At the printer
Late this summer, John Scalzi will once again make the arduous journey to the SubPress warehouse to sign and inscribe copies of his major new novel, The End of All Things. Please order early, so we can lock in first printings with Tor, who will be publishing the novel.
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: $24.99
This busy, striking cover belongs to Catherynne M. Valente's fanciful new novella, Speak Easy. Experience the 1920s as they never were, both in the cover and the story within.
About the Book:
If you go looking for it, just about halfway uptown and halfway downtown, there’s this hotel stuck like a pin all the way through the world. Down inside the Artemisia it’s this mortal coil all over. Earthly delights on every floor.
The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella—a bootlegger's brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime—is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose…
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
Vincent Chong has turned in all of the interior illustrations for Jim Butcher's new Dresden Files collection, Working for Bigfoot.
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
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35
You can add six brand new Jack Vance ebooks to our electronic roster, which shows off quite nicely how Mr. Vance grew into one of our finest practitioners of space opera.
- Wild Thyme, Green Magic;
- Grand Crusades;
- Minding the Stars;
- Magic Highways;
- Dream Castles;
- Hard-Luck Diggings (Note: This title is only $.99 for a very limited time).
For those of you lucky enough to score a copy of the sold out limited edition of Robert McCammon's alien invasion epic, The Border, here's a first look at the signed, limited edition dust jacket. (The trade edition is still available for order, and copies will be plentiful.)
Meanwhile, back at the warehouse, we've been posting excerpts from various books including:
- Fender Lizards (Joe R. Lansdale);
- The Border (Robert R. McCammon) —Don't miss the opening battle scene of the book!
- Savages (K. J. Parker).
Check them out. You'll find some mighty good reading.
This week's shipping order.
Remember, everything is tentative:
- Thinner (Stephen King writing as Richard Bachmann; only 8 copies left);
- Grand Crusades (Jack Vance);
- The Top of the Volcano (Harlan Ellison; limited and lettered editions);
More as and when it happens!
Later this year, Alastair Reynolds' new, very long (40,000 words) novella, Slow Bullets, will be published by WSFA Press as a hardcover limited edition, as well as the trade paperback already available from Tachyon. (And if you don't know the latter's work, it's uniformly excellent.) We'll be getting in copies of the limited edition, though not nearly enough to satisfy projected demand.
Note: the cover shown is from the trade paperback. The limited edition dust jacket may vary.
About the Book:
From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.
A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be.
On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship.
Passengers—combatants from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
For the next few days, the ebook for Robin Hobb's short novel, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, is on sale for $1.99. You know what to do!
About the Book:
One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep.
With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever…
Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince. In her trademark style, Hobb offers a revealing exploration of a family secret still reverberating generations later when assassin FitzChivalry Farseer comes onto the scene. Fans will not want to miss these tantalizing new insights into a much-beloved world and its unforgettable characters.
From Publishers Weekly:
“Hobb (a pen name for fantasist Megan Lindholm) pulls off the difficult trick of telling multiple tales simultaneously and well, adding depth to her fictional world without sacrificing a human connection to it.”
From Library Journal:
“Set in the same world as Hobb’s Farseer novels, this compact novella provides a glimpse into the distant past of her popular universe and is a good choice for author fans or series followers”
From SF Crowsnest:
“[The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince is] a story about stories: How they are created, how they are changed not only by retelling over time, but also how they are directly changed to fit the agendas of those telling them, in this case for political and personal reasons.”
The following titles will be published by Subterranean Press in the near future:
- The End of All Things by John Scalzi
- Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher
- The Border by Robert McCammon
- The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- Tales of the Primal Land by Brian Lumley
- The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett
- Perdido: A Fragment by Peter Straub
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
- Twenty-Five Years in the Word Mines: The Best of Graham Joyce by Graham Joyce
The following titles have been earmarked for publication by Subterranean Press: