slipcase.

Important Note: We're offering the full set for $25 off the retail price!

 

Readying THE FIFTH HEART for the printer

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

We're readying our oversize signed limited edition of Dan Simmons' The Fifth Heart from the printer, and in addition to revealing the cover, thought it a good time to remind you of the stellar reviews the novel's been receiving. Here are but two:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

In Paris in 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James join forces in this outstanding novel from Simmons, who has concocted something far from the usual pastiche, with a historical figure standing in for Dr. Watson… Simmons (Drood) knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth.

From Booklist (Starred Review):

Like several of Simmons' earlier novels, including The Abominable (2013) and Drood (2009), his latest is a riveting mixture of historical fact and fiction. The year is 1893. Henry James and Sherlock Holmes travel together to America to solve the mystery surrounding the death of socialite Clover Adams (whom, some say, James would later use as his inspiration for his novels Daisy Miller and The Portrait of a Lady). But the book isn't just for Holmes' fans—it's a solidly constructed, beautifully told mystery; a portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most important writers; and an intriguing blend of fact and fantasy.

Click here to read more or order your copy.

 

George R. R. Martin—A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms art revealed

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

The nonpareil Gary Gianni has sent us samples of the artwork for George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

We expected amazing work, but it's on par with Gary's efforts on Solomon Kane more than a decade ago. He mentioned that he executed over 170 drawiings for this 350+ page book. We've seen a PDF of the interior, and it's going to be a high point for SubPress limiteds.

 

Returned Books at Bargain Prices

They Thirst by Robert McCammon

In their infinite wisdom, one of our wholesale accounts has seen fit to return copies of a few of our most popular books. Our loss is your gain, as we're offering them at bargain prices. These books may have a blemish or two, so don't expect perfection, but we'll put new dust jackets on them. If you've been wanting to add to your SubPress collection but go easy on your wallet, now's the chance.

The books include:

Quantities are limited, so get your order in early.

 

Rare Dean Koontz Limited Editions at Bargain Prices

Dean Koontz Limited Editions

We've scored copies of a pair of Dean Koontz limited editions:

  • The Darkest Evening of the Year
  • Odd Hours

Our prices are significantly below what others are currently selling the books for.

Have a look. We suspect they won't last long.

 

Announcing THE COMPLETE KANE by Karl Edward Wagner

The Complete Kane by Karl Edward Wagner

We're pleased to be getting copies of the Centipede Press five volume set of the Kane novels and stories by Karl Edward Wagner. As with all of Centipede's productions, we're sure these will be something to behold.

About the Books:

Kane, the mystic swordsman — an immortal, flame-haired sorcerer-warrior, cursed by an insane elder god to walk the Earth until eventually destroyed by the violence that he himself created.

Created by award-winning author and editor Karl Edward Wagner while he was still attending medical school, the most exciting and intelligent sword & sorcery series ever written is finally given the showcase it deserves with these stunning new illustrated editions from Centipede Press.

This handsome set of five hardcovers in a cloth slipcase includes the three main Kane novels — Dark Crusade, Bloodstone, and Darkness Weaves, along with the two volumes of short fiction — Death Angel’s Shadow and Night Winds — you finally have a chance to own meticulously proofread texts, with the short stories presented in the long-desired chronological order, with all of the poems, fragments, and later stories.

Each book has a handsome photograph of Karl Edward Wagner (some never published) from the period, and each book also reprints the original Warner Bros paperback edition cover so you have, finally, the complete Kane, presented the way the author intended, with each book individually illustrated.

Limited to 300 signed sets.

  • New artwork by Tom Kidd, Patrick J. Jones, Les Edwards, Boco, and Grant Griffin.
  • Printed endpapers.
  • Full cloth binding.
  • Ribbon marker.
  • Signed by the artists.
  • All five volumes enclosed in a handsome cloth slipcase.

Important Note: We're offering the full set for $25 off the retail price!

