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Free eBook of the month – July

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets

We’re pleased to share that July’s free eBook is Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets edited David Thomas Moore.

Bringing together both celebrated and new talent in SF and Fantasy to create a spectrum of Holmes stories, this collection will confound everything you ever thought you knew about the world’s greatest detective.

Featuring fourteen original stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Gini Koch, Guy Adams, Ian Edginton, James Lovegrove, Glen Mehn, Jamie Wyman, JE Cohen, Jenni Hill, Joan de la Haye, Kaaron Warren, Kasey Lansdale and Kelly Hale.

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A Broken Darkness cover reveal and blurb

We are excited to share the incredible cover for A Broken Darkness by Premee Mohamed, exclusively revealed by our friends over at Tor.com.

Read the blurb for the much-anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising below.

Cover art by James Jones.

It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force Their way into the world from the shapeless void.⁠
Nick Prasad is piecing his life together, and has joined the secretive Ssarati Society to help monitor threats to humanity—including his former friend Johnny.⁠
Right on cue, the unveiling of Johnny’s latest experiment sees more portals opened to Them, leaving her protesting her innocence even as the two of them are thrown together to fight the darkness once more…⁠

A Broken Darkness is out March 2021!⁠

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Skyward Inn cover reveal and exclusive excerpt

We are delighted to share the beautiful cover art for Skyward Inn, our upcoming title from Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated author Aliya Whiteley, which was revealed on SciFiNow.

Read an excerpt over on SciFiNow.

Cover art by Dominic Forbes.

A thoughtful, literary novel about conflict, identity and community, from one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

This is a place where we can be alone, together.

The Western Protectorate does not welcome visitors.

When humans first went through the ‘Kissing Gate’ to the planet Qita, the protectorate turned its back on modern civilization to live in rural isolation.

Now the war on Qita is over, for veteran Jem and her Qitan partner Isley, it’s a peaceful place to escape ugly memories.

But their peace is disturbed when a visitor comes to Skyward Inn, bringing reminders of an unnerving past and triggering an uncertain future.

Skyward Inn is out from Solaris in hardback and eBook 18 March 2021, and in audio from Penguin Random House Audio.

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The Relentless Moon UK cover reveal and excerpt

We are delighted to share the stunning cover art for the UK edition of The Relentless Moon, from Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, which was revealed on SciFiNow.

Read a short excerpt with our friends at SciFiNow.

 

Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. 

Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.

The Relentless Moon is out from Solaris for UK/BC readers in eBook 20 July and paperback 26 November – pre-order now.

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Pre-order the eBook of The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

The House of Styx by Derek Künsken, available in eBook 20 August 2020.

Pre-order the eBook of The House of Styx by Derek Künsken direct with us at Rebellion and receive The Science Behind the Quantum Magician for free; an article by Derek Künsken revealing the scientific thinking behind the Quantum Evolution books.

This article will be included exclusively in The House of Styx eBooks that are pre-ordered through rebellionstore.com.

Pre-order the eBook today

The House of Styx is the first in a groundbreaking, action-packed and exciting new science fiction series from the best-selling author of The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken.

Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home.
In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of 
la colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind’s hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving.
But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn’t exist.
And the House of Styx wants to harness it.

Pre-order the hardback (out April 2021)

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Cover reveal: The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

We are thrilled to share the cover for The House of Styx, the first in a new blockbuster science fiction series by Derek Künsken, publishing in eBook August 2020 and hardback April 2021.

Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home.

In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of la colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind’s hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving.

But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn’t exist.

And the House of Styx wants to harness it. 

Derek Künsken has built genetically engineered viruses, worked with street children and refugees in Latin America, served as a Canadian diplomat, and, most importantly, taught his son about super-heroes and science. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and multiple times in Asimov’s Science Fiction. His stories have been adapted into audio podcasts, reprinted in various Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into multiple languages. They have also been short-listed for various awards, and won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award in 2013. He tweets from @derekkunsken, blogs at BlackGate.com, and makes his internet home at DerekKunsken.com

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Solaris is thrilled to announce the acquisition of When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson

Solaris are delighted to announce the acquisition of genre-melding debut When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson, which will be released in summer 2021.

Editor Kate Coe acquired UK/ BC English rights in Sharpson’s new novel from Jennie Goloboy at Donald Maass. When the Sparrow Falls will be published by Tor in the US.

About the book:

In the future, AI are everywhere. They are our employers, our employees, our friends, lovers and even our children. Over half the human race now lives online.

But in the Caspian Republic, the last true human beings have made their stand, and their repressive, one-party state is locked in perpetual cold war with the outside world.

The republic is thrown into chaos when the virulently anti-AI journalist Paulo Xirau is found dead in a bar. At his autopsy, the unthinkable is discovered: Xirau was AI.

Security Agent Nikolai South is given a seemingly mundane task; escorting Xirau’s widow while she visits the Caspian Republic to identify her husband’s remains. He is stunned to discover that the beautiful, reserved, Lily Xirau bears an unearthly resemblance to his wife, who has been dead for thirty years.

As Nikolai and Lily delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding Paulo’s death, trying desperately to avoid the attentions of the murderous Bureau of Party Security, a tentative friendship between the two begins to blossom. But when they discover Xirau’s last secret South must choose between his loyalty to his country and his conscience. 

Part Cold War spy thriller, part literary science fiction, When the Sparrow Falls is a unique melding of genres, and an exploration of the coming AI revolution, transhumanism, totalitarianism, loss, and the problem of evil.

Author Neil Sharpson on the acquisition:

“I’ve been living in the Caspian Republic (whether as a play, screenplay or novel) for around nine years now and it’s almost impossible to believe that the journey is finally at an end. It’s a story about one man trying to survive in a brutal regime who is given one final chance to make amends to the woman he let down. I’m incredibly grateful to Kate Coe and the team at Rebellion for choosing this book, and to Jennie Goloboy, the best agent any writer could ask for. And most of all to my wife Aoife, who never doubted for a second, even when I did. And while it’s certainly not a place I’d recommend moving to, I sincerely hope people enjoy their time in the Caspian Republic.”

Editor Kate Coe on the book:

“The perfect mash-up of 1984 and John le Carre, with paranoia, betrayal, politics and emotion all weaving a tense story… and with AIs added into the mix! I love the interweaving of mystery, intrigue, technology and personality in Neil’s book, and it goes from light-hearted to heart-aching in equal measures. I’m really pleased to have acquired this for Solaris!”

Neil Sharpson lives in Dublin with his wife and their two children. Having written for theatre since his teens, Neil transitioned to writing novels in 2017, adapting his own play The Caspian Sea into When the Sparrow Falls. A huge fan of animation, Neil writes Unshaved Mouse, a comedic review blog mostly focusing on animated film and comic book movies. He is a graduate of the Abbey Theatre’s New Playwright’s Programme, and was shortlisted for the Maguire International Playwrighting Award.

For review copies, information, or interviews please contact Hanna Waigh, Fiction – PR & Marketing Manager: hanna.waigh@rebellion.co.uk.

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Solaris announces the acquisition of Seven Deaths of an Empire, a grimdark fantasy by G. R. Matthews

Solaris is delighted to announce the acquisition of Seven Deaths of an Empire by G. R. Matthews, coming summer 2021.

Editor Kate Coe acquired World English rights in Matthews’ new novel from Jamie Cowan at The Ampersand Agency.

About the book:

The Emperor is dead. Long live the Empire. 

General Bordan has a lifetime of duty and sacrifice behind him in the service of the Empire. But with rebellion brewing in the countryside, and assassins, thieves and politicians vying for power in the city, it is all Bordan can do to protect the heir to the throne. 

Apprentice Magician Kyron is assigned to the late Emperor’s honour guard escorting his body on the long road back to the capital. Mistrusted and feared by his own people, even a magician’s power may fail when enemies emerge from the forests, for whoever is in control of the Emperor’s body, controls the succession.

Seven lives and seven deaths to seal the fate of the Empire.

Editor Kate Coe on the acquisition:

“I was sent this book as part of our #ShootYourShot open pitches, and it blew me away from the first page – a mix of historical fantasy and politics, with characters you want to succeed and a nasty way of turning everything around just when you think it’s going to go right; a perfect grimdark for when you just need your faith in everything shattered.”

Author bio

G. R. Matthews began reading in the cot. His mother, at her wits end with the constant noise and unceasing activity, would plop him down on the soft mattress with an encyclopaedia full of pictures then quietly slip from the room. Growing up, he spent Sunday afternoons on the sofa watching westerns and Bond movies after suffering the dual horror of the sounds of ABBA and the hoover (Vacuum cleaner) drifting up the stairs to wake him in the morning. When not watching the six-gun heroes or spies being out-acted by their own eyebrows he devoured books like a hungry wolf in the dead of winter. Beginning with Patrick Moore and Arthur C Clarke he soon moved on to Isaac Asimov. However, one wet afternoon in a book shop in his hometown, not far from the standing stones of Avebury, he picked up the Pawn of Prophecy and started to read – and soon Sci-Fi gave way to Fantasy.

You can follow him on twitter @G_R_Matthews or visit his website at www.grmatthews.com.

For review copies, information, or interviews please contact Hanna Waigh, Fiction – PR & Marketing Manager: hanna.waigh@rebellion.co.uk.

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Cover reveal: Grave Secrets by Alice James

We are thrilled to share the cover for Grave Secrets, the laugh-out-loud debut by Alice James, publishing in September 2020. Grave Secrets blends urban fantasy and cosy crime with the perfect addition of a kick-ass heroine. 

“Heads up to all fans of True Blood and Buffy, our new favourite heroine is here, she’s a necromancer, and she’s kind of a hot mess!” – NetGalley review

“A fun filled, laugh out loud page turner.” – NetGalley review

“A thrilling five-star read.” – NetGalley review

An adventure with zombies. And vampires. And romance. And croquet.

Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent. All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve. It’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies – oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires. It can’t be the best decision she’s ever made, but he’s so pretty. Really, what’s a girl meant to do? 

Alice James was born in Staffordshire, where she grew up reading novels and spending a lot of time with sheep. She was lucky enough to have a mother who was addicted to science fiction and a father who was fond of long country walks, so she grew up with her head in the stars and her feet on the ground. After studying maths at university and training to be a Cobol programmer (!), she began writing novels to get the weird people in her head to go somewhere else. She now lives in Oxfordshire with a fine selection of cats, fulfilling her teenage gothic fantasies by moving into a converted chapel with an ancient spiral staircase—and gravestones in the garden. Her go-to comfort dish is a big plate of dumplings, her number one cocktail is a Manhattan and her favourite polygon is a triangle, though she has a soft spot for concave rhomboids. Find out more at http://www.alicejames.co.uk/ and follow @ToniWindsor.

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Solaris is excited to announce the acquisition of Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

Solaris is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Monkey Around by Jadie Jang, publishing in 2021.

Editor Kate Coe acquired World English rights in Jang’s new novel from Amanda Leuck at Spencerhill Associates.

About the book:

Who is Maya McQueen? 

The San Francisco Bay Area, a nexus of human and supernatural energy that draws people—and creatures—from hundreds of cultures all over the world. 

At the center of this nexus is barista, activist, and were-monkey, Maya McQueen, who doesn’t know what kind of creature she is, or where she comes from. Her home is being rocked by the occupation of Oakland’s civic center by Occupy Wall Street activists in the human world, and by the serial murders of shapeshifters who have had their souls sucked out, on the supernatural side. 

Maya discovers that the soul-sucking murderer may be connected somehow to a creature like her. This is her first, ever, clue to her own origins, and she jumps into the mystery with both feet.  Helping her is werejaguar and IT medicine man Tez Varela, who manages the last nagual practice in San Francisco’s rapidly gentrifying Mission district, and whose reappearance in Maya’s life has landed her in the middle of a gang war.  Also helping—or is it stalking?—her is Todd Wakahisa, a fellow activist and a kitsune whose penchant for pranks rivals even hers. 

For the first time in Maya’s life, she’s faced with a creature she may not have the strength to defeat. She’ll have to up her game, rely on others, and betray those closest to her to come out on top. But what she doesn’t know, just might kill her.

Author Jadie Jang on the acquisition:

“Everyone knows the Brits come second in horrible, right wing, would-be-dictator heads of state, but first in fantasy novels, so I’m super flattered and excited to see my baby’s debut with Rebellion! Seriously, though, I couldn’t think of a better home for Monkey Around than the publisher of Yoon Ha Lee and Silvia Moreno Garcia. Thanks for taking us on!”

Editor Kate Coe had this to say:

“Female Monkey King of San Francisco. Do I need to say any more? I loved this action-packed story as soon as I opened the first page, and that’s even without getting into the murder mystery, supernatural chaos, and sheer fun that Jadie provides. Really looking forward to bringing this page-turner to readers!”

Author bio

Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang) is almost as organizy as her characters. She started a magazine (Hyphen) and an arts festival (APAture) with a cast of Asian Pacific Americans even more magical, if less supernatural, than the ones she writes about. She also got an MFA, went to Clarion West, and compromised between the two by publishing a collection of “literary” sci-fi short stories (Slightly Behind and to the Left) that maybe 100 people read. After wrangling arts and social justice nonprofits for 17 years, her already autoimmune-disease-addled body threw a seven-year-long tantrum, leading our then-house-bound heroine into an urban fantasy addiction. A few years, and a dozen Euro-centric-mythology-dominated urban fantasy series later, Claire sat up and said “I can do this!” and Jadie Jang, the part of her brain that writes snarky-fun genre romps, was born. She posts about monkeys every Monday under @seelight on Twitter.

For review copies, information, or interviews please contact Hanna Waigh, Fiction – PR & Marketing Manager: hanna.waigh@rebellion.co.uk.