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Announcing THE BEST OF NANCY KRESS

The Best of Nancy Kress

We’re pleased to announce The Best of Nancy Kress, a 200,000 word collection which contains some of the finest short fiction, especially novellas, in recent science fiction, from “Trinity” to “Beggars in Spain” and “Shiva in Shadow”. In addition among its twenty-one stories are gems such as “The Price of Oranges” and “Flowers of Aulit Prison”. The Best of Nancy Kress is essential to any reader who wants to understand contemporary science fiction.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • And Wild For to Hold
  • Out of All Them Bright Stars
  • Pathways
  • Dancing on Air
  • Unto the Daughters
  • Laws of Survival
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Flowers of Aulit Prison
  • Price of Oranges
  • By Fools Like Me
  • Casey’s Empire
  • Shiva in Shadow
  • Grant Us This Day
  • Kindness of Strangers
  • End Game
  • My Mother, Dancing
  • Trinity
  • People Like Us
  • Evolution
  • Margin of Error
  • Beggars in Spain

 

Salvage and Demolition price drop!

Salvage and Demolition by Tim Powers

Readers looking for a bargain take note. We've just dropped the price of Tim Powers' time travel novella, Salvage and Demolition, to $2.99.

About the Book:

Salvage and Demolition, the astonishing new 21,000 word novella by Tim Powers, begins when Richard Blanzac, a San Francisco-based rare book dealer, opens a box of consignment items and encounters the unexpected. There, among an assortment of literary rarities, he discovers a manuscript in verse, an Ace Double Novel, and a scattering of very old cigarette butts. These commonplace objects serve as catalysts for an extraordinary—and unpredictable—adventure.

Without warning, Blanzac finds himself traversing a “circle of discontinuity” that leads from the present day to the San Francisco of 1957. Caught up in that circle are an ancient Sumerian deity, a forgotten Beat-era poet named Sophie Greenwald, and an apocalyptic cult in search of the key to absolute non-existence. With unobtrusive artistry, Powers weaves these elements into something strange and utterly compelling. The resulting story is at once a romance, a thriller, and the kind of intricately constructed time travel story that only the author of The Anubis Gates—that quintessential time travel classic—could have written. Ingenious, affecting, and endlessly inventive, Salvage and Demoliton is a compact gem from the pen of a modern master, a man whose singular creations never fail to dazzle and delight.

From Booklist (Starred Review):
“Evoking such genre notables as Richard Matheson’s Bid Time Return, Jack Finney’s Time and Again, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (along with such films as Source Code and The Terminator), the book is a sort of literary Mobius strip, looping around on itself, finding its ending in its beginning. Powers is an acclaimed SF and fantasy author—The Anubis Gates (1983) is considered a time-travel classic—and this new title has the feel of a cult favorite, the kind of small-press jewel that will develop a devoted following.”

From Publishers Weekly:
“Like much of Powers' work, this time-hopping novella is a 'secret history,' deftly set into the spaces between real historical events. Powers skillfully weaves intrigue, romance, and the possible end of the world into this twisty tale of the strangeness hidden behind the mundane.”

From Chasing Ray:
“[Salvage and Demolition] has a delightful noirish mystery/time travel mash-up vibe… The adventure is a little wild and the cult (aside from the real guns) just this side of silly/crazy but the book is so much fun that any questions about how the whole thing is happening are easily cast aside. Richard & Sophie have a very Nick & Nora banter style which is even sillier as the first time he meets her is the second time she has met him (time travel never works easily, does it?). There's style here—serious style—and the 1950s comes alive in fabulous fashion. The mystery is great, the bookishness of it all is pure candy for me and the romance is sweet. As to whether or not any of it could happen—who cares? Purely joyful reading from start to finish. (Oh—and includes JK Potter's excellent moody illustrations!)”

 

George R. R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES in stock and shipping

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

We're very happy to announce that George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones is shipping. In fact, copies of the lettered edition are already en route to customers. Most of this week will be devoted to boxing and hustling copies of the limited out the door. If  you have a copy on order, please do not ask if it's shipped until at least 4/27, to give our shippers a chance to focus solely on sending books to customers.

In other Martin news, we have acquired the rights to George's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, and will announce that limited edition once a few more details are in place.

 

Announcing UNBOUND from Grim Oak Press

Unbound edited by Shawn Speakman

We're pleased to announce that we'll be getting copies of the big fantasy anthology Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman. Read on for a brief description and the list of esteemed contributors.

About the Book:

Not bound, as a book. Free.

Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to read—without the constraints of a theme. It is an anthology filled with some spectacularly wonderful stories, each one as diverse as its creator.

Here is the Unbound line-up:

  • Terry Brooks (intro)
  • Kristen Britain
  • Jim Butcher
  • Rachel Caine
  • Harry Connolly
  • Delilah Dawson
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Jason M. Hough
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Mark Lawrence
  • John Marco
  • Tim Marquitz
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Peter Orullian
  • Kat Richardson
  • Anthony Ryan
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Brian Stavely
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Sam Sykes
  • Mazarkis Williams

Todd Lockwood will be contributing the interior and cover artwork. The image on this page is just a placeholder and not the final version of the cover. But, oddly enough, the Arthur Rackham painting does evoke my own short story contribution to Unbound. Todd and I have already discussed the content of the actual cover and I’m excited to share it when it is finished.

Limited: 500 numbered copies, signed by all contributors, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

 

This week in shipping!

Proven Guilty

We're shipping the limited edition of Jim Butcher's Proven Guilty today (and likely into early next week).

Earlier this week, we shipped:

Next week, among other things, we should ship A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin).

 

Robert McCammon Update

Blue World by Robert McCammon

We've put our upcoming Robert McCammon trade paperbacks (Blue World, They Thirst, The Hunter from the Woods) through their final round of proofing, and are just waiting for their pub dates to roll around. As a reminder, we'll have a limited number of signed sets of the books, which you can order at the Blue World page.

In other news, Rick's epic new sf/horror novel, The Border, has been sent to the printer, which means the trade hardcover should ship by the end of May, to be followed 6-8 weeks later by the limited and lettered editions.

 

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s Paradise Sky racking up starred reviews

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

We want to share some of the glowing reviews that Joe R. Lansdale's Paradise Sky has received, including the latest, of the starred variety, from Publishers Weekly.

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.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

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

From Kirkus:

“How did Deadwood Dick get his name? Readers can learn this, and a whole lot more, in this picaresque Western from a master of the form (The Thicket, 2013, etc.).”

From Austin Chronicle:

“Classic Lansdale, his own self peppered throughout by much piney backwoods philosophizing on everything from religion to whoring, [with] the author's long-ago trademarked heaping helping of wry, often delightfully vulgar humanism.”

 

Twenty sets of James Herbert’s The Rats Trilogy available

The Rats by James Herbert

We've scored twenty sets of Centipede Press' new editions of James Herbert's The Rats, Domain, and Lair. Read on for details of these horror classics, and get your order in before our supply dwindles.

About the Book:

The first novel of James Herbert, The Rats was an immediate hardcover and paperback bestselling sensation that spawned two sequels. Simultaneously praised for its reinvention of horror as more immediate and graphic, and derided for its gratuitous violence and non-literary writing, The Rats nevertheless raised serious issues about government response to horror, particularly when the horror happens to lower-class citizens.

The work of James Herbert (1943-2013) is now recognized, thanks largely to the efforts of Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, as a significant contribution to the field. This is the first time The Rats has been published in hardcover in the United States, and as such it is a true first edition. This is also the definitive edition, with a lengthy, heavily-illustrated introduction by Stephen Jones, reproductions (in color) of old hardcover and paperback editions, and illustrations by David Ho and Jason C. Eckhardt.

Smyth sewn, with head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and full color dustjacket with extra-long flaps. Set in Caslon, the book is 384 pages and is 6 × 9 inches. Limited to 300 copies, each book is signed by Stephen Jones, Jason C. Eckhardt and David Ho, along with a Herbert-family-approved James Herbert facsimile signature.

Trilogy of The Rats, Lair, and Domain: Limited to 300 numbered hardcover sets

 

New Mira Grant in stock and shipping

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

Mira Grant's new novella, Rolling in the Deep, has crawled out from the depths and is in stock and shipping. If you're the sort who keeps track at home, it's just under 85% sold out, with more orders coming in every day. Also coming in frequently are new reviews.

Here's a bit of the most recent, from Locus magazine:

...we know something bad happens, and half the suspense is waiting to find out what happens to the people onboard… the secret of the mermaids is big, really big. I'm not sure I buy some of the details about the mermaids, but Grant keeps things rolling right to the appalling conclusion.

About the Book:

When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn't expect actual mermaids.  They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.  Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

In this slim, grim tale of aquatic horror, Grant (Symbiont) unveils the tragic last voyage of the SS Atargatis, hired by the Imagine Network to help film a fake documentary on mermaids while also performing deep-sea scientific studies… In true horror fashion, Grant introduces a large cast of colorful personalities, giving many of them brief chances to shine, before unleashing the horrors of the deep upon them.

From Library Journal:

A well-crafted little monster tale from Seanan McGuire (author of the popular ‘October Daye’ urban fantasy series as well as horror/sf under the Grant pen name), this novella is a treat for her fans…

From Romantic Times:

…Without belaboring her point, Grant deftly explores the oddly and shamefully satisfying exploitation inherent in reality television, while still crafting a chilling and unrelentingly dark tale.

 

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