 

Alan Moore’s VOICE OF THE FIRE in stock and shipping

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is the latest and greatest SubPress limited in our warehouse and shipping. As Joe Hill puts it in his insightful introduction, this isn't always the least complex novel:

While you're here at Alan Moore's party, you will also come across a filthy and barefoot boy, standing friendless and alone at the very edge of the firelight. I particularly hope you will make the effort to get to know him… His story, recounted in 'Hob's Hog,' is famously challenging. Every sentence must be worked for; every line is an act of archaeology. Reading his story is not unlike gouging cold earth with a trowel to find the buried ruin of a lost world.

Limited: 750 signed numbered oversize hardcover copies: $60

 

Jim Butcher—Working for Bigfoot Update

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files collection, Working for Bigfoot, has been delayed a bit, because we found a set of printing errors prominent in the loose signatures we were sent before the final books are bound. (These errors hadn't shown up previously in any proofs.)

Our printer is reprinting the entire book to correct this error, which has resulted in a delay. We apologize for that, but figure folks would rather have a great looking book a month later than expected, than an inferior one on time.

In the meantime, if you can't hold off the few weeks, the ebook of Working is currently available.

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

 

Harlan Ellison’s THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO for only $25

The Top of the Volcano by Harlan Ellison

We've just received a number of copies of Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano back from one of our wholesale account. Some are perfect, some are slightly worn. We'll put new dust jackets on copies to bring them up to snuff, and are happy to offer them at only $25 per copy, a wholly great price for an oversize hardcover that clocks in north of 500 pages.

Have at them!

 

 

Announcing DRIVEN by Kelley Armstrong

Driven by Kelley Armstrong Trade Hardcover

Subterranean Press is pleased to present Driven, a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Driven will feature a full-color dust jacket as well as four full-color interior illustrations. The Signed Limited Edition will have a completely different dust jacket, full-color endsheets, and two additional full-color illustrations not in the Trade. If you own a copy of the limited edition of Forsaken, please mention your number to match when checking out.

Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.

When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn't about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.

But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster—Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $48

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28

 

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 in Stock and Shipping

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.

 

New Joe Abercrombie in stock and shipping

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

A good deal of this week's shipping efforts will go toward getting folks their copies of Half the World by Joe Abercrombie. If you haven't ordered one, please do. World (as Half a King before it) balances on the adult/YA line neatly, providing a remarkable epic fantasy reading experience for all.

This represents Joe Abercrombie at his absolute best, and shouldn't be missed.

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, printed in two colors, with illustrations by Jon McCoy: $125

 

Time to Preorder Neil Gaiman’s THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Running Out!

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains Signed Limited Edition

We have more details about the upcoming Neil Gaiman signed limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, we can share with you.

Please place your preorder soon, as we have to finalize our preorder with Morrow, the publisher. It's a bargain at only $75.

About the Book:

This is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

  • Each numbered copy is signed by author and artist
  • Specially commissioned (for this volume only) 8‐page comic by artist Eddie Campbell, starring his alter‐ego “Alec” and Alec’s friend “Neil”
  • Limited to 3,000 copy printing
  • One‐piece fabric‐covered clamshell case with silver foil stamping and pull ribbon
  • Mp3‐cd audio recording of full story read by Neil, accompanied by music performed by Fourplay string quartet
  • Clothbound book with silver foil stamping and art inlay, silver endpapers

Limited: Hardcover edition, signed by the author and artist, with CD. This gorgeous limited edition will feature a clamshell case and vellum cover overwrap: $75

 

Joe Hill on the new limited edition of NOS4A2

NOS4A2/WRAITH by Joe Hill

In case you missed it, we've posted some of the ultra-creepy color illustrations for NOS4A2/Wraith by Charles Talent Wilson III.

We also took the opportunity to ask Joe Hill what he thought about the IDW limited, which will weigh in at over eight pounds!

Joe said:

I’m so pumped to see NOS4A2 and WRAITH laced together into a single gorgeous edition, crafted with IDW’s legendary attention to detail, and choked with Charles ‘Talent’ Wilson the iii’s demented ‘art.’ The stories inform one another, feeding into and off of each other, and it just feels right to find them between the same set of covers. Rumors that the book is bound in human flesh are utterly and completely false, however. It just would’ve been too hard to do 999 copies.

This is going to be a special limited edition, one which we'll steal ideas from for our own publications. Don't miss out. After all, it's the only way to visit Christmasland!

Click here to read more about NOS4A2/WRAITH or to order your copy!

 

 

Order your copy of THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi now!

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

We're about to place our final order for John Scalzi's upcoming space opera, The End of All Things, which triggered the thought now was a good time to remind you to get your order in for a signed or inscribed copy.

So you're not buying this blind, know it received a starred review from Kirkus, a bit of which follows:

It’s classic crowd-pleasing Scalzi, offering thrilling adventure scenes (space battles, daring military actions, parachute jumps through a planet’s atmosphere), high-stakes politics, snarky commentary, and food for thought. Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy.

 

Snag Connie Willis’ THE WINDS OF MARBLE ARCH AND OTHER STORIE—over 250,000 words—for only $2.99

The Winds of Marble Arch by Connie Willis

For the next week, you can pick up the ebook of Connie Willis' huge—over 700 pages—short story collection, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, for only $2.99.

About the Book:

“Variety is the soul of pleasure,” And variety is what this comprehensive new collection of Connie Willis is all about. The stories cover the entire spectrum, from sad to sparkling to terrifying, from classics to hard-to-find treasures with everything in between—orangutans, Egypt, earthworms, roast goose, college professors, mothers-in-law, aliens, secret codes, Secret Santas, tube stations, choir practice, the post office, the green light on Daisy's dock, weddings, divorces, death, and assorted plagues, from scarlet fever to “It's a Wonderful Life.” And a dog.

Famous for her “sure-hand plotting, unforgettable characters, and top-notch writing,” Willis has been called, “the most relentlessly delightful science fiction writer alive,” and there are numerous examples here. Among them, Willis's most famous stories—the Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning “Fire Watch” and “Even the Queen” and “The Last of the Winnebagos”—along with undiscovered gems like Willis's heartfelt homage to Jack Williamson, “Nonstop to Portales.” Her magical Christmas stories are here, too, from “Newsletter” to “Just Like the Ones We Used to Know…” which last year was made into the TV movie, Snow Wonder, starring Mary Tyler Moore.

We've collected stories from throughout Willis's career, from early ones like “Cash Crop” and “Daisy, in the Sun,” right up to her newest stories, including the wonderful “The Winds of Marble Arch.” There's literally something for everyone here. If you're a diehard Willis fan, you'll be delighted with hard-to-find treasures like the until-now uncollected, “The Soul Selects Her Own Society…” If you've never read Connie Willis, this is your chance to discover “A Letter from the Clearys” and, well, “Chance.” To say nothing of, “At the Rialto,” the funniest story ever written about quantum physicists. And Willis's chilling, “All My Darling Daughters.”

And…oh, there are too many great stories here to list and pleasures galore. So enjoy!

Table of Contents:

In Which May be Found Personal Correspondence, Travel Guides, References to Royalty, Weather Reports, Parking Fines, and Other Violations, including Matters of Life and Death (and Afterwards), an Epiphany or Two, and an Appendix.

Weather Reports

  • The Winds of Marble Arch
  • Blued Moon
  • Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

Personal Correspondence

  • A Letter from the Clearys
  • Newsletter

Travel Guides

  • Fire Watch
  • Nonstop to Portales

Parking Fines and Other Violations

  • Ado
  • All My Darling Daughters
  • In the Late Cretaceous

Royalty

  • The Curse of Kings
  • Even the Queen
  • Inn

Matters of Life and Death

  • Samaritan
  • Cash Crop
  • Jack
  • The Last of the Winnebagos

And Afterwards

  • Service for the Burial of the Dead
  • The Soul Selects Her Own Society…

Epiphanies

  • Chance
  • At the Rialto
  • Epiphany

 

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Willis makes brilliant short fiction look easy in this collection of 23 novellas and short stories, which display a powerful range of sensibility, from poignant tenderness ('Inn') and heartbreak ('Samaritan') to close-to-the-bone satire ('Even the Queen') and blackest savagery ('All My Darling Daughters').

