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Rebellion Publishing to release new novella series Solaris Satellites

Solaris Satellites

Rebellion Publishing is thrilled to announce Solaris Satellites, a new series of SFF novellas delivered directly from the publisher to the reader. Solaris Satellites will begin by releasing three novellas per year, bringing new and exciting voices of genre fiction to the page. These novellas will be available as limited signed edition paperbacks and eBooks from Rebellion Publishing, in addition to audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

The series starts strong with work by Premee Mohamed (Beneath the Rising), Derek Künsken (The House of Styx), and Wayne Santos (The Chimera Code) coming in 2021.

“Novellas are where the genre is at right now: a neat little package, with more room to breathe than a short but without the hulking commitment of a novel (or series!). Some of the cleverest, most exciting stories of the past few years have been novellas, and we’re thrilled to be adding more of them to our schedule.”

Commissioning editor David Thomas Moore, who the project was conceived by

These Lifeless Things by Premee Mohamed

Eva is a survivor. She’s not sure what she survived, exactly, only that They invaded without warning, killed nearly all of humanity, and relentlessly attack everyone who’s left. All she can do to stay sane, in the blockaded city that’s no longer home, is keep a journal about her struggle.
Fifty years later, Eva’s words are found by Emerson, a young anthropologist sent to the ruins to study what happened. The discovery could shed light on the Invasion, turning the unyielding mystery of the short war into a story of hope and defiance.

“This novella has had a long journey to publication, and I’m thrilled that it’s found a home with Solaris and David Moore, who appreciates weirdness and unerringly finds ways to help it shine!”

Premee Mohamed on the novella

Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Analog, Escape Pod, Augur, and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel, Beneath the Rising, is out now from Solaris Books, with the sequel A Broken Darkness due out in 2021. She can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus and on her website at

The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos

Maria is, in no particular order: a concept artist at one of Canada’s biggest videogame studios, the goddess of Mount Makiling in the Philippines, and in love. And right now, being in love is her biggest problem.
Because when Maria falls in love, tragedy and death follow—and always have. For hundreds of years. If she wants to break the cycle, it’s going to take everything a goddess, her newly-befriended, anime-obsessed demon-horse, and Canadian national treasure Margaret Atwood have to make it happen.

“The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling is a weird, tangential story about love, diaspora dilemmas and demon horses. I was never certain it would find a home, but I’m pleased and amazed that Rebellion are crazy enough to unleash it on the world.”

Wayne Santos on the novella

Wayne Santos has been an ad copywriter, a TV scriptwriter, a magazine contributor, an editor, and a freelance writer for too many things on the Internet to count. He is the author of the science fiction/fantasy novel, The Chimera Code and is a multi-disciplinary geek with a double major in science-fiction and fantasy, specializations in novels, comics, anime, TV and film, and a minor in video games. Follow Wayne on Twitter @waynepsantos.

Pollen From A Future Harvest by Derek Künsken

Major Chenesai Okonkwo is an Auditor for the Sub-Saharan Union. Her mission: to find out why if Sixth Expeditionary Force’s newly discovered time gate has been compromised. Is the Union’s revolutionary discovery already doomed, eleven years in the future?
But there is another, more personal mission. The possible murder of her husband remains unsolved. But are the two things connected? Can she navigate the world of aliens, spies, politics and time paradoxes to find the truth, and save her people’s future?

“Pollen came from the question of ‘what might evolve around a time travel device?’ It was also my first novella and my first mystery. I loved it so much that Pollen became the spark and foundation for my novel The Quantum Magician.”

Derek Künsken on the novella

After leaving molecular biology, Derek Künsken worked with street kids in Central America before finding himself in the Canadian Foreign Service. He now writes science fiction in Gatineau, Québec. His first space opera novel, The Quantum Magician was a finalist for the Aurora, the Locus and the Chinese Nebula Awards. The House of Styx, the start of a new space opera duology has received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and the Library Journal. Pollen From a Future Harvest is his first novella and also part of the Quantum Evolution universe. Find out more at or follow Derek on Twitter @DerekKunsken.

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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

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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Solaris Books is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohamed—an unforgettable tale of friendship, family and strength in the midst of unimaginable horror, set to be released in 2020, and to be followed by an as-yet unnamed sequel the following year.

The deal was negotiated by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Agency and acquired by Commissioning Editor David Thomas Moore who had this to say about the acquisition:

“I loved this book right from the pitch email. It’s self-aware, quirky, creepy, important and all sorts of fun. Nick and Johnny have a mile of bad road ahead of them (thousands and thousands of miles, by plane, SUV and foot), as much as in their relationship as in the nightmare they live in, and you’re gonna love being with them on the journey.” 

The author had this to say: 

“In a sense, I’ve known these characters for longer than they’ve been alive, as Beneath The Rising was finished during my undergrad. I was never able to get the story out of my head, and so it was the only book I considered hauling out of the trunk when I began querying. I’m so grateful to my agent, Michael Curry, for believing in this novel since day one, and I’m very excited to work with David and the Solaris team to share this adventure with the world.” 

Beneath The Rising will publish into the UK, US, and Canada in both trade paperback and eBook in 2020. Read on for more about the book and make sure to follow us for more updates about this title!


Nick Prasad has enjoyed a quiet life in the shadow of his best friend, former child prodigy Joanna ‘Johnny’ Chambers. They’re proof that opposites attract: she’s rich, a genius, and only interested in her research; he’s cash-strapped, brown, and secretly in love with her. 

Now Johnny has invented a clean-energy reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, but the reactor’s creation has awakened the Ancient Ones, primeval monsters whose evil once ruled the planet—and it could be Their path back to power. As the violence escalates, Nick and Johnny decide to find and lock the Great Gate through which the Ancient Ones could return in force. 

Nick would rather sit this one out—but when Johnny destroys the reactor, his choices are either to be dragged along with her, or used as leverage against her. 

Their journey to the cradle of civilization seems guaranteed to end in disaster. From the oldest library in the world to the hunted ruins of Nineveh, Nick and Johnny must race ahead of the police, the Ancient Ones, and the shifting sands if they’re going to succeed. 

But their quest also relies on something Johnny’s been hiding since they were kids. And as the secrets emerge, no one knows who the enemy is any more. 


Premee Mohamed is a scientist and writer based out of Alberta, Canada. She has degrees in molecular genetics and environmental science, but hopes that readers of her fiction will not hold that against her. Her short speculative fiction has been published in a variety of venues, which can be found on her website. She can be located with some reliabilit on twitter