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OUT NOW: The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos

It’s an incredibly exciting day as we’re wishing the second of our Solaris Satellites series, The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos a happy publication day… or should we say launch day?!

The Solaris Satellites series brings new, exciting voices to the page, with each novella available in limited signed edition paperback, eBook and audiobook, plus a digital or print season pass giving readers release day access to all three 2021 novellas.

Image featuring paperback copy of The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos on an atmospheric background.

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.

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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 www.premeemohamed.com.

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 DerekKunsken.com or follow Derek on Twitter @DerekKunsken.

For press enquiries please contact Hanna Waigh, PR & Marketing Manager: hanna.waigh@rebellion.co.uk.

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OUT NOW: The Chimera Code (eBook)

The Chimera Code eBook

The action-packed cyberpunk debut from Wayne Santos, The Chimera Code, is now out on eBook! You can also pre-order the paperback which is out in November.

Want some more magical action? There’s an exclusive tie-in in comic book in the Judge Dredd Megazine #422!

Buy the eBook

Pre-order the paperback

Order the Megazine which includes The Chimera Code comic

EVERYTHING’S FOR HIRE. EVEN MAGIC.

If you need something done, Cloke’s one of the best; a mercenary with some unusual talents and an attitude to match. But when she’s hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, she knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything she’s ever done.

“Fun, fresh cyberpunk!” — Publishers Weekly

“A full-throttle magical cyberpunk superhero thriller.” — Peter McLean