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Along with her writing skills, the breadth of knowledge—scientific as well as religious and literary—packed into each of Willis' stories will awe readers. Her stories are both pompous and populist, touching upon everything from Shakespeare, Christmas, 1940s movies, love and death, marriage and divorce, and popular music and television to the latest developments in physics and how to properly cook a goose… In The Winds of Marble Arch, Willis' love for her craft and for the vagaries of the human heart—of which she so writes so ably—is on ample display.


From Rambles.net:

There is a great variety of Willis' work represented here, so whether you're a die-hard fan or just starting, this book cannot possibly disappoint.

 

New Jim Butcher Sent to the Printer

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

We're happy to report that Jim Butcher's newest book, Working for Bigfoot, published exclusively by SubPress, has just been sent to the printer. The collection won't quite make its announced June pub date, but should ship by mid July. Unlike Jim's novels, with millions of copies in print, Working's print run is in the low thousands, and we expect it to sell out soon after publication, if not before.

About the Book:

Chicago wizard for hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working For Bigfoot, collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in “B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in “Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35

From Publishers Weekly:

Butcher emphasizes the lighter side of his Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden, in this collection of three novellas with a common client, a Sasquatch known as River Shoulders… Butcher leavens classic hard-boiled first-person narration (‘She was blond, about five-foot-six, and my logical mind told me that every inch of her was a bad idea’) with humor in these amuse-bouches aimed squarely at longtime fans.

 

 

Shipping Update — Ann Leckie, Paolo Bacigalupi, and more

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Even as the warehouse expansion continues, our shipping crew are doing a great job of getting books into the hands of eager readers. Right now, we're shipping Ann Leckie's award-winning debut novel, Ancillary Justice. Last week we sent out copies of Paolo Bacigalupi's newest sf thriller, The Water Knife. This was preceded by shipping (literally) five tons of Robert McCammon's sf/horror novel, The Border.

Look for at least one more new book to start shipping later this week. We'll keep you posted.

 

 

Announcing the NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Signed Limited Edition by Joe Hill

NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Edition by Joe Hill

Our friends at IDW Publishing are creating a signed, limited edition of Joe Hill’s classic-in-the-making novel, NOS4A2. The book is signed by Joe Hill and Charles Paul Wilson III and is hand-numbered to 999. This new collection includes the 172-page graphic novel prequel, Wraith, as an essential part. Exclusively for this collection, Wraith series artist Charles Paul Wilson III has created 26 new illustrations (13 color, 13 black and white), a new full-color wraparound dust jacket, and a detailed map of Christmasland featured in the end pages. Mr. Wilson will also be personalizing each Christmasland-themed signature plate with a small original sketch inside a gruesomely twisted advent calendar. This 852-page oversized hardcover is packaged in an ornate hand-built cloth slipcase and features a debossed cloth cover.

About the Book:

Charlie Manx is a very bad man with a very special car—a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. Charlie takes children for rides in his car, all the way to Christmasland. Christmasland is a magic place, a place just for children.

Victoria McQueen has a gift for finding lost things. If she rides her bike through the Shorter Way Bridge, she can find anything that’s lost. She’s also the only person ever to have escaped from Charlie Manx. Charlie may have died, but he hasn’t forgotten Victoria, and he takes her son for a ride in his car.

Victoria McQueen will do anything to save her son, but the Shorter Way Bridge has become a more perilous crossing than it was when she was a child. And who wouldn’t want to have Christmas…forever? Sleigh bells ring….

In his terrifying new novel, NOS4A2, New York Times bestselling author, Joe Hill, makes sure you’ll never listen to Christmas carols without a shiver again. But more than just horror, NOS4A2 is a story of strength, of magic, of family, and the costs of love. It’s about finding what is lost, even when what we lose is ourselves.

About the Graphic Novel:

Joe Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers and sure to delight fans of the book.

The NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Edition is due to ship in August.

Limited: 999 signed and numbered hardcover copies, each with an original small sketch by the artist and packaged in a hand-built slipcase: $150