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Signed Copies of Paolo Bacigalupi’s THE WATER KNIFE Available Soon

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

As far as we know, there's no signed limited edition of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife planned. However, we'll be getting in a limited number of copies signed on a tipped in sheet.

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.

Trade Hardcover: $25.95


Cherie Priest’s JACARANDA to be Sold Out on publication

Jacaranda by Cherie Priest

The trade hardcover of Cherie Priest's newest (and possibly last) entry in her Clockwork Century looks to be sold out on publication. We currently have more wholesale orders than we can fill, so if you plan to pick up Jacaranda, now's as good a time as you'll find.

Special Offer: Everyone who preorders a copy of Jacaranda will be sent a FREE copy of the ebook (in .mobi and Epub formats) upon publication. That way, you have one copy to treasure, and one for reading on your chosen device anywhere.

We’re pleased to announce that Cherie Priest has returned to the Clockwork Century setting of her breakout novel, Boneshaker, with her most riveting novella yet.

The Ranger

On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, but they know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.

The Nun

But the bodies pile up, and a hurricane is brewing up fast. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She crosses her fingers, and sends a message that could save them all.

The Padre

Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished…but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, not chance. The former gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

From Publishers Weekly:

This gripping postscript to Priest’s Clockwork Century series (which officially concluded with Fiddlehead) takes readers to the titular Galveston, Tex., haunted hotel, in an alternate 1895 seasoned with ghosts and gears. Father Rios is a former gunslinger cursed with second sight and a dark past. When Sister Eileen contacts him about the dozens who have died in the hotel, he visits ahead of an impending hurricane and soon witnesses the horrors firsthand. Rios is a great protagonist, full of conflicts and doubts, and he drives the tale well. While the story stands on its own, it also provides some melancholy closure for fans of Priest’s earlier books.

From Locus:

In Jacaranda, set in Cherie Priest’s alternate version of late 1800s America – the one she set up in Boneshaker and has dipped back into successfully several times since – there is a hotel on Galveston Island that seems to be murdering its guests. What then unspools is a locked room horror mystery that has a little bit of The Shining and a little more Tarantino mixed in… Those who love a short spook or are Clockwork Century completists (or both, which might be a pretty big intersection on the Venn diagram) will love what Priest has done here.

From RT Book Reviews:

...The characters here are vivid and interesting enough that hopefully this particular adventure isn't the last we hear of them, or of the survivors at least.


Ann Leckie—ANCILLARY JUSTICE over 90% sold out; cover revealed

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

We're happy to report that the signed limited edition of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice is now over 90% sold out. Check out the just-posted dust jacket.

About the Book:

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was Justice of Toren–a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose–to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50


Huge Robert McCammon News—A New Limited Edition and Three Trade Paperbacks

Blue World by Robert McCammon

We're pleased to announce three new Robert McCammon titles. First up is the Signed Limited Edition of his classic collection, Blue World, expanded to include three newer stories, as well as a full-color dust jacket and full-color interior illustrations by Vincent Chong.

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

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Yellowjacket Summer
  • Makeup
  • Doom City
  • Nightcrawlers
  • Pin
  • Yellachile’s Cage
  • I Scream Man!
  • He’ll Come Knocking at Your Door
  • Chico
  • Night Calls the Green Falcon
  • The Red House
  • Something Passed By
  • Blue World
  • Strange Candy (previously uncollected)
  • White (previously uncollected)
  • Children of the Bedtime Machine (previously uncollected)


They Thirst by Robert McCammon

That's not our only McCammon news of the day. This summer, we also plan to release three McCammon trade paperbacks;

If you're a collector on a budget, there's the option of having all three signed by the author. This special, limited to only 350 sets, can be ordered through the Blue World page.




New Kelley Armstrong in stock and shipping

Forsaken by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong fans rejoice. We've just started shipping the limited edition of her long (nearly 40k words) new novella, Forsaken. As soon as those are out the door, which will take a few days, we'll move speedily on to shipping the trade edition.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Forsaken 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.

Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won’t get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind.

One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they’ve been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can’t afford to ignore.

Number one New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong returns to her much-loved Otherworld with this powerful novella detailing the latest trials and travails of a fan-favorite character, a working mother who happens to lead the werewolves of North America.

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

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $28


Important Clive Barker Update

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barrker

Earthling Publications has been kind enough to allocate another 25 copies of Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels to us. Don't miss out on your chance to snag the limited edition of what's likely to be the horror novel of the year.

We have a few other Clive Barker books you might want to consider, as well:

  • Clive Barker's First Tales—One novella, one short story, each written in Clive's younger days. This is the first book published under Clive's SeraphimINK imprint.
  • Tortured Souls—the very rare long novelette by Clive. Due out soon. We already have orders for more copies from wholesalers than we'll be able to fill.



Grand Crusades by Jack Vance

We're happy to share with you a cutting from Publishers Weekly's review of the latest (and possibly last) volume of Early Jack Vance stories, Grand Crusades:

Fans of SFWA Grandmaster Vance (1916–2013) know him for jeweled language and dry wit, but this volume of five short novels brings out his two-fisted, pulp-action side. Vance’s protagonists—a failed starship engine thief on an interstellar treasure hunt (‘The Rapparee,’ 1950), a wronged man out to upend galactic slavery (‘Crusade to Maxus,’ 1951), a rebel determined to pull down alien conquerors (‘Gold and Iron,’ 1958)—rely on their ‘primitive’ human dynamism to bull through against the odds. Along the way they enjoy a good quip or two, and sometimes (though not always) get the girl.

Trade: 1000 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $45




The Top of the Volcano by Harlan Ellison

We're down to the last box or so of copies of Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano, which we're only selling direct to customers at this point. We're no longer filling wholesale, etc. orders.

Considering the review that Gary K. Wolfe just gave Volcano in The Chicago Tribune, you might wish to pick up a copy, if you haven't yet:

“Legendary” may be a term too generously applied to elderly writers, but in the case of Harlan Ellison it’s literally accurate:  the urban legends and anecdotes that have accreted to him in his nearly 60-year career as one of science fiction’s most colorful and controversial figures sometimes almost overshadow his remarkable output of more than 1,200 short stories plus endless essays, screenplays, TV scripts, reviews, columns, comics, and other works.  Although it’s never been hard to find Ellison’s work in print, a one-volume introduction to the best of his fiction has remained elusive—until now.  The Top of the Volcano consists not of stories selected by an editor or by Ellison himself, but of those which have won awards such as the Hugo, the Nebula, or the World Fantasy Award—and Ellison has a lot of such awards.

Readers will find here not only his much-anthologized early classics like the brutal “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” the dystopian “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” and the surprisingly tender evocation of a childhood that will not end, “Jeffty Is Five,” but also later, more experimental and challenging fictions like “The Function of Dream Sleep,” “The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore,” and “Mefisto in Onyx.” The most recent story, “How Interesting: A Tiny Man,” won the Nebula Award in 2011, when Ellison was 77.  This may be the most useful book we have for those who want to rediscover Ellison, or for those encountering him for the first time and who want to know what all the fuss was about.

Trade: Fully cloth bound oversize hardcover: $45