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Jonathan Strahan reveals line up for Best Science Fiction & Fastasy of the Year Volume Ten

Jonathan Strahan, anthologist extraordinaire and one of the finest minds working in genre publishing today, has revealed the line up for his next Solaris Anthology, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten.

And it is… well, it’s magnificent. Check out this list of luminaries:

  • “City of Ash”, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”, Elizabeth Bear
  • “The Machine Starts”, Greg Bear
  • “The Winter Wraith”, Jeffrey Ford
  • “Black Dog”, Neil Gaiman
  • “Jamaica Ginger”, Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl
  • “Drones”, Simon Ings
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones
  • “Dancy vs. the Pterosaur”, Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • “Another Word for World”, Ann Leckie
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery”, Kelly Link
  • “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn”, Usman T. Mailk
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”, Ian McDonald
  • “Little Sisters”, Vonda McIntyre
  • “Calved”, Sam J. Miller
  • “Ghosts of Home”, Sam J. Miller
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir
  • “The Empress in Her Glory”, Robert Reed
  • “A Murmuration”, Alastair Reynolds
  • “Oral Argument”, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • “Water of Versailles”, Kelly Robson
  • “Capitalism in the 22nd Century”, Geoff Ryman
  • “The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club”, Nike Sulway
  • “The Lily and the Horn”, Catherynne Valente
  • “Blood, Ash, Braids”, Genevieve Valentine
  • “Kaiju maximus®: ‘So Various, So Beautiful, So New’”, Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong

The cover art, inspired by an Ian McDonald story, is by Domenic Harman, and it obviously rocks to the very foundations of the earth.

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Weston Ochse’s Favourite Sci-fi Soldier

I was asked to come up with a list of my favorite five sci fi soldiers. It’s a very hard thing to do.

So many of my favorites are similar in so many ways. They’re confident and broken. They’re fearless and terrified. They can McGyver anything they come across, but sometimes trip over their own feet. They can be heels yet inspire. These favorite fictional soldiers very often mirror the traits I see in real soldiers I admire.

Chesty Puller went from a Marine private to a three star general and he had all of these traits.

Outspoken and soldier-loving David Hackworth has all of these traits.

My good friend Command Sergeant Major Scott Marshall has all of these traits.

But what fictional soldiers (and when I refer to soldiers I’m inclusive of all military men and women)? Since it wasn’t stipulated that I can take from movies, I’m going to us both movies and books.

For a fictional soldier leader, I’d enlist Paul Maud-Dib Atreides from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Not only can he ride the worm and channel the spice, but he also knows what not to do. He’s hesitant when given the ability to rule and conquer everything. And above all, he can lead.

For the tank, I’d enlist Felix, from Steakley’s Armor. The armor is the result of 10,000 years of engineering and is awesome to behold. Very little can stand in his way, even if the character is a little broken inside.

For the heart and soul of the unit, I’d take E.C. Gordon from Heinlein’s Glory Road. Every cohesive unit needs a consciences center. Easy is that man.

My two hunter killers are from Aliens, the second in the franchise. They are Private Vasquez and Private Hudson. Hudson is as much a killer as Vasquez, but he needs her to keep him in line. Alternately, she needs someone to boss around even though she’s merely a private. Together they form a two person team that is exponentially greater than the sum of their individual parts. Just point them in a direction and order them to kill everything they see.

In summary:
Paul Atreides
E.C. Gordon
PFC Vasquez
PVT Hudson

Now I’d love to send them out on a mission…

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Solaris signs Yoon Ha Lee’s The Machineries Of Empire trilogy

We’re extremely excited to unveil a brand new acquisition for Solaris today, in the form of Yoon Ha Lee’s The Machineries Of Empire trilogy.

You may have read the news on The Bookseller this morning, and frankly we’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you ever since the deal was done.

Ninefox Gambit, the bravura opening instalment of the trilogy – and, amazingly, Yoon’s debut novel –  follows Kel Cheris, a disgraced captain of the Hexarchate, who is given the opportunity to redeem herself by recapturing the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles.

A tale of massacres, madness and mathematics in deep space, this is hard SF quite unlike any other, a truly unique piece of boundary-pushing storytelling and a bold step forward for 21st century SF.

Legendary science fiction illustrator Chris Moore, who has created covers for works by the likes of Alastair Reynolds and Philip K Dick, will be providing the cover art for Ninefox Gambit.

Solaris Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver commented on the signing:

“Yoon Ha Lee has been a writer whose work I’ve been keeping a close eye on for a while now. His prose is razor sharp and his ideas are fresh and challenging. Ninefox Gambit is an astonishingly assured debut and one of the richest science fiction novels I have read in a good long while. This is a space opera with scope and depth, and also diversity. Yoon shows that science fiction is alive and well and really going places.”

Yoon Ha Lee said:

“I’m thrilled that Solaris Books has picked up my trilogy and working with them has been terrific. Expect weaponized math, big space battles, and a captain whose 400-year-old undead advisor is her best ally and her most dangerous enemy, in a nation constantly at war with heretics whose calendars change the laws of technology.”
As you might imagine, we’re incredibly excited to be working with Yoon, and can’t wait for you to read Ninefox Gambit, which we’ll be publishing in June 2016.

Watch this space for more on Yoon and The Machineries Of Empire!

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Grunt Traitor hits the front lines

Nobody writes hard-hitting, all-action military SF quite like Weston Ochse, and his new novel Grunt Traitor is out in the US right.. now!

His Task Force Ombra series manages to balance a serious meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and thoughtful, flawed characters with… well, with aliens and explosions and all that cool stuff.

Grunt Traitor, the second instalment in the series, has just landed in the US, and fans are eating their way through it as you read, finding out just how bad Benjamin Carter Mason and his buddies in Task Force Ombra have got it this time.

Because the Cray are an alien foe unlike any other, and the human race is in peril like never before…

Weston has been writing for a few sites about his love of military SF and a few other things besides – check out the links below to find out more:

Don’t forget to connect with Weston on Twitter, or via the official Weston Ochse website.

Grunt Traitor is out now!